Episode 2 of Tasogare Otome x Amnesia (is there an agreed-upon contraction of that name yet?) felt like the first ep I thought I was going to get last week. It was certainly an interesting choice for Shin-sensei to go with last week’s slapstick effort from the middle of the story first, because the events of that ep would have made a lot more sense after watching this one.
I have to change my vote that Sankarea is out-SHAFT-ing SHAFT, because it’s hard to imagine a more Shinbou-like 22 minutes than what we got here. It was all there – the distorted facial expressions, the bulging eyes, the quick cuts, the tricks of light and shadow – Shin has adopted a very busy camera for this series. I got Natsu no Arashi vibes a bit last week and this episode certainly doesn’t dispel them, though if anything the SHAFT affectations are stronger with Dusk Maiden than with that SHAFT series. I’m still not totally sold on it, though this was a fairly entertaining episode and certainly eye-catching – the situations feel a little forced and the dialogue does have just a hint of Nisio Isin self-aware cleverness to it.
Yuuko is an interesting take on the ghost motif, in that she seems bound by some of the same laws as her mortal schoolmates – she can’t teleport or anything, and if she wants to change clothes (which she does here) she has to physically change them just like anyone else. I was amused by the conceit that she was perfectly happy having Teiichi see her naked, but embarrassed when he saw her bones – which makes sense from her POV, as the bones are her “real” body. Now that we have a little grounding in the story – whether she can be seen (and in what form) depends on the mindset of the perceiver – the events of the premiere make more sense. I suppose this could go mostly comedy, with a touch of horror, but I sense a turn towards tragedy or at least melodrama on the horizon. I’m interested enough to tag along for now, but on the edge as to whether continue blogging. We’ll see.
ED: “Karandorie” (カランドリエ) by Aki Okui