February 14, 2013
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.
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.
April 18, 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.