Two scenes within Another, which are presumably intended to highlight the same event, have a stark inconsistency which indicates they’re not the same scene – this ultimately rewrites the entire background plot.
Within the opening minutes of Another’s first episode, the series showcased various sights to some narration – one of the more striking visuals noticed was a fellow grinning in a manner quite sinister under a rainy night. Now while watching through Another to the end, learning of Misaki’s story that she witnessed an individual stabbing Mikami-sensei to death, one would have simply naturally came to assume that the snidely smirking fellow must have been the same who was witnessed within the first episode’s few minutes.
Yet while it is possible, and certain, those both are the same character, it is in fact impossible for that to have been the same instance of him spotted – a paradox plainly not achievable, and this is for a reason quite simple. Within Another’s first episode, notice that it is as aforementioned, a dark night of much rain – however, Misaki saw the crime take place during what is either sunset or sunrise, and not only that, the body was found at that time as well.
This means that the first episode’s segment, as well as that of the final episode, are showing two different sightings of the same fellow.
Now armed with that knowledge, what exactly is this lunatic doing wandering about in the night? This brings up a point of infinite speculation and no answer – could this individual be responsible for more murders? And if so, one has to wonder why? What is his purpose – and how does it relate to the curse? Consider a few things, Mikami’s death made her the extra component of class three only shortly thereafter – yet why would anyone murder her to begin with? And why is this fellow emphasized so, yet not developed story-wise in the least?
For that matter, who exactly is this guy? Perhaps this murderer is the Misaki who suffered the controversial death 26 years ago and he is acting in revenge? Do recall that it was mentioned at one point in the series that his family was also victim – yet never was it said how exactly he died. Maybe he never was killed to begin with, or what if it is his spirit behind this all?
In any case, there is clearly some foul play involved in Another’s “curse” of class three – yet unfortunately, it is one massive chasm in the story which the series doesn’t touch upon beyond a few seconds of obscure scenes.