Jan 10, 2012 to Mar 27, 2012
24 min. per ep.
R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
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SynopsisIn 1972, a popular student in Yomiyama North Middle School’s class 3-3 named Misaki passed away during the school year. Since then, the town of Yomiyama has been shrouded by a fearful atmosphere, from the dark secrets hidden deep within.
Twenty-six years later, fifteen-year-old Koichi Sakakibara transfers into class 3-3 of Yomiyama North and soon after discovers that a strange, gloomy mood seems to hang over all the students. He also finds himself drawn to the mysterious, eyepatch-wearing student Mei Misaki; however, the rest of the class and the teachers seem to treat her like she doesn't exist. Paying no heed to warnings from everyone including Mei herself, Koichi begins to get closer not only to her, but also to the truth behind the gruesome phenomenon plaguing class 3-3 of Yomiyama North.
Based on Yukito Ayatsuji's popular supernatural mystery/thriller novel, Another follows Koichi, Mei, and their classmates as they are pulled into the enigma surrounding a series of inevitable, tragic events—but unraveling the horror of Yomiyama may just cost them the ultimate price.
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Opening Theme"Kyoumu Densen (凶夢伝染)" by ALI PROJECT
Ending Theme"anamnesis" by Annabel
Another was one of those series which had me waiting eagerly for Mondays to arrive and wishing that the weekend would end sooner. For twelve weeks, it was my priority above all else to watch this amazing series, and to be honest, I'm already awaiting the release of the OVA in May. If I had to say what makes it so incredible, I would cite the short series length, the clever plot with a brilliant resolution, and outstanding animation as the main contributing factors, although the promise of blood will probably be enough for most people to decide whether this show is for them or not. Although the violence means that this is not for the faint of heart (or weak of stomach), I would nevertheless wholeheartedly recommend watching it, as it is well worth your time.
Have you heard of Tantalus? (No, a knowledge of Greek mythology is not essential to watch Another, I am simply at my wits' end with trying to describe the story without giving anything away). Tantalus was a man condemned by the gods to eternity in the underworld, immersed to the neck in a pool of water which he could not drink from, and underneath a tree laden with fruit which he could not reach, no matter how hard he tried. Now, if this is not too swift and broad a leap, this is how the storyline of Another will make you feel; every time you seem to be tantalisingly close to the answer, a new development occurs, and you have to start all over again. This series never goes where you expect it to, but it manages this without being a particularly complicated story, which is quite an achievement. I've read and watched many mystery stories, and I have found that nothing ruins the story more than confusion caused by an overloaded storyline and a huge ensemble of characters. Here, it is simple: one tightly-written, carefully thought out storyline involving a relatively small number of characters, which proves surprisingly durable as a twelve episode series, having avoided the trap of the same cliff-hanger ending every time; they always manage to throw in a new and interesting variation. The resolution of the storyline was amazing; it managed to bring all the strands of information which we had gleaned and wrap everything up in a style which was paced exactly right; fast, but not hurried or rushed. I certainly didn't see the final twist coming- not many people did- but it was masterful. It was also the most emotional moment of the series; even those of you who have laughed like maniacs throughout the entire series will suddenly become sombre during the final five minutes. Being mindful of the strict limits on what I can actually say about its specifics, I shall merely say that it was a perfect ending to a brilliant series.
The art is simply beautiful. This might actually be quite near the top in terms of the best series I have ever seen art-wise. The characters aren't that different from any other series, but the backgrounds are amazingly well defined; they really are just bliss to watch. The art mostly depicts death, lots and lots of death, with some dismemberment and impending doom thrown in. In almost every scene, there's a sense of decay, everything looks decrepit and rusty, the buildings look deserted, and there's gratuitous use of deep, dark reds wherever possible. If it's outdoors, there are crows perched on the roofs, looking hungry. If it's indoors, like the hospital, then the lights are dim and flickering occasionally (and for the provision of information to those who have watched the hospital scenes and noticed the missing fourth floor, it's because four in Japanese is either 'shi' or 'yon', depending on the context, and 'shi' can also mean 'death', so they tend to avoid using four when numbering things, like we do with thirteen. Right, fun fact session over). The use of dolls, often missing limbs, is prevalent (whether they're scary or hilarious just depends on the viewer) and appears to have more significance to the storyline than I originally thought. And every so often, in case you haven't got the message, there's a split-second image of a blood-stained knife which is lying on the floor. I mean, what could possibly happen next? (This was intentionally ironic. For those of you who don't get irony, just assume that this means it was hilarious). To sum up, the art sets up the atmosphere perfectly.
Of course, we can't leave out the sound, as this is key (bad musical pun; I apologise) to the aforementioned atmosphere. From the start, the music creates a sense of eeriness, from simple melodies to electronic effects and string sections. As difficult as it is to describe, I would like you to imagine a full orchestra having a psychedelic freakout (think of that section of A Day in the Life) with a hair-raising selection of electronic hums and whines added, and then multiply that by about ten. That's about what it's like (or as best as I can put it into words). The music never quite goes away, unlike in other, lighter series; it drops right down to a few notes on a piano, but still gives you the sense that something's always just about to happen. The opening has some weird and unsettling vocal melodies going on, creating tension, stress, and suspense. But after a few episodes, I'll express a preference for the ending theme; it proves that strong vocals and a few chords on a piano are more effective than the aural blitzkrieg which we are usually subjected to, and it brings a sense of peace and serenity to the end of the episode. Basically, the soundtrack works perfectly with what's on screen.
Now, the characters; obviously, we know very little about any of them right up until the end, otherwise it wouldn't be a mystery, would it? They're all quite weird and unusual, and they're all either ruthlessly blunt or very obviously trying to avoid certain topics of conversation. As you can imagine, this makes the dialogue quite awkward. Kouichi Sakakibara, our horror story loving main character, seems to have more than half a clue what's going on, which makes a nice change from the average clueless/in denial character in the horror genre. Although it cannot be denied that he is of that genus most favoured by scriptwriters lacking inspiration, the transfer student, he does actually get some background to why he transferred. Mei Misaki develops a bit from the 'weird loner' presented in the first episode to someone who is frustrated by their situation and yet cannot change it. While near-silent and emotionless girls seem to be very common at the moment, I can promise that there is more to Mei than being a mere tribute to consumer demand. If you have watched only a few episodes, she might seem a bizarre person, but she becomes more understandable as the series progresses. Izumi Akazawa, the class representative, is blunt to the point of being rude, but is quite the deceiver and manipulator behind the scenes, as it later turns out. Reiko, who was at first glance a stereotypical 'ridiculously youthful, kind and caring female relative', turns out to have quite a temper, and appears to have a few secrets. In a sentence: don't judge them too soon.
If you are still with me (and it's quite likely if you are indeed reading this sentence), I recommend you go and watch Another now. It's only a few hours out of your spare time and you really have nothing to lose except a night's sleep if you are easily scared. If you are going to watch it, I can recommend watching it at midnight, it's surprisingly good fun (if your idea of 'fun' is the same as mine, that is). Personally, I reckon that from a fairly dull season, Another will come to shine as easily the best new release this season, and possibly one of the better of the year.
(Author's note: I started writing reviews because decently written reviews with no spelling or grammatical errors are almost non-existent on MAL, as very few people can be bothered with such trivialities these days, and this desperately needs redressing. While many people aren't with me on this, I believe that a review is not worth reading unless it is well written, and so I have put quite a lot of effort into writing this without making it too formal or verbose, whilst avoiding flippancy, in order to inform and entertain the people in the audience who are on my wavelength. My apologies if you are not one of those people. If you do have some constructive criticism to make, PM me or just post a comment, I'm quite happy to take it under consideration when editing this. And on that note, good night!).
