Seikyou Private Academy, built on the intrigue of traditional occult myths, bears a dark past—for 60 years, it has been haunted by a ghost known as Yuuko, a young woman who mysteriously died in the basement of the old school building. With no memory of her life or death, Yuuko discreetly founds and heads the Paranormal Investigations Club in search of answers. After a chance meeting leads Yuuko to cling to diligent freshman Teiichi Niiya, who can see the quirky ghost, they quickly grow close, and he decides to help her. Along with Kirie Kanoe, Yuuko’s relative, and the oblivious second year Momoe Okonogi, they delve deep into the infamous Seven Mysteries of the storied school. Tasogare Otome x Amnesia tells a unique tale of students who work together to shed light on their school’s paranormal happenings, all the while inching closer to the truth behind Yuuko’s death. – My Anime List
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Dusk Maiden of Amnesia certainly made its ability to tear down the genre barrier very clear on its first episode. While it is for the most part a supernatural series, the comedy, slice-of-life style drama, and subtly apparent horror drive the view to want to watch the rest of the series.
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In all, the anime adaptation of Dusk maiden of Amnesia is a good example of economy of action. The only regularly-recurring character beyond the quartet of Paranormal Investigation Club members is the more evil-looking ghost, and in some of the episodes no character beyond these five appears – not even in background shots. The setting only leaves the school grounds during the flashback episode, in only one case does the focus ever dwell on a character not amongst the primary four, and even when being funny the series never strays from its main story. The downside to this economy is the occasional sense that the story is moving a little too fast or could stand to develop things a little more. Some viewers also may take issue with a gimmick used at the end which cheapens the dramatic impact of the final regular episode. However, those are comparatively minor flaws in a series that otherwise does most everything else right, and the hidden details make the rewatch value for this one greater than most.
What the show does here in its twelve episode run is to tell a good story with a beginning, middle and end that gives us some closure. The show won me over rather handily in its simulcast run and it holds up very well now a year later watching it all in marathon form.
A thoroughly gripping spectre-cle (sorry).
I found both Dusk Maiden itself and Sentai’s dub to be solid. The show’s unique spin on a typical theme and the chemistry between the characters was very well done and the psychological elements used to explain events were a nice touch. I loved Sentai’s dub and thought it complimented the source material very nicely. Some of the more intense scenes towards the end could have gone a little bit farther, mainly from Bickham and Karbowski’s Momoe will probably be a like it or hate it situation, but overall I was pleasantly surprised by Sentai’s release. Whatever they did behind the scenes in terms of planning or directing worked a lot better than past releases, I hope their other upcoming titles continue this solid work.
Other than a couple of shared themes, and a superficial irreverent style, particularly in the first few episodes, it turns out that Dusk Maiden is nothing like that other series I was thinking of. This is a good thing, as I can concentrate on collecting both, without comparing one to the other. And although 2014 is barely out of nappies and just starting to toddle, Dusk Maiden of Amnesia is already the best anime I have seen this year, and it sets a high benchmark for other shows to beat. It is spooky, it’s funny, and it’s sexy, while it also has a good sense of drama, isn’t afraid to get dark and ominous when required, and has at its heart one of the most effective love stories I have seen in anime. It also has one of the best final scenes in an anime series, which for a medium that is renowned for leaving things hanging, makes for a refreshing change. I really do want to give it full marks, but that insult of an English dub is disappointing, and I have to admit that while it’s a show that I will watch again and again, more so than other critically acclaimed anime, in ten years time, no one will look back and point out Dusk Maiden of Amnesia as a landmark anime that redefined the medium.
Shin’s Anime Review
– If only every series was this good.. amazing work in every aspect, its hard to find any fault save for its short length. I would have liked to have seen more of the investigations into the school rumous by the paranormal club, more of Yuko’s teasing of everyone involved and more about the rest of the school, as there isnt really any other characters outside the main four. Would adapt really well into a movie, I hope they never spoil this series with a live-action version, because live action would never be able to get the wonderfully constructed and maintained “feel” this has as an anime.
