English: Dusk Maiden of Amnesia
Apr 9, 2012 to Jun 25, 2012
23 min. per ep.
R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
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SynopsisSixty years ago, a young woman was left to die in the abandoned school building behind the exclusive Seikyou Academy. No one knows why. No one knows how. But the horrifying tale and the legends of the ghostly haunting that followed live on to this day. Perhaps it's not so surprising then, that among Seikyou's many school clubs is one for students interested in "paranormal investigations." What might raise more than a few hairs, however, is that the founder of the club is the ghost herself. Unable to remember how she died and trapped in the grey land between life and death, Yuuko latches onto Teiichi Niiya, a freshman who can inexplicably see her, and together they and the other unsuspecting members of the club begin to unravel the many dark mysteries that surround Seikyou. Will unlocking the secret of Yuuko's gruesome death finally free her? Or will her sudden close association with a mortal have even stranger repercussions on both of their existences?
(Source: Sentai Filmworks)
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Characters & Voice Actors
Opening Theme"CHOIR JAIL (クワイア ジェイル)" by Konomi Suzuki
Ending Theme#1: "CHOIR JAIL (クワイア ジェイル)" by Konomi Suzuki (eps 1, 12)
#2: "Calendrier (カランドリエ)" by Aki Okui (eps 2-10)
#3: "Calendrier -Yuuko- (カランドリエ ―夕子―)" by Yumi Hara (ep 11)
Dusk Maiden of Amnesia. Even that title alone may convince some viewers to watch this series. But what you may least expect would be a ghost troll (a hot ghost troll if I may add) hanging out with the main protagonist on a daily basis doing cute little things here and there.
The story covers the Paranormal Investigation Club, a club that deals with the supernatural. From there, we have the other members starting with Teiichi Niiya, probably the only normal member of the group. He maintains an unusual relationship with our ghost troll Yuuko in which despite her flirtatious and mischievous attempts at him, he still values her as a friend and not forget her. Then, there's Momoe Okonogi, the most enthusiastic member of the group. Her enthusiasm of the the club is probably over the limits in Niiya's point of view as far as she shows the most interest in finding out what happened 50 years ago involving our lovely ghost troll, Yuuko. Of course, she still hangs out around the club while creating many mischievous interactions between herself and Niiya. Next, we have the Kirie Kanoe, the not so enthusiastic member. At first glance, she seems normal but when you get to know her more, you'll find that she's a very insecure person. Why? Well, for nearly every 5 minutes, she goes on about the dangers of Yuuko and warns Niiya to be on his guard. She can be seen as the antithesis of Yuuko for even though her outside (appearance) may resemble her somewhat, her inner self is worlds apart.
Then, finally our lovely ghost troll Yuuko, who can forget about her? After all, she is the star of the series and the "dusk maiden" of amnesia. Her flirtatious attitude with our main protagonist is guilty pleasure and some of the guys watching this might be biting their fingernails about how lucky he is. (I know I am at least sometimes) However, it does seems that despite playful self, she harbors a dark past she tries to keep herself a secret from anyone. She tries hard to forget about her past and make it into an amnesia but there's one thing you cannot forget: you can't run away from your problems like an amnesia.
And of course, even for stories like this, there would be fan-service, pool parties, and those cute "love-love" scenes. Then there is always those "horror" scenes mixed in with light comedy and even psychological twists later on. However so far, this series is not another Another (no pun intended). I mean seriously, let's ask ourselves: who actually got scared out of their pants in the first episode?
Despite this though, there is definitely an eerie atmosphere behind the curtains and lies beyond the horizon of the dusk. We also later learns the truth behind Yuuko's death and the hatred she developed that manifested as the her ying and yang. Hate is definitely a strong word this time around as her darker self becomes one of the driven antithesis of Yuuko's cheerful self. As she deals with her past with her new profound friend Niiya, they must cope with the horrors that may lie in the future.
