|“||Death is not kind. It's dark, black as far as you can see, and you're all alone.||”|
|Romaji Name||Misaki Mei|
|Birth Date||September 1983|
|Relatives||Mitsuyo Fujioka (Mother) |
|Manga Debut||Chapter 1|
|Anime Debut||Episode 1|
|Seiyuu||Natsumi Takamori (Japanese)|
Monica Rial (English)
Mei Misaki is the main female protagonist of Another. She was labeled by her classmates as "the one that does not exist." Mei has a red right eye and a green left doll's eye. Also, she is a student of Class 3-3 in 1998.
Mei is a beautiful and isolated girl in Yomiyama North Middle School's Class 3-3. She has short, black, chin-length hair with long bangs and a ghostly complexion. Mei wears the school's standard uniform. Her left eye is covered by an eye patch and her right eye is red. Although in the anime her left eye is shown as green, it was originally blue in the novel/manga. In episode 3 of the anime, it is revealed that her left eye is actually an artificial eye, and she says that she keeps it hidden because she can see things with it that "aren't supposed to be seen." In episode 6, the mystery behind her green eye is finally revealed. She mentions to Kouichi that she had a disease when she was about 4 years old so severe that she lost her left eye. Her mother made her a new green eye saying that the same shade would be boring. The reason she uses an eyepatch is because she dislikes that dual shade and hence decided to hide it.
Mei possesses a very quiet and solitary personality at first, telling Kouichi to stay away from her, but as time goes on, she becomes accustomed to his presence and doesn't seem to mind having him around. She also tells him to be careful, since 'it' (the curse) may have started already, indicating concern. Her hobby is drawing, and she is a member of the art club. Mei also dislikes cell phones, saying it disturbs her to be connected to other people at all times by electromagnetic waves.
In contrast to her typically taciturn behavior, she also has a childish side; as seen in Episode 8 of the anime, she spends time building a sandcastle and gets scared when an octopus sticks to her hand, leading her to think that it was going to eat her. Another childish side of her is shown when she wore the flower headpiece she found in the box in the old Class 3-3 room and making a joke about hearing moaning in the auxiliary library. These traits of her personality only appear in the anime, not in the original novel.
BackgroundEditMei's "mother," Yukiyo (a.k.a Kirika) was born more than thirty years ago along with a twin named Mitsuyo. They both married and her twin sister was soon pregnant with twins. These twins were called Mei and Misaki. Kirika also became pregnant, but miscarried, leaving her devastated. At that time, the twins' family (the Fujiokas) wer experiencing financial problems. Because of this and the fact that Yukiyo was still trying to cope with the loss of her unborn child, Mitsuyo gave Mei to her sister to raise as her own. Mei says that Kirika might have wanted to keep this a secret forever, but her grandmother accidently let it slip. In the manga, as a child Mei once found her "mother" crying and wanted to know the reason. Yukiyo was also paranoid and bought Mei a cellphone to be sure that she wouldn't meet her real mother, Mitsuyo, or her sister, Misaki. Mei secretly met with Misaki anyway, and they became close friends. Years later Misaki died because of the 9th grade class 3-3 curse. In the manga, Mei said that she wanted to give one of her kidneys to Misaki, but she couldn't because the rules said that children below 15 years of age are not allowed to donate organs.
Another'EditMei first meets Kouichi in the hospital's elevator and tells him that she's going to the morgue since her lesser "other half" is waiting for her. She is later seen on the school roof sketching, Kouichi asked many questions and Mei implies that she hates being questioned. She is seen talking with him many times. In Episode 3, when Kouichi had finished his test he went outside after seeing Mei leave the classroom. She tells him that she doesn't exist and that Kouichi may be the only one who can see her, leaving him shocked. At that time, Sakuragi runs out of the classroom, grabs her umbrella and runs towards Kouichi's direction. However, after seeing Mei she becomes frightened and runs in the other direction. She trips down the stairs and her neck is skewered by the aforementioned spear-like umbrella.
