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「漆黒」 (Shikkoku)
“Glass eye”

Quick tip for new Another viewers – you might not want to watch the last minute of this episode without an extra pair of underwear handy. Fortunately, in Japan they sell those in vending machines.

I’ll make the same plea here that I did in my Mirai Nikki post – please do not post major novel/manga spoilers, even in spoiler tags. We’re so close to the end now – let us enjoy the surprise without having to worry about being spoiled. That said, let’s move on…

Some things are becoming increasingly clear as we get closer to the end. Most importantly, this series is absolutely superb – I stand in awe of the way it can move and unmake me with atmosphere alone (and in Japanese horror, atmosphere is everything). Sound design – when Teshi banged on the door of Mei’s room, jeepers… But also the amazing P.A. Works visuals, like the intercut of the trees waving in the wind and all the close-up work on Mei and Kouichi’s faces, with their subtle expression changes – this studio is raising the bar for themselves all the time.

It’s also becoming clear that Mizushima and the writing team take absolute glee in trolling us every chance they get – especially in previews. Using dreams in previews to throw us off is a repeating phenomenon, and they used it again in last week’s preview with Akazawa’s crying. Turns out she was remembering when she’d actually met Kouichi eighteen months earlier, explaining their handshake – and it was apparently she who was in mourning (crying, dressed in black), over her brother. This more or less confirms that Kouichi was in town – though perhaps not for the reason we guessed – and that everyone’s memory has been altered about it. That, in turn, seems to confirm a direct connection between Kouichi’s visit to Yomiyama and whoever the Another is. We’re trolled about Mochizuki being in trouble because he has the tape too – again, there’s an evident joy here in using horror clichés to tweak the audience.

As regards that tape, it confirms a lot of things speculated on in this column. Indeed, the third death of Matsunaga’s class trip was both the cause of the confession and (apparently) of beating the phenomenon – he got into a fight with a boy who turned out to be the Another and accidentally killed him. The name is not audible, though I don’t think that’s surprising given what we know of the phenomenon. The gist of the tape is, if you kill the Another you stop the curse – that’s what we need to know, as far as I can tell. As Kouichi points out, even if they knew who that person was, would it be so easy to kill someone who thinks they’re alive and is, by all sensory and emotional input? Nevertheless, if correct, this is obviously salient input.

All kinds of other things are happening at the spooky old mansion where the class is staying for their trip. I’ll note that Chibiki – who proclaimed himself “separate” from the class earlier – is with them, and when Mochizuki asks the class to pose for a photo (which seems oddly convenient as a potential future clue to the Another’s identity – also note that Mochizuki was conspicuously included in a photo as well) and asks the “teachers” to jump in, both Chibiki and Misaki do so. Akazawa disappointingly turns on Mei, announcing to the assembled class that it’s her fault the tragedy has befallen them, and only Kouichi, Mochizuki and Teshi jump to her aid. An asthmatic boy has an attack, and his inhaler is empty (phenomenon or not, what asthmatic goes on a trip without a spare?) and oddly, no one’s cell works and the lodge’s phones are dead, leaving Chibiki to drive the boy to town and the hospital (and conveniently out of the picture if things hit the fan as badly as the preview suggests, if it’s not trolling us yet again).

The most interesting stuff all involved Mei. Starting with Mochizuki telling she and Kouichi to “squeeze closer together” for the photo and continuing through her invitation to Kou-kun to “come by my room later”, the romantic chemistry between those two continues to be an undercurrent to everything that’s happening. The headline though is her revealing the secrets of her past – and present – to Kouichi, which my gut tells me is more critical to the solution than Matsunaga’s tape. Among the highlights – Fujioka Masaki was actually her twin sister, not her cousin – which strongly implies that the phenomenon began with her death (one degree of separation from Class 3), in April (before Kouichi’s arrival). Her mother (actual name Yukiyo) and Fujioka’s mother Mitsuyo were twin sisters too, and Mei was secretly given to Yukiyo to console her after the death of her own child (as referenced a few eps back). She also tells Kou that she can see death as a color, and even see it faintly in very ill or injured people – which is how she knows neither she or Kou are the Another – and confirms it in the photo from 26 years ago. How? With her “doll eye” – the one she keeps covered in school – which is how she knows who the Another is, when her curiosity got the best of her. She’s just about to reveal this when Teshigawara pounds on her door (this moment sponsored by Hanes and Jockey) to reveal that he may have done something terrible

There are several elements of that conversation between Mei and Kouichi that struck me as significant, above and beyond the obvious. First, that Kou tells her his mother found the photo in “the detached room – the one Aunt Reiko uses”. Mei quite deliberately comments that Rei and Kouichi’s mother “really do look alike”. Possibly Kou’s comment about Rei considering painting as “her real job”. What’s her other job? If we’ve been told, I can’t recall it. This could all be yet more misdirection – before being interrupted Mei does go so far as to confirm that the Another is on the trip, which Reiko isn’t – but it was clearly inserted to be noticed. I’m certain that many will condemn Mei for not revealing who the Another was sooner, but I can see her problem here. Not knowing of Matsunaga’s “final solution”, what reason does she have to think revealing it would help? And again, as Kouichi points out, is it such an easy thing to kill someone who by all conventional perception is a friend or loved one?

