Tasogare Otome x Amnesia 1 ~ everything about me lies beyond human awareness
April 13, 2012
Tasogare Otome x Amnesia (Dusk Maiden of Amnesia) seems to be a Supernatural Harem School-life Romantic Comedy with a touch of Mystery for good measure. The male lead’s harem is the school’s detective club, and the club’s president, Yuuko, is his “magical girlfriend” (in this case a ghost). I don’t do too well with these types of shows, so I watch an episode to know what I am avoiding then insta-drop it. There were three things that surprised me about Dusk Maiden of Amnesia, though:
- The OP (used in this first episode as an ED) was actually pretty good (something you can confirm for yourself, below the fold),
- This first episode made use of the non-linear storytelling technique, which I thought was interesting and amusing, and
- The art direction was occasionally quite bold.
OP: “Choir Jail” sung by Konomi Suzuki
I like the chorus in this song. The keyboard, the interval skips, and the quick-paced section give it the sound of sort-of an Ali Project “light”. It certainly is more commercial and accessible than Ali Project, and even though the lyrics are a little bit dark, they are nothing like Ari Purojekuto. Still, I enjoyed listening to it. The video above is some sort of official PV, not the actual OP animation, which is a bit of a shame, because the OP animation is pretty. The PV animation is lifted mostly from the first episode, and somehow they manage to lift every fan-servicey shot there was, so I think that is a good indication of where the series is going. Still the quality of the OP surprised me, so I’ll enjoy it while it lasts.
The second thing that surprised me was the use of non-linear storytelling. Essentially the episode is divided into thirds, with the first third and the second third being the same exact sequence of events, but we are provided a fresh perspective on things the second time around. Momoe spends the first third mostly “alone”, while ghostly things occur all around her. Eventually she is joined by two other Detective club members, but that doesn’t stop the strange things from happening.
Well, of course there is a ghost, and I already told you that. Hell, it’s the whole point of the series. The double telling was used chiefly as a source of humor, but also I thought it was an interesting way of introducing the characters. In their own way every club member has to react to the odd situation in a different way, including the club president (and ghost) Yuuko.
And my final surprise: Dusk Maiden of Amnesia has some very bold art direction. I haven’t seen a series that the production company, Silver Link, had primary responsibility for before. I watched some of Baka to Test, but didn’t like it, and I insta-dropped C3. These guys obviously have some chops, though I have a feeling this series will abandon interesting camera angles and color choices for fan service.
In conclusion, I enjoyed watching Dusk Maiden of Amnesia much more than I expected. I will probably watch a few more episodes, and likely silently drop it, unless the story turns out to be much more important than boob jokes.