Kouichi meets her again in the doll store, where she warns him to be careful since "it" has started and disappears mysteriously soon after.But in Episode 5, it is revealed that Mei Misaki really exists when Kouichi finds the class roster along with a sheet of paper written "Ask Mei Misaki about it" in it. Kouichi visits the doll store once again and Mei takes him up to her apartment through an elevator hidden behind a curtain. She asked Kouichi if he suspected her of being a ghost. Mei assures him she is alive and is positive she has not died. Since, "it" has started again, Mei tells him everything about the class curse, unknown reasons of the deaths, and the prevention measures of the class. Kouichi and Mei's relationship continues to develop to the point that he frequently comes to Mei's apartment and on one such occasion, he meets Kirika, Mei's mom, who she says only treats her like the other dolls in her house. Later on, she tells Kouichi that she will be going on a vacation to her beach house with her parents, so she won't be back for a week. When the others go to find information on the curse from a worker at a hotel by the beach named Matsunaga, Kouichi meets Mei there and they talk about her family. Mei tells him that her father doesn't come to Japan often and that they aren't really close, despite them being a family. While they talk, their hands touch as they build a sand castle, this seemingly is an unimpotant part to the story, but this detail shows how Mei and Kouichi's relationship is progressing. After, it is decided there should be a contest to see who can catch the most ingredients to make lunch. Mei shows Kouichi a starfish and a pufferfish, but he tells her that they aren't edible until she finds an octopus, which latches onto her. This scares her and she tells Kouichi to get it off of her. They look at their findings and show the to Reiko, who, after a long deliberation, declares a draw. Matsunaga later finds them, but tells them that he can't remember anything except for someone possibly dying in the mountains on the class trip to the shrine. Suddenly, a strong breeze comes and blows a beachball out far into the ocean. Nakao says he will go get it, swimming out to retrieve the lost plastic item. But when the ball appears just to be within reach, he stops moving, just floating out in the ocean. Kouichi and Matsunaga swim out to save him, only to witness his body being sliced by an oncoming motorboat. Mei stands by Akazawa on the beach in shock. In Episode 9, Mei is walking along with Kouichi behind Chibiki who asks them about the behaviour of Nakao the day he died. Kouichi and the others mention tha he was suffereing from car sickness, and that he was unable to swim straight when retreiving the beach ball. After Chibiki clarifies them that the reason why Nakao died had originated in Yomiyama itself, they leave. Later on, when Kouichi along with Teshigawara enter the art club to search for a clue Matsunaga mentioned, they find Mei painting. Yuuya comes hurriedly into the club room which prompts her to ask them why they all were there. Finally, the trio answers her and she tags along with them. They reach the floor of the abandoned 9th grade class rooms. They reach the class 3 section of the hall and search for the clue Matsunaga had left during his class of 1983. While gossiping with each other, Mei tries to open a window to get fresh air. A big fragment of glass starts to fall, but Kouichi grabs her before she is impaled by a shard of glass. Kouichi finds the tape, and the group goes to the AV room to find a tape recorder. In Episode 10, Mei invites Kouichi into her room at the inn they are staying at during the school trip to the shrine in the mountains to see the graduation photo where Yomiyama Misaki appeared. Mei tells Kouichi the truth about her and her cousin, Misaki Fujioka, who is actually her twin, and Kirika, who is actually her aunt, not mother. She tells Kouichi about how she can see things that should remain unseen, stating that she can distinguish the color of death by uncovering her left eye and determine whether something is alive or dead. She also says that the color of death is different from any color that she has ever seen, stating that it does not belong with colors such as red or blue. Kouichi asks who the dead one is. But when Mei is about to tell him who the dead person is, Teshigawara bursts into the room, interrupting, them, saying that he has done something terrible. In Episode 11, Teshigawara admits to Kouichi and Mei that he thinks he might have killed Kazami by accidentally pushing him off the balcony while they were fighting. Kouichi tells Mei and Teshigawara to go check and see if he is still alive. When they reach the hall, Kouichi noticed the something odd about the dining room door and walks toward it. He finds Manabu, who was badly injured and discovers that the dining room is on fire with the manager dead inside. They hear Takako's scream and go up to her room to rescue her. Takako was gone and later appears with a knife, trying to kill Mei. Kouichi protects her and Takako flees the scene. She plays the tape over the intercom, and tells the students that Mei Misaki is the dead one. This prompts everyone into going on a manhunt to find Mei, forcing Kouichi to protect her. They are pursued by the class, and they tried to escape through the window when Yumi Ogura found them. Yumi follows Mei and Kouichi out the window. She slashes at Mei but Kouichi pulls her out of the way; Yumi slips and falls off of the window sill and falls to her death. In the last episode finale, Takako appears again with her knife, ready to kill Mei, believing she will free her remaining classmates from the curse. Takako stabs Kouichi and charges towards Mei, attempting to kill her. Mei dodges Takako's attack, causing her to become entangled in loose wiring connected to the ceiling. Takako's violent struggle to free herself causes the wires to pull on a loose support beam, which ripped through the wires and pulled Takako up, and strangling her to death. Mei is shocked when Takako is hung up in front of her. Izumi arrives, witnessing the scene and assumes that Misaki had killed her, since she was holding her knife in her hand. She then snaps, and says she's going to kill Mei, prompting Mei to run up the steps as more of the ceiling collapse, separating her from Kouichi and Izumi.
