Characters from the novel and the anime series Another
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Originally from Tokyo, 14-year old Kouichi is forced to transfer to his mother's hometown of Yomiyama, at least for the duration of his father's trip to India. While confined because of a collapsed lung in the local hospital, he experiences a chance encounter with a strange girl, an event that foreshadows that things aren't quite
right in the town, specifically in the school he eventually enrolls in.
- Bad Dreams: He has a couple.
- Berserk Button: Do not even think about hurting or blaming Mei Misaki, even if it's for the curse. If you do, he will do all he can to protect her. Even if you come at him with a knife.
- One of the students set him off by hitting Miss Mikami, as it's his Aunt Reiko as well as his teacher that was hit.
- Bishōnen: More so in the anime.
- Bloodsplattered Innocents: In Episodes 7 and 11. Poor Kouichi.
- Break the Cutie: Whenever he watches someone die, which is often since most of the deaths happen in front of him. Episode 3 was the worst so far.
- Brutal Honesty: Even though Izumi is dying in front of him and asks if he remembers their first meeting, instead of lying and letting her die happy, Kouichi just says 'no'. Izumi even lampshades this trope before she dies.
- Declaration of Protection: Strongly hinted to be this in Episode 10 towards Mei. Confirmed in Episode 11.
- Determinator: He takes a lot of damage in Episodes 11 and 12, but it doesn't stop him from trying to find and protect Mei.
- Famous-Named Foreigner: The novel explains this more.
- The Hero
- Ill Boy: Damn collapsed lung, keeping him in the hospital! And making him miss his first day at his new school, which means missing the tips about the "other student"! The first episode suggests that it's hereditary and he got it from his father.
- Missing Mom: His mother died after she gave birth to him.
- New Transfer Student
- Nice Guy
- Ordinary High-School Student: Or is he?
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Mei's Blue.
- Secret Keeper: To Reiko and Miss Mikami being the same person. Made obvious early on in the manga and original novel, but only revealed in the last episode of the anime.
- Took a Level in Badass: In Episode 11, he protects Mei Misaki from his entire Ax-Crazy class, alone.
- And took a direct knee hit to the crotch before disarming the perpetrator.
- Unlucky Everydude
- Un-Person: His classmates decide to pretend that he doesn't exist just like they do with Mei once people begin to die. It doesn't stop the curse.
- Would Hit a Girl: If it means protecting Mei from being killed then he'll do it.
- You Leave Her Alone: Kouichi says something similar to this to Izumi in Episode 10, when she tried to place the blame on Misaki Mei. He does it again in Episode 11.
Quiet and more than a little mysterious, Mei is the strange girl that Kouichi meets one late night at the hospital. This encounter, as well as the strange circumstances surrounding her while at school, prompts Kouichi to try to get to know her. In the process, this gets him involved in uncovering the truth behind class 3-3's dark secret.
- Angsty Surviving Twin: She was hit pretty hard by the death of her twin sister.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: Seems to be the only reason why she's become so close to Kouichi.
- Big Sister Instinct: Towards her cousin/twin sister Misaki. Once she saw the color of death on Misaki, Mei became very protective of her. Misaki even noted how Mei acted like her big sister, even though they're the same age.
- Broken Bird: Before the death of her sister Misaki she was a cute and happy girl, even dressing in bright colors.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette
- Emotionless Girl
- Eyepatch of Power: Covers her Doll's eye. She lost her real left eye to cancer when she was four.
- Eye Scream: In the manga she's stabbed in her fake eye by Akazawa.
- Freakiness Shame: The second time she shows Kouichi what is under her eyepatch he remarks that her Doll's eye is oddly beautiful, and that she should go without the eyepatch more often. Her cousin Misaki thought the same.
- The Gadfly: Mei's a Nice Girl, but she has her moments. During Kouichi's first meeting with her, she inadvertently makes him think she was a talking doll. When Teshigawara accuses her of being the extra student, she decides to mess with him and say that he could be the extra. When they look for the tape and talk about The Seven Mysteries, she jokingly confirms one.
- I See Dead People
- Incest Subtext: At least in the anime with her cousin/twin sister Misaki. Intertwined Fingers, feeding each other, wrestling in the bed they share, wearing matching outfits, bathing together, groping each other while bathing together...
