English: Dusk Maiden of Amnesia
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 9, 2012 to Jun 25, 2012
Producers: Square Enix, Media Factory, Silver Link, Sentai FilmworksL, Tasogare Otome×Amnesia Production Partners
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)L represents licensing company
Score: 7.941 (scored by 58206 users)
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Jun 29, 2014
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
May 7, 2012
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)
May 12, 2014
There is one tiny flaw in the story: it's slightly hard to follow. If you don't really pay attention to what the characters tell you, it can be easy to fall behind and get confused. Nonetheless, if you can follow the explanations, the story will be awesome. Story wise, it's really as the synopsis says: the school ghost Yuuko can't remember her past whatsoever, and the main protagonist along with some others form a club to help her discover it. Now, the synopsis makes the story sound extremely spooky and the anime is classified as horror, but it really isn't, so if you're not a fan of horror stories, do not worry. It's more of a thriller and mystery; the horror elements are almost nothing. In fact, there's a lot of comedic moments since it is a romance.
But I think the way in which they tell the story is flawless. The beginning episodes may seem a bit filler since they're individualistic and don't seem to contribute plot movement at first, but they're important to the story as a whole, which is what I was saying before about following the story closely. The pace at which they reveal details is perfect as they don't try to flood you with too many revelations, but leave just enough cliffhangers to make you watch the next episode. And like a true mystery story, they don't completely leave the viewer in the blind; you too will be able to decipher the mystery with some thinking. This may cause some people to think it a predictable anime, and while the ending was sort of expected, I would not say it was predictable.
Normally art style isn't a huge aspect in a lot of anime, but since this is technically a horror (it really isn't scary I promise), the visuals are semi-important, and I think the artists did a wonderful job portraying the thriller elements. The art sort of reminded me of the Bakemonogatari series, and for those who have seen that, the art was extremely important in making it fantastic, just like in this series.
Fitting music for a mystery anime. The opening and ending themes were alright; they weren't amazing but the sound effects and spooky motifs were perfect.
I think this is where other people would have the most disagreements with me. There's a lot of criticism for the male protagonist since he's sort of cliche, and while that is true, I think his slightly cliche personality was important to developing Yuuko, the truly interesting character of this series. Because she's a ghost with amnesia on a journey to discover her past, her personality naturally changes as she recovers memories, and this extremely unpredictable and dynamic character makes the series fun to watch because you really never know what she'll do next, and the predictability of the male protagonist molds well with hers. If both characters were too dynamic, it would make the story too chaotic since it is a mystery by nature and the viewer already has to keep track of the plot and all its details.
I normally don't watch horror/thriller/mystery whatever you want to call it, but I was definitely not disappointed. If you're hesitating because you don't like horror (I personally get scared pretty easily), don't let that stop you because the horror aspects are minimal and only add to the excitement of the mystery. It's a story with funny moments and emotional moments, and enough plot twists to keep you watching. There were honestly no flaws that were significant enough to decrease the quality of this anime, and I think this show appeals to a broad range of fans: those who love romance, mystery, or just a good story with highly developed characters will find this show enjoyable. So please give it a watch!
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Feb 27, 2015
The artwork and animation was beautiful. They used the artwork brilliantly to differentiate between the “main characters” and the “other people” at a level even superior to Durarara!! The “ghosts” were also drawn very well, as a mass of dark formless matter which took different forms at different situations. The use of darkness and colour heightened the atmosphere and it was almost like I was living in the anime which definitely is a proof of how good it is.. The music was very good too. The OP and ED both were catchy and the in anime OSTs were almost perfect. The voice acting also didnt leave much to be desired. The various emotions of differently people were splendidly portrayed.
The anime is pretty coherent. It is based on the life of a dead girl and goes back and forth in time, in her memories, to arrive at a solution to what they were searching for. The timing of the “old memories” episode was perfect too. Many a time I have been irritated by the “old memory” episode, I found it out of place but not in this one. And of course I enjoyed the anime. A lot. Its been a while since I enjoyed a romance anime this much..
Which brings me to the plot. The plot was refreshing. It had a bit of mystery and horror. But the way they handled the “ghost” and the “disorder” was amazing. The ending was almost perfect till they messed it up a bit going in the path to appease the commonwealth. It was a touching story and showed how bad “fanaticism” can be. It subtly also showed that this fanaticism never yields good results even though it itself is a supernatural anime. The romance factor is handled well too, the way I like it, with a nice development and fulfillment at the very end. I call these type of anime “soft romance” and trust me if its done well, it can put many proper romantic anime to shame. This one almost achieves that.
It is a very good watch. I sure most if not all will find something to connect to read more
Aug 8, 2013
the "base" story is not original, it is a heavily used idea that most people manage to mess up. however this is not a story line that does that, the overall story is very well made and it changes the idea of the the ghost human romance idea. it will keep you watching with anticipation as the story gets more and more interesting and "intimate".
the art work for this fits perfectly with what it was trying to achieve in the show. it has the feeling of both a serious anime and something that you could laugh at as if it were just a comedy.
the sound fits great. the voices are perfect for the characters and the sound effects and music helped add the the comedy scenes as well as the suspense.
the characters are great it is what really shines in this anime. because of the way they were made you find yourself getting emotional attached to the characters. they also help to make the plot line as great as it is.
they is an anime that i liked so much and got into so much that i have watched this over 6 times now and i still think it is great.
this is definitely something that i would recommend to someone to watch whether they like romance, comedy, mystery, or drama. read more
May 12, 2014
The story is about Yuuko, a girl who died 60 years ago but whose ghost still haunts the hallways of Seikyou Academy. The only uncommon thing about this ghost is that it's not an ugly faceless bleeding monster, but a sexy and funny girl who takes mackery to a whole new level. Teiichi, Kirie and Momoe are the three members of the Paranormal Investigation Club who try to unravel the mystery of Yuuko. However, Teiichi is the only one capable of seeing Yuuko, which makes him, undoubtedly, fall in love with her. And so, the story goes on, with the 4 main characters trying to make Yuuko remember why she died and why she can't rest in peace.
