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The story centers around Koichi Sakakibara, a middle school transfer student from another region in Japan who transfers to Yobiyama, Japan his birth place when his father takes up work in India. Upon transferring schools in the Spring of 1998, Koichi begins to catch on to the possibility of a secret that the students of his new school are keeping from him. Ignoring the disappearances of fellow students from time to time, the school's odd behavior on such things unnerves Koichi. The entire place creeps him out and the fact that he keeps running into a mysterious girl named Misaki is even more unnerving. When asking another student about the mysterious girl with short black hair and an eye patch, the students deny any knowledge but their reactions are obviously nervous, as if the name does ring a bell.

It's revealed that 26 years ago prior to his arrival, there was a third-year student named Mei Misaki. She was a popular girl who was good at pretty much everything she tried, including sports and being on the honor roll, to name a few. One day after she was struck with a sudden death, her classmates began to pretend that she was still there, attending class with them. They decided that pretending that she was still alive would be a good thing until graduation of that year came about.

Mei Misaki warns Koichi of not getting close to her as his class is, as she says "closer to death" than the rest of the school. Confused at the meaning, the story progresses with Koichi getting more and more curious as to the history of the place and of the girl. This leads to some unexpected twists and turns that forces him to delve even deeper than expected into a past that is littered with blood and threatens his very own life in the process.

The series is one of horror, mystery, and suspense. It's directed by Tsutomu Mizushima and the voice acting for the main cast in the subbed version of this adaptation is done by Natsumi Takamori (Mei Misaki) and Atsushi Abe (Koichi Sakakibara).

Another is a Anime series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (12 episodes). The series first aired on January 10, 2012. It has mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.6.

Another is available for streaming on the Anime Network website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Another on demand at iTunes online.

Anime Network
1 Season, 12 Episodes
January 10, 2012
Cast: Atsushi Abe, Natsumi Takamori, Tomoaki Maeno, Greg Ayres
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Another Full Episode Guide

  • Panic ensues at the lodge as desperate students seek the key to stopping the class 3 calamity once and for all. Can Kouichi and his friends find the solution before the death count rises again?

  • Matsunaga's tape has at last revealed the measures necessary to stop the calamity once it has begun. Kouichi, Mei, Teshigawara, and Mochizuki try to think of a way to bring class 3's continuing tragedies to an end, but when the tape falls into the wrong hands...

  • Kouichi and his friends found the tape Matsunaga left in the old school building, but the casualty count continued to rise. So class 3, led by Ms. Mikami and Chibiki, begin their class trip, where Kouichi, Mei, and Teshigawara meet in Mochizuki's room to listen to the rest of Matsunaga's tape. Through it Matsunaga tells them what he did to stop the calamity...

  • An unexpected accident outside Yomimaya once again puts class 3 on edge. After Matsunaga's vague whispers point to the classroom, Kouichi decides to investigate the old class three 3 homeroom in the former school building.

  • A resort hotel is the rendezvous for Kouichi, Reiko and Matsunaga, who may hold clues to stopping the calamity. As they spend a day sunning at the beach waiting for him, they run into Mei, who's staying nearby.

  • Fresh blood is spilled, and class 3 comes to realize that the calamity hasn't stopped. The Charm rituals are called off, and everyone is on edge, wondering who among them is actually dead. Meanwhile, Kouichi learns of an incident 15 years in the past.

  • A charm has been envoked by class 3 for the past 26 years to ward off any further incidents. Kouichi, now just realizing this, decides to accept what's going on around him. However, he deems it unreasonable and begins spending more time with Mei.

  • Following Mizuno's bizarre accident, the tension rises in class 3, and a new class officer is chosen without Kouichi knowing: Akazawa. Rumors are spreading and there's talk going on behind his back, but no one is willing to say what.

  • A studio crowded with old dolls is the perfect place for Mei to tell Kouichi the tale of a class 3 student's mysterious death 26 years ago. Finding out more information from his classmates proves difficult, but his aunt Reiko is willing to tell him more.

  • Kouichi's friendship with Mei seems to be one sided: he takes every chance he can get to speak to her, but she never seems to understand what he says. Her replies seem more cryptic as the days go by, and their classmates becomes increasingly suspicious.

  • Kouichi Sakakibara has just arrived in Yomiyana, and he's already hospitalized with a collapsed lung. After joining the local middle school almost a month late, he becomes friends with someone he met while in the hospital, a quiet girl with an eye patch.