English: Dusk Maiden of Amnesia
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 9, 2012 to Jun 25, 2012
Producers: 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: 7.911 (scored by 37348 users)
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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)
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
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 storyline 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
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
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
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
Sep 9, 2013
It's about a boy who can see a girl who died 60 years ago. But that girl doesn't remember anything about what happened and what killed her, so the boy starts a Paranormal Activity Club with Momoe, a girl who can't see Yuuko (the ghost) and Kirie (later on the series, it is revealed that she is a relative to Yuuko).
I enjoy the story a lot, I love the story behind Yuuko's death, it was... A little bit unexpected.
I will give it a 9.
I love the art and the colors of the anime, they're awesome so I will give it a 10.
I like both opening and ending themes it matched the series and the characters, and the soundtrack was also good, so it's a 8.
I like the characters, my favourite one, is, of course, Yuuko, she has an awesome past. I liked all the characters so I will give it a 8.
I enjoy it a lot, it was cool. I give it a 8 because I didn't like that much the ending of the series, so yeah that's it.
Overall I liked the series, it was very good, I enjoy it so it's a 8. read more
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
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
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.
So if you are a fan of mysteries and ghosts then succumb to this new world called Seikyou 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
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.
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
Nov 11, 2013
I try my best to not reveal any secrets and give my personal opinion. No spoilers.
Basically, using the summary, there's a ghost that enjoys a certain male and his attention. Instantly you should know where these kind of things go. Let's look past this for a second and focus on what the story really offers. I'm a sucker for romance and there is plenty of it, to what end though? The relationships formed had no meaning outside of the 2 mains characters getting along. This felt like a slow boat floating across the horizon, wishing things would speed it up. There was an obvious point that needed to be reached and it took ages. The story gave you no chance to "think of outcomes" because it was so focused on one situation. Obviously its the plot of the series, but it was very predictable. I could call out the next scene without effort. Episode 6 and later are where I consider things heating up; we can call that the climax. If that was the climax in my eyes then the show truly didn't grab my full attention.
Like a lot of shows that I've seen lately, this one had fabulous art work. The animation was eye candy. I really like that.
The sound was fine. It only got to me when lyrics were involved and toward the end. Not much else to say really.
This was tough to think about. How many cookie cutter personalities are in these shows? I like remembering one set of characters and easily distinguishing them from another set. The kids in this series were just half baked it seems. Male has a ghost, 2 females follow him, and the rest of the school is nonexistent. Everyone has "feelings" and all you can do is watch that boat float the horizon. They needed more background and story, plain and simple. Things felt disconnected over and over as the plot grew. There was no real connection left with whoever was involved.
This was fine. I had issues with the snail paced story and lack of detail with characters but life goes on. The art work was wonderful and the story does leave a good taste with your soul. It has emotion and you should feel something either way. For that reason, I did think it was fair if not good.
In the end, try it if you think its up your ally. That is the same as I did and I got these results that I'm not sure about. The anime was very magnified on one relationship and no room to expand it. That makes the show slow and predictable at times. If your fresh to the romance genre, you'll probably have a better time with this. I've watched my fair share and so my judgement may be different from what you experience. read more
Mar 1, 2013
- Animated by Silver Link, a minor studio whose only full works so far have been the equally shitty Baka to Test and C3. These guys pour a lot of cash into making their animations bizarre and vivid but otherwise don’t give a damn about plot or character depth.
- Directed by Oonuma Shin, a guy who produced the rather good Pani Poni Dash and Ef a Tale of Memories/Melodies. Too bad he transferred to them afterwards and trashed his career.
So what is this shitty show about? Fan service bullshit; that’s what it is. It is not an over the top nudity and underwear in your face but it still caters to those wastes of meat that have nothing better to do than watching such crappy fan pleasing nonsense. The premise is about your typical high school dork meeting with a slutty female ghost who has amnesia. Along with other two aloof girls he forms a club (the only thing students can do in schools to deal with whatever happens apparently) in order to solve supernatural mysteries in their school with the ulterior motive being to find out the ghost’s real identity, as well as a way to help her move along.
