Tasogare Otome x Amnesia 09 and the Burden of Painful Memories


asogare Otome x Amnesia has always been a series about the repression of painful memories, the amnesia that Yuuko suffers from is created by her attempt to escape from the pain in her past. As a character Yuuko is an enigma, seemingly always happy and enjoying life, or her version of it, but at the same time, her name appears in numerous dark and painful stories that circulate and in parts define Seikyou Academy. As mentioned on numerous occasions, her meeting with Niiya and their subsequent friendship, along with the introduction of other people to the Paranormal Investigation Club have been immensely important to Yuuko as a character. But, this has come at a cost to both Yuuko and Niiya as we have learned throughout the series. Read more of this post

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

Sexual Harassment in anime – Comedy, Carnivalesque, and Socially Constructed


Sexual Harassment or more broadly comedy involving sex jokes, references and general ‘dirty humor’, is something that is hardly unique to anime, or Japanese television, and appears in a wide variety of media around the world. Sex jokes and general dirty humor adds an element of the carnivalesque to many series, helping to break up the action or drama by injecting an element of madness into the plot. There is also a certain ‘Bacchic’ quality to such jokes, with characters in anime finding themselves in situations that would get anyone in the real world sent to jail. While most people will not necessarily want to do exactly what these characters do, there is something in their actions that many people may wish for. The idea that you could potentially do something as audacious as many anime characters, wondering perhaps what it would be like, although not necessarily wishing to actually do it knowing the consequences. 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