So here’s something I wanted to review for a long time. This anime was what lead me to play the game it was based off and get more into date sim shows. Not to be mistaken for the horror game of a similar name, here is my review of Amnesia! Be wary of obvious spoilers.
This is the double-edged sword part of the show to me. On one hand for a dating sim, it’s a more unique because it has a plot that uses parallel dimensions and to me what is considered sci-fi themes which I have always been a sucker for. There is also the fact that unlike most date sims, you get to see her being romantic with all the characters, instead of being pushed into “I don’t know if I love them! I’m going to dodge serious romance scenes and just do the best scenario’s from each route for the whole series” or “lets just all be friends!” territory. Most date sim anime adaptions seem to use those from what I’ve seen so far, and I’m glad this one didn’t do that.
Because parallel universes are involved, all the pairing are technically canon. Everyone gets to see the couple they wanted from the game together. It was interesting to watch for me and unique. On the other hand, trying to cram 5 different routes into 12 episodes does not work very well, amazingly enough. The characters don’t get equal screen time. Kent only gets one episode while most of the others get 2 or 3. If you ever see the game based off of this you’ll see a lot of great scenes from the game were left out. What’s going on with parallel dimensions isn’t even explained until almost halfway through. Before you even start you choose one of the worlds to play through in the game.
Speaking of things being explained Orion is used for pretty much exposition only in the anime. In the game, he is also a comedic character but for the anime he kind of only plays a role when something needs to be explained (and should have been explained a long time ago). Some exposition is OK but this show and even the game is guilty of doing that a bit more than needed.
Despite the story being unique, it’s pacing is pretty bad. It would have worked a lot better if the show was a 24 ep series as opposed to 12. You probably could have added all the other stuff, and added new things had you really wanted. Because of how rushed it can be, it makes it seem like just a huge promotional video for the game and while that might be why they did that, there should still be more effort put into it to make it a good adaptation!
For the most part, I find the characters to be pretty nice and enjoyed watching them all. The design is very nice if not over the top, but more on that in the next section. Personality wise I found..most of them appealing.
The heroine was a bit bland. I understand she has Amnesia and that she is supposed to be more of a blank slate so she represents, however, the player is. However, she is very frail and fragile and never really fights back even when she should. Since it’s an anime she should also have some of her own traits to make the show interesting. The whole blank slate thing doesn’t translate very well from game to anime.
There is also the fact that at most 3 of 5 members of the cast have a colder approach to Heroine. I mean they all are different and have different reasons for being the way they are but that irked me a little. The supporting cast was fun to watch though but I feel like they should have appeared more since again they play a bigger role in the game.
None of the characters irked me…except one. I’m not going to name names because I try to spoil as little as possible but god damn if you don’t like possessive, crazy people just skip episodes 8,9 and about half of 10. I’m sure you’re probably thinking “Oh how bad can it be?” PRETTY BAD. Not like AWFUL per say but BAD. The stare at the screen with your mouth open and then yelling “DIE ALREADY” after the shock wears off kind of bad. Don’t say I didn’t try and warn you. He was absolute scum and I wanted the anime to kill him School Days style.
On the complete opposite end of the spectrum, though, I had to write a whole paragraph just for this adorable little cinnamon bun. He’s the character I used for the thumbnail and damn it he’s the best one in there. He appears last and I won’t spoil anything about him but he loves the protagonist more than anything and does a lot for her sake. He deserves to have her the most in my opinion and he’s very nice to watch whether it’s the anime or game.
Art and Animation:
OK, this is definitely the show’s high point. The designs for the characters are based around cards (hearts, spades, joker etc) and it’s a very intriguing design choice to me. The clothes on the characters can be a bit over the top but are undeniably nice to look at. All the characters are designed very nicely and are very pretty to look at, a plus for any date sim adaptation. The art for this is absolutely my favorite part.
When it comes to animation, though…meh. It’s not bad or atrocious to look at or anything but it isn’t the best thing ever either. It’s not something you have to bear through and cringe at (though there are some awkward faces that they freeze on for what feels like an unbearably long time in my opinion) but it won’t be the thing you pay the most attention to either.
I like the opening theme and I find the ending theme pretty nice as well. It isn’t as catchy as the opening and has a different sound to it that you have to grow accustomed to, but it’s a good song. The background music is nice too, it doesn’t stand out exactly but it’s nice to hear and is very relaxed and soothing for the most part. The songs, for the most part, fit the scenes but they can be a bit repetitive and don’t always fit in my opinion.
I liked all the voices of the characters. All of them fit nicely and weren’t annoying to listen to. The only thing some people might find a tad annoying is Mine, but for me, it was OK and fit her character well. The only complaint about voices I have is that Ukyo’s voice might actually be too feminine. I know he looks androgynous and everything but I think his voice should be slightly deeper. Not even that much deeper just a very tiny bit. That’s just a personal opinion of mine.
Side note, though, a dub of this exists. It’s the worst dub I have ever seen in my entire life. I’m not counting it towards the review but I have to mention it. It’s extremely bad, delivery voices all of it. Please watch the subs if you do watch this, you’ll be so much better off I promise you.
It pains me to say this, but I have to give this show 3.9 out of 5 stars. I love this series, especially the game but the anime feels like a watered down condensed version of the game. It doesn’t do it justice at all and I understand completely why the fandom isn’t exactly thrilled with it. I don’t exactly not recommend it per say but there are definitely bad elements that can not be ignored about this adaptation.
There are good ones too but whether you watch it or not, I seriously recommend the game which I will write about in another review. If you like date sims you will like the game and heck, maybe even the anime too! If you want to see it you can watch it on Crunchyroll and Hulu since I’ve seen it on both those sites. The game is on steam and is called Amnesia Memories.
Thank you for reading! If you can be sure to leave feedback (likes, comments etc) and if you have something you want me to review, I might review that as well!