Dusk Maiden of Amnesia review, after the break.
“The whole plot of the story seems to be misled”
When you first start watching Dusk Maiden you get the impression this will be a horror anime. Do not be fooled. There are horror aspects but it has more of a romance theme to it.
Teiichi Niiya has just enrolled at his new school, which has various rumours about it being haunted. He soon discovers that he is able to see ghosts and meets Yuko Kanoe, who has lost all memories on how she died and what has happened in the past. Setting up the Paranormal Investigation Club, Teiichi and other members decide try and solve the mysteries behind the school’s rumours to help Yuko gain her memories back. Teiichi falls in love with Yuko along the way.
The English dubs are decent but a few voices may grate on you slightly. There are twelve episodes in total and the art captures the imagination when seeing slightly scary visions.
There are two main issues I have with this anime:
Number One: I hoped when seeing the first episode the curses and hauntings within the school would have been more scary and something serious causing them. This did not happen. Instead it just revolved around rumours and Yuko. I am not a fan of scary stuff in general, yet this is a Care Bear version of a ghost story.
Number Two: I cannot get my head around a human and a ghost having a romantic relationship. A ghost can only be in certain places and the human would just look dead weird in front of other people making out with thin air. He is also a school boy and will grow up eventually, he cannot be at the school forever. Just to mention the romance started with him falling over and ‘accidentally’ grabbing one of Yuko’s giant sized boobs and him seemingly getting brownie points for it, if any young man starting off in the world to find a girl watched this, you will know where he got it from. Yes, you could argue love has no barriers, but this one being life and death is a mega biggie. Reproduction would be a different matter entirely.
The whole plot of the story seems to be misled, you get to see the truth about Yuko on the second disk with loads of tiptoeing about beforehand and discovering why rumours at the school were there. Don’t get me wrong, it was alright to watch, but it didn’t meet my expectations.
If you want a horror anime, I would not advise you watch this. If humans falling in love with ghosts float your boat, then sail away!