Amnesia [First Impressions]
Since I didn’t get a chance to post about the first episode last week, I’ll be covering both the first and second episodes.
Amnesia is the current production from one of my personal favorite studios, Brain’s Base. There really is no such thing as a “Brain’s Base show.” They animate such a wide variety of material, from the absurd and surreal Mawaru Penguindrum to the calm feel-good Natsume Yuujinchou. But adapting an otome game is a first for them, and I wasn’t so keen on them doing so.
I didn’t have very positive expectations for this, and the first episode was even more underwhelming than I anticipated. With an unnamed female protagonist with the emotional capacity of a goldfish and an annoying sidekick whose dialogue seems to be copy/pasted from the game itself, the low amount of hope was already dwindling fast.
But thankfully, the second episode actually had stuff happen in it, and it became quite amusing. We’ve got the antagonistic female pictured above, who despises Heroine so much that she not only glares at her, but she has her lackeys cut off some of her hair! To counterbalance this, we’re introduced to two supporting female coworkers who have dull personalities. Not that they’ll really have any plot significance anyway.
Amidst Captain Obvious Orion’s deep and observant insight, and a very overdramatic air hockey game, our Heroine’s emotions remain limited to confusion and paranoia. But we are hinted at her relationships with Kent and Shin, the latter apparently killed a man. (Cue Bohemian Rhapsody.) And of course we can’t ignore the “wake-up kiss” at the end of the episode. I’m not interested in his apparent murder, but (using the word ‘interested’ as loosely as possible) I am interested in this guy: