I found myself with a lot of free time yesterday and spent it catching up on some anime I’d fallen behind on this season, as is the case every season, and the main one I focused on was the otome game adaptation Amnesia. My initial impressions were somewhat favorable, I found it intriguing and engaging, a great contrast to my watchlist’s high count of comedies this season, plus Orion is just the cutest little shota I’ve seen all year.
As it went on though, that initial intrigue greatly faltered with every given episode. The male leads are all pretty bland bishounens with not much to them rather than their looks since everything under that doesn’t give you much, or at least I couldn’t gather anything.
e.g. Shin: he’s the silent mysterious one
Ikki: he’s the pretty and popular one who likes hitting and being hit on
That’s about it for each of them. Nothing new really, nothing I haven’t seen before. I makes all their actions and stories feel really boring and predictable. There’s nothing wrong with having familiar character archetypes, but there is wrong with not doing anything interesting with them. Unless somehow the last two boys are any better I don’t their focus will be any of the show’s high points.
Our leading lady isn’t really any better. Constantly inactive when not being lead around by her ever changing boyfriends and making little effort to find anything about her previous life, all information is from other people, information that just lands in her lap. Not really a complaint, but more evidence as to how this girl is nothing more a blank slate that does nothing more than just say “eh?” “eto…” “ano..” every few minutes.
Of course though ins this type of story making your main a blank slate could be intentional, ti allows for a plot with more mystery as all the important details get filled in as the show goes on, but that doesn’t mean that girl has to be so dull. Akira from Eden of the East at least had a personality, none of it at the cost of mystery or intrigue.
Nothing is absolute so who knows, maybe by the last episode I’ll love this show. Finding out exactly how everything fits together is still pretty interesting so its not like this show is all bad, just some things I’ve noticed.
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