--- Warning: Contains spoilers ---
When it comes to anime, the horror genre is a tricky one. A fatal flaw arises right from the beginning, as each person has their own definition of horror depending on how imaginative they might be. While some may immediately think of a bunch of gruesome killings, others may think of more eerie supernatural events, and the list goes on, but because of this, the genre has a high chance of failure depending on each person's perception of horror.
Unfortunately, Another just happens to fall way outside my definition of horror, and seems to fit very nicely within comedy.
But hold on a second, this anime isn't just a horror, it's also supposed to be a mystery as well. Every year we're usually greeted with at least one mystery anime per season that I only consider mystery simply because that's what they are labeled. This is because, more often than not, anime that are supposed to be predominantly mystery, surprise, have no mystery to speak of in them, and Another is no different.
Alright, well, saying there is absolutely no mystery might be a bit of an exaggeration, but can you really consider Another a mystery? When you get down to it, it was ultimately about finding out who the "Another" was so that they may be able to stop the curse that has been running rampant for 26 years. The problem with this is that for the first four episodes, it was all about Kouichi figuring out who Mei was, seeing as she had the same name as the girl who died 26 years ago, which is what people believe started the curse in the first place. So when we figure out that she is just a normal girl, everything up until this point felt like nothing more than another useless time sink.
Here is where it gets into episodes that are completely wasted in favor of cheap shock value to try and keep the viewer hooked. Until episode 10, what did they actually learn about the Another? Nothing of any value. Where's the mystery in that? I don't find random deaths to be mysterious or horrifying in any way, and this is what the series focused on the entire time. One could argue that this narrowed down the possible suspects, but the characters did nothing with this. Even though they might have not been able to do anything to stop the curse, they could've at least devoted more time to actually trying to figure out who the Another is rather than waste time with other daily activities.
Throughout the entire series, there were only two episodes that truly served any purpose, one of which was the beach episode. Now, where would any anime be without a beach episode? It's practically mandatory these days, however, it wouldn't be Another without a token death scene in almost every episode now would it? The only good thing this episode did was provide us with one of the bigger clues, which made it very easy to figure out who the Another might be, as it proved that deaths could happen outside of Yomiyama. Meaning that the Another had to be on the trip. The only problem is that the explanation they gave in the next episode made any speculation as to who the Another was entirely useless. It was said that the person who died actually had gotten a brain injury while still in Yomiyama, and would've died later that day regardless of him being run over and torn to shreds by a boat on the beach. With this, it was practically back to square one since you wouldn't know whether or not the information given could be trusted or not. Although, any good mystery relies on misdirection, and this is one thing I can credit Another for at times, as it did try to send you down a wrong path or two as the series progressed, but this small aspect alone doesn't make up for how horribly executed everything else was.
The only other episode that had any purpose was episode 9, and regardless of it being the most frustrating one, it did provide some crucial information. As the events played out, Kouichi and his band of half-wits found a tape telling them how to stop the curse from continuing. Now, here comes the frustrating part, one of the geniuses amongst the group had the brilliant idea of ripping the tape out of the tape player to stop it from playing, instead of simply pressing the pause or stop button. You seriously have to invent an entirely new level of imbecile to describe something so moronic. Considering the current standards for incompetence in modern society have set the bar so ludicrously low, this newly discovered form of stupidity deserves some kind of fucking award. The author clearly was looking for an easy out so that they could extend the series just a bit longer, which resulted in the wonder that is the final two episodes.
However, there was one thing that was the ultimate "Fuck you" to all of the viewers. More so than the whole tape fiasco in episode nine, and that's Misaki Mei. Not only did they try to make her seem far more important than she was for the first half of the series, but, in one of the worst reveals I've ever had the displeasure of witnessing, they confirm that she was able to tell who the Another was from the very beginning. So with this, anything of relevance that happened in all of the previous episodes was for naught, and that's just absurd. She could have at least tried to speak out and tell the other students that she knew who the Another was, and before you say they wouldn't believe her, take a second to think about this. All of these morons in Class 3 believed in a completely nonsensical curse that was nothing more than superstition until it was proven to be true in the final episode. Yes, nothing could've been done regardless if she told someone or not, but due to the fact that she actually knew the entire time, the mystery was already technically solved since the beginning. It was only a matter of figuring out how to get rid of the Another, which took seven episodes of cheap deaths, one episode to figure out how to stop the curse, one episode of half the class dying and/or killing each other, and half of the final episode to reveal and kill the Another.
Am I the only one who sees a problem here? There was no actual deducting or piecing together of the puzzle. All Mei had to do was convince Kouichi that his aunt was the Another (which went over far too easily by the way), and it was over. I'm not saying that all the deaths could've been avoided, but I'll be damned if Mei isn't partially to blame for sitting around doing all of nothing for the previous eleven episodes. This is in no way a mystery. The beginning of the series could be considered an infinitely better mystery than the latter half, as you really have no idea who or what Mei is and what role she actually plays in the story until half way through the fifth episode.
Not only was the "mystery" handled very haphazardly throughout, but the horror and supernatural aspects were as well. Even now, this series isn't listed under supernatural, most likely because horror usually blends with supernatural in some way, but knowing that this series has supernatural elements only makes everything far worse. From the beginning, we're introduced to the central plot point: the curse that started 26 years ago that still takes the lives of people today. The problem with this is that throughout the series, the curse felt like nothing more than superstition. Almost every single death throughout the bulk of the series, and especially the ones in episode eleven could be logically explained in some way rather than only explainable by taking supernatural elements into consideration. There was only one death that truly felt so farfetched that it could only seem like the work of the supernatural hand , and that was the elevator death in episode four. However, no matter how small the chance of it happening is, it was still within the realm of possibility. I understand that hospital elevator cables snapping may seem ridiculous, and it really is, but you can't rule out this having happened at least once in documented history.
As for the rest of the deaths, they're all easily explained. The umbrella death in episode three? Dying by falling down a flight stairs is entirely possible on its own, but regardless of this being in the original source or something P.A. Works changed, Dead Girl #1 falling on the umbrella was purely done for trying to hook the audience, and there is no easier way of doing that than making some over-the-top death scene which all the mindless little sheep will endlessly ejaculate over. Episode five? Heart attack. If I honestly have to explain this one, I'll probably lose what little hope I have left in humanity. Episode seven? Simple suicide. The real question here is why did the teacher who commited suicide have to make such a spectacle of his death? Here's a hint: shock value.
And they aren't don't yet, oh no. Not only were most of the deaths earlier on in the series blown way out of proportion, P.A. Works felt the need to try and make episode eleven able to rival the entirety of a series like Higurashi in terms of deaths and overblown character reactions. So here we have a bunch of teenagers scared for their life each and every day, wondering if they'll be the next ones to die, and through the magic that is the adolescent mind, one of the previously mentioned half-wits lets two unstable girls listen to the tape so that they may also learn the marvelous way of how to stop the curse. Queue a ridiculous amount of jumping around between scenes that would make even Shinbo jealous of their artistic direction. To say this episode was shizophrenic would be quite the compliment.
Even though there may seem to be a lot going on in this episode, there is absolutely nothing to it in the end. It's just a meaningless massacre where everyone is dying from a series of random events like having a pillar falling on top of them, being incinerated by flames or simply being killed by one other in some twisted way due to mass hysteria, paranoia and/or plain idiocy. This all goes right back to Mei, as this entire thing could've been avoided if she had spoken up sooner about who the Another is, instead of letting the entirety of Class 3 believe it was her. Even once she revealed to Kouichi that she in fact knew who the Another was (we heard this twice), Kouichi never bothered to ask her who it was the entire time before or after they were being hunted by everyone else in the mansion and Mei never brought it up again. Not only was there no real mystery to begin with, withholding the information that could've easily solved this "mystery" a couple episodes ago puts her at fault for just about everything. Not the Another.
