Sorry guys, I didn’t have time to write much about this episode because I was busy making animated gifs of Izumi throwing marine life around.
Ok, fine, I’m not that sorry. Have some more Izumi pictures! She is stealing the show.
I never thought I would say this in a million years, but starting off with such ridiculous deaths actually kind of paid off in this episode. Now that we’re expecting to see death around every turn, the creators are using this to toy with us.
Case in point: the opening blood splatter, which turns out to be a watermelon. They made it out to be a blood splatter. If you think about it for half a second, you’d think “of course it’s just a watermelon, they’re at the beach.” But then you’d second guess yourself. “Well, this is Another after all… it probably is a person.” The sheer ridiculousness has enabled us to see death around every corner (albeit not to fear it).
Next, there was the scene where they drove past the truck. The camera zooms in on the truck, the creepy music indicating someone’s pending death plays, the whole shebang. And then: nothing happens. That was the most surprising part of Another yet.
At the end, a sudden gust blows the beach ball into the ocean. The music kicks up, and you know: this guy is going to die. Everyone watches from shore, their tension mounting. The boy disappears from sight. He’s a goner. The boys rush out to sea to save him. Oh wait. He was just joking around underwater.
Oh crap. Now he’s not lifting his head from above the water. Oh wait, he’s fine. Oh crap, he just got chopped into bits by a power boat. It’s no less ridiculous than before, but it does keep you guessing.
Another thing that helped was that the music wasn’t so out of place this episode, for the most part. While they played on the beach, the music left a sense of foreboding, but it was in the background and not enough to overpower everything else.
All in all, I was quite impressed with this episode, especially considering the fact that it was a beach episode, which usually indicates we’re in for something awful. The activities on the beach were fairly creative and interesting, although this may just be my Izumi goggles speaking.
The biggest mystery from this episode was why anyone would go to the beach without bringing a swimsuit.