Art & Sound: 10
Both art and sound are outstanding. The characters are well-drawn, with many distinctive features and so are the outside sceneries. The sound provides at the same time a friendly atmosphere and a totally freaking scary atmosphere when Dark Yuuko appears and supernatural occurs.
Yuuko, despite being a ghost, is one of those crafty, deceptive and attractive girls that makes any other female character envious of her beauty and sharpness. However, she shows a lot of emotions: from total carelessness to complete emotional attachement to Teiichi. She can be both a good and a bad ghost whenever she wants. Teiichi, on the other hand is one of those shy boys, always following the rules and trying not to upset anyone, but at the same time he can show a lot of courage, willing to die for the sake of others. This is a very interesting combination of characters. Due to the fact that Teiichi is the only guy who can see Yuuko, makes her fall in love with him and that goes for Teiichi, too. I mean, who could possibly resist such an attractive ghost?
Their relationship evolves so much during the series. They learn what love is and become more attached to each other. Even they belong to two different worlds, that doesn't seem to be a problem for them, showing us that love conquers everything.
I really really enjoyed watching this. While the beggining was funny with lots of jokes, the ending almost made me cry. I didn't even notice when the anime took this abrupt turn but I'm glad it did because I was able to experience a large variety of emotions watching only 12 episodes of the masterpiece.
Tasogare otome x amnesia is a good anime, but not one of the best. I still rated it 9 beacuse of the beautiful ending and great character development. I would gladly recommend it to everyone looking for a not-so-common ghost story with both happiness and sadness wrapped in a single package. read more
Oct 29, 2014
A few untied loose ends but not enough to hate the ending. Extreme sadness then overjoyed happiness flowed throughout the last few moments of the show, even a few tears swelled up in this 14 year old dork. Clint Bickham, Emily Neves, Brittney Karbowski and Jessica Boone did an outstanding job I highly recommend the English Dubbed version. The show overall was well worth my time, so what are you still doing here reading this review? read more
Jun 25, 2012
Story - 7
One can never expect a deep and compelling plot from shows focusing on romance, the show usually depends on character relationships to hold the anime together. However while Dusk Maiden suffers from the lack of a gripping plot, the simplicity of the narrative is one of its strongest points. The horror is intense enough to keep yourself checking behind you every few minutes in uneasiness, and mysterious enough to make you wonder "What exactly is behind all this?". The horror leads up to and settles down nicely in the conclusion. With the simplicity of the plot we are drawn into the world of Dusk Maiden, but not enough that it detracts from the true essence of the story: the characters.
Art - 9
Silver Link never fails to provide quirky yet majestically beautiful visuals. Every character is handled with care, the backgrounds are stunningly effective at setting the mood, and the directing is top notch. The only thing bringing the art down from a ten is how static the characters' movements are. Subtracting that from the equation Dusk Maiden provides the quintessence of horror visuals, with each scene perfectly encapsulating a different variety of fear; insanity, doubt, sacrifice, and above all, fear of the unknown. Of course the directing and art aren't limited to horror scenes. With Shaft-like directing we are treated to a kaleidoscope of different angles and settings that make the important scenes quite unique.
Sound - 7
Dusk Maidens soundtrack itself is mediocre, I'm writing this with no recollection of any memorable tracks besides the opening, ending, and insert song. However even if the score is sub-par the tracks still correctly set the tone and mood of the scenes where they are used. And although I enjoyed the opening, it's inclusion at the end of the final episode ruined the mood which doesn't sit well with me. The ending was adequately suited to the show, providing a melancholic feel. Shifting the actual ending sequence itself provides excellent foreshadowing which is well done. Onto the insert song. The inclusion of this song in the finale was THE most brilliant thing the director of this show chose to do. It absolutely PERFECTLY sets the mood of the last episode, and I was bawling my eyes out the entire time.
Characters - 8
Our dynamic duo Teiichi and Yuuko share a fresh and different relationship compared to all the rabble churned out every season. Skipping the countless episodes of "D-does he like me...? I don't know... Better postpone anything romantic until the penultimate episode..." Dusk Maiden skips right into the lovey-dovey action. Some people may be put off by this but trust me, it's one of the shows greatest selling points. By choosing this relationship the studio has provided us with actual romance in the story instead of angsty teens, and provides us with a powerful ending that will throw your emotions into a roller coaster of turmoil. Yuuko as a character, Teiichi as a character and the relationship between them warrants a 10, but unfortunately the side-characters bring the rating down. There will be Kirie and Okonogi fans pissed at me saying this but when you have such a strong established romance the only thing potential rivals do is annoy you.
Enjoyment - 9
The final and penultimate episodes are usually the strongest in the series, with Dusk Maiden being no exception. With the heartwarming romance, horror, and drama all converging throughout the story one would expect a finale that far exceeds the sum of its parts, and that is exactly what is delivered. The final episode caused a few tears to stream down my cheek, and the last anime that made me cry was Clannad After Story. The directing was done so well that during the episode I didn't know if I would be left a sniveling mess or the happiest camper since cavemen discovered fire.