Either way, no matter how you look at it, every single death in this series was very highly dramatized to the point of absurdity for the simple sake of selling Blu-Rays. People like nonsensical violence, that's just how it is. Many series have success through using shock value (Madoka, for example), so I can't necessarily blame P.A. Works for this, as they were just trying to make money like everyone else in the world, but that doesn't excuse the fact that it was all completely superficial with no deeper meaning other than people dying for the sake of dying. If I wanted to see that, I would just turn on the news.
So, what exactly was Kouichi's role in all of this? Being the protagonist of the series, one would imagine that he would be the one solving the mystery by piecing together the puzzle; yet he's just as useless as the rest of the cast. His purpose was finished once he figured out the story of Mei and why she was being ignored by their class in the first place. After this, he, just like everyone else, was tagging along for the ride until the conclusion finally came around. Did he piece together evidence based on everything he's heard and encountered to come to the conclusion that the Another was his aunt? No, that was Mei. The only purpose he served in the end was providing us with irrefutable proof that his aunt was the Another by recalling memories that even he forgot until Mei spoke with him about it during the final episode. While this wasn't necessarily bad, as he does get points for not being a beta protagonist like you would imagine him to be, it certainly wasn't good.
Now, assuming you're not counting the death fodders that people like to call characters, by simple process of elimination, Mei is the only character left to go over, and she is by far the worst character in this series. Random Dead Kid #92 was more memorable and even had better characterization and development than she ever had. There was no real depth to her character, and unlike Kouichi, she served no purpose other than actually causing more problems for everyone around her, making her more of an antagonizing force than the Another was. Add in the fact that if she didn't have something unique to her design, she's completely indicernable among the myriads of Ayanami Rei clones out there. So what, she has a sad past, but who hasn't gone through something like losing a loved one nowadays? It could've been much worse, and I actually expected it to be seeing as just about everything else was expanded upon so ridiculously in this series. The only ounce of development that actually she received was during the mid-point of the series, which is arguably the only decent portion of it, and that's just because you finally learn about her as more than "The bitch that no ones gives two fucks about."
However, among the countless death fodders and pitiful excuses for characters, there is one who stands among the rest, simply for being one of the ones I hate to see the most in any given work: and that's the catalyst for an overdramatized event. In the case of Another, it would be the woman who owned the mansion that Class 3 went to on their trip. She had all of maybe 3 lines the entire time she was on screen, and was viewed as a side character of no importance, yet, out of nowhere, she decided to go on a random killing spree. This came on suddenly and was completely unwarranted, which just detracted from the main focus of the finale. During the final episode, they did decide to leave us with one terrible justification for her actions: she was said to be emotionally unstable due to the death of her grandson, but this should in no way trigger her actions seeing as his death happened earlier in the series, and by the fact that she went on the murdering spree BEFORE the news was leaked about Mei presumably being the Another. She merely served as a catalyst to help drive home the paranoia in the already unstable kids staying at the mansion, thus triggering a few of them going batshit insane after they found out that Mei was believed to be the Another. I don't even consider the old woman to be a character, but a horribly written plot device that was bad enough to actually be addressed.
One of the biggest problems with this series is, of course, the ending. Stating the obvious, they need to kill the Another so that the curse will be stopped. The only problem with this is that, while the curse is stopped for this year, each person whose life was taken by the curse has a chance to be brought back to life the next year. So, in the end, killing the Another does nothing for anyone in the future, only for the present year. Not only is the curse absolutely ridiculous, it adds on yet another layer of absurdity to everything by giving a nonsensical reason for how it started and why it continues today. Said given explanation is that 26 years ago, the people of Class 3 decided to believe that their classmate who had recently died, wasn't actually dead. Due to this, the curse continued to run rampant each year simply because it could, and it can never be stopped. In the end, the supernatural aspect is nothing more than a terrible excuse to shovel garbage down the throats of the people who eat up pointless deaths. And that is not how horror should work.
If there is any credit I can truly give to Another, it's the simple attention to detail that's present in things like the background, exemplary of almost every P.A. works anime. Sadly, this is quite easily the strongest point of this series. The atmosphere was great at times, yet seemingly over done at others. The main problem with this is that an anime can't be successful with only a few parts out of the many that make it up, especially not something like the atmosphere which requires other aspects of the series to be good in such a manner that it enhances the experience. More often than not, the atmosphere was ruined not because it was actually overdone, but because the scene taking place was horribly executed. In turn this made everything that took place work against any positive aspect the atmosphere might have provided. In combination with the overbearing OST that sounded like an angsty teenager turning their stereo up to over 9000 in some apparent misguided sense of rebellion against society; it more than kills any good mood that a scene might have been giving off in record time.
At this point, I think it might be P.A. Works who is cursed. Every anime they've produced has had a strong beginning, a core that gets progressively weaker and ultimately yields a poor conclusion. This trend hasn't changed through any of their work, and Another is no different. It had the potential to be a good mystery, but started to focus on all the wrong aspects as it progressed, and became nothing more than another twelve weeks of my life wasted. read more
Notice: some spoilers will be present in this review, despite my best efforts; I've made them as vague as possible, but sorry about that anyway.
Another advertises itself as a mystery horror anime; its premise is definitely interesting and right off the bat the production values look promising. Unfortunately, the show starts to fall apart halfway through, the mystery leaves you with many, MANY questions of the wrong kind and is so serious yet so over-the-top that the "horror" tag might as well be read as "comedy".
This show is a prime example of a promising story being told in the worst manner imaginable. The beginning is strong, then it starts going downhill in the middle, with the last stretch being just a mess. This is mostly because of how the mystery is handled: at first, Another does a good job at being mysterious and creepy. You know something's up, yet you don't get many clues or even get thrown off the path to the truth. You (may) feel on edge, yet you have no idea why. Obviously, those are the signs of a good mystery. Unfortunately, it doesn't last - pretty much everything about the mysterious curse is revealed and explained long before the final stretch. The only detail that wasn't exposed was the curse's catalyst for that year. This is quite possibly one of the most disastrous moves I've ever seen in an anime, since from that point onwards the characters get almost nothing accomplished and are just swept along by the flow. They don't even TRY to figure out the last, most important piece of the puzzle, making a considerable part of the show very boring... at least, that's what it would've been if the death scenes weren't taken up to eleven.
Let me stop talking about the plot here for a moment to comment about the death scenes, which are probably the reason why you've heard about Another. Some are creative. Some are nasty. All of them are over-the-top, to the point where they can be hilarious. Sure, many of them serve as cheap shock value to keep the viewer interested, but I'll be damned if they didn't do their twisted, morbid little job well. As soon as the first person dies, a (maybe hidden) part of you wants to keep watching to see if there'll be an even more exaggerated and ridiculous death in the series; hell, the laws of physics seem to be altered every other moment just so this can be done.
Anyway, back to the plot. Perhaps one of the show's biggest flaws is that the supernatural elements are never properly explained. Okay, so many years ago someone popular from the class died, and ever since then that very class has been subject to a devastating curse. Why does that happen? Aside from the curse's annual catalyst, nothing is ever explained about it. It just happens. There's also an issue with dead people and memories (can't talk more about it without giving a big spoiler). Again, why does that happen and how? Never explained. Your guess is as good as mine, really, and if you want to know, mine is that the Grim Reaper has enough spare time to screw around with middle school students every year. Finally, Another also commits two writing sins that really annoy me: the first one is that, in multiple occasions, cell phones will malfunction for no reason whatsoever while characters are holding important conversations. This is a blatant diabolus ex machina and only serves to cheapen the writing. Second, at one point a character we've never seen before goes nuts. The problem is that the reason for that is lazily handwaved, making it seem like a poor excuse just to up the chaos even more. Speaking of chaos, let me ask one very simple question: why is the school still open? Over half a dozen people die there almost every year, yet the authorities never did something about it? And if that's the (really illogical) case, then why in the world are people still enrolling their kids there? This isn't a question that stems from deep thought, IT'S COMMON SENSE.