If we’re to take what was on the tape and what Mei said as fact – and both seem more authoritative than what we’ve heard up to now – we certainly inched closer to the truth. Rather than the identity of the Another, I think the most interesting mystery here is going to be how everyone reacts. My instinct still tells me that this story is going to end up focusing on how the living treat each other, and when the Lord of the Flies gene kicks in I think it’s going to be ugly. I’m also keenly curious to find out if all the oddities surrounding Mei and the dolls will be tied in directly to the phenomenon, or explained at all. In any event, this has been an amazing ride and it saddens me that we’re only two episodes away from the end.

 

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March 12, 2012 at 3:08 pm
110 comments »
  • March 12, 2012 at 3:22 pmFaint Smile

    I want to watch the anime first before reading your blog GE but I just cant wait for it.. Now im really more excited to watch this, unluckily I have to go to work first (and still in the progess of downloading this episode).. T_T

  • March 12, 2012 at 3:27 pmDanjCole

    It’s been a great series thats been so different from my more action and comedy based series. god knows whats goin to happen next but should be chaotic i imagine but its been awesome stuff. nice 1 for bloggin also enzo prob wouldn’t had watch if i hadn’t noticed the blogs
    cheers

  • March 12, 2012 at 3:34 pmFreddeh

    Great timing, as I just finished watching this ep myself. Holy crap this show gets me right in the pit of my stomach, as I was waiting for a repeat of last episode with Chibiki and the asthmatic boy in the car. I have not read the novel/manga but I’ll put my predictions in spoiler tags nonetheless.
    Show Spoiler ▼

    Past that, no huge surprise that killing the ‘Another’ stops the curse, but the Misaki revelations are quite intriguing indeed…I love Misaki as a character!

  • March 12, 2012 at 3:34 pmQwerty1

    If you read the manga up to this point in the story it answers some of the questions you have.

    For some reason the anime adaptation leaves out some small and major details about some characters that are likely being kept aside for some big reveal that can’t be gone into without spoilers.

  • March 12, 2012 at 3:38 pmBeedle

    I have a feeling that Teshigawara let loose the secret that ‘killing the Another’ would end the curse, and now some nutjob’s going on a killing spree. Teshi, you damn idiot…

    Damn you Enzo! I just finished watching this when your post went live so couldn’t read your warning! D8

    • March 12, 2012 at 4:45 pmThe Moondoggie

      If that’s true then the person who went for a “killing-spree” is just dumb: what if he’s the Another?

      • March 12, 2012 at 4:51 pmAex

        Dumb but also very normal. Even if the person thought of that possibility, survival instincts would kick in and make the person insist that they were really alive, then desperation of wanting to live would fling them further towards it being someone else because if they were the Another, they’d need to commit suicide. It all leads back to whoever is rampaging not wanting to die and being really desperate.

      • March 12, 2012 at 6:04 pmKTNO

        I agree, don’t underestimate someone who witnessed a lot of his friends dying in a horrible way; I personaly think I would lost it too.

        But if we were in a perfectly rational world then the “best” solution will be to kill every students one by one until you found the Another; even if it’s the last one standing.

        By doing that a lot of people might died but it will protect everyone’s relatives at least.
        In the end there is a huge chance that more people would be saved.

      • March 12, 2012 at 6:23 pmThe Moondoggie

        So we should just put those kids up for slaughter?

        Isn’t directly attacking the curse a more rational idea? It’s like you are saying we should kill Mato instead of BRS.

      • March 12, 2012 at 6:35 pmKTNO

        Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t say it was the right thing to do, but in a more rational world (so not a manga) it would be the most efficient way to save as many people as possible.

        It’s only in shonen that you can save people with small cost.
        So in the real world Saya should have killed Mato, not because it’s only justice but because it’s the only way: kill one to save many.

      • March 12, 2012 at 6:38 pmKTNO

        Of course in Another there will be a way out but that’s what normal people would probably do.
        Not that I’m happy with that kind of reasoning.

        The reaction of all the students in Guilty Crown’s part 2 was pretty realistic in a way too

      • March 12, 2012 at 6:50 pmBeedle

        @Moondoggie:

        Well, it’s not really proven yet although Teshi did almost blurt it out, so my reaction is purely conjecture but its main point was about Teshi revealing the ‘secret’ when they (the four that know) haven’t come to an agreement yet about what they’re supposed to do. The rest of the student body are clearly freaking out from the current events, so adding an ultimatum would only push them off the deep end.

