Blu-Ray Review: Dusk Maiden of Amnesia (2012)

Posted by Retrokaiser On Friday, July 19, 2013 0 comments

Dusk Maiden of Amnesia is an romantic horror comedy series about a boy named Teiichi who is wondering around the old part of the school and just happens to meet up with a ghost named Yuko.  The two instantly become friends and form a paranormal club where they go over the schools urban legends to see if they can unlock Yuko's past as she doesn't have any recollection of it.  We are soon joined up with two more characters named Kirie and Momoe.  Kirie is Yuko's great niece and is very unsure about whether or not that they can trust Yuko.  Momoe is a very hyperactive girl that is always trying to find proof of paranormal existence and always finds very outlandish urban legends.  She also has a crush on Teiichi but is always failing on trying to woo him as Yuko gets very jealous and tries to hold her back.  She is also the only one of the main cast that can not see Yuko.  There's also a word going around that there is something else roaming around, could it just be Yoko or could it be something that will be a threat?

It doesn't take much to sum up on what this show is about but that doesn't mean that there isn't anything going on in this show.  This show is very well paced and real straightforward so you won't see any weird tangents that will take away from the story and confuse your minds.  The characters are really enjoyable and legitimately funny but they can also be serious all at the same time.  Going from comedy to serious drama may sound like that it will get a bit tedious but it is done in a way where neither of the genres clash but they rather compliment each other instead.  Be warned as there's a load of fan-service of the perverted kind in this show and I don't blame you if this doesn't go well with you as it does get a bit overdone in some scenes.  Not all of the shows fan-service is "Let's get naked for no reason at all * Throws off bra *" as some of it does make sense especially with the way that Yuko is written and admitting that putting in "fan-service that makes sense" in a review really throws me off as I'm not used to that happening.

Artwork is pretty decent with some nicely designed characters that are bound to be stuck in your brains forever as they are quite memorable. The backgrounds are really beautiful looking and give out a very pretty yet creepy atmosphere.  The English dub is very good and fits with the characters perfectly with a very smooth sound that make the characters glow with an aura of extra charm.  The soundtrack to this show is pretty damn good with a nice mixture of sounds that will give you a whole variety of emotions like creepiness, happiness, sorrow, and love.  You know what's even better about the soundtrack?  Just read the special features paragraph and find out what.

A really cool thing about the Australian release is that it comes with a bonus two disc soundtrack that contains over forty tracks from the show that adds a good extra two hours of fun.  Other special features include some bonus episodes like the pilot (marked as episode one), the OVA (Original Video Animation), and an extended version of episode twelve that is ironically one minute shorter than the non-extended version but it does indeed have stuff that wasn't in the original cut.  You also get text-less opening and credit sequences that are quite enjoyable to re-visit

Overall this is one of those shows that if you judge it by it's cover you are bound to be turned off thinking it's some generic harem show filled with big breasted bimbos.  If you give this show a chance you will find yourself in a very charming supernatural comedy that will fill up your day with fun.  Recommended viewing.

Title: Dusk Maiden of Amnesia
Animation Studio: Silver Link
Genre: Animation/Anime, Horror/Supernatural, Romance, Comedy
Running Time: 349 Minutes (14 Episodes)
Distributor: Hanabee Entertainment (
Rating: M15+ (Mature themes, Sexual references, Nudity)
Price: $64.99
Recommended: Yes


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