As all people know well, Japan has suffered from severe diasters by earthquake and tsunami that happened on March 11. I extend my heartfelt condolence to victimes and sincerely hope that devastated area will get re-establishment at the earliest possible date. My first piece in a long while is about "Another" by Yukito Ayatsuji.
"Another" is a Japanese best selling horror novel in 2009. The author, Yukito Ayatsuji is famous as a central figure of "neo-orthodox group" of mystery novelists in Japan. The group advocates recurrence to classic mystery such as an impossible crime in a closed room or a problem-solving game for looking into clues of secret code. Thus "Another" is not typical horror story. It is well-combined a taste of horror and mystery.
The story begins that a junior high school transferee named Koichi Sakakibara meets a mysterious girl in a hospital. She, named Mei Misaki, wears an eyepatch and go to mortuary with a sentece "My half body wait for me". Koichi meets her again on the first day of school and says hello but she alert hime not to speak to her and says "Beware. It might be happened". Koichi puzzles against her inscrutable caution. And then he find that other classmated and teachers treat her as non-existent girl. They don't see her and avoid to speak about it. Is she a goast or something? What is happening in his class? At last Koichi hears from his aunt from the story of a prestigious girl in the same class from 26 years before that died in an accident. Refusing to accept it her classmates kept pretending she was still alive. In that year' graduation commemorative photograph, the girl supposedly not to be was there. Koichi intuits a connection between the 26 year-old incident and what is happening on Mei Misaki. At that time, Koichi's classmate terriblely died in school as well as the old incident. Mei Misaki pronounces gravely: "It's starting".
Its publisher has no planned activity for translating any foreign languages but it has been adapted into a manga by Hiro Kiyohara and will be adapted into an anime and a live action film, announced from Japanese media company Kadokawa Shoten. Kiyohara began drawing a manga adaptation in Kadokawa's Young Ace magazine in 2009 and it is ongoing. The first and second compiled book volumes of the manga have been shipped so far. Kiyohara's fine and thin drawing boosts the horrified moodis. Thus I believe that its anime version based on the manga by Kiyohara will be terrific.
Its live-action films will be directed by Takeshi Furusawa. He is known as the dirctor of "Otoshimono" (English titlle: "Ghost Train"). It is a typical Japanese horror movie. So I expect that the film version also will scary us well. I found the trailor of "Ghost Train" from here.