Another Episode 01 – Rough Sketch

Overview:

Another begins on a sufficiently creepy note with a boy telling a girl the story about some pretty, popular girl named Misaki who died in an accident 26 years ago. She was in ninth grade, class 3 and after her death, her classmates started pretending that she was still alive and there with them. This lasted until graduation and the principle even had a seat for her. Then something happens but we don’t get to find out yet.

Then it shows a boy, Sakakibara Kouichi, in a hospital with his grandmother and aunt. His mother’s dead and his father’s in India. He’s new to Yomiyama and set to start class at Yomi North, the school where his mother studied. Three of his soon-to-be classmates show up with flowers. Guess what class they’re from? Yup, ninth grade, class 3.

Awkward introductions reveal that one of the three is a girl who works in countermeasures. What in hell would a junior high class have countermeasures for? They press him about his prior experience with Yomiyama. He insists that he hasn’t lived here before, just visited briefly, but countermeasures girl takes his hand in an ominous handshake and seems skeptical about that fact.

Later, Kouichi runs into an eye-patched girl in the hospital elevator – the shot makes it seem like she appeared out of thin air – and finds that she’s headed towards the morgue with a doll, saying she’s delivering something to her poor other half. He asks her name, which she says is Misaki Mei.

Well, okay, that is a complete coincidence I’m sure.

Anyway, Kouichi heals up and receives a lecture from his aunt about the rules at his new school. It’s important to uphold class rules and the group is more important than the individual. Hmm, I’m already disliking this class.

Class 3 and its teachers seem strangely subdued when he joins them but during break, they all flock to him for chatting up the city boy. At least that’s what it seems like but the whole thing has this artificial aura to it, like they’re all just going through the motions. It’s also crystal clear that the class as a whole is keeping some secret from Kouichi.

During gym class, Kouichi finds out that their class takes gym separately for some reason. He talks with a boy born with a heart condition who runs off to the nurse’s office soon after and is then joined by Sakuragi Yukari, one of the girls who visited him in the hospital. She has a sprained ankle. Kouichi asks her about Mei whom he saw in the class when he came in but who disappeared during lunch. Sakuragi is shocked to the point of speechlessness at the question and before she can respond in any way, Kouichi spots Mei on the roof and rushes to join her.

Why, Kouichi, why? Did you two bond so much during a creepy elevator encounter?

He makes awkward conversation with Mei and then it gets real weird when Mei reveals that his class is keeping a secret from him. Apparently, they associate his name with death and the school itself – particularly class 3 – is in a place close to death. Kouichi is understandably confused and maybe a little freaked out by this. Mei leaves soon after, warning him not to talk to her or try to get close to her.

As he’s going home in the evening, Kouichi sees Mei from his car but she seems to vanish soon after.

 

Thoughts:

Well wow.

First impressions for Another is 10/10. The entirety of this episode has been subtly creepy. I mean, what is it with all those random shots of porcelain dolls? Dolls are freaky, okay?

It’s obvious that there’s something very odd going on with Kouichi’s class and I don’t think it’s a stretch to think it has something to do with that incident 26 years ago. The scene that really struck me was the way the interacted with Kouichi during lunch hour. The dialogue and inflections all suggest genuine enthusiasm and friendliness and that’s probably what Kouichi is seeing as well but the way the scene is shot gives this really eerie aura to the whole ordeal. I know shit about cinematography but this much is easy to pick out.

Heart boy and Sakuragi’s ankle and Kouichi’s pneumothorax has also got me curious. Is illness and injury going to make frequent appearances among this class?

Also, Misaki Mei is enigma personified and she wears it well. Needless to say, I can’t wait for more.

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11 Responses to Another Episode 01 – Rough Sketch

  1. raistlin0903 says:

    Okay, I am not kidding here, I literally had goosebumps reading this post, as it brought back so many great memories that I have for this anime. It has been without a doubt the best horror anime that I have ever seen, and I really am delighted that you already give this first episode a 10/10 score. If there is one thing this series has going for it, it is atmosphere. Trust me when I say that you are in for one hell of a ride. It is only going to get better and better with each episode. Can’t wait to see the rest of your posts on this series. 😀😀

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    • D says:

      Damn, now you’ve made me want to marathon this and say to hell with blogging. BUT I WILL RESIST. Really though, few first episodes have made as strong an impression as this one. It’s as you say, the atmosphere is stunning.

      And, y’know, creepy. But that’s the best part.

      It’s going to be a wild ride, I can tell, and it’s great as always to have you along for the ride 😉

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  2. biblionyan says:

    I absolutely love Another. I read the novel that inspired the anime and it is hands down one of my favourite novels of all time. It was so fricking brilliant. I think the anime does a fantastic job of really capturing how creepy and psychological Another truly is, and I also loved that too. I hope you end up liking it.

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  3. Karandi says:

    I love the atmosphere in Another and the first episode really does nail the tone it wants the show to take. While there are some plot issues and questions, like why is Kouichi chasing after Mei after one creepy encounter in a hospital, it was such great fun to get sucked into the creepiness of this world. And yeah, dolls are creepy.
    Can’t wait to see your thoughts on future episodes.

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    • D says:

      It really does nail the atmosphere. I haven’t been this excited by a first episode in a long time.

      Kouichi chasing after Mei all the time – I watched episode 2 today – is pretty odd. Maybe it’s obsession at first sight.

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  4. Remy Fool says:

    This show, like others have said, starts off really strong! The atmosphere was amazing. Glad to see you’re liking it so far.

    (Dolls are creepy, I agree)

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