Back from the field, haven’t showered in five or six days (starts to blend after a while), and one of the first things that popped up on my radar is the fact that Jigoku Shoujo Futakomori has been licensed by Sentai under the title ‘Hell Girl: Two Mirrors’.
Now, translation issues aside (am I mistaken in thinking ‘The Two Prisoners’ makes more sense as a translation of ‘futakomori’ than ‘two mirrors’?), this just flat-out doesn’t make sense to me. I love Jigoku Shoujo; I love it to pieces, and I am thrilled and merry about it getting licensed for an American release. I have already pre-ordered the first collection (half-season sets, natch), even though I liked Futakomori significantly less than the first or third seasons. But I am completely and utterly baffled.
Look, the fact is, Jigoku Shoujo’s first season did not sell well in America. It has become a title that is a staple in the bargain bin for stores that have anime, so much so that you can generally find each and every one of the single DVD releases in the same bargain bin, something that you can’t say for many shows. When Funimation was asked about licensing the second season, they gave essentially the same response they did when folks asked about Ookiku Furikabutte’s second season – why waste our money?
JSF is also hardly poised to suddenly pick up new viewers, either – its a horror anime. Horror anime have horrible track records sales-wise in the U.S. They just don’t pick up the casual fan, and the niche market within anime fandom that enjoys horror shows is microscopic.
Oh well. Just my two cents. I’m still happy anyway.
Anyway, I’m catching up on your comments/disinfecting myself, so don’t think I’m ignoring all my dear readers. I love all of your cute, adorable selves!