The radioactive background made it that much more romantic
|So I got Hyouka out of the way early with every intention of having this post out Monday and Jormungand out yesterday …but then course registration happened. AND NOW I’M SUPER STRESSED BECAUSE A FEW OF THE CLASSES I NEED TO GRADUATE APPARENTLY DON’T EXIST THIS YEAR! YAY! …Excuse me while I repetitively bash my head against my desk.|
A good deal of this episode was committed to showing life as normal for Yuuko and Niiya, which was kind of nice to see considering all of the crap they had to deal with to get to this point. It was satisfying to see this for a bit before the show started the drama up again, just to show that a ghost and a human COULD actually be happy together. Plus, it made the goodbye scene that much more depressing. SILVER LINK was also kind enough to add in one more groping scene, just because they could. It’s interesting to see Yuuko having her other emotions back. She seems like pretty much the same person, but like a normal girl, she could get embarrassed over her boyfriend coping a feel. It seemed weird having her react like that after having the same thing happen so many times before, but I guess they wanted the emphasize Yuuko’s newfound range of emotions.
The show also went back and explained a few things that I was wondering about. It was Shadow Yuuko that first called Teiichi to the mirror and not because he was related to Asa, but apparently she knew him well enough to like him. …I wonder if this was just an instinct thing or if she was stalking him for a while. Yuuko also talked a bit about why there weren’t any other ghosts, which was something I just attributed to the fact that ghosts in this anime world can only be seen if you’re expecting to see something. It would have been interesting to see more paranormal things in Tasogare (as opposed to Yuuko being thecause of pretty much everything), but Yuuko is the important one here.
Yuuko’s body was finally found (…it wasn’t exactly hidden well in the first place in my opinion, but whatever) and the whole story behind her death seems finally put to rest. I kind of wish we could have seen part of the funeral (or at least Niiya’s reaction while in the funeral), but I guess they wanted to dedicate as much time for Yuuko as possible. Of course, with all of the drama solved, it means that Yuuko was going to be moving on as well. Niiya’s reaction to Yuuko telling him goodbye was probably the strongest I’ve ever seen him react to anything. He never really showed it before (it was mostly Yuuko showing her affections to Niiya), but damn the guy really loved Yuuko. Even when she wanted a clean break, the guy refused to give up on her. That goodbye scene took FOREVER (read: half an episode), but damn it was effective at being depressing. Yuuko’s final request was really sweet and in the end, Niiya looked like he was doing okay at moving on with his life. I doubt that he would have ever completely forgotten Yuuko, but I have no doubt that he would have tried to live life how she wanted him to.
…And then the REAL end happened, making all of my tears COMPLETELY IRRELEVANT. So Yuuko is still dead, Niiya is still alive, the two are together and life continues on as normal. This seemed half assed to me. I mean, I’m happy for the two of them and everything, but it seems like just as Niiya got used to life without Yuuko, she came back. Why the time gap? I suppose that since Yuuko’s regret involves Niiya, she might be able to leave the school now, so that solves that problem, but there’s still the problem of one of them being dead. Niiya is still going to grow up some day and when that happens, he’ll be a necrophiliac AND a lolicon (since Yuuko will be forever underage). Yay. I guess we won’t have to worry about that though since the ending here seemed conclusive enough. I doubt there will be a second season. I can’t say that I really like SILVER LINK’s solution to the whole ghost problem, but Tasogare has been rather straightforward and simple all of this time, so the end is fitting in a way. I probably should have seen this coming, but I was just hoping they wouldn’t go in this direction.
Like a lot of people, I thought this was going to be more horror and less romance (and I’ve read the manga). However, like I’ve mentioned in previous posts, Tasogare skipped over quite a few arcs containing the more supernatural things and went straight for the parts with Yuuko and Niiya’s relationship. Even Shadow Yuuko was made to seem more human (though that’s probably because they needed Niiya to sympathize with her to get her and Yuuko back together) and less… frightening. I did enjoy what they did though with the storyline (…to a certain extent) and it was nice to see a couple actually get together before the last episode of a series. In the end, Momoe and Kirie were more like extra characters instead of full out harem members. Neither of them had any real development in the series (…though to be fair, Niiya didn’t really have any either), yet they were still enjoyable to watch when they weren’t annoying the hell out of me. Both of them improved by the end of the series though. Long story short, the story and characters were handled okay by SILVER LINK. Sure, there are things I would have changed, but overall, they didn’t completely butcher the storyline for me.
As for the visuals, those were pretty great. The backgrounds were always extremely detailed and the metaphorical imagery they used (like with Yuuko and the spider web in episode 3) was fun. …Though there was a lack of quality when it came to the actual character animation. Nothing as bad as C3 ever was, but there was some pretty obvious QUALITY in places. It also seemed like when SILVER LINK went off from the manga storyline around episode 9, they stopped experimenting with the visuals so much and just reused things that they had already done. In place of that though, they seemed to place more importance on the soundtrack (or to be more specific, vocal tracks) in order to push the theme/mood/emotion of a scene towards the end. A touching moment between Yuuko and Niiya? There was a vocal track for that. Not that that was a bad thing though, since the OST sounded nice enough. The OP to this was one of my favourites this season and while the ED (and the alternate ED) weren’t really my style, but I could enjoy them regardless.
Well, besides the iffy first episode and iffy ending, Tasogare was actually pretty enjoyable (though I wasn’t expecting much in the first place to be completely honest). At the risk of sounding like a manga snob, the manga was better in terms of horror and complexity, but the anime had it’s perks. …Thinking back to the other SILVER LINK series like C3 and Baka to Test, they’ve never seemed to make very good first or last episodes. Hmm. I have little to no interest on any series that SILVER LINK is animating next season (minus that crossdressing yuri OVA or whatever it is), but hopefully they work on that.