Another Review — C-

I should clarify that this is not merely another review, but a review of Another, the show.

Kouichi transfers to a school in the country, where he encounters a girl, Misaki Mei, who wears an eyepatch and is always alone.  The two become friends, but the class seems to be hiding something from Kouichi. Soon, students begin to die in a series of increasingly bizarre accidents…

The main problem with Another is that it simply doesn’t know how to tell a horror story. This is especially problematic in the first half. The show has nonstop out of place horror music playing. To increase the tension, they show random shots of discombobulated dolls. Which, as it turns out, have absolutely nothing to do with the story. And aren’t scary at all.

To top it off, the characters die in the most ridiculous ways imaginable, which makes their deaths humorous rather than terrifying. I’m not sure if that’s what the creators were going for. Regardless, it does make the show entertaining. I especially enjoyed the finale where (*spoiler*) the classmates start dropping off like flies.

The mystery itself is decent, although the way it’s told was awful. The lead characters are interesting and do have some personality, although the rest of the class exists merely to get offed in amusing ways. My favorite character was Izumi (shown above throwing a sea cucumber).

  • Storytelling – D – Does not know how to tell a horror story.
  • Voice – B – It’s certainly “unique.”
  • Characters – C – The lead characters are decent, but the rest of the class is just there to get killed.
  • Attention Grab – A – Finding entertaining ways to off people certainly succeeded in grabbing my attention.
  • Production – B – Looks nice, good backgrounds.
  • Overall – C-

Recommendations – Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni, Ghost Hound

9 thoughts on “Another Review — C-

    1. Oops, thanks, fixed. At some point I need to gather all of my reviews into an index.

      Voice is supposed to mean the style and feel of the show. Like when you read a book people talk about the “author’s voice.” Basically the unique feel you get when you watch a show.

  1. If this series is to verbatim. Then the author of the light novel needs to read more decent to good horror works. What got me hooked in another is the premise. It was enough for me to be excited enough watch it every week.

    Yep. That’s about the same rating I did in my review post: 3/5.

    1. I haven’t read the novel, so of course I have no idea, but I’m guessing part of it’s more a problem of the adaptation than the source material. The ridiculous deaths are probably the novels fault, but it’s hard to take the story seriously the way they presented it with random doll parts and such.

  2. your ‘spoiler’ warning was too close to the spoiler (which is very short and easy to read). As it happened, I’ve been spoiled because I read too fast -_-‘

    Still, I’ll finish the show anyway.

    1. Ah, sorry. It didn’t spoil much though, you’ll figure out that lots of people are going to die after the second episode or so anyway. 🙂

  3. I fully agree to your criticism but will still give this show an “8” in my MAL rating. I’m always willing to trade in the basic requirements for a show (plot, characters etc.) for some awesome extras. In Another’s case these were:

    1) Izumi imo was the best-looking character this season.

    2) The level of detail and the backgrounds (the best since HanaIro) were outstanding. Admittedly the animation itself was poor and the characters quite often looked awkward and distorted. But I’d happily watch even a slideshow of awesomely drawn scenery shots!

    3) As I mentioned in my comment on ep. 2 I’m pretty much into eerie BJD. Even though it turned out they didn’t matter for the story I still loved the shots.

    4) The horror atmosphere in the first episodes (in particular the audio) was very well made.

    1. Well, I definitely agree with #1! That’s the main reason I kept watching this, as you probably know by now. 🙂 I probably would have given it a failing grade without Izumi.

      The backgrounds were excellent, and the sound track was good. Not enough for me to enjoy the show overall, but I can certainly see where you’re coming from.

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