Tasogase Otome X The Grudge
|Another week, another mystery about Yuuko… I both look forward to and dread the time when that thing appears in this series. I can tell already that SILVER LINK is going to do a good job with it’s appearance, but I just know that it’s going to scare the crap out of me. …Anyways, enough vague talk about the future and on to the third episode.|
This week it all starts with Niiya getting a letter in his shoe locker and not telling Yuuko about it. However, the note has nothing to do with love and instead talks about how they want to meet the girl behind Niiya. Niiya goes to meet the person alone and that’s how he meets Kirie. She warns him about being spirited away by Yuuko, and that she’s not what she appears to be.
Yuuko goes to find Niiya in the rain, but Kirie’s warning is in the back of Niiya’s mind. The two go to the nurse’s office to dry off and Yuuko gets her fan service segment of the episode. She asks Niiya how she appears in his eyes and gets extremely close to him until Kirie shows up to cockblock. She warns Niiya once again that he’s being an idiot and describes Yuuko as some grotesque being. Niiya is scared and suddenly, when he looks at Yuuko, she appears exactly how Kirie described her. Needless to say, him and Kirie make a run for it.
Subtle. Real subtle.
As they run, we learn that Kirie is actually distantly related to Yuuko (Yuuko was her grandmother’s sister) and she began to see Yuuko after stumbling upon an old photograph. However, one day, her vision of Yuuko was shattered since she saw Yuuko’s true form which was twisted by hate and rage. The reason Kirie explains Niiya’ vision of Yuuko is because he’s a pervert. Niiya lets slip that he knows where Yuuko’s real body is and so they run to the clubroom since apparently Kirie thinks having the body will do something for their situation. However, Yuuko is still chasing them.
When they get to the room, Yuuko grabs Niiya. However, instead of spiriting him away or anything, she just apologizes for clinging on to him since she’s just been so ronery without anyone to talk to for years. With that, Niiya admits that he was scared, but he sees Yuuko as normal again. However Niiya insists on needing to see all of her THAT MOMENT, Yuuko submits and he goes to examine her body (which isn’t awkward to type at all). Down there, he finds Kirie and also figures out that Yuuko died because she broke her leg and must have starved to death. …Or did she. They also find a shrine there and figure that Yuuko’s story must have been changed (accidentally or otherwise) somehow over the years.
In the end, Kirie kind of sort of accepts Yuuko. After she leaves the room though, Kirie wonders what on earth she saw before while something watches her ominously from the shadows. Oh and she joins the paranormal investigations club.
… and that was how Niiya’s harem came to be
…Once again, the first episode kind of ruined things. Kirie was convinced that Yuuko was evil and trying to steal Niiya’s soul and yet from the beginning we know that Kirie is willing to hang around Yuuko and sees her as an annoyance at most. If Yuuko was really going to kill/ spirit away/ whatever Niiya this episode, then why did the first episode have him still alive with Kirie? This episode obviously came before the first episode since this was Kirie and Niiya’s first meeting. If they were actually trying to create suspense this episode, someone didn’t think this through. Sure Kirie could have been there episode one to try to thwart Yuuko or something, but that doesn’t explain why Niiya was still there and willing to be around Yuuko. There was kind of a weird continuity error as well since Yuuko met Niiya on the same hill that she claimed to have never been by in episode one, but that could just be because they were farther down it this episode. It was the same area though since Yuuko’s tombstone thing was there.
Once again, Niiya just kind of accepts Yuuko with no real reason. This episode, there was more focus on how the human mind is fragile. Like how Momoe saw Yuuko as something evil trying to kill her, Niiya saw Kirie’s vision of her simply because he had doubt in his mind. Niiya’s acceptance kind of takes away from that a bit, though after last episode, one could probably just attribute his acceptance as a character trait… I don’t remember the manga version of his acceptance being so abrupt, but that could just have been me not paying attention. In the end though, it’s probably a good thing that Niiya accepted her like he did since pretty much everything we’ve seen so far points to the fact that Yuuko is to be pitied. She died some sort of tragic death and now she’s lonely enough to throw herself on the first guy that happens to see her (…not that I’m trying to ruin her character, but that is kind of what she did). This was a point in the story that questioned that pity, only to have it confirmed that yes, Yuuko is a tragic figure with a ton of mystery behind her. There’s something else there that Kirie saw that frightened her, but more on that in later episodes when it becomes more relevant.
Well, three episodes in and it’s had rough patches, but so far so good for Tasogare. Despite my complaints in the first paragraph, this was a good episode on it’s own. The pacing was pretty good and there was actually suspense/tension when they found the shrine next to Yuuko. Whatever track from the OST they used there, it was excellent and so was the abrupt timing for it. So SILVER LINK can do atmosphere if they try, but just not first episodes (no, I’m not getting over it anytime soon).