[ANIME REVIEW] Amnesia 6.5/10

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Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 7, 2013 to Mar 25, 2013
Producers: Brains Base, Sentai FilmworksL
Genres: Mystery, Fantasy, Romance, Shoujo
Duration: 23 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

Summary:
This story takes place in a fictional town, in a fictional country, in a fictional world. One morning, a young lady awakens to find that she has lost all her memories prior to that morning. Her life, her relationships, her very name—all gone. All that’s left is a cell phone with numbers and names she doesn’t recognize and Orion, a young boy that only she appears to be able to see. With Orion’s guidance, she struggles to make sense of herself, a boyfriend she doesn’t know and the thousand and one little things that make up a daily life. But with no memories left, the only alternative is to forge new ones, even if that means leaving old loves behind.

(Source: Sentai Filmworks)-MAL

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First of all, this review was initially posted on MAL because I got slightly ticked off at the low ratings Amnesia got so yes, I’ll be one of those people that gave a high rating to Amnesia. Why? some of you may ask. Simply because Amnesia is NOT.BAD. Not as bad as people tend to label it.
First fact about Amnesia: it’s an otome game (dating simulation for girls) adaption, people!
Girls are finally getting more fanservice and smexy bishies! The focus on it it’s quite new so nobody can and will invest that much into smexy bishie animes for girls as they do invest in smexy girls with big boobs animes for boys! (I’m expecting Free! comments to pop out anytime now lol. That’s the recent exception xD) But Amnesia did good even with the low capital!IT HAD A STORY! I’ve seen adaptions that are really bad, with no story, no development, no anything and I recognize it, but Amnesia doesn’t deserve a 2 or a 3. The setting is nice! The art is nice and quite original! The music was the best of the season! The characters are a bit sketchy and hard to get through but they’re not stereotypes. The heroine is a dead fish with no emotion, a wooden board,yes, and I’ll never say otherwise, but it’s no reason to use inappropriate terms to describe it as a series.

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Story – 7
With all the time traveling we got last year this comes right at the right time. It has a good concept. The story started off with a lot of potential and continued holding on the suspense factor till the last episode. Why are you people complaining that we didnt understand anything till the last 2 episodes? Maybe the ending was rushed, yes, but do you like plots where you know everything from the first minute of the first episode? I personally enjoyed making theories about what the hell is happening while drooling over some bishies and have my heart thump because of some sweet, cheesy lines I’d never recognize I like in real life. The explanations we got in the last episode was quite well made and we slowly managed to connect everything piece by piece. The last regression clip to when the heroine first died was nicely made too. It would have been nicer if the heroine seemed more “alive” in other aspects. It would have made everything more enjoyable to follow.

Art – 7

Am I the only one that remained astounded by the character design? I was sad the quality seemed to drop sometimes though, like there started to be too many closeups, the characters stopped moving that much and it all went static like in the last episodes and sometimes the guys seemed taller than how they usually are which made me make fun of them quite a lot. Example: Ukyo and the trees in the alleyway, Ikki in the hospital room, Ukyo when laying down. But each and every one of the guys made my heart beat with their originally colored eyes and their especially cool outfits.

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Sound – 8

Great! just great! If i could i’d buy the soundtrack. I’m addicted to the ending and opening of this anime. The first time I actually abuse the replay button on my mp4 in a while. The background music was on and off, it didn’t leave a big impression sometimes, but can’t discredit it either.

Character – 6

Well, the are not stereotypes. They start off as stereotypes but they’re not and the most obvious example is Toma for very obvious reasons, obvious reasons that probably paralyzed me in my chair having an amused and/or surprised “oh God” expression on my face. The guys were all characterized pretty beautifully. I had a problem with Ikki at one point because his “world” didn’t seem like having a conclusion to his problems. It’s like the bad fangirls got a small victory there and I disliked it. His path ended abruptly after Shin’s “world” had such a sexy conclusion and Kent and Toma got slapped a bit by the reality of facts.
The ther problem is the heroine. And I once again complain about her. She has no will of her own, no actual impressions, average amount of feelings. If I could dress a doll as the heroine and replace her with the doll then you won’t even notice the change. She just goes from “eh” to “oh” and then “O-O” and then “staaaaaaare*. I hated how Orion was removed from almost all the anime. He could have made her a little bit more enjoyable, like in the game. Where, I might add, the heroine was voiceless till Orion disappeared in the end, so that might explain her dullness in the anime.

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Enjoyment – 7

Counting how Amnesia was the only anime that managed to keep me waiting in anticipation each Monday for the raw version, then Yes I enjoyed it.