The sound department is hit-or-miss. The BGM itself is not bad; while it's sometimes effectively used to create a good, tense atmosphere, it's also misused some other times, and it's not very memorable. The OP, however, is just bad. The imagery fits, but the song feels incredibly out of place and is nothing special either. Same goes for the ED. As for the voice acting, it's... OK. Nothing amazing, yet nothing particularly bad either.
Another's greatest weakness is its characters. I don't think they even deserve to be called that - "amoebas" is more fitting, as they display the intelligence and personality of a single-celled being, and that's IF the characters in question have any "relevance" to the plot; if not, "death fodder" fits the bill quite nicely. For starters, we have the protagonist, Kouichi. When the body count starts to rise and his classmates desperately tell him to lay low before someone else dies, what does he do? Keep trying to find out what's going on. Hell, at one point he thought a doll was a REAL PERSON. And guess what? Aside from his stupidity and some stalker tendencies, there is nothing remarkable about him. Even worse is Mei, who is proof that Rei Ayanami expies get carte blanche from the anime fandom no matter what they do. Not only does she have no personality to speak of, in the last few episodes she reveals that she knew the answer to the mystery all along AND withheld a piece of very important info from everyone else. Because of some stupid, never-explained power she has. So basically, everything that happened, all the chaos, bodies and paranoia, almost all of the show, ALL OF IT probably wouldn't have happened if she OPENED HER MOUTH IN THE BEGINNING. Her reason for not revealing the truth doesn't make it any less aggravating.
The supporting cast is just as bad. Even the named ones, some of which have quite a bit of screen time, are so forgettable I don't even remember their names. The only memorable thing about them is, as usual, their lack of brains: one guy - who looks like a girl - likely has NO common sense, as he shows very delicate evidence to emotionally unstable girls; this, surprise surprise, makes them go berserk. Then there's a girl with twintails who wants to stop the calamity; there is almost always a character like this in horror/mystery movies, and she is so loyal to that common, predictable archetype that a savvy viewer will easily know everything that she will do/will happen to her before half of the anime has gone by. But worst of all is the blonde guy. While he arguably has the most "personality" out of the cast, this jackass is the group's idiot, and he EARNS the title. No, seriously, you heard me right, he accomplishes such a DIFFICULT GODDAMN FEAT with ease. His crowning moment of stupidity? Forcibly removing a tape AS IT'S PLAYING from the player to make it stop. Remember: this anime takes place in 1998, when tapes weren't the ancient forgotten technology they are today. Ladies and gentlemen, this is something else.
To make things worse, the blonde had some TOUGH competition for the title of "most brain-dead character" in this anime. You see, a little over halfway through we learn that one of the old students discovered something very important about the curse. He even made a "copy" of that knowledge for future generations. Only one problem: HE HIDES THE DAMNED THING IN AN ABANDONED SCHOOL BUILDING. The thought of handing it over to the school's staff or the police never crossed his mind? Brilliant, just brilliant. There are plenty of more characters, but really, you're not gonna care or even remember about any of them because they're pretty much just going along for the ride to the slaughterhouse.
If there's something that nobody can deny about Another, is that it looks good. The animation is very nice and fluid, with some obvious bumps in quality during the death scenes. The backgrounds have a great amount of detail, being sometimes nothing short of gorgeous. The lighting is good as well, which is great for creating the ideal atmosphere for each situation, something crucial for horror works. It's a shame, really; the anime didn't deserve this quality.
In conclusion, Another is a mess. It may be pretty, morbidly entertaining and have a strong, interesting beginning, but it is unfortunately plagued with bad, forgettable characters, a terribly mishandled mystery, half-hearted or straight up missing explanations and many other writing flaws. It serves as a great example for what not to do in the mystery horror genre, and I wouldn't recommend it - unless you like tearing apart bad works of fiction as you're watching them or find over-the-top deaths to be hilarious.
Thank you for reading this review. read more
This show actually caught me by surprise. I went into it knowing absolutely nothing about it, but needless to say, I was hooked after just two episodes. Who is this girl? Why is she so special? Why is this new transfer student the only one that seems to know she’s even there? A mystery indeed. The show does an amazing job leaving the audience to wonder what’s going to happen next. Each episode’s cliffhanger is gripping. They take things to a whole new level during the second half of the series.
The character design and animation style both are top notch. Clean, sharp, and crisp. Nicely done here by P.A. Works. The opening fits the theme of this series perfectly. I couldn’t ask for anything better. The ending theme is up for debate. I personally didn’t care much for it, but let’s not make that the focus here.
I can’t say a whole lot without spoiling the series, but I will say this: as predictable as you will probably think it is, the ending will throw you for a loop. They even recap for you, showing all of the proof from the previous episodes and it will blow your mind because it’s at that moment that you realize the pieces were all there the whole time. How it all came together at the end was fantastic.
The actual ending itself, however, left a sour taste in my mouth for some reason. Not the solution to the mystery, not how it pieced together, but the aftermath. In other words, the epilogue is what sort of made me rethink a few things. If you do pick up this series and watch it to the end, you may or may not understand what I mean, because it’s hard to explain.
There are some points in the series where the pacing really seems to slow down. The reason I mention this as if to say it’s a problem is mainly because the audience can lose interest when nothing is happening. I found myself dozing off a few times during a couple episodes, and next thing I know, stuff is going down and I totally missed everything leading up to it. Obviously, I had to rewatch those episodes but even fully awake, some parts felt like the longest 23 minutes ever.
If you likes psychological, gore, horror/mystery genre. If you like more serious shows that take themselves seriously, look no further this is what you looking for. read more
Guy moves into a town which holds a mystery that unravels troughout the show. Higurashi has some lighter slice of life episodes, but that's cool because it's pretty long including -kai.
Highly reccomend both
These both have an extremely eerie and dark mood to them making the viewer curious and wanting more. Both start out relatively calmly, with the tension gradually building up into something a lot more gruesome. No holding back with the terror and blood!
Small towns with big secrets. Horror series that show how terrifying normal school kids can turn out to be when pushed to their limits by the darkest horrors their towns have to offer. Both also have themes of cyclical repetition, with Another's events happening year after year and Higurashi repeating the same summer over and over again. The main character are very similar.
Both anime show the same theme of mystery and random deaths. However, If you continue to watch "Higurashi", all is explained towards the end of the series. Throughout "Another" the conspicuous deaths and murderers are somewhat explained all together towards the end.
Both have a main character who moves into a town where mysterious deaths occur. In Higurashi, however, the deaths were caused by murder, rather than other circumstances found in Another.
During watching both of them you get the same feeling. The plot is simillar - a boy going to a new school, meet new friends and everything seems great till.. boom, everything is getting creepy, there's a lot of blood and inexplicable deaths. If you enjoyed one of theese you should see the other one.
Both anime are misleading in that everything "looks" normal when they arent. Blood and death is prominent in both series with a mysterious undertone.
Both are some of the best horror animes out there. Both have violent scenes.
Characters go mad in these. Great suspense and atmosphere. In the beginning (of both) is hard to the viewer to understand the story.
In both you will frequently ask what's going to happen next.
If you liked one of them you should also like the other. :)
Another and Higurashi have lots of similarities
A new boy comes to town;
Mysterious murders starts to happen
something about a curse
Another feels like Higurashi compressed into one arc. Dieing people, classmates hiding something, dark feeling overall. One thing Another lacks in comparison to Higurashi is comedy.
