Posted by psgels on 24 January 2012 with categories: Another

Yeah. You can really see that the director of Blood-C is working on this thing.

The animation may not be as good here, and it also doesn’t necessarily have the same style of characterization, but this episode really showed: the horror is uncompromising. Censorship is for wimps and when someone dies, it is in full graphic detail.

The execution in this episode was also quite a bit better here. The thing with this show is that the animation isn’t really impressive. But if the animators need to animate something well, they do it. The dolls completely disappeared after the first half of this episode. And meanwhile, the doll shots in the shop were actually put in context. The rest of the episode made use of a few interesting cuts or camera angles that worked much better. As for the final climax… I’m a bit iffy on the use of music: that could have been better used, but it was such an over the top death that I can’t really think of a track that would have fitted such a scene better.

The classmates in this episode also surprised me by not being annoying. It’s very tempting to just throw in the usual annoying classmates to make the lead character look normal, however this show doesn’t really need to. Things are strange enough for the main character to stand out, so they can actually make for some rather down to earth characters. In particular the dialogue between them was the best so far.

And yeah, the atmosphere in this show works quite well. I really hope that the creators can keep this up for the rest of the series.
Rating: ** (Excellent)

17 Responses

  1. CJay says:

    I thought the same thing about the characters! Its a high school setting but everything feels so natural, apart from the obvious horror aspect. The characters aren’t stereotypes but aren’t bland either. This is really shaping up to be my favorite for the season.

    • TSouL says:

      Class 3 is in their last year of middle school, but yes, it does feel natural. At that age, there are no definite signs of romance, but there are slight interests and curiosities (I think Kouichi was initially curious and charmed by Mei like a moth to fire.)

  2. zo says:

    i was JUST about to dismiss this show as just another mediocre horror, but then the end came and i was like OMG MUST WATCH MORE! MUST KNOW WHY! GARHEORJH

  3. Ray pen Bear says:

    Not too sure what to make of this series so far. If we can get guaranteed at least 1 kill per ep. than there may be something fun here. The setting is cool, and I don’t mind the characters. The scene at the end was creative and brutal, almost final destination like.

    The plot however is another’s biggest weak point. Things are really easy to get. When creeper girl comes around people start to die. Has something to do with: puppets sucking human life force, her death because people were jealous of her and a coverup of sorts, and the Male lead’s mom. This plot is standard horror fair and all these elements are just too obvious. I’ll keep watching but there is definitely better horror out there.

    • mousoukyoku says:

      … If you think that’s all the plot is about, you should really keep watching. I actually guessed what was going on in the first half of the book quite well, but after that the plot got better once it finally got rid of IMO useless misdirections but as I see now, they might not be so useless after all. I won’t say I like Another as a horror story but it’s pretty decent in relation to the author’s other books and probably better when speaking in general terms.

      @psgels: The reason why Mei is the only real “otaku-cultural” character is that this is not a light novel or manga adaption and Ayatsuji started his writing career back in 1987, so Mei is about the only thing he uses to appeal to a younger/new audience. I do like some of the changes concerning the characters, like Akazawa Izumi playing a more distinct role, which is why seemingly and hopefully they’ll also continue with the changes already apparent in the manga version.

  4. gan says:

    Why is everyone making such a big deal about the ending scene?In my opinion it was too far fetched,I mean come on,can anyone bleed so much with a wimpy accident like that?
    And I am not with psgels with animation here….it’s so crystal clear,just like Hanasaku Iroha.

    • jzar says:

      The ending scene really creep-ed me out. I think it was the anticipation of the sound and knowing she was gonna go in some gruesome way. I don’t know it just got to me …

    • Loz says:

      Short answer is yes. Although the end scene was fairly dramatic and unprobable in a realistic sense. Although she died from suffocation (drowning in her own blood) if anyone did get lacerated like that (especially being impaled in the neck) you would bleed pretty heavily, and it would more than likely be fatal.

      Jeez I just realised how grim the topic we are talking about it. So on a lighter note. Yeah gan, i agree, the animation was nice.

  5. Loz says:

    So is this show going to be akin to lets say Final Destination, were its characters dice with death but ultimately meet an untimely demise?

    • Taara535 says:

      I hope it doesn’t go into that formula. Beyond being overly-simplistic, it’s overly gory and somewhat pointless. There’s a big difference between horror and slasher genres, and I think this one has for the most part been the former. IMO, it should stay that way.

  6. Cholisose says:

    So far this series has been really solid. Excellent pacing, atmosphere, animation, music, and characters. Each episode has left me guessing what is going on, and what is going to happen next. Love all the mystery for this series, and now it looks like the horror aspect is going to kick things up a notch.
    Definitely looking forward to the next episode for this.

  7. chounokoe says:

    One thing I regard worthy to mention is the colour problem that arose this week.
    The shop’s name 夜見のたそがれの・うつろなる蒼き瞳の (Yomi no tasogare no – utsuro naru aoki hitomi no) was translated as “The Hollow Blue Eyes of Yomi at Twilight” but the Japanese aoki is both blue and green.

    In the novel when Mei removes her eyepatch among Kouichi’s first thought is “utsuro naru aoki hitomi” – “the hollow blue/green eye”.
    Somehow this didn’t make it into the anime, probably because the difference isn’t there in such an instance and Japanese people immediatly make that connection.

    Just thought this is worthy to mention.

  8. leon says:

    Don’t get attach to any characters here, anyone can DIE! Seriously, I never saw death by umbrella coming. Rule of thumb, walk don’t run, don’t use pointy umbrella, and use handle at staircases.

  9. someloser says:

    “You can really see that the director of Blood-C is working on this thing”

    i really dont know if this is good man, i mean, i’m hoping the conclusion to all this isn’t going to another completely random asspull twist again.

  10. starpowder says:

    Honestly, I was interested at first and I was slightly disappointed with the first episode. Although now that I watched it up to three (well clearly), I’m actually very impressed with how things are going. I hope it’s not like a “Final Destination”-esque anime but I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

    Also, I have a question: does this take place in 1998? I know they had a really quick shot of the final exam schedules and all. I was also in Jr High about that time (not in Japan, but in America) and I remember the cellphones being that huge (since my step-dad at the time had one for his insurance business).

  11. Ray pen Bear says:

    Well, I can tell how enthusiastic about a series I get based on how much I think about it when I’m not watching it. I may have been to dismissive about the number of standard plot devices I called out on this ep. I want to know more, and now that I know the Blood team is on the job we’re guaranteed at least a few more deaths (I know I’m an oddball for liking solid body counts).

    psgels- I’m happy I stumbled on your blog. You seem to have great tastes in anime and post solid reviews and insight. Also props to the maturity and knowledge of other posters here; I can tell this is an educated crowd. I’ll be sticking around as I unwind with anime as I pursue my legal studies. Congratulations on your community.

  12. susu says:

    That’s why you shouldnt run on the stairs.

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    (Friday, Nov 21. 2014 03:52 AM)
    What animes have the secene of at the end of the movie everyone forgets everything for the better and right before that happens the girl kisses the boy
  • Bam
    (Friday, Nov 21. 2014 01:28 AM)
    @Emma: that sound right up my alley, will definitely check it out and let u know.
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    @Emma: yeah, definitely go and see it in IMAX if you have the chance to do so. And McConaughey has certainly grown as an actor, but it’ll be stupid of him to stop expanding his horizons and keep doing the same Rust character from now on.
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    @Bam: I already gave my feedback on the film but left out the bit about the sound direction which yes was too loud but also ham-fisted and overbearing. One thing I also forgot to mention was for all the complaints one can make about Mconaughey he has come a long way as an actor.
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