Journal of anime ramblings, fiction works and reflections
It’s been a bit hectic the past few days. My two weeks break is up, I have another summer job and although I like it, I hate the shifts my supervisor gave me. It’s just terrible – late shifts all through. I’m behind on a lot of series I should be up to date on but I’m doing the best I can (
which isn’t really good enough, but I’ve been trying – I honestly have).
Instead of watching my other series, this OVA episode: Corpse Party caught my attention. I think I’ve already mentioned in some post here that I’m a horror fan and after I read the synopsis of Corpse Party, I decided to give it a try. I haven’t seen much horror anime save for Another and Elfen Lied (
I don’t think it’s horror but that’s one of the genres it was put under). I still haven’t gotten around to starting Monster, but I will get to it soon enough.
Corpse Party starts with a flashback sequence. Naomi wakes up in a creepy and abandoned classroom, wondering how she got there then remembers that she had been with her friends. They were together in a classroom after a festival at their school – Kisaragi Academy – and were sharing ghost stories. There was lightening and thunder, along with the candlelight flickers to create the suspense effect (for the characters) in this scene.
The ghost story was about Heavenly Host Elementary – where strange murders and disappearances of both teachers and students took place. The principal at that time was tormented by it – especially after the death of a well loved teacher – and jumped off the school building. He died. And that was the end of the story.
Oh, and another thing, Kisargi Academy is built above the elementary school – which is now like a sealed basement.
A teacher who was still there gave them a scare since she overheard their story then they all gathered to do this charm with one of the students since she was transferring. It was done by repeating a phrase nine times then ripping a piece of paper from the paper doll – a charm that binds them as friends as long as they each have a piece of the paper.
Then there was an earthquake.
The flashback sequence ended there. Naomi sees her best friend, Seiko, in the same abandoned classroom and goes over to wake her. They both try to find an exit and realize that the setting around them is different and matches that of an elementary school (
Heavenly Host Elementary).
Weird things start to happen and from here – whether you’re a horror fan or not – the jump scare moments are pretty predictable and the atmosphere is a bit clichéd. We’ve got the children singing and giggling eerily in the background and the echo of their rapid footsteps. Reflections. Clock chiming and the pendulum swinging.
Naomi and Seiko both suffer hallucinations from time to time and Naomi came into contact with the legendary ghost from Heavenly Host Elementary but she survived.
Seiko was hanged but when Naomi found her, she was still struggling. Naomi YANKED on the rope, trying to pull it off her neck but all she did was press it even harder against the poor girl’s windpipe. What she should have done was lift her so that the noose would be loose (
hehe) and have Seiko work the rope off her neck. I dismissed that as just being a horror strategy but it still made me mad.
And that was the end of the episode. The end also showed the other characters – that they’re all alive but scattered around Heavenly Host.
What I really enjoyed about this was the OST throughout the episode. It’s actually the only thing that made me feel a little edgy during the OVA and the OP theme gave me chills. The art and animation both aren’t bad. The characters didn’t leave an impression on me and I didn’t care that Seiko died. In fact, I was expecting it to happen at different intervals throughout the second half of the episode. I was about to download the game after watching it but the graphics and gameplay isn’t really my type so I didn’t bother to.
The actual series has three episodes out so far, so I’ll be keeping up with it.
I predict that only two of the students shall survive.