The premise is hardly uncommon and looking a few years back you can easily find lots of anime with almost identical themes. Some famous examples are Ano Hi Mita, Another, Bakemonogatari, Ghost Hound, Ghost Hunt, Ghost Stories, and Hundred Stories. But it is still interesting and they could have made lots of wonderful side stories and taking a look into several moral messages and metaphysical aspects … if they gave a frakk. Unfortunately the whole thing plays out as retarded as it gets.
It is just a typical ecchi comedy to the most part, with zero plot continuity, lots of fan service and dumb humor, before it heads for a rushed dramatic ending that is not even an ending but rather more fan catering bullshit for wastes of meat. Just to get an idea of how terrible it is just look at the character roster. There are only four characters in the whole damn show and their characterization is shitty.
- Most of the focus in given on the slutty female ghost and I don’t mean its personality. You are mostly watching this show for this whore making the lead boy horny for not much of a reason. She is nothing more but an otaku’s wet dream: An eternally young and sexy fictional waifu.
- The lead boy is not any better, he is as blunt as harem leads can get. He is the empty vessel for all wastes of meat to identify with. You know what I mean; being the center of attention even when you have absolutely no talent or redeeming qualities.
- And the other two girls in the club don’t even matter to the plot; they are just a tsundere and a happy-go-lucky dumbass coming along for the lulz just for the lead boy to be talking to somebody else other than the walls in that empty school of theirs.
Now the truth is they do not remain as unchanged cardboards all the way, as the blunt boy eventually falls in love with the slutty ghost, the slutty ghost’s past is revealed, and there is a simple love polygon formed at some point. Not that it matters much in the longrun but it’s better than an absolute zero. Yeah, sounds like I am grabbing at straws, doesn’t it? There are some idiots out there praising the whole thing as being a triumph of the romantic genre while in reality, that couldn't be farther from the truth. The whole romance fuss happens only because:
- blunt boy was curious to find out about her past and eventually felt pity for figuring out what happened to her. Plus being constantly seduced by a huge pair of breasts that never requires from you paying for sustaining it, has that effect.
- slut ghost liked how he was kind. Plus there is no other dick in the whole goddamn show, so she may as well be blatantly throwing herself at the only one available.
Not much of a reason, right? Do the math and PRESTO there is no romance in here. Depth? Love? What the frakk are those and why would you expect them in a shitty show like this one?
Sadly the ending is totally crap and renders all the above crams of characterization useless. It only tries to cater to the wastes of meat audience instead of offering a sad but solid closure to the whole mess. They try to make it appear like a most ideal relationship just formed but in practice all you get is a dude who will waste his whole life being a virgin inside a school, loving nothing but hot air. Would you like that? I sure wouldn’t but then again I am not thinking like a waste of meat who wishes to spend his life in that shit.
The only good thing in it is the artwork, which is up to the head on cinematics and visual effects that attempt to offer an eerie atmosphere to the show. It makes it trippy to watch but they could have used all the money to animate a quality title to look like that instead of this shitty title that will be forgotten in a few weeks.
A most unimpressive show I would recommend only to the worst kind of anime fans. The rest of you, keep the frakk away from this shit.
And now for some excused scorings.
