Tasogare Otome X Amnesia’s second spectacle is nothing less than stunning, yet still manages to be disappointing in some respects – it’s not bad, rather, bittersweet as it proves to be what the first should have been.
Silver Link studio only knows two things, complete and absolute unparalleled excellence, and failure – in the case of Tasogare Otome X Amnesia’s first episode, it was the latter for various reasons. Yet as for this second episode, it proves to be the former – and in fact, exactly what the first episode of the series should have been. This episode is an introduction to the characters, as well as their purpose – and Silver Link doesn’t simply deliver, they entirely wreck the place.
In terms of artistic ability and technique, Silver Link surpasses that of every single other studio out there as they’ve proved with C3, among other works – thus when we saw the first episode of this series, we were upset.
The visuals were certainly great – yet Silver Link isn’t capable of simply “great” when it comes to visual art, they have the capacity to take all seven elements of art, as well as each of all nine principles of design, and thresh them out ridiculously to a degree not even believed achievable by humans. Incidentally, that’s precisely what they’ve done here – and it seems they’re merely getting started.
It’s as if every single frame within this episode is a fine artwork in itself – each taking advantage of a different combination of aesthetic techniques to output an entirely transcendental experience with every second to pass. Some may utilize the concept of silhouettes as can be noted, whilst some delve into a variety of extensive and elaborate floral patterns, gradients, reflections, angling, and positioning – this is all merely a few of the established realms of art being boasted here by Silver Link as if partaking in mere child’s play.
Looking through the stills below, one can see informal balance, unorthodox hues, and simply so much which is truly overwhelming. This we’ve mentioned many a time, yet as it remains true, we say it once more, Silver Link is sitting at the very pinnacle of accomplishment when it comes to pure visual artwork – and of course, this all in turn provides a superior motion transitioning in the scenes, alongside an overall encompassing atmosphere unprecedented to say the least.
When working in animation, the visuals are telling the story – and with Silver Link’s unmet caliber of art, the story is certainly top-notch. First exiling the single complaint we have with the episode, there’s an excess of oppai fondling – surely any self-respecting heterosexual male, or perverse female, wouldn’t mind the sight of such, and it is clear Silver Link implements it to a grander scale of meaning within Tasogare Otome X Amnesia, attempting to represent the closeness of the relationship shared between the leading pair, yet it remains a sight too corrosive to the mood.
No matter, with that single issue overlooked – all else is superb. Rather than the odd method of storytelling Silver Link for some reason took a risk with within the first chapter, this time around, they’re starting the story in still an abstract, yet chronologically coherent and comprehensible manner.
As our hero traverses an empty school hallway, he recalls some words of supernatural rumor he’s heard spreading – they trouble him more so by the second, yet he carries on. And even though it seems he’s a little frightened by the myths being spread, he’s apparently chasing them out regardless. His reason for seeking out the otherworldly is unknown – yet no matter, he follows the voice in his head to a storage room.
Ringing in his head, the voice warns him against mirrors and other typical jazz accompanying ghost tales – although he still tarries on till he enters the room in question and happens to be startled by an intriguing bishoujo who claims to be a ghost. As we know from the first episode, she is indeed a ghost – and this she insists to our hero. An aspect worthy of notice is how our hero believes that she is a ghost despite being able to touch her, which is contrary to his belief of them being intangible entities – and also how he takes her word before receiving any true evidence.
That facet is prominent in that it shows the level of trust between the two of our hero and heroine – she allows him to touch her freely, and he doesn’t question her with second thoughts. The method in which the episode portrays these two to us is one which truly highlights their bond – as well as a seemingly natural sense of intimacy they share towards one another. While the face of this relation may seem overly playful, the inner emotion is beautiful indeed.
Further interactions between our leading pair compose what we’re shown all till the whimsical establishment of the “Paranormal Club” – the ghostly bishoujo made this in order to progress the search of her past. Yet once the club is actually in session, it is simply more flirting of ghost and generic highschool kid – or so it remains until a genki girl of blonde hair arrives at their door seeking help. At which point, we learn she cannot see the other bishoujo – and from there on, the start of a new romance unfolds as our protagonist helps the blonde with a concern of hers.
Of course, that also explains how she joined the Paranormal Club – and as the episode concludes, contrary to how the first began, the club is not fully assembled yet. This episode exquisitely managed to acquaint us with the central background and characters of Tasogare Otome X Amnesia – and now knowing these basics, we’re eager to see how the club will continue to grow, as well as how the history behind the bishoujo ghost girl will come to light, not to mention, what sort of impact to the story will it have.
Starkly in contrast to the first, this second episode draws in the viewer as if some seductive spiritual entity.