Ai Enma

閻魔あい, Hell Girl (Jigoku Shoujo)
The primary protagonist of the series. With long flowing hair and red eyes she is a spiritual entity with a tragic past who lives in a world of eternal twilight with her grandmother and is the one who receives and delivers vengeance on her clients039 behalf. She normally wears a black seifuku or sailor uniform which is usually worn during winter months but always wears a kimono with floral designs when delivering the vengeance of a client. Ai started her career as the Hell Girl by her own act of vengeance on the villagers who sentenced her to a sacrificial death. Her eyes turned red arguably at the point where Sentaro her childhood soulmate who gave in under the villagers039 pressure to bury her alive gave the first shovel of soil onto her face. She broke out of her grave after a while and took revenge on the entire village with her wrath burning it to the ground. Her task of fulfilling other people039s vengeance and ferrying people to Hell is her punishment a task which she has performed for the better part of 400 years. Although this task is presented as atonement it is unknown whether she will ever be freed of it. Since she has done this for so long she initially seemed to have become emotionless numbed as is shown by her expressionless face. Wanyd noted she still had feelings though although she did not express them strongly and it was later revealed that Ai had been ordered to close her heart by the Spider. The experiences she has with the Shibatas reawakened her discontent with her terrible fate and later apparently reawakened other emotions or at least Ai039s ability to express them. When enraged Ai demonstrates the ability to hurl great blasts of energy as well as the power to create elaborate illusions and the ability to teleport. It is ironic that Ai039s name actually translates as: Ai love and Enma the Judge of the Underworld. A second translation of Ai however is accomplice denoting Ai039s role as Enma039s assistant. Because her first name is never written in kanji the actual meaning remains ambiguous.
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