I wouldn’t have figured it out!
I have a confession to make, Another makes me laugh more than it makes me scream. Death is as inevitable as it is scary, horror can be found not only from shocks and gore but from psychological and emotional turmoil as well. Another places little regard to the subtler aspects and gives its protagonists blank faces and monotone voice acting all throughout. Yes, they grieve at some point but the situation at hand requires more than that for the audience to buy it. I just have to wonder who’s evil here, the ghost who wants revenge or the main characters who stare at death blankly. *insert eerie music here*
As a horror piece, Another is a failure. Not even a good plot twist can save Another now. This series has dragged its mystery for too long to the point where you just want the show to get it over with.
But I’m still watching it, aren’t I? That means it must at least have something good about it, right? Right. I’ve grown quite attached to the side characters and given them affectionate nicknames like Genderbend Barnaby, Pico, Megane Moe, Lesbian Couple and Asthma-kun.
Oh, I forgot to mention that there was some character development in this episode on Misaki’s part.
It’s revealed that her cousin was actually her twin sister and that she can see dead people, something she’s hinted on in the past. I can see why she hesitated to share this information from the very beginning, but that doesn’t stop me from feeling cheated. It has a lot to do with how unbelievably apathetic Mei is and how you can hardly tell if she’s scared of the curse or not– yes, you could come up with explanations to her behavior but none of it would strike me as believable in the very least because like every other flat character out there, Mei is whoever what the writer wants or needs her to be for the story’s convenience.
I love this shot though, reminds me a lot of the South Korean horror films with really great interior designers.