Anime Spotlight: Another

by Justin Sevakis, Dec 17th 2011

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Another

Premieres January 9, 2012 in Japan

Introduction

Their class has a secret no one dares talk about...

Story

Spring, 1998. Recently transferred to Yomiyama Kita Middle School, Kouichi Sakakibara (15) gets the feeling something isn't quite right with his class, who all seem to be afraid of something. He finds himself attracted to the strange yet beautiful Mei Misaki, but his efforts to get closer only confound things further. Then there is a horrible accident… What on earth is happening in this place?

Another” is a new kind of schoolyard horror mystery from Yukito Ayatsuji, the standard-bearer of the “neo-orthodox mystery” movement. The original novel was called a “new masterpiece” by its author, and the long-awaited TV Anime version will debut in January of 2012, ahead of the release of the live-action film version in summer. The main staff for the TV Anime version includes Tsutomu Mizushima as director, Noizi Ito handling character design, and P.A. WORKS in charge of production. The staff and studio have a succession of hits to their names, and have formed a fantastic team to tackle this definitive piece in horror Anime.

Characters

Mei Misaki
VA: Natsumi Takamori
A mysterious girl Kouichi meets in hospital. She is in the same class as him, a 3rd year student at Yomiyama Kita Middle School
Kouichi Sakakibara
VA: Atsushi Abe
A 3rd year middle school student who has come to the city of Yomiyama, his mother's hometown, because of his father's work. Due to pneumothorax, he spends his first month there in hospital.
Teshigawara
VA: Tomoaki Maeno
The class mood-maker. Usually superficial, he does have a sympathetic side, as he is the first to approach Kouichi, who is still getting used to his new surroundings.
Izumi Akazawa
VA: Madoka Yonezawa
The straightforward and unabashed class leader. She seems to be concerned about Kouichi.
Reiko
VA: Naoko Sakakibara
Kouichi's slightly idolized aunt. She gives him advice on how to get by living in Yomiyama.

Cast

Mei Misaki
Natsumi Takamori
Kouichi Sakakibara
Atsushi Abe
Teshigawara
Tomoaki Maeno
Izumi Akazawa
Madoka Yonezawa
Yukari Sakuragi
Ai Nonaka
Mochizuki
Kazutomo Yamamoto
Reiko
Naoko Sakakibara
Tasuji Chibiki
Hiroaki Hirata

Staff

Original Creator
Yukito Ayatsuji
"Another" (Kadokawa Shoten)
Original Character Design
Noizi Ito
Director
Tsutomu Mizushima
Series Composition
Script
Ryo Higaki
Character Design
Chief Animation Director
Yuriko Ishii
Color Design
Katsue Inoue
Art Director
Satoru Hirayanagi
3D Director
Yoshimasa Yamazaki
Special Effects
Masahiro Murakami
Director of Photography
Satoshi Namiki
Editing
Ayumu Takahashi
Sound Director
Yoshikazu Iwanami
Music
Kow Otani
Opening Theme
Kyomu Densen (Nightmare Contagion)
by ALI PROJECT
Ending Theme
anamnesis
by Annabel
Music
Lantis
Animation Production
P.A. WORKS
Production
Team Another


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