Beyond that, I find the art of the series to be gorgeous as well as the various well captured angles of "dusk" in this anime and the night moon skies. Kudos to Silver Link I say, you sure know how to set a high bar for this season. As for the sound, it's not something you'll listen to while studying for your university entrance exam but it's also something catchy that fits the overall story. And take notice the OP and ED song that our beloved ghost troll Yuuko-san seems to be imitating. She would go pretty far in American Idol I'd say.
Overall, I find Dusk Maiden of Amnesia to be entertaining and makes Sundays a wonderful relaxing day to finish off the weekend. Its balanced light comedy and seriousness is something that most of us will notice and while it doesn't reach the necessity horror levels of some other series you may have seen in the past, it does makes it up with its entertainment and value. Its darker tone of the story later on will keep some of you viewers glued to your seat.
This is an unique anime at that and one such series this Spring Season that I'm sure most of us will not forget like an amnesia. (at least I hope)
Mixing very different themes together can sometimes produce surprising results, but there's a big risk involved with this approach to storytelling and original concepts that are formed using this process often fall at the first hurdle. There are always exceptions to this guideline, but in anime these are usually adaptations of some other media that are often the result of hopeful popularity forecasts and a severe lack of common sense.
Thankfully, Tasogare Otome x Amnesia (Dusk Maiden of Amnesia), manages to steer its way through the conversion rapids - but not without taking some damage along the way.
Based on the manga by Maybe, the story revolves around the unusual relationship between Niiya Teiichi - a middle school student at Seikyou Private Academy and a senior member of the Paranormal Investigation Club - and the club president Kanoe Yuuko - the spirit of a female student who died in the abandoned school building 60 years before. The story begins with a rather humourous series of events that are initially shown from the perspective of Okonogi Momoe - a girl who is blissfully unaware of Yuuko's presence - and the beauty of the scene is that it not only forms a surprisingly good introduction to the main characters, but that the impact of this is reinforced when the events are replayed to expose the joke.
Unfortunately things don't really proceed so well for the rest of the series as, although there is an actual story behind everything, the plot is broken up into a series of short arcs that only last one or two episodes. It's an approach that can be surprisingly flexible when used correctly, and given the importance of the ubiquitous "seven mysteries of [insert name here] school" it's understandable why this method was used. Sadly the move from manga to anime has been far too rushed, and the compression of information causes too great a shift in pace between each arc. In addition to this there are several major plot points that are noticeably absent in the anime - mainly because the shadow of early adaptation reared its ugly head again. Dusk Maiden is yet another show that has suffered the ignominy of being animated before the manga was complete, and this causes a few contextual problems that the writers have tried to gloss over - with varying degrees of success.
As with most adaptations the character designs are taken directly from the source material, and as with the majority of school-based romantic comedies there isn't really anything special in this department. That said, Dusk Maiden is stylistically and aesthetically pleasing to the eye - mainly because director Oonuma Shin has applied a number of the visual tricks and techniques that he used in the "ef" series. Unfortunately the character animation isn't as crisp as it could be and some of the movements are a little odd, but aside from that (and several moments of shoddy line work along with the repeated use of low angles and sunsets - which can become a little tiresome after a while), SILVER LINK have produced a good-looking show. The design mentality works particularly well in a number of scenes, serving as a pleasing visual reference to reinforce the show's genre foundations of horror and romantic comedy.
Dusk Maiden does contain some fanservice (it's a school-based romantic comedy with harem elements after all), but the approach is far less aggressive than that of a number of anime out there. These moments are often caused by Yuuko's carpicious nature and the amusement she derives from making Teiichi uncomfortable - which is a nice change from the usual protagonist falling face-first onto a random girl (or her falling on him).
One interesting aspect of the series that does bear mentioning is the overt symbolism related to Noh and Kabuki theater - Momijigari. The meaning of the repetitive red and yellow maple leaves is something that can be easily passed of as a way to make the scene look good, but it's actually a subtle reference to stories about a beautiful maiden/princess who was actually a demon in disguise, and who is ultimately killed by the man she is attempting to seduce. It's a surprisingly telling visual device that, once understood, gives the plot some extra weight and sets a performing precedent that the voice actors and scriptwriters can build on.
