「紅涙乙女」 (Kourui Otome)
“Blood Tears Maiden”
Wow, what a great episode! Tasogare Otome x Amnesia is turning out to be way better than expected. The premise made me assume that we’d see minor mysteries in an episodic format like the first few mellow episodes, but this is so much better. While I do think that this show would’ve been better if it wouldn’t have wasted some episodes on lighter irrelevant things, I still find this anime very entertaining and I like it very much. This show has been questionable, especially if you’re watching this as a horror or romance fan. But as for me, I didn’t set any expectations based on genres, so I’ve found this show to be one of the most interesting ones for this season.
This episode could’ve been an ending for the anime if it weren’t for the little scene after the new version of the current ending, performed by Yuuko’s seiyuu – Hara Yumi. Those of you who’ve read my Senki Zesshou Symphogear posts know that I’m not very fond of seiyuus’ singing, but this ending was quite good, however, the original is still the best, please don’t kill me!
Yuuko having her memories returned was the main goal of this series, so this in a sense works as a conclusion. I actually thought this show would end when she’d get her memories back. I didn’t even think of what could happen afterwards. I’m wondering if this might lead to Yuuko disappearing (and a bittersweet ending), I mean, she has nothing left to do, unless Teiichi becomes her new goal, which to me seems like a very possible thing to happen. But then what? A human and a ghost – how will this work out? I haven’t questioned this in my earlier posts but that doesn’t mean that it hasn’t been on my mind. It seems that this show won’t have a solid ending; I fear that we might never know how this relationship will move on for the sake of the romance, but that’s actually fine with me; it’ll leave some room for discussions and various theories which could be interesting to read.
I won’t write too much about it – after all, this is not the final episode. The finale airs next week, and on top of that, there is an OVA coming too, and as far as I know, that OVA is the thirteenth episode, not sure if it’s a sequel or prequel though, but I’ll cover it when it’s out, so look forward to that!
So, this week, it’s all about families. Yukariko is back, looking quite different from what we saw last week, and it seems that she can see Yuuko too, although, it’s the shadow she can see. A lot of you thought Asa might be Teiichi’s grandmother – good guess, it turns out you were right! To be honest, I didn’t think about it at all until some of you wrote it in your comments. I’m so happy Yuuko could get over her pain after merging with her shadow. I thought she might hold some grudge towards Asa, or Asagi – her real name, but it turns out she was happy because this led to her meeting Teiichi. I thought Yuuko was so sweet when she said this, she is so nice, and yes, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – Teiichi sure is a lucky boy!
Once again, we’ll have to thank Kirie for this outcome. As usual, she was the one to knock some sense into Teiichi who once again avoided his problems because he thought everything was hopeless. I don’t understand why Teiichi was so ignorant until Kirie confronted him. This has happened before, well, not this, but a similar situation. I understand that this is good for Kirie because it brings justice to her character, but with the way things have gone through the show, I feel like she should be less important now in this matter. I’m not saying she is unnecessary, I just think Teiichi should open his eyes on his own. But I guess I forgive Teiichi because he was the reason why Yuuko finally accepted her memories. To think that it was so simple, yet so difficult…
The concept of being unable to accept something about oneself isn’t something new in anime, especially when shadows are concerned, but I still love it – it’s easy to relate to and probably something most of us have experienced at some point during our lives. I think the scene where Yuuko and her shadow merged was very beautiful, artistic, and visually pleasing – this whole episode felt like a piece of abstract and slight surreal art. Tasogare Otome x Amnesia might not have the best animation (although, it’s really good already), but the artwork itself is so much better than what most of the currently airing shows have.
So, now that everything has been solved, the only thing that remains is Yuuko’s future – if there is one. I don’t know how this will end, I don’t read the manga, and I heard that this might be an original anime ending so reading the manga would probably not help anyway. I want to see a kiss between Yuuko and Teiichi… But, no matter what happens in the finale next week – I’m ready for it!
Note: Special thanks to Enc-chan for the ending sequence! You’re the best!
ED2: 「カランドリエ」 (Calendrier) by Hara Yumi
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