Overall - 8
Viewing Dusk Maiden of Amnesia was a pleasure each week, and while various nuances detracted from the shows overall enjoyment, it didn't keep the show from starting strong and ending with a bang. Whether you're looking for chilling horror, loving romance, tearful drama, or any combination of the three, you will enjoy Dusk Maiden. And remember, a story can be good whether it has a happy ending or a bittersweet one. read more
Oct 16, 2013
In pure technicalities, Dusk Maiden is a pretty good-looking series. Productions which feature an element of horror or mystery can sometimes be guilty of straying too far to the “dark” side, but this show's color palette is all about contrast, with the high oranges and yellows of the titular dusk splendidly highlighting the deep purples, greens, and reds of the gloomy setting, as well as the pale features of key characters. The designs are pleasant, if leaning a little towards generic, the backgrounds are solidly detailed, and with the exception of a few off-model moments the art is of above-average quality. Some interesting choices in direction add heartily to the show, and they merit special mention. Many shots are angled to make rooms and hallways appear either smaller or larger than they are, adding an aura of claustrophobia or ominous openness to the setting. During moments of exposition, cuts to a brief black-and-white flashback or a series of still images illustrating a story are sometimes made—these are animation budget saving tactics, sure, but they're creatively used and mesh well with the folklore/legend motif that persists throughout much of the series, so I say “bravo.” The end result is that this show is almost never boring to look at. Quite the opposite; its visuals add greatly to the overall experience.
As impressive, though seldom as noticeable, is the musical score. It tends toward atmospheric noise, often relying on the eerie, echoic notes of a piano to gain the desired effect. Older, more traditional-sounding drums and chimes, slow and foreboding, sound right at home in the remnants of the decaying school building. Drama is sometimes accompanied by more complex orchestral compositions, but even these are usually integrated with a fair amount of subtlety. The most standout piece, a haunting vocal ballad, is used sparingly but effectively. The score can also be goofy, as the show can, but even the more lighthearted tracks usually have a thin coat of creepy applied to them, as if to present a playfully demented take on the school comedy soundtrack. That's a nice touch. Overall, the music does a lot while still feeling relatively minimal and unobtrusive, and I see no problem with that.
If there’s a recurring theme in Dusk Maiden, it’s the thought that unpleasant feelings cannot simply be shied away from; whether consciously or unconsciously, people will be affected by their fears and insecurities. This is most evident in the form of Yuuko, who is literally torn in two by denial. She’s able to maintain her jovial and lighthearted demeanor only because she has dissociated herself from her anger, jealousy, and the memories of her unjust death, which manifest themselves as a malevolent black entity termed Shadow Yuuko. Like the repressed doubts she represents, Shadow Yuuko always lingers in the background, waiting for a moment of weakness to exploit. Moreover, the series uses interesting internal logic to explain the appearances of ghosts. When the students look at a spirit, it takes a shape that is reminiscent of their own emotions. Those who are calm and have no preconceived notions about terrible things lurking about might see something benevolent, like Yuuko. But those who walk the dark halls of the school with anxieties eating away at them might see something altogether more sinister in her place. This is a theme of reasonable weight, and it’s both conveyed consistently throughout the duration of the show and interwoven with the show's audiovisuals to create an atmosphere that can be rather entrancing.
Yuuko as a character is an interesting concept; a decent amount of thought is given to what it would really be like to be a ghost, weird as that may sound. She is starved for human contact, and understandably so—most people can't see her, and those who can usually see her as something to run from, the Yuuko of urban legends. The series is good at conveying the feeling that most of what we're seeing isn't Yuuko as she was in life, but a Yuuko who is a product of her stale environment and the cruel way that her life ended—a teenaged girl trying a little too hard to be a teenaged girl, her carefree and bubbly nature concealing all kinds of resentment, anger, and bitter desires which are all the more frightening because they're understandable.
Ultimately, though, the series struggles to break away from the traditional trappings of high-school romances: despite the good showing of tantalizing ideas and the fair amount of effective artistry, it still desperately strives to be, above all else, a show about a guy with all the verve of a dried-up sponge who is inexplicably loved by three girls. Teiichi himself is poorly characterized, and while he's often described by the rest of the cast as “gentle,” “earnest,” and “dependable,” these traits are perhaps more of a ghost story than anything in the series, discussed in whispers but never truly shown or elaborated on. A more accurate description of him would read along the lines of “he is there” and “he is the main character.” To be sure, he performs what the show dictates are the proper actions, never taking advantage of the loneliness and vulnerability of his female friends, helping Yuuko track down information about herself. Yet, there's no indication that it's because of his personality (and, for that matter, there's no indication that he has a personality). Rather, he's the male protagonist in a romance, and that's just what the male protagonists in romances are expected to do. He's a nice person because he helps people and he helps people because he's a nice person; forgive me for thinking that's far from compelling writing. The result is that most generic of characters, someone who is difficult to dislike but also difficult to notice or care about in the first place.
Equally damaging are the show’s shifts in tone, which are as frequent as they are jarring. Sharp interjections of half-witted slapstick, usually centering on comedic relief character Momoe, sometimes abruptly decapitate more serious moments. Fanservice and boob humor are plentiful and unsubtle, inserted at all of the wrong instances, often overstaying whatever welcome they might have originally had. There’s no avoiding that much of what goes on is fluff unrelated to what could loosely be referred to as the story, an observation epitomized by the fact that they somehow managed to cram a swimsuit episode in here somewhere. And, worst of all, the show’s appreciable atmosphere of somber, reflective melancholy can often give way to a soapy melodrama of poorly thought out and repetitive dialogue (“I’m so lonely…so sad…in so much pain…”) that is downright difficult to listen to, much less take seriously. Drama, romance and mystery seem closer to the real heart of the series, but its peripheral elements end up distracting from, rather than enhancing, its strengths, and some of its strengths aren't that strong to begin with. The series looks good, sounds good, and knows how to get the viewer caught up in the moment—qualities, make no mistake, that I appreciate. However, it's also the kind of show that's very vulnerable to hindsight, and looking back it's clear that there are plenty of issues with pacing, characterization, and tone.
