And you thought dolls were cute…
|Another is possibly the anime I’ve been most excited for in the winter line up. The manga is brilliant and I fully expect this to be as well. So onwards to the horror!|
|So like, I know I said this about a ton of other shows this season, but I’m really excited to start Another. Horror in anime seems to be more about atmosphere than, say, shock or gross out, and I’ve already heard lots of great things about Another and the creepiness that it conveys.|
|It’s time to spice up this season with a little bit of horror and mystery! I was really looking forward to this as its preview looked so promising. Surely some scary, dark themes wouldn’t scare me too much. xD Alright, I’m ready for this!~|
|The long-awaited horror is finally here. Everybody’s extremely excited about it, so I wonder how it’s going to be?|
|Another is here! Wait that makes me sound crazy…whenever I hear the phrase “horror anime” it sort of makes me laugh! I never thought of anime as scary ever…maybe back when Higurashi was actually good? Then again Yuno from Mirai Nikki can freak people out. So will Another scare the pants of you? Or will it just put you to sleep? Find out soon!|
|I am not ashamed to admit that I absolutely cannot STAND horror. In all seriousness, I curl up in a ball and force my sister to sleep with me after I watch something scary. That being said, I’m still very excited for this show. Another should prove to be pretty awesome, even if I do pee my pants in the process of watching…|
We begin with the story of Misaki Mei, a student in class 3 of Yomiyama Middle School, who was, really, the perfect student. She was intelligent, pretty and loved by all. However, she died in some sort of accident. All were, of course, shocked that she had died. Suddenly, however, a student in the class pointed to her desk and said that he could see her and that she had not died. The whole class continued to behave as though she was still alive, even going so far as to keep her seat at graduation. This isn’t where the story ends, though…
26 years later we meet, Sakakibara Kouichi in a hospital, as his lung has collapsed. He has returned to his late mother’s hometown and his dad is in India, so he lives with his grandparents and aunt. Three of his classmates, Akazawa Izumi, Kazami Tomohiko and Sakuragi Yukari, visit him and they’re very curious and pushy about whether or not he’s been lived in Yomiyama before. Later on, while he’s on the elevator, Kouichi encounters a girl, who goes by the name Misaki Mei. She gets off the elevator on the basement level, headed toward the morgue, as she has some business with her “other half.” Back at home, Kouichi places a call to his father and finds out that his collapsed lung is supposedly hereditary, as it had happened to his father twice before.
…I have chapstick, if you need some.
I’m not ok with how her doll creeps me out more than she does.
Kouichi finally starts school and is greeted by a class of eerily subdued students. This entire aura changes at lunch, however, as they bombard him with questions about Tokyo and the like. After this, during PE class, Kouichi ends up sitting with another student with heart problems. Sakuragi Yukari approaches him soon afterwards and he asks her about Mei Misaki. Though she doesn’t say anything, it’s clear that Yukari knows more than she’s letting on. Just then, Kouichi spots Mei up on the roof and runs up to talk to her. She warns him to keep his distance, warning that his name is linked to death.
“Yah, nice to meet you too, guys…”
This. This was brilliance. The mood, the random flashes of dolls, the creepiness. Everything. P.A Works did a fantastic job with making this actually seem like a horror anime compared to other ones (*coughBlood-Ccough*) that tried to hide under slice of life crap, most of the time. Everything in this episode felt like something was NOT RIGHT and it was wonderful to watch.
They also did a great job at setting things up for events to come. I’m not going to spoil anything here, but I suggest watching this again after more is revealed and then appreciating how many vague hints were dropped everywhere. Or just appreciating the anime in general. The seiyuu in this were also some great choices. Misaki sounds awesome and monotone~. Normally I don’t use those two words in the same sentence, but it works for Misaki.
Oh my god, the music was perfect. Every single bit of that OST is pure gold. I don’t even care that I haven’t heard all of it yet. AHHHH I can’t get over how well it set the mood. …As for the OP, that was classic Ali Project right there. Lyrics and all. The imagery from the OP was kind of like the Mirai Nikki OP (is this the new thing for horror anime?), but yeah. I loved this. I can’t wait until people start dying since I just know going to be good.
Ahhh! That was gorgeous! PA Works has done it again on that front after the beautiful artwork of HanaIro. While HanaIro did an amazing job of setting a lighthearted mood with its charming secluded backdrops, Another raised the bar even higher with the droll and really imaginative visuals. Watching it at night in the dark probably added a lot to the atmosphere, but it was fantastic and eerie! I felt genuinely creeped out watching this, especially in the darker hospital scenes. To make things worse, we even got random clips of horrifyingly creepy dolls!
Another little tidbit I loved was the way the show went about showing and introducing the cast. I love when shows give character and meaning to even the most minor of people. It makes everything feel more … alive, I guess. With only 12 episodes I doubt they’ll go any farther than one-liners or face-shots with the majority of them, but I do appreciate the detail that went into designing the entire cast, both important and minor. And if the ED is any indication, some of the students who didn’t even get speaking lines in this episode might become more important later. (Oh, and I love the way Ai Nonaka handled Yukari, she has so much talent!)
