Another really is starting to pick up. It started out in its own pace and whilst people were sceptical about what kind of anime this was or where it was leading, I think this episode helped clarify that Another is definitely going to have an interesting back story and looks like quite a bit of blood is confirmed. This episode was quite telling as well, we got the usual imagery and symbols going around towards the beginning:
However, a new thing appeared in this episode; we actually had some elucidation on where the story was going. Mei showed us what was under her eye patch; an eye. Not surprising to say the least however, I think any kind of outlandish object in there would have just been silly so I guess this is kind of the anticlimactic but good kind of revelation. We had our obvious suspicions as to the identity of Mei but at the same time couldn’t explain what was happening. However in this episode not only were our suspicions confirmed, when Mei recants the story from 26 years ago of Class 3, but also expanded on. Despite this explanation though and the big eyepatch mystery being shown, Another still seemed to throw up more and more confusion. If she doesn’t exist or Kouichi is the only one who can see her, then why do they have those obviously aware looks whenever they cross Mei and Kouichi together. They obviously know he is fraternising with her yet everyone keeps implying she doesn’t exist. Furthermore, it seems obvious to me that her eye isn’t just a doll’s eye. There is obviously some sort of meaning or quality to it. Mei doesn’t seem like the kind to stick things into her eye socket for the fun of it – more interestingly though, is where her eye went. Perhaps its linked to how she died? I’m looking forward to finding out.
Then, this happened! Well I don’t plan on running down any stairs with my umbrella any time soon. But we also lost our meganeko, sad times. In any case, after Mei makes her comment about Kouichi being the only one able to see her and understanding that no one wants to tell him the truth, Yukari runs by and looks pretty startled. Again, this only signaled to me that they could see her, or perhaps they saw her differently to Kouichi. In any case, she is duly stabbed through the neck by her own umbrella but I’m not thinking this is just a series of unfortunate events. Mei obviously had a hand in this and I don’t think it will be the last time we see someone die in this anime either. But when this happened, I started to wonder whether Mei is not actually the hero surrounded by blood we thought she would be (or that was the way she was appearing to me) but, perhaps an anti-hero in the series. Either way, its looking good.
One thing I must comment on was the BMG in this episode. It was great. The piano, the strings, everything was subtle but really chilling at the same time. This episode really had an environment about it – people keep saying BMG’s like in Another lose their impact if over played but I think they use it quite a lot because the whole episode is pretty chilly itself. In any case, it really complimented the scenes in this episode. And the ED was a very nice contrast to the ending of the episode. Another has a really great score so far (apart from the OP). I can’t wait to see what happens in the next episode.