        And while going on a killing spree really is plain stupid, it’s not out of the question either as far as desperation is concerned; people do crack under pressure and pull crazy stunts.

        The Another going on a killing spree as it fears for its life isn’t out of the question because the Another doesn’t know it is dead. But again, my point was about Teshi’s mouth setting more deaths in motion.

        @KTNO: In the end there is a huge chance that more people would be saved.

        Until next year…unless they find a sure-fire way to banish the curse. Somehow, I don’t think implanting a glass eye on the class to sniff out the extra and butcher it will stay in fashion.

        @Ani_BEE:

        They also didn’t reveal who was the one sharpening that…er..awl? I’m guessing it’s Mochizuki. Teshigawara, while an idiot, is also easy-going while on the other hand, Mochi is very serious and prone to worrying.

        On an entirely different note, I laughed with dry humor at the asthmatic. Seriously? He was having the beginnings of an attack since daylight and he didn’t bother mentioning it to the teachers, nor did anybody notice how out of breath he was, clutching at his chest? And as Enzo pointed out, not carrying an extra dose of salbutamol for a trip in the mountains?

        Though Enzo, this statement bugs me a bit: “leaving Chibiki to drive the boy to town and the hospital (and conveniently out of the picture…”; are you trying to say that Chibiki’s a suspect for being the Another, or am I reading your writing wrong? Since I’m pretty sure Chibiki can’t be the extra because, well, he’s been chronicling the different years, each with their own Anothers, meaning he can’t be dead, and so he doesn’t satisfy the Another’s criteria.

        On the other hand, that student could in fact be the Another, especially if he doesn’t die from the attack, and maybe that’s where your ‘trolling’ comment comes from.

      • March 12, 2012 at 8:13 pmGuardian Enzo

        No Bard-san, I’m not suggesting Chibiki is the Another – in fact I think it’s just about impossible. I just think it’s quite deliberate on the part of the writer that he happens to be away from the lodge when it looks like all the shit is going to go down. There are things that only he brings to the table, as the only one who’s been involved in this nightmare from the beginning, that would get in the way of what’s going to happen next. Just my hunch.

        I’m also betting asthma boy doesn’t die, but that’s a flat-out guess.

      • March 13, 2012 at 4:23 amBeedle

        Ah, roger Enzo o/

    • March 12, 2012 at 4:50 pmAni_BEE

      Consider you see someone sharpening a blade before the end of the conversation had me freaked out before Teshigawra banged on the door I got the impression someone had snapped.

      I don’t think it’s Reiko who is the another I actually ruled here out as a suspect as she comes off as someone far more traumatized from her experience and with the memory lose due to the missing apparition I’m wondering if she felt more emotionally attached to the Another in her class which might be why she is so troubled by the gaps in her memory (and heart).

      The thing about twins is the trait is hereditary and can be passed down in a family tree…

      I’m wondering if they will reveal the Anothe rin next weeks episode.

  • March 12, 2012 at 3:45 pmCain

    I am not sure if this has been brought up in previous posts, but maybe it is significant: Back in the first episode I thought the ending would reveal the order of deaths to come, but that idea was quickly discarded. Looking at it again this episode, I realized that everyone in the ending (minus the first girl- who turned out to be the first death in the show) is still alive… Probably not a coincidence. Any thoughts?

    • March 13, 2012 at 3:22 amrandomfangirl

      Nope, blue haired glasses-boy is probably the person that was killed at the end of this episode.

    • March 13, 2012 at 10:51 amKud

      In regards to that theory people had about the ending showing the order of death, you could say it isn’t really disproven yet as the order could still be valid in regards to those specific characters…not that I’m really expecting that to be the case.

  • March 12, 2012 at 4:09 pmAex

    Man… even if you just listen to the voices and music in this show it takes your breath away. The music when they were listening to the tape and talking about killing a classmate was especially brilliant.

    Well, the calamity starting in April and the class having enough seats (mentioned a few episodes back) before Kouichi came seems to point at the Another being someone that in class 3 but doesn’t have to sit down…

    I’ll agree that the little touches of romance between Kouichi and Mei really add a special something to this show. In other shows romance is nice, but here its almost essential. The whole feeling would change to just deathly serious without Mei and Kouichi’s attraction, plus it’d also be a waste making Mei so cute otherwise. As well as being important to the plot, those scenes in Mei’s room were pretty touching with how much she was confiding in him.

    Now Teshigawra just needs to tell us who he let loose on a murderous rampage and we’ll be set to finish this thing! XD With the way we were really shown the faces of all the classmates in detail for the first time, I’m thinking we’re looking at multiple casualties…

    • March 12, 2012 at 4:55 pmLogeres

      You raise an excellent point, one that might be the deciding clue. If Class 3-3 had enough seats before Kouichi came, even though the Another was (according to Mei) already there before him, it logically can’t be any of the students of class 3-3. Therefore, there are only two suspects remaining: Reiko and Ms. Mikami. If Reiko really didn’t come along to the class trip, that would leave only Ms. Mikami, although I somehow doubt it will be that easy…

      I’m kinda disappointed that my theory of Mei being the Another turned out to be (most likely) wrong, but I was at least able to guess that the girl she visited in the hospital was, in fact, her twin sister.