Dusk Maiden opens with Suzuki Konomi's "Choir Jail" - accompanied by a straightforward visual medley to introduce the main characters mixed with the maple leaf metaphor. The closing theme is somewhat noteworthy - showing Yuuko sitting against a window in what is presumably the abandoned school building, singing "Karandorie" by Okui Aki while the sun sets. Both sequences feature some decent audio/visual choreography, and this is largely true for the majority of the series. The score contains a variety of tracks that add some nice background to scenes and jokes, and there's some surprisingly good effects work on display - although this is offset by a degree of untidiness, and the usual comedy-centric noises can sometimes feel out-of-place.
Given that the series crosses two very specific genres there's always the danger of the script going from one extreme to another - especially with an adaptation of an unfinished work - and while this does happen on some occasions the writers have maintained a pretty good balance between the disparate elements for the majority of the story. The Japanese dub fares particularly well because of this, but the translation into English could have been approached in a more intuitive manner as it is a bit too ... literal. Tsubasa Yonaga handles the role of the befuddled and slightly put-upon Teiichi very well, and Hara Yumi delivers a good performance as the precocious amnesiac ghost Yuuko. Kitamura Eri (Kanoe Kirie), and Fukuen Misato (Okonogi Momoe), also work rather well in their supporting roles, and while the all of the voice actors have moments that don't quite fit, their collective efforts are pretty decent.
On the other hand the English dub is rife with issues that could easily have been resolved during the translation and ADR processes - which is probably why Clint Bickham seems to struggle with the role of Teiichi and Emily Neves (Yuuko), seems unable to pronounce her love interest's name correctly. Jessica Boone offers some solace as Kirie, but it's the talented and highly experienced Britney Karbowski who suffers the most as Momoe. The lacklustre scripting issues are underlined by the adherence to literal translation, so the entire English dub is littered with out-of-place terms and the rage-inducing 'kun', 'san', etc - all of which have a big effect on the viewer's perception of the characters.
At first Teiichi appears to be little more than the common-or-garden lead male in a romantic comedy (with some harem elements), but he does have some good points as, unlike other stories of this type, he is determined to stay with Yuuko. In this respect he has more in common with the likes of Morisato Keiichi from "Ah! Megami-sama" than the usual harem leads of the last decade. As for the ghost herself, Yuuko is very clearly an extremely lonely character who, upon finding that someone can see and touch her, displays her affection in much the same way an abandoned puppy would to someone who fed and cared for it. The development of the relationship between these two is one of the central pillars of the storyline, and it's interesting to see the progression of their relationship clash with Teiichi's desire to know how Yuuko died and her desire to run away from anything that hurts or upsets her.
It's unfortunate that time restraints and the need to leave a major chunk of the plot out of the ending (because it hadn't been written), meant that Kirie's growing friendship with Teiichi and her relationship with Yuuko are never fully realised - especially as the latter adds a competely different tone to the ending of the series. The sad part is that anyone who has read the manga will understand just how much has been left out, and the meaning behind the sinister shadow becomes much more horrifying than the anime depicts.
Dusk Maiden of Amnesia is predominantly a story of what could have been. The decision for early adaptation, combined with the limitations of a twelve episode series, has forced a number of edits and alterations that are noticeable - but only if the viewer has read the manga. While it lacks the punch of the source material - particularly at the end - the series offers some interesting concepts, a few laughs, and a rather sweet relationship between a boy and a ghost. The stylish visuals work surprisingly well with the storyline, and although the series plays fast and loose with some of its elements, several themes are dealt with in an astute manner. Aside from the issues with the English dub the narrative holds together quite well - which is an achievement for an adaptation of an unfinished story that has been crammed into a short series while trying to cover the holes in the plot. read more
Ever so rarely do I get drawn to this type of story (anime/manga or otherwise). My encounter with Tasogare Otome x Amnesia was the result of pointless web searches on a sleepless melancholic night. The encounter began and ended on that same long night. And I enjoyed it thoroughly.
