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Another: Episode 1 -Beginning of the End

So… This is a part of an older project of mine that I had in mind. Besides writing reviews to an entire anime series – I wanted to watch each episode and talk about it.

I have a list of 60-something watched anime and I need to re-watch them all, and also new series and start writing about them. Details, spoilers will be presented ahead – so a friendly suggestion – do not read articles of episodes you plan to watch.

another_novel_coverAnother – an anime adaptation after a Japanese mystery horror novel by Yukito Ayatsuji, published on October 29, 2009 by Kadokawa Shoten.

The story focuses on a boy named Kōichi Sakakibara who, upon transferring into Yomiyama Middle School and meeting the curious Mei Misaki, finds himself in a mystery revolving around students and people related to his class falling victim to gruesome, senseless deaths.

A manga adaptation by Hiro Kiyohara was serialized between May 2010 and January 2012 in the issues of Kadokawa Shoten’s Young Ace. Both the novel and the manga have been licensed in North America by Yen Press. A 12-episode anime TV series produced by P.A.Works aired in Japan between January 10 and March 27, 2012, with an original video animation episode released on May 26, 2012, and a live-action film was released in Japanese theatres on August 4, 2012.

A dark, sad story, with great characters and a great soundtrack.

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The first episode “Rough sketch” – “Sobyō” (素描) was released on January 10, 2012.

Following the cliches of other horror works – like Higurashi no naku koro ni – there is a disturbing story that took place in the past. Another tells the cruel fate of a girl named Misaki who was a student 26 years ago. Shorty after entering the 9th grade she died in an accident. Shocking as it may seem – the other students behaved like she was still alive – and so it was born the so called “curse” of class 3-3.

The protagonist – Kōichi Sakakibara moves to a town called Yomiyama to live with his grandparents and his aunt Reiko Mikami. Unfortunately – he gets sick and a few weeks he spends in a hospital reading horror novels and hoping to regain his health.

One of the days – some students from his school – Yomiyama North Junior High – Izumi Akazawa, Tomohiko Kazami and Yukari Sakuragi, visit him. Their first discussion brings a note of tension – which is completed by the environements depicted in the first part of the episode, cruel, dark tones, vivid colors, the state of Sakakibara and the mystery surrounding their “interview”. From the beginning you can realize that something very wrong is happening here.

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Another scene that makes everything undoubtebly  strange is Sakakibara meeting Misaki Mei for the first time. She seems lost, she is very quiet and talks weird. And she loses herself like a shadow in the hospital’s basement where the morgue is.

The first day at school brings some aspects that seem odd. Class 3 is the only class that is ignored by the rest of the school. And after asking out about Misaki Mei – he finds out that others claim that they do not know what he is talking about. This aura of mystery surrounding this girl – makes Sakakibara seek her presence.

The ending of the episode gets again tensionate as Misaki tells Sakakibara that his class – their class is very different from the rest of the school – it is very closed to death.

[to be continued…]

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Argue [horror poem]

This darkened rain that pours so soft,

This day of war and cruelty…

One gallon – blood is coughed

And death sings continuity.

A lovely, white-pale corpse

Of former lover – mine,

Just sits and rots, decaying works;

One gallon – red mulled wine.

 

I take a sip, I lose my mind,

My temper; devils dwell.

Inside my brain, my darkness’ faith –

My home, sweet home – hell.

A house of bones, the card of death,

A room filled with disaster;

I friended vipers and neglect,

Becoming murder-master.

 

And now at the beggining

Of my eternal end –

Damnation is the key.

Our love was sick,

You lie down dead

And I am lost – but free.

 

Number 13: Seeing it everywhere

So.. I wrote an article some time ago – Number 13: When You Keep Seeing It which had a lot of success and I thought it is better if I re-write it with more details and specifications, explanations and commentaries.

A number. With a great signification. 13.

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I still encounter it on a daily basis. And – as I thought – it does not bother me so much anymore. At first I was concerned about it. 13. Could it bring unhappiness, misfortune, trials, diseases or some other sort of evil manifestation? Then I realized it is just a number taking me through various steps into my evolution.

Of course I am still at the beginning of my journey – but until now – nothing really bad happened – and if something happened, it was just an echo of my own actions – a reverberation of my own choices.

So what is – in fact – number 13. Besides being a prime number, a number included in the Fibonacci sequence, a number used in various religious practices – it is a cause and an effect. If you encounter it – you have two options for it. You can use it for a greater purpose. As believed, this number has a great potential, numerologists call it a power number. It can be a signal of alarm for stopping something bad and creating something useful. It is not necessarily bad – it doesn’t bring misfortune to you – as summer brings thunderstorms, but it can create an obstacle if you are not careful in what you are doing in your life. Also, you can use it for a lesser purpose, which is not indicated.

The fear of number 13 – Triskaidekaphobia – as any fear of something – can mentally challenge you, if you do not put your thoughts in order. Keeping a clean thinking, a healthy mind is the first step into stopping this number from ruining your dayFriday 13th on a calendar

It is all about your perception and interpretation. The Aztecs considered it a magical number,  and they used it into various rituals and forms of organization. The Aztec week lasted 13 days.