Main character's family moves him to a new town with dark secrets. Blood and murder and sinister atmosphere. The classmates of the main character have secrets that they'd rather keep hidden from the main character, and are willing to go to great lengths to do so. They also both start off calm, lulling you into a false sense of security before turning up the horror.
A normal boy moves house and settles in fairly easily, only to later discover that -his new home (and friends) harbour dark secrets.
Both are very eerie and tense throughout, and they both contain plenty of horror violence.
While I was watching Another, the entire time I kept thinking 'this is so similar to Higurashi'.
An ordinary teenage boy moves into a strange rural town where his classmates seem to be keeping a dark secret from him. There's a horror and a mystery atmosphere. Both are set in the past (Higurashi in 1983, Another in 1998).
Just like another, Higurashi is a bit darker anime, with a lot of mystery, suspense and gore. It'll keep you guessing till the very end, and the atmosphere is simply amazing. The series is also spiced up with various funny moments, which surprisingly enough don't take away from the creepy feel, but only reinforce it in turn. Definitely a must watch.
Both of these anime lean towards a dark aspect with many creepy undertones. However from what I've seen of Another it has much less gore an insanity than Higurashi, so if you want something with more of a creep-out factor than gore, watch Another.
Both series are about boys who recently move to new towns and are oblivious of the creepy things taking place, but they get dragged into them anyways.
Creepiness and unpredictability are present in both series, yet Higurashi starts off as more lighthearted and funny in addition to the fact that it is composed of several arcs.
Those who loved Higurashi for it's mind-racking mystery and gruesomeness will surely love this one.
A normal boy moves to a new town. Within the first 3 episodes, we see this boy get involved with many creep factors. Both the series consist of blood, mystery, girls who are more than they seem, and just all out thrillers.
Even before finishing this series, I knew that there was something similar between Higurashi and Another. MC arrives into a small town, meets new people, and let the psychological twists begin. Murders and mystery play a central theme as the thriller-like sequences repeats over and over. In both series, a calamity that has not been lifted repeats in a Groundhog Day-like loop.
Horror animes with some bloody death scenes. New guys move to small towns that hold big secrets. The deaths in both series are believed to be the result of a mysterious curse. Both show ordinary high school students driven to insanity and committing horrifying crimes. Both take place over 10 years in the past.
Both anime are about some curse/a chain of deaths occuring. Also, the story is full of mystery and confusion at the start, and it contains gore.Very similar, yet different.
It gives you the same feeling.. And it is although kind of the same because in the beginning of both animes, Kouichi's classmates seem to hide something dark from him, while in Higurashi, Keichi's friends are also hiding something 'dark' from him. I love both of these anime, they give you a creepy feeling. I highly suggest watching these two.
If you wished Another was longer and more terrifying, definitely check out Higurashi. It really seems like Another drew a lot of inspiration from the series.
Both animes involve a young man who moves into a new (small) town. Certain dark events have happened before and it starts to repeat itself again. In the two animes, both stories keep blowing your mind; changing everything when the main character finds things out.
We're dealing with the same dark atmosphere and horror situation, coming from a curse that we discover throught the episodes.
Small town with big secrets, all keep to themselves until something happens, very mysterious characters, you get the same feel from both animes
Boy moves to a new, seemingly normal and quite town. That is until past events start to unravel and everything isn't what it seems. If you enjoyed Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, you should defiantly give Another a try.
Both involve a main character moving into a new town. The town has mysterious things going on.
Each is a horror anime revolving around a mystery and the graphic deaths of students; however, Higurashi is more light-hearted (at points) and less generic than Another.
Curse related horror animes. Both have gore and suspence.
- People going absolutely crazy
- Involving unknown disease or curse
They are both very extraordinary horrors that have a great plot, story, sound and have a polished art style.
It seems to have much murders and also have a great story behind it, what ever you liked, Another or Higurashi, I can assure you, this is a must watch. I gave it a 9/10, and I'm slightly strict on my ratings.
They are similar in characters, the flow of the story and the flow of the whole series.
(Higurashi has a sequel and OVAs, while I believe the prequel for Another is to be watched after the T.V. series)
But go check it out. You have nothing to lose. You will be hooked by the 3rd episode. Enjoy this masterpiece.
In a remote village in Japan before the great internet age, a group of high schoolers find themselves at the center of a series of mysterious deaths. They must find out how to survive and stop the deaths.
Both of these series also have terrible communication between friends causing most of the drama. Especially in Another where the whole plot could be solved in three episodes if everyone just talked to each other. However, if you like a suspenseful atmosphere and violet, sometimes silly deaths, then try out both of these interesting anime.
Both series start off whit a boy who moves to an unfamiliar town,which holds a curse.
A loth of mysterious,and gory deaths occur due to this curse.The horror in both is very well made,and also they are both confusing at first.
Both are Horror anime and have great animation and music
The starting premises are extremely similar, young man moves to a new town, odd occurrences, both have horror and a bit of gore.
These two animes are horror and everything is mysterious...
If you watched anime Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni then you will definitely like Another.
Genre for Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni : Horror, Mystery, Psychological, Thriller
Genre for Another: Mystery, Horror, Drama, School :3
Another is much more like Higurashi than Elfen Lied. They both have a main protagonist who goes to a school in a new place and both try to figure out the mystery that is killing people. There are lots of murders and bloody scenes in both.
Another and Higurashi are similar because in both stories they have a calamity which people die from but the plots are completely different. Both are very great anime but are different an alike. Higurashi consist on more of a different plot rather where in Another it focuses on the death both have surprise endings and unexpected event. Even though Another has a shocking ending, unexpected, Higurashi has a lot of turns of events and is longer. Both series are different while Higurashi has more than 30 episodes while Another had about 12 or so :]
Supernatural mysteries are indeed interesting, but what if it's being packaged with a little gore scene? Another is more mild but gives a serious atmosphere all the time, while higurashi has a slight changes in the atmosphere but when it comes to gruesome scenes, higurashi offers more.
Both anime are ready to fulfill you desires!
Both have supernatural elements, a somewhat dark atmosphere and are the what-the-hell-is-going-on type of suspense anime. Higurashi no Naku Koro ni however seems to operate at a higher level of the latter, I swear I had no clue what I was watching until after reading up on the series' origin. Plot twists, nail-biting action and suspense that will keep you on the edge of your chair/couch/bed (and at times knock you off of said furniture and into the floor, much like the corpses of characters in both animes). Blood, dementia, and oh did I say blood?
Both series have an unaware main character who wants to find out more about his surroundings. Both anime hold a strong horror element and seem to have an "avoiding death'" feel to them.
Both have a similar storyline.
A guy moves to a new town where mysterious deaths keep happening.
Another and Higurashi both have really creepy scenes, and a few death scenes which are similar because of the amount of blood.
They say you shouldn't watch either of these alone at midnight 0.0
I love both of these shows.
If you like Another, you'll probably love Higurashi..
- New guy moves in to town
- Both Keiichi and Kouichi are very similar.
- Classmates won't tell them the secret of the "curse."
- Both involves a "curse" where someone dies every year.
- Overall mood very similar.
It's similar for the mysteries and the curse
both has the same creepy aura
People start dying in a high school class. Both are super gory and both heavily focus on the reactions of the people in the schools.
Both are school anime
Both are gore
Both have mysterious girls
both shows involve people being slaughtered to death. even both of the main characters are similar.
btw, I wouldn't recommend watching these in the dark
Both shows have sudden plot twists and their endings are both just 'wow' when the culprit is revealed.
The main characters' names for both of the show are almost the same:
Another: Koiichi Sakakibara
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni: Keiichi Maebara
Both of them move into a new town/village and school only to find out that people are hiding terrible secrets from them.
