I'm not a fan of horror-themed animes but I have to say that I loved watching mystery horror themed anime called Another.
In 1972, a popular student named Misaki who was in class 3-3 of Yomiyama North Middle School suddenly died partway through the school year. Devastated by the unexpected loss, the students and teachers behaved like Misaki was still alive, leading to a strange presence on the graduation photo. In Spring 1998, a 15-year old boy named Kōichi Sakakibara transfers into Yomiyama's class 3-3, where he meets the peculiar Mei Misaki, who is seemingly ignored by her classmates. The class is soon caught up in an epidemic where students, or people related to class 3-3 students, are caught up in mysterious deaths. Learning these deaths have something to do with the mystery of 1972, it is up to Kōichi and Mei to discover the cause of these mysterious deaths and figure out how to put an end to it before it puts an end to them.
Feel free to imagine me doing random stuff as I try to get through a single episode. I even ended up wearing unusual clothing and snapping a few photos of myself, annoying my mom while I'm contemplating whether or not I should replay the scene where someone dies because I ended up covering my eyes or looking away from my laptop, dipping my skyflakes onto my mom's cup of coffee, and some other stuff that I won't normally do while watching an anime.
It wasn't only once when my mom told me to stop watching it because I would always end up ranting on how it scared the hell out of me, thus the love-hate relationship with it. The eerie vibe was nice but it becomes too much for someone like me at some points.
The plot? Well, I liked it despite the Final Destination feel when it comes to the death of some characters. Like, really? The cliffhangers on some episode are also... asdfghjkl. I think that's one of the main reason why instead of dropping the anime off my list, I end up watching the succeeding episodes. The animation/drawing was also something that I give a thumbs up to even if it sometimes become unrealistic. It's cool. That's all that matters. Nah. Just kidding. There's more to it that I find very appealing, though I can't really point it out. Or maybe it tickled my sadist/masochist side? Hmm...
Favorite character? I have to say Misaki Mei. 'Cause the girl just made me want to really own a ball-jointed doll that looks like her. Damn!