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31 Days of Horror: ANOTHER

Nearly every school in Eastern Asia hosts their own tragic tale and ghost story. Every student knows the story, and every variation is just the slightest bit different, carrying these stories throughout their lives and down through the generations. But that’s all they are: stories. That is until one middle school class learns that these so-called ‘stories’ might be more than just tall tales.

Based on the novel and manga of the same name, 2012’s Another centers around the sleepy Japanese town of Yomiyama and the ghost story surrounding an old classroom curse.

Story

It was 1998 when middle school student Kōichi Sakakibara returned to his hometown of Yomiyama. After a short stint in the hospital upon arrival, Sakakibara meets the eerie, eye-patch donning, creepy doll loving Mei Misaki. Rumors begin to swirl about Misaki and Sakakibara’s friendship after the once dormant ghost story finds a new life when class 3-3 students begin turning up dead. The students quickly turn on each other as they struggle in search for the classes’ resident cursed spirit, hoping they don’t die in the process.

A breakdown and review for Another is like navigating a minefield. This 12-episode series is full of effortless twists and turns, making it difficult to offer a synopsis without giving something away. However, that ultimately means wonders for the short series’ engaging plot line, promptly creating an edge-of-your-seat addiction for any viewer.

Rich and surprising, Another offers up some genuinely unexpected curve balls and pulls the viewer in so well that you’ll most likely end up binge watching the series in one sitting.

Gore & Scares

Although Another is relatively tame in the guts department, it surely does pour on the blood — pun intended. Once the curse begins, approximately episode 3, there’s a pretty consistent amount of gruesomeness that grows larger with each episode. While Another might not be the next Gantz or Elfen Lied in terms of shock value, it definitely gives the viewer a fair share of innovative deaths and horrific scenes to keep you grotesquely satisfied.

As for scares, well, it isn’t sleep-with-all-the-lights-on terrifying, but it’ll surely give you the creeps. Despite it being more down key next to its many Japanese horror film counterparts, it offers up just enough to keep any horror fan sated, while the more jumpy of viewers might still need to turn away.

Overall

Hands down, Another is one of the greatest anime horror series you’ll ever find. Consistently balancing between quick-paced, involving story, top-notch creativity, deep and intriguing character development, and an ending that’s more than you could ever hope for; Another might just be the perfect horror anime. One could even go as far as recommending this to those uninterested in anime entirely. Yes, it’s that good.

5 out of 5 stars

5 out of 5 stars

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Author:Jen

Founder, Editor-in-Chief at Another Castle | Twitter: @ComradeJen

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4 Comments on “31 Days of Horror: ANOTHER”

  1. 10/01/2014 at 3:56 PM #

    Yes, yes, yes. Horror is my close second of favorite genres. I can’t wait to see what else y’all recommend. Plus, I’ve seen Another and absolutely loved it!

  2. 10/01/2014 at 9:05 PM #

    Thanks! Did you check our schedule of reviews? Also, Another is absolutely my favorite horror anime series, hands down.

  3. 10/02/2014 at 2:56 PM #

    I did not. Where do I see that? And it is? Well, now I have lower expectations for everything else, haha

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