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Mar 27, 2012 10:46 PM
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As the show came to a close, I was left with more questions rather than answers. But upon reading some comments via other threads and trying to decipher things on my own, I could only come up with these conclusions:

-Reiko was killed a year and a half before the story starts.

-Reiko was also Ms. Mikami who came back as the "extra." (I assume she formerly was a homeroom teacher rather than an assistant?)

-Reiko's funeral was the first time Kouichi arrived in that town.

-Kouichi first meets Akazawa during this time as well but later forgets due to the effects of the curse.

With these noted, my concerns lie with the curse's activation. Kouichi's first interaction with Misaki did not lead to it because it had started already. How exactly did it begin then?

Misaki remembers Mikami's death by an unknown assailant, but how is this possible? Wasn't she supposed to forget as well? In addition, why was the assailant so similar in appearance to Kouchi? It wasn't him right?

Right before Kouichi goes in for the final blow, he states "Goodbye, Reiko. Goodbye, mother." Were these two separate "goodbyes" to two different people? If so, this made things even more confusing as one could mistakenly interpret Reiko for being Kouichi's mother.

If anyone could shed some light on these details, it would be greatly appreciated.
 
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Mar 28, 2012 1:32 AM

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Shikijo said:
With these noted, my concerns lie with the curse's activation. Kouichi's first interaction with Misaki did not lead to it because it had started already. How exactly did it begin then?


It started when Reiko started going to school as Ms Mikami. Since no one knew that a teacher came back as an 'extra', no countermeasure was put into effect and thus, the natural balance that got thrown off by the dead being resurrected was never fixed. As a result, people started dying, starting with Mei's twin sister in late April.

Misaki remembers Mikami's death by an unknown assailant, but how is this possible? Wasn't she supposed to forget as well? In addition, why was the assailant so similar in appearance to Kouchi? It wasn't him right?


I think the fact that she had uncovered the real identity of the extra by then made her remember some details again.

Remember that the extra erases pretty much all traces of its existence, so when its identity is uncovered, I think the veil is lifted for that particular person.

As for the assailant, I doubt we'll ever truly know who he was. It couldn't have been Kiuoichi, as he wasn't in Yomiyama when Reiko got murdered. He came there for her funeral, and only returned later to attend school there.

Right before Kouichi goes in for the final blow, he states "Goodbye, Reiko. Goodbye, mother." Were these two separate "goodbyes" to two different people? If so, this made things even more confusing as one could mistakenly interpret Reiko for being Kouichi's mother.


From what I read, it goes somewhat like this: Kouichi never had the chance to say good-bye to his mother when she died. Though Reiko was his aunt, he probably started seeing her more as his mother, given that they looked pretty much identical. So, in a way, he had to kill both his aunt and his surrogate mother.
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Mar 28, 2012 4:57 AM
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Ahh, I see now. Your answers do seem to fit the questions I had. Thanks for that. Hopefully others who are somewhat confused find this thread.
 
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I just watched Another a second time and I picked up on some things. At the end Kuichi, says Goodbye Mother. Why does he say this? That got me to realize that the dead one/extra was his own Mother not his Aunt Reliko. I think this because Mei mentions that his Mother and Aunt look very similar. It is true that his Aunt was murdered a year and half ago and he came to town for the funeral. However it still wasn't the Aunt that was the extra. In order to not conflict with his memories, his Mom appears to be his Aunt to him and forgets all about his Aunt's Death. Remember, his Mom is a victim of the Calamity. She was the sister of Reiko (currently in class 3 at the time) who died in child birth. Any past victim can come back as an extra. Kuichi sees her in that last moment, knows it's his Mother not his Aunt, but chooses to keep silent, allowing others to believe it's his Aunt Reiko. I'm confident this is what really happened. Why even bother inserting the information that his Mother and Aunt look similar? The extra was his Mother.
 
