Being dead is the new moe
|If not vampires or zombies, it’s ghosts. Can’t high school boys find normal girlfriends these days? Is this really the number one choice these days? As much as I love the supernatural, I’m not sure how I’d feel about dating one…|
|Hooray! Dusk Maiden has arrived to haunt our hearts, but this means this is the last of the supernatural themed shows with dead characters because we have double series involving zombies! I remember reading the first few chapters of the manga for this series and loving every moment between Yuuko and Teiichi together…so can the animated version recreate those moments? I sure hope so.|
|…So we meet again, SILVER LINK but this time I have the upper hand! Mwahahaha…ha. Well once again, OC and I are here for the FIs of the latest SILVER LINK show and Fosh is joining in as well! Like Fosh pointed out, this seems to be the season of dead people, and if the manga was any indication, Tasogare is going to fit in rather nicely. …So let’s get on with it.|
Tasogare Otome x Amnesia opens with a character named Momoe in the school’s paranormal investigation club room writing about paranormal activity that people have reported. As she write her report though, mysterious thing keep happening in the classroom… However, she’s too dense to notice them for the most part. Finally, the main character, Niiya shows up and Momoe tells him that she thinks something paranormal went on. However, Niiya is too busy talking to thin air to pay attention. Niiya strongly denies that there’s anything in the room. Things escalate from there though, as Momoe starts thinking in her head and Niiya seemingly has the ability to read her mind (since he already has a 6th sense or something and can talk to ghosts). While Momoe tries to figure out if he can read minds or not, another member of the club shows up. Her name is Kirie and there’s obviously something in the room that Niiya and Kirie see, but Momoe is totally clueless. Finally, the club starts it’s activites, but the club president is nowhere in sight (Momoe has never met her either). Niiya then gets a ‘call’ on his cellphone and tells the club that the president is sick.
With that, the club goes to investigate the paranormal activity. Today’s subject is a lunch cart that moves on it’s own. There’s a rumor that a student died from having his neck caught in it and that he now haunts it, but before the team can investigate, it starts moving on it’s own. Momoe freaks out and clings to Niiya, but then Niiya is shoved in the elevator himself.
Take two! It’s the exact same scene that the episode started with, however, along with Momoe is another girl. She’s the one that moved everything and that Momoe never saw. She’s also the one that Niiya was talking to when Momoe thought he could read minds. Kirie can see her too, though it’s apparent that she views the ghost as more of a slight annoyance than anything else. Also, the ghost is the club president, thus why Momoe has never directly met her…. Since she can’t see her.
On to the lunch elevator. Yep, it was Yuuko (the ghost) who pressed the button. She was also the one who kicked Niiya in there out of jealousy that Momoe was clinging on to him. Yuuko joins him in there on the ride down and inside we learn that Niiya was the first one who could see and touch Yuuko. He sympathizes with her and this somehow leads to boob groping (to be fair, it was dark in there, but still). Kirie thinks he’s a pervert and Momoe thinks that Niiya has been to another dimension. …Right.
To end off the episode, Momoe talks about Yuuko’s grave. Yes, Yuuko is the name of a ghost who is in a lot of paranormal rumors around the school. However, we find out from Niiya that the Yuuko who hangs around him is a ghost with amnesia and who’s body is hidden behind a door in the club room. She doesn’t remember her life or how she died at all, but the sunset view she takes Niiya over to see feels nostalgic. Under the grave, Niiya finds a mysterious bell and from his end monologue, he hints at something more sinister to come.
Speaking of SHAFT (no, not really, this is SILVER LINK)…:
Oh hi there, Senjougahara. What are you doing here?
…Araragi needs more work.
Dull, dull, dull. That was a terrible first episode in terms of keeping me entertained. It was bad enough having to sit through a long scene with a slow-witted, spastic character like Okonogi and be expected to laugh at the poor attempts at humour. Anyone with half a brain could tell that a ghost was doing all that, and that Okonogi was the only one being left out. However, they felt it necessary to show the same scene. Again. Except this time they actually put the ghost in so we could see it from the perspective of the other two. I get the effect they were going for, but it didn’t work. I didn’t gain any new perspective on the events from seeing them transpire yet again, but with the ghost being visible. Natsume Yuujinchou handles the whole “I can see things that you can’t” thing much better. Ahhh, I wouldn’t have even sat through the whole thing if I didn’t agree to write the first impressions. What were they thinking when they doubled up on such a dreadful scene? I wish they had just left it to our imagination, because I’m sure we could have easily made up our own ghost scenario.
