“The Curse of Class 3” There is always something enticing about the unknown. Juicy secrets are considered to be the sweetest of treasures. But when is it enough? What if you have dug into it to the point of no return? Sasakibara, a new transfer student to Yoyomi North Middle School was hospitalized before he could enter the first few days. Officers from ‘class 3’, the class Sasakibara was placed in, came to officially greet him.
Their visit seemed a bit strange to him–a lukewarm welcome which kind of put him on edge. Later on, Sasakibara meets a girl in the elevator with the same uniform. Assuming he came along with them he began to exchange words with her (very little). She warns him of a great danger that will befall–soon. As she walks away, he feels drawn t know what just happened. Throughout the story, he is drawn to this girl in the elevator whom gave him specific instructions to not to speak to her. What were the true intentions of the class officers regarding the visit? What are the consequences to speaking to this girl? What is this ‘curse’?
In the beginning, I didn’t expect such horror scenes–then again, the title opening did hint at some disturbing information. The dolls are just so plain creepy. But again, this series is known for the gruesome deaths that take place for class 3. Interesting enough, and I’m probably not the only one who that this, it had a “Final Destination” feel. To die cruelly, unusually, and accidently–the victims of the ‘curse’ have had really unique deaths. The very first victim to be shown (INSERT GIRL NAME HERE) went to retrieve her umbrella. Upon retrieval, she had come across Sasakibara speaking with Mei Misaki (the ‘invisible girl’ of the class). Out of horror, she desperately ran down the stairs followed by a very unfortunate mishap–her umbrella slipped from her grip and had punctured her through the throat which left a gory mess. At that moment I thought–such an appropriate amount of blood! Indeed it is an unusual thing to say but to depict the story, the realism of being an ‘actual’ curse is very possible. One of the close incidences that struck me by surprise is when Sasakibara was talking to one of his classmates–(despite everyone else treating him coldly). All of the sudden, a cold wind chill sweeps them and a truck carrying an industrial size class pane tips over and shatters into a million pieces. Just in time, Sasakibara pushes his classmate out of the way. It left a very chilling filling and the reaction from the classmate had created a violent chill among the viewer. It was a beautiful sequence.
(Nightmare Contagion) By Ali Project – I have seen many animes featuring Ali Project (Kamichama Karin, Code Geass, Rosen Maiden ect) Their gothique and romantic style is chilling yet appealing–almost like a Japanese Tim Burton. Their mischievous yet dramatic sound mixed lyrical poetry justifies their A list anime-go-to artists. The opening in particular didn’t sound very different from their other openings (many string based instrumentals) so my first impression of this Ali Project made song was not too great. But like all songs that do not appeal to us, it began to grow–and listening to the track with the opening sequences made all the more sense.
As for the background OST, it is of a horror genre as well as mystery so keeping a track ominous and to blank out in moments contributed to the story–the story in the beginning at first gave uneasiness which was not bound by music but background noises such as the wind blowing or the creak of an elevator. Keeping the viewers at the edge of their seat was the main intension–they have succeeded on my part.
Of course “Another” is under the mystery genre–every character is essentially a suspect in regards to “The Curse of Class 3″” For Sasakibara discovering the secret behind Class 3 and why the story of 26 years ago affect the classroom is his main goal. Every time he finds a lead, a big tragedy must be faced towards his adversaries. All these unfortunate mishaps lead him to believe he may be connected to the reason behind these ‘mysterious accidents’.
The classmates of class 3 act as a single entity when it comes to the ‘mystery’. In order to figure out what is going on, Sasakibara must place each piece of the jigsaw puzzle together in order to see the clear picture– meaning his trust and leads with people will slowly uncover the information he is seeking.
It’s interesting how everyone seems to have an alibi in the class. You couldn’t sense whether someone was dead or not– many of the classmates had friends inside and outside the class so detecting whoever was dead would have been dead near impossible. This made it clear why everyone chose Mei in the back of the class to be their ‘pawn’ for the girl who died 26 years ago.
There is no surprise that this anime was top rated in 2012–it is a beautiful story well told but with many chilling details that can make anyone cringe. To know that Sasakibara had a close to death experience with a failed lung brought him close to death and to just then experience what he had gone through makes for a scarred childhood. Nevertheless he always put up a strong front with his curiousity leading the way. Although they carry grave consequences, he disregarded them in order to find was he was going after.
Mei Misaki, being the low key tsundere (cold to others but nice to loved ones) she is, was mighty creepy in the beginning always giving the cold shoulder. Along the story it began to make sense. It is surprising how well the class is able to ignore her entity all together–then again it is easy to fear death (ESPECIALLY WITH THE ONES WITNESSED ON THE SHOW). The ending is a total surprise and…I must say I was a bit disappointed. But there is no other way to explain or wrap up the story for this generation’s class 3. The calamity still continues…