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Another : Anime Review

By : 住吉オリガユメ

Another Review


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Another is a horror, mystery, school, and thriller anime with 12 episodes that has been aired from Jan.10 up to Mar.27 a couple of years ago.


Another is one of the best R-rated anime series in it's generation that has a good animation and at the same time a great, intriguing revolving story.


The story revolves with Kouchi Sakakibara who transferred to Yomiyama North Middle School's 3rd year's third class who pursued a friendship into a beautiful girl named Misaki Mei, unkowingly, what trouble this can be caused.


Another has a slow paced story considering that it has only 12 episodes which are meant to be for fast-paced stories out there.

Story : Considering that it only has 12 episodes, the story development of this series is a little bit lazy focused, and probably that is a one thing that really impressed me on how does the creator managed to packed all this laziness into just 12 episodes only.

Aside from that one unique characteristic of this series is when you are about to discover something on a particular episode, suddenly, a suprised will come out causing you to analyze the story once again and redo your brainstorming. In fact, while watching this series, you'll imagined yourself that you are also involved with the story and participating to solve the puzzle along with the main cast of the story as well. Also the fact that you'll get dissapointed that you haven't solve some piece of the jigsaw puzzle of the story makes this series fun to watch.

Ofcourse if there is a PROS then probably, there are some CONS as well.

Regarding with the CONS I would much say that the story doesn't deserved a 12 episodes only, because I believe that you can spin the disambiguation of your viewers considering the fact that the story is a revolving creepy story that makes a particular series to be a slow paced, so I'd rather say that you can extend the series up to the maximum of 24-26 episodes since it has a lot of tactical story development which enable the viewers to redo their analysis over and over again until they found out on how to solve the mystery which might be considered as the main selling point of the story as well.



Art : The art is simply amazing considering that this story involves violence and tremendous killing methods since the story depicts deaths, in fact, massive number of deaths involved in the story. Also the cause of deaths in this series is one of the most effective way to express the art of Shinigami on how he takes the life of an individual unexpectedly yet brutal.

Aside from that what makes you believe this series is a horror story in terms of art, is the impressive illustration of all of the elements to manufacture an amazing horror-mystery story. Starting from the dark-oranged skies, flying crows that are waiting for your last breath and take out your eyeball in real time, a long path to the hallway with a blinking dim light that can make you think that the next blink in of the light a mysterious shadow appears and that is exciting in fact.

Also the Dolls, yes the creepy dolls also had a huge impact to make the story art believable. In fact, I am afraid of dolls as well, I always think that they are looking at you whenever you go and probably most of you thinks the same way as well.

Blood, I am afraid of blood as well the more blood spurting the more terror you'll get, and luckily for terror hunters you'll get what you want in this series. Also the use of different crafts and materials to kill are the most exciting part of the story.



Sounds : Sound elements of a story has a huge impact in every digital arts you see, including animation because it will serve as the voice of the story, and unfortunately, I am not satisfied with the sound elements that has been used for the whole series. Organ/Piano sounds are a good investment for this series unfortunately, I heared them very rarely or maybe I am not just carried away with those instruments. Violins you can make a strange sound with violins as well but I haven't heard them on this series as well.

Sound FX, yes the sound FX are really impressive, stabbing a knife through your throat? Yes it sounds real.

BGM's This one has some issues as well. Especially on the beach scene, I am not sure what to think about after I heared that sound.

So when it comes to sound elements I'll score this as an average.



Character : This is my favorite part for this series, we all know now that Another is a horror-mystery series and what we expect for the characters are a little details only out there. Just come to think of it transfering into a school where those people around you are strangers and some of them are acting strange. So what would you think? Exciting! And you want to know more about them!

Character development for the story is a slow paced as well in terms of the GTKEO (Getting To Know Each Other) aspect, in my own interpretation for this is because this one is a horror-mystery story and giving excessive details to your viewer can messed up the whole story and turns your ending into an expected crap. This one is a main aspect of the series as well because you are involved with the story at the same time and you are trying to know each character's personality since their personalities, are the key to your analysis to solve the mystery puzzle.



Overall : This is a must watch series for this specific genre and you'll not get dissapointed in terms of the positive things I've said above. Also note that this story is not for all audience, since it is a rated R series, and sometimes some of us are really sensitive when it comes to violence and profanity.



Anime Recommendation

By : 住吉オリガユメ
 









 If you liked GJ-Bu from it's naturally base foundation which is Slice-of-Life genre and it's colorful illustration and a well maintained balance story, which doesn't have anything special particularly on plot.







Then you might like Koi To Senkyo To Chocolate (恋と選挙とチョコレート)

In Japan, participation in extra-curricular activities is as fundamental a part of an education as chalk and gym shorts. However, not all students are overachievers, and for those like Yuki Ojima, groups like the Food Research Club are welcome havens in which to slack-off. But what's a slacker to do when the radical new candidate for Student Council president announces her intent to get rid of clubs like the FRC? Well, getting the help of the current Student Council president is a good start, but HIS suggestion is so counter-intuitive that it's crazy: Yuki should run for the Student Council himself? And yet, it's SO crazy that it just might work! Especially when Chisato, the chocolate-adverse president of the FRC (and Yuki's best childhood friend,) and members of other targeted school clubs start to join the swelling FRC army. But can this army of goofs and goof-offs coast all the way to political victory? Or will someone have to step up to the plate and take one for the term?
(Source: Sentai Filmworks)
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Synopsis:

In Japan, participation in extra-curricular activities is as fundamental a part of an education as chalk and gym shorts. However, not all students are overachievers, and for those like Yuki Ojima, groups like the Food Research Club are welcome havens in which to slack-off. But what's a slacker to do when the radical new candidate for Student Council president announces her intent to get rid of clubs like the FRC? Well, getting the help of the current Student Council president is a good start, but HIS suggestion is so counter-intuitive that it's crazy: Yuki should run for the Student Council himself? And yet, it's SO crazy that it just might work! Especially when Chisato, the chocolate-adverse president of the FRC (and Yuki's best childhood friend,) and members of other targeted school clubs start to join the swelling FRC army. But can this army of goofs and goof-offs coast all the way to political victory? Or will someone have to step up to the plate and take one for the term?

