Horror is very rare in anime, so I pay attention when it turns up. Another is an excellently executed anime about a boy starting school in the town of his youth, discovering that there is some sort of curse on his class. Yep, J-Horror is always in small towns!
Itou Noizi is not the person you’d expect to do the character designs in a horror anime but some pretty nasty things happen to those cute-looking big-eyed characters. The settings are excellent: rust, peeling paint and dilapidation is always close by, and the anime does well to make even a passing truck ominous.
The ambiguity and slow revelation dripped into the series is expertly done – for example Mei’s awesome self-introduction. I did find that the dream sequences and frequent shots of dolls were a bit of a cheap way to get shocks and horror. The final revelations were interesting, but seemed to be based on a bit too much withheld information.
In any case, it’s a good series in a rare genre.