Another Episode S/O

Another Episode S-O

Please note that this review may contain spoilers for Another. You can read my review of this novel [here].

This novel is a little hard to describe… 

This edition collects two spin-off stories from Yukito Ayatsuji’s horror novel, Another, which was written in 2009 and first published in English in 2014. The spin-offs are a short prequel manga (Another Episode O) and a novella – titled Another Episode S – which focuses on a ghostly encounter that Misaki Mei had during the events of Another. The collection was released in English in 2016.

During the summer of 1998, Misaki was forced to leave Yomiyama and head to her family’s summer home. Although this trip put her safely out of reach of the curse, she still intended to spend her vacation searching for a way to save her class. Sakaki Teruya – the man who owned the neighbouring estate – was a survivor from an earlier “on” year and she hoped to discover if he remembered anything about how to stop the deaths.

However, she quickly found that she was out of luck when she encounters Sakaki’s ghost. It seemed that he passed away three months earlier in rather strange circumstances. He dimly remembered falling from a great height and hearing his sister’s voice, yet she swore that Sakaki has just left on a trip. Assuming that he had not passed on because he did not receive a proper burial, Sakaki enlisted Misaki to help him search for his body.

Yet not everything was as it first appeared. As they explored the house, Misaki started to learn that the Curse of Class 3 has had a lasting effect on Sakaki and may have been partially responsible for his faulty memories of the night of his death…

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Another

Another

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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