But when it comes down to it, I don’t think it’s unfair to let this series scrape by with a pass. It does a decent amount of things well, and the things it doesn’t do well are frequently irritating but arguably not deal-breaking. Be warned, though, that Dusk Maiden is one show likely to split audiences down the middle; if you don’t mind the sound of some of the attributes I’ve labeled as weaknesses, you’ll probably appreciate the show a lot more than I've indicated, and if you do mind the sound of same, you might not choose to give it the benefit of the doubt, as I have. read more
Jun 25, 2012
The plot follows Teiichi as he finds himself wandering in the deserted old section of his school. He vaguely recalls a story in which a ghost haunts whoever looks in a certain mirror. Needless to say, he finds this mirror and looks into it, he is definitely haunted, but not in the way you would suspect. The ghost is a surprisingly attractive girl named Yuuko. Yuuko has amnesia and Teiichi promises to help Yuuko get her memories back, as such he begins the “Paranormal Investigations Club” which is used to help Yuuko learn about her past, and how she died.
What pisses me off is that this show opened up great, with one of the most clever opening episodes I have seen in a long time. This episode had the ability to make the exact same scene infinitely more entertaining by changing a few details and airing it twice. As well we got introductions to all the characters and leaves us with some important questions that need to be answered, needless to say this first episode was brilliant, it had everything it needed and was supported by a wonderful art style that fit the style of show perfectly. After this episode I was hooked, thinking that this show was going to be amazing.
From there on it just gets worse, instead of answering the questions we were left with, it decides to launch a barrage of comedy episodes at us, whose only purpose is to make us laugh. It does this until episode eight in which it decides to switch back to the theme that they were conveying in the first episode. These episodes finally began to answer the questions we had, I only felt that it was a little late. I had forgotten the questions we were left with due to the many comedy episodes before episode 8 so to finally get a plot now felt a little dull. That being said, these episodes were good, and I would have really enjoyed them if they happened sooner, but sadly they didn’t.
The show seems to try and please everybody, it switches themes erratically in order to make sure that everybody has something they could enjoy. The problem comes when this makes that you can’t enjoy every second of it, no matter what side of the fence you are on. If you want a upbeat comedy, then I am sure that you will enjoy episodes 2-7. However, you will feel that there is too much going on with the other episodes and that may turn you off. On the opposite end, if you are looking for an emotional mystery/romance then you will be turned away by the series of episodes that blocks you from this theme.
These alterations in themes are no more prevalent than in the final episode, where I can only assume there was an argument over what the theme really was. Usually an episode of the show sticks to its own theme and doesn’t really change it, but this episode alters the style it is going for many times. It’s happy, then it’s melancholy, it proceeds to switch to a romantic theme, before switching to the emotional and bittersweet ending... Except it would be the ending if it were actually the ending, but it’s not. In an unneeded twist it switches theme once more to a happy-go-lucky comedy that we saw in episodes 2-7. This ending was simply weak, it was hard to tell which emotion it wanted me to feel and overall made me feel none. If it had ended at the bittersweet part where it felt like a natural ending, then I would have been genuinely depressed and it would have left a much larger impression on me. Similarly if it had skipped the bittersweet part and moved straight to the “everything is happy” part, I would have been laughing and smiling like an idiot. However, in the way that it toyed with my emotions it made it impossible for me to enjoy the ending at all.
All this said, there were a few episodes that I really liked, some of them were just enjoyable, and some experimented with the way that they could show a story. Episodes 10 and 11 were my favourite episodes in the series, even above the opening episode. These episodes showed Niiya viewing Yuuko’s past through her own eyes. This was clever, and showed a unique art style that you don’t see in anime often. Because of the situation, the entire episode was told from a first person point of view. We see life through one person’s eyes and this kept me intrigued throughout these episodes. As well these episodes heavily played into the plot and finally answered the question that we all had from the very beginning, how exactly did Yuuko die?
I would also like to point out the art style, which works almost half the time. When it is a comedy it falls flat as the art style is just a bit too dark. However it really works perfectly when it goes for the supernatural mystery/romance tone. When this happens the art style perfectly complements the tone of the story and makes it much, much more enjoyable. I think it was the art style that made me want the darker side of the story more as it just fit better. If the art style were to be adapted into something a bit more cheerful then perhaps I would have enjoyed the comedy episodes the most.
This anime is an anime that tries to be everything, but fails with deciding what it really is. It could have been really great if it had picked one theme and stuck with it. It did not and the plot and overall enjoyment suffered greatly because of this. The plot was intriguing and I was interested to find out what really happened, but it decided to put off the plot in favor of cracking some jokes. This show had a ton of potential but in the end gets only a 6/10. read more
Mar 16, 2013
Artwork isn't very successful but I overlooked it as I was wrapped in the shroud of the mystery.
Characters are quite stereotypical with the exception of the female protagonist but the story makes them evolve in different ways than other series.
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Jul 19, 2012
Tasogare Otome x Amnesia (also known as Dusk Maiden of Amnesia) is about a boy named Niiya Teiichi who is part of the Paranormal Investigations club at his school, along with three other members, Kanoe Kirie, Okonogi Momoe, and the most famous ghost of the school, Yuuko. The thing is, only Teiichi and Kirie are able to see and touch Yuuko while the rest of the school's population cannot. This anime is mainly about this club investigating the paranormal rumours that haunt the school, as well as the mystery of what really happened to Yuuko in the past and why she cannot remember it.
The idea of the story is very interesting, though the comic relief ruins it for me. In my opinion, this anime gets really great towards its finale when things finally start to get more serious. The serious scenes in this anime were great, especially when they gave me that creepy feeling. If only the whole anime was like that it would've been perfect.
The animation in this anime was all right. The characters were given a more cute, young, child-like look to them, but I don't think they're something worth praising.