This is a very biased review - from the viewpoint of someone who enjoyed the show so much, they are more or less blind to its flaws; be it pointless fanservice/ecchi moments or major plot flaws. Every story and every piece of artwork has a number of those; and no piece of art is ever judged by that number. Imagine Van Gogh's "The Starry Night" and tune out, for a moment, the words of those high heeled "enlightened intellectual" wanna-be critics. Subjectively (and quietly, lest the savvy critics hear them), anyone might have a few or more objections to the painting - strokes and colors they preferred having been brushed differently. But if The Starry Night gives you that mysterious sense of glorious tranquility, it becomes a reference image for that sensual experience and you accept it as a whole, with (and not in spite of) its "subjective" flaws. Well, in that case your opinion is backed by the voices of the fine arts-educated critics and you might be pleased by their affirmations. Such was the experience of Tasogare Otome x Amnesia for me. The comparison certainly sounds absurd - since it is conventional wisdom that The Starry Night is much closer to the ideal form of art as a painting, as Tasogare Otome x Amnesia would ever be to the ideal animated picture. But I'm only interested in my subjective viewpoint - I enjoyed it so much (perhaps because of the particular setting - melancholy and all) that I do not recollect any of its flaws (as much as I'm certain there are quite a few) and have a distinctively positive take which I'm going to defend. So, this is a biased review.
The love story is not original - it hasn't been for a very long time. Every version of the story has been told over the eons by master story tellers in every setting one can imagine. Not to state that there can't be anything original about a love story - the originality lies in the setting and the extent to which it explores the elusive concept of love. For a great love story, it's how it is told that sets it apart. One can easily point to quite a few great examples in the literature. Not so in the motion picture universe - especially anime. While there are a few examples of good love stories in anime, so often they are burdened by dragged out stories, confusing relationships and superficial takes on deep concept duos such as love and longing, desire and fulfillment loss and mourning, jealousy and rage. That's regrettable given the war-chest of design, character and concept anime has to tell good stories.
Tasogare Otome x Amnesia excels ever so greatly in the story department. The sotryline is purposely and masterfully designed to be light and without pretense. While the underlying events and the overall settings are indeed grave and sometimes very depressing, the story never loses sight of what it's supposed to tell and pulls all the elements at its disposal, positive or negative, masterfully in the progress of a relateable and heartwarming story. The two grand schemes of the story, that of denial of suffering and negative emotions and that of "love", are interweaved so naturally and effortlessly, that there is no need for long pretentious monologues/dialogues about the meaning/nature of those - and there are none. There are no grand transformations, no heroic rescues or selfless sacrifices. There are only simple sensible emotions and very relateable characters playing out in a surreal situation mixed with humorous and dark moments in a simple line of story that is adamant on being the most believable ghost story.
There are more than a few points and twists in the plot that are the common culprits for abusive over-exaggeration and pointless lingering in other shows/stories. Tasogare Otome x Amnesia however, simply uses them as anchors for the progression of the story, no more or less than they ought to be used.
In the end, this is one of the better told love stories; one of the best told ghost stories, and certainly among the very few exceptional stories that anime has ever told.
Art and Characters 10/10:
The show does a fantastic job of utilizing the ambient and character design in service of the story line. Here there are no outrageous figure designs (with anime standards) and no over-use of colors and scenery to create forced appeal and suspense. The obsessively ordinary design resonates with the uniquely simple story. The design spares no effort to make the characters and settings likable and immersive; and it does an outstanding job at that.
I have no significant objection to the use of sound effects and insert music throughout the show - the sound blends in with the story and scenery to create a wholesome experience. I should however note that in a few occasions the background music could have been chosen more carefully.
It was hard to watch the curtains fall; This is a magnificent anime worth re-watching.
Tasogare Otome x Amnesia (Dusk Maiden of Amnesia)
The first episode was very interesting, it explained the context of the anime visually really well. The overall idea of mystery was not amazing; but the execution of the explanation was. I just wish they involved more side characters like they did in the manga, but I'm guessing budget and reception affected the anime in that aspect.
Nevertheless its an amazing anime for RomCom lovers with a side for the Thrill seekers.
