He Broke the Rules!
I have a feeling that Another will come out on top for this Winter 2012. Each episode has left me wanting more! The juxtaposition of some students’ behavior and the circumstances! Teshigawara seems to be overly perky for a class that may be under a curse and people starting to drop like flies. Interestingly enough, so far everyone that has died have all been females. I want to see if that angle will play out. Kouichi broke the rules. I think the biggest rule he broke was to acknowledge Misaki’s existence. It also seems that anyone he tells or questions about her existence who in turn acknowledges her, they die a horrible death. I haven’t had an anime give me the willies in a long time. Teshigawara lightens up the mood somewhat but for the majority of the episode you have a sense of dread. There are some scenes that can be a bit annoying such as everyone in the town prolonging telling Kouichi what is going on. An interruption inevitably happens while you wait with bated breath to find out what in the world is going on! Kouichi doesn’t seem to be as perturbed as I would expect someone to be with what is happening around him. That is strange in itself; not to mention we still don’t know why his name disturbed Izumi Akuzawa in the first episode. Obviously, there are so many connections; it’s a matter of figuring out how many there are and what started it all. If the dolls don’t play a role in this I would be surprised. There is really not much special about the art but it does such a good job expressing gloom with the muted colors of the scenery. This is definitely not your bright and chirpy generic slice of life anime.
I am extremely impressed with this anime so far and horror is not my favorite genre to watch in any form. I have been known to avoid anything that was horror-related. It could be due to so much horror being more overt as in bloody killings rather than that bone-squeezing terror. That terror that comes from the inside, the fear of not knowing what it cold be that will help you to survive. So maybe this anime isn’t there yet but it’s pretty close. I am actually excited about this show even though I am filled with a constant sense of dread throughout each episode. That dread is always rewarded at the end with a cliffhanger. Four episodes in and I’m hooked. This type of anime is why I started writing this blog. I wanted to be able to want to write about something that could make a day completely brighten up. How does a horror anime liven a day? Watch Another to find out.