I really liked the soundtrack of this anime. The background music that played when it started to get creepier was great! I also really liked the opening and ending! They were really perfect!
The characters in this anime weren't really the best, in my opinion. There wasn't anything really special about them and some of them actually were pretty annoying (mainly Okonogi).
All in all, if you're looking for a creepy horror anime that'll give you chills, don't watch this because you'll be disappointed like I was. Tasogare Otome x Amnesia was an all right anime for me, but I probably won't rewatch.
Thanks for reading my review! This is my first time writing one so please feel free to give me some feedback and criticism so that I can improve! :) read more
Oct 31, 2014
Story(6): Tasogare Otome x Amnesia tells of a very peculiar tale, the ability of a high school student to detect and interact with one belonging to the supernatural realm, can only lead to trouble if not disaster. Much of the circumstances regarding the death of the one who still haunts the world of the living, has been shrouded in mystery. By the power of a mismatched group of teenagers under the pretense of being a Paranormal investigations club, Teiichi and his group attempts to unravel the mysteries of an unknown death; perhaps allowing the lingering spirit to rest in peace at long last. Tasogare Otome x Amnesia most certainly is worthy of your afternoon tea time, with a sufficiently captivating story that may leave you questioning the morality of adults who make decisions that affect many others.
Art(6): The atmosphere is definitely re-enforced by the artistic style of Tasogare Otome x Amnesia. The colors are not bright, they are dull and a bit on the grey side; properly representing the dark and mysterious nature of this anime. There is an ever present feeling of danger right around the corner, similar in a sense to that of a haunted house. This feeling that something is not right but one can not determine what is wrong; that feeling is reflected well in the art.
Sound(5): Tasogare Otome x Amnesia seems to employ echoing words and repeating of certain phrases in order to deliver a deeper impact upon the viewer during possible key moments in the story. The music is of the unknown sort, in the sense that one feels as if there is something missing but no one knows what that something is; thus in that regard, the sound and music of this anime fit relatively well with the overall theme that there is a mystery to be solved.
Characters(7): The strength of this type of anime generally depend greatly upon the characters themselves. There certainly is a character who could be considered comic relief or rather has the capability to speak yet seems to be brainless. Those who can see what no mortal should ever be able to see, ultimately are the ones who must resolve the mystery they have found themselves in the middle of. This leads to the bonding of mortal and spirit in a way that could be considered amongst the highest cases of forbidden love. The Character development is indeed the highlight of Tasogare Otome x Amnesia.
Enjoyment(7): The level of enjoyment one might attain from watching Tasogare Otome x Amnesia is questionable. There is certainly a lot of Character development within a short period of time, as the mysteries of prior generations are unraveled and the true cause of death of a lingering spirit are revealed, an unexpected bump in the road to the "and they lived happily ever after" type of ending occurs. Such surprises that leaves the viewer often guessing and mystified as to the reasons behind certain actions, is in my personal opinion the most enjoyable aspect of Tasogare Otome x Amnesia.
Overall(6): Tasogare Otome x Amnesia is an adequately enjoyable anime over afternoon tea. I find the solving of mysteries of the supernatural kind to be quite entertaining to observe. When beings not of the mortal world are involved, it is enjoyable to attempt to predict their actions as Human Psychology certainly does not apply to supernatural beings, such as Ghosts and Demons; which I consider the true entertainment value of this anime. Tasogare Otome x Amnesia is certainly an anime that possess a Halloween aura to it, therefore if you are frightened easily by the supernatural, I would recommend that you do not watch Tasogare Otome x Amnesia and seek out slice of life animes such as Clannad.
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Aug 3, 2012
While getting lost inside his school, the main lead, Teiichi, is approached by a beautiful girl wearing an old school uniform. As he later finds out, she is the school's infamous ghost, Yuuko. The pair eventually fall in love and with the help of several friends, uncover the truth behind Yuuko's tragic past. While it is somewhat clinched and you can see some of the twists coming, it's hard not to get engrossed in the story and you can't not feel bad for Yuuko.
Silver Link has done a decent job of animating the series, while the animation isn't the best out there, it is pretty good. The entire series feels surreal, due to the superb lighting and the fact that it always seems to take place at twilight. Overall I was impressed yet again by Silver Link.
The sound is what made this series great, in my opinion. The Opening and Ending songs are beautiful, unforgettable, and they fit the series extremely well. The music used in the show itself is also decent and fitting, but the opening and endings are what really caught my eye as far as the sound
This is the one area where the series tends to falter. You have the main lead, Teiichi, who is somewhat irritating and whiny and shows very little character depth. Then you have Kirie and Okonogi who appear in the first few episodes and then seemingly disappear for most of the remaining episodes. The characters' saving grace, however, is Yuuko. She is very outgoing and is seemingly perfect (never gets angry/jealous, etc., but this is due to a reason) and she also has an incredibly tragic and horrible past. You can't help but feel bad for her. In addition, she also displays a good amount of depth throughout the series.
It is what it is. A decent love story, mystery, and horror series that despite it's flaws, manages to be an extremely good series overall. If you're looking for an entertaining romance series, I'd highly recommend this one. read more
May 8, 2012
“Dusk Maiden of Amnesia” definitely seems like an acceptable anime with the little plots, synopsis, and summaries written about it. Ultimately, it is your normal anime with a dark feel, and a lot of comedy and romance latched onto it. However, the anime mostly contains comedy and romance which I find it to be quite ironic. Usually the summaries written about this anime give you the feel of horror and mystery, but when you watch the episodes you see too much romance. The only times you have a feeling of horror and mystery into it is when you see the Paranormal Investigation Club trying their very best to find clues about Yuuko’s death, or when Yuuko is pretending to be a ghost just to scare the crap out of the main characters which is only a total of four. Lastly, the anime is way too fast paced, I kept on getting confused on like how much time has passed during the anime. To summarize it all up, I believe “Dusk Maiden of Amnesia” does a terrible job at showing any type of plot development because it gives me the feel that it is mainly concentrating on showing the relationship between Yuuko and Teiichi.
