Oh god. This is NOT okay.
|God, this past week was just death. I had Calculus and Biology exams back to back, ugh. And next Friday I have another Organic Chemistry exam. But after watching this I feel like I can’t complain because, seriously? Oh my god. This was just…insane. Like, literally a blood bath. AND a barbecue, for good measure. Everything that could go wrong in this episode happened and it FREAKED ME OUT, OH MY GOD. I definitely shrieked at one point…|
Episode 11 begins where Episode 10 left off, with Teshigawara busting into the room in a state of panic. He had thought Kazami, his childhood friend, was the “extra” and had supposedly killed him in a tussle. Kouichi, Mei and Teshigawara go to find Kazami’s body when they run into another student who had been stabbed. Kouichi goes and check’s the dining hall only to find a fire and the manager stabbed to death. Izumi joins Kouichi and Mei when they hear Takako scream. They rush upstairs to find her, only to find the room covered in blood. Takako then confronts them on the stairs and attempts to kill Mei.
Later, Takako plays the tape over the intercom and tells everybody that Mei is the “extra.” All the students go insane and try to kill her and Mikami-Sensei gets knocked out as she tries to protect Mei. Kouichi and Mei attempt to escape when they are confronted by Yumi who tries to kill Mei as revenge for her brother’s death. However, she falls out of the window to her death. Meanwhile, Mochikuzi and Teshigawara encounter the manager’s wife who has apparently gone nuts. She tries to kill them and Teshigawara gets his leg cut as the two attempt to escape.
Haha! At least she’s flexible? (…I’m going to hell.)
Straight up NIGHTMARE material.
As this is all happening, Nobaru and Makoto sit downstairs speculating as to whether Mei truly is the “extra” student. Nobaru smells something burning and Makoto goes to open the dining room door. Unfortunately, the influx of oxygen into the dining room causes an explosion that burns Makoto alive as Nobaru looks on in horror. Takako then finds Kouichi and Mei and stabs Kouichi in her attempt to get at Mei. However, she ends up tripping and unintentionally hanging herself in some stray wires. Izumi walks up and finds that Takako has died and her rage towards Mei becomes evident as she states that she is going to kill Mei. Mei then runs off.
My god, this was seriously straight up crazyassbatshit INSANE. The Another that we’ve grown to love and appreciate was always slow, doling out no shortage of suspense while simultaneously giving us gore in consistent dosages. This episode veered straight to the opposite end of the spectrum – straight up manslaughter of the more terrifying sort. The students of Class 3 were reduced to their base-most desires; instinctual fight or flight mode. It was survival of the fittest where all the competitors were desperate, carnal, cruel and operating on limited information. After finding out that it is possible and how to stop the phenomenon, the students want blood. And they want it now.
Unfortunately, Misaki Mei is the focal point of this bloodbath. She’s been the center of attention the entire time. Her role in this storyline is invaluable seeing as she was ignored in place of the “extra” and has the key to outing the “extra.” Not to mention the fact that her twin has lead people to believe that she IS the “extra.” This girl is just loaded. The end of this episode suggests that she is after the “extra,” possibly to kill them. Though she appears to be rather cold on the outside, Mei is in fact a warm and kind individual. It definitely kills her to see so much carnage and, hopefully, she’s finally mustered up the willpower to do something about it. So now the question remains…just who is the “extra”?
I’m still inclined to believe that Kouichi is a prime suspect, but this episode is pointing us in other directions. First of all, Kazami, despite his near death at the hands of Teshigawara, his childhood friend, was conveniently missing for the entirety of the episode. Where did he go? And what is he doing? Finally, if we’re considering all possibilities here, Kouichi’s aunt is also quite suspicious. I’ve always been rather skeptical about her, but the circumstances surrounding her are, frankly, just weird. Kouichi’s grandfather is always going on and on about his poor “Reiko-chan” and that annoying-as-hell parrot won’t shut up about “Rei-chan,” either. What’s going on there?
This begs the question – what if our entire understanding of the phenomenon is wrong? The students of Class 3 seem convinced that the “extra” MUST be in their actual class. One of the students in that class is dead. However, what if just has to be somebody from any Class 3, past or present? For instance, Reiko or anybody from a past Class 3 could be an extra and the repercussions hit the current Class 3. I wouldn’t put it past Another to lead us in the wrong direction and drop a bomb like that on us, seeing as it’s already been quite good at doing that.
I don’t know about you guys, but I’m definitely somebody who needs ALL loose ends tied. Doesn’t matter if one of them isn’t necessarily consequential to the plotline at hand – I need it touched upon, if only barely. Exhibit A: WHAT HAPPENED TO THE ORIGINAL MISAKI?!?! I’m sorry guys, but I need to understand how this phenomenon truly started. Speculation isn’t enough for me here. Obviously the “extra” is a key issue, but that will be addressed in the finale. If you remember the very first episode, with the introduction of the Class 3 curse, there was a series of images that foreshadowed the subsequent events. Not all of these have been taken care of yet, so I’m hoping that it all comes together in the end. I’d hate for Another to have a lackluster ending, so here’s to hoping!
You got this Mei!