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Another 

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A young man named, Koichi Sakakibara, transfers to a new school where he finds himself drawn into a mystery involving a mysterious girl and a series of gruesome deaths.
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Series cast summary:
Atsushi Abe Atsushi Abe ...  Kouichi Sakakibara 13 episodes, 2012
Natsumi Takamori Natsumi Takamori ...  Mei Misaki 13 episodes, 2012
Tomoaki Maeno Tomoaki Maeno ...  Naoya Teshigawara / ... 13 episodes, 2012
Greg Ayres ...  Kouichi Sakakibara 13 episodes, 2012
Chris Patton ...  Naoya Teshigawara 13 episodes, 2012
Monica Rial ...  Mei Misaki 13 episodes, 2012
Madoka Yonezawa Madoka Yonezawa ...  Izumi Akazawa 12 episodes, 2012
Naoko Sakakibara Naoko Sakakibara ...  Professor Mikami / ... 12 episodes, 2012
Kazutomi Yamamoto Kazutomi Yamamoto ...  Yuuya Mochizuki 10 episodes, 2012
Hiroaki Hirata ...  Chibiki Tatsuji / ... 7 episodes, 2012
Mitsuhiro Ichiki Mitsuhiro Ichiki ...  Tomohiko Kazami 6 episodes, 2012
Kôzô Mito Kôzô Mito ...  Professor Kubodera 6 episodes, 2012
Seiko Yoshida Seiko Yoshida ...  Sanae Mizuno 6 episodes, 2012
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Twenty-six years ago, in a third-year classroom of a middle school, there was a student named Misaki. As an honors student who was also good at sports, the charming boy was popular with his classmates. When he suddenly died, his classmates decided to carry on as if he was still alive until graduation. Then, in the spring of 1998, a boy named Sakakibara Kouichi transfers to that classroom, and he grows suspicious of the fearful atmosphere in that classroom. In particular, there is a beautiful, aloof girl named Mei Misaki who wears an eye-patch and is always alone drawing pictures. Written by (Summaries provided by ANN and AniDB)

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Japanese

Release Date:

9 January 2012 (Japan) See more »

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Violent, shocking, and above all else, thrilling

Horror is a genre that tends to be rare in anime. What horror animes exist tend to be of high quality, but generally, pure horror fiction is a woefully unrepresented genre in anime. Thankfully, after finishing Another, I am proud to say that the anime horror genre has found itself another gem.

Another concerns a young student named Sakakibara Kouichi who moves to a rural town and transfers into the local school's third class. He finds himself drawn in by the mystery of a strange girl named Misaki who wears an eyepatch and acts extremely distant. Kouichi soon finds himself in a whirlwind of supernatural intrigue and terror. Beyond this, I don't believe any more of the plot should be given away. I feel that Another works best as a story that you go into knowing as little as possible.

Another is, for the most part, a tightly written horror story. Admittedly, the first episode or two is slow and at first glance the story sounds like the same old ghost story that has been beaten to death in countless horror movies. However, the story quickly takes off and becomes extremely unpredictable, creating a wildly unique story that stands out from the often formulaic horror genre. The pacing of the series is simply excellent. The early parts of the series settle for a surreal and unsettling atmosphere, whereas the plot starts to accelerate in the latter part until it reaches a chaotic frenzy in its conclusion.

Another works extremely well at establishing tension and a growing sense of dread. Bizarre dream sequences, startling imagery, and gory deaths that would make Higurashi proud all work together to create an intense viewing experience. Additionally, Another devotes almost all of its time and energy to developing a rich story and is largely free of filler and pandering, save for a beach episode.

Naturally, the series is not without a few flaws. Another sports a large cast of characters but only a few of them are gifted with much in the way of character development. This isn't a large issue, but I was left wanting to know more about several of the characters. Additionally, as with many supernatural mysteries, there are gaps in logic present in the story. It doesn't require as much suspension of disbelief as say, Mirai Nikki, but those who are bothered by such things are warned.

The animation quality is excellent. Although you wouldn't imagine a show of Another's profile to receive a top quality animation job, P.A. Works has created a surprisingly good looking show. Characters are consistently sharply drawn and the backgrounds are lush with detail. The show's few action sequences are fluidly animated. The dark artistic imagery, such as the show's fixation upon dolls, fits the eerie tone well.

Horror is many times defined by its soundtrack, a test that Another passes with flying colors. Dark moody pieces set the tone for many a scene and frenzied music punctuates the more shocking moments in the story. The opening theme is decent, whereas the ending theme is forgettable. There are few complaints to be found with the voice cast, as all the performers deliver commendable performances.

Another is a fantastic example of horror done right in an anime. Its not "scary" per say, but the atmosphere will be eaten up by horror and mystery fans alike. Attractive animation, solid pacing, and a compelling mystery all make Another a must-see for long-time horror fans or for those who are looking to get into the genre.


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