The main characters in this anime either show an advanced character development or an extreme lack of character development. The characters Yuuko and Teiichi are seen throughout this anime 80% of the time. I believe these two show too much character development because in just a short amount of time they already act like lovers who’ve been together since childhood or something. The problem with this is that you see the same scene almost all the time: Yuuko seducing Teiichi, Yuuko making fun of Teiichi, Yuuko touching Teiichi, Teiichi touching Yuuko, and both of them all lovey dovey. I love romance and all, but this is too much, I mean in just the first day they meet and you already see them on top of each other, it’s too much of a fast development for me. The other main characters Momoe and Kirie are pretty much shown 20% of the time throughout the whole entire series; they barely receive any amount of screen time which results into barely any character development. As a result, I believe the creators only made them to act as ‘extra’ club members.
The other problem I have with this anime is that it lacks background characters. I understand perfectly well that background characters are not that important to the anime, but seriously throughout the whole anime you just see four characters and their all the main characters! I don’t know if you understand this, but minor and background characters may not be that important to an anime, however when you see the same characters every episode, and no other characters at all, you slowly understand that minor and background characters play the crucial role of making it seem more realistic to the viewer. I mean think about it, if you were a person trying their very best to find clues to some death at a school than you expect to see some people who know some information about it, or at least you see just some random people off into the distance chatting about God knows what! But this anime doesn’t have any of that, just four characters in some big ass school. This anime takes place at a school, and at a school you have students, teachers, and all those other people, but there aren’t any of them around in this anime; it makes me think to myself “Where the hell are the other students? I mean I’m only seeing four characters the whole entire time, doesn’t anybody go to this school?” The only time I saw some actual background characters in this anime so far was on episode five, even if it was just a little bit it made me feel happy to know that some other people actually exist in this anime.
The art style of this anime seems like the only darn thing that is 100% perfectly fine! Even though the plot is all messed up, the art is like the only thing that makes me give this anime a decent score of 7 out of 10. The colors used in this anime were so pretty it makes me feel like I’m looking at some painting. The animation was also very well done it had a great use of graphics and effects. Yep art perfect in every way. Indeed the background artists could do a bit more better job at making the backgrounds seem older to give the overall anime feel a bit of pizzazz, but it’s still fine just the way it is. Oh and did you guys know that the people who drew this anime did a great job at showing some fan service? Well now you know, so if you like these sort of animes with fan service than you might actually think “Holy crap, I’m in Heaven.”
Seems okay, I have no problems with the voices used in this anime nor the opening and ending songs of the anime. Though I don't know why, but both opening and ending songs didn't seem to attract much attention to me, I didn't really like them that much, but I still thought it was good for the whole mood. The only thing that needs fixing is the better use of background music to better add the mood of the events occurring throughout the show. If the anime had some special sound effects or my favorite, motivational music than I bet I would have rated the anime a little higher maybe up to a 7.5 if that option existed in MyAnimeList.net, I wish it did, it would make my reviews a lot more accurate.
My overall enjoyment to “Tasogare Otome x Amnesia” was definitely nothing special, I pretty much thought that it was boring. I didn't feel any type of suspense in this anime, no chair gripping, hair biting, mommy I’m scared moments. It was just me sitting there, staring at the computer pretty much bored out of my mind watching Yuuko and Teiichi have some fun. Some parts in the anime did make me awe in adoration or laugh out loud towards the characters or some moments happening in it. Though I mainly just felt bored throughout the whole thing. I did feel a bit of jealously watching this anime since Yuuko and Teiichi’s relationship together seem so perfect, they rarely have any arguments and such or some difficult obstacles they have to face in order for them to be together forever or something like that. I mean throughout the anime their always together, their love just seems perfect and all with no strings attached. God, you don’t know how much I want a relationship like theirs; just watching them all lovey dovey makes me feel like I’ll be forever alone.
Nov 3, 2013
Story- The story is a bit generic to be honest, the backbone at least. It's about a girl that haunts the school because she died many years before when the anime takes place, 60 years to be precise. How the story differentiates itself though is that it's also a romance, and a fairly fulfilling romance I might say. I've watched a lot of romances and most of the time i'm left not being happy, it doesn't seem like nothing has changed since the beginning and it just feels like a giant waste of my time, but not with this. My one and only complaint would have to be that it's a bit slow to getting good. It was enjoyable up to the point where the exciting stuff started happening, but it was just mainly comic relief with some glimpses of what's to come in the future. I don't really like that, but it is what it is, the comedic relief parts do manage to have some small relevance later on though so it's not like it's completely nonsensical. The storytelling is definitely better on later down the line. I would say the last couple of episodes is what most people will remember about this anime for sure. It had some really amazing scenes, specifically one section near the end where half the episode was in first person, that was something that was pretty cool that I haven't seen done before.
The story was entertaining the entire time though, they were always giving glimpses about the darker nature of everything in the more comedic parts of the anime so it always was making you want more, making you want to just watch the episode. I was at a point to where I was like "Yeah, this seems fun, but I don't think it will get good", the fan service and just laid back attitude of it all was making me start to get tired of it, but it definitely picked itself up. I don't want to write any spoilers because I want people to experience it the way I did. Just hang in there, it gets better down the line, it's actually quite jarring how dark it got.
Art- The art style and animation quality are really good. Nothing out of the ordinary. The designs are standard, but really high quality and professionally done. I don't think this anime needed anything special though as far as the art style goes, it can accomplish what it wants without having to have an overly excessive and exaggerated art style. Sometimes standard is just the best option.
