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February 15th, 2012 (05:27 pm)

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Do *not* look at/read the Another (novel; I don't think there's an anime entry) Wiki if you don't want to get spoiled. >.> I was looking for info on one of the characters (Takabayashi's given name if it was ever mentioned) and couldn't avoid running into a total spoiler as a result. That said, I find it a bit sad that the only time I'm tempted to read the novel is after watching an episode, and even then, I think it's mostly because I'm still waiting for my books to arrive. ^^;

Ep 6 had some really good info following up on ep 5. My questions about the story (before running into the spoiler in the wiki. Not that anyone can really answer them, but...) would be:

- why does the mynah bird keep asking why?
- Grandpa's comment about poor Ritsuko followed by poor Reiko. He's going senile, yes, but...?
- Ms Mikami was the HR teacher for 3-3 in '96 and is in charge of the art club this year ('98). Why was there no art club last year? And why only Asst. HR teacher this year?
- what happened in '83 (Reiko's year) that resulted in things stopping around/during summer holidays?
- If Dad's phone call is true, Kouichi was in Yomiyama 1.5 years ago. But Kouichi says he hadn't been back since entering JHS? What happened then and who's right? (Kouichi would've been in Gr 7 1.5 years ago.)
- treating one student as 'non-existent' is only effective ~half the time. Why? (Assuming it's not because the student cracked like 2 years ago.)

While I now know something about things, I'm still quite in the dark about pretty much everything else, so it'll be interesting to see how the rest of the story plays out and how the info is revealed. (I haven't read much beyond what I ended up seeing in the Wiki.) Likewise, I haven't decided if I want to read the rest of the book (and/or read ahead) or if I want to see how things play out in the anime.

And what I remember reading in the book that wasn't mentioned / might not be as clear in the anime. (Up to Kouichi going to the doll shop/museum)

- Kouichi's not entirely comfortable around his aunt Reiko, but I don't remember if it states exactly why. Might because he finds her attractive much like Mochizuki's crush on Ms Mikami...?
- Wow, Kouichi has a one track mind when it comes to Mei. He's new to the class/school but is always looking to see where she is etc. ^^;
- Kouichi's more superstitious than he lets on. When Mei doesn't show up for a day, he remembers how she went back into the school (after their talk on the roof) and she entered with her right foot first. He worries that maybe she fell victim to the jinx about having to enter with your left foot first or you'll end up being injured within a month.
- First call from the nurse (Mizuno) reveals that the girl who'd died at the hospital the day Kouchi first met Mei was a Jr HS student. She'd undergone major surgery at another hospital. The procedure had gone very well and her recovery was progressing normally when she transferred to their hospital and suddenly took a turn for the worse. They'd been unable to do very much before she ended up dying.

And a question I had for people who watched the subbed version of ep 6.

There was a shot when Kouichi was talking to his father and they showed a couple of certificates on the wall. Did they ever say what those certs were for? I can't quite figure out what the one on the right was for although it would've been awarded to Ritsuko. Maybe it'll be more clearly spelled out in the novel if/once I reach that part. ^^;

Methinks I'm enjoying this series a bit too much. :P


Posted by: Sara (sara_miko)
Posted at: February 15th, 2012 11:20 pm (UTC)

Mmm, I *think* I read the Another wiki entry for the anime. If I did read the novel entry, it probably didn't make sense...^^;; At first I thought Mei was a ghost. In ep. 5 (or 4?) it's revealed she's human. That (and why the class did what they were "supposed" to) makes more sense.

I wonder what did happen with both Ritsuko and Reiko? Grandpa's comment had me thinking...

And Dad's phone call was odd - Why wouldn't Kouichi remember that? Then he changes the subject and they lose connection...

I thought Kouichi was more attracted to Mei - that's why he's paid attention to her from the beginning (imo). His aunt Reiko - I noticed him being uncomfortable around her, but I thought it was for another reason.

I am enjoying the series a lot more than I thought. I like the storyline, and it's making me think and try to puzzle it out.

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: February 16th, 2012 10:11 pm (UTC)

^^; I didn't see anything for the anime which is why I ended up at the novel wiki page.

I'll have to double check stuff from earlier, but it's possible that he didn't feel comfortable because of what he wanted to talk to her about. He definitely has questions for her, but I don't think he's gotten around to asking them yet...

Lots of questions are definitely being brought up in this one. Definitely looking forward to the next ep but might skip watching it late at night. :P

Posted by: LKK (lkk)
Posted at: February 16th, 2012 09:39 am (UTC)

I watched CR's sub. No, they didn't translate what the certificates were for. CR is hit and miss about subbing on screen text. If the text isn't emphasized (i.e. directly shown and focused on), CR assumes it's not important & won't sub it. However, CR did sub the ep 6 chart showing which family members were affected by the curse, thankfully.

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: February 16th, 2012 10:37 pm (UTC)

Thanks! Hmm... Don't know if you want to know what the certs are for or not since it wasn't translated on the CR version, but... (hopefully this works. ^^; )

......And unfortunately it didn't so leaving space. >.>

The one on the left was awarded in Showa 55 (1980) for an entry by an elementary student in a national traffic safety poster competition, so presumably it would've been given to Reiko. The one on the right looks like it was awarded in a national Jr HS club competition in Showa 46 (1971) but I'm not seeing what it was for. Still the date of the certificate would mean it was given to Ritsuko.

Edited at 2012-02-17 02:44 am (UTC)

Posted by: LKK (lkk)
Posted at: February 17th, 2012 10:16 am (UTC)

Interesting. But I don't know if they have any significance to the mystery. They're a nice piece of setting because it's the sort of thing proud parents would put on wall. But in and of themselves, I don't think they add any pertinent information to the mystery.

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