8/10 Great Watch!!
Note: Only Watch the end of episode 12 if you really want a positively emotional ending. That said i recommend reading the manga before you watch the ending of ep 12 and ep 13 read more
Both of these Anime are dark Gothic revolving around the unusual romance a guy has with... a girl out of horror who just wants to be... normal... and not a monster.
Both series are about an offbeat high school boy and his supernatural girlfriend, with plot elements including attempts to better understand her unusual situation and dark past, their developing relationship, and her desire to be a normal girl. Sankarea is overall lighter in tone compared to Tasogare Otome, but they both have serious and dramatic moments in spades.
Both anime are somewhat similar because the female MC's are not normal human being, the girl in sankarea is a zombie while in tasogare the girl is a ghost. Both anime are good and has a similar feeling when you watch it.
Both have quite similar plot especially the unusual romance between a human and the dead.
unusual couples = unusual romance
+Both have Horror, Romance, School, Shounen, Supernatural Genre.
+Both have a strange girl beside main male character.
+Both feel same while watching them.
+Both main main girl character have dark past .
Both deal with issues of death--although this show has a ghost and Sankarea has a zombie, the relationships they have with their respective main characters is pretty similar as well.
~ Gothic theme
~ Main girls characters are shy and just want to be accepted by others.
~ Main guy protects Main girl
~ Main guy tries to solve her *mystery*
~ Similar art style
~ Similar feeling overall regarding their relationship
~ Horror and romance genres combined with comedy
Both deal with romance between a human boy and a non human girl. Both have ecchi in them and you will likely find the story in each to be darker than what you might expect.
Both series features the theme of the supernatural and undead as the main female protagonist bonds with the male protagonist after certain events.
Both series contains a story that is mixed with drama, comedy, some ecchi, emotions, and romance.
Both series has a similar feeling.
Both Anime is about love after death, one is zombie and other one is ghost is kinda the same.....
Pretty much the same "weird" romance, both have also some mystery to unfold and the characters are quite funny!
Supernatural love interests the anime. With one being a zombie and the other being a ghost. Both have a above average main character, encountering a interesting girl.
Both anime have an unusual coupling. In Tasogare Otome x Amnesia, its boy-ghost, while in Sankarea, the love interest is boy-zombie. They were both also released and ended around the same time. However, the animation styles are a little different but the main girl characters look similar.
The story lines are both similar as well as the main girl character looks like each other.
Both main heroines are of supernatural origin that want to enjoy the happiness of a normal life while the main male protagonists search for answers to their conditions.
Both contain Romance between the living and the living dead. As well as helping each other out and looking out for each other in their day to day lives.
• Both of these anime are dark.
• Both of these anime are revolving around a guy.
+ Romance stories about high school students, and the brought-back-to-life female lead
+ Similar mixes of comedy, drama, and a little horror
- The girl in Amnesia is a ghost who can only be seen by a few people while in Sankarea the girl is a zombie
- Amnesia has much more of a school setting and a much bleaker atmosphere while Sankarea takes place in more places and has more fanservice
Both anime are about a main character falling in love with a girl that is deceased/undead/dead/whatever you may call it.
I first watch Sankarea and loved it till the last moment, later I found Tasogare Otome x Amnesia and went into it thinking it would be almost as good as Sankarea. It did not disappoint me with how it turned out.
Personal score: Sankarea 10/10 Tasogare Otome x Amnesia 9/10
Sankarea and Tasogare Otome x Amnesia involve a girl that has died.
The comedy is funny and will make you laugh through episodes.
Very different romance anime.
Sankarea is a very unique anime that you will probably wont see anything close it to.
Tasogare Otome x Amnesia is also unique in its own way.
Its kind of a love story about some regular guy and supernatural long black haired bishoujo with a nice art and good storyline
Both shows revolve around a romance where one character is no longer of the living. Dusk Maiden of Amnesia (Tasogare Otome x Amnesia) follows a boy who falls in love with a ghost while Sankarea is about a boy who's love interest becomes a zombie. Tasogare Otome has the darker atmosphere of the two shows, while Sankarea has a much brighter look. Tasogare Otome has more of the ghost story feel where Sankarea is more a love story.
