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This special episode of Another was released in the manga after the original story, so I watched it after watching the main series, and I recommend others do the same, even though it is given an episode number before the first episode of the series. This prequel story is set in a timeline just before the series begins, and the episode ends where the series starts. The story's focus is the relationship between Mei Misaki and her twin sister Misaki Fujioka. The two girls were separated shortly after birth and are being raised by sisters. Due to a tragic stillborn birth by Kirika Misaki, her sister, who had recently given birth to twin girls which she cannot afford, gives one to the grief stricken Kirika. Some of the nuances of this story would be missing for viewers who watch this before they see the main series, but it is a nice addition if you have seen the series. It gives a bit more insight and personality to the character of Mei, and since characterization is one of the chief flaws of the main series, this episode strengthens the entire viewing experience. Technical stuff: the animation is not too different from the anime; though not quite as detailed, it gives much of the same feel. Similarly, the sound is not as atmospheric or mood-setting as in the anime, but it doesn't need to be and thus works serviceably enough. Opening and ending themes are the same as used in the main anime. Unlike the main series, this is not a horror story nor a psychological chiller. It is merely a glimpse of Mei's past and a brief portrait of two loving sisters.
This OVA was an excellent addition to the anime. Deviating from the usual horror of the anime, the OVA focuses more on the loving relationship between the Misaki and her sister. The animation is on par with that in the anime but the sound is a bit of a let down in comparison. I recommend watching this after the anime because it is kind of peaceful after the gore. Also, it was quite emotional. Because we get to see a slightly more open version of Mei who is usually more reserved and the love between the two sisters is also beautifully portrayed.
Gorgeous addition to the show. It was super sad and lovely. I think I loved this episode more than the show. It was a perfect add on, a behind the scenes look into Mei's background before the terrible day her sister passed...honestly, if they would have went into some other character backgrounds on the show, or even implemented this one in as an episode during, it would have given the show much more life. I understand Mei much more now. Overall, great addition. 7/10. Watched - subbed
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