Five years from now, if you asked a random passerby in any city in the world what they thought of the first episode of Tasogore Otome x Amnesia, you’d probably get a few blank looks mixed in with the overly-scornful and befuddled ones. But if by some chance you ran into somebody that doesn’t think you’re going to stab them like a fleshy pincushion, they’d probably respond with “Oh, that neat plot trick! Yeah, that was alright. Now get away from me, you fucking lunatic. Don’t make me call the police.”
Yes, Tasogare Otome x Amnesia has one saving grace; in a plot otherwise dominated by characters that couldn’t be any more generic if they wanted to and a central mystery that lacks anything resembling urgency, there’s a cool little gimmick (No spoilers!) used to both pad out the length of the episode and impress the audience for approximately ten minutes before leaving them with one question darting through their heads at mach speed: What now? After using something surprisingly creative, where can it go from here? The answer is, of course, that it can go nowhere but in wobbly circles around the “Club president is a ghost” angle before collapsing and metaphorically vomiting on itself.
Then again, maybe that’s not fair, seeing as we’ve only had one episode to judge what the show’s capable of. Still, once the initial joy at seeing a different kind of plot device evaporated, it was replaced by a hollow feeling of disappointment at the fact that we’ve probably seen all this before in other, more distinctive shows. I can’t say that I’m all that excited to see what lies in store, but at the very least it isn’t going out of its way to make itself terrible… and yes, I’m taking every single first impressions post this season to say that Medaka Box is fucking horrible. So if you, the reader, are on the fence about watching, remember: at least this isn’t Medaka Box! That alone is a big point in the show’s favor.