ED: 「Dream Catcher」 by OLIVIA
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There was no opening, but the ending more than made up for it. I love the song, and it being sung by OLIVIA just made it all that much better. The ending sequence looked pretty high budget too, with flowers moving everywhere and Ai turning butterflies.
Despite the fact that I had no interest in seeing this season’s anime offering of Jigoku Shoujo, I had high hopes for the drama version, which airs Saturday nights from 25:20 to 25:50 on NTV. It suffices to say that I was quite pleased with what I saw. The first episode basically follows a girl who’s being bullied and how she gets revenge – pretty standard stuff as far as the Jigoku Shoujo story goes. What made it so entertaining was seeing how everything translated into a live-action environment. The drama replicates almost everything from the anime, including the cell phone message, Ai’s world, her entire speech, the boat to Hell, and more. Ai even has her Macintosh. Much of the music sounds like it came right off the anime soundtrack, and the sound effects made me tense enough that I actually jumped in my seat at one point. I don’t think that ever happened in the anime version for me; the live-action is just that much creepier, especially if you’re watching it in a dark room. As for Ai, Iwata Sayuri did a decent job with the part, but I miss Noto Mamiko‘s voice in the role. I did like how Iwata Sayuri said ippen shinde miru, and that was followed by a very pretty and colorful live-action version of the flowers coming out of Ai’s kimono. Ai’s helpers also look and act very much like their anime counterparts, though we didn’t get to see that much of them in this first episode. I can’t wait until Hajime and Tsugumi show up 🙂
I think I’ll continue watching this, if for nothing else but the entertainment value of a live-action version. It might get old once the initial excitement wears off, but for now I’m enjoying the Jigoku Shoujo drama quite a lot.