one bites the dust.
Some horror flicks manage to work because of good pacing, unique presentation, and a genuinely unnerving atmosphere, others are just entertaining gorefests that make up for there weak writing and stupid characters with a healthy dosage camp. I genuinely enjoy both sides of the horror spectrum and came into Another looking for one or the other and instead got what seems to be a horrendously botched attempt at both. As far as being creepy goes, Another employs the most ridiculously derivative approach. A small pale chick and ugly dolls? It’s about as done to death as it sounds, using such cliche imagery isn’t gonna put my hairs on end.. Plainly put, the series puts a pitiful amount effort into establishing a legitimately creepy atmosphere. The ominous music does it’s best to compliment these scenes, hut ends up being overused and doesn’t do much to elevate the material.
OK, so Another clearly isn’t very successful when it comes to being unnerving, but there’s still the “other” type of horror I already brought up right? Well the death scenes are ridiculous, but Another otherwise lacks a fun sense of self awareness. Any fun to be had in this show is reduced to simply laughing at an absurd death scene before the series try to make you take it’s plot and characters seriously once again. I could forgive botched attempts at spookiness and some death scenes too silly and jarring to take seriously, but the underlying writing is so unrelentingly bad it’s unbelievable. The mystery in Another in simple terms makes no sense whatsoever. All the reveals regarding the calamity of Class 3-3 have to do with either how it happens and what the rules are. There’s never any explanation as to why it happens. It’s just a bunch of rules applied to some class with no rhyme or reason. The idea behind the show was bad, but what ruined the show was excruciatingly terrible. For starters, after the 1st couple of episodes, the show pretty much front-loads the viewers with most of the information through forced info-dumps, which is boring as hell to watch and doesn’t really give you much to think about besides the mystery behind who the killer is. You know exactly what’s going on for most of the show (minus who’s causing it all) which guts the tension quickly.
There’s nothing to recommend about Another. As a serious mystery it’s far too dumb and as a thriller it’s paced far too leisurely to entertain . So here’s my recommendation to y’all who haven’t seen it: Just watch this uncensored video that covers all the absurd death scenes and get all the fun schlocky bits without having to put up with this nonsensical and overly long snore-fest.
I couldn’t think of a way to integrate this into my post, but here’s the link to the Secret Santa project for this year. For what it’s worth, I expect a whole lot more more from Dennou Coil and ef: A Tale of Memories, my other recommendations. I already got started on watching the former and it seems like a strong production thus far.