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1[[quoteright:225:]]께''Hell's Angels'' [[ is a manga]] by cult comic artist Shin'ichi Hiromoto, known in Japan ([[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff and Italy]]) for very violent, raunchy and subversive works such as ''Fortified School''. This one retains the crude, sketchy style of his previous manga but is far tamer than those, despite being set in a literally {{Hell}}ish high school with assorted ghouls and monsters for students.께Young Rinne Amagane is running late for school! Suddenly she notices a cat that has been mistreated and about to be run over by a car; she saves it but is promptly run over by a truck herself. She is late for class... but she finds herself in an academy populated by all sorts of creatures. Apparently she died and went to Hell, but when her classmates discover that she still has her living body, it appears that something strange is going on. So, Rinne not only has to understand how to make friends in this crazy new world and how to go back home to Mom alive, but also to uncover what's going on with human souls and bodies... a mystery that goes right to the beginning of human history, and involves nobody other than Adam and Eve and their sons Cain and Abel. Oh and a not-quite-almighty God makes his appearance too.께Among the other characters, there's the loud and boisterous principal Hellvis (no guesses as [[Music/ElvisPresley who]] he is inspired by), handsome student council president Ryu Kutou and [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Steela/Stealer]], a taciturn and gloomy girl in Rinne's class who seems to be equally feared and despised by everybody.께The manga was originally serialized in 3 tankoubon by Shueisha in 2002, and six years later Creator/MadHouse [[ adapted it into an anime film]] simply titled "Hells". 께Creator/DiscotekMedia licensed the movie with the dub handled by Creator/TeamFourStar (of ''WebVideo/DragonballZAbridged'' and ''WebVideo/HellsingUltimateAbridged'' fame) - both have made sure to note that it is ''not'' a GagDub.께----!!The manga and resulting anime provide the following tropes:께* AllThereInTheManual: The students in Linne's class are taken from [[ an obscure 1990s toyline]], which reveals their full names (and their monster types, for some of the less obvious girls):** [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Vampire Curia]]** [[FishPeople Creature Gillealla]]** [[{{Franchise/Frankenstein}} Franken Steela]]** [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Howling Wolfinica]]** [[Literature/ThePhantomOfTheOpera Mask of Phanteana]]** [[WitchSpecies Night of Noctilca]]** [[TheGrimReaper Death Rider Clonora]]** [[{{Mummy}} Curse of Mummyla]]* AllGhoulsSchool: It's Hell, what do you expect?* AmazonianBeauty: The East Witches volleyball team is comprised solely of ''huge'', muscular, but still feminine, and in some cases cute, monster girls.* AnimeHair: Several characters, but especially "Who" AKA [[spoiler:Adam, the first man]], whose incredibly tall blond hairdo puts both [[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters Benimaru]] and WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo to shame.* BigBad: [[spoiler:Ryu Kutou, who is also the biblical Abel.]]* BigEater: The only thing that characterizes the Mummy girl (that and being a 4-armed BandageBabe with even an eyepatch).* BigRedDevil: Headmaster Hellvis.* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Rinne "graduates" from Hell and manages to return home- sadly, without any memories of her time in the afterline. Hellvis mentions that Rinne will still keep the "feelings" of hell in her heart, which is evidenced by her accidentally calling a young girl who she saved "Steela". Rinne ultimately presses onwards in her life, and it's implied that Steela is watching over her as thanks for becoming her friend.]]* BroughtToYouByTheLetterS: God has a giant capital "G" on His large forehead.%%* CainAndAbel* CatsAreMagic: How can one with a yin/yang-shaped face and a clock hanging on its neck ''not'' be? The fact that it is [[spoiler:also God]] helps.* CessationOfExistence: Apparently, this is Steela's real and hidden power: she can reduce the souls in Hell to nothingness. Negated by Rinne by means of the wish granted by her after the volleyball tournament, ThePowerOfFriendship and the power of believing really really hard in herself.* CurbStompBattle: The student council volleyball team utterly ''owns'' the Panda team. We only see the aftermath.* CuteMonsterGirl: Rinne's classmates. Well, ''some'' of them are cute, others have a quite aggressive appearance...