ART SECTION: 8/10
General Artwork 2/2 (artsy)
Character Figures 1/2 (generic)
Backgrounds 2/2 (basic but fitting with the feeling of the series)
Animation 1/2 (basic)
Visual Effects 2/2 (artsy)
SOUND SECTION: 6/10
Voice Acting 2/3 (corny but fitting with the feeling of the series)
Music Themes 2/4 (average)
Sound Effects 2/3 (ok I guess)
STORY SECTION: 2/10
Premise 1/2 (typical)
Pacing 0/2 (loose)
Complexity 1/2 (not much)
Plausibility 0/2 (none)
Conclusion 0/2 (fan catering BS)
CHARACTER SECTION: 5/10
Presence 1/2 (generic)
Personality 1/2 (typical)
Backdrop 1/2 (generic and simplistic but it’s there)
Development 1/2 (overblown but it’s there)
Catharsis 1/2 (overblown but it’s there)
VALUE SECTION: 1/10
Historical Value 0/3 (none)
Rewatchability 0/3 (no reason to rewatch it)
Memorability 1/4 (a dime a dozen show)
ENJOYMENT SECTION: 1/10
Art 1/1 (looks artsy)
Sound 0/2 (sounds meh)
Story 0/3 (total BS)
Characters 0/4 (cardboards)
VERDICT: 4/10 read more
Jun 26, 2012
The art was the strongest aspect of this series by far. I was absolutely captivated by the beautiful use of colours in those countless panoramic and sky shots of the sunset and night sky. It reminded me of how a lot of attention was put into the clouds in the sky in Makoto Shinkai movies. The use of SHAFT-like animation sequences also effectively added to my enjoyment of the artwork. Like SHAFT's animation, Silver Link took a risk by using a hit-or-miss art style in many of the more serious scenes and I think it paid off. In addition to the detailed backgrounds and environment, the character designs were also quite solid, with the periodic chibi designs providing a nice bonus.
To be honest, I felt some of the side characters needed more development, namely Kirie and Momoe. While it was easy to see that Teiichi developed from being a seemingly dull person into someone who really cared for the girl he loved (especially near the end), the development of the other characters was much more lacking. Even Yūko's development was restricted, but that was mainly due to the nature of her character. The only thing I got out of the series regarding the two other members of the Paranormal Investigations Club is that Kirie acts as an "advisor" for Teiichi and Momoe is there for comic relief. Although the development of the main character is crucial, I don't think it's enough just to focus on him/her alone. I find it is equally important to build up the supporting cast to a certain degree, which is one thing that this series failed to do.
Partially backed by the excellent OP, which I find to be important in getting a viewer into the mood of watching the episode, Tasogare Otome x Amnesia presents a decent auditory experience. The ED, although slightly overshadowed by CHOIR JAIL, manages to effectively slow down the pace and allow for time to reflect on the episode, especially in the latter half of the series. While the BGM is far from noteworthy, it did contain a few nice tracks which added to my overall enjoyment. In terms of voice acting, there were no big-name seiyūs aside from Kitamura Eri, who didn't even play a large role as Kirie. Nonetheless, the voice acting was solid and I especially liked how Teiichi's voice actor was able to convey his character's emotions with a great degree of skill, particularly in the last few episodes.
To put it bluntly, the ending ruined everything. I felt it was an amateur decision on the part of whoever was responsible for it. Furthermore, if the final scene was not used, I wouldn't have hesitated to give the story an 8/10 (which I had initially had). This just goes to show how much of an influence a bad ending can have on the story as a whole. But aside from that, the premise of the series is interesting at the least. It successfully struck a good balance between a "romantic comedy" and a "dark mystery"—two genres which generally don't go well together. And because of that, I feel one's satisfaction with it can vary, depending on how well the ending sits with them.
To say whether I liked the series or not is difficult. On one hand, the first and last few episodes were really good in their own way. But on the other hand, the fact that the plot jumped around quite a bit in the middle and the presence of that horribly placed ending makes me think otherwise. If it came down to it, I'd say the positives outweighed the negatives. Tasogare Otome x Amnesia is a solid series overall and those who enjoy romantic comedies and/or mysteries will most likely have fun watching it. read more
Jul 3, 2012
"Tasogare Otome x Amnesia or Dusk Maiden of Amenesia, is a anime to remember by when coming across the genre of horror, suspence, mystery and pure supernatural thrill ride."
This is what I said to a friend after I watched the series.