Dark theme.Both main characters aren't normal girl.Ghost and Zombie.
Both shows involve a male high school main character and his interactions with a dead girl. Supernatural elements are present in both.
Gothic ghost mysteries of some form. A girl is invisible to all except one for a particular reason. There is also a lack of trust at times, which results in negative things happening.
Both series have a high school boy protagonist joined by an unusual female student who goes overlooked or is ignored by others (Another because of curse-related superstitions, Tasogare Otome because she's a ghost), and deal with the frightening and dangerous results of curses and superstitions relating to their school. Overall they both have a similar dark ambiance and ocassional disturbing moments, resulting in both series giving off a similar feeling.
Same Genre, you get a similar eerie feeling while watching. Both series also contain that same "mystery" that makes you curious and want to keep watching.. to find the answer in the end.
They both have a supernatural/horror element while involving a very peculiar girl who is in a way directly connected to the supernatural element. Besides that they both have some mysteries, both stories develop in a high school and they both have a dark atmosphere.
Revolves around the similar theme of someone who already has died but keeps their presence in the world of the living. Another has a more serious tone while Tasogare Otome x Amnesia has more comedy. Both series however involves mystery.
Both have:people who see dead, mysteries involving things that happened in the past,normal boy with a mysterious girl,terror school.
Both are Horror/Dramas where their is a mystery surronding the girl charcther and the guy finds out about her past in both when noone else knows.
They are both similar in the sense that in both shows someone has died but has comeback. They're both horror/supernatural/mystery with some romance ( well dusk maiden more). I honestly liked them both if I had to choose I prefer Dusk Maiden of Amnesia just because of the comedy added to it as well.
Both are dark school mysteries. Dusk Maiden of Amnesia focuses a bit more on romance and comedy. Whereas Another is more suspenseful. Of the two I prefer Dusk Maiden of Amnesia.
Both animes pass in the school year. In both the people of class thinks that a curse is being pursuing them. In both animes an air of mystery was breathing, but, in Tasogare, exists a lot of comedy and the ghost main character is real, isn't created by the teenagers, but the real story of Tasogare is very seriously, and we will discover it as they go chapters.
Ambos animes pasan durante la edad escolar. En los dos la gente de la clase piensa que una maldición se está llevando a cabo en ellos. En ambos animes un aire de misterio se respirando, pero, en Tasogare, existe mucha comedia y el personaje principal fantasma es real, no es creado por los adolescentes, pero la verdadera historia de Tasogare es muy seria, y la vamos a descubrir a medida que avanzan los capítulos.
There is a ghost of a girl that only one character can see, the male lead character. There are some things that the group needs to figure out revolving around the ghost, for good or for bad. What that is helps draw one into the series.
Both have girls who have died but later on return as a ghost.
Both series contain a normal protagonist but not in a so normal life with the acquaintance of a ghost girl who has passed away.
There is drama, comedy, tragedy, and romance present in both anime. The other characters are also acquainted with the main protagonist and in both series, the characters are made aware the existence of the ghost girl.
Both series contain the interactions between a human and ghost that brings out a strange atmosphere in which we can draw parallels between the boundaries of realism and fiction.
Both are Romance between Ghost & Human, the MC in both show are trying solve the mystery and grant the girl's wish, again both are amazing romance.....different ending though.......
Both main heroine died and appear as a ghost.
Same concept on boy can only see a female ghost. Tasogare is very much based on the relationship with the main character and has a more comical yet darker side while anohana explores effect of death on ones life and how the ghost can effect everyone she's left behind. Both are a romance with a very likable ghost and are very enjoyable.
Both have a female ghost who doesn't know why she's still in the living world.Both are very dramatic but tasogare otome x amnesia is more of a horror anime where Ano Hana is more a slice of life anime.
Both have an engaging story
Both will make you fall in love with the characters
Both you make you tear up
Your emotions will be played with, but that's why they are both so freaking awesome!