      • March 12, 2012 at 6:24 pmAmutofan123

        Wait… I haven’t seen this episode yet, but I thought that (I’m not sure if this is a spoiler, but just in case) Show Spoiler ▼

      • March 12, 2012 at 8:36 pmUJelly

        I agree with this theory.

        Show Spoiler ▼

      • March 12, 2012 at 10:46 pmNic

        That theory makes a lot of sense.
        And if we’re going to throw theories around, I believe the twins thing was introduced for a reason and is linked to…

        Show Spoiler ▼

      • March 12, 2012 at 10:54 pmAex

        @Amuto: that has yet to be explicitly stated. Right now it’s just assumed and/or gone unnoticed.

      • March 13, 2012 at 5:59 amaoihakurei

        Strangely, it was explicitly made obvious instead in the manga. The anime overtook the translated manga’s current progress, but it’s not like there were any major differences barring Reiko and Mikami-sensei’s appearance and Akazawa not speaking until much later.

      • March 13, 2012 at 6:03 pmAvivoexor

        I think Kouichi’s aunt is the teacher. If you go back to ep7 at around 9:38 mark, they were looking at the class roaster of the class his aunt was in. The scene was panning really quickly along the name list. But if you stop it at the right time, you can see the name “something”-kami Reiko at the upper left corner. And if I were to guess what the entire last name is, it’s probably Mikami…

  • March 12, 2012 at 4:26 pmstaticology

    Haven’t watched the episode yet, but all I want is for the Teshigawra and Akazawa ship to sail beautifully and into the sunset, past all of the pain they leave behind.
    Is that too much to ask, cruel fate?
    Am I the only one who ships those two, even with her thing for Kouichi?

    • March 12, 2012 at 4:33 pmFaye

      They’re already canon in an alternate universe called Sekaiichi Hatsukoi but they have different names and Akazawa is a guy /shot

    • March 12, 2012 at 8:29 pmUJelly

      Mei x Kouichi had already been upgraded to an Armada, but I wouldn’t mind shipping Teshi x Akazawa either. But things don’t look good for Akazawa judging from the preview. :(

  • March 12, 2012 at 4:39 pmmac65

    Thanks Enzo, great write and I believe you’ve captured the heart of this episode.

    I definitely have mixed feelings about Mei’s not looking sooner and trying to help,
    but it is a delima. I’ll have to re-watch to see if there’s something else with
    that – did she realize with certainty then that it’s a real ability. She said she
    always kept it covered in school – I admit I don’t understand. The writers have me
    at their mercy on this one because I want Mei to be cute and perfect – not flawed
    and maybe a little self-centered. Wow!

    We have to be careful here, we assume that killing the Another is the only solution -
    we don’t know if confronting the Another and telling he/she they are dead would’ve worked.

    Enzo – thank you again.

  • March 12, 2012 at 5:24 pmA

    http://randomc.net/image/Another/Another%20-%2010%20-%20Large%2027.jpg
    Does this remind anyone of Mayuri from Steins;Gate?

  • March 12, 2012 at 5:35 pmClick

    Pretty good episode. Lately though, Another’s been getting really Final Destination-ish, since every time a new character, who isn’t part of the main six, is introduced, he’s just killed off for the sake of being killed. Anyways, this felt like a step in a right direction, and the tension was solid all throughout.

  • March 12, 2012 at 5:47 pmSirMuffin

    They lingered on that god damn creepy photo for so long…

    • March 12, 2012 at 5:57 pmGuardian Enzo

      Creepy photo was very creepy.

      • March 12, 2012 at 6:13 pmpuzzzled

        it was only creepy when were shown what mei sees blurry guy wasnt that bad

      • March 12, 2012 at 8:54 pmLuxor

        Blurry guy looked like he was covered in blood… he looked like a freakin’ zombie.

      • March 12, 2012 at 10:02 pmpuzzzled

        thats what mei sees youd only see i pasty creepy face but mei sees a super scary face so the picture wouldnt been that scary if you only see a pasty white guy

    • March 12, 2012 at 8:28 pmUJelly

      Very creepy. But it’s not that bad guys. Have you seen real life photos in that same classroom pose set up? And orbs to go along with it? Those are truly creepy…*shivers*

  • March 12, 2012 at 5:57 pmKTNO

    Am I the only one who think that if we get to see the end of this story, we’re all gonna die..?
    That’s how much creepy this show can get.

  • March 12, 2012 at 6:09 pmpuzzzled

    its stupid true. kill the another stopped it for one time but why does the phenomenon recurs? just killing the extra everytime clearly not the way to go…. make them go to light damnnn!

