So how does the ignored student actually get anywhere in their studies? Keep in mind that they're in their last year of middle school—a year spent doing nothing is very bad considering upcoming high school applications and how that would feed into college prospects. Since only 3-3 has to follow the charm to the letter, I assume Mei can simply bop over to the staffroom and have another teacher correct her homework or something?
This seems to be the case, considering that other faculty members can acknowledge them fine.
According to Mei's flashback, she gets asked if she's okay with being the Unperson for the year but gets also told that, if she refuses to get ignored, she will be held responsible for every death that occurs during that year. Couldn't they just pick a different student to be the ignored one, if the first one refuses?
They could but Izumi, head of countermeasures along with her cronies hate Mei, said hate increased when Koichi became close with Mei.
Why not simply transfer one, randomly chosen student to another class once the school year has started? That way there would be a right number of students on the class, and no-one would have to be excluded so harshly.
Moving to other classrooms and changing the class's name didn't work, so presumably this would be a similar cheat. Or maybe the curse would start affecting the classroom the student transferred to. The explanation of the charm made it sound like they had tried every conceivable solution before they found the one that worked.
Why is it that Misaki, the dead student, is suddenly a boy? In the first episode Misaki is referred to as a girl, but now the old teacher said that she was a he. I suppose it's not really that significant but it's bugging me...
This is just an issue of something getting Lost in Translation. In Japanese, you can easily get by with non-gendered pronouns or no pronouns at all. The Japanese script very lightly implies that Misaki was a girl, and the English translation (which is likely going on an episode-to-episode basis as opposed to really knowing the whole plot) pretty much had to run with Misaki being a "she" without realizing that there would be consequences.
Alternatively, outside of Class 3 the story itself may have distorted in retelling and most of the student body does think Misaki was a girl.
Without any prior knowledge of the series, one can easily think that the original dead person is Mei herself, like it happened with me and my friends on the first watch.
Why does the curse kill so many people? If the premise behind it is that it's balancing out the uneven roster due to the Extra, shouldn't it need to only kill one person?
Perhaps it's trying to kill the extra specifically, but the curse is no better at figuring it out than a human...so it just kills at random, hoping to get the extra at some point.
It's because as long as the Extra exists, the universe is out of balance, so people keeps dying as a result of that. The phenomenon doesn't 'try' to do anything. It has no will.
I believe it's because the class, per the English subtitles, is "closer to death." The presence of a dead person in the class brings the clas closer to death, therefore death happens to them. The line between life and death is blurred or something, so that things that wouldn't necessarily result in death or occur, do occur and and/or result in death. Like the probability of dying is now increased.
Why would Mei's sister Misaki be counted as a death due to the curse? Was she counted as being part of Class 3-3?
Family members up to two degrees of separation are affected by the curse.
So who was the student who stabbed Reiko? I thought that it looked like Kouichi himself with hair over his eyes, but this wasn't referred to in any way after the scene. So was it just some random lunatic, or did Kouichi commit a murder that the curse prevented him from remembering?
So why did Misaki fail to report a murder that she witnessed firsthand to the police?
Was it said anywhere that she didn't report it? She'd only have a vague description of him and he'd have time to get away since he's on the opposite side of the river, so it's possible she reported it and he just escaped.
So is the reason why the counter measure didn't work this year because the extra wasn't a student but a teacher/family member? Has something like this happened in other years too? Is this the reason why the counter measure only works some of the time? How does the curse know the difference?
It could be that the countermeasures didn't work this year for the same unknown reason that they don't work some other years. Hell, the countermeasure this year was working for a while, but stopped in April for some reason. Maybe the curse is just more persistent in getting rid of the extra person in certain years.
The Japanese school year starts in April rather than September so the countermeasures did not work at all since Mei's sister died that month. Presumably they would have to ignore one of their teachers for the countermeasures to work since there was one less seat in the staff room rather than the classroom.
The countermeasure didn't work because it had started too late. They didn't realize they had an extra since it wasn't a student this year, so they put off choosing a Talisman. They didn't choose Mei as the Talisman until after her sister died, and the Talisman only has an effect if it's instated before the process starts. After the death of Misaki, everything was already set in stone. Ignoring Mei was already pointless before it began.
If they pretend one student doesn't exist to balance out the numbers, wouldn't maintaining that same balance require that they start ignoring two students as soon as an extra student transferred in?
No; the curse works because one dead person is added to the class each year. Having a live student transfer in shouldn't upset the charm because the curse only works according to the number of dead students: which is always just one.
And remember, they tried to do that by ignoring Kouichi and Mei, but it didn't help.
Wouldn't the students from the other classes have realized that there was one student in 9-3 who the rest of the class was ignoring? I mean, students do visit other classrooms during breaks, and hang out together during lunch, right?
Not necessarily. They mention that they keep class 3-3 rather isolated from the rest of the classes, no PE lessons shared between two classes and similar.
