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Japanese: Another
English: Another
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Type: Novel
Volumes: 1
Chapters: 21
Status: Finished
Published: Oct 29, 2009
Genres: Horror Horror, Mystery Mystery, Supernatural Supernatural, Suspense Suspense
Theme: School School
Serialization: None
Authors: Ayatsuji, Yukito (Story)


Score: 7.851 (scored by 40684,068 users)
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Ranked: #11392
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Popularity: #1468
Members: 13,254
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Another (light novel)
Volume 1


In the spring of 1998, 15-year-old Kouichi Sakakibara has just moved to the town of Yomiyama, where he is set to attend the local middle school Yomiyama North. However, when a past injury resurfaces, he is placed in hospital, leading him to miss the first week of school. Though he recovers quickly, before leaving he meets Mei Misaki, a strange, eye-patched girl whose cryptic mannerisms spark a subtle interest within the boy.

At Yomiyama North, Kouichi is placed in Class 3-3. However, beneath the innocent atmosphere, he finds the class behavior odd: everyone seems to be on edge and watchful of Kouchi's actions. Moreover, Mei is a student in the class, yet both classmates and teachers don't show any regard to her, as if she is simply not there. Though more oddities arise and more questions spring forth, no one is willing to give Kouichi any answers. With little choice to ease his growing curiosity, Kouichi starts to pursue Mei for help, against both the class's and her own warnings.

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Another was originally serialized in Kadokawa Shoten's literary magazine Yasei Jidai (野性時代) intermittently from the July 2006 issue to the May 2009 issue. It was later published as a 677-page hardcover novel on October 29, 2009. Later it was re-published in 2-volume format on November 25, 2011, and again in 2-volume format under light novel label, Sneaker Bunko with illustrations by Noizi Ito on March 1, 2012; the cover art in the original was done by Enta Shiho.

The novel ranked third place in both the 2010 Kono Mystery ga Sugoi! and the 2010 Honkaku Mystery Award. Two side stories have been released: the novel Another: Episode S and the manga Another: Episode 0. Ayatsuji is also planning a sequel novel.

Another was published digitally in English by Yen Press in 2013. Yen Press published the series in print in a hardcover omnibus on October 28, 2014.

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Jan 19, 2016
"Another" is that kind of work that has several of the most different adaptations, so you probably already heard of the anime, the manga or the live action.
Here I'll talk a little bit about the work that originated all these different versions of the story: the original novel written by Yukito Ayatsuji.

The story starts with a series of events leading our main character to be transferred to a school in the countryside. Because of some complications he had to start the classes a month after their beginning, and that's how things will start to go downhill not only for Koichi, but for all ...
Aug 9, 2016
I'll keep this review short, do not fear.

The first thing I would like to say is that this novel is very clever, absolutely perfectly planned out, and its story is told very well.

Story: 10/10

This novel is one with a dark atmosphere, as it is about a chain of deaths which occur once Kouichi Sakakibara transfers into the school.

I became hooked as soon as I started reading it. Sure, the beginning may be slow at first, but as you progress deeper into the story, all of the pieces come to light and connect together beautifully. Everything is so well connected, as I said earlier, and ...
Dec 31, 2021
- Another, volume 1, introduction chapter, page 1, line 1

Why indeed... why have I picked this up even though I hated the series? Maybe some hope that perhaps the novel is actually is good, maybe it’s just the series that sucks. I mean, it could be the case… it is not the case.

I’ll try to not go into specifics to let you go through the disappointment without spoilers. If you don’t count it being disappointing a spoiler by itself, of course.

Another feels almost insulting. The story doesn’t attempt to get you interested in the setting or the story. It’s boring the whole time until ...

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