You’ve got to wonder how scary a show can actually get when it’s rendered in such a cute style. I imagine ANOTHER might be a demonstration in how effective music, sound effects, framing and context - - basically everything except the visuals - - can be at instilling terror in the viewer. I’m also a little skeptical over how effectively the 26 mega-series model can work for horror. I’m not necessarily dubious, mind you, just without enough prior examples to compare this to.
Anyway, concept wise, this show’s already tapping into that very primal and unsettling notion of something remaining in some greater institution even though there’s ostensibly no room or purpose for it. You know, like a 13 floor, or a room that wasn’t in a house’s blueprints, or a hallway that leads to nowhere. To that end, the idea that a school’s going on and pretending that a dead student is still part of a class is sharply creepy one - - although maybe just a touch harder than usual to suspend disbelief over. One wonders what happens when the superintendent stops by to break some balls and he finds the principal putting on a macabre pantomime that nobody on the administration probably has any patience for.
I want to say that this was a much more effective pilot than the one for SHIKI. Nothing flashy happens, sure, but plenty of things actually do happen in a fashion that feels natural and continuous even as the plot jumps around from one seemingly self-contained scene to another. The whole off-screen conversation in the teaser sets the tone - - it had a sharp hook that made understatement actually more exciting.
Maybe I won’t get to continue watching this but, if there were a 25 hour in the day that existed in the same place as our extra classmate here, I’d certainly go on with it.
Watch this episode, "Rough Sketch" here and decide for yourself.