For today’s review, I’m going to be taking a look at Another by Yukito Ayatsuji. Another was first published in Japan in 2009. Unlike the light novels that Nick reviews which are often adapted from another medium, Another was originally serialised in Yasai Jidai before being published as two separate volumes. It has since been followed by a sequel novel titled Another: Episode S (and a second sequel has recently been announced) and adapted into a manga, anime and live action film. For the purpose of this review I will be reading the English translation, which was published in 2014 and collects both volumes.

In 1972, tragedy struck Yomiyama North Middle School when a student by the name of Misaki was killed in a tragic accident. In order to raise spirits and honour his memory, the rest of the class decide to spend the rest of the year pretending that he is still alive. When graduation rolls on and a class photograph is taken, they are all shocked to find that the picture clearly shows Misaki standing with the rest of the group as though he was still a part of the class.

Twenty-six years have passed and Koichi Sakakibara has just moved to Yomiyama to live with his Grandparents while his father is away on business. He is enrolled at North Yomi and finds himself placed in Class 3. While he initially dismisses some of the strange things he hears as small-town superstition, he quickly begins to see that there is something wrong with his class. Everyone acts as though they are afraid of something but no one will tell him exactly what it is.

Things become stranger still when he meets Mei Misaki, an odd girl who spends most of her time skipping class. Although Sakakibara is pretty sure that she’s real, none of the other students speak to her or even acknowledge her existence. Soon, people around him begin to die and Sakakibara discovers the terrible Curse of Class 3. When he comes to learn that the curse has been broken once before, Sakakibara makes it his mission to find out how before anyone else can suffer.


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