I think the movie looks alright so far. It won't need a hell of a lot of obvious special effects, grand set-pieces or anything like that...so it won't look as awkward as some adaptations in the past (I'm looking at you Higurashi no naku koro ni).
The actors look okay. At least they at least look a little like Japanese middle-schoolers and I hope it won't feature the typical "I'm a member of boy-/girl-band XYZ but I fit right in with my perfect features and oh-no-never corrected, pearly-white teeth, don't I?!". I think this is actually more of a "the author wants to do this" thing.
And I'm really looking forward to hearing who's gonna perform the theme-song (that is so obviously going to be there). I was quite suprised to learn that it was actually Ayatsuji's wish for Ali Project to perform the OP of the anime because he's apparently good friends with them. He even was a special guest at their last concert. :heh:
Originally Posted by sa547
Personally, apart from the author's immediate interest in making a spinoff book, and the announcement of an OVA, I'm quite surprised by the speed at which the novel is being adapted to other media, especially a live-action adaptation like this.
Well the OVA announcement has been around a while - even before the anime started - and Ayatsuji Yukito has a tendency to write spin-offs and follow-ups to his novels. The Yakata-series has 9 entries, Sasayaki has 3, Satsujinhouteishiki has 2, Satsujinki has 2, Midorooka has 2 and that basically only leaves 5 novels outside of a continuity now that Another is getting a new entry.
And I wouldn't call it exactly quick at being adapted. Another was released in October '09 and it did very well on the book market. But apart from that Ayatsuji is
a very famous mystery author. He has worked on a TV mini-series with 6 entries each having 2 episodes, he's worked on some videogames in the 90's, he was chosen to write an episode for the PSP game TrickXLogic...so he's not really a stranger to other media.
Apparently (according to some books on him) he has been approached for adaptations of his more famous novels, like the Yakata-series, but many people and he himself regard it as very much impossible to visualize. Not because of his settings or any risque topics, more because his most often used trick is the description-trick.
A description trick is using the advantages of the medium at hand and misleading the audience. In his case there are often two characters being actually one, a character impersonating another in selective scenes, characters being of different gender or body-type than you would first assume or scenes being altogether part of a characters imagination. While this works well on paper even when giving ample clues for the reader to work with it can become almost impossible to put on screen.