But forget about Sakakibara for a second. We're soon introduced to our main secondary character, Mei Misaki, a cryptic eye-patch-wearing girl who cuts class to sketch on the school's roof. She's small, lonerish, and creepy—my three favorite traits. A distrustful, media-conditioned part of me pessimistically assumed she'd be a one-dimensional goth-girl love interest for our protagonist, but the anime steers clear of romance, letting Misaki's soft, almost monotonous voice speak for itself. And she certainly doesn't mince words: When Sakakibara is bothering everyone with his questions, she listlessly asks, "Your classmates haven't told you?," before walking up to him, looking him straight in the eye, and announcing, "They associate your name with death."