Filled with spooky stories, and decades of extended remodel, and near labyrinthian sized buildings and hallways, Seikyou Private School has been the focus of the strange and supernatural for more than sixty years, with the most common name in the school's featured ghost stories as Yuuko Kanoe, the tragic girl who was killed as a result of an accident, and now haunts the campus.
Unfortunately for Teiichi Niiya, the rumors and stories become a reality for him, when he discovers the ghost of Yuuko, and gets more than he bargained for, when he realizes all too late that the deceased has taken a liking to him.
The plot gets further interesting when, Yuuko creates a Paranormal Research club to help her with her memory, since despite her best efforts, she has no recollection of her past, how she died, or the events leading up to her death.
So together with Niiya, and two others, they set out through the school unraveling the paranormal mysteries and legends that surround almost every facet of Seiyou.
Dusk Maiden of Amnesia is based on the manga by Maybe, and serialized in the Monthly Gangan Joker comic magazine. And while it has enough spooky environment and animation to get your chill factor off and running, the one thing that it has going for it above all that, is great comedy, and interaction between Yuuko and Niiya.
I sat down to give this anime a passing glance, as I usually do when trying to decide which shows I'll pick up for the season, and after the first eight minutes of episode one, I was hooked like a fish.
Not only is it witty, cleaver, and intense. It has one of the freshest and coolest female leads in a show since Haruhi Suzumiya.
Granted, Yuuko and Haruhi are polar opposites, but the spontaneity of Yuuko from one moment to the next is what I usually find myself hanging onto the edge of my seat for. And then sure enough, she'll deliver.
Some of the highlights of the first few episodes, are of course, the first half of episode one which is told from the perspective of club member Momoe Okonogi, who is oblivious to the invisible Yuuko, while Yuuko moves things and the room, and even goes so far as to drink from her cup. And of course, the passionate way Momoe explains about how a marker they found with the name Yuuko on it was a sign of someone who loved her, and how Yuuko was a real person, and all the romantic ideology that goes with her memory, as Yuuko kicks the stone over out of stubbornness.
When she isn't clinging madly to Teiichi, or annoying the other members of the club, Yuuko is calm reposed, and eager to put away her decades of isolation and loneliness.
She's both sad, and funny, spastic and charming. And were it not for the fact that she was dead, would probably be the ideal girl for Teiichi. Which of course is the outcome I'm rooting for.
Dusk Maiden of Amnesia is my top tier show for the Spring season, and one that I highly recommend.