Welcome to Winter Watch, a look at the latest anime season. Among the many shows being broadcast this season, Another finds itself as the sole horror series in the slate.
Episode 3: Bone Work
Summary: Kouichi discovers the ghost story surrounding Class 3 and one of his classmates shows why your parents always told you not to run while holding sharp objects.
Air Date: Jan. 23, 2012
Run Time: 25:00
Warning: This article contains spoilers. We recommend watching the episode herefirst.
The episode kicks off with the reveal that behind Mei's eyepatch lies a green doll eye. After this, Mei tells Kouichi the ghost story about the girl who died 26 years ago. Kouichi asks both his family and classmates about the tale, but continually gets the run around from them. Later at school, Kouichi is speaking with Mei and is seen by Yukari, who rushes out to speak with him and has a unfortunate accident involving slippery steps and a razor sharp umbrella.
As always, the artwork is beautiful, the animation is often minimal but good enough, and the music is great but can sometimes give away too much of what's going to happen. Now on to the good stuff! Misaki said a few interesting things about her dolls that got my brain speculating. Apparently, her doll eye can, "see things that should remain unseen," which is why she keeps it covered most of the time and apparently, Kouichi may or may not be the only person who can see Mei. I sayapparently because everyone seems to freak out when they see Mei, which makes me question her invisibility. AnotherAnother reveal from the episode is that the dolls at the doll shop are, "connected to death," and are hollow in both body and soul, which causes them to, "seek to fill their emptiness." I really want to get the low down on what these things mean specifically or at least how they play out in the story. I've got a feeling that at some point this show is going to creep me out by having these dolls moving on their own. Just thinking about that sent a chill down my spine. Living dolls have always been creepy to me and as a child I couldn't sleep if my stuffed animals were facing me, not even my beloved, super awesome make every other kid on the block jealous Teddy Ruxpin and Grubby toys.
All of that was interesting for speculation, but the biggest thing in the episode was that Yukari claimed the title of first onscreen casualty for the series. This wasn't just some oh, she died death either. The setup reminded me of Final Destination in that I could totally see all of the elements that would contribute to her death as the scene played out and I had that same oh no, that's going to be what does it feeling at every shot. In the previous episode, Izumi told Kouichi that all she wants to do is to keep the class safe and I can't help but wonder if "accidents" like this are what she was talking about. While the scene was pretty awesome, it would have been really shocking had the aforementioned music not totally clued me in that something was going to take place or, similar to the Final Destination clip, had been used to fool you into think something would happen when it didn't.
This episode feels like that first post-opening scene kill in a horror film. Things have finally kicked off into high gear and the viewer is about to get taken on a ride for murder, mystery, and mayhem that will hopefully last until the credits roll. If things continue on like this, I'll be tuning in every week!