In Episode 12, Kouichi and a few other survivors run out of the burning building. However he runs back into the burning building to search for Mei once he realises she's missing. He runs up the stairs and discovers that Izumi has cornered Mei on the other side of the floor. As Izumi attempts to kill Mei, Kouichi manages to stop her in time. The entire platform collapses causing them to fall to the bottom floor.When Izumi finally gets a hold of Mei she attempts to kill her but is stopped by kouichi, but at that moment, lightning strikes. The lightning shatters the hall's giant window, and large glass shards are sent flying towards them. Izumi ends up being skewered against the wall by the glass shards. Kouichi is shocked, he runs and removes her from the wall. Mei disappears as Izumi tells Kouichi about her memory of their meeting before she dies. Kouichi then calls Mei's cell phone trying to locate her amongst the rubble of the decimated building. She tells him that she is in the backyard and that he shouldn't come saying that he'll regret it. Kouichi goes to her anyway, ignoring her warning. He finds her with a pickaxe next to a fallen tree and hears sounds coming from underneath. He tries to help the person underneath only for Mei to stop him. Theperson struggles under the fallen pile of lumber and it is revealed to be Ms. Mikami, Kouichi's aunt Reiko. Mei then reveals that Ms. Mikami as the deceased person. Kouichi is in disbelief, but Mei explains that she remembers witnessing Ms. Mikami being assaulted and thrown in the river, resulting in her drowning, one and a half years ago. She also points out that their class was the only one to have an Assistant Homeroom teacher and that they actually had the correct amount of seats this year and the missing seat actually being in the faculty room. Mei's explanation causes him to finally believe her and he decides to send Reiko back to death himself.They are later seen at the Mikami family grave together on a sunny, warm day. The grave lists both Ritsuko, Kouichi's mother, and Reiko as deceased. Kouichi and Mei then talk about how they are the only ones to remember Mikami-sensei. They are also the only ones able to see her in the photo they took outside of the inn. Kouichi and Mei walk together, Kouichi asking why she doesn't answer her phone when he calls. Mei tells him that after the incident at the inn she threw her phone into the river because she hates those devices. She also mentions that her mother will without a doubt get her a new cell phone soon. Kouichi then asks if he may call her sometimes when she gets her new phone. She smiles and replies, "Sure." Then Kouchi asks if it is all over, with all the sensless death and Mei responds with a reassuring smile.
She appears in Episode 0 and meets Misaki in secret. They often talked about their family situation and did several activities together (i.e. changing clothes, eating ice cream, or showering) they even sleep in the same bed. Without her eye patch Mei sees the color of death on Misaki; wondering why, when they go to the amusement park she is overprotective. They ride the ferris wheel and talk. A bird suddenly crashes into the glass killing itself and shocking Misaki who stumbles towards the door which suddenly breaks open. Misaki falls but Mei catches her but cannot pull her back up. Mei is devastated and is forced to watch as her sister falls. However the drop wasn't far and Misaki landed on her feet surprising them both; she later explains that despite almost dying today was a good day. After doing some more activities the twins disband but upon leaving Mei watches Misaki collapse. They are later seen at a hospital and Misaki appears to be fine; she explains that she has leukemia and that it is treatable. Mei says that if she needs an organ donor that she is there for her and later on Misaki unexpectedly dies. Mei is devasted and attempts to take out her artificial eye, but doesn't. She later goes to the hospital and meets Kouichi Sakakibara leading to the events of Episode 1. Before Misaki died she asked for her birthday a doll explaining why Mei had a doll and was going to the morgue.
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Early in the series, she tells Kouichi to stay away from her, but as time goes on she becomes more used to him. She tells him to be careful of the curse, indicating concern. Their relationship evolved when Kouichi became a non-existent student like her. She invited him to her house and even offered to walk him home. They spent a lot of time together, like walking home together, having lunch together etc. She grows to trust Kouichi to greater extent and confides in him about her family, even finally admitting Misaki was her twin sister and her devastation at her sister's untimely death. At the end of the series, they were also seen together.