Tasorgare Otome x Amnesia starts off by presenting these mixtures of different characters which shows off straight away in what they are like and how they respond to their surroundings. We are first shown the 'Seikyou Academy' where we see Teiichi, Momoe, Kirie and later on a mysterious character known as Yuuko which endeavor to find out all the mysterories which are happening around the school and to find out the biggest mystery of them all. The whole group decided to make a group called 'Paranormal Investigations Club' which then leads on to the plot of the whole story.
(8) Art: I found in my opinion that the art style fitted the atompherse just right to give off a spooky yet horror feel to it with it's mixtures of colour art style and surroundings within the whole anime. What also got my attention was the amount of detail which was put into making it seem like the world that Takashi Sakamoto and Shin Oonuma created *Directors*, is realistic and believable to the extent where even for supernatural happening to start, would seem believable.
(8) Sound: In most animes it's easy to find out how bad the 'Sound Mixture' can be while watching an anime but in most cases it's very hard to find an anime which has good sound mixtures within it too. So in this case Tasogare Otome x Amnesia hits it right on the ball when it comes to freaking out the audience with it's pure horror sound mixtures in a lot of scenes in the anime which just makes the viewers say "...what on earth is going on...AHH!". The soundtrack for the whole series sets the tone right and makes atmosphere enjoyable when certain scenarios happen during the anime.
(7) Characters: Now when I watch an anime I want to endeavor into the mind and actions of the main character, so in this case it would be Teiichi Niiya who is set out to be the character which most veiwers can relate to. Sadly how this character is portrayed is very 'down to heart' kinda 'go with the flow' type of guy which in this type of anime is very annoying. As the viewer, you seem to put Teiichi Niiya down the catorgory as 'Romance Boy' which is totally fine, but seems most of the time he is very oblivious to certain circumstances to the point where you want to literally slap him in the face *or punch I dont mind* to say "LOOK! it's so obvious what's going on! THINK!".
So your probably saying "why give the catorgory 'Characters' a (7)?" well it's not Teiichi which makes the show, it's the other characters which make this show a one to remember. To begin with Kirie Kanoe who is voiced by the lovely Eri Kitamura does a excellent performance by believing that her character is part of this whole story which then moves on to developing this intriguing character.
Momoe Okonogi is the 'bright star' character who is just crazily hyper most of the time because she believes that every ghost is out to get her, but in the end she's just over thinking it all. I really enjoyed Momoe character as she brought to the table the 'comic relief' type of feel of the anime which in all scenes fit well. I would of liked to seen more of this character through out the series or even be more part of the main plot but unfortunately this did not happen.
(9) Enjoyment: The most enjoyable factor for me is the development of both Yuuko and Teiichi as two opposites can actually make a good team. A lot of the time I got frustrated about some of the characters and what actions they were making in certain scenarios, but to say that would mean that I would be the bravest person in the world if I was up against a supernatural being and had taken action. So having this in mind, when the characters actually had taken action, the enjoyment level went up pretty high due to the amount of heroism that's shown in these characters in those scenes which reflected on my overal thoughts about the enjoyment of the characters. *Except for Momoe who was running away most of the time* ;)
(8) Overall: I feel that this anime is probably one of those that will be in my thoughts when watching other animes, just purely based on how intriguing and innovative the whole series was and what it could expand into. For the sake of the fans I hope they do announce a season two of Tasogare Otome x Amnesia to give a comfort to the characters which were forgotten about during the series. Like *Momoe Okonogi and Kirie Kanoe*
I would of loved to seen more of a performance by Eri Kitamura *voice for Kirie Kanoe* because she has a wonderful voice, and a performance level which astounds me most of the time. Seems like she was kinda a wasted character to be honest.
Believe me when I say this:
"Watch the anime and while you watch it, appreciate what it's trying to show and how well they execute it."
Thanks for reading!
Jun 21, 2012
Until about episode 7. Oh episode 7. This series legitimately starts getting good here, and the plot gets kicked up by about 20 notches. It's hard to say anything without spoilers, but there's a pretty big and unexpected event that happens in this episode that made the series a whole lot darker than it was before.