The supernatural theme is in both anime, though very different (one more to do with death, the other to do with, well, you'll find out).
One great similarity is how they both make you think that something specific is happening at the start, however, they lately reveal something entirely different is happening or is at work.
Both are horror series involving a city boy moving to a small town and discovering the bizarre tragedies that occurred there years earlier. His friends act strangely when he asks about these events. Another is very short (12 eps) whereas Higurashi is very long (50 eps)
Both series have that sort of "Guy transfers to a small, new village and goes to school and everything is quite dandy until OH WOW okay people are dying frequently and brutally... well then" feel to them. While both plots have been done before, they're done in a verry riviting way that kept me watching intently form start to end. Highly recommended!
This anime more like higurashi couse this anime action mystery and romantic
The main characters move to a new town. Both series start off calm, but things soon take a turn for the worst as gruesome murders begin occurring. Mysteries are solved as the shows progress.
both Higurashi and Another are centered around what is called a curse, and both have more of an in depth complex idea at the very end. For example in Higurashi the main character, Maebara Keiichi only recently moved to Hinamizawa and has been there for around a year or six months, which is quite like the main character in Another, Kouichi Sakakibara who only recently transferred to Yomiyama north and stayed in the town. If you're looking for violence and gore both of these share an equal amount, and are very well made. You also find out what's going on through each one, bit by bit, so it's quite suspenseful and has an element of mystery. The story lines are quite different yet they have similar ideas, so give another or higurashi a try, you won't be disappointed.
Both of these spine-chilling horror animes have a surprisingly similar setting: Your somewhat typical highschool guy MC moves to a small village, only to find himself in the middle of a vicious mystery. However, they are definitely not completely the same - The 'Higurashi' series is more focused on the story and suspense with it's super complex plot, while 'Another' is more focused on the artstyle, atmosphere and the fountains of blood.
It is also a horror story. If you like another you might as well like Higurashi....
-both of the anime has the exact atmosphere for the entire season
-both are horror and mysterious :p
-Higurashi has murder and so on while Another doesnt really have(except for the last episode)
-Higurashi's horror is centered on one specific at a time while Another isnt
When I first started watching Another, I was 100% sure it'd be extremely similar to Higurashi.
- Both of them start with a student who just moves into the village and strange murders start occuring around him.
- Both of them involve students dealing with most of the investigations.
Although Another can't be called as brutal as Higurashi, it's still a very similar show.
Both give a similar feeling: New guy arrives to a little village, and certain dark events start happening that are somehow related to a young mysterious girl. Slow and creepy atmosphere that makes you want to find out what´s going on. Brilliant ost and VA´s. Personally I enjoyed Shiki more, because it gives a deeper development to its characters and a more intricate plot. Still, Both are awesome animes that will keep you thrilled till the end, so if you enjoyed one, you will probably enjoy the other.
Well, both series are Mystery genres..
They give the same scary feeling due to the lots of creepy deaths all over the stories.
Yet, both show the main male character wiling to stop this "supernatural phenomenon".
Also a special mention to the cure of the music, which both serie have.
If you enjoyed one of those, you might probably enjoy the other as well!
The difference in shows is that in Another we don't know what is happening and why so it has to be investigated. However, in Shiki we know the cause of the deaths from the start and are simply observing everything from the distance, watching how characters will deal with the issue.
Other than that, shows are very similar. In both shows people suddenly start to die.In Another people from one class die and in Shiki in one of the villages.
In both shows characters try to find the cause and stop it. Both shows start slow but eventually end up in blood bath. Both shows have quiet a lot of under developed characters though in Another it is more eye burning.
Shiki and Another are mystery and horror anime that share the same type of overall dread for the viewer. They take place in a quiet and sleepy town that soon gives way to the chaos and paranoia flowing within everyone's psyche. They also feature mysterious girls whose presence and existence psychologically bash everyone else's sanity and causes a train-wreck, chain-reaction-like phenomenon, that leaves many dead and others messed up from the sheer horror and unspeakable events that unfold. Both series, especially Shiki, also offer really unique animation and creepy background music. If you liked watching one of them I highly recommend trying out the other.
Both fall under the horror genre and give off similar vibes by establishing a slow-paced mystery in order to create suspense. Shiki focuses on character and buildup, while Another uses foreshadowing and atmosphere.
Perhaps creepy at times, and shocking at others.
Worthy of mentioning is that the writer for Another is the husband for the writer of Shiki. Truly, the greatest love story ever told.
Shiki is similar to both Another and Mirai Nikki. This is because again the anime shares characters and themes. The main protagonist in Shiki could be argued of being either the girl or boy, but I myself think it is the boy. Though this might sound as if it juxtaposes with the recommended anime's it doesn't. It is really quite similar. Shiki's main theme is that of death. Death is like the central for the plot as the town gets consumed by it one by one. Without giving too much away, this anime also shares the theme of fantasy, or rather, supernatural. This is another positive point to this anime that may lure many viewers in. Personally, I think that this anime is a little more retro feeling rather than the luxury art you gain through Another and Mirai Nikki. I would highly recommend this anime to those who have enjoyed the other anime's I have recommended.
While Shiki is more of a thriller than a horror, they both take place in a small rural town. Mysterious, supernatural deaths are also something the two series share. The protagonist in each show tries to uncover the truth behind the deaths.
Both series involves events in small village involving deaths surrounded by mystery. Both anime(s) have that thriller like atmosphere that leaves cliffhangers and horror themed conclusions.
A great series for viewers interested in horror fiction and mystery alike.
Both have a creepy and mysterious undertone in the beginning, and both turn out gory in the end but Another is more extreme
Both series deal with the supernatural as found in a cloistered community, and the drastic measures which must be taken to deal with the danger to humanity. Shiki is more cerebral and philosophical; Another is more of an excellent demonstration of classic horror tropes.
•Both are small out of place towns, that are surrounded by nature, cut off from the rest of the world.
•they also have a boy moving from the city to live in the town.
•the sense of mystery is more blunt in Another, but they both portray horror thats absolutely wonderful, if you love blood and killing.
•both have outbreak of killings as the story progresses, which are visually graphic, which is the BEST!
•they both question humanity and how their brain works when put under pressure of murder and how •they act accordingly towards finding an answer in different ways.
Both are a horror genre with a bit of mystery. Both are great anime, though I think I enjoyed another's finale more than Shiki. Both have a supernatural element that drives the story forward. Gore is also on the same levels.
If you're familiar with the horror-genre, you probably know that moving to a small town isn't really the recipe for a carefree life. Both protagonists find themselves surrounded by unknown enemies and it is their job to stop either the spreading of a 'virus' (Shiki) or to lift a curse (Another). Regardless which anime you choose to watch, there'll be enough deaths, blood and mystery to the story to leave you wondering what will happen next.
Both seem to be pretty remote towns
Both have an outbreak of deaths
The citizens in both don't seem to have any idea for what to do
Both have a pretty good suspenseful aura
Both don't hold back on showing the killing
In both, a new guy moves to a small town. Shortly after, strange and sudden deaths start to occur, and the main character attempts to find out why. Both anime have gory scenes, involve the living dead, contain mystery, and give off that same eerie feeling.
Both are scary, creepy, and the psychological elements are both well-made!
Most important of all, THERE is MADNESS which leads to people to slaughter each other!
Both animes are in the Mystery genre, they have many deaths in an area, and have unnatural causes of death. Both also put me on the edge of my seat and had a good story in my opinion.
Both are traditional horror, meaning it's more about the human psych and terror that lies within the heart then blood and gore. Both anime shows just how far humans are willing to go when their lives are on the line.
Both have a new kid moving to a new, small town. Slowly, people start dying due to supernatural causes.