Overall – 6.5

It tried to follow the otome game as much as it could afford. I liked how all characters had their route animated. FINALLY. And all the jumping in time actually had sense so every fangirl had their love love scenes with their favorite guy and everybody’s happy. Anyway, I’d like to ask of those who read this review…please don’t bash it too hard. Amnesia it’s really misunderstood and underrated. Somebody that didn’t play the game might find it harder to enjoy it as one that already played it. I also felt disappointed at some scenes, but overall, it is not a failure with no sense at all to deserve a rating from Bad to Horrible and Pathetic. Try looking at the bright parts of it too and not only at the bad parts. Sure, you can express yourself and say what you didn’t like, but my point is there just HAS to be something good in everything and it’s worth mentioning and given the appropriate credit for it, while considering all the factors.

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22 thoughts on “[ANIME REVIEW] Amnesia 6.5/10

    • Hello! thank you for your comment! I really appreciate it xD Yes, initially I rated it a lot higher too because of personal preference and because of my feelings of attachment towards it, but since I rated a lot of anime with 7 and 8 which I consider better than Amnesia, in some ways I didn’t feel it was “right”, so compared to other series, it’s worth a 6.5-7. But otome game adaption wise, Amnesia got one of the highest votes on my list, which would be the equivalent to 8. xD I didn’t mention that in the post, but I’m taking the opportunity to make this clear now, so thank you again. xD

      (You joined the translation team for Amnesia? OMG! I wish you the best of luck! I would instantly join in too if I knew Japanese the way I wish I would, but I also have very basic knowledge and mostly based on what I hear rather than reading >..< )

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  1. Reading all the reviews and comments…
    Eh? mochii-chan xD You’re here too!!

    Alright, I’m decided to watch the anime after talks about it with mochii-chan in mails… I’m never watch the anime before… Then yesterday, I finished watch it >////<)/

    The anime pretty good, it's even better than Hakuouki and Utapri anime… Most favorite episode…. of course Toma route kyaaaah… I can see Toma moving around hahahaha

    I personally love the character design, because the game also look like that…. (but with VN mode illustration)…. TomaTomaTomaTomaToma…. Okay sorry, I'm so crazy with Toma

    And in opening; when each guy trying to kiss heroine, it's so kyaaaaah xD

    About story…. It's follow all the guy bad ending; except Toma; heroine never pushed from a roof; she's only drowning in wells (oops sorry for spoiler)… Even the story kinda rushed, but I'm okay with it, they tried to follow the game story as well xD

    @Neko-chan
    you can mails me; or talking to me like this ^-^
    Alright, it seems we already talking right now ehehehe

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    • Yes I agree it’s better than UtaPri (WAY better XD) and I also partly agree about Hakuouki (mthe first two seasons weren’t as good as people make them out to be, but I pretty much enjoyed the Ovas and Prequel season :3).

      So you are a Toma fangirl! Hahahah XD I was so scared not many people will like him because he’s that kind of “incomplete” yandere XD I still remember my reactions when I first played the game, it was something between smiling and crying with Toma XD my bias is Shin, but I really like the other guys too. I can’t say I love one any less than the other XD

      Yup we already talking hahahah XDD

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  2. Yes! I love Toma… I don’t care about other people bashing about him (in blogs or tumblr) I still love him…

    No, no… he is pure yandere though… I had met and loves other yandere guys and you can say Toma is the best yandere for me xD

    Shin? eeh… Suzu-chan loves Shin too xD And Shin is my second favorite in this series… He is really a tsundere~~

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    • I don’t care about other people bashing him either xD Toma is sweet Toma xD

      I called him “incomplete” yandere, because comparing him with other yandere, I thought that, yes, he is the best yandere, but I also thought that he had a kind of sweetness that I didn’t see in other yandere guys. xD (abuse of “yandere” word. yandere yandere <3)

      Tsundere is my favorite type in otome games xD I feel like pinching their cheeks and kidnap them all xD *grins*

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      • Yes… he’s so sweet xD

        Hee, it’s the meaning of yandere right? dere: sweet, kind, caring. yan: over protective; will destroy anything which trying to become closer with something he’d protecting ❤

        Tsundere nee, they're cute in otome games, I love Tokiya from utapri and isn't he tsundere? And Kou from TMGS3; he is tsundere and yandere…. I think…

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      • Yup, Toma’s the only yandere characterization that I actually liked though. Hahaha xD That’s why I said “sweet” but more as in a feeling he gave me rather than an impression. lol I know that makes no sense, my heart is complicated sometimes!| xD Toma FTW ❤

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