Hellow!

I’m acting spooky don’t mind me.

I wanted to start this site with a romantic blog but since it’s October I decided to do a bunch of spooky blogs. Anyways after thinking for a while, I decided to review an overrated anime:

Another

* This is my thoughts on the anime, I haven’t read the manga yet!

Please do note that this blog may contain spoilers

I will be stating my opinion so if you don’t agree, please be polite and comment on them.

Information

Name: Another

Episodes: 12

Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller, Supernatural

Studio: P.A works

Status: completed

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Synopsis

In 1972, a popular student in Yomiyama North Middle School’s class 3-3 named Misaki passed away during the school year. Since then, the town of Yomiyama has been shrouded by a fearful atmosphere, from the dark secrets hidden deep within. Twenty-six years later, 15-year-old Kouichi Sakakibara transfers into class 3-3 of Yomiyama North and soon after discovers that a strange, gloomy mood seems to hang over all the students. He also finds himself drawn to the mysterious, eyepatch-wearing student Mei Misaki; however, the rest of the class and the teachers seem to treat her like she doesn’t exist. Paying no heed to warnings from everyone including Mei herself, Kouichi begins to get closer not only to her but also to the truth behind the gruesome phenomenon plaguing class 3-3 of Yomiyama North.

(Source; Mal)

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My thoughts on first episode

+ a small summary of the first episode

The first episode starts with two characters, a boy and a girl, talking while we see different scenes and objects. The boy was telling the story of a girl named Misaki. He tells the girl that, 26 years ago when Misaki got into ninth grade she died in an accident. Being loved by all her, classmates and teachers started acting as if she is alive and as a routine, each year people who are in her class, class 3, do the same. After hearing this weird story we meet our main character, Sakakibara Kouichi, who is in a hospital. Then we meet three of his new classmates who are pretty weird. Not as in appearance but the way they act. They’re emotionless and ask weird creepy questions. For a second I even believed that they could be possessed. Later, Kouichi meets a mysterious girl who wears an eyepatch in the elevator. Looking at her uniform, he found out she is from the same school. She tells Kouichi, “My poor other half is waiting for me”. I was really confused. Not only was I confused about this girl’s words, but I was also even more confused when she said her name was “Misaki Mei”. Could she be the Misaki the story said and this boy is able to see her? Only ten minutes into the first episode and I’m already beyond confused. After being discharged from the hospital we see even his grandfather acts weird. Saying stuff about Kouichi’s mom. Later, He goes to her new class and to be honest his classmates annoy me to no end. They didn’t have any expression and they didn’t even welcome him. The weird thing is they welcomed him and got close to him when they were alone with him and not in front of the teacher. The teacher said something fishy too. “..so that you can all graduate in prime health.” I don’t know why but the moment he said that the thought of characters dying popped in my mind. This anime is horror so when the teacher says something like that it probably means “you all are gonna die.” This episode is really confusing but at the same time interesting. In this episode we see no one talks to Misaki, no one gets close to class 3, people act as if Misaki isn’t there. All that stuff hooked me. Now I have to watch the rest of the anime and find out what’s really happening.

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Story

The story was one thing and that was finding “another” character who is really dead. It was new to me so I really enjoyed it. But I wish the story had more to it. I’m a big fan of Horror but I try my best not to watch them on my own. “Another” started pretty well. The first two episodes made me believe Mei isn’t real and Kouichi was making her up. I even told myself she is probably not real. After Mei claims that she can only be seen by Kōichi I told myself “I knew it!” but exactly at that moment Yukari, one of Kouichi’s annoying classmates, runs out of the class and looks at them terrified. Here I noticed she saw her too and I’m really enjoying how mysterious this anime is! Let me be honest, some episode was really intense with all gore especially episode three. After two normal episodes episode, three surprised me and made me cover my mouth in agony! The pace of this anime was pretty slow but that didn’t bother me at all because it made the whole thing more interesting. I can’t really say anything about the story because I’ll probably spoil the most important parts but what I really enjoyed was the plot twists this series had. Every time I thought I’ve solved the mystery, Another would prove me wrong. Every weird thing I saw in each episode came together at the end and I was shocked AF!

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Characters

Most of the characters somehow got on my nerves; especially the classmates. They weren’t anything special and our main character Kouichi was a bit too normal. Unlike other horror-mystery anime, He didn’t even have the brains. We see that every time Kouichi asks the people about the curse of his class, something happens to the person asked such as pain, a near-death experience or actual death! But he was an idiot so he kept forcing all those people to go through that pain. The classmates were annoying and weird. Kouichi was a new member of the class so they had to tell him somehow what’s happening but they kept silent till it was too late. Between all the characters Misaki was probably the best character in the anime. Since she was shown most of the time as an emotionless character, I found her more mysterious. To be honest this anime has a bunch of weak characters. None of them had any personality and they all acted way too stupidly and annoying. Usually, I’m able to write about any character. But this anime stumped me. There was no character development or anything like that. The whole series was focused on the curse and who was gonna die next.

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Art

The art looked pretty good. There are a lot of doll scenes that I didn’t really understand but the dolls looked pretty good as well. The gore scenes looked amazing. Character designs weren’t that special; except for Misaki. Misaki’s design was great and mysterious. The color pallets used in this anime were dark which fit the anime splendidly! The sceneries were detailed and I especially loved the rainy scenes! Other than that there wasn’t too much going for the art. I also found the eyes very weird, but It didn’t phase me too much.

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Soundtracks

The OST, original soundtrack, of this anime, is amazing! The background music can give any human being goosebumps. But the background music in some scenes made me think something important was gonna happen but that moment never came. Other than that the whole thing was pretty good. The opening song for the dark atmosphere in the music video wasn’t anything too special. The ending wasn’t too special either, but I still enjoyed it. Even though the music video for the ending was really simple I liked it way more than opening. The lyrics for the ending was beautiful as well!

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Overall

After “Corpse Party”, this anime had the power to make me jump. The OST, original soundtrack, was pretty good. Character designs weren’t anything special, but the gore scenes were flawless! Characters weren’t that good either, but the story was interesting enough to keep me watching till the end. I would recommend this anime to people who like horror and gore!

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