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Hell's Angels is a manga by cult comic artist Shin'ichi Hiromoto, known in Japan (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 Hellish high school with assorted ghouls and monsters for students.

Young 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.


Among the other characters, there's the loud and boisterous principal Hellvis (no guesses as who he is inspired by), handsome student council president Ryu Kutou and Steela/Stealer, a taciturn and gloomy girl in Rinne's class who seems to be equally feared and despised by everybody.

The manga was originally serialized in 3 tankoubon by Shueisha in 2002, and six years later Mad House adapted it into an anime film simply titled "Hells".

Discotek Media licensed the movie with the dub handled by Team Four Star (of Dragon Ball Z Abridged and Hellsing Ultimate Abridged fame) - both have made sure to note that it is not a Gag Dub.

Not to be confused with the infamous motorcycle gang. Or with the 1930 movie.


The manga and resulting anime provide the following tropes:

  • Cats Are Magic: How can one with a yin/yang-shaped face and a clock hanging on its neck not be? The fact that it is also God helps.
  • Cessation of Existence: 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, The Power of Friendship and the power of believing really really hard in herself.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: The student council volleyball team utterly owns the Panda team. We only see the aftermath.
  • Cute Monster Girl: Rinne's classmates. Well, some of them are cute, others have a quite aggressive appearance...
  • Determinator: Rinne is a huge one, she never ever ever gives up. Possibly it has something to do with the fact that she is the reincarnation of Eve. Mario, a member of the school council, is also one.
  • Disappeared Dad: Rinne's is never even mentioned.
  • Self-Inflicted Hell: 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 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.
  • Seven Deadly Sins: 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.
  • Shout-Out: Lots and lots. Here are some:
  • Verbal Tic: Hellvis ends often his sentences with "BABY!". The volleyball tournament referee ends all sentences with "ball".
  • Werewolf Theme Naming: Wolfy, the werewolf girl.