    • March 12, 2012 at 6:14 pmThe Moondoggie

      But what if the souls of the victims are “kept” by the “phenomenon”. Remember that the Another comes from the list of previous victims….

      • March 12, 2012 at 8:57 pmLuxor

        By that line of thought, the only way to stop the phenomenon for any particular year is to kill the Another before any deaths occur. Of course, the curse would still happen year after year until the deaths from the previous couple decades run themselves out.

      • March 12, 2012 at 10:58 pmAex

        I suppose they could have Mei come back every year and see who has death’s “color” around them… It’d still take 50+ years though to get through everyone >.<

      • March 12, 2012 at 11:12 pmThe Moondoggie

        LOL, Nice one: We kill the Another before the deaths and wait till the curse runs out of ammo. I think this is the only viable solution.

  • March 12, 2012 at 6:45 pmScruffy

    Ok it just clicked with me, I must be a little bit slow .. so if what Mei says is true and the curse started early in April not May, then we have only one candidate for the ‘Another’
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  • March 12, 2012 at 6:54 pmTrolling

    Geez, don’t kill off Akazawa! It doesn’t look good for her in the preview. And they took away all good vibes they built for her character by making her go all super$itching in this episode all of sudden, as if preparing her to be killed next. If they must, please let her survive one more episode! Just one more. that’s all I ask! I’ll be pissed if they kill her off before the final episode. We all know they won’t kill off Misaki, but must they kill off Akazawa so close to the end? Say it isn’t so~~~!!

  • March 12, 2012 at 7:10 pmn0216332

    just speculation, but my money is on mochizuki for a few reason.. he always look ill (close to death?arguably), he was in the “non-existent” team in the beach episode, i think he tampered with the tape… that aside.. akazawa was my favourite until she put misaki on blast.. that was a dick move. :(

  • March 12, 2012 at 7:23 pmxephx

    I have to hand it to Akazawa, I don’t think a character has changed what I think about them in one scene. I gave her a lot of leeway because off the pressure of being in charge, but that scene at diner really make me dislike her for calling out Mei.
    For a second there I thought they were actually going to tell us who the Another was, but sadly it was another troll. I just hope nothing happens to Mei.

  • March 12, 2012 at 8:57 pmUJelly

    Mei: “Will you come see me later? I have my own room.” *innocently looks away*

    And thus the doors of imagination open wide for the doujinshi artists….and Mei fans.

    • March 13, 2012 at 9:37 amKusabi

      Hahaha, nice one. I’m practically rolling on the floor…

  • March 12, 2012 at 8:59 pmThousand Mistress

    That. That creepy class picture. Why does it have to be there. @___@
    Teshigawara, why oh why oh WHY do you have to interrupt at the most important part. EVEN IF IT’S THE FIRST TIME.

    And this is sad but…has no one noticed who died in this episode? I don’t want to share my qualms about that dead body there on the floor but from the dark blue hair and pale skin…

    …I don’t want to say anything D:

    • March 12, 2012 at 10:00 pmGuardian Enzo

      My assumption on the body?

      Show Spoiler ▼

  • March 12, 2012 at 9:11 pmdarkkodiak

    I’m glad the speculation that I and many people had about killing the Another would end the curse was right. I’m not going to write down my speculation on how to tell who the Another is because the series is ending really soon. I also think that the word got out that killing the Another would end the curse and all the students are basically going to kill each other in blind hope of killing the right person. Base on the preview it would seem that way but as GE pointed out, the previews of this anime are troll previews and I don’t put much stake on them telling us what is going to happen in the next episode. What I do hope to happen is that the person who died, died because of the curse and not someone going on a crazy killing spree. I’d prefer the show stay to it’s mysterious roots instead of swaying into the Lord of the Flies scenario as I do not think it needs to go that route to stay interesting. Oh, one more thing, I really like how they are trolling us on the romantic aspect of Kouichi x Misaki. Man, what I would do to have a room alone with Misaki and a toothbrush lol.

  • March 12, 2012 at 9:18 pmUJelly

    I love this series. It always keeps you on your feet and makes you keep thinking who’s the actual dead one. I had suspected it could be Akazawa due to her lack of recall (but the altered memory theory disproves this) and even Teshi, whom I’m eyeing suspiciously these last few episodes. Then again, Logere’s theory makes total sense too. Darn it, which one?!

    BQ: Anyone else going to watch the series again after it is over? It seems like they have put hints since the beginning. We had it all along.

    Regarding Episode 1 prologue
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    • March 13, 2012 at 1:39 amPerlaNemesis

      Show Spoiler ▼

      • March 13, 2012 at 5:40 amUJelly

        Yes, I noticed that too. Hmm…

  • March 12, 2012 at 9:38 pmwhee

    Akazawa-san, don’t die please.
    pleaaaaaaaaaaaaaase ;_;

  • March 12, 2012 at 10:09 pmskyhack

    Hmmm. So if Misaki’s sister was part of the curse, then the count was too high in the classroom to begin with. From the first day. There’s only one person that could be the “other”, then. Can’t be a student.