- Magical Eye: Her Doll's eye can see the "color of death" on dead people or people that is about to die.
- Male Gaze: Minor, but many shots with her and Kouichi show in his POV staring at her legs and skirt area.
- Mark of the Supernatural: Her Doll's eye is green, in contrast to her red right eye. Said Doll's eye can see the color of death.
- Meaningful Name: Her first name is pronounced "May." Similar to the month Kouichi started school in class 3-3.
- Mistaken for Murderer: When Takako dies trying to kill Mei, Mei takes the knife out of her hands, just as Izumi walks in. Izumi seeing the knife in Mei's hand and Takako's corpse instantly believes that not only is Mei the extra, but also thinks she stabbed and hung Takako.
- Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast
- Nice Girl: She may be creepy at times, but she's actually really nice. Just ask Kouichi.
- Oracular Urchin: She knows about pretty much everything that is going on since she's the current "sacrifice" in class 3-3 and her sister died because of the calamity in April. Yet she only gives very vague hints that don't really help to understand what is going on.
- Polar Opposite Twins: With Misaki.
- Power Limiter: Wears an eyepatch because her Doll's eye can see "things that should remain unseen", even if Mei doesn't want it to.
- The Quiet One
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Subverted; she seems to be sinister at first but she's actually quite nice.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Kouichi's and her cousin/twin sister Misaki's Red.
- Red Right Hand: Sugiura doesn't remember Mei having an eyepatch in elementary school and comes to believe that Mei is the extra student who was resurrected incomplete.
- Rei Ayanami Expy: She's basically Rei with pitch black hair and an eye-patch resembling Rei's usual bandages, while sharing her red eye(s), deeply stoic demeanor and the overall feeling of creepy cuteness/cute creepiness exhaled.
- The Stoic: Nothing much fazes her.
- Not So Stoic: A comical example when she gets attacked by a small octopus in episode 8.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: She comes off as emotionless, distant and even creepy, but she's actually a Nice Girl.
- Un-Person: Her classmates pretend that she doesn't exist in hopes that it will prevent the calamity from happening. It fails not only because Kouichi acknowledges her, but because the calamity had already started with the death of her sister.
- When She Smiles: She seems to smile a lot when she gets closer to Kouichi.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Has Grade B in the 7th Episode.
Takurou Kitagawa (Japanese), Chris Ayres
Kouichi's father, a professor currently abroad in India due to research-related work. Kouichi's transfer to Yomiyama was prompted partly because this fact. He periodically keeps in touch with his son via calls to Kouichi's cellphone.
- Catch Phrase: "Hey son! You'll never believe how hot India is right now!"
- Disappeared Dad: Not really, but as mentioned he was overseas when the events of the story occur.
- Invisible Parents: He never appeared in the anime.
- The Unseen
- Foreshadowing: His talks with Kouichi over the course of the series indirectly provides hints related to the events surrounding class 3-3's situation, particularly concerning the supposed irregularities related to the "Phenomenon".
Voiced By: Naoko Sakakibara (Japanese), Molly Searcy (English)
Kouichi's aunt, Reiko is an alumnus of the school that Kouchi transfers into, and was even part of class 3-3 at one point. As such she has first-hand experience about what exactly is going on, but is hesitant to reveal any details about it.
- Dead All Along: She is the dead person in Class 3, rather than any of the students.
- Drives Like Crazy: A mild example in episode 8.
- Hard-Drinking Party Girl
- Hot Teacher
- Killed Off for Real
- Made of Iron: She was struck in the head by a wooden broom till it bled and was found crushed underneath heavy rubble. Yet she still can move and talk. Though it seems it doesn't work against a pick axe courtesy of her own nephew.
- Mama Bear: She was willing to protect Mei from an angry mob, when they thought she was the extra. It comes back to bite her when Mei finds out that Reiko is the real extra and planned on killing her so Kouichi wouldn't have to. Though Kouichi ended up doing the deed anyway.
- Parental Substitute: Both the novel and the manga mention that Reiko wants to be like this to Kouichi. Not so in the anime, however.
- Significant Double Casting: The anime hides this by having Miss Mikami credited under an alias until The Reveal.
- Tomato in the Mirror: Not even her was aware that she's actually dead.
