Boy, I did neglect this series and had the episode blog dropped due to delays in the translations and some underwhelming episodes. It’s also not my choice to cover too. Anyway, finishing this and rewatching each episode had me thinking twice on my earlier opinion that this went to the way of Guilty Crown. It was wrong. Way too wrong. Now, here’s is my Tasogare Otome x Amnesia review. AND WHERE’S MY FEMALE GHOST DOMINATION DOUJIN?!
Technically, the animation techniques used here are good. There is a good use and mix of traditional and CG animation present here. However, there are some scenes where lighting was very poor and you can’t tell what’s going on there. Character designs are detailed well, but lack polishing and smoothness. Fortunately, they portray the characters well, and doesn’t feel copied from other series as well. Surprisingly, the rest of the student characters didn’t feature their face. Those that didn’t have ‘faces’ had blacked-out outline of their figure. Background art is stunning, similar to the animation, it is a tasteful mixture of both traditional and modern ones.
It’s simply excellent. Voice acting is convincing and mood setting. Voices fit and portray the characters well. The songs used for the opening and ending themes have both powerful vocals and melody, which makes for some good earworms! Background music are great too! Like with the voice acting, they’re definitely mood-setting and are a big help in painting the scenario in your mind.
Writing, Story, & Direction
This show is bursting with genres. Ecchi, Romance, Shounen, Mystery, Horror, Supernatural, and of course, Drama are the genres. Dialogues are good (i.e. written well), as they’re being used to unfold and solve the mysteries and events. There are, however, times where the events narrated aren’t connected to anything in the story narrated. Mysteries presented made sense and are justified overall. Despite the plethora of genres, Amnesia focuses on the relationship between Kanoe Yuuko and Niiya Teiichi and on the search Yuuko’s memories and true identity. Direction is average and was able to use the audio-visual presentaion properly, albeit with little hiccups that made certain scenes in the later episodes feel cliche. Still, the enjoyment one can derive from watching this series makes-up for some of the aforementioned hiccups.
Tasogare Otome X Amnesia, like most recent anime, is a good but not notable one. It’s recommended for the viewers who’re very savvy about the tropes and aren’t easily bothered by frequent sexual innuendos and fanservice, or to those who are merely watching anime for enjoyment.
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