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Feb 6, 2013 5:59 AM

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kmparas said:
I just watched Another a second time and I picked up on some things. At the end Kuichi, says Goodbye Mother... Why even bother inserting the information that his Mother and Aunt look similar? The extra was his Mother.

no, reiko is not his mother...
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Apr 18, 2013 11:16 AM
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Thanks for the answers AO968. As for Reiko being Kuichi's mother, thats just ridiculous . Its not like the producers would have wanted the audience to figure that out, if it were, then the epilogue would have said as much.
 
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Did anyone get why they were talking about the calamity being stopped forever?
 
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Bosskardo said:
Did anyone get why they were talking about the calamity being stopped forever?


Is that even possible anymore? Remember a few years back, that guy recorded on the tape that he killed his classmate on that rainy afternoon, who was coincidentally the 'extra' in that year.

Sadly, I'm sure that the whole cycle would repeat itself sometime, which I place my bets on a possible (?) second season :)
 
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kmparas was saying that Reiko was just dead and it was Ritsuko who came back as the extra disguised as Reiko, not that Reiko is Koichi's mother. To be honest, this theory makes just as much sense as anything since it's not explicitly confirmed or denied.
Sorry, I just wanted to be clear.
 
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So how was he able to see his aunt Reiko and her as a "extra" teacher?
 
Sep 26, 2015 2:49 PM
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My biggest questions:
1. Why was the doll shop owner all creepy and "has no other customers"?
2. Why did the people in the mansion lose their shit?
3. If there was originally supposed to be 1 death per month, why did so many people die close together?
4. Why did kouichi keep asking his family questions when he knew that they would be put in danger?
5. Is Kouichi's father just completely unaware of what's going on with his son during the entire anime??

Btw, I think Reiko was the mother. That's why they included the detail of them looking so similar. Its just like the situation with the Mizaki sisters
 
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Swift2147 said:
My biggest questions:
1. Why was the doll shop owner all creepy and "has no other customers"?
2. Why did the people in the mansion lose their shit?
3. If there was originally supposed to be 1 death per month, why did so many people die close together?
4. Why did kouichi keep asking his family questions when he knew that they would be put in danger?
5. Is Kouichi's father just completely unaware of what's going on with his son during the entire anime??

Btw, I think Reiko was the mother. That's why they included the detail of them looking so similar. Its just like the situation with the Mizaki sisters


1. Don't know why she was creepy but she mentioned that Kouichi was the only costumer in shop as Misaki was a resident.

2. When you are about to die, and you know you can save yourself by killing someone else, I think most people would go for it.

3. Idk

4. He mainly asked Reiko/Mikami, who was already in danger as she was the assistant Homeroom teacher.

5. I think yes, he was in India (mah country) all the time and Kouichi never told him much.
 
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To answer question 4. I think that he knew all along that his aunt was the extra. Look at the ay he looks at her and the dreams. He was skeptical of her all along.
Question 2 and 3. I think that the whole class started to go insane at the end and couldn't deal with the fact people were dying all around them and just wanted to find the extra at any cost to save themselves.
Question 1. She was just as jacked as the rest of the freaking town. She holed herself up and went crazy as the people she knew died all around her.
 
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Did everyone knew that Reiko was the homeroom teacher?
 
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Hi
Is it possibale that two extra were exict that kouiche and reiko both didn't exist I am wondering because realy mei couldn't know the assistant teasher was kouichi aunt she could have told him when she first told him everything she could say who is the extra but i think she knew he was extra too that is why she gets confused and didn't say a word to anyone ? Mabye he was the extra also the year his aunt died that is why akazawa couldn't remember him!
the Class member and people would only forget about the extra ?right? Forgive my poor english :-)
 
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I think that the extra one is the aunt and she just became the extra one ...because based on the tape explanation he accedently killed the extra one by fighting and he said it was a guy ... they also said that by pretending that mikami exists it invites the dead who they think that they didn't die ... I think the mysterious guy kills a person before the curse starts again for a soul to think they are alive .. ahahahhah sorry for my English .