Sound- The sound quality is about the same as the art, standard but quite fitting. The op and end soundtracks are amazing though. It gives off an upbeat, yet creepy vibe, it's really pretty cool I must say. The opening specifically, I know for sure that it will be stuck in my head for a while.
Character- There are 4 main characters, Yuuko who is the ghost girl with amnesia, Teiichi who is the main boy character of the anime, Kirie who later joins the club that Yuuko makes, and finally Okonogi who also joins the club later on. Yuuko is the girl who died 60 years prior to when the main story takes place and has some issues on her own. She appears to be this fun and uncaring girl that just wants to sexually harass Teiichi, but she has a bit of a darker past than that and her personal story is definitely a complex and interesting one. She grows more as a character than anyone else in the anime and it's quite the journey. Teiichi joins the club with Yuuko and learns about Yuuko being dead and then sets out to help her recover her lost memories. He also grows some as the story goes on, but he stays mostly the same throughout everything, which isn't a bad thing. Kirie is one of the other girls that later joins the club, she is a bit hard to describe, she's more of a side character than a main character, but she's with the group the entire time and does have a lot of influence of how the story turns out, plus she has some of her own "issues" in the story as time progresses. Lastly is Okonogi who is another girl who joins the club and wants to study ghosts and paranormal activities. She has a bit of an apparent crush on Teiichi and just wants to spend time with him learning about ghosts and him. Again she is more of a side character, but she also has a lot of impact on the story later down the line and becomes more important as time progresses. All of the character are well written and well acted out, nothing to complain about. Yuuko is by far my favorite though, she's a very interesting character.
Enjoyment- It was enjoyable the entire time through, but it really picked up near the last couple of episodes of the anime. Some of the more interesting parts of the anime was with how they done certain scenes. Like the one long segment where it's entirely first person, or the entire first episode, it has an amazing first episode. You will enjoy the first half of so because of fun going and just cutesy the characters are, but you will enjoy the second half or so for it's deep story and rather disturbing story and romance. It's a pretty strange anime, but that's what makes it fun and enjoyable. I had a really good time with this anime and I think that if the thought of a good romance horror sounds good to you then you should try it, I really enjoyed myself watching it.
Overall- Overall it was slow to start, but really picked up the pace and actually amazed me. I'm glad that things started going the way they were, they got rid of the cutesy fan service shit and started to get more serious about it, after all it is a story about a ghost with a rather troubling past. It's something that I think a lot of people will like, but a lot of people will be turned off by. Either way I thought it was well designed and executed and if you like what you've read here then you should definitely give it a try, just don't get turned off by the first half or so of the anime, it definitely gets a lot better later down the line. It's has my definite recommendation. read more
Apr 9, 2015
The most important thing in the plot is love. The one that cannot exist, my favorite kind of romance plot. When people think about the present, forgetting or not thinking about what can happen in future, about the consequences.
Unlike any other anime, this one uses a lot of physical subjects, erotic subjects to be exact, in a interesting way, they way of desire. The way not being touched by anybody for years, which makes you wanna be touched everywhere, when you meet somebody. It's interesting. Unfortunately a lot of times the vibe around it is destroyed, and that is dissapointing.
It's also a mystery story, about vengance and grief.
It's also a story about people's souls and feelings.
And it's also a story of simple students in a weird world.
OK. Vibe. I do like it, especially with all the things they did to make this vibe special. With all the art and music, pretty good.
But I am so dissapointed, so so dissapointed.
The thing is that this series can make you feel a bunch of real emotions, it makes you experience the pitiful sadness. It shows you, how people can crazily do something that, even though it was their decision, will have bad, bad consequences in future, and how they won't think about it. How people can live freely focusing only on the present, and the emotions that are always with them.
And then they just destroy it, they ruin everything. With funservice, with unnecessary comedy bits, with pointless dialogues that won't even contribute to the vibe or plot. And that is dissapointing, very dissapointing.
The authors tried to be outstanding, and yet they wanted to remain in the mainstream, that doesn't work, it just doesn't.
And so the vibe was GOOD, but at times it got ruined as fuck, this anime would be so much better without these unnecessary scenes and comedy.
Because I hate when they try to make "body" subject so serious and then they laugh about it, choose one site. And anwser yourself which is better, and which you have to minimize.
It's pretty. It's damn pretty. First of all the art style is up top, the animation quality is great. I love the looks for Yukko-san so much.
But what is outstanding about it is that they managed to make people that should be "original" original. They happened to master the way of making characters with a great look. Even when you compare main characters, you can easily notice which of these are made to be glorious and which are made to look pitiful.
The next thing that I liked were the little touches of screen transitions. They made it diffrently in a way of desiging how to show "talking" scenes, there's a lot of talking there, so they would make you busy with all the arts, bacgrounds and little boxes around, to keep you more interested.
Moreover they masterfully used that in important scenes in the series, managing to make them more enjoyable and basically better.
Oh wow, I seriously do like it. The opening is not one of the best, I must say. But soundtrack cooperates with the series in a great combo. You can obviously hear that in the background.
I liked that authors would make a soundtrack that was only used in one scene, that worked so nicely. Because it was new, and you could feel more emotions in that certain scene, and believe me that scene is great.
It's ideally composed to the genre - mystery, horror, romance. And you can obviously hear that too.
The storyline is not as interesting as you would think. There is some grim story behind it, oh there is. But the thing is that, the way towards the revealing of the story is pretty boring. It could have been better.
I do recommend the story line and the whole series for one big moment, and this one big moment is one of the best scenes in animes ever made. You will embrace such emotions while watching it, and it's worth watching the whole series through, for just this one scene, this one expierience.