So as a conclusion too me Tasogare fell short on any level: it wasn’t sad enough to be a drama, not funny enough to be a comedy, not romantic enough to be a romance and not scary enough to be a real horror anime. So I’m going to rate Tasogare Otome x Amnesia at 2 stars. I don’t recommend watching it. But again you don’t have to believe anything I said here, it’s not because I dislike this anime that you will too. The best way to find out is watching it for yourself.
The Otaku Judge
I enjoyed it from start to finish and was impressed by how the story successfully incorporated elements of comedy, mystery and romance. My only beef with the series would have to be its length. I would have happily watched more episodes so it is a shame that they didn’t adapt more stories from the manga the series is based off. One thing that may infuriate viewers is how the series ends. I was okay with it, but it is clear to see that the creators were uncertain on whether to settle for a happily ever after finale or a bittersweet resolution. Depending on your taste you may or may not approve of the outcome they settled on. Either way I still recommend giving the show a (ghost of a) chance.
Sleepless Ronins Reviews
This is a really good love story. Is it as good Mysterious Girlfriend X? No… but really close. There are lots of stories were the love story is the side story, tacked on romances and the like. This is not one of those. The romance is central to the story, it is the real story.
Dusk Maiden of Amnesia is an interesting series. It’s a tale of friendship, love and accepting people for who they are, not who others say they are. Whilst the anime does have humourous and romantic moments, the audience is always reminded that something bleak looms. Though it does feature classic elements of harem genre anime, Dusk Maiden handles them in a way that it doesn’t seem over the top or misplaced. The series comes into its own when it begins to explore Yuko’s past and creates some truly emotional sequences that will warm and break your heart.
My Anime List
Overall, I find Dusk Maiden of Amnesia to be entertaining and makes Sundays a wonderful relaxing day to finish off the weekend. Its balanced light comedy and seriousness is something that most of us will notice and while it doesn’t reach the necessity horror levels of some other series you may have seen in the past, it does makes it up with its entertainment and value. Its darker tone of the story later on will keep some of you viewers glued to your seat.
This series starts of lightly with humorous scenes and some mild fan service; it doesn’t remain so light though. As the story progresses the tone becomes darker and there are plenty of genuinely creepy moments. The characters are likable and well designed; I particularly liked how Yuko was such a mystery; her true nature being uncertain for much of the show; a nature that even she doesn’t know. The story is told well and in an interesting way; the flashback scenes where we see how Yuko came to die were particularly impressive, and also very original as it is shown in the first person; the viewer observing the scene as Yuko saw it. The animation is good and the background designs are striking. Overall I enjoyed this far more than I expected; I laughed, I cried and I was gripped from start to finish.
The uneven pacing, and frequent resort to cliche preventDusk Maiden from being more than a mediocre series with occasional high points.
Overall, this is not a great series, but it is often an interesting one, and the ladies are only occasionally required to surrender their dignity, for which I am very grateful.
There’s a lot that Dusk Maiden of Amnesia gets right but also a lot of ways it fails. With such good setup, art direction and music it could have been an excellent show. Instead, viewers are treated to something which is stereotypical for most of its runtime. With only a few episodes to stand out, it chose the safe route far too often. This is a tremendous shame because on the few episodes they choose to delve into something worthwhile the series becomes so much better. All in all, Dusk Maiden of Amnesia might be worth watching as is, but one can’t help but feel let down by what could have been a much better show.
If you want a horror anime, I would not advise you watch this. If humans falling in love with ghosts float your boat, then sail away!
The Nihon Review
Amnesia is still a mediocre series that never takes itself seriously enough to be provocative. The execution is poor, and the bulk of the focus is on ecchi fanservice tropes when it could have explored the characters and made the story more engaging. On top of that, the final episode is made up of unpalatable melodrama, and worse, the anti-climax right at the end leaves the audience feeling bamboozled. What I originally hoped for from this is something along the line of Ghost Hunt, but what I eventually got is something more of Scooby-Doo. If anyone wants to get spooked, this is one title I would not recommend.