New guy comes to town and notices that weird stuff is happening and wants to get to solve mystery. Both anime are full of mystery and horror. They have the same feel. Both also have good likable characters. Both are filled with emotion and have tragic killings.
Both MCs move into villages where something is clearly wrong. Both anime also have their fair share of creepiness and bloody fights.
- Both involve people dealing with a force that is mysterious in nature
- Both have strong psychological moments
- One of the characters becomes involved in the story after moving to the area the story takes place in
At least anyone who likes Shiki would like Another because they have a lot in common. Both have a similar feeling. A new guy moves to a new village and mysterious events begin to occur.
- Protaganists need to solve a problem in the plot.
- Mystery anime, with stories back in the past.
- Much horror.
Both series belong to a similar genre, and have similar stories, if you like horror, this is for you :)
On the surface the shows look completely different, but both shows give off a simlar atmosphere. Dark and forboding, holding back on the true plots for as long as possible.
Both shows also have rather "graphic" endings, leaving you questioning the true nature of evil.
Both anime are set in an isolated village giving off a dark, mysterious atmosphere throughout the whole show with no comedy. As a result the anime gains a very serious mood while dealing with supernatural events. Shiki differs from Another due to that deep narrations of human nature and its values whereas Another inspires thrill and a desire for conclusion as such Another starts the plot right away while Shiki takes a couple of episodes to get started. All in all, if you did enjoy one of them you will without a doubt enjoy the other. :)
- Both anime center around a young boy that is in a rural city and both strange events that occur are (somehow) related to a mysterious, young girl that is less shown to the others but the main character knows her and is a friend of the girl.
-Both anime are not you're traditional "happy end" story since the end is more like a neutral one when the outcome is happy but the loss is far too great to be called an total H.E (Happy End).
-Although the characters were friends they start killing each other at a certain point in the show.
-In the end the main character has to do a choice that it will change the way he thinks forever
If u liked one you should at least try the other. If you're enough patient you'll definitely see the huge similarities.
Both have to do with the supernatural, and are horror anime. Shiki and Another have superb storylines as well. However, Shiki is a bit more... extreme in its horror imo. Not for the faint of heart. ;)
-Both creepy and produce the same atmosphere.
-Both based in a town.
-School boy recently moves to town (both main characters).
-All events appear to center around a girl.
-Both have a good plot and character development.
-Both are "horror".
I found Shiki to be more interesting than Another and felt the character development was also stronger in Shiki. Another is aimed at a slightly younger audience than Shiki.
The Mystery gets deeper when you go through each episode and the plot picks up pace really fast in the end.
Students of a certain school are involved with something supernatural and they experience tragic deaths and accidents.
Groups of high school students are killed in mysterious ways by some seemingly supernatural occurrence. Another goes outside of the school while Corpse Party only takes place inside a school, but the school buildings are similar and creepy (despite Another's being to a far lesser extent). They have similar character designs and the characters have similar psychological breakdowns due to the extreme situations they are placed in, but Corpse Party is about ten times gorier than Another.
Both take place in a supernatural world/school where an unknown force causes many people to die, usually in horrifying ways. There is some sort of curse involved in the incidents and the characters try to escape.
Both contain blood and has a relatively dark atmosphere.
Well, to put it simple, without spoiling anything.
- Loads a gore
-All of the stuff happens at a school, just like Corpse Party
-very strong on the story,and story before the anime.
I was very thirsty for some gore animes when i watched corpse party, so if anybody wants just more than corpse party, watch Another, very great characters, story is perfect, animation and sounds are good, really creepy most of the moments, and the deaths.. The deaths are over the top.
For the corpse party, it was just simply glorious deaths.
^ Enjoy! - Wuf
The action takes place mostly at school and it involves supernatural. There are many tragic deaths. A group of students needs to solve a mystery in order to escape a certain "curse".
Both animes are about students who are being killed by something supernatural and they try to solve the mystery behind these tragic deaths. A lot of blood, a thrilling atmosphere, many horror scenes and agonizing feelings are the common characteristics of these two series.
Both series are blood spurting, thrilling anime with a shroud of mystery.
Well, this anime doesn't have any similarities to the protagonist that you liked or loved, but I have created this recommendation to share the similarities of the story.
Both series' story is surrounded by mystery which unknown to the characters, which they are trying to stop.
Both horror animes, with some bloody deaths.
Students involved with supernatural things try to escape a certain curse and they are killed in different ways. Some of them go crazy.
Students are mysteriously killed in horrifying ways in their school. Both have supernatural themes and students try to escape a curse. Corpse Party has more gore but both are bloody and scary. Both have their own twists that you most likely won't have seen coming.
Both are centered around high school students and a mysterious curse that is causing gruesome deaths, though I feel Corpse Party may have been slightly more of a gore-fest.
In both shows there is a supernatural curse in which the characters are being killed by. Corpse Party definitely has a lot more gore than Another but if you liked Corpse Party then you'll most likely like Another.
It has gore and a main mystery in both of these animes.
-They're both gory
-Both set in a school
-Characters have weird and sad pasts
-Both are about/focus on death
Corpse Party is only 4 episodes, and has more tension, whereas Another has 12 episodes, and the story starts off slow. The story does get more tense in the last few episodes though, I thoroughly enjoyed both.
Both shows are rather violent slashers, who will survive? How can they stop the killing?
But Another is a bit like the movie Final Destination where Corpse Party is more like a real horror slasher.
Do note that Corpse Party is alot more violent and graphic as Another, it is not for the feint hearted.
- The amount of Gore (tho I must say that the gore in Corpse Party is about the double of Another)
- Following the path of highschool students, students need to solve a mystery etc.
- Suspense & Plottwists (like those frightening scenes where you sit on the edge of your chair)
- Soundeffects & Music are both important in those animes. The creepy soundeffects let you chill to the bone.
Both genders are horror,mystery,school
They both have gored deaths.
Both students of schools are involved with something supernatural.
Both animes center around a school mystery and they are also very violent anime where no one is safe.
Both are set in a school environment.
Both are of the horror genre with gore.
Both series are set in school theme with gore, horror, and supernatural genres. Many of the characters die in many different ways while facing one true factor that causes the horror in the shows.
Both have mysterious deaths that will be discovered over anime and of course a lot of blood
They are both full of gore and have unique death scenes. They also have very unexpected plot twists that will shock you that it happened. They also take place in a very creepy setting and both involve murders that happened at schools. This is a really good series to watch and I recommend to all horror fans.
both has alot of gore and blood, but corpse party probably a bit more, so if you love to see school students die this is the perfect anime for you (even though that is a sick obsession)
Both animes are about a bunch of students who are in a school where a lot of mysterious deaths happen. These deaths seem to be the result of a curse. Other similarities are that both include ghosts in some way and that a lot of students end up dying eventually. However, there's more gore in Corpse Party than in Another.
Both feature cursed schools, unraveling mysteries, creative deaths, gratuitous gore, and the awareness that no character is safe.
Bonus: you could exchange the theme songs and it would work either way.
But wait, there's more:
Siblings! Loss! Frustration! Blood all over the school! Ensemble casts! An emphasis on counting!
Both anime narrate a deaths sequel, one is more like a game that the one who lives will be the new God, and the other is a school tragedy, that the peaple will stop dieying just when they found out the 'ghost roomate'. Blood and drama, characters with tragic stories, despair, two very popular anime from the same year.
It must be acknowledged that both Another and Mirai Nikki are similar in more ways than one can imagine. Coincidentally, both Another and Mirai Nikki are of the fantasy genre as well as the horror genre. The fact these anime's share both of my favourite genre's is enough to lead me in, but there's more. Also, both of these anime's have the same themes present within them. These themes consist of death and teenagers. These themes continue throughout every episode. Both are very dark and have similar characters. I shall explain further. Mirai Nikki's main central focus is around a girl. This is also subsequent of the anime, Another. They both also have the sub-protagonist of a male in both anime's. The male in both anime's also helps further the plot, by being the female's goal. Both anime's also have exquisite art. I would highly recommend this anime if you liked and loved Another, and vise versa.