You will notice which scene I am talking about. And here is my best advice for you, Im not gonna say anything, Im just gonna say this: Turn off your media player after that scene, don't watch it till the end, and don't watch the other sequel episode.
You can do whatever, that is my honest advice for you. Im not gonna say more, you can probably deduce what I have in mind by saying what I just said.
It's not one of the best animes out there, its pretty average with a good bunch of outstanding elements to it.
The plot sums up to a great scene, which I liked. But unfortunately authors while trying to be outstanding, they forcefully stood in the mainstream.
And that ruined them, it wrecked them apart.
This anime would have been so much better, if only they stuck to one idea for the series.
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Jun 25, 2012
Despite saying that, the story isn't very appealing or great by itself, It is when the spectacular art direction comes in, the story's full potential is realized.
= Story (8) =
As mentioned earlier, the story features a lot of genres not usually seen accompanying one another, but it still works out great. The problem doesn't lie there, though rather with the stories appeal and entertainment value. You see the old 'character with amnesia' and 'ghost and human forbidden love' plot points have been used quite a number of times, spanning across books, movie 's and TV series and makes the story feel quite clichéd.
However, with character back-stories, the intriguing setting, numerous slice-of-life type sub-plots and the presence of some very unusual plot devices cancel out that clichéd feeling and makes the story seem rather unique.
= Art (9) & Art Direction (10) =
Art is very well done, the studio has managed to capture the right sort of tone and look for the series. Character designs aren't anything special but they don't have to be.
Art Direction is something that people don't really look for in a series, usually since there's nothing special about it compared with all the other thousands of anime series out there. Though, the direction in this series is extremely noticeable and rather incredible. The way the director uses lighting is especially brilliant and very artistic, he manages to manipulate the tone of the story with ease. The director (Shin Ōnuma btw) also uses a number of screen effects to make the series more compelling, such as using manga type composition. Another interesting trick the director uses is the 'blacking out' of all background characters, which I think adds a little something to the series.
One other thing I'd like to add is that first-person effect episodes were excellently crafted and very memorable.
= Character (8) =
The small amount of characters in this anime were all interesting, especially Yukko's character which I found very compelling. It's a shame however that the other three main characters were shunned a bit and more development could've easily been made, especially Okonogi, who we really know hardly anything about and significance in the main story is hardly felt.
= Sound (8) =
I didn't have any problem with the seiyuu's chosen for their respective parts and I think all performances were done rather good. The OST fitted nicely though nothing memorable, The OP and ED weren't really to my taste though resonated with the story nicely.
= Enjoyment (9) =
The series is very enjoyable from start to finish, you'll be laughing, scared sh*tless and maybe even crying throughout the twelve episodes and probably even wanting more once you finish the series.
= Overall (8.5) =
Overall, Dusk Maiden or Tasogare x Otome is a great series, It's very unique for it's blending of genres, It's intriguing story, the splendid art and art direction which is simply a masterpiece, It's alright sound, the characters, even though there could've been more development for them and the series enjoyment levels. read more
Dec 5, 2013
The story focuses on a young boy, Niiya Teiichi, and his adventures with the ghost of the maiden, and the Paranormal Investigation Club, which main objective is to retrieve her lost fragments of memories from her past. In this club we have Okonogi Momoe, a complete airhead, but always enthusiastic and ready to act.
Then we have Kanoe Kirie, who seems to look at the growing relationship between Niiya Teiichi and the ghost with a certain suspicion and a taint of jealousy.
And last the two main protagonists. Kanoe Yuuko, the ghost of the maiden, who seem to love doing pranks and starting ghost rumors, and Niiya Teiichi, a normal boy at the exception that he is the only one with Kirie who can see the ghost.
Definitely a strange setting for a romance, but this part is well made and a relationship with a ghost is rare enough to keep it interesting. This anime is tagged as horror, so indeed there are a few dark parts in it, especially at the end, but far from enough to be a real horror anime. Still, the psychological aspect is present and isn't boring, though it holds no suspense.
The art is brilliant, being the opening or the ending, that I really loved, or the drawings (char designs, scenery, animations, everything is successful).
But then what falls apart, at least for me, was the characters personality. Yuuko is the exception though, she does have a consistent and attractive behavior (well, if we can say that for a ghost), which may seem weird when she is supposed to be the only "not normal" character.
Let's start with Momoe. Stereotypical girl, the naive but always strong girl, ready to support the MC in his toughest hardships. It reminded me of Chitanda in Hyouka, but with even less personality.
Then we have the "I will always support you no matter what it takes, even if it isn't what I truly wish deep in my heart" girl, Kirie. She really fits the support role, as she has to support this relationship between the protagonists without a word to say or so. It kind of hurt me to see her being tormented as the story goes on, but I guess seeing someone suffer in the backstage isn't something I like.
Lastly, the MC, not much to say, except that for someone admired by the few people he frequents, he isn't smart at all. At taking decisions, he is definitely not the best, and I sort of regretted Houtarou (Hyouka again), who at least had the decence of thinking logically (most of the time). It might be a crucial point in this romance to be what it is, so I won't criticize much , but his personality added to the two girls' was really irritating to see sometimes.
Comes the two-three last episodes ... and then when I thought it wasn't a good anime at all, it deeply moved me, the anime pictured their emotions really well. And I remember that indeed, a romance with a ghost is not common, and can lead to an interesting development. Unfortunately all the previous episodes weren't of that quality, and contained a lot of fan service (I can go with it, but not when the plot is going nowhere and the characters development is boring).So after these ups and downs, I can say that I enjoyed this anime (I really appreciate it when the art is great, and in this case, it was), but I was sadly disappointed by these characters, that I found too slowpoke (the same reproach can be made for many animes, such as some in Baka to Test for example), definitely not my taste. But if you are fine with it/can overcome it, it is a nice romance show. read more
Jun 24, 2012