Now I don’t usually watch horror related shows or movies but my Ecchi loving friend demanded that I watch this and honestly I am very happy that I did because this has become one of my favorite animes ever because this show has alot more going for it than it let’s on.
There isn’t really much I can tell you about Another without telling you everything and spoiling it for you guys so I do apologize for this review being on the shorter side of things anyway onto the actual review and etc.
Another is a 12 episode mystery/horror anime based upon the novel and manga of the same name by Yukito Ayatsuji that ran from Jan 10, 2012 to Mar 27, 2012 and it follows the story of Kouichi Sakakibara, a 15 year old transfer student who transfers to Yomiyama North Middle School to attend school there, it goes well for a while but that all changes when he notices a unusual and somewhat eerie girl named Mei Misaki.
Now everybody else in the class ignores her like she doesn’t even exist and he begins to wonder why that is and he discovers that his new school or more specifically his new classroom has a mysterious and very dangerous curse involving a long dead student named who was also named Misaki and after breaking school rules to talk to the mysterious girl is when unexplained and terrifying events begin to occur.
There are few anime shows that involve supernatural things like curses and so on and Another makes quite a good use of it’s concept, while being more of a thriller than horror it is very heavy on the suspense and atmosphere and is more along the line of gory rather than scary in my humble opinion but that is one of the show’s strong points as least to me.
The characters are ok although a bit bland with Mei being the most interesting because she is labelled as the one that “does not exist” by the rest of the class and is seemly involved somehow with all the disturbing phenomena but it didn’t really harm my enjoyment of the show and oh yeah the disturbing phenomena is students and teachers dying….Final Destination style just do you know.
Another is quite a slow burning story, not much really happens in the first two episodes but that is solely for the sake of story, tension and suspense building with Kouichi trying to find out why his class has this eerie and fearful atmosphere and who is the mysterious girl with the eye patch and then it shocks you in episode 3 with a graphic unexplained death then the gore starts.
The show constantly has you thinking about the curse, who is going to be the next to die and how will they stop the curse before it is too late and it had me on the edge of my seat shuddering at points but then again I was watching it at 11:00pm in the absolute dark with headphones in so that might of added to the creepiness but you can probably get the idea but now so with that out the way I think I should talk about the art and sound work of the show.
Another is a dark and gloomy anime and the art and sound work reflect this, the art isn’t bright or cheerful, it adds to the eerie feeling of the show, the characters are well designed and they don’t really change much from the manga so that’s a bonus and the voice acting ties it all together.
Another has a subbed version and a dubbed version, I personally enjoy the subbed version more because the male lead sounds like he has a constantly sore throat in the English dub but then again he does have a collapsed lung so that must be the reason why he sounds like that.
Another is a show you should watch if you are a fan of creepy anime shows with a solid mystery plot and tense thriller moments, you can easily watch this show in one weekend because of it’s 13 episode length (12 episodes and one special titled Episode 0 that focuses on Mei and fleshes out her character more) and it is well worth a watch if you want something a bit different from what you would regularly watch.
While it might not be Corpse Party level terrifying, it does pack alot of scare factor in the very creative Final Destination like character deaths, the chilling mystery surrounding the cursed class room and the creepy atmosphere and it is a show I would recommend highly and would definitely watch again because I enjoyed it even with the somewhat slow start at the beginning.
Please check this anime out if you have have time and as always if you like this review then please like, comment down below and share so other people can read it that this review so see you next time.