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Students and the homeroom teacher of Class 3-3,in 1972.

Class 3-3 (9th Grade, Class 3) is one of the classes at Yomiyama North Middle School. It is one of the primary settings of Another.

HistoryEdit

1972 - The First Year Edit

In class 3-3 during the year 1972, there was a student named Misaki Yomiyama. He was a charming student, good looking and excelled in both academics and sports. All the teachers and students admired him. Half way through the school year, he died in a house fire that took the lives of his whole family. Unable to accept his death, his classmates decided to continue acting as if he was still alive (talking with his desk, pretending to go home with him, etc). Even at graduation, the principal arranged to have Misaki's seat included in the ceremony.
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9th Grade Class 3 students in 1972 in the picture that 'The Dead' Misaki appear.

After graduation they took a picture of the class and found Misaki included, with a pale face but smiling like everyone else. After that incident, the class had grown closer to death itself. Also, the oral folk history of 1972 became garbled, and people forgot whether Misaki was a boy or a girl, and how he died.

1973 - The "Calamity" of Class 3-3 Begins Edit

At the beginning of the school year following Misaki's death, the class found they had an extra student and were one desk short. At first they thought it was just an error and ignored it. Unbeknownst to them, however, the Calamity of class 3-3 had begun; tragically, six students and ten of their family members died during that school year. It wasn't until later that they found that there had been a dead student in the class all along, masquerading as one of the living until the year's end.

The 'Dead One' (also referred to as the "Extra'') is a former student or faculty member who died while being part of class 3-3, but then somehow resurrected as part of the class in a later year. Despite being dead, the Extra looks and acts like a normal, living person. There is no known form of physical examination or line of questioning which can distinguish the Extra from the living. The memories of the people around the Extra and the Extra him/herself are altered to where they forget that the Extra had ever died, and the Extra also believes that he/she never died before or attended the class in an earlier year. This memory alteration also extends to written records, retroactively erasing all evidence of the Extra's death.

Because of the unnatural presence of this dead person walking amongst the living, at least one student from class 3-3 or one of their family members or the teacher of the class dies each month. At the end of the school year, the Extra simply disappears, and the Calamity's effects on the class' written records and memories are reversed, and survivors forget that the Extra was ever part of the class; the Calamity has run its course, thus marking an end to the deaths, until the next year. The reversal must not be entirely complete, since Chibiki has been able to record the Extra's name most years, after the fact.

1983 - The year the Calamity ended prematurely Edit

By all accounts, the calamity continued to take its toll on class 3-3 unabated every year since the original incident. Exceptionally, however, in 1983 the calamity ended prematurely in August, with only seven recorded deaths that year. That year, the class went on a pilgrimage to Yomiyama shrine, on the return from which two students, Jun Hamaguchi and Yuki Hoshikawa, both lost their lives. The early end of the calamity was thought to coincide with the act of pilgrimage to this shrine, but pilgrimages undertaken by future classes did not produce any effect. What ultimately ended the calamity that year remained a mystery to all except for the student who ended it, Katsumi Matsunaga, who never shared his story with the class. Later that year he left a clue at the school for future students to find, but due to the effects of the calamity, even he forgot what form the clue took and what information it contained.

1988 - The Charm is devised Edit

Over the years, the students of class 3-3 had tried many ways to prevent the calamity, including moving to a different class room and changing the class name from class 3-3 to 3-C, all without success. Eventually, however, a sort of charm was devised by class 3-3's countermeasures which proved to be successful; they could prevent the calamity for their year by treating one student in the class as if he/she doesn't exist, in order to make up for the presence of the dead person. For a whole year, the class would not acknowledge their presence, or speak about them during school hours.

While being the first effective countermeasure against the calamity, to date the charm has only had a success rate of around 50%. In some years when the charm failed the cause of the failure was obvious, but in other years the cause was unclear.

1998 - The Present Day Edit

In 1998, the charm began with the school year in April when Mei Misaki had earlier accepted the nomination to become that year's non-existent student. In the meantime, however, a transfer student named Kouichi Sakakibara was still recovering in hospital from a collapsed lung, so he was not present during Mei's nomination. When he first joined the class on May 6th, the class's head of countermeasures, Izumi Akazawa, was not present, and no one else in the class informed him of the conditions of the charm (possibly for fear of violating the charm themselves). Kouichi and Mei had already met once in a chance encounter at the hospital, and when Kouichi saw Mei at school, he thought nothing of approaching her and starting a conversation. Thus, the conditions of the charm were violated. This later incriminated Mei and Kouichi in the eyes of their classmates. Unbeknownst to the rest of their class, the calamity had already claimed its first victim in April with the death of Mei's twin sister, Misaki Fujioka.

Following the 'breaking' of the charm, the calamity proceeded to claim the lives of students and students' family members, proving conclusively to the students that the calamity is real. The class eventually tried strengthening the charm by disavowing Kouichi as well. The graphic suicide of their homeroom teacher soon afterwards proved that this measure was ineffective. Eventually, Kouichi and Mei found a lead on a method of reliably ending the calamity even once it's already started. Their investigation ultimately led them to Katsumi Matsunaga and the audio recording he left in the former 3-3 classroom 15 years ago, detailing the events of that fateful night in 1983 and the means of ending the calamity:
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The audio recording left by Katsumi Matsunaga 15 years ago

The real way to stop the calamity permanently, or at least until the next school year, is to 'send the dead back to death'. As soon as the dead person dies, she/he will disappear and be forgotten by everyone. The ones personally involved with the dead persons second death will remember them for a while, but even they will eventually forget details about the incident.

Students and People Connected to Class 3-3Edit

StudentsEdit

1972Edit

1983Edit

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1996Edit

1997Edit

1998Edit

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StaffEdit

  • Tatsuji Chibiki (Homeroom teacher in 1972)
  • Mr. Koga (Homeroom teacher in 1983)
  • Kubodera-Sensei (Homeroom teacher in 1998- deceased in 1998)
  • Mikami-Sensei (Homeroom teacher in 1996, deceased the same year. Revived in 1998 as Vice-homeroom teacher, later homeroom teacher, deceased again in 1998)

Victims of the Class Curse By YearEdit

1983Edit

1996Edit

1997Edit

1998Edit

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