Dusk Maiden of Amnesia closed its curtains this week among other shows, and being one of Spring’s more drama-inclined titles (typing that, I realize there isn’t really much drama going around) it stands to reason a bit that it would send us off with a few tears, and in us guys’ case, manly tears. In all honesty it almost made me cave. Almost.
Going by that I’m sure you guys know what I’m talking about, but I’ll save that for later. In its entirety the episode did its job well. This was the resolution episode. The one after the epic confrontation scene (and how cool was episode 11 eh?) where we get, like, a cold opening and some closure and stuff. In Tasogare Otome’s case, this was the episode where Teiichi and Yuuko finally meet the inevitable end of their happy time together. The time when Yuuko passes on, and Teiichi lives his life normally again.
For the most part that’s what we got. We see the “final date”, so to speak, between the two – doing things that they haven’t gotten around to doing yet (I know what you thought about), like eating lunch together as a couple for the first time. That scene was really sweet, and it showed how different Yuuko is now that she’s regained herself. She became a regular high schooler having the time of her life with the man she loves.
But I think we all knew, or at least felt, what was gonna happen next (it was very AnoHana like, actually). We first saw this in episode eleven, when her charm bracelet “phased through” her. It happened again with Yuuko’s chopsticks. She was beginning to fade away.
She planned to just break up with Teiichi in a professional, “this is just how it is” manner, but c’mon, what kind of guy would want that? If there wasn’t a way to make her stay, Teiichi wanted to be with her until the end. Yuuko didn’t want it to come to this, ’cause she knows how sad it’ll make Teiichi, but deep down I think she wanted her “last moments” to be beside him as well.
With Yuuko in the process of transcending the physical world, she and Teiichi roam around Seikyou Academy one last time, before heading to the place where the first met – the storage room we know all too well. The place was a wreck (thanks to Teiichi) but that didn’t stop them from reminiscing all the fun times the Paranormal Investigations Club have had.
Shortly afterwards. Yuuko starts losing her voice. It was time. Sitting side by side, the two communicate through Momoe’s journal one last time. This was THE tearjerker (plus, the insert song “Requiem” was awesome-tier beatiful) I didn’t notice when, but at one point in this scene my hands were just covering my mouth. The mood was near-perfect. The dialogue, although simple, was heavy-hitting. Yuuko’s last request was to be forgotten, so that Teiichi would be able to live a normal life, and he was ready to commit. The two share a last kiss, and just like that, Yuuko was gone.
It would seem that days had past when that happened, but Teiichi survived. He was ready to live a life without Yuuko for the sake of keeping his promise. And it would have been a nice, memorable end…
Until they pulled a fast one on us and gave us a “happy” end (the Super Peace Busters will not be pleased). At first I didn’t know why they did that, unless of course that’s how the manga would actually do it as well. But after lulling about it more I remembered a post I read from another ani-blogger about how bittersweet endings seem to be a fad nowadays. Maybe a happy ending once in a while isn’t so bad?
All in all, still worth the anticipation.
What do you guys think about that? How was Tasogare Otome for you guys?