OP: 「CHOIR JAIL」 by Suzuki Konomi
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「幽霊乙女」 (Yuurei Otome)
A ghost with amnesia for president? I want to join this club!
Sorry for the delay, but putting together the full-length shots for this post took more time than I had expected. But now I’m done!
Alright, one of the shows I was looking forward to the most is finally here – Tasogare Otome x Amnesia. It’s the first episode, so I thought I’d give you an introduction. If you want to skip the summary, just scroll past the box below.
I’ve read the first chapters of the manga, so I was a bit surprised by this episode. Unlike the manga, the anime didn’t give us a proper introduction to the characters. We’ve just been thrown into the story, where we find Okonogi Momoe (Fukuen Misato), a member of the “Paranormal Investigations club”, taking notes of the paranormal activities that have been taking place around the school, completely unaware of the other presence in the room – Kanoe Yuuko (Hara Yumi), a beautiful ghost with amnesia who also happens to be the president of the club. However, there are people who can see her.
Enter our protagonist – Niiya Teiichi (Yonaga Tsubasa), the crush of Momoe, a good looking guy who seems to get into the most awkward situations because of Yuuko’s childishness. Our fourth club member, Kanoe Kirie (Kitamura Eri), whose face is quite similar to Yuuko’s, seems to be the only person (besides Teiichi) who can see the ghost. I’m assuming they’re related because of their surnames.
The format of this episode was quite interesting. The first half showed us the club activities from Momoe’s perspective – a perspective that shows us that there is a ghost in the club, or poltergeist, as Momoe likes to call “it”. Unlike her, the other club members can see this “presence”, and even converse with it, which causes Momoe to believe that Niiya has a sixth sense.
After this little club room meeting – which I assume was shown so we’d get to see the characters abilities and personalities, we’re taken to the lunch cart elevator – a device which has a “rumored” ghost around it. This ghost is said to be someone who lures people into the elevator to drag them down to the netherworld. Now, who could this ghost be?
Kicked into the elevator (that looks so painful) by a girl (this is the second time we get to see Yuuko in this episode), Niiya gets stuck. And with that, the episode returns to the starting point – but this time we see the “truth”.
It’s an interesting concept, showing the same thing twice, from two very different perspectives. I won’t write much about the second part because it’s technically the same thing, with the only difference being the fact that we can see the cute and childish Yuuko, pulling her “pranks” around the room. Personally, this is my favorite “neko mimi” for this season.
Moving on from the two-perspective part, we’re taken to a hill, where Yuuko is rumored to be buried. But she is in fact, buried beneath the club room, something Niiya is aware of. We’re also being told that Yuuko is quite famous, as she is part of almost all supernatural rumors surrounding the school. So, who is buried on the hill? The conclusion is – no one! Yuuko must’ve been a student of this school at some point, so someone did this in memory of her – something quite romantic according to Momoe. For some reason, that upsets Yuuko, resulting with her kicking the stone, causing Momoe to freak out (so hilarious).
I’ve always had a thing for ghost related anime shows. Since Ghost Hunt, I’ve been missing the “paranormal investigation” theme in anime. When I decided to help the other writers with the preview post, I stumbled across Tasogare Otome x Amnesia. The artwork seemed decent, the plot looked promising, but what caught my attention more than anything was the director of this show – Oonuma Shin. I absolutely loved Ef: A Fairy Tale of the Two (two series directed by him), so I expected this to be good.
This first episode served as a good introduction, and I’m very happy with it. The artwork is prettier than what I had imagined, the animation is really good, and the characters are likeable. I may not know very much about Yuuko yet, but I do know that she is a great character, and I love her already!
Besides the visuals in the show, the sound is promising too. I don’t have much to say about the cast, but I think they’re very fitting, and they’ve brought out the best of their corresponding characters.
As for the music in this show – I’m not very familiar with the people behind the music, but I do know that the composers for this show were behind the music in Suzumiya Haruhi no Shoushitsu, a show almost all anime fans are familiar with. From what I heard in this episode, the soundtrack was very nice, and pleasant to my ears. It’s not very eerie or creepy like, for an example, the soundtrack in Another. But on the other hand, this isn’t supposed to be “creepy” as far as I can tell, so, I have no complaints on the soundtrack for now.
Before I finish my post, I thought I’d mention the opening song that was used at the end of this episode. It’s performed by Suzuki Konomi, who is only 15 years old, and also the 5th Anison Grand Prix Winner. The song is called “CHOIR JAIL”, which also happens to be the title of the single it comes from – Suzuki Konomi’s debut single. I like this song very much, and thanks to my friend “Encoder-chan” (she is the best, and will be encoding all my videos for my posts), you can listen to it, and hopefully, you’ll like it too!
With that being said, I feel pretty content with this post, and all I can say is – Sunday friggin where?
Full-length shots: 8, 11, 12, 20, 27, 28, 32, 35
Note 1: I’m testing 1080p for this post. I’ll try to stick with it if you like it! Also, if the summary box annoys you, please tell me.
Note 2: Please, use the spoiler tags!