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Winter Watch: Another #3

This episode features some of the most shocking umbrella usage seen since Mary Poppins.

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.

"What&squot;s the worst that could happen while running with a sharp object in your hand?
"What's the worst that could happen while running with a sharp object in your hand?

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.

Mei's all-seeing eye.
Mei's all-seeing eye.

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.

Yeah, I'm pretty sure that's not how umbrellas should be used.
Yeah, I'm pretty sure that's not how umbrellas should be used.

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.

Verdict

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!

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Dream moderator on Jan. 30, 2012 at 5:38 p.m.
Adding a second item to the list of how anime can make an umbrella into something ridiculous, alongside Roberta's use of it as bulletproof shield/ shotgun in Black Lagoon. :P
 
All kidding aside, I'm really getting into the slow buildup and suspense of this series. Other than some over-the-top musical choices that I don't think fit too well with the show's mood, this is likely one of my favorite watches for this season.
InfiniteGeasson Jan. 30, 2012 at 6:40 p.m.

I used to enjoy running down the stairs, but then I took a fucking umbrella to through the throat.

fijilovesyouon Jan. 30, 2012 at 8:08 p.m.

I cannot believe one of the main characters died that easily. I am guessing she is not a main character I guess (in the ending credits of the anime, Sakuragi (the girl who died) isn't there) after all.

I am really liking the buildup. I want to learn about the truth already! But that umbrella sure defies the laws of physics.

ZombiePieon Jan. 30, 2012 at 8:08 p.m.

Oh...not a fan of that umbrella picture.

Alright I'll see you all later.

ScarletKittieon Jan. 30, 2012 at 10:22 p.m.
@fijilovesyou: Actually, Sakuragi is in the ending. She's the second person to appear after Kouichi.
 
As for the episode...  everyone I was watching this with had this expression on their face when she landed on the umbrella ---> o_o
 
I haven't been interested in newer anime in a long time, but I'm definitely interested in this one! Can't wait to see where it goes.
UsachanMaNon Jan. 31, 2012 at 7:14 a.m.

Man the umbrella landing part was so disgusting. I covered my eyes with my hands XDD At first I thought the umbrella poked out her eyeball, but then I realized it went through her neck. Are they actually that sharp?

asian_prideon Jan. 31, 2012 at 8:22 a.m.

I'm never going to use an umbrella ever again. *shudders*

Daniel_Newton moderator on Jan. 31, 2012 at 4:18 p.m.

Hate to jump on the bandwagon but man that umbrella image. Fuck.

fijilovesyouon Jan. 31, 2012 at 7:07 p.m.

@ScarletKittie said:

@fijilovesyou: Actually, Sakuragi is in the ending. She's the second person to appear after Kouichi.

I checked it again. Yeah. You're right. I am mistaken. I usually don't watch the ending credits.

But then, she died so fast just to advance the plot. I feel sorry for her.

sickVisionz moderator on Feb. 1, 2012 at 12:46 a.m.

@fijilovesyou said:

I cannot believe one of the main characters died that easily.

If another person dies in episode four then I think nobody is safe. But really, the only kids I've thought of as real deal "probably won't die" mains are Mei (who may already be dead), Kouichi, and the girl who is in charge of everything and kinda bitchy sometimes. I think that girl will eat it to, truth be told, but her death will probably come near the end if it happens.

fijilovesyouon Feb. 1, 2012 at 7:22 a.m.

@sickVisionz said:

@fijilovesyou said:

I cannot believe one of the main characters died that easily.

If another person dies in episode four then I think nobody is safe. But really, the only kids I've thought of as real deal "probably won't die" mains are Mei (who may already be dead), Kouichi, and the girl who is in charge of everything and kinda bitchy sometimes. I think that girl will eat it to, truth be told, but her death will probably come near the end if it happens.

We came to the same conclusion. Yes. I think Mei is dead already. Of course, the main character won't die (who knows if this will happen?) and the class rep that I can't remember the name. All the people around them would probably die when the time comes. They are probably the main 3 characters. I dunno about the guy who told Kouichi about things that doesn't exist. I wish they tell Kouichi what is the "truth about the class" already.

sora_thekey moderator on Feb. 2, 2012 at 11:14 p.m.

Umbrellas scare me now... O_O

sickVisionz moderator on Feb. 3, 2012 at 5:03 p.m.

The umbrella scene actually could have been worse. I just had the idea of it impaling her and then opening up, completely severing her head.

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