Lots of students in 9-3 dying seems to be just a rumor outside of 9-3, and not known outside of the school, but wouldn't so many deaths in one school have been noticed by the whole town?
We know that the curse has the power to affect people's reasoning, memory and perceptions. I'm going out on a limb here, but I reckon the curse is affecting the amount of attention people pay to the deaths in class 9-3 the same way that it makes them think a dead person is alive. The curse makes people perceive the number of deaths as nothing unusual in the same way that it also makes them perceive their dead acquaintances walking around as natural, or makes them fail to see the deceased's name on previous class registers.
Isn't there a chance that the curse could be broken, if the class from 1972 came together and openly acknowledged that Misaki was dead and they should never have pretened otherwise? Or was something like that tried during the 26 years since the curse started and it turned out to be pointless?
In similar fashion, we learn that changing classrooms doesn't help against the curse because it's the class itself that creates the incident. What about dissolving Class 3-3? Weird, since there would still be Class 3-4 and 3-5, but they could give a 'soft' version of the truth by saying that Class 3-3 is permanently dissolved, due to it being 'accident prone'.
In the beginning, Sakuragi and Kazami visit Kouichi in the hospital and ask him whether he's ever been to Yomiyama before. Obviously, they asked this to see whether he could be the Extra Person of that year. But Kouichi says something that makes them think that he isn't the Extra Person... what would they have done, if his answer would have somehow made him seem like the Extra Person? At that point, they didn't know that the curse could be stopped for the year if they managed to kill the Extra Person. What would they have done?
So the class thought Sakakibara was the extra, but does it have anything to do with his surname? in the first episode, one of them refuses to say it and Mei sings it as if taunting him. Just a curiosity.
So how was Reiko able to just come back to life and be an walking dead person? Or how did she get "chosen"?
The original death that started it all was the result of the class acting as if Misaki was still alive. Many of the other Extras probably got the same treatment in death as part of the curse, but in actual corporeal form. As another result of the Calamity her death, much like her second death was wiped from memory so no one could identify her as the Extra.
Where did that insane old lady come from and why was she insane?
She and her husband owned the house that the students were staying in; Chibiki mentions that she and her husband were Ikuo's grandparents (the kid that died of a heart attack) and that his death had left them emotionally depressed, which is probably what lead to the insanity part.
When they are on the beach, one of the kids gets run over by a boat. However it's revealed that he died prior to getting hit by the boat because of a brain tumor, which was presumably caused by the curse. This is supposed to explain why he died outside of the town's proximity. So what was the point in him being hit by a boat? Was that just an unlucky incident that happened regardless of the curse?
Episode 9 revealed that Nakao had suffered an accident as he was leaving before the trip. His death was caused by an aneurysm gained from that accident bursting, killing him before the boat hit him. Therefore the death could be counted as still being in Yomiyama because that's where the (eventual) fatal event occurred, and therefore was still part of the curse. Getting hit by the boat was presumably meant to throw the viewer off before this is revealed.
Why does the curse affect relatives if the Extra Person has to be someone in the classroom?
The curse is noted as affecting anyone connected to class 3-3 in some way. As mentioned above, relatives are affected for up to two degrees of separation.
Does Kazami die in the anime? Because Chibiki stopped Akazawa from harming him further, but he seemed pretty messed up by then.
Given Teshigawara's reaction, it's a safe bet that he died, probably due to blood loss.
Why hasn't this particular class section simply been discontinued? They know there's a curse, they know that students die a whole hell of a lot in this class, and the curse only attacks students in 3-3 and the people they associate with. So why hasn't the school simply discontinued Class 3-3?
In the official English subtitles on Crunchyroll at least, the curse is described as affecting "the third class" in one scene. This is probably a translation quirk, but does present an interesting idea. If Class-3 was disbanded, what is currently Class-4 would now be the third class, no matter what they actually call it. We already know changing the name didn't help, nor did the classrooms moving to a new building, so nothing about disbanding Class-3 actually changes anything.
Here's a question. Why is it that Mei's Doll Eye can see death on the people she looks at? I mean there was nothing mechanical about it, nor where their hints of witchcraft on it.
There's no logical reason why she should be able to see out of that eye at all, much less have a special form of vision. However, "magic" (such as it is) in this story seems to operate as something of a "living metaphor." The curse is a result of class 3-3 "inviting death into their midst." Presumably there's a similar explanation for the eye. The problems with Misaki's original eye almost killed her, presumably her vision comes from the connection to death this fake eye represents.
The novel explains this further, making it clear Mei is as blind in her left eye as anyone with an empty socket. But when that eye is uncovered she can see 'The Color of Death' regardless. Just that, nothing else. As to why, she isn't sure, but theorizes it's equal parts her life-threatening cancer surgery, and also that dolls are empty and draw in life to fill their void. So her eye, being a doll's eye, does the same.