Another (First Impressions)

After mourning the premature death of my Shenmue disc 1, I got up and decided to do something else. I logged on to animeultima.tv and found the first episode of the brand spanking new anime, Another. This anime in particular I had been looking forward to watching since way before Christmas. The synopsis and pre-release artwork pulled me right in as soon as I saw them. A few weeks later, the trailer was released and that made me want to see it even more than before. The whole anime has some sort of Gothic horror vibe to it, but not that kind of generic stuff you find in things like Twilight. Here is the trailer:

Another is an anime adaptation of a horror novel by Yukito Ayatsuji. Noizi Ito is in charge of the character designs for Another... he's the same bloke who did the character designs for The Melancholy Of Haruhi Suzumiya and Shakugan no Shana. It is currently airing in Japan so you should be able to watch this series online every week on Mondays or Tuesdays (depending on how fast the episodes are subbed from Japanese to English). Here is the synopsis:
26 years ago, in a third-year classroom of a middle school, there was a student named Misaki. As an honours student who was also good at sports, the charming girl was popular with her classmates. When she suddenly died, her classmates decided to carry on as if she was still alive until graduation. Then, in the spring of 1998, a boy named Kōichi Sakakibara transfers to that classroom, and he grows suspicious of the fearful atmosphere in that classroom. In particular, there is a beautiful, aloof girl named Misaki Mei who wears an eyepatch and is always alone drawing pictures.
Kōichi Sakakibara is the main character, by the way.

So I watched the first episode and I was very intruged and really impressed. The artwork is fantastic and the anime pulls of the sinister feeling perfectly with various methods, such as the constant dark lighting (the sun doesn't seem to shine in the town where the anime is based) and the random still images of dolls that pop up like some sort of subliminal messages. The first episode didn't give too much away and left me asking many questions at the end. Good, I like that about an anime, because it means I will definitely tune in next week to find out what happens next.

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