Mei's mother, and the owner of a ball-jointed doll shop. She became obsessed with dolls after having a stillbirth twelve years previously, and is rather distant with Mei.
- Adults Are Useless
- Berserk Button: While never shown onscreen, she does not like Mei spending time with her cousin/twin sister Misaki or her aunt/biological mother in fear of Mei one day running away to her.
- Chekhov's Gun: Her doll making abilities allowed her to create a replacement eye for Mei. The Doll's Eye became crucial to identifying the Extra Student.
- Parental Neglect: She doesn't know or care about anything Mei does. Nor does she interfere in her life except for certain things.
- Peek-a-Bangs: Her hair covers her right eye.
- Pen Name: Uses the pseudonym Kirika.
- Replacement Goldfish: A doll in a coffin that resembles Mei. Said doll represents the stillborn child she never had.
Mei's cousin who died a month before the start of the series.
Voiced by: Sayuri Sadaoka (Japanese), Vicki Barosh (English)
Mei's grandaunt, who works at the Misaki doll shop as a receptionist.
Class 3- 3
- Ax-Crazy: While most of the class went batshit insane in episode 11, this guy takes it Up to Eleven in episode 12.
- Chekhov's Gunman: In the anime; he's introduced early on, then doesn't show up again until Episode 10 due to being Demoted to Extra.
- Childhood Friends: With Teshigawara.
- Class Representative
- Death by Adaptation
- Demoted to Extra: In the anime. Despite being one of Kouchi's friends and a member of the mystery-solving gang in the manga, he's pretty much sent off-screen right after the beginning of the anime.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Teshigawara.
- Killed Off for Real: First thought to be after Teshigawara pushes him off a balcony (a cliff in the manga). Actually happens in the finale of the anime.
- Not Quite Dead: After falling from a two story balcony and being assumed dead he's able to get up and start walking around again with little problem. In the manga at least he suffers a head wound and has to be carried by Teshigawara.
- Sanity Slippage: In the anime, he starts killing off other students in a desperate attempt to find the extra.
- Ship Tease: Episode 12 hints that he might have had affections for Yukari Sakuragi.
- Those Two Guys: With Teshigawara until his death.
- Tranquil Fury: He acts completely stoic when killing the other students to determine who the extra is. However upon meeting Kouichi during his massacre he flies off the handle. It turns out the reason why, is he holds Kouichi responsible for Yukari's death.
- Genre Savvy: Becomes this with Teshigawara when they both make a tape not only designed to stop the calamity, but also prevent a witch hunt that almost killed Mei.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Teshigawara in the anime.
- Hot for Teacher: Apparently has a crush on Ms. Mikami.
- Nice Guy
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: He was the one responsible for letting the countermeasures group listen to Matsunaga's confession, unintentionally leading to the whole school becoming an angry mob against Mei.
- Nightmare Fetishist: A mild version. He likes Edvard Munch's "The Scream" because he feels uneasy when he looks at it.
- Tareme Eyes: As a rather shy and more mild-mannered student, he has these.
- Those Two Guys: With Teshigawara near the end.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: In episode 6, he took the entire art club with him for the sole purpose of keeping them away from Mei and Koucihi who was earlier the second Un-Person. Since said club members acknowledged Mei, it was obvious they weren't part of class 3-3.
- Ascended Extra: She is existent in both the novel and the manga, just as a completely minor character whose only role is getting killed. In the anime she's not exactly a prominent character either, but at least she gets some action.
- Exact Words: She said she wouldn't kill Kouichi, but it doesn't stop her from beating and cutting him.
- Killed Off for Real
- Pet the Dog: You have to give it to her, she decided not to kill Kouichi when given a chance, because she thought he wasn't the dead one and Izumi would be sad if he died.
- Sanity Slippage
- The Stoic
- Not So Stoic: Episode 11 reveals she's been emotionally unstable since the beach trip, explaining her Axe Crazy behavior in trying to kill Mei.
- Stoic Spectacles
- Yandere: Episode 11 shows us she's got an... interesting view of her relationship with Izumi.
Voiced by: Kengo Kasai (Japanese), Houston Hayes (English)
The popular honors student whose death resulted in the class 3-3 curse.
Voiced by: Mahiro Inoue (Japanese), Maggie Flecknoe (English)
- The Confidant: To Matsunaga, as he confessed his role in stopping the Calamity.