    Death found a sneaky way around the countermeasures.

  • March 12, 2012 at 10:40 pmbaltar

    Yes! I was hoping that’s how the curse was cured in the class 26 years ago. Now we get to watch them go all Higurashi on each other. Horror is best when its less supernatural and more psychological.

  • March 12, 2012 at 11:16 pmc2710

    2 more episode to go and it’ll be revealed……. im stopping myself from spamming the manga

  • March 12, 2012 at 11:37 pm2112

    I feel that even if they know who the Another is there might be something bigger to the story. most likely troll T-T
    side note: When i saw the photo of who the dead person was I screamed. Even if it was an image link… I still screamed :((((

  • March 12, 2012 at 11:49 pmsuff

    I ponder the implications if Misaki is actually lying. I don’t think she is, but the part about her not interested in finding the Another is weird. Perhaps she does not fear her own mortality…

  • March 12, 2012 at 11:50 pmJulio

    Damm good episode, I can’t wait to see more next week.

  • March 13, 2012 at 12:18 amminhgurluver

    I… I think I have figured out something from this screencap.
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    • March 14, 2012 at 1:09 pmzleihsh

      I just realize that! OMG, it is really true!!! They do look very similar!
      Good job!

  • March 13, 2012 at 1:00 amkurochan

    Next one lands you in “Spam”, Kurochan. ~GE

    • March 13, 2012 at 3:28 amc2710

      she’s too cute and pretty to have anything bad to happen to her

  • March 13, 2012 at 1:28 amSlushiZ

    Teshigawara “MAY have done something bad” worded so because he may have saved everyone and have nobody remember who he’s talking about thus allowing him to get away with it….as if. but DAM I just knew his impulsiveness would mean he’d be the first to jump to conclusions and kill someone. It’s to bad I don’t think he’ll do well in prison, I liked Teshigawara :(

  • March 13, 2012 at 1:38 amewok40k

    Interesting… assuming info were fed is correct, from theoretical viewpoint only 100% sure method of individual survival is to kill off all students except yourself… Unless you have Mei on your side!
    Now when will the students start killing one ANOTHER? (yay for incredibly lame pun!)

  • March 13, 2012 at 2:30 amraitei_shourai

    I can’t be the only one who though Akazawa was picking on Mei partly because she was jealous of her and Kouichi…

    • March 14, 2012 at 6:10 pmstaticology

      That’s exactly what I was thinking through the whole speech. It didn’t exactly disprove it either when she bit her lip at Kouichi coming to Mei’s defense.

  • March 13, 2012 at 2:31 amGhostalker

    RAGE!

    - Dragged out confession, and I already expected what the confession is with the so many hints they gave.
    - Hey this is a horror story so everything, everyone in the story is reacting like they should be in a horror story – I feel this is done in a very Forcibly manner.
    - Misaki can see the dead? Really? This story should have been finish in only 1 episode, no need for 12.

    Initial impression after watching this episode…maybe after quite sometime I will see this episode much positively, but for now…

    • March 13, 2012 at 2:35 amGhostalker

      Visuals, scenery, music is superb though ~

  • March 13, 2012 at 3:33 amShi-tan

    I think that random student did not do a killing spree. But more like, he committed suicide or something. But that’s just a guess and all so I am shutting up now. Then again, it might have been a killing spree because of the poor kid’s paranoia.

  • March 13, 2012 at 3:58 amscineram

    They confirmed my theory basically word for word. Do I get a cookie? It’s too bad, Another was my favorite character.

    • March 13, 2012 at 5:56 amaoihakurei

      Akazawa is STILL not the Another though. Remember, there was no seating discrepancy this year, so it’s one of the teachers most likely. So I guess it’s Mikami-sensei or better known as Show Spoiler ▼

      • March 14, 2012 at 11:05 amscineram

        I see where you are coming from, but then why is the forgetting curse working, more or less, on her meeting with Koichi?

  • March 13, 2012 at 6:06 amlol

    People actually like Akazawa? Why? Because she’s pretty?

    • March 13, 2012 at 7:35 amFaint Smile

      Probably 90% true?..

    • March 13, 2012 at 7:54 amXin

      Before her lashing out at Mei this ep. I don’t think there were any particular negative points against her. I thought the cafe scene with her and Kouichi set her up as a pretty likable person. She’s strong, prideful, and willingly took on a responsibility that I’m sure nobody else was eager to get. The only thing I fault her for as head of countermeasures is placing all the blame on Mei without having informed Kouichi of the rules. If Akazawa would have just told him the situation so he understood why Mei didn’t exist and then Mei still interacted with him, that would have been a different story and her anger would be semi-justified.

