Anime of Tomorrow
Final impression – slightly inconsistent horror (7/10)
Winter 2012 (12 episodes)
After his father goes on a long business trip to India, Kouichi Sakakibara suffers a collapsed lung and moves to the countryside village of Yomiyama to live with his Aunt and grandparents. While recovering in the hospital, he encounters a mysterious girl wearing an eye patch who is walking to the morgue to deliver a doll. He’s unsure what to make of this strange occurrence until he meets the girl again in his class at junior high school and inexplicably, he seems to be the only person who acknowledges her existence. As it turns out, her name is Mei Misaki and she has an important role in preventing a horrifically deadly curse from befalling the class.
Another could have been a much better horror / mystery anime if it had managed to keep a more consistent tone. Instead it allows itself to stumble into the pitfalls of appealing to the viewers in completely unacceptable ways. Most notable is the very misplaced swimsuit episode that makes it impossible to take the series seriously afterwards. But for all it does wrong, Another is a very good horror anime. You’re always kept on your toes with its consistent pacing and it gives just enough information to answer the questions of the previous episode while providing enough new content to keep you invested in the next episode. It may be a simple formula, but its tried and true effectiveness is not to be undersold. The character of Mei Misaki was perfect for providing a suitable amount of misdirection to keep you guessing about her role in the story and Kouichi’s levelheadedness in the face of all the darkness around him is a beacon of hope and sanity in the frenzied chaos. And while the series is far from perfect, the ending gives a satisfying conclusion when you realize the hints were there all along.