Today, I saw a ghost. Legend says that about 60 years ago, there was a young girl who inhibited their presence at a local school. No one really knew the exact details on how or why she's there. Yet there she was, dressed in a traditional school uniform is a girl and along with her were three other students at the school. Together, they called themselves the Paranormal Investigation Club, a club that deals with the supernatural.
No, I'm not dreaming. I'm not imagining things. But the legends sometimes come together even if people believe it's just a myth.
In fact, legends are hard to
come by nowadays especially those involving ghosts. Some of us forgets legends because they are often considered myths, things that we can't even began to imagine. But there's one thing I do know for sure – the club is BACK, for one last chance to give us fans of the original series in case we forget it like an amnesia.
Tasogare Otome x Amnesia Special (also known as Dusk Maiden of Amnesia Special) is an unaired episode 13 bundled with 6th Volume of DVD/Blu-rays. For lucky fans from the original series, this is a last chance to see what the club has been up to. Ya, it's been awhile and most of us still have mixed feelings of the finale episode (specifically the ending). Still, this could be a chance for the OVA to redeem itself.
The episode runs about its usual time but has some key differences. Let's start with Kirie Kanoe, a girl with a serious personality. She looks like Yuuko, our dusk maiden and star from the original series, but this time attempts to go full time wannabee of her. Even from the OP song, she tries to play the sequences of Yuuko but with disastrous results. Leading from that are the competitions against the dusk maiden. Whether it's a race, a cooking contest, or a test of intellect, she just can't seem to pull it altogether.
With that aside, this OVA episode stands alone by itself despite some of the amusing "mysteries" in it. Unfortunately, OVA episodes like this has a a tendency to use cliches and gags like the bath fan service. This time though, it's three times the fun especially when the entire club joins in to explore a “mystery”. Additionally, they try to mix it in altogether including a brief fireworks festival and yukata. There's no ancient back story or anything in this episode because it's all about fun with the club. No horrors, no chilling scenes, and not much emotions. What it does have though is a sweet little moment and some charming scenes.
The artwork and soundtrack retains its general tone for the episode as well with some key differences featuring Kirie in the OP song of course while our dusk maiden performs her own theme of the ED song. The artwork still reflects the nature of the school setting with some of that traditional touch.
Overall, this special episode is a fun watch. It's not as original as I thought it'd be but more of a parody as opposed to “horror”. Still, the club is back for one last chance to bring us some fun. Whether it entertained you or not is a different story but I haven't forgotten this series like an amnesia. No, not by a long shot yet.
Ok, so I just finish watching this 13th episode special, so what do I have to say?
Well considering that this is an extension of the parent anime, I say that its unique and can be classified as a special. Though there is still that Yuuko pestering Teiichi kind of thing, however this special is all about Kirie's 8th grade delusion of wanting to vanquish Yuuko and Momoe's usual sucker for urban legends, so for the story I gave it a "Fair" 6, thought it still retains the usual genre, the story itself is loosely base on Momoe's quixotic urban legend investigation, it is corny
on one side but the dark comedy makes up for it, only by an inch, so such rating is what the story deserves.
Art, sound and character: Mediocre 5.
Ok, I not an art critic, so forgive me for giving the art a 5. Obviously, nothing much has change, everything are still the same, beside the fanservice isn't much, we don't get to see Kirie's panty, Momoe and Yuuko's boob flashes are limited. Sound.....nothing for me to say, besides the one who did the character's voices are still the usual and so as the character, however I do like Kirei's cosplay that transpired during her argument with Yuuko and this is the only time that we got to know that Kirei has an 8th grade delusion.....in the anime that is.
Enjoyment and overall: Good 7.
The special did lived up to as what was expected, in which it didn't look like an extension of the parent anime's episode. Though it was a bit corny, it was good that the author did manage to place a dark comedy aspect of this special, but as I've said the dark comedy only covered up the corniness of this special only a narrow inch. But it was all worth it in some aspect, so when watching this, one must not expect a lot.
Adios amigos, I have to join up with the rest of my gang to party hard in celebration of the upcoming doomsday. ARIBA!!!!
You just finished "Tasogare Otome x Amnesia",went through all that enjoyment and emotions.Then you will see this one last episode,an OVA of "Tasogare Otome x Amnesia".It gives you one last opportunity to watch this anime and remember it.
In the anime we had 2 main and 2 supporting characters,but in this OVA it is increased to 3 main characters(we see things mostly from Kirie's perspective)...In the very first scene Kanoe Kirie(Demon Slaying Maiden) shows up and the following opening with her makes you really interested despite of this episode being an OVA(i don't usually like OVA episodes of any anime since they seem forced to
This episode has no story like most OVA's but there was no story left after the finale of anime.Instead of giving viewers a new story this OVA gives you %50 comedy,%50 fan service alongside with the characters you loved.Until you re-watch the anime enjoy your last episode without hesitating.
The story does not make much sense, it's basically a final happy and comedic episode to part with the show. I found it rather pointless and unfunny.
The characters aren't anymore fleshed out than they were in the first few episodes, Niiya is shy and generous, Kirie is a jealous tsundere, Momoe is gullible and nearly retarded, Yuuko is playful and childish. That is pretty much it. Nobody else shows up, but it doesn't seem strange since the OVA focus on the main cast and they seem to wander around after classes are over and everyone went home while they're having fun.
The music is average. Nothing
stands out but I don't remember anything beside the opening and ending song. That's not really good but at least it's not horrific.
The art and animation bring nothing new from the main anime but they kept the pace. I wished they used more dark shots of the dusky sky but it was supposed to be light-hearted so...
As I previously mentioned, I found it to be pointless but since it's meant as comedy, I can't judge it too seriously. Although a comedy not being any fun is sort of a big deal too. There isn't much to blame on the OVA itself, I believe it's a matter of appreciation. I can't say I enjoyed the moments where the characters just had meaningless fun together, so I couldn't really appreciate this one. A bit of a shame since I think I would have fun if I could go look for ghosts with them :/
Seeing as it's my only solid reason, if you did like the group wandering around for the thrills of ghost stories, you should like it. Otherwise, well...