Amnesia – 04


As Shin walks the heroine home, he tells her he doesn’t want to go back to being just childhood friends. When she and her coworkers have a fireworks party, she invites him. He declines at first, then comes, and proceeds to tell her about the accident. He was too forceful, which led to her running off and falling off a cliff. In the past, she didn’t give up on him, so he vows not to give up on her. After almost getting hit by a car, she wakes up. It’s August 1st again, and Ikki is back, and calling her out for a date. When she heads outside, she sees him with the girls who confronted her in the future.

This week some of the pieces finally started to fall into place for the heroine. She now knows about the bond between her and Shin that led to his confessing to her, as well as what transpired before she fell off the cliff. Shin is a forceful, aggressive guy who doesn’t usually mince words, and at first glance he seems a curious choice for the heroine to date, but after this episode we could definitely see her saying yes to him. She never gave up on Shin after the unpleasantness that followed his dad being branded a murderer, and never let him give up on himself. He wants to return the favor by not giving up on her.

For a long stretch of the episode, even though Shin is giving her a lot of backstory, there’s the sense that the heroine is no longer just trying to regain lost memories, but being content for the time being to form happy new ones, like the little fireworks soirée. These are people she got along with and even loved; in time, memory loss or not, she’ll reform the bonds she lost. But only if she can stay in the same place! Her shift back to August 1st, and the reappearance of Ikki the also-super-aggressive ladies’ man (dick didn’t even give her the chance to say ‘No’), threatens all the progress made with Shin. Her trials continue.

Rating: 7 (Very Good)

Our second favorite OP or ED of Winter 2013 (Video)

While our favorite ED this season by far is still Maoyu’s, Tamako Market’s “Neguse” is no slouch. It features the vocals of Suzaki Aya (the voice of Tamako herself), who while no match for Arai Akino, does an admirable job for a rookie. The vocals are cute and peppy but never get too saccharine because there’s a bittersweet, reflective tone to the theme.

She’s also helped by a very smoothly-produced piece of music by the series composer, Kataoka Tomoko. This is only his second series (the first being Winter Garden, which we haven’t seen). The four-on-the-floor beats and day-dreamy atmosphere reminded us a little of Halcali’s “Tip Taps Tip” (one of our favorite ever EDs).

Add in some reliably lush KyoAnimation, and you have a nice little ED that manages to be both cheerful, hopeful, and contemplative.