Both are school-based horrors. Both have supernatural themes. Both are violent and gory. Another has what some interpret as romance, while Mirai Nikki has romance.
•Both have a guy and a girl pairing focused on as the main characters
•both have supporting characters dieing/murdered around them as the anime progresses
•both question the existence of humanity, if one wants to survive in this game/curse, they have to do what ever it takes to win/solve to keep themselves from dieing.
•both have horror in it, that is cringe worthy, and the mystery is more exposed in Another, but mirai nikki is questionable.
•they are similar in the mystery deaths/murders/killings and those who love to watch people die
Both are well made shows involving mass death and killing. The two also both involve a female lead who is nice, but seems a little too willing to kill people when necessary. It also involves a death of many main and supporting characters, as well as each of those characters killing each other. The relationship between the two main characters is similar, where the boy likes the girl and knows she's misunderstood, and she likes him, but there's a hint of distrust.
Both have a dark haunting atmosphere and in both characters resort to violence in case to survive
Both series are very dark and based on horror. The main character in both series is boy who comes in contact with a certain girl that changes his life (and that of everybody else) completely. The element of mystery that suround the story in both series makes in one hell of a ride that will have you marathoning episode after episode in order to know what happens next. If you like gore and situations where people have to fight for their lives, these series are perfect for you.
Like survival games, crazy teenagers, odd romance, over the top gore and wild plot twists? Both of these shows will satisfy you.
Mirrai Nikki and Another is similar in the sense that it is all mystery, thriller, and somewhat school-relatred. They both contain death of many people related to the game(Mirrai Nikki) and the curse(Another).
If you enjoy horror I would recommend Mirai Nikki
Death is the main subject in both of the anime.If you are looking for better story line involve dramatic death scenes,then mirai nikki would be likely a best choice.
Both are really cool horror anime with a strange mystery going on in the story. And both the main protagonists are boys who don't fully understand what's going on.
These series are known to have dark atmospheres, suspense, and horror. As the main characters (usually a boy and a girl) progress, they mostly survive these obstacles, but several other characters either, become missing or get killed off in the end. If you are a big fan of horror and suspense, then these two will fit your time.
Mirai Nikki is based on competition and is mostly action where the characters use a phone as their weapon. Another is based on a mysterious girl gallivanting around the school with a strange horror phenomenal around them.
It's similar in terms of dark and psychological. More supernatural than Mirai Nikki and is more eerie than Mirai Nikki too. Overall a good anime though, would highly recommend the watch.
Both anime's are horror anime's. They include gore and have a female protagonist and a male protagonist.
Both anime are very gruesome in nature and involve blood being shed. Both anime have a mystery component and are suspenseful.
They're both about a killing game - Mirai Nikki is survival-oriented but Another is deaths at random. There's a fair bit of gore in both of them, and they both have psychological thriller elements. Music is also similar.
Both Mirai Nikki and Another are based on a group of people being picked off one by one, the whole event caused by a supernatural force. They're both complex and tricky to follow at times, and have some real gory deaths.
-Both about high school students
-Both focus on death
-Sad character pasts
-Great character development
Both anime focus on a relationship between a main male character and a main female character, but Mirai Nikki is more of a one-sided relationship, whereas Another isn't. I found myself hooked on both.
Lots of violence and blood.
It has a mystery side to it similar to the "who is going to win" feeling of Mirai Nikki.
Another becomes off the wall crazy!
Both anime are very dark and make you think all the way till the end. Both Mirai Nikki and Another are very bloody and violent. Very awesome series.
both are survival game based thrillers , both got very good animation and OST , and if you watched another and enjoyed it you most likely will enjoy mirai nikki too.
Both are entertaining if you want to switch your brains off and enjoy some fair amount of gore paired with ridiculous writing and character development.
Even though the stories are different, the similarities are defined in the horror. Both anime's tend to build up some sort of suspense as the series comes to an end, and as a complex story starts to unroll, it really does get your imagination to go somewhere.
Well, it has some gore and a very interesting, well-thinked strory and awesome characters, that has you longing for more and watching one episode after another.
Lots of mysteries, little dose of horror, good drama and brilliant story.
If you like drama and violent scenes this film is for you, this will not be a great experience for people who aren't used to mutilated bodies and blood.
Both begin with a mystery, have great character development, have a fair amount of gore in it, all of which ends in a very emotionally intense final series of events
Maybe they don't have similar plots, but the mystery and the style reminds me of each other in some way. If you like horror and gore, you'll like them.
People have tendency to die around the lead characters in most brilliant and creative ways. Plus the both stories are about guy moving into a new town and finding himself surrounded by weird stuff.
Both are gore but Elfen Lied has a better plot so you may even like more Elfen Lied then Another
Horror, gore, great plots and unfolding storyline. This is a great horror anime that is a must watch for anyone who aren't sensitive to blood and gore.
With intense splatter and great mystery, both these series had me pinned to my TV for the whole show.
Another will, just like Elfen Lied, have you constantly switch sides and give you a hard time "choosing sides" since new information and unexpected discoveries makes you doubt what you thought about the characters so far.
Sit back and enjoy the bloodbath that awaits you!
-Both have horror elements
-Both have a strong female
Gothic ghost mysteries of some form. A girl is invisible to all except one for a particular reason. There is also a lack of trust at times, which results in negative things happening.
Both series have a high school boy protagonist joined by an unusual female student who goes overlooked or is ignored by others (Another because of curse-related superstitions, Tasogare Otome because she's a ghost), and deal with the frightening and dangerous results of curses and superstitions relating to their school. Overall they both have a similar dark ambiance and ocassional disturbing moments, resulting in both series giving off a similar feeling.
Same Genre, you get a similar eerie feeling while watching. Both series also contain that same "mystery" that makes you curious and want to keep watching.. to find the answer in the end.
They both have a supernatural/horror element while involving a very peculiar girl who is in a way directly connected to the supernatural element. Besides that they both have some mysteries, both stories develop in a high school and they both have a dark atmosphere.
Revolves around the similar theme of someone who already has died but keeps their presence in the world of the living. Another has a more serious tone while Tasogare Otome x Amnesia has more comedy. Both series however involves mystery.
Both have:people who see dead, mysteries involving things that happened in the past,normal boy with a mysterious girl,terror school.
Both are Horror/Dramas where their is a mystery surronding the girl charcther and the guy finds out about her past in both when noone else knows.
They are both similar in the sense that in both shows someone has died but has comeback. They're both horror/supernatural/mystery with some romance ( well dusk maiden more). I honestly liked them both if I had to choose I prefer Dusk Maiden of Amnesia just because of the comedy added to it as well.
Both are dark school mysteries. Dusk Maiden of Amnesia focuses a bit more on romance and comedy. Whereas Another is more suspenseful. Of the two I prefer Dusk Maiden of Amnesia.
Both animes pass in the school year. In both the people of class thinks that a curse is being pursuing them. In both animes an air of mystery was breathing, but, in Tasogare, exists a lot of comedy and the ghost main character is real, isn't created by the teenagers, but the real story of Tasogare is very seriously, and we will discover it as they go chapters.
Ambos animes pasan durante la edad escolar. En los dos la gente de la clase piensa que una maldición se está llevando a cabo en ellos. En ambos animes un aire de misterio se respirando, pero, en Tasogare, existe mucha comedia y el personaje principal fantasma es real, no es creado por los adolescentes, pero la verdadera historia de Tasogare es muy seria, y la vamos a descubrir a medida que avanzan los capítulos.
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