Tasogare Otome x Amnesia 08 – running away from reality


As a series Tasogare Otome x Amnesia has demonstrated the importance of friendship, and how the ability to talk to, and interact with, particular people can become integral to maintaining a grip on reality. This series has also shown us how Yuuko is a significantly more complicated character than she first appeared, a character with different faces and certain aspects that are kept hidden, from others, as well as herself. Yuuko is a character that died for some unknown reason and has been alone ever since, slowly becoming sadder, drawing into herself with each passing day. Read more of this post

Tasogare Otome x Amnesia 07 – Hatred, Fear, Anxiety and Jealousy


Over the course of the series the mysteries surrounding Yuuko have grown ever darker and more elaborate, painting a picture of something terrible and disturbing, while at the same time telling us very little about Yuuko herself. She remains an enigma, a ghost who presents us with a brilliant smile, someone who is almost always happy and continuously pulls pranks on Niiya and Okonogi. However, as Kirie points out, Yuuko’s ever happy, ever smiling presence is abnormal, not because she is a ghost, but because she does not get angry, as if she is incapable of doing so. That is not to say that Yuuko is perfect, far from it, she is as imperfect as anyone else, but instead of showing her emotions, there appears to be a barrier for her. Read more of this post

Tasogare Otome x Amnesia 06 – When stories go out of control


Tasogare Otome x Amnesia is a series about stories and the power that they have over other people, often twisting their sense of reality and making it seem that the normal world is actually akin to hell on earth. We have learned numerous stories involving Yuuko; almost all of them appear to describe her as some malign spirit, always after a new target, attempting to either extract vengeance for her death, or simply being vindictive to those who are currently alive. The truth of course is very different, with Yuuko acting more like a playful poltergeist than a malign spirit. In a sense this helps to demonstrate the irony of Yuuko’s existence, and how the stories about her have twisted and changed over time, turning her into something terrible and frightening. Read more of this post

Tasogare Otome x Amnesia 05 – You fear what you see and you see what you fear


The previous episodes of Tasogare Otome x Amnesia have largely focussed on Yuuko, exploring how her character fits into the stories and myths that surround Seikyou Academy. This week, however, looked in a little me detail at Kirie Kanoe and her relationship with, not only Yuuko, but also herself and how she perceives her own existence. But at the same time, by looking at Kirie Kanoe, we also look at Yuuko and her place within the academy once again, along with the idea that you may as well enjoy your time at school, or wherever you are, living in the moment rather than the past and not worrying about the future that has yet to be understood. Read more of this post

Tasogare Otome x Amnesia 04 – The fear of losing those closest to you


The world of Tasogare Otome x Amnesia is a curious one, a place where worlds collide, one that is both frightening, but also eerily beautiful and captivating. It is a strange place that is a normal school for Niiya, Okonogi and Kirie inhabit as students, a place where normal, everyday school things take place. However, it also has another side, one of stories, myths and curses, an ethereal place that is beautiful and full of mysteries. It is also in a sense Yuuko’s prison, and her inability to leave this academy upsets her and makes her afraid for the future. Read more of this post

Tasogare Otome x Amnesia 03 – The eyes may see what the mind does not believe


Yuko’s existence is one of misunderstandings, isolation, ignorance and the pain of never truly knowing if she exists or what she looks like. Niiya helps to validate her existence through their constant interactions, and yet, there is an element of uncertainty that is stuck in the mind of Yuuko. It is as if Yuuko is afraid of her own existence, and the numerous ghost stories involving her name further demonstrate how, to the rest of the student body, she is a being of anguish, hatred and death. But more than that, it is something that has taken on a life of its own, completely changing the way, not only the people who attend the school think about Yuuko, but also the way she thinks about herself.  Read more of this post

Tasogare Otome x Amnesia 02 – Isolation and the fear of being abandoned


To be alone must be terrible, but to be alone without truly understanding why your alone, must be even worse. Yuuko has to live with the knowledge that she is dead, yet does not know why and how she died, furthermore, she does not even know anything about her life anymore. It is a terrible loneliness, one that must add a crushing weight to her existence, and something that she clearly questions even when there is evidence that she, as a person, or a being does in fact exist in this reality. Yuuko’s reality is one of uncertainty, she has no knowledge of her past, and her future is one of loneliness, and as far as it is possible to tell potential dispair. It is this fear of being left alone, and forgotten that drives Yuuko to approach and interact with Niiya. Read more of this post