Tasogare Otome X Amnesia concludes as it began, with oppai fondling – the series ends certainly above average overall, and spectacular in visuals specifically, yet not nearly as strong in story and character.
Getting the aesthetics out of the way, they’re outstanding in every single way – Silver Link, the studio responsible for this respectable ghost tale, is by far the most talented in pure art at its finest. Their palette of hues is extensive – and their scheming with them is highly precise. They combine fantastic and unique colors alongside a book’s worth of varied art styles which range heavily – however, a more notable few would be watercolor themed or plain abstract.
The camera will be played with, patterns will be present, perspective is not forgotten – Silver Link utilizes a full toolkit as necessary to tell their story with the greatest extent of the effect desired, and much of this has been examined in the past. However, an issue arises in respect to storytelling – this is an area where Silver Link isn’t the best of the best, unlike their capabilities in aesthetics.
Silver Link has a history of struggling in telling even at least a decent story, if nothing more – meaning that in other words, they’ve a track record of terrible plot. This series differs in that while it first seems to be yet another slip and fall, one will notice that around half-way through, it suddenly turns spectacular as many aspects believed meaningless end up shining with significance – and this further stays critical as the story expands.
Indeed, this series actually becomes astounding past a certain point as Silver Link’s unprecedented artwork begins to relay a completely original story – succeeding in striking the nerves in many a way by subjecting our small cast to an assortment of unforeseen horror and dismay.
However, a flaw to tarnish that strong story they’ve managed to build exists in this very episode – leading up to the finale, many hints were made to imply that Yuuko will ultimately disappear, yet the problem is that she does not. Whilst Yuuko is enjoying time with her Teichi-kun, the episode further makes it clear that Yuuko will not last much longer – Teichi becomes aware of the fate awaiting his beloved ghost, and to no surprise, he breaks down as a response.
From there on, a bulk of the episode is spent on the expected whining and crying at having the only girl who lets him fondle her oppai disappear – yet Yuuko insists he get over it since it can’t be helped, though either way it’s clear she cares as well. In any case, Teichi convinces her to spend time with him till they’re pulled apart – and then nearing the end, the ghost finally disappears, leaving our protagonist to live a new life after the usual round of tears.
Now the major point of ruin for this series is that, one end sequence later, the ghost magically returns on the basis that she just conveniently turned out to have had more stuff to do in the worldly realm – thereby managing to stay manifested as a supernatural body on the face of the planet indefinitely, effectively making everything shown prior in this episode immensely pointless, and doing nothing with the strong foundation laid by the captivating developments of earlier episodes.
This series would still be considered certainly “above average” on a total scale – yet the finale unfortunately severs it from becoming a masterful series all-around, and in fact, keeps it from being anything worth watching. When a circular ending is all there is to look forward to – then indeed, that’s nothing to look forward to at all.