Black Rock… Gold… Yuuko… Saw… yeah.
|AHAHAHA. You thought it wasn’t possible. You thought wrong. I AM ACTUALLY ON TIME WITH TASOGARE. …This is probably going to look ridiculous on Metanorn’s home page (having episodes 8 and 9 practically right beside each other), but I just can’t bring myself to care.|
Karma is a bitch
Yuuko was rather strange this episode as she was being particularly needy. She even experiences ‘negative’ emotions like jealousy. The most surprising though is the fact that she’s suddenly embarrassed at the fact that Niiya saw her naked. It’s only the 578407th time he’s seen her like that this series. Of course something is awry when Yuuko is suddenly embarrassed. I’m rather glad that Niiya picked up on that and went straight to Yuuko instead of running off to some other harem member and confiding in them and causing a great misunderstanding when Yuuko accidentally stumbles upon them. Good (non rage inducing) choices, SILVER LINK.
So Yuuko doesn’t remember absolutely everything, but mostly the non-occult stuff. …Interesting. I guess she’s still rejecting her past. Though overall, I’d say that this is the most human that she’s ever seemed. Normally she has that mysterious air about her, but here, while she seemed selfish and childish, but Yuuko was pretty straightforward. All of her actions had really easy to read reasons behind them. With Kirie, she was jealous that Niiya wasn’t paying attention to her. During the test, it was the same thing. Hell, everything that happened with Yuuko this episode, she just wanted attention from Niiya. Also, this is the first time that we’ve ever seen Yuuko showing interest in leaving the school. Forgive the pun, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen Yuuko that transparent (not to mention attention grabbing) before. It’s something that didn’t even seem possible last episode.
On that note, this is also the most human Shadow Yuuko has ever been. Before, she was just a shadowy mass with sharp teeth, but now she’s just a slightly different coloured Yuuko. She’s no longer a great unknown evil spirit meant to be feared, but instead she’s the enigmatic source to their answers. She’s still considered evil and now Yuuko is in danger because of her (Hahaha. A ghost is in danger. That’s almost as ridiculous as that “Teiichi, my heart is racing so fast!” line from last episode.), but giving her a human looking form makes her waaay more approachable. She even held an conversation with Niiya. Now, is it because Yuuko took off some of her burden that Shadow Yuuko looks more human? That’s my question. …Along with what the hell made her so twisted? Though that question looks like it will be answered next episode. I’m not sure if my other one will ever be answered. I also wonder that if Yuuko lost her memories again, would Niiya be able to taken them back again? I mean, last time she lost them willingly. Does that change anything?
Selfcest: It CAN actually happen!
If this is his reaction to Yuuko stalking him, imagine if he found out about Kirie.
Aaaaand this is where it derails from the manga. This was all new to me. That being said though, I rather enjoyed everything they put in there since it was integrated into the story pretty well. They made a big point about Yuuko not having ‘ugly’ emotions before, yet you knew something was off because she had them here. SILVER LINK did well at pulling from stuff they had already mentioned and integrating it into this new episode. Nothing felt out of place. Not even Black Rock Yuuko (no really, why did they even have that in there?). In fact, based on content alone, I think I like this episode better than some of the ones that have been following the manga script. Where C3 might have derailed after the first arc, SILVER LINK is doing a great job at progressing a storyline. …I’m so proud of them. (ಥ‿ಥ)
The creepy effects they did with Shadow Yuuko were excellent this episode. It went really well with the mood and I’m glad they abused the chance t use them. In particular, that one scene with the camera going back and forth with S. Yuuko coming closer every time was super effective. The darkness closing around characters at times they feel trapped was pretty effective too (but at the same time, it’s a cheap and easy way to save on the animation budget and you can really tell). This is also the most deep filled episode I’ve seen in a while. …Seriously, it’s like they replaced the character’s eyes with raisins. Overall, it was hit or miss with me for visuals. I do like their random music inserts though. The OST is going to be great.
How many times are they going to act like it’s the most unexpected plot twist ever that Yuuko has forgotten about something? Seriously, it shouldn’t be such a big deal anymore. She forgets things. This show is called Tasogare Otome X Amnesia. I didn’t expect them to put so much emphasis on the amnesia part. So while I don’t fully understand Shadow Yuuko’s sudden obsession with taking Yuuko’s memories (is she afraid that she’ll disappear if Yuuko remembers everything? Is she trying to punish Yuuko for forcing her memories on her in the first place?), I’m certain that there will probably be some big scene where Niiya hugs S. Yuuko and goes “I accept you, bro.” and then everything will be alright again. I am looking forward to seeing the next few episodes play out though. Getting answers will be satisfying. I’m also looking forward to see if they try to solve the problem of the fact that Niiya is alive and Yuuko… isn’t. Will Niiya die too? Though to be honest, from how they’ve made Yuuko (I still can’t help but laugh at that heartbeat comment), I don’t think they’re that far apart in the first place. …Plus Niiya doesn’t really care.
Preview: Looks like we finally get answers to wtf happened to Yuuko.
…Yep. Totally plot relevant. (Unless Yuuko was killed by an eggplant.)