Iwashita Daisuke and his friend Muroi look up to Hanagasa Mamoru, who is a fellow a baseball team player with a bright future in the sport. However, after Muroi dies as a result of Hangasa’s bullying, Iwashita gets pissed off. His problems get worse when, during Muroi’s memorial, the investigation turns to him, and Muroi’s mother starts blaming him. And to top it all off, he sees Hanagasa praying for Muroi there, getting credit for being sensitive. That night, Iwashita uses the Jigoku Tsushin and inputs Hanagasa’s name. Enma Ai visits him almost immediately and gives him a black doll and the conditions. The next day, Iwashita calls out Hanagasa, trying to get him to come clean one last time. Hanagasa acts like a jerk as usual, and Iwashita feels that he has no choice but to pull the string. That night, Hanagasa plays a baseball game from hell, and is finally sent there by Ai. On the boat, Muroi’s spirit wants to play baseball with him.
There’s one word I can say about this episode (and I don’t mean to be too harsh): reused. Plenty of Enma Ai’s shots this episode are quickly getting a stock footage feel, from the stagecoach ride to the mesmerizing kimono. The plot didn’t impress me particularly either since the formula felt the same as the first episode: person is wronged, person endures it until he/she reaches the limit, he/she uses the Jigoku Tsushin, he/she waits for one more boiling point event, then pulls the string, and so forth. The episode is still interesting to watch, but they are becoming a little less so with each week that passes, even with the variations they throw into the plot about who’s responsible, who’s the victim, etc.
This would all be moot if they could give us some back story on Enma Ai and her companions and how they got their current jobs. But for now, it seems that we’ll get more of these type stories. Next week deals with a veternarian and a little girl’s dog.
Closing Thought: Ai is downright creepy in the way she appears to Iwashita after he types in Hanagasa’s name. The same applies to the way she looks in the small mirror after she disappears.