Mei and her twin sister were best friends. They met in secret and were often found together. They talked to each other a lot, told each other secrets, bathed together, dressed the same way etc. Mei was very attached to Misaki, even if Yukiyo didn't allow Mei to see her. Mei was afraid of losing Misaki when she saw the color of death on her, and was overprotective of her until she died. After Misaki's death, Mei was angry, upset and devastated as she lost her only friend and twin sister.
Mei and Yukiyo have a cold relationship, as seen and claimed by Kouichi. They don't really talk and Mei claimed Yukiyo doesn't care about her or what she does and treats her like one of her dolls.
Mei seemed indifferent to Akazawa and vice versa in the beginning. However throughout the series, whenever Misaki is around Kouichi, Izumi glares at her in a spiteful manner. Especially after many of the death scenes. It all comes to a head in episode 10 when Izumi demands that Mei apologize for her percieved part of the calamity, despite Kouichi's, Teshigawara's and Mochizuki's protests. In episode 11 she mistakenly believes that Mei killed Takako and tries to kill her, believing she is the extra. It even seems that Izumi was willing to do so anyway even if she was wrong. When she died, Mei reacted in sheer remorse while also in shock seeing the color of death begin to appear on Izumi.
Takako didn't seem to have any relationship with Mei. Nor any knowledge of her relatives. She even mistaken the Misaki she knew in elementary school, as Mei. (It was really her sister, Misaki Fujioka.) Said mistake lead her to believe that they were one and the same and Misaki's lost eye was the result of her coming back from the dead incomplete and in turn coming back as the Extra student. Upon listening to the tape with Izumi, her revelation caused her to snap and try to kill Mei. When Koichi disarmed her, she turned the majority of Class 3 against Mei when playing the tape in the hotel loudspeakers. Her last confrontation with Mei, was what caused her own death when she got tangled in wires trying to stab her. It was when Izumi saw Mei standing next to her corpse, that caused her to go the same route in trying to kill Mei.
Not much is dwelled upon the two. However it was Mei who witnessed, Reiko's death one year and a half before the events of Another. Since Reiko keeps her work and private life seperate, there are certain differences between Reiko and Mikami. On Reiko's side of things, she only seen Mei on screen once in Episode 8. Whilst on Mikami's side of things, she knew Mei as the assistant home room teacher. However like everyone else in Class 3-3, ignored her as part of the charm. In Episode 11. depsite being suspected of being the Extra Student, Mikami was willing to shield Mei from an oncomming attack by Yukito. However when it turns out in Episode 12 that Mikami is the extra all along. Mei attempts to kill her to spare Kouichi the pain of doing it himself. As soon as the accusation flied, Reiko was obviously scared and confused even going as far as begging for her life and accusing Mei of lying to try to prevent her own death.
- "It's sad when people die."
- "Goodbye, Sa-ka-ki-ba-ra-kun." '
- ''I don't dislike rain. My favourite is the cold rain that falls in midwinter, just before it turns into snow."
- "It doesn't matter how many relationships we seem to have. We're all alone."
- "How does it feel to not exist?"
- "Good luck, Sakakibara."
- "Believe me."
- “Dolls are hollow you see. Completely hollow in body and soul. That void connects them with death. But hollow things seek to fill their emptiness.”
- She is ranked S (highest ranking) in the Another character rankings, meaning she is the only character who gets that ranking and the most good-looking character from the series.
- Her first name, Mei, is written with the same character for "to cry","to sing", and "to scream".
- Also, Mei is the name of a Japanese ornamental tree with fragrant white or pink blossoms and small yellow fruits.
- Her home address is 4-4 Misakicho Yomiyama City.
- Her name, Misaki, is the same as Misaki. But the "Misaki" in "Mei Misaki" is a surname, and the "Misaki" in "Misaki Fujioka" is a forename.
- Her birth name was "Mei Fujioka" before being adopted by Yukiyo.
- The reason that she is the one who was given to Yukiyo is because of her name. If Misaki Fujioka was given to the Misaki Family her name would be "Misaki Misaki".
- Mei is the shortest person of class 3-3.
- Mei and Misaki started to see each other in the fifth years of elementary school, when Mei finds out she's actually Mitsuyo's daughter.
- She is talented at drawing.
- Mei bears a heavy resemblance to Rikka Takanashi from Chuunibyo Demo Koi ga Shitai!.
- Kouichi and Mei both bear a heavy resemblance to the main characters from Chunibyo Demo Koi ga Shitai!
- Mei resembles Suiseiseki in Rozen Maiden with her eyes.