- Character -
The series is entirely driven by the two main characters: Yuuko and Teiichi. They're both cute and adorable, and I actually care what happens to them, moreso as the series progresses. I can tell you right now that how much you enjoy this series will be directly proportional to how much you like Yuuko, whose story is the main focus of this anime, if you couldn't tell by the title. Yuuko seems pretty air-headed and carefree, but even this becomes a plot device later in the series. Well-played, anime creators, well played.
Preface: I'm a girl. So the intense flirtiness that the main character Yuuko exudes isn't exactly a turn on for me. The main hook that this anime had on me was the story of this girl's past. The series did a pretty good job of making this anime generally light-hearted and funny, but dark enough to make me seriously concerned about some of the characters and the mysteries behind them.
Also Yuuko's voice actress is pretty darn amazing.
On the flip side, I would say the weaknesses would be the other characters. Nothing about their character stands out, falling mostly into the typical tsundere and always-happy characters. Neither of them are really truly developed, and they easily fall into the background until they're used as a convenient plot devices (post episode 7). Not to say that they weren't developed at all, or that they don't add enjoyment and depth to the series, but they weren't treated as being as instrumental as I thought they would be. But in the end, this is a story about Teiichi and Yuuko, so maybe that was to be expected.
- Plot -
The series is around a 6 before episode seven, and a solid 8 afterwards. Stick with it if you actually care about Yuuko's past, because it pretty much made me really respect her way more than I did previously.
*edit* Ok, the last episode made me cry. :'( This series was pretty good.
If your taste is usually high quality anime, if your come into this series with very low expectations, you may enjoy this more than you expect.
Oct 31, 2013
The story revolves around a first-year middle school student, Teiichi Niiya who had just enrolled at Seikyou Private Academy. When he gets lost in one of the school's old buildings, he meets a girl named Yuko Kanoe who reveals herself as a ghost with no memories. Teiichi then decides to investigate her death by looking through the school's seven mysteries revolving around her. Throughout the story, Teiichi and Yuko discover the truth about these ghost stories and help those who are troubled.
Gonna keep this short.
There's drama, there's a lot of comedy really funny moments and the romance was great love the romance.
Best scene for me was when Yuko was going to disappear and all the things that were said at that moment brought tears too my eyes, A really touching moment.
So yeah watch it and hope you enjoy it, it has good animation and great characters. read more
Jul 3, 2012
Story: The story is what I said before, that of a romance between a normal high school boy and a ghost with the addition of human fear. The story progressed very well and I didn't really notice any filler, or at least didn't mind any that they threw in. It was fleshed out well and ended perfectly. The only thing that I did not care for was that at some points they seemed to back track because of a condition that you will learn that Yuuko has, but this was somewhat necessary to express the seriousness of her disorder. Only because the story does not go above and beyond will I leave this section with a 9/10
Art: Nothing special in this area. The artwork was consistent but it didn't seem to stand out as original. Not only that but I have seen better from a lot of other anime that I have watched from this year that stood above this one. Of course, it may just be my own favoritism towards certain styles. I will nail this section with an 8/10
Sound: This section stood out very well. Several points in the anime did I have to pause so that I could search for the songs used. The intro was great and the ending was good too, not only that but the background music was very noticeable and well done, which is why I will give sound a 9/10
Enjoyment: I enjoyed the anime a good amount. I didn't just burn through every episode in one day however. I watched the first couple episodes then came back to see the rest another day. At no part however did I force myself to move on, I chose to because I enjoyed it and wanted to see what the next episode had in store for our favorite ghost. I'll land this section with an 8/10
Overall: Well to get an overall look at the story, it performs all of the listed genres well, but when factoring in my personal enjoyment and preference in animation, its overall rating seems to suffer. I believe that many people could find this anime to be a 9/10 and some even a 10/10, so I recommend that you check it out but as for me, I'm going to give it an 8/10 read more