Another – 02 Review
The past has so much to tell – and there’s the fact that it had led to the present. The present was terribly uncertain, a place of fear and of doubt – restless. The future initiates more suspicions, more anxiety, more concerns, it’s dim and the light is nowhere to be found.
Episode 2 – Blueprint
Class 3-3 is having an art class with Mikami-sensei, disturbed by how Mochizuki-kun’s version of a lemon is drawn (a proud Edvard Munch fan), she can’t help but lectured him with the so called ‘objectives of the class’ and told him he can do that in their club (arts).
After the class, Sakakibara-kun & Mochizuki-kun continued talking about the painting (Munch’s The Scream) and on how the painting can make you feel scared or uneasy, but apparently Mochizuki-kun like it that way since the painting “draws out that emotion”, and something about pretending you can’t see what’s happening around you won’t do you any good, not long when they we’re interrupted with Teshigawara-kun tapping Sakakibara’s shoulders. Teshigawara said to let him join if their talking about Mikami-sensei, but not knowing anything, sakakibara said their “talking about something darker”, and different thoughts came into Teshigawara’s mind. Unable to stop himself, he suddenly blurted out a taboo word like “cursed class 3” that made the air a little awkward. Teshigawara who’s a little hesitant on telling something about the class (with mochizuki’s disapproval) wasn’t even able to continue when sakakibara left them upon seeing misaki (obviously, misaki is more interesting than some curse classroom) in the library.
At the library, Sakakibara-kun was talking to Misaki about certain things such as the day before in the rain, about her eye patch and some other things he was so interested about, but was interrupted again when the school librarian, Chibiki-san, notice him and made him go back to his class.
Curiously, Sakakibara visited the hospital (Late at night) to ask if there was a girl who just died last time he was there. The nurse being cooperative told him she’ll call him if she founds out anything. The next day, Sakakibara was questioned again by Akazawa, saying that she was so sure she already saw him before and was annoyed for not being able to remember it.
Another circumstance when Sakakibara-kun can’t help himself but just be enticed with Misaki’s presence and ends up following her in her way home. Losing misaki in his sight, he ends up wandering near a weird shop/museum of dolls called studio M. Sakakibara’s phone rang and it’s the nurse, Mizuno-san telling him about a junior high school girl that had died, and her name was misaki or masaki, which the nurse can’t remember well, then creepily the line got cut off.
Sakakibara entered the store and a sinister lady greeted him
asking (extorting) 500 yen for the admission fee. While looking around, He saw a human sized doll that he claimed to look like misaki. Surprised, Misaki appeared and asked him what he was doing there, after some conversation, misaki suddenly said if she should let him see what’s behind her eye patch and slowly took it off.
Basically, nothing really happened in this episode. We we’re just shown on how much Sakakibara was too engrossed with Misaki that every time (YES! EVERYTIME) misaki is spotted; Sakakibara is like a devoted dog whose out to follow his master and that ain’t nice, no, it’s disturbing.
The lost of senses, undergoing something like hypnotism doesn’t feel right at all, and its way too exaggerated for me. I mean even if you’re interested to an individual, that’s not how a normal person would act like (I think).
There’s a weird atmosphere enveloping Misaki and that odd fixation only made ‘blueprint’ to open up new mysteries left to be unravel in the later parts of the series.
- Episode 2 is no different, we’re still uncertain if whether Misaki appears to be dead or
not, and obviously there are only 2 answers for that; 1) She’s already dead, and therefore she’s but only a ghost that only sakakibara can see or 2) She’s being treated as ‘invisible’ by both students & teachers alike (explain how Chibiki-san sent Sakakibara-kun back to his class and he doesn’t seem to mind Misaki around), but more or less I get the feeling its the latter.
- The Cliché moments when you’re trying to tell something (supposedly) really “important” but always seem to get interrupted at the most crucial times. Leaving Sakakibara’s actions out for now, Class 3-3 is a cursed room, we get that and it seems like telling it to some other people is bad (or not?) but the idea does sound intriguing, and there’s still that thought of what will really happen in that room/ school (misaki’s constant warnings).
- Sakakibara is one curious person (check); he went to the hospital late at night just to ask about a girl who just died recently. Sole daughter of some family named misaki/masaki (we can’t really be too sure), makes you think it’s the same person (or not).
- The reason of Akazawa’s constant questioning of whether Sakakibara stayed there long or not, I mean so what?! that doesn’t make a difference that whoever is in that place will be or might be a victim of whatever will happen in the future.
- The creepy dolls? Is there some meaning behind it? It seems that those dolls appears way too often (misaki was holding one in the 1st episode & there’s this doll museum), but I have yet to see its significance in the story, and the ‘end of scene’ shots is not appealing at all (reminds me of the ‘cats’ in kimi to boku, which was rather lame and uncalled for). Next to the dolls is the museum itself, does the setting hold a real meaning? It only reminded me of this Korean horror film doll master = D anyone have watched that?
This week’s episode is nothing special and is very general (common horror quirks), while the story is building so much mystery already, I just hope that all of them will be answered (until the end of the series) and will be executed well exceeding everybody’s expectations. Now what makes me wanna talk is still about the excellent BGM’s & Sound Effects that I’m liking and more or less wanting to hear more in the future. Just like how good pacing can bring out the most in the story, good musics creates an alive & believable atmosphere, making the story much greater I guess = )