Introducing, this season’s bishie party~
|Ahhhh, Amnesia. Out of all the winter shows, this one looked like the best out of the bunch (plot-wise), so I was fairly excited to see how it would turn it out. The sheer amount of bishounen was also a nice bonus. What I didn’t consider was that most game adaptations tend to fall a little…flat.|
|Another otome game adaption despite the failures the predecessors suffered from. Maybe this one will be different? Ah, WHO CARES. YAOI BAIT. Duhuhuhu.|
|Ah, yes. The otome game adaption of the season! I’m not going to be making the same mistake with this as I did Arcana Famiglia (that being, getting excited only to have my hopes crushed under the reality of a really poor adaption), but I still am fairly excited to see the Amnesia anime. The heroine here had no personality to begin with and if they don’t go with romance themes, there’s always the mystery themes in the plot to keep this going.|
|Yay! I always make it a point to check out adaptations of otome games because of the bishies and possible epic romances (…even though they usually fail to meet expectations), but still, I’m hoping for the best! Sorry for the late post, we’ve all been busy with real life in one way or another, but late’s better than never, isn’t it? xD|
setting&story // As you can tell from the title, the premise of the entire story is about Amnesia. The heroine (who still lacks a name lololol) wakes up in some weird place without her memories and meets a strangely dressed, floating shouta that only she can see. It’s his fault that she lost all of her memories. Hoever, he feels bad and so he gives her the choice of four doors an- wait a minute. There were no doors to chose from? Sigh, yes, it looks like the anime is going to combine all 5 routes into a single storyline. I don’t know how I feel about this since each route followed a completely different story and throwing them all into one will be messy. …Or at least I think they’re trying to put this all into one. They did mostly show the introduction to Ikki’s arc (which is good if they start with that one because that was definitely the most rage inducing one) so maybe they’re doing that route’s content first and they’ll explain the different world thing later. …If that even comes into play. Otherwise, the first episode was pretty great for setting the story up with intrigue. From having the heroine being called a traitor by a bunch of people at the end of the episode, this is obviously going to be a bit darker than that story of some girl having 4 guys help her (without knowing it) get her memory back. If you’re wondering about the location of where they are themselves… hell, I don’t know. It’s some city where weird fashion is all the rage. Just wait until Rika shows up.
seiyuu&music // Ah, as it seems, all otome game adaptations usually have awesome OPs and EDs, and Amnesia is definitely not one to disappoint. The lovely OP, Zoetrope is sung by Nagi Yanagi (former vocalist of supercell) and has a really addictive tune to it and the PV is enjoyable to watch. I found the part with the heroine falling into the stars strangely hypnotizing, and again, it’s one of those Ops that I wouldn’t skip while catching the episode. Although I’m not too sure I understand what’s going on with that Rubik’s cube. The ED definitely doesn’t lose out either, with Recall being sung by Ray, who’s also been active in the animusic sphere with former singles Sign (AnoNatsu) and Rakuen Project (To LOVEru). I think that music plays a big part in the overall enjoyment level of the series, and since it’s actually rare that both the OP and ED sound good, I’m glad that Amnesia has good numbers to start it off on the right track.
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Onto seiyuu, although as mentioned in the Winter preview there weren’t any big names in the cast, I thought that all the guys sounded appropriate for their different characters. They have the androgynous-sounding voice for the tsun character (Shin), the sexy voice for the mysterious bishie character (Ikki), so our bishie cast is pretty much covered. Only thing is that it’ll probably take awhile for me to get used to our heroine’s soft voice that sounds permanently breathless/timid, which can get annoying at times. So far the only emotion she’s expressed is confusion and fear, but I honestly can’t imagine her voice going much further than that. Oh well, we have to deal with what we get.
Yeah she pretty much sticks with this facial expression for the whole episode
heroine&orion // At least with Persona 4 they gave the nameless protagonist an actual name. Amnesia doesn’t even bother to bestow a name let alone a personality deeper than a paper plate to the female protagonist (who I will just call MC for Main Character). MC is woefully demure and obedient to the point where she just follows the instructions of a mysterious voice without questioning her sanity in the slightest. Her most complex thoughts seem to be “Man, I sure forget a lot of stuff.” How any of these guys can stand to be around this walking doormat is beyond me. She must have always been like this for them to not notice anything different either. The one character type I absolutely hate is the uselessly shy girl with no personality. As someone who worked damn hard to get over that, I can’t help but cringe at characters who just can’t get it together and form a proper response without tripping over their own tongue.
