12 Days of Anime, Day 11: Another favorite

I don't have many favorites...just kidding

I’m always looking for new series to adore. Which makes me even more disappointed when a series fails to impress me in some way, or be even mildly entertaining and memorable. Which is why I always try my hardest to see the positive sides to anything I watch, read, and play.

There are quiiiiiiiite a few series this year that have disappointed me greatly. But we’re not going to talk about them today.

On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

A sword is a weapon to kill...

One cross-shaped scar…

[First Day]

Haruhi shapes the world...literally

Two godly novels…

[Second Day]

Fanime 2012

Three pals at Fanime…

[Third Day]

Elise Lutus is my loli queen, yup yup

Four Apple Gummis…

[Fourth Day]

Jet, you killjoy!

Five Right Stuf deals…

[Fifth Day]

Madoka will unwrap Ultimate Madoka as a selfcest Christmas present

Six grief seeds…

[Sixth Day]

Freeza is so insignificant now...

Seven Dragon Balls…

[Seventh Day]

Muhahaha

Eight picky buyers…

[Eighth Day]

This blog aint no Prinny

Nine resurrections…

[Ninth Day]

Friendship is good, not magic

Ten Little Busters…

[Tenth Day]

The original woop woop

Eleven dead victims, and a partridge in a pear tree!

I was going to talk about Hoshizora no Memoria: Wish Upon A Shooting Star, but that would have involved too much waifuuing. That, and I haven’t finished reading it yet. Instead, I’ll talk about a series that came to enjoy called Another.

Despite some mixed reception I’ve seen of this anime series, I came to become engrossed in the tale it tried to tell and the atmosphere it managed to pull off. Then again, I am a fan of horror and watched the series well after it had finished airing (and knew what to expect), and in turn wasn’t in a mode of disappointment where I could have said “durrr pointless deathfest…” (Um, no really, an anime revolving around a curse putting an entire class and their relations under death’s door 24/7… what else did you expect?) Nevertheless, I can say that whether or not I watched it while it was airing, I would still have liked the “danger of death in the air” feeling it brought along with its story. That itself raised the level of tension/suspense for me, any character could die any moment while trying to find a way to break this “curse” (maybe not Kouichi, but I certainly didn’t write off the possibility of a viewpoint character being killed after watching Shiki). The whole curse with the class? I thought it was genuinely creepy.

The last couple of episodes were pretty ridiculous though, and I felt they were pretty rushed. But from what I know, it was adapted from a horror novel-… Oh. And there you have it. Oh how I loathe 12-episode adaptation of novels. Of books. Anything. Not the anime themselves, but the whole concept of “only 12-episodes” and the restrictions that imposes on adaptations. That aside, I hear the manga, novel, and anime endings all differently somewhat and I’m curious how the former two played out.

I don’t know. this and Shiki (coincidentally, the writer of Another‘s novel was the husband of the woman who wrote Shiki) have been some of the only horror pieces of anime I truly enjoyed for being horror (well, Higurashi no Naku Koro nimaybe, the source material was better, and I haven’t gotten into Umineko no Naku Koro ni yet). Despite the… shock value of the shocking deaths, I didn’t watch them purely for shock value, nor did I enjoy them solely for shocking scenes. I found that both of them managed to provide an uncomfortable atmosphere where the characters are forced to endure a situation in which they fear for their lives (and rightfully so) and soon find themselves killing each other off because of it. So hopeless and so chaotic. I think the whole prospect of humans willing to become monsters when their own lives are on the line is what makes it such an uncomfortable atmosphere for me, because it’s so true.

I really think that Another could have been extended for several more episodes if only to improve its quality. Still, I thought it was a good way to satisfy my appetite for horror in an anime format this year.

(I’m genuinely not in the mood to keep up with the Christmas carol, not that anyone misses that garbage. 😛 I’ll save that for the last post…)

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