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Posted on: March 24, 2012 3:38 am by small image

Greetings everyone, it’s been a while since my last post on Yumestate. This week/next week concludes most of our Winter 2012 series, Another, Nisemonogatari, and Amagami SS+ Plus. Instead of doing an episodic review, I think it’s better to look at each series and see what we thought of it, what we like, what we don’t like, and how will we expect the anime to conclude.

This post will contain some minor spoilers, more specifically related to story development than anything. I will not ruin any major spoilers for any anime series, but for the sake of preventing any unwanted information about shows you may be interested in watching, I’d suggest at least watching an episode or two before reading this.

Another has been definitely an enjoyable roller coaster ride from start to finish. If you haven’t seen episode 11 of Another, I’d encourage you to watch that before reading this. The reason I mention episode 11 is because there is so much happening in the 24 minutes that you can’t even absorb everything that’s going on. In episode 10, what seems like a pretty uneventful trip turns out to be something completely different in episode 11.

There are a couple of things that I think Another does very well. First off, the developing story is what makes you continue to watch each episode as it airs. I find that if you were to watch this anime by marathoning (yes I am officially making this a verb) it, it just would not have the same effect that it does when you wait. The notion of having to wait adds a lot of suspense and eagerness to the plot. For an anime such as Another, this is very important in that regard since mystery relies on the unknown to keep the audience intrigued and guessing. My close friend and I who watch the anime simultaneously on our respective computers debate on who is actually the “mystery” person, and we change our answers almost every episode.

The aspect of being thrilled is certainly evident in Another. With some pretty gruesome death scenes and numerous ways that a person can die, Another has wow’ed me in that category as well. I know for myself that when characters are killed off, you generally have an idea of how it’s going to happen with some foreshadowing; that is totally not the case with Another. One scene you will be watching the main characters happily enjoying themselves, and then the next, someone dies in a very gruesome manner.

This post will be pretty short (by my standards), but I thought I would express how well Another captures its audience and its respective genres. P.A. Works definitely did not disappoint me in producing this anime, as their quality of animation has lived up to their standards with Angel Beats and Hanasaku Iroha. I will be waiting eagerly for the final episode to see its conclusion.