Polar Opposites: Another and Natsume 4
I am going to review Another and Natsume Yuujinchou Shi together, which somehow seems very wrong. Although they come from vastly separate genres, I rated both highly.
- Another: I thought this was a great show, and a unusually fantastic horror (probably due to its beginnings as a light novel rather than a manga). Too many horror anime lose their suspense part of the way through, but with Another, each episode left me with more and more questions and that feeling of "NEED TO KNOW CAN'T WAIT FOR NEXT WEEK GAH!" There were a few points where the transitions were weird: Sakakibara-kun wanders away from other people without warning/reason on several occasions, particularly near the end. The beautiful backgrounds and chillingly creative accidental deaths (impalement on the umbrella!!!) made up for that minor annoyance. 5/5
- Natsume Yuujinchou Shi: In the second and third seasons, I was concerned that Natsume's philosophizing on life was becoming repetetive and losing some of its meaning, especially considering his age. In this season, I felt that, since we were shown more substantial parts of his childhood, the "thoughts on life" stuff was more grounded in his experiences, and therefore more meaningful. I also really enjoyed the episodes where he was stuck in a bottle, haha. 4/5