(Source: Sentai Filmworks)



If you liked GJ-Bu then this one might fit your preferences as well, aside from it's colorful and stunning animation, and graphics illustration. Koi To Senkyo To Chocolate has an ideal story as well. Though, GJ-Bu is a really good series, but it has some boring factors as well and Koi To Senkyo To Chocolate will remove that boring factor with a number of funny moments.

As mentioned on the synopsis, this series is all about the student council presidency election. But, it is not your just ordinary election, as it has a good plot on the side factor of the story and the comedy never leaves you.

Drama. Checked, it has a drama as well and it has a major impact as the story goes on. Comedy, drama, a significant genre that would be a crucial factor once it is combined was amazingly delivered.

The Five Animes that you might want to watch

By : 住吉オリガユメ
As many of us are really familiar with the longest running anime series like Bleach, Naruto, and One Piece. Some of us mostly preferred those average length series only and this list of anime will took care the business for you if you haven't decided yet on what to watch next. Here are some few recommendations that you might want to see.


1) Angel Beats!
Angel Beats! is a 13-episode Japanese anime television series produced by P.A. Works and Aniplex and directed by Seiji Kishi. 
Source: Wikipedia
Rock concert, during assemblies. Action with bursting Uzi's, and AK-47's. Girls with guns. Expect all of these while watching Angel Beats!
While having fun at the same time, some unexpected episodes will come up that make this series a worth watching anime.
The story goes around with Otonashi, a guy who awakens only to learn that he's already dead, meets a rifle-girl named Yuri. Yuri explains that they are in afterlife already. While Otonashi, doesn't remember anything aside from his name, he was invited to join the Shinde Sekai Sensen (Afterlife Battlefront) a group that wages war against a girl named "Tenshi" (Angel). While Otonashi, wasn't convince on what Yuri claims that Tenshi is an evil, Otonashi attempts to speak with her, but the encounter  doesn't go as he intended.
Finally, Otonashi decided to join force with the Afterlife Battlefront and fought with Tenshi, while trying to gain his lost memories. Otonashi uncovered the mystery of the afterlife.
2) Elfen Lied
The Diclonius, a mutated homosapien that's mentioned to become selected by God and can eventually turn out to be the destruction of mankind, have 2 horns on the heads and also have a " sixth sense " which provides all of these a telekinetic abilities.

Due of this dangerous ability they happen to be captured and isolated in laboratories by the govt.

Lucy, a young and psychotic Diclonius, manages to break of her confines, brutally murders a lot of the guards inside the laboratory exactly in which she has been held, solely to become shot in the top as she makes her escape. She survives, falling off a cliff straight into the ocean and manages to drift along to a beach, the place two teenagers, named Kouta and Yuka, found her. Getting lost her memories, she was named (where only the real factor, is she was only able to say the word), " Nyuu, " and the 2 allows her to remain in Kouta's home. But, it seems the psychotic aspect of Lucy isn't dead simply yet... 
3) Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom

 Mafia is rife in America exactly in which assassinations are a regular occurrence upon the streets. Inferno, a mysterious company, is at the rear of the majority of these dealings through the usage of their near-invincible human weapon, called " Phantom. "

One day, a Japanese tourist accidentally witnesses Phantom's latest murder. Desperated to flee, the tourist hides inside a secluded establishment. In spite of this, Phantom, revealed to become a young lady named Ein, and also the leader of Inferno " Scythe Master " captures the tourist and brainwashes him.

Provided the name " Zwei, " this once tranquil tourist is currently a puppet of Inferno along with no memories. Drawn towards a realm of lies, deceit, and violence, Zwei must fight to survive, hopefully that one day he will regain his memories and escape out of this world, the place he's continuously on the brink of death. 


4)Zettai Karen Children Unlimited : Hyoubu Kyouske


Kyousuke Hyoubu, an ESPer who was betrayed several years back, is currently probably the most powerful ESPers—and also a fugitive. But, at the rear of which glare, lies a kind heart.

His main objective is to save lots of ESPers that are mistreated by humans, no matter if would it be by force. Through his ways, he has saved several ESPer lives and gained the loyalty of these he has saved. The name of his cluster : P. A. N. D. R. A.










5) Gosick
The year is 1924, the place, Saubure, a little European country neatly tucked beside the Alps...

Kazuya Kujo who has been  studying abroad in the prestigious Saint Marguerite Academy, where urban legends and horror stories are all of the rage. Kazuya ignores the majority of them but the storyline from the Queen Berry, a mysterious ghost ship, really grows to him. Naturally, his brainy friend Victorique is a lot more intrigued by true stories, and she uses her unrivaled logic to solve mysteries even the town's famous detective can't. Ironically, it's Victorique's inquisitive nature that leads the duo to board a ship that matches the Queen Berry's description to some tee, a ship which may just hold the secret for solving a sinister mystery...

(Source : Tokyopop, edited)



So these are the five series that most of us are not familiar, despite of  the major fact that these series are really great and you can call them as a masterpiece.

Yuri tells him that she leads the Shinda Sekai Sensen (Afterlife Battlefront)
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Yuri tells him that she leads the Shinda Sekai Sensen (Afterlife Battlefront)
Read more at http://myanimelist.net/anime/6547/Angel_Beats!#6g8TOJpjzFXzXGog.99

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