Hey doods and peeps, welcome to another episode of The G-Views. Here’s a show that came out of left field and was…interesting to say the least. This is Another.
Objectionable content: Intense
Number of episodes: 12 + 1 OVA.
G-Rating: 8/10 for being better than all Final Destination sequels and most murder flicks. 7/10 overall rating because I won’t be seeing this show a 2nd time.
Plot Summary: When Kōichi Sasakibara transfers to his new school, he can sense something frightening in the atmosphere of his new class, a secret none of them will talk about. At the center is the beautiful girl Mei Misaki. Kōichi is immediately drawn to her mysterious aura, but then he begins to realize that no one else in the class is aware of her presence.
Let me get this out of the way right now. As a supposed horror anime, it fails. This show wasn’t scary at all. Compared to BRS TV’s Kagari who nearly made me wet my pants, all that took place in Another was creepy at best. What this show does excel at is as a mystery and suspenseful thriller. I of course recommend watching this show in the dark. However, notice an intense objectionable content rating. Why? Because this show could easily be nicknamed, “Final Destination: The animated series”. If you’re squeamish and can’t stand the sight of fatalities that get more and more brutal as the show progresses, then this one isn’t for you. It starts off slow, building up as more fear is instilled on our protagonists, leading to a most heart pounding, possibly a bit over the top climax that will leave you flabbergasted and out of breath, depending on how much you can handle.
The mystery portion of the show works quite well. It unravels itself quite nicely and the answers become clear over time. Do they make sense? I leave that for the viewer to decide since I was satisfied with the entire experience and didn’t bother asking questions…mostly because I’m not good at mysteries. I’ll also say this, for some who were disappointed by last year’s mediocre mystery anime (I’ll admit as much as I love GOSICK, it fails as a mystery show) this one will satiate your thirst for a good puzzle.
The animation is decent on the background scenery. The character art kinda reminds me of the Persona series for some reason…maybe it’s Angry Tails.
Yes, there’s a beach episode but let’s face facts, you all wanted to see Mei and Angry Tails on the beach as much as I wanted to see Reiko. I just noticed I’ve been calling Reiko Ryoko all this time…whatever. As you’ll find out, most of the characters’ names didn’t interest me. Why? Because you’ll find out this show will become infamous for having MANY background characters. Whether you’ll care for any of them is up to you. I personally have some favorites, two in particular.
The music: At first the music was one of the best parts of the entire series…but as the show progressed…something happened. I don’t know about others who have watched this show but after the beach episode, I stopped noticing the music altogether. Oh, and it should be no surprise both the OP and ED are really good.
Characters: Like I said there are many characters on this show but thankfully we have a main cast. To save time I’ll mention the ones I cared about most.
Koichi Sakakibara: I just call him Male Lead. Believe it or not, he’s all right for a male protagonist outside of Slice of Life, sport and select few action shows. He fills his role as the “person who gets involved in something big” quite well. He isn’t emo and reacts believably to the situations he gets into. Coming from me, a guy who enjoys bashing anime male leads to kingdom come, that’s saying a lot.
Mei Misaki: Ah yes, the poster girl and main reason animeniacs, who haven’t the novels, were intrigued to check the show out. She pretty much acts the way she looks, monotone, cold, wise and creepy, yet adorable. Most viewers will quickly warm up to her. Being the female protagonist, she has much to hide and share at the same time.
Izumi Akazawa: The above mentioned girl in the blue bikini I nicknamed Angry Tails for two reasons: She’s often in a bad mood and she has twin tails. That’s pretty much her character in a nutshell. She tries her very best to find a way to end the suffering and rarely shows actual joy, for obviously unknown reasons till they are eventually revealed.
As for my favorite background characters:
In conclusion: Is this the anime of the season most predicted? Don’t know, don’t care. What I do know is that if you can handle a dark, creepy, suspenseful mystery with thrills, chills and increasing brutal fatalities, by all means go for it…just don’t expect me to watch this more than once. I saw it once and was satisfied.