To much dismay, Tasogare Otome X Amnesia isn’t anywhere near the level of epic expected – failing to leave us liking a single character, and not showing us anything worth looking forward to for next episode, a weak start.
This certainly was not a bad first episode, rather it was simply lacking – and that for a reason which a character within the series describes themselves, it is simply two people flirting for the bulk of the episode, the hero, and the ghostly heroine. There is an implication of greater goals – however it is so minor, and pushed all the way towards the latter minutes of the episode, it has no compelling charm at all. And none of the characters manage to win us over – boasting no traits lovable or earning of sympathy.
Tasogare Otome starts with what seems to be a relatively attractive short haired blonde girl in some sort of paranormal investigation club – and this girl speaks to herself in the usual energetic highschool shoujo fashion about various recorded incidents around the school regarding the supernatural. All the while as she jabbers to herself vehemently about abnormal activity, such things are occurring literally right in front of her.
A glass of her tea is taken, sipped, and placed across the table by an invisible entity, her keychain is tossed around, papers she had held in a stack were taken, read, and returned – all taking place right in front of her face, yet she hardly notices any of it. And even when she does realize there’s something a little peculiar, she simply overlooks it under some silly method of reasoning. Ultimately, the leading male of the story arrives, and without needing to think too deeply, one can easily ascertain that he can see the apparition in the room.
As he speaks with the specter, the energetic blonde misunderstands and believes he’s chatting with her, as of course, she can’t see the ghost. Then, a short haired bishoujo steps in the room – and as it so seems, she too can see entity of the other world. This bishoujo mentions something about always seeing flirting going on inside the club room – and one will assume her to be speaking of the blonde and the other blonde, the girl and the main character.
However that’s not the case, the episode continues a bit further before turning back in time and showing us the last five minutes in an extended 10 minute display with the ghost now visible. While one would think that such a technique of storytelling would be effective in theory, showing the scene with an element the eyes cannot perceive and then showing it over with he missing element, that is entirely fruitless if it was already obvious what the missing element was to begin with. Yet not only that, the presence of said “missing element” was impossible to miss.
Any who have seen even a single promotional artwork, if nothing else, of this anime prior to this first episode should have known that the ghost was the bishoujo – yet perhaps those who aren’t familiar with this series at all might have been more entertained. Even then however, that does not account for imbalance in plot and flirting – and seeing the entire scene play out all over again, made twice as long at that, isn’t rewarding in the very least, and that applies even if one chooses to simply focus on the ghost bishoujo’s enormous oppai which go occasionally emphasized.
The recap scene does provide just a tiny hint more of amusement than the original – although again, as the short haired, regular human bishoujo in this series mentions herself, it’s all mainly the male lead flirting with the ghostly bishoujo.
After leaving the clubroom, the protagonist ends up fondling the ghostly bishoujo in as per some “accident” while cramped alone with her in an elevator – and to end off, the series gets right to the last one or two minutes before alluding that there is a greater plot behind this anime than simply flirting and oppai fondling with the supernatural. Silver Link’s flaw here however is at this point, we couldn’t care any less about whatever grander story there may be. Perhaps this series will pick up later on – yet the first episode did nothing to reel us in plot-wise.
Aside from the easily overlooked story, the visuals are disappointing in that it is only a few scenes which truly seemed as lovely as potential could provide – mainly the sight of the sky at sunset shown near the end. As for the rest of the anime, it didn’t portray much notable aesthetic intricacies.
Overall, this was far below what was anticipated from the pre-release material – however, do keep in mind we’re merely still on the first episode. Tasogare Otome may or may not improve later on – yet for now, Sankarea seems a better choice of otherworldly romance. For an introductory showing, this is certainly one just pitiful.