#31in31 2019 – “Hells” (aka Hells Angels)

“What is going on here?”

Story: Amagane Rinne is always late for school. But one morning as she’s booking it before the bell, she stops to save a kitty from being hit by a car… And ends up in Hell? Why? Who are these monsters she’s in Hell Class with? And why is she still bleeding?

Scares: Lots of fun demons and monsters, but otherwise nothing. Nothingness.

Splat factor: Anime destruction, naturally.

Closing scene “shocker”?: Nope.

Remake, Sequel or OG (Original Ghoul)?: Based on the manga of the same name.

Trick or Treat?: There’s not enough LSD in the world for Hells to make coherent sense. But there’s a lot of incoherent awesomeness to enjoy. Dig existential musings with a Hotel Transylvania-meets-Kill La Kill spin? You will, baby. Oh yeeeeah! (Did I mention that the dean of the school is named Hellvis?) While this is by no means traditional horror, fans of hellish mythology will find it lot to sink into. Plus, the crazy art is worth the price of admission.

Even though Rinne is the heroine of the story, her friend Steela is my favorite. Imagine an anime humanoid Frankenweenie of kawaii. Though the art for all the characters are anime-licious. Sin’Ichi Hiromoto’s crazy/beautiful manga art is beautifully rendered here, and the dub (sorry – Amazon prime doesn’t have sub) is voiced by the incredible Team Four Star.

Family, friendship, life, death, heartache, vengeance, religion, belief…and so much more drives this fever dream of a story. Hells begins as one thing, then shifts to something else, then shifts again. That makes for a compelling watch. But maybe have a few adult beverages while watching. They may not make Hellvis’ hook nipples make sense, but what would?

Score: 4 out of 5 batshit crazy pumpkins.

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