Another: Bland and Scary, Interesting Combination

Back with the premier of another Winter 2012 anime, the horror series I was oddly drawn to (not kidding, I couldn’t explain why, but I really wanted to see this), Another. Centered around the untimely death of a 9th grader in Yomiyama Middle School’s class 3-3 in 1972, the story picks up as Koichi Sakakibara moves to Yomiyama while his father travels as a researcher, nearly 40 years after the death of the beloved student.

Koichi is the blandest of the bland, if the entire episode wasn’t singularly focused on him, I would doubt he’s the main character (he really has a background character look to him).  After meeting Mei in the elevator of the hospital, he’s convinced he sees her again in the classroom, and then on the roof of the school, where she doesn’t recall seeing him in the hospital. She also warns him to not get close to her, and that it’s best he didn’t talk to her. Meanwhile, everyone is either overly casual or has an air of conspiracy, there is definitely more to this town’s story than meets the eye.

Now that I’m interested, I can’t wait to see where Another goes.  The animation is good, and the character design seems to do a good job of capturing the general mundaneness of the everyday cast, while, at the same time, lending some credence that they’re all part of some larger conspiracy.

Until next time,
– BeldenOtaku

Sidenote: I’m glad they didn’t use the same look for Mei that’s on the cover of the novel, that picture scares me too much…

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6 thoughts on “Another: Bland and Scary, Interesting Combination

  1. Apart from Mei the entire cast was very dull to look at. Nobody really stood out which I guess is normal for anime theses days. The protagonists seem to be getting duller and duller each season.

    I hope the horror aspect of the plot starts soon because not a lot has happened just yet.
    I am definitely looking forward to the next episode.

    • If none of the characters stand out, it’s to up the creepy factor when they all start chanting “Braaaaaains…..” :3
      I imagine it’ll be the ending (or closer to it) that’ll really start the horror part. This isn’t supposed to be like those crappy “horror” movies in theaters these days, that just rely on shock horror of blood and guts or killers on the loose. They’re trying to embed the nightmare into your subconscious, so let ’em build up some suspense, get you comfy, and then drop the horror bomb on your a**. :3

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