Sakakibara Koichi a 15-year-old boy who’s forced to move to a suburban town in the mountains to live with his grandparents in the spring of 1998. One day he suffers a seizure brought on by a chronic lung condition and collapses, but luckily he’s taken to the hospital in time to save his life. While in recovery at the hospital, he sees a beautiful girl wearing an eye patch and becomes fixated on her before she makes an odd remark about the morgue on the second floor and leaves suddenly. He meets up with her again when he attends middle school. Her name is Misaki Mei and Koichi can’t help but notice how the other students and teachers at the school seem to treat her as if she doesn't exist. However, when tragedy strikes several of their classmates, she’s the only person who can help him unravel the mystery behind a string of accidental deaths. ~~~ Based on the novel "Another" by Yukito Ayatsuji. Edit Translation
Cast & Credits
The movie basically has the same good and bad points of the anime, but it adds a lot of trash here and there.
The story has an awesome background. The idea is something I really like about horror movies: a mix of urban legends, death, ghosts and school. The problem is that it just can't handle it and ends up being a weird wtf until the end. A lot of things remain unexplained, a lot of the explained things are non-sense and A LOT of what happens is just stupid, and that's a shame. For example, imagine that you're a detective in a detective novel and you have a superpower that allows you to find the culprit without any problem; then, why wouldn't you just use it to find the culprit? Why should you wait until he kills more just to let the novel be longer? That's the kind of non-sense that can be found in the movie.
The characters, just like in the anime, are the most anonymous thing I have ever seen. The acting was kinda bad overall, even though there were some secondary actors who splendidly did their job but they didn't appear in more than two or three scenes so they don't really make up for the general lack. In the second half, Misaki Mei's actress (one of the main characters) improved a little.
Another really bad thing about the characters is the lack of any emotion despite the fact that the characters are just students who began to see death in their everyday life. Their reactions are just so unnatural.
Surprisingly, the music was really good. The creepy soundtrack was really creepy. The ending song was good. Weird because it's dubstep/pop music, a genre that you don't really associate with the horror genre, but whatever.
So overall, I would recommend this movie only if you want some trash horror for fun or if you're a fan of the manga/anime. I don't really think that it would be easy to rewatch since it's basically just "emotionless character explaining things to emotionless character 2", "someone dies in a funny way", "emotionless character explaining things to emotionless character 2", someone dies in a funny way", etc. until the last section.
We did laugh a lot too, but that was because we have a tendency to insert dialog during the slow parts. MST style