Dusk Maiden Of Amnesia (Tasogare Otome × Amunejia) – What A Maiden!

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For those of you following me on twitter, well you’d know nothing, considering I didn’t tweet about this particular anime. Dusk Maiden Of Amnesia (Tasogare Otome × Amunejia) was a better anime than I expected. It was filled with a lot of heartbreak, weird angles, and most importantly, tons of horrifying moments, despite the anime being mostly funny and romantic. Indeed what a maiden was this anime.

The anime is about a high school student, Teiichi Niiya, who while exploring, discovers a girl by the name Yuuko Kanoe who reveals herself to be a ghost. The entire anime (twelve episodes) revolves around Teiichi attempting to find out more about Yuuko’s past and why she remains on earth, oh and Yuuko has Amnesia and forgets a lot of stuff all the time.

The anime itself, is quite well done, the original manga was published by Square Enix and serialized by Monthly Gangan Joker and the anime Adaption was done by Sliver Link.

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The anime while only spanning tweleve episodes, was packed filled with many twists and turns. Despite any movie-goer or anybody who watches tv, being able to decifer the entire story line by episode 4 or 5, the anime still manges to keep you hooked on it. The anime was able to portray a very uneasy tone throughout the series, which was quite odd since most of the anime was revolving around Yuuko and Teiichi’s romantic interest in each other and Teciichi over coming his shyness to admit his feelings for Yuuko and eventually willing to do anything it takes to be with her.

Throughout the anime you would get these thirty or forty seconds of pure terror being fed into you, which is then immediately juxtaposed by a very loud, over the top, comedic gesture by the anime’s cast. These can be attributed to amazing directing and production on the part of the anime studio. Not many studios can emulate such fear into the viewer so quickly and then disperse it even quicker. This was amazingly well done, such scenes would creep up on you without so much as a warning, or a how’d you do, for that matter.

The anime also shows how people attribute ghost stories, how quickly rumors spread and how it is changed.  The anime debunks alot of ghost stories despite it being a ghost story. Needless to say the ghost stories inside of this ghost story is, I believe, a parody of most ghost stories.

The entire cast is constantly four people, Teiichi Niiya, Yuuko Kanoe, Momoe Okonogi and Kirie Kanoe. Each person other than Teiichi and Yuuko played an important part in developing the character of Teciihi, to the point where the plot required him to. Momoe, is a very wild sprite, despite her inability to see any ghosts (Yuuko in particular), she is actively responsible for finding out more about rumors and stories that may pertain to Yuuko. Kirie shares quite a connection with Yuuko, despite Kirie also being able to see both Yuuko and something else in the school.

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One of the biggest flaws I had with this, was the love interest of the entire cast. All of the females in the anime seem to be fixated onto Teiichi, despite knowing of his interest in Yuuko. I honestly felt like this wasn’t very good to the character of Teiichi or to any of the girls, though  I understand that by doing so, the writer was able to show the real connection between Yuuko and Teiichi.

As for the actual plot, it was simple, but very intriguing. You could’ve figure out the entire plot from just a few episodes, I found as though there weren’t enough plot twists and it was pretty linear. You knew exactly where everything was heading towards. Despite this however, as you approached the very end of the series (the last couple episodes) a couple interesting parts of the plot keep you invested. Also there was a couple of different things that each character goes through that could be very important. (Actually it is, and it is a spoiler so I stop here.)

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The anime felt casual at a lot of places, yet at the same time it felt very deep, I honestly believe you can classify this as some sort of psychological thriller, or something along those lines. It had a lot of scenes that were pretty unbelievable. Again I draw reference to the fact that this anime pretty much fucks with your senses throughout the show, sending you down roads that go no where but then end up somewhere.

Overall the anime was well done, it had a lovely sense of romance and a brilliant terrifying atmosphere that gave the anime creditability. The connection between the leads where quite well established and it was truly felt in the shortness of the series. For anyone who loves a good scare and some good romance, this one is quite a pick up, I can be sure you’d enjoy it.

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Death Note – The Final Move, The Final Note

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For those of you following my twitter, Yes I am that interesting. You all would’ve noticed by now, that I have been watching the Death Note movies. Now having heard about the anime, from pretty much every single human being on the goddamn planet, I decided to take a peek at it. But when I saw that Death Note had a live-action movie, I had to sink my teeth in. Now originally I was confused as to why Warner Brothers was funding the movie, I thought it would’ve been a Hollywood – bang-bang, I have yo money. – But it was actually a Japanese production house who was responsible for the entire show.

Death Note (デスノート Desu Nōto?) is a Japanese manga series created by writer Tsugumi Ohba and manga artist Takeshi Obata. The main character is Light Yagami, a high school student who discovers a supernatural notebook, the “Death Note”, dropped on Earth by a shinigami (a god of death) named Ryuk. The Death Note grants its user the ability to kill anyone whose name and face they know, by writing the name in the notebook while picturing their face. The series centers around Light’s attempt to create and rule a world “cleansed of evil” as “God” using the notebook, and the efforts of a detective known as L to stop him.

Casting

Light, L And MisaThe casting on this movie was ridiculously amazing. I never thought that the casting would’ve been so well done. Ever character looked exactly as they would’ve. The casting of Light and L was brilliant to say the least. The actors, Tatsuya Fujiwara and Kenichi Matsuyama, did an absolute god-like job with respect to their roles. You felt Light’s “Call For Justice” and you saw L ambition. The supporting characters were all well done. Much props the Takeshi Kaga who played Light’s father, he did a great job. The girls, Erika Toda and Hikari Mitsushima, I must admit were better than I thought. Upon seeing them it didn’t register in my brain, until their turn came to act. Although there were little hiccups from the Anime/Manga which didn’t translate to the movie. The voices of Ryuk and Rem was well done. I liked the quality they brought to the movie.

Animation

Light And RyukThe animation of Ryuk and Rem was indeed quite a view. I must admit, I felt as though both Ryuk and Rem were real people. As Ryuk truly blended in with the environment. However Rem was not given the same treatment. While with Ryuk you had to look for the pieces of him that were animated, you could plainly see the animation throughout Rem’s Animation.

Acting

As I stated in the casting portion. The acting was amazing, even the extras acted brilliantly. All of the parts of the movie that the actors had to die in, they had all acted better than I expected. For extras the parts were well done.

Music

Fuck You Warner Brothers. Where Was Maximum The Hormone’s Zetsubou Billy? Which was originally chosen as the theme song for the Death Note Anime? Why was Red Hot Chilli Peppers‘ Dani California used? Don’t get me wrong, RHCP is an amazing band, and I am a big fan. But this is a live-action ANIME Movie.

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Plot/Story

Mostly like the Anime and Manga. Of course they left out things. They really couldn’t pack over 10 hours of anime into a single movie. They took as much as they could. Although I felt as though they could have included more time between Ryuk and Light. Although, in retrospect, by the time you watched the second part you would’ve felt much better with the scenes you got in the first movie.

Final Thoughts.

A brilliantly done movie. And This production house should win awards in all categories. I am aware that this movie was done many years ago, but I believe it can still stand hardcore with the recent films. I would recommend this movie to any one. It was easy to follow even though it had a deep, psychological essence.

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