OP: 「Zoetrope」 by やなぎなぎ (Yanagi Nagi)
Our protagonist has no name. She is however voiced by Nazuka Kaori and is supposed to remain anonymous until… well I assume until she regains her memory. This anime is based off an otome game and the player actually chooses the character’s name so I’ll be interested to see how that plays out in the story. No one addresses her by name thus far so we’ll see how they keep up with the pronouns. From here on, I’ll just call her “Heroine“, since that’s what all other sources are labeling her as.
The Heroine of our story somehow wakes up one day in a restaurant (dressed as a waitress) with absolutely no recollection of her past. If that isn’t cliché enough, two men come to her rescue when they hear that she’s fallen down at work. Shin (Kakihara Tetsuya) and Toma (Hino Satoshi) are two of our leading male characters that the Heroine can end up with. Not much is revealed about them, other than… they’re childhood friends and (probably) both like her. I find that they both have really similar styles too with their black jackets and rag-like clothing. It’s soon revealed by a mysterious floating spirit named Orion (Igarashi Hiromi) that our Heroine lost her memory from her past up until August 1st. Surprise surprise… she has to spend her time socializing and working in order to regain her memory. I’m not too sure of the technicalities leading up to her memory loss but it seems like it’s taken at face value. She has no memories. Period.
There are also two other main love interests introduced – Ikki (Taniyama Kishou) and Kent (Ishida Akira) who both work with the Heroine as well. Ikki is more of the typical popular host whereas Kent is more cool and collected (I believe he’s the chef). Nearing the end of the episode, the Heroine is also attacked by a group of girls… whom I assume are either jealous of her or hate her because of good reason. I doubt it’s the latter, but you never know. She seems to have suffered a serious trauma from their bullying in the past though so they’re probably jealous of her attention from guys.
I admit that I was really excited to start the first episode of AMNESIA. I’m typically not one that enjoys otome games or anime full of bishies since… well the plot never ties me down long enough to watch the whole thing. AMNESIA caught my attention though because underneath the average dumbstruck girl, is a dark eerie aura that surrounds the setting of the show. The music is a dead giveaway that not all is as it seems; and if that isn’t enough, how about big-eyed stalkers? I also realize that since a large aspect of the show is romance, a lot of people might be interested to see which guy she picks. There are four prominent males to choose from (from first glance) and I’m sure they each have their own story and tragedies. Oh! And I’ve almost forgotten to mention that the obvious use of cards and suits are meant to represent each male that she can hook up with. I for one, am actually more interested in her history. How did she meet these guys? What do they see in her?
If I were completely honest, I would say that the Heroine is actually terribly bland and hard to watch. She’s a little too slow and I like lively, quick-thinking protagonists! Our Heroine doesn’t cut it for me… but I suppose that’s why she’ll grow and pick up a personality later on with the guidance of Orion. I feel that Orion is like your guide for the
game anime and he’s there to explain things to confused individuals like myself. It bothers me a bit that everything is very one dimensional right now, but I guess that can be applied to many shows and they can still be enjoyable to watch in their own right. I don’t expect miracles from this anime, but it can end up surprisingly different and unique depending on the direction later on. There’s a lot of potential for hidden secrets and discoveries to be made.
Side Note: When I first heard of this anime, my first thought jumped to Amnesia: The Dark Descent. I kid you not, this is the king of horror games – it’s made grown men cry out of fear. For my own amusement, I like to watchYouTube videos of reactions; but seriously, this game should never be played alone or in the dark. Ever.
ED: 「Recall」 by Ray