This was supposed to be the second part of my previous Valentines double post but, the demands of a working life never allow anyone to do things as planned. Anyways here is a romance series that was never meant to be.
Dusk Maiden of Amnesia (Tasogare Otome × Amunejia)
Directed by: Shin Ōnuma
Written by: Maybe
Studio: Silver Link
Anime based on the Manga of the same name.
Genre: Supernatural and Romance is the key themes in this series. It does have a bit of Drama,Horror,Harem and Comedy on the side with a dash of Mystery. It’s a fantastic balance of Dreary and Lively
This one has a great mixture of gorgeous visuals and a gripping story-line.
Here’s the gist of the plot. Teiichi Niiya has just enrolled at Seikyou Private Academy… Yes I know I know this is how every High school anime starts off but please read on. He meets a girl named Yuuko Kanoe who reveals herself as a ghost with no memories. Teiichi then decides to investigate her death by looking through the school’s seven mysteries revolving around her. Throughout the story, Teiichi and Yuuko discover the truth about these ghost stories while helping those who are troubled. It is discovered that Yuuko has no memories as she forced her entire reason for existing into another dark form referred to as “Shadow Yuuko”. If she can accept this part of her, she can remember why she is still trapped as a ghost, i.e. her final wish.
So why should you watch this ?
I have to admit I was a bit surprised by the lack of interest in this series when I first discovered it.Whilst browsing through a list of series that was recently release that year I found this little gem at the bottom of the list.It looked interesting enough so I started to watch it. Please note that this list was in order of popularity, after binge watching all 13 episodes a couple things came to mind. Firstly why is this series so short and secondly how have I not heard of this series before?
This question still eludes me to this day seriously Dusk Maiden has so much to offer. I’ll start with the animation and atmosphere. The name says it all ‘Dusk Maiden’, the animation is fantastic and does a really good job of capturing that alluring feeling of twilight. Yuuko Kanoe is in-fact a ghost and a very beautiful one at that. The animation style perfectly portrays her ghostly movements, her hair flows beautifully and the orange and red of the twilight against her pale skin is mesmerising. The whole series is bathed in this beautiful twilight feel and it gives it a whole other dimension.
Next is the characters; while I’m not going to dive into much details and spoil it for you, what I will say is they are all very likeable if not lovable, especially Yuuko she’s the best. While I have to admit there were some points where I felt kind of annoyed at the character’s decisions throughout the series, I did come to realise why they chose the path they did.
Finally the story-line, when watching the series there were many points throughout in which I felt a slight twist in my stomach either because of fear of what was going to happen or realisation of what did happen. The series isn’t all like this however, there are lots of light hearted moments and lots of comedy woven in. What I will say is there are some very unsettling dark parts within this series. The horror element does show itself quite vividly in this series. A word of warning watch until the very end of the credits otherwise you will miss key moments.
You can find this series at Crunchyroll.com
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