Good and bad things are affiliated with this number. A wiccan coven was structured to have 13 members. In the Salem Witch trials, 13 important names suffered an agonising death. I can say that these types of actions are only born from the fear of the unknown. In those times, not being able to explain something scientifically, often brought dangerous and evil behaviour.

So – as you can see – seeing this number is just probably a way of this universe telling you that change is needed. In Tarot – the card of Death bears number thirteen. Drawing up the card does not mean you are about to die – but that you are attentioned to get rid of the old ways of yourself and begin creating a new, better, fruitful existence.

If trials come your way, be patient, keep calm, pay attention, don’t start screaming, yelling, cursing, be prepared for anything, outsmart your competition, be better than the rest of them.

Number 13 is a lucky number. 

 

Now My Son…


OLGame 11-13-2015 3-31-32 AM-368What kind of experiments does a dead doctor perform on living patients?

You would say that one person that is dead, should stay dead, right? And because we are not discussing zombies here, how is that a dead person can walk, talk, even think, apparently is full of live. This is one of the themes used in Outlast – first person psychological survival horror game developed and published by Red Barrels.

It was released on September 4, 2013 for Microsoft Windows and for PlayStation 4 on February 4, 2014.

In the shadows of Mount Massive Asylum, there are things that know no boundaries, no moral fiber and no shame. An experiment that was also a conjuring woke up an evil entity that consumes hatred and vengeance.

Miles Upshur, an investigative reporter enters this asylum to record and produce a story that would put a light upon the dark things hidden here by the Murkoff Corporation, who owns this place.

Run, hide or die. Classic survival horror established plan. No weapons against foes, no weapons to clear your path, only a camera to chase out the darkness.

OLGame 11-13-2015 3-21-02 AM-341Screams, noises that are from beyond our world, ghastly apparitions, a bunch of mad men let loose to do whatever sick thing their mind can imagine. At some point we witness necrophilia, live murders, you get chased by these lunatics who want to taste your meat.

Blood, corpses, mutilated bodies, decomposing remains, heads…

Driven by curiosity, you infiltrate the depths of the asylum, crawling through sewers and listening to the prophecies of self-proclaimed Father Martin.

You have to witness “amazing” things that are hidden from public, hidden even to the naked eye. Variants roam the halls of the asylum. Their bodies are mutilated and extremely modified. Then there is Walrider, Father Martin’s deity, a humanoid ghastly shape of nanites, which is visible only through the night vision of the camera, until later in the game.

Outlast offers lots of jump-scares, a dark atmosphere, a gruesome depiction of an altered reality.

Best played at night with headphones.

Grace: The Possession

In order to make a movie involving a possession to stand out in the crowded list of movies using the theme – you really need to apply some new elements of terror. From artworks like The Exorcist or The Exorcism of Emily Rose to lowbudget films involving demonic possession there were almost the same concepts used – the innocent, pure host, the carnal desires, the strange languages spoken, the violence – and ultimately the death. Grace: The Possession – is definitely not the best possesion-themed movie made but it’s worth watching.grace1 The film has all the aspects that I listed above but it depicts them in such manner that the viewer is more absorbed into the story of the protagonist since everythings is seen through her eyes. Even the most intimate moments can be lived through Grace’s experience. Living with her grandmother wasn’t an easy job since the woman is a bit hit-in-the-head. Grace moves out to see the world – but apparently the world is too new to her and she has problems with fitting in. After a party that went wrong, her grandmother pulls her out of school and makes her live trapped in a nightmarish atmosphere. Things start to happen. Visions.. memories of other beings.. strange apparitions.. all leading to a demonic possession. The fun part about the movie is how the others see her possession as a problem that only God can cure. No doctors.. no medicine.. no other treatment but a blind faith. But sometimes not even the faith can save you. The final part of the movie will blown up your mind. It is a very interesting ending.

Never Forgive…

What can really cure a broken heart? What can make all the pain go away like it never existed? What if you happen to lose something precious and you cannot recover after that?

In The Woman in Black one of the main themes is the loss of a dear person. A dark vision upon the destruction of an entire family after the young one walks away from this life.

A mother loses her child and she cannot recover from this even after she, as well, dies. She becomes a vengeful ghost that takes away the happiness of others. She makes the children from her village kill themselves. Starring Daniel Radcliffe the movie was launched back in 2012.

Overall – the production presents a dark atmosphere inducing terror and solitude. An empty house – creepy dolls – noises from beyond the grave and above all – the terror in the village.

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Here Lies..

Death.

An inevitable truth. It is the end of the experience here on this realm. Well.. of course that after the shut-down of the brain – other things happen and your spirit and wisdom move onto another dimension but still.. sucks.

Burials..

Since the early cultures there was something that moved people when someone close to them died. Sometimes this could leave a stain upon them and their condition. But time would do in such a way that these memories would get easier.

But what about thinking that death is some sort of puzzle and the right way to go would have to be original?

In 1832 John Renie – a Welsh house painter left a strange for everybody to decipher after he died. On his gravestone there was carved a rectangle with 19 squares across and 15 squares high… each containing a letter. 

A closer look to this inscription makes you be able to read Here Lies John Renie..  46.000 times.

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