A young woman, by some strange occurrence, was left to die alone in the former building of Seikyou Academy. Mysteriously, there is one person who can see her in ghost form: Niiya Teiichi, a freshman. Now they both seek to find out the reasoning behind her death, and what could have caused it.
Tasogare Otome x Amnesia was published in Italian by Star Comics from November 20, 2014 to January 20, 2016, in Polish by Waneko from September 2014 to March 2016 and in Spanish by Ivrea España since September 2017.
Well after reading this I really had to think about the existence of ghosts. I've never believed in ghosts, and I still don't, but damn, I really want to.
"Tasogare Otome x Amnesia" otherwise known as Dusk Maiden of Amnesia is a school romance of a human male and a female ghost. I think the reason I actually loved this so much was that so many other authors have failed at ghost x human relationships, but not this time. This is a success. A brilliant success. The story is great, an occult research club investigating the seven mysteries of their school, sounds generic but this time
one of the people investigating is actually the center of all seven mysteries. Not only that but Yuuko, the ghost, does not remember how she died, or how she became a ghost. Now though, someone has come along who can see her, and is not afraid, but rather the opposite. Teichi Niiya is the protagonist in this, and does he have a keen eye for mysteries. Especially with each mystery unravelled they find out more about Yuuko's past.
Anyway, I don't want this to be long so I'll just say this. If you are looking for something different and you are not sure what, read this. For me, this was a 10/10. I don't give many high ratings but this one honestly deserves it.
~~~~~~~*This review contains a FEW spoilers*~~~~~~~~
When I came upon this manga, i saw a romance tag under it. So I gave it a shot. (Im a Typical romance genre reader.)
I would say that in whole , the manga focuses more on the story. And for the romance , comes in second. If is not for the romance , i might.. had lost interest in it. Not saying the story is not good, but im typically not into 'horror' types. Even for a 'horror' stories that i dislike among, this manga becomes one of my favourites.
I will try to keep the review as short and
as less spoilers as possible.
Story : 8
The storyline had actually made me read on non-stop till the end. It gives me a sense of urge to find out. That the full series of the manga occupied my whole free time. Partly of the reason why i've enjoyed it.
In this manga , we have the Main male protagonist , Teiichi Niiya who is the only guy in the Paranormal Investigation Club. - solves supernatural stuffs such as 'ghosts' etc etc. (in the later chapter, he recruited new members). While the main female protagonist, 'Dusk Maiden' - 'Yuuko' who've died 50 years ago in the school, thus a 'ghost' , which the rumors in the School spread as 'One of the seven ghost mysteries' .
Teiichi, was solving 'One of the seven ghost mysteries' . How they met were in one of the rooms and saw each other after looking though the mirror coincidentally. Only Teiichi, was able to see her. (The story did not explain why Teiichi was the only one that can see her) (In the later part , there would be another girl who can also see her.)
And this is when their story starts.
Wonderful Art. Characters were well drawn . Even the ghosts drawn looked scary enough to freak me out.
Overall, all of the characters are kinda cute which makes it look like a normal School life ROMCOM . The female protagonist is my most favorite . She still acts so cheerful and lives like a normal high school student. Even feeling jealous at other girls with Teiichi, leading her to seduce him . While the male protagonist is quite shy when it comes to relationships . But super serious when it comes to solving mysteries.
Really enjoyed it . And the extra chapter was a bonus. Makes me feel like I've really completed it rather than feeling unsatisfied. Satisfied with the romance, equally the mysteries are well-ed entertained. And a the moments where Yuuko is seducing Teiichi . Love it.
I find it compatible with the horror , mystery and romance. They actually blend in quite well! Although some Manga(s) with mysteries alone are really good. And oh, btw, theres a little ecchi in it. So enjoy the fanservice!
Thus , as a Romance reader myself, this manga wont let you down.
This is a good manga, even though the story is a pretty straightforward ghost story, mixing some eastern and western ideas about ghosts with a touch of urban legends and creepypastas. Nothing special about the romance element as well, there are plenty of books about otherworldly romances out there (they're usually called paranormal romance, if you're interested in the genre) and this story does nothing different on that aspect.
No, Tasogare Otome has no groundbreaking story, new ideas or original approaches. What it has is efficient storytelling, good characters and outstanding art. Maybe has a beautiful style, with a good grasp of narrative and a knack
for keeping the delicate balance of a romcom/horror story, which require completely different art styles and narrative choices. This is one good artist.
So, should you read it? Well, if you enjoy ghost stories, as I do, you'll like it. Same thing if you enjoy romances or school-related stories with a touch of mystery. But, honestly, it's not something you'll regret missing, so, if you're short on time, go for other manga.