Dusk Maiden of Amnesia
"Yuko" a name everyone has heard at Seikyou Academy at lest once. The tale of her demise many years ago varies depending on the story, but they're all in agreement about the spirit which haunts the old school
I'm not superstitious, but there is one truism I'd follow regardless: Don't build your house over an Indian graveyard, a school over a shrine containing the "stone of death", or any of that!
This anime excels aesthetically in both artwork and presentation. I've criticised shows for this kind of thing, labeling them "overdone"; but in this case I think it works well. Dusk Maiden of Amnesia has a lighter side, but the visuals do a good job reminding you of the darkness always lurking. Fan service is tossed in (which cheapens things a bit), along with other occasional silliness - keeping this anime from wallowing in despair and mystery. Which is something fans of the horror/mystery genre should keep in mind. This anime is a bit more fluffy and anime-ish than a purebred show of that sort would be.
I felt indifferent about some characters, which worried me at first, but realized it didn't matter since it was all about Yuko and Teichi anyway. Aside from the main 5, there are no other characters, which felt a little empty. One girl can't see Yuko and is a waste of space. Another gets scared when she's alone, which is a nice touch for this show. Mostly it comes down to Yuko, a girl I really liked. She's playful and mischievous, which is a fun setup for her crush on Teichi. Over the course of the show, that simple crush is portrayed as a love binding them through many obstacles in the show.
Dusk Maiden of Amnesia fell in line with my expectations, and perhaps even exceeded them in some ways. I wanted a good ghost story, the kind I'd want to know more about the more I learned. With the lighter approach in the beginning, I expected the usual "drama" shift before the conclusion, but I was really damn impressed in how there were many trials throughout the show. Yuko's story didn't disappoint, and her struggle confronting her past worked quite well.
If you are satisfied with the poetic "farewell" written in the notebook towards the end of episode 12, you can stop watching. I found this episode quite touching and beautiful the way it was done. But knowing how so much of this show played out and now that I've given you a warning.. you're probably not going to do that. No, instead you'll keep watching, as did I; and you too will be cursed by the final ending part which tarnishes something that could have been much more majestic.
But that aside I think Dusk Maiden of Amnesia did well for a "less intense" horror show done the (modern) anime way.
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