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Jigoku Shoujo: Soft Paper Balloon

A young woman is trying to get back together with her ex-boyfriend for the sake of the child she's carrying. She has the straw doll in case he refuses, but she is obsessively pursuing a reunion. Her story is intersected with Hone Onna's story. Originally, Hone Onna was a young woman named Tsuyu who was sold into prostitution to cover the debts of her lover. Tsuyu used to make paper ball balloons to sell. After a few years, Tsuyu is joined by a younger prostitute named Kion. Kion feels inferior to Tsuyu and ultimately betrays her, resulting in Tsuyu's violent death. Tsuyu is transformed into Hone Onna when she is infused with thes spirits of other betrayed women. Back in the present day, the young lady sends her ex to Hell, then attempts to jump off a bridge. Hone Onna realizes that the spirit of Kion, who was wounded by her lover after she revealed her pregnancy and then jumped off a bridge, has been possessing women and forcing them to kill themselves by jumping off bridges. Kion tells Hone Onna it was nice to see her again, then vanishes, still on her path of vengeance. Hone Onna asked Ai to please pick Kion up someday, as Ai saved her from an eternity of sorrow and anger.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x21
Airdate: Saturday March 03rd, 2007

Director: (Unknown)
Writer: (Unknown)

Alternate Airdates:

SG (Animax) Nov 21, 2007

Guest Stars
Natsuko KuwataniNatsuko Kuwatani
voiced Kiyo
Sayaka NaritaSayaka Narita
voiced Youko Kisugi
Takuma TerashimaTakuma Terashima
voiced Makoto Tomaru
Cultural References
Samurai: Is that the yakuza?

Yakuza, also known as gokudō are members of traditional organized crime syndicates in Japan. The Japanese police call them bōryokudan, literally "violence group", while the yakuza call themselves "ninkyō dantai" ( "chivalrous organizations").

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