「黄昏乙女」 (Tasogare Otome)
This was probably one of the most beautiful endings I’ve ever seen. Besides the story development, it was visually pleasing. If the ending would’ve been bad (which it wasn’t), I’d still love this episode because it was so artistic. Good job, SILVER LINK!
So, this love story has come to an end. I’m so surprised that my assumptions were actually correct. I was so sure I’d be wrong, so I guess I can say that this conclusion was a bit predictable? But at the same time it wasn’t. I remember I did say that Yuuko’s new goal would be Teiichi, and that might hold her back from resting in peace, which actually happened, but initially I was betting on a bittersweet ending – something most of us probably thought we’d get until the epilogue.
Based on what I’ve seen from Oonuma Shin before, I wouldn’t be surprised if the episode had ended with Yuuko leaving after that amazing kiss scene. I’m so glad this didn’t have a tragic end, but at the same time, I’m wondering if this is a good conclusion. I liked it because I love the couple of Teiichi and Yuuko, but how will their relationship move on from this stage? It is a very open ending – one in favor of the Teiichi and Yuuko shippers, but not very satisfying if you’re looking for a solid ending with no loose ends.
As a Teiichi and Yuuko shipper, I loved this ending. It was satisfying for me, and to be honest, while I am curious about the future for these two adorable characters, I might not want to find out what happens ever after because I don’t want them to be separated. I found the main parts of this episode quite sad because I realized I didn’t want Yuuko to leave, not just because I love her so much, but because I wanted Teiichi to be rewarded for all he has done. Of course, he’d probably be happy with her resting in peace, but I wouldn’t, so the epilogue to me was perfect, and really sweet.
Besides the main couple, Momoe and Kirie got some screen time too. I don’t have much to say about Momoe as she was just being her usual dorky self throughout the episode, but she did an amazing job cleaning up the club room. Kirie on the other hand was less important but I’m glad she was included. She didn’t win Teiichi’s heart, but at least she isn’t broken hearted.
Kirie and Momoe may have been pushed to the side through the second half of this anime, but I still find them interesting. I know there has been some bashing going on when it comes to Momoe’s character but I can’t bring myself to dislike her. She is one of the keys to this conclusion – she is necessary, and to be honest, without her, this show would be quite plain. While some of her actions might’ve been a bit annoying, I still love her and find her quite funny. Kirie too has been a key, probably the most important one. I wish she’d gotten some more attention especially from Teiichi; I do feel a bit sorry for her because she did so much and yet gained so little. At least, she is still in the club and things will be the same again.
So to sum it all up, I loved this ending, it was a piece of art which brought justice to all the characters. It was a satisfying ending, and I couldn’t have asked for anything better!
When I decided to help out with the spring 2012 preview, I stumbled across Tasogare Otome x Amnesia (because it was one of the shows I wrote a preview for). The cast was quite unknown to me so I didn’t have any special expectations regarding the voice acting, but what really caught my attention was the show’s premise. I thought the concept was interesting; I like ghost stories, and I think I’ve never seen a paranormal romance involving ghosts before (in anime). I looked at some of the promotional videos and found the art absolutely gorgeous so I thought I had to watch this, and even better – I wanted to cover it!
Twelve episodes later, I can proudly say – I do not regret my choice. This anime may have been a troll at some points, especially if you’re watching this because of its genres, but overall, the main story of this show has been beautiful and captivating. I think this show would be better without some certain things, such as the swimsuit episode – it is completely out of place now that I’m looking back at it, but that shouldn’t be a reason to drop the anime if you ask me.
From beginning to end, this anime has never ceased to amaze me with its amazing characters. The plot has been a rollercoaster ride because of all the skips and jumps but the characters have always been refreshing and fun to watch. Teiichi hasn’t gotten much attention in my posts because I love Yuuko too much, but he is a very good character and had the best development out of all four. His journey from being an average boy to this point has been interesting all the way. I sometimes wish he’d been older because I doubt a twelve year old boy can be so mature – he isn’t even a teenager yet! But he is a good protagonist, and I really like him.
The other protagonist, our heroine Yuuko, oh wow, I don’t even know what to say about her. She is my favorite character of the season. I love her so much, especially her personality. I feel like I’ve written a lot about her in all my posts overall, but there is no limit to my love for her. She is simply an amazing character who is easy to love. She has something for everyone to love: looks, personality, and of course – an interesting voice. I’d never heard Hara Yumi before but I think she is a really talented seiyuu. Yuuko’s voice was really refreshing!
Overall, this show has been entertaining and visually pleasing. As a horror, it could’ve done better. The Akahito episode was a good horror episode but it was very random and felt a bit sudden. The mysteries of this show have been very rushed. I think it would’ve been better if there’d be less fanservice in the anime; that would’ve given the mysteries more room.
As for the romance, it was great. I’m a fan of romance so it has been very rewarding in that aspect. There is a solid build up and a nice conclusion, but concerning the paranormal aspect of this couple – there is no sure solution for this couple. In a way, I think that’s good because I don’t have to find out about something tragic in case this couple’s fate is a sad one. So if you’re looking for a decent romance anime – watch this!
To sum it up, this is a solid romance show, but the mystery aspect could’ve been better. Overall, this anime is very good; there is something for everyone to like, especially when it comes to the characters. I’m very happy I was able to cover this because I enjoyed this show a lot. It’s not my favorite for the season, but it was definitely good!
Having that said, I’m looking forward to the upcoming OVA, but for now, I bid this amazing show goodbye!