Rom-Com Horror? Yes, it’s a fine season indeed.
Tasogare Otome starts out with literally the most original first episode this week. That is, a majority of what happened in this episode wasn’t in the manga at all. Well, we don’t know if they’ll continue steering away from the manga but if they do, I don’t think there’ll be much of a problem. I don’t think they’ll do anything drastic like change the entire course of the story anyways.
As to why, well, for the most part the manga is pretty pseudo-episodic, with the Paranormal Investigation Club dealing with various rumored and/or factual supernatural phenomena within the school (like how in this episode, they checked out their school’s dumbwaiter elevator because of the rumors about it) so they could get away by making an original supernatural case, so long as it still fits. The “mysteries” are all linked by the series’ main conflict, so to speak, so although I say it’s episodic, there’s still an underlying story within it.
Another reason why I don’t think it’ll be a problem is because of the characters. I mentioned this in my episodic anime post, and it proves true – the characters are what drive these kind of shows. Then again, it’s very possible that this won’t be episodic, but really, these characters couldn’t have been adapted more fittingly. Teiichi is still the funny yet direct at times guy, Okonogi remains the goofy and fun to watch girl, Kirie has kept her straight-face coupled with tsundere act, and of course Yuuko is still the mysterious lovable girl (if not more so, lol)
To end this little impression of mine (I might start spoiling you guys if I don’t) I’m gonna have to say that Tasogare Otome looks like a pretty solid adaptation, for now. The ecchi factor, although present, wasn’t up to the level that I was expecting it too, so that’s good.
Also, I absolutely love the OP song ^^ (though they used it at the end with this one)