      Her previous glares at Mei came off as a stain on her pride for failing to protect the class and having the curse go rampant on her watch with Mei being the easy target for her anger. Acceptable enough, that’s only human and she kept her misdirected anger inside. Her speech in front of the class crossed the line though, even from her perspective and logic then herself, Kouichi and Mei should be equally at fault.

      I still like her though, her character feels like a real person to me…though that may come to be quite the ironic statement.

  • March 13, 2012 at 6:51 amsantino

    Even though the students aren’t safe at home eithe not all of them came with the class. I only notice 19 students of the 26 that are alive so why would they stay home anyway? Besides that I don’t really like the two old people of the mansion. That old man had a face like he wanted them to leave already and I understand that. Class 3 only cause bad publicity for their mansion. I think Naoya killed his childhood friend and while looking at the preview I think Izumi also will be in big trouble, well not only Izumi but also the other students.

  • March 13, 2012 at 7:32 amlucci

    This is not a spoiler – but it relies on input of people who pointed out stuff that were obvious in the manga but not at all in the anime adaption. If you are certain that you know what detail i’m referring to – proceed to click the spoiler tag.

    Show Spoiler ▼

    As to the doll Misaki delivered to her twin – I can’t get out of my head the phrase “Justice is Blind” – for the doll was “blind”folded. Misaki said “I need to deliver something to my other poor half” – what if she wanted to deliver justice – and we were dealing with the devil all along……?!

    • March 13, 2012 at 9:40 pmAvivoexor

      There was actually a slight hint that Kouichi’s aunt is the teacher. If you go back to ep7 at around 9:38 mark, they were looking at the class roaster of the class his aunt was in. The scene was panning really quickly along the name list. But if you stop it at the right time, you can see the name “something”-kami Reiko at the upper left corner. And if I were to guess what the entire last name is, it’s probably Mikami…

  • March 13, 2012 at 7:38 amFaint Smile

    Regarding about the parrot in Kou’s house and his grandfather, thus this have connection too?.. Last 2 weeks to go.. -_-

  • March 13, 2012 at 7:51 amVincent

    “Quick tip for new Another viewers – you might not want to watch the last minute of this episode without an extra pair of underwear handy.”

    True story.

  • March 13, 2012 at 8:51 amLeticia

    I don’t want to read anything ’cause I want to enjoy to the fullest the last two episodes, so I’ll just say that this show is f*cking amazing!!!!!! I’m so hooked!!!! <333

    • March 13, 2012 at 3:40 pmpokpokza

      don’t have anything to say . I like your haruhi display so just want to say it like a boss.

  • March 13, 2012 at 10:51 amskyreno

    heck im Not going spoil myself, press any link or go straight to wiki, Nope..last two episodes going to find out.. i will!! >,<

  • March 13, 2012 at 11:23 amStereoman

    Based on my own experience, I’m telling you guys, do not watch this episode with headphones on!

    • March 13, 2012 at 12:00 pmKusabi

      And if we do so, what’s the point of watching this show?
      Quoted from Guardian Enzo, in Japanese horror, atmosphere is everything. Imagine if there is a heart-shocking scene and all you hear is sound of vehicles’ horn on the road and/or people chatting, leaves this show to almost nothing. Granted, plot of Another is pretty complex and intriguing even without horror aspect. But as far as I know, the main selling-point of every horror show is to make us frightened, or at least screaming at one scene or two, right?

      The fansub normally out at noon, yet I still waiting until evening (I turn off the lights and with headphones on, of course) to makes Another wonderfully show its gem, that is, shocking scenes. No other show this season forced me to make exception like this. Kudos to P.A.Works.

      Seriously, I don’t intend to bully new writer on randomc with this comment. Peace, Stereoman. ^_^

      • March 13, 2012 at 10:39 pmStereoman

        You’re right on that aspect. I just wanted to warn faint-hearted people. :]

  • March 13, 2012 at 12:44 pmJulio

    Are will still getting the Spring Anime Preview on this site? That one was no better than a visual chart.

  • March 13, 2012 at 4:22 pmSaint

    Something interesting for all of you. Go back and watch the first 2 or 3 minutes of the first episode. You’ll see some interesting things

  • March 13, 2012 at 5:02 pmwaffocopter

    Silly asthmatic kid. I know it may be difficult to see if you’re running low on your inhaler if it doesn’t have a counter but c’mon! No excuses for him. Especially when he knew he was going up a mountain.

  • March 13, 2012 at 7:05 pmHalfDemonInuyasha

    May be just me, but does Ritsuko…

    http://randomc.net/image/Another/Another%20-%2010%20-%20Large%2023.jpg

    …look quite a bit like Mikami-sensei?

    http://randomc.net/image/Another/Another%20-%2010%20-%20Large%2013.jpg

    …anyway, definitely keeping up the suspense, keeping people glued to see what happens next.

