Genre: Horror, Mystery
In 1972, a very popular honor student named Misaki died partway through the school year in Yomiyama North Middle School’s class 3-3. The rest of the students, devastated by the unexpected loss, decided to carry on as if their classmate were still alive, going so far as to keep the desk in place and bringing it to the graduation ceremony. Yet no one could explain why their classmate, already dead and buried, was present on the graduation photo.Then, in the spring of 1998, a boy named Kouichi Sakakibaratransfers to the class, and begins to grow suspicious of the fearful atmosphere permeating the class. In particular, he becomes fascinated with a mysterious, aloof girl with an eye patch who always sits alone, drawing pictures. A girl the rest of the class refuses to acknowledge. A girl named Misaki.
- Kōichi Sakakibara: A 15-year-old boy who transferred to Yomiyama North Middle’s Class 3-3 from Tokyo in 1998, but was hospitalized due to pneumothorax before the school year began. Kōichi stays with his grandparents and aunt Reiko, while his father conducts research in India. He befriends Mei Misaki despite warnings against doing so, and works with his classmates to uncover the truth behind the curse of Class 3-3.
- Mei Misaki: An unusual girl who wears a white eyepatch over her left eye, Kōichi first meets her on the elevator of Yūmigaoka Hospital, as she delivers a doll to her deceased “cousin” (whom is later revealed to be her twin sister ). At school, she is completely ignored by her classmates and sits at an old, scratched desk at the back of the classroom. When Koichi goes out of his way to try to interact with her, she warns him not to, but relents and gradually opens up to him about her situation after Koichi is also ignored by the class. She reveals to Koichi that her left eye is a doll’s eye, and that she has a special ability, noting later in the story that she is able to see the “color of death”, that is, identify people who are dead and those close to death.