Another 10 – What’s So Scary About Another?

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.

BEST CHARACTER.

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.

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  1. Confession: I haven’t watched beyond the first episode of Another. I’m not sure whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing. On one hand, there’s those rapturous write-ups on Random Curiosity, and on top of that I have a friend who is apparently a fan (although he doesn’t find the series scary at all.) On the other, there were my own first impressions–which were that the show was incredibly dull–and that there’s a lot of other people who appear to share that opinion. So there’s little inclination for me to check this out rather than Shiki, for instance, which I have yet to finish.

    But it’s still racking up a lot of discussion, it’s apparently very well made and people are still watching it, even those who are a bit lukewarm. I dunno, what do you think? Is this thing worth watching, doll close-ups, death by umbrella and all? Because I am pretty confused, sitting over here with my copy of Higurashi.

    (By the way I saw the first episode of Boogiepop Phantom a while ago, and if you haven’t seen it I think you should check it out. Its direction and artistic design struck me as exactly what Another’s first episode appeared to be going for, except competently executed. Might be a good comparison?)

    • I think part of why I don’t enjoy Another as much as other people do is because of how I enjoy psychological horror more so than supernatural horror. Another is part supernatural horror and part mystery– neither of which are outstanding. I haven’t finished Shiki yet either, but I find the characters in Shiki to be far more likable and/or interesting compared to the boring sods in Another.

      There are two positives I can think of. First, the deaths are exaggerated for shock value and secondly, glossy visuals are eyecandy. At best, it’s a mediocre horror series and most of the talking parts are a chore to sit through because the writing just isn’t that strong. I can only assume that the reason the show is getting so my attention now is that it’s been a while since we’ve gotten ourselves a horror anime that takes itself seriously. I can imagine how refreshing it must be for some anime fans.

      By the way I saw the first episode of Boogiepop Phantom a while ago, and if you haven’t seen it I think you should check it out. Its direction and artistic design struck me as exactly what Another’s first episode appeared to be going for, except competently executed. Might be a good comparison?
      I haven’t seen Boogiepop Phantom and this might be a good time to check it out. I’ll to write up a post if anything comes to mind.

  2. I can’t believe people are still watching Another as a horror series, expecting to get “scared”. It’s not. It’s a mystery series with added gore. And the mystery aspects are what is driving discussion at the moment.

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