%%* CuteWitch: Kiki* {{Determinator}}: Rinne is a huge one, she never ever ''ever'' gives up. Possibly it has something to do with the fact that [[spoiler:she is the reincarnation of Eve]]. Mario, a member of the school council, is also one.* DisappearedDad: Rinne's is never even mentioned.%%* ElvisImpersonator* EmotionlessGirl: Steela.* FlatCharacter: Except for Phantoma and Kiki, Rinne's classmates have little to no characterization and some of them are not even named in-story. Steela can be considered one, but she becomes an important part of the plot later. The other two members of the Student Council are similarly flat.* GodIsInept: God did create the world, but in the story He is a weird midget who does nothing save for a bit of exposition. However, He ''did'' set the plan to [[spoiler:overthrow Abel and destroy Hell]] in motion by letting Rinne go to Hell in the first place [[spoiler:He was the cat]], so...* HolyHalo: Principal Hellvis has one over his head, the only one in the story to have one.* InevitableTournament: The volleyball tournament promoted by Headmaster Hellvis. The winners will be granted a single wish.* JapaneseDelinquents: Rinne's classmates fit the stereotypes of the trope.* MakeMyMonsterGrow: [[spoiler:Ryu Kutou]] turns Rinne's classmates into huge creatures to stop all other characters to escape Hell.* MeaningfulName: Headmaster Hellvis [[spoiler:AKA Cain]] is a mix between {{Satan}} and [[Music/ElvisPresley a certain american musician]].* MonsterMash: Rinne's class and, by extension, Destiny Land Academy and Hell. Rinne's classmates are a [[WitchSpecies witch]], a [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent werewolf girl]], a [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampire girl]], a four-armed {{Mummy}} girl, a scaly girl (a gorgon or possibly a [[FishPeople mermaid]]), and two nondescript demon/ghoul girls.* {{Motifs}}: The yin/yang is a recurring one. It's tied to the concepts of reincarnation, evil/good balance and duality that recur throughout the manga.* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: In the Italian edition of the manga, Destiny Land academy was rendered as ''Deathtiny'' Land.* TheNoseless: Steela.* PandaingToTheAudience: The Panda volleyball team. However [[SubvertedTrope those are Hellish pandas]], and thus incredibly freaky or creepy and not very panda-like at all despite the black/white fur... [[DoubleSubverted except for the one that gains a recurring role]], who looks like a big plushie with claws and {{Music/KISS}}-style facial marks.* PerpetualFrowner: Steela ([[WhenSheSmiles except for the end]]).%%* ThePowerOfFriendship* SelfInflictedHell: A fairly interesting variation. It is mentioned that the ultimate fate of souls is {{Reincarnation}}, thus Hell (and apparently Heaven too) exists solely because of [[spoiler:Abel's grudge against all humanity for being killed by his brother Cain; he created it and forced people to believe in it by means of art and philosophy, so that whenever they die feeling guilty they inflict Hell upon themselves]]. * SevenDeadlySins: Apparently, Rinne's classmates are physical avatars of these. It's never really explained how and why, and it bears no real relevance to the plot.* ShoutOut: Lots and lots. Here are some:** The story begins with a girl saving a purple cat from some kids throwing rocks at it, just like ''Franchise/SailorMoon''. Additionally, the main character was ran over by a vehicle after a good deed and sent to the afterlife even if the death wasn't scheduled. Can you say ''Manga/YuYuHakusho''?** Steela is basically the lovechild of [[WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas Sally]] and the Film/BrideOfFrankenstein.** Phantoma is visually inspired by the Phantom in Creator/BrianDePalma's ''Film/PhantomOfTheParadise'', hence the name. Since this is manga, she also resembles [[{{Manga/Berserk}} a female Femto]]. (Fem!Femto, [[{{Pun}} if you will]].)** One of Rinne's classmates is [[Anime/KikisDeliveryService a witch named Kiki]].** A volleyball team named "[[Film/TheWizardOfOz East Witches]]". One of the teammates looks like the stereotyped appearance of FrankensteinsMonster, but female.** The Dorm Mother is a {{Homage}} to [[MickeyMouse Minnie Mouse]]'s old design circa 1930.* VerbalTic: Hellvis ends often his sentences with "BABY!". The volleyball tournament referee ends all sentences with "ball".* WerewolfThemeNaming: Wolfy, the werewolf girl.* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: In the anime, Rinne (light blue) and her mom (dark blue). Plus Wolfie, in both the anime and as a variant in the toyline.께----


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