Since so much time is spent repeating that one scene, we don’t get to know a lot about the main characters. I get the feeling they could be more likeable, but the limited exposure thus far has me wishing the plague upon them and their family. Okay, well, it’s not that extreme, but I certainly don’t feel attached to them. Okonogi is the most irritating of the bunch, overreacting to just about anything. Kirie is alright, but seems flatter than a piece of paper in terms of personality. Likewise, Niiya only has one facet to his personality, and that’s being the same male lead we’ve seen in anime time after time again. I think this is just a bad first impression though, and I expect the cast will grow and improve over time. Miss amnesiac ghost seems the most likely to be interesting…although she’s still quite a nuisance at the moment.
The only thing of note that I enjoyed in this series was the art and direction. Silver Link is known for having a style very reminiscent of SHAFT, and that definitely shows in Tasogare Otome x Amnesia. There are plenty of creative angles and effects being put to use. Just look at the elevator scene. It was a clever little trick that made the scene more tense, alluring and dramatic. The art itself looks quite nice, so it’s definitely not a strain on the eyes. Too bad everything else is a strain on me. I’m dropping this unless someone grabs me by the shoulders, shakes me, and insists that the next few episodes are vast improvements over this one. Until then…keep your invisible girlfriend to yourself.
Hohohoho this episode was so good! Even thou the first half was straight up “normal-ish” anime following Momoe; a member of the Paranormal Investigations Club while random objects began to float around her. I have to say those moments made me laugh because Momoe was not even paying attention to her coffee cup and floating paperwork, but she finally reacted when Yuuko dropped her keychain doll on the table! And then Teiichi’s comments towards Yuuko got crossed over into Momoe’s conversation and her inner thoughts making it seem so perfect.
The second half was by far the most entertaining when the animators added Yuuko into the beginning scene! Thankfully it appears like Yuuko is somewhat happy around Teiichi even though she can kick his ass…I almost forgot that Teiichi was physically able to actually touch Yuuko like that and the same goes for Yuuko right? Still that opens doors for lots of ecchi moments, but I can only think of that ghost character from the To-Love-Ru series…anyway I died laughing whenever Yuuko would do something to Teiichi like mess with his hair or when she kicked him into the elevator! I swear those scenes left me laughing.
What else…oh right! The opening song!? Whoa that is such a fantastic opening it has the right amount of awesome and creepy thrown in; I really loved the visuals random rock guitar theme? I think it might become my top opening of this season…I can’t wait to see what the official ending song is like! So overall this was a great first episode, but I am waiting for the serious parts to come next or more random Yuuko fan service? Either way next episode where!?
Well quite a few differences from the manga (aka Kirie is there and I swear he found a comb instead of bells under the grave), but I like it so far. I can’t say that I appreciate Momoe being the main focus of the first episode since she’s my absolute least favourite character of the entire series, but I guess they had to introduce Yuuko being invisible somehow. It’s cute how they used the same scene twice with Yuuko visible and invisible and I guess it gives you a feel for what Niiya has to deal with on a constant basis. It’s hard enough trying to pay attention to two conversations going on at the same time, let alone having to keep track that one person can’t been seen by the other party. Yeah, he’s the 100% stereotypical shounen, but give him a chance. …Bonus points, he wears glasses. Not that I’m biased or anything.
I’ll admit that I remembered this as more of an ecchi story than a horror one, but the anime totally screamed ‘horror’ thanks to the OST and visuals. …Speaking of visuals, I might not like the character art, but wow SILVER LINK has upped its animation budget. …Or maybe this is because this lacks the action scenes that C3 had, but still. I didn’t have to cut out any derp from the screencaps I took. They also got pretentious again with some of their more stylistic shots, but hey, they looked damn gorgeous. Especially that last part with the tree and the sunset. I had to restrain myself for capping the crap out of Yuuko’s hair in the wind. I also absolutely love the OP (Choir Jail) to this. So much so that I did some research into it and HOLY CRAP Suzuki Konomi (the girl who sings this) is only 15 years old. God Japan has talented teenagers. Were you that talented when you were 15? I sure as hell wasn’t.
…I can’t wait until they get further into the story. There were some parts that genuinely frightened me in the manga and if the ending of this episode was any indication, then SILVER LINK is going to abuse the crap out of those parts. I don’t know how they’re going to try to fit this all in 12 or so episodes, but I look forward to seeing how they handle it now that they’ve kind of introduced the main characters.
More ghost antics next week. Hopefully with less Momoe.