Anime of the Week: Another

Another, is a gem in the world of horror anime. You heard me right, it’s in the horror genre, or to be more specific, it’s a supernatural mystery horror thriller. Now, I say gem, because as someone who is really into dark, gritty, and horrific anime, there aren’t a lot of good ones regarding the horror genre. Most only make it to about a 6 or 7 for my rating, which isn’t bad, but not great either. But if you enjoy the darkness of humanity, the paranormal phenomenon of the world, and mysteries that will seriously make you rack your brain for the answer, then Another is for you. It is, however rated R17+, so if you can’t handle lots of death, gore, or other profanity, I’d suggest you sit this one out. If none of that bothers you, then continue on.

Art. The art style of Another is pristine. It’s very clean and smooth with complexities that don’t overwhelm your eyes. You may not think much of it now if and when you see it, but the anime came out in 2012. So, both the art and animation was ahead of its time by a year or so. This art style ends up creating a beautiful contrast with the dark, red, almost bland color scheme of the show. With most of the things you see in the series being a neutral color, or at least in the same family as one, when you see something vibrant, you know it’s important. The show uses this to its advantage really well and will use it to take you on a ride you will never forget.

Animation. For a majority of the show the animation isn’t anything special. It’s good, definitely above average, but nothing that will catch your eye. That is until you watch particularly gruesome scenes. Because most of the series doesn’t show much, when these dark scenes come up, they feel that more vivid and intense. Now personally I think this was done on purpose. After all, both Kadokawa and Bandai Namco produced the show, so you know they had the budget to animate the entirety of the anime very well. I think they purposefully left the majority of it with average animation so the dark scenes stood out more. It’s just a theory, but if it’s true, then they’re geniuses.

Characters. I’ll give you guys a heads up right away here. The characters don’t have much development in the show. But hold on! Let me give you some reasons why they’re still worth watching, I mean, even I’m a stickler for character growth. First off, Another is only twelve episodes. Don’t worry, it wasn’t canceled, it just finished in one season (and trust me, it doesn’t need another episode; pun intended). Second of all, the anime is a mystery and if you know your mysteries well then you know there isn’t much character development at all if any. “But wait, MAB III!” You may be saying. “What about Sherlock!?” Well, don’t worry, I have an answer to that. Sherlock is a long running mystery series with over 250 books. So that’s more than plenty of time for growth. Still, with the way the story moves in the show, character development is almost unnecessary. It goes by completely unnoticed because of how hard you’re deciphering the clues to figure out the answer to Another’s mystery.

Plot. The storyline is bafflingly amazing. It’s good. Every person I’ve introduced this anime to has fallen in love with it. It simply boggles the mind and keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire series of all twelve episodes. Back in 1972, a popular student named Misaki in class 3-3 from Yomiyama North Middle School passed away and ever since, class 3-3 is said to be cursed. Twenty-six years later, Kouichi Sakakibara, a 15-year-old boy, transfers to Yomiyama North and is put in class 3-3. He soon realizes the dark atmosphere that surrounds the class and the odd fact that the entire class, including the teacher, acts as if the student, Mei Misaki, doesn’t even exist. As Kouichi grows closer to the eyepatch wearing Mei, he begins to learn about the inescapable travesties that saunter after the students of class 3-3.

Honestly, if that didn’t entice you, then this particular genre must really not be your thing, because just typing a vague plot summary of Another got me itching to re-watch it. The storyline alone is engaging, and then you add they gorgeous art style and clever use of animation and it’s phenomenal. I still have yet to meet someone who’s watched the show and didn’t absolutely love it. Just saying.

Rating: 9/10 Confikeys

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