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Hells (2008)

Heruzu enjueruzu (original title)
Amagane Rinne, an upbeat schoolgirl, has died. But even dead, she still has to attend school in the underworld.

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Yoshinobu Yamakawa (as Yoshiki Yamakawa), Amber Lee Connors

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Scott Frerichs (adr script writer), Howard Wang (Head ADR Script Writer) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Misato Fukuen ... Amagane, Rinne (voice)
Miyuki Sawashiro ... Steela (voice)
Daisuke Kishio ... Kutou, Ryu (voice)
Fumihiko Tachiki ... Helvis (voice)
Hidenobu Kiuchi Hidenobu Kiuchi ... Mario (voice)
Romi Pak ... Mother Amagane (voice)
Keiji Fujiwara ... Adam (voice)
Chô Chô ... God (voice) (as Yûichi Nagashima)
Ami Koshimizu Ami Koshimizu ... Kiki (voice)
Yuki Matsuoka Yuki Matsuoka ... Wolfie (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Martin Billany Martin Billany ... Rokku (voice)
Amber Lee Connors ... Rei Kagurazaka (voice)
Caitlyn Elizabeth ... Cronola (voice)
Emily Fajardo Emily Fajardo ... Mummyla (voice)
Scott Frerichs Scott Frerichs ... Pandaz (voice)
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Linne's a lively teenage girl, rushing off to her first day at a new school, promising her mother that she'll make a hundred friends. She'll arrive at a new school and make some interesting friends, but not at the school she expected. Not in the realm of the living, in fact, for a sudden traffic accident sends her through the gates of the after-world. By the time she's realized that she's in the afterlife and that her new classmates are demons of hell and not just outlandishly attired urban hipsters, she's already begun to make friends, make a name for herself, and catch the eye of the handsome, smooth-talking student council president. She's also earned the attention of Headmaster Helvis-a fearsome red demon with the dress and manner of the King, baby-and that's not such a good thing. Especially given that something's not right here-Linne can bleed, which means she's alive, and that will have some pretty serious consequences for her and in fact for all of Hell's denizens. Written by Rupert Bottenberg

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Official Sites:

Madhouse Studios [Japan]

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

14 February 2008 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Hells Angels See more »

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Hells: Interesting, but lifeless
12 March 2019 | by PlatypuschowSee all my reviews

Hells was a recommendation, I'd never heard of it and based on it's appearance I'd likely not have given it a go otherwise.

It tells the story of a girl who is involved in a car accident on her way to school. When she awakens she discovers she's in hell, a place where the dead go to educate at an academy for whatever is next.

Immediately I was hit by the animation style, it's one that you'll see commonly in short films and music videos but for a full 2hr feature it was simply too much. It's not that I dislike it, it just has its place and this wasn't it.

More a comedy than anything else it's seven shades of goofy and I don't mean that in a good way. It falls into all the usual anime tropes, for example there isn't much spoken dialogue in Hells...............it's all shouted!

The plot makes sense but is convoluted and deeply baffling. It involves "God", Adam, Eve, Cain, Abel and everyone in hell is inexplicably some kind of monster, animal, panda etc with no explanation as to why. Especially considering coincidentally our leading lady isn't.

So visually it's overwhelming, the plot is confused and despite it being full of action in manages to be really quite boring.

Though not entirely terrible this just wasn't for me at all.

The Good:

Has its heart in the right place

Some interesting characters

The Bad:

Not keen on the animation style

Really goofy

Plot is a confused mess


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