“I like to watch you while you sleep…” Stalker lvl +100
I don’t know what role Orion plays in this mystery (aside from that it’s a BIG ROLE) but he wouldn’t have to make annoying commentary every 5 seconds if they just gave MC a personality and had her voice her own opinion. It’s weird having him hang around and just say things while MC stays quiet or just mumbles a weak response. I can only hope that as she gets her memory, her personality will become more developed. Orion said he bumped into her spirit and is now stuck in her soul in return for her memories, but there still seems to be the issue of her memories disappearing. He constantly asks if she remembers things and worries about her forgetting how to breathe if she isolates herself. While he seems keen to help, his very existence seems to drain her memories. Therefore, his motivation to get her to remember things may be more so that he can survive (since he dies if she dies) as opposed to benevolence. Of course, I haven’t played the game so I can only guess what Orion is there for. I’m just not as trusting as MC is towards him.
harem of bishies // Oh yeah, bishies. Love ’em pretty boys. They always look so pretty, especially the ones in Amnesia. Jeebus, they’re dripping with sexiness. Sexy clothes, sexy hair, sexy faces, and god sexy double-colored eyes. Seriously, their eyes. Ehm, anyhow, since this is based from an otome game, the harem Heroine has is the typical harem that offers a wide range of bishie stereotypes. Shin and Toma are the childhood friends who have opposing personalities. Shin is the ignorant tsun guy who’s secretly a dere, while Toma is the kind friend who shows his affection openly. There are also the coworkers, Ikki and Kent. Ikki is almost the same with Toma, except that he’s a senpai who helps his kouhai sometimes too much, and Kent is the smart megane coworker who can only think logically, but of course, behind his logic there’s deep concern. The bishies have different characters, but they have one thing in common: their affection and concern for the Heroine is past the boundary of friendship. Usually, in otome game, the bishies will be introduced with zero knowledge about the Heroine. However, in Amnesia, the bishies look at every little detail the Heroine does, and it’s obvious that they have their own secrets that’s involved with the Heroine. I can’t wait to see the interactions among them. And the most important question: who is going to be Heroine’s lover? The childhood friends, the coworkers, or Orion? Or maybe it’s the long-haired stalker who’s showing the signs of a yandere?
Amnesia was…pretty disappointing. The mystery aspect to it is only marginally interesting, and that might not be enough to get me to even try episode 2. I’m curious what MC has forgotten and what on earth is going on, but can’t handle seeing her stumble through life while gorgeous men in ridiculous clothing put up with her. Even the guys seem to be a bit bland, with only 50 belt buckles and an equal amount of various fabric patterns to give them any presence at all. They all exude the same suave attitude of hot guys, leading me to believe they really are nothing but hot guys for the girl to date. The only real good thing about this show? The cool clothes and rainbow eyes. I guess I’ll just look at screencaps to find out what’s happening and hit my head against the wall so I get retrograde amnesia and forget I ever watched this.
Either I’m easy to please or I’m in a good mood this week, because everything, including Amnesia, is fabulous to me. Unlike other otome game-adaption anime, Amnesia starts in a unique way that no other otome game has ever done, and that definitely piqued my interest. The mysterious aura every character in this anime has just adds my curiosity and this definitely helps at building up the excitement while I was watching the anime. To be honest though, I’m more at drooling at the art. The art is just beautiful. The characters are really pretty in their own ways (THEM EYES!), and the different clothing styles just add to their uniqueness. The artwork feels really soft and warm too, definitely a plus for my side. Too bad I can’t say the same about the backgrounds, but so far, I’m satisfied with everything that’s laid out so far. I hope the same excitement will always stay as I watch this anime until the end.
Yay!!!! I’m so happy they introduced Ukyou early on~. …If you’re wondering, he was the psychotic green haired character stalking the heroine outside the window. …Yep. Anyways, this episode might have seemed a little… lacking, but there were a whole bunch of clues that were hard to pick up about the truth hidden in this episode that will pay off later. Amnesia always had a mystery element to it’s routes, so I’m happy that they still have that element in there as opposed to shoving it in the background to make the first episode mainly a harem exposition. It might be hard to believe, but the heroine has 48303421 times the personality that she did in the game too. Seriously, the entire game was narrated completely through Orion talking to the heroine. You never even read her thoughts until there was a flashback. Here though, the lack of her having anything intelligent to say comes off less as ‘she’s being shoved into the background because the plot cares more about other characters instead of her’ and more as ‘she doesn’t say much because she has no idea how to react’. Who knows, maybe she’ll actually develop a personality once the memories come back in the anime. Anyways, I can’t say that this was the best opening episode ever, but where people are writing it off, I thought it was actually pretty decent. Yes, this could completely unravel and become another Arcana Famiglia or Fate/Stay Night, but the story looks promising since they’ve set things up well for the rest of the plot. …As long as they don’t try to shove all of the routes into one plot. I can’t see that working well.
Amnesia was… unfabulous. The only things that’ve impressed me so far about Amnesia are the music and the art style. You can’t go wrong with a harem of bishies (although one may have to question Kento’s fashion sense – seriously guys, what is with all those belts?!), and I found myself liking the ombre eye colors. It’s unique and I’ve never really seen anything like it before, but it grows on you and it’s lovely how they manage to make different colors look pretty together. I also especially love the heroine’s default outfit, it’s so cute! One thing though, is that I can feel myself disliking the heroine already. I can totally imagine her being one of those main characters that you completely forget even exist because her presence is so… negligible. I find the concept of watching her regain her memories really interesting, but the way she is so clumsy/fragile and helpless without encouragement (fainted/tripped etc) makes it kinda annoying. I hope I can look past her lackluster personality for the eye candy and the (hopefully) mindblowing story elements that are going to come into play later.
And now I leave you with…
LOVE EM BELTS