Tag Archives: Halloween

The Skeleton Dance and The Haunted House

In August 1929 Walt Disney’s first ever “Silly Symphony” was released. It is the perfect cartoon to watch at this time of year, capturing the combination of fun and fear that Halloween represents, and it’s called The Skeleton Dance. We … Continue reading

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The First Trick or Treat

The origins of “trick or treating” are debatable, but can probably be dated back to one of various festivals and traditions from the middle ages in Britain. However, something strikingly similar and almost certainly unconnected can be found in the … Continue reading

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Another Episode 0

“The Other” The view from Igirisu: This OVA episode takes places before the main series but it is essential to watch it afterwards, as it gives away information about the nature of Mei’s relationship with Misaki (as will this article … Continue reading

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Another Episode 12

“Stand by Oneself” The view from Igirisu: Watch this episode right to the very end. There’s a little coda after the end credits that shows Teshigawara and Mochizuki leaving a recording for future students. I think the only explanation for … Continue reading

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Another Episode 11

“Makeup” The view from Igirisu: Back in Episode 9, Koichi, Mochizuki and Teshigawara were heading into the old school building to look for the hidden cassette tape and had a chance meeting with Yumi and Aya on the way. When … Continue reading

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Another Episode 10

“Glass Eye” The view from Igirisu: With only a couple of episodes to go we are starting to get some answers to the big questions in Another. We get to see the first meeting between Akazawa and Koichi for the … Continue reading

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Another Episode 9

“Body Paint” The view from Igirisu: After a bit of chatter about the cause of Nakao’s death, which doesn’t seem particularly relevant, as running away doesn’t save people from the curse anyway, and then another of Koichi’s nightmares, which feels … Continue reading

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Another Episode 8

“Hair Stand” The view from Igirisu: That was something a bit different. After a pre-credits splattering of something red, it turns out to be just a watermelon, which sets the tone for a breather episode. In case you’re not familiar … Continue reading

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Another Episode 7

“Sphere Joint” The view from Igirisu: “It looks like making two students not exist didn’t work.” You can say that again. Whether it is the stress of caring for his bedridden mother that tips Kubodera over the edge, or his … Continue reading

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Another Episode 6

“Face to Face” The view from Igirisu: Last week we had a clear outline of the premise of the series, which might have raised a few questions and doubts in the mind of the viewer. This episode addresses some of … Continue reading

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Another Episode 5

“Build Limbs” The view from Igirisu: By the end of this episode we finally have most of the answers about what is going on with Class 3, which makes this another talky episode. We also end the episode on some … Continue reading

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Another Episode 4

“Put Flesh” The view from Igirisu: It’s time for some more pre-titles info-dumping, much like the first episode, outlining more information about the true premise of this series. What had perhaps appeared to be a simple ghost story has become … Continue reading

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Another Episode 3

“Bone Work” The view from Igirisu: “There’s a right time for you to find out about everything. Just be patient.” We are starting to get some answers now, although being Another they tend to raise more questions at the same … Continue reading

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Another Episode 2

“Blueprint” The view from Igirisu: “You should be careful. It may have already begun. If it has it can’t be stopped.” But what exactly has begun? All the clues point towards something supernatural, but a good mystery story includes well-integrated … Continue reading

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Another Episode 1

“Rough Sketch” The view from Igirisu: Twenty-six years ago a student of Yomiyama North Middle School’s class 3-3 died tragically. The other children in the class didn’t cope well with their loss and carried on as if it had never … Continue reading

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Moons of Madness

BREAKING NEWS!  HALLOWEEN SPECIAL!  READ ALL ABOUT IT!!! HAPPY HALLOWEEN, friends of the Junkyard.  I’m taking a temporary break from The Sarah Jane Adventures to bring a Halloween treat. As October trundled onward, things were looking iffy for a new subject for my … Continue reading

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When They Cry

Most anime has its origins in a manga or light novel series, but a not-insignificant number of them start life as a computer game. These can often be the more unusual ones in narrative terms. After all, by its very … Continue reading

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Another

In 1972 a popular student at Yomiyama North middle school died. His classmates took it badly, remaining so much in denial about what had happened that they pretended he was still alive, even bringing his desk to their graduation. When … Continue reading

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What is Who? Fear

The Forest of Fear, A Land of Fear, The Web of Fear, The Hand of Fear, Fear Her.  Doctor Who always has plenty of fear to go around.  But what causes it?  What is the point of fear? According to … Continue reading

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Shaun of the Dead

When Shaun of the Dead was released in Spain the title was changed to Zombies Party, with the tagline “A night… of death”.  That rather misses the point, doesn’t it, and not just because the film takes place mostly in … Continue reading

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