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February 14, 2013

Anime: Amnesia

Anime: Amnesia

Those who watch anime regularly are used to seeing characters gleefully declaring their eagerness to fight. Competitiveness is both the bread and butter of shounen titles, but the convention of rivalry and the desire to get in there and mix it up is now commonly seen throughout anime, regardless of the target market. Here I offer just three examples of the “Bring it on!” poses that I saw this week.

Anime: Chihayafuru

Anime: Chihayafuru

The first two screen shots are people getting serious about their games and were used for comedic effect, in Amnesia Ikki challenges Ken to a game of sudoku, in the second image, Chihaya has aspirations for her card-playing club. Our final example is a bit more serious, as Captain Genda is still healing from a previous mission, in which he used his own body to shield a work of art from gunfire.

Anime: Library Wars, Wings of Revolution

Anime: Library Wars, Wings of Revolution

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Another visually compelling episode.

I hadn’t intended to blog¬†Tasogare Otome x Amnesia (Dusk Maiden of Amnesia), but last week’s episode was so interesting that I just had to do so. Still, I intended to let it be, but this episode was packed with interesting visual ideas, so I can’t help but comment.

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Dusk Maiden of Amnesia.

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:

  1. The OP (used in this first episode as an ED) was actually pretty good (something you can confirm for yourself, below the fold),
  2. This first episode made use of the non-linear storytelling technique, which I thought was interesting and amusing, and
  3. The art direction was occasionally quite bold.

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