  • March 13, 2012 at 9:04 pmRyuushiro

    As Saint saint had said I looked back at the first 2 minutes of the first episode and noticed that the scene where the guy is telling a girl about the curse showed Very familiar things…

    An umbrella (First Death)
    Stairs
    Black Bag (Teacher)
    Rusty Elevator (Nurse)
    Old Room (Tape)
    Smiling Face
    A Knife
    Stop Light
    A Playing Tape
    Boat (Guy who got butchered)
    Fire
    A dark Road
    The Bird
    Do not enter sign (The one that was on the stairs, the one Mei bumped with her beautiful foot)

    I think If anyone with Deep Insight can figure out who the Another and the fate of the Class with just that 2 minute scene… Especially since now that were so close to the end.

  • March 13, 2012 at 9:46 pmT.K.

    From your post, I understand why Mei is keeping the identity of the Another a secret but her aloofness is still suspicious. Knowing the identity of the Another yet standing idly by, watching classmates die off, with the possibility that she will be a victim herself.

    If Kou did not approach her, she’ll probably take this secret to her death. Provided that she is NOT the Another…

  • March 14, 2012 at 7:29 amKinny Riddle

    Poor Mei, to see her shaking while trying to suppress her sadness of her sister’s death to the curse. Really felt like hugging her then.

    I guess bumping off the Another midway through the school term would be something akin to a “Golden Goal” in sports, where the scoring of that ends the game prematurely.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_goal

    All those cute flashback scenes with Mei and her sister will be shown more in detail in the DVD-only Episode 0.

  • March 14, 2012 at 7:32 amKinny Riddle

    In the novel, Akazawa was pretty much a bystander character, and was hardly prominent before the scene where she lashes out at Mei.

    The anime decides to flesh out her character a bit more in order to get audience to sympathize with her growing frustration and helplessness.

  • March 14, 2012 at 10:31 amZaku Fan

    I’m thinking its Akazawa or Teshigawara who is the another. Akazawa because her meeting should not have altered any memories but Kouichi does not rememeber her. Teshigawara because his actions seems to coincide (even fi not deliberately) with stopping anyone from knowing more.

    This is assuming what Mei says is actually true because if its not, Kouichi + Mei both being Anothers are the best bet i would think

  • March 14, 2012 at 5:48 pmskyhack

    Seems Sakakibara has been in Yomiyama for a year and a half, after all, just as his father thought.

    He’d just been in the hospital the whole time. That’s why he’s in hospital garb in Akazawa’s dream, which is really an unaltered memory.

    Everyone’s memories have been altered to conceal it, which allowed the curse to manufacture the extra student situation, even though Sakakibara should already have been accounted for.

    His father probably thought “That’s right”, only in reference to Kouichi starting school. It also explains Kouichi’s grandfather’s asking him if he was going back to the hospital, implying an extended stay,

    It’s tempting to think Kouichi died in the hospital, and is the Other, but this series has trolled over and over! I’m sticking by my “not a student” guns.

    Dang, what an excellent ride.

    • March 14, 2012 at 6:29 pmpuzzzled

      mei says he isnt dead so that should be right! he doesnt have that death aura around him that she can see so hes aliveee

  • March 14, 2012 at 6:16 pmHagiri

    It was a good idea to keep the info among the 4 of them at the moment cause if the entire class knew on how to stop the calamity then something like Battle Royale could have happened.

    Though it may have already started.

  • March 14, 2012 at 7:14 pmhoiut

    Wait, wait, wait, wait. GE, what do you mean by Japan selling underwear in vending machines? Are you serious? My word…

  • March 14, 2012 at 10:00 pmskyhack

    Oh, GE’s serious, all right. Japan’s vending machine industry is… out there.
    Anyway, Another is taking too much of a toll on my sleep, trying to unravel every clue and not think about umbrellas, elevators, falling rocks, and the like.

    Think I’ll watch some Hidamari Sketch and turn in.

  • March 14, 2012 at 10:03 pmGuardian Enzo

    Indeed, underwear is hardly the weirdest thing you can get in vending machines in Japan. Cooked hamburgers? Live rhinoceros beetles? It’s a myriad of choices.

  • March 14, 2012 at 10:09 pmKmainichi

    I wonder if undies will get this treatment.

    http://www.engadget.com/2012/03/14/hand-cranked-vending-machine-offers-products-sans-power-refresh/

    Undies in the event of an earthquake!

  • March 15, 2012 at 1:32 pmpokpokza

    plz don’t kill my twintail . Mei sister is so cute . More dead coming soon

  • March 16, 2012 at 11:11 amsuff

    I am guessing when he said he “screwed up”, he meant that he leaked the secret about Another. I seriously doubt he actually killed someone…

  • March 19, 2012 at 1:26 pmMike

    I suggested Another to a friend and he told me he’s really liking this series. He ultimately summed it up as “Final Destination done right in a sense.”