I’m not too sure where the story is going though, but for now I’m just assuming it will be about Mei and the mystery surrounding her. Just in general, the entire town is freaking creepy, and poorly maintained if you ask me. I love atmospheric horror (if such a thing exists?), so I think I’m really going to love this show. My only complaint would be that the OP felt a little out of place. I enjoyed it, but it sort of … er, sliced the mood.
Yeah, that wasn’t too bad at all! I was kind of expecting lots of blood and yanderes because of my recent experiences with Mirai Nikki, but this show appears to be a different type of horror/mystery, and I must admit it’s pretty refreshing. ^^ At first I thought the pacing was slightly slow, but afterwards I was drawn in by the entire mysteriousness of Mei Misaki. The atmosphere within the class had a kind of creepy, calm-before-the-storm feeling and I found myself anticipating what would happen next. What kind of secrets are they hiding?
Moving on to the characters, although many common stereotypes were adopted – the megane class committee members, the typical clueless male lead, there’s probably a lot more to them than it might seem. Everyone seems to have their own dark secrets, and that’s what makes it compelling to watch – looking as those truths are revealed one by one will be very exciting indeed.
I also have a liking for its art style. The character designs are appealing and the setting of a small, “peaceful” town also seems perfect. The OP and ED were decent, but WHAT IS WITH THOSE CREEPY DOLLS SHOWING UP EVERYWHERE? I have a phobia of dolls and it’s freaking me out. Still, this anime has managed to capture my interest and I’m definitely going to give it a go. Yes, I am going to watch ANOTHER episode, hehe (NOT) #punny.
That. Was. Great. It’s been a long time since I’m actually liking a horror (when did Shiki air again?). Just like any other horror anime, the first episode is full of foreshadowing and unlimited amount of creepiness. However, the execution of this episode managed to perk my interest, story-wise. Our ghost Misaki had been handled greatly, giving off the mysterious vibe but also charismatic at the same time. No wonder our protagonist is slightly curious of her. I would too.
But what’s better here is the animation. It’s great. Lots of details for the creepiness, the dark colors that are giving off the horror feeling, and the background music that’s pure awesomeness. It’s been a while since I’m getting chills just by listening of the background music. Another had a great first episode, and I’m sure I’ll be watching this until the end.
Sooooo what happened?! Our main character Kouichi got “transferred” to “another” school where all kinds of creepy ass stuff went down? Right! Sounds just about right to me. I have to say the city is really damn creepy looking but it just looks freaking fantastic. Of course, since PA Works did Hanasaku Iroha and Angel Beats, they will always win for animation from me. So I have an idea about this whole story; I think this Misaki character is actually a ghost! Because Yukari had a case of evil “higurashi eyes” when the main character mentioned Misaki…so maybe Kouichi sees dead people?
I wouldn’t refer to Another as a horror show. It’s more of a psychological thriller and what a thrill, indeed. Though I wasn’t necessarily frightened, per say, I was definitely a little jumpy. The presentation of this show is definitely a major factor in such a feeling. Perhaps the most distinctive of such aspects was the music which was absolutely stellar, instantly creating a mood that was both haunting and somber. The creepy dolls served as chilling transitions and I certainly hope that they have more significance than simply aesthetic effect. Though the character design was on the soft and cute side, the art style was still stunning and I found it to be an interesting contrast to the serious nature of the storyline at hand. My only qualm was the OP and ED sequences which I found to be disappointingly lacking, especially in comparison to the quality of the show itself.
I find Misaki Mei to be the most intriguing character in this show. The circumstances behind her passing are, as of yet, unknown and I am, quite frankly, dying to figure out what happened (…no pun intended). This would offer insight as to why she’s still hanging around, though I don’t see her staying for any sort of benevolent purpose. Her death seems to have brought about an era of sadness and desolation, if the behavior of the class was any indication. There’s definitely a link between Kouichi’s mother and Misaki Mei, and I’m willing to put down money on the aunt knowing more than she’s letting on. Not to mention the entire class. There’s a massive web of secrets and connections hiding under all of this tension, it’s going to burst soon and I am SO READY FOR IT.
That being said, I relish in the fact that I have no clue what to expect from this show. There’s a distinct possibility that this show could dip in quality in a manner reminiscent of the aesthetically pleasing flop that was Guilty Crown, but I sincerely hope that this scenario never comes to fruition. Another is based on a novel by a legitimately talented writer, Yukito Ayatsuji, which means that the source material is structurally sound. That’s not to say that the producers won’t take creative liberties with it, but it should prove to be top notch. So, it only makes sense that I am crazy excited for this show, guys. Seriously. Excited. Excuse me while I go spaz out in that corner over there…
…It looks like potato chips are falling from the sky…