Ashita no Anime

Anime of Tomorrow

Another Ep. 1

Initial impression – spine-tingling beauty

Winter 2012 (12 episodes) (more info)

I can’t recall seeing such a somber start to an anime since ef – a tale of memories.  But even that wasn’t so dark when compared to the first episode of Another.  But amazingly it’s not a depressing darkness that makes the viewer sad, but rather an atmosphere of apprehension and dread.  Having the opening theme performed by the dramatic Ali Project with their melodies dominated by strings is a brilliant mood setting to start each episode.  I anticipate there’s going to be an amazing intensity to this anime that will be a delicious upwelling of emotion.  The art style and setting design are also perfectly balanced between tones of murky realism and believable disrepair without being overtly dreary.  Attention to detail was clearly a top priority with vivid textures filling every scene with perfect set pieces that tell the history visually.  Additionally, the masterfully-fashioned character design is a clear testament to the skills of Noizi Ito (Haruhi Suzumiya and Shakugan no Shana).  It’s all culminating in an anime that’s dripping with personality, mystery and suspense.  Definitely one of this season’s must-watch anime.

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