- Both female protagonist is a ghost who she still wonder around the male protagonist.
- Both are very enjoyable series.
- Both have drama scenes through the series.
- TOXA is a bit more mystery and contains more fan-service scene.
- Ano hana focus on childhood relationship but TOXA focus on couples relationship.
Both involves girls who was murdered and was unable to rest in peace.
Both involves boy who always gets pestered by the ghost of the dead girl.
One has an extra horror genre, while the other one has an extra comedy genre.
Both shows are about solving the murder of an energetic ghost girl.
Both are romances involving ghosts. The ghost in both were killed by someone. Both ghosts are bound to the place where they died and cannot leave that place but with Nanana she can only be in the room she died where Yuuko cannot leave the school
Both have the same situation where girl gets killed and can't rest in peace, except one was more of a horror romance theme, while the other is a romance comedy, with some mystery in it.
Both have a ghost girl
Both girls have a mystery surrounding them
They both are comedic
Romance between ghost and leading male character in both animes
Without giving too much info and spoiling, both female protagonists are somewhat going through similar circumstances. What is quite interesting is they have the same first name... Yuuko Kanoe and Yuuko Amamiya (ef - A tale of melodies), and similar features (hair/color, body)
NOTE: However this recommendation is a SEQUEL so it is suggested to watch the prequel first (ef - A tale of Memories) and understand the story.
Tasogare is pretty much a rip-off of ef melodies. If you enjoyed the concept in Tasogare but found the ending to be rather 'cheesy', then you may find ef melodies to be your cup of tea.
Tasogare Otome x Amnesia is the biggest rip-off I've seen any anime pull off, quite successfully as well.
The director for both franchise is the same, and he didn't change a single thing about the two besides removing one arc from Ef a tale of melodies, and changing the characters' functions in the plot around a bit.
Romance in Tasogare is weakly structured due to its lack of originality in trying to mimick Ef a tale of melodies' route too much, especially the ending. Tasogare aired after the Ef series so it's obvious who copied who. A show solely for comedic purposes is tasogare; and for any actually heart-striking plot Ef a tale of melodies is the better of the two. Generally speaking, the Ef series achieves better than most romance tales, and I highly recommend it over rip-off series like Tasogare.
Also, the background in both anime is highly comparable in its visuals and purposes.
- Both are touching romance stories that can make you cry
- Both envolve the supernatural
- Both anime have very similar beautiful art
- Both heroines envolved in a similar story and in both anime the main character is trying to help the heroine and ends up falling in love with her
- Both heroines are long black-haired girls named Yuuko, and they both often stand on a school rooftop flying paper planes
It will be spoilerish to say why, but ef has a similar romantic concept.
However, while Tasogare Otome X Amnesia takes on a lighthearted tone quite often, ef- a tale of melodies is way more serious and psychological.
PS; Watching ef- a tale of memodies will help you enjoy ef- a tale of melories more.
Both series deal with a supernaturally perceptive protagonist and the supernaturally afflicted arrogant girl who becomes his girlfriend, as well as various unusual supernatural cases he becomes involved in. Tasogare Otome's aesthetics and directorial style are very obviously influenced by Bakemonogatari as well.
The main character encounters a strange, otherworldly girl covered in mystery, since then he gets involved in strange situations because of the girl. Both animes center on the relationship between the two of them and on the supernatural events that occur. The female main characters are also very alike, physically and personality-wise,both are tall, long-haired and attractive females. They also have a quick temper and get jelous easily. Both male characters are easy-going guys that get dragged in supernatural events without their will.
If you enjoyed Bakemonogatari, you might enjoy Tasogare Otome x Amnesia as well.
-Similar story where a guy helps a girl/ghost/monster
-The way the story is told by quick frames
-Similar graphics (exaggerated colors, abstract images)
What is great about both anime is that they enjoy the reader by fully using the potential of the artwork. The unique portraying of the story is where both anime stand out for me (together with the dialogue in Bakemonogatari). You can watch these anime solely for the sake of enjoying how the producers have managed to convert their story and their ideas into anime.
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