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Sobyo (10 Jan. 2012)
"Anazâ" Sobyo (original title)

TV Episode  -  Animation | Drama | Horror
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May 1998. Koucichi Sakakibara just arrived at Yomiyama from Tokyo a month ago. Due to a collapsed lung, he was confined to the hospital until he is fully recovered. 3 classmates of his new ... See full summary »

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Episode credited cast:
Atsushi Abe ...
Natsumi Takamori ...
Mei Misaki (voice)
Madoka Yonezawa ...
Izumi Akazawa (voice)
Hiroaki Hirata ...
Chibiki Tatsuji (voice)
Naoko Sakakibara ...
Reiko / Professor Mikami (voice) (as naoko sakakibara)
Kazutomi Yamamoto ...
Yuuya Mochizuki (voice)
Tomoaki Maeno ...
Mitsuhiro Ichiki ...
Tomohiko Kazami
Ai Nonaka ...
Iori Nomizu ...
Yumi Ogura
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Misato Fukuen ...
Kengo Kawanishi ...
Takurô Kitagawa ...
Yosuke Sakakibara
Keisuke Komoto ...
Manabu Maejima
Kozo Mito ...
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May 1998. Koucichi Sakakibara just arrived at Yomiyama from Tokyo a month ago. Due to a collapsed lung, he was confined to the hospital until he is fully recovered. 3 classmates of his new school, Yomiyama North Junior High School, specifically Class 3-3; arrived to welcome and prepare him for life there. Class Officers Tomohiko Kazami, Yukari Sakuragi and head of Countermeasures Izumi Akazawa. All of them ask Kouichi bizarre questions which causes his first seed of suspicion of his school, especially Izumi who reacted strangely after shaking his hand. When Kouichi is recovered enough to walk about the hospital he meets a strange girl with an eyepatch, a Yomi North uniform and a nude doll with a blindfold on. He also notices the girl had pushed the second basement floor button, which lead to the morgue. When Kouichi questioned her, she stated she had something to deliver to her "Poor other half." Kouichi asks what her name is, to which she responded "Mei Misaki". The next morning ... Written by Shane

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[first lines]
Student Boy: [Voice over] Have you hear about Misaki? The third-year girl in class three.
Student Girl: [Voice over] Was there anyone like that in the class three?
Student Boy: [Voice over] It happened twenty-six years ago. She was popular from the first year. She was smart, pretty, and she had a great personality and was loved by both teachers and students.
Student Girl: [Voice over] Yes, at least there is someone like her in every school.
Student Boy: [Voice over] But soon after she began her third year, Misaki died.
Student Girl: [Voice over] What? How?
Student Boy: [...]
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Did you hear about the girl in 9th Grade Class 3?
5 October 2013 | by (Valhalla) – See all my reviews

Let me make one thing perfectly clear. I am not a fan of anime. I do have a brother who likes the stuff made by Yoshiaki Kawajiri (most known for the movies of Ninja Scroll and Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust). Why did I sit down and watch this you may ask? To be perfectly honest a friend on Facebook recommended to me this show, that's it.

The plot is that 26 years ago in the 9th grade, class 3. A girl by the name of Misaki died, she was very popular with the teachers and students. Throughout the rest of the classes schooling life (including the teachers and principal) they act as if she never died and was there all the way through until the class' graduation.

We then follow a new student named Kouichi Sakakibara. He can't go to school because he is hospitalised with lung problems. He is met by the 3 leaders of his class and they give him a bunch of flowers in representation of the whole class. After that he befriends a girl with an eye patch who also goes to his school named Mei Misaki (I can kind of see where this is going for future episodes). At school he seems to be welcomed by pretty much everyone. But when asking about Mei Misaki the classmates act very strange.

The animation of this show isn't that bad. The backgrounds look pretty amazing whie the characters... not so much. The show does convey a creepy atmosphere pretty well. It also offers enough questions for me to continue looking at the rest of the series.

Here is my biggest complaint, the opening theme. For a show that convveys this kind of tone the theme is a little bit too upbeat and happy. A small complaint? Probably but I find it such a big problem in an otherwise decent show.

So this isn't really a bad pilot. The premise is interesting, the animation is okay, the atmosphere is pretty well done. Would I watch more of it? Yes I would. I'm sure this can improve from here.


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