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Dusk Maiden of Amnesia – 02

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Best female ghost ever, or best female ghost ever?
Here you go. The staff did some thinking together over the week, and we’ve made some changes, most notably translating 怪異調査部 as “Paranormal Investigations Club” (we used “Detective Club” last week, which on second thought is perhaps too vague). Episode 1 will be v2’d for the batch for format and terminology consistency.
fnord and Sindalf wanted to blog about stuff, but I was rushing to get to work and forgot to save copies. I guess I’ll put them up when I’m home.
EDIT: Here’s fnord’s blog on one of the lines in this episode.
[spoiler]There was a little discussion about a line this episode. My interpretation wasn’t persuasive enough for the rest of the team, so it was banished to the blog. Here’s my minority opinion. When Momoe recites the chant after the demon has gone into ‘hiding’, she says 「夕子さん 埋めた、柱に埋めた」, which could be a reference to an ancient Japanese practice called 「人柱」 (hitobashira). Hitobashira was a form of human sacrifice whereby some of those involved in the erection of a large structure, usually a fortress, would be buried alive to bless it and protect it from anything that might threaten its enduring presence, such as natural disasters, or, in the case of fortresses, pillaging armies (a very real threat in medieval Japan). The idea was that burying men alive within the walls of the structure would infuse it with the souls of the workers, and, since nature in Shintoism is swarming with spirits, move the building closer to the spirits and essentially make it a part of nature. A different, in literature popular explanation sees the sacrifices as the slaughter of workers that had participated in the construction of secret passages inside the fortress, and whose death would ensure the secrecy of the tunnels, thereby protecting the fortress and its lord. This is probably artistic license, especially since evidence of secret passages is unconvincing at best, but the practice of hitobashira as a whole seems largely undisputed and urban legends drawing from it persist. The reason why I am bringing this up is rather apparent if you’ve seen the episode.[/spoiler]

41 Thoughts on “Dusk Maiden of Amnesia – 02

  1. TommyxD on April 16, 2012 at 1:50 am said:

    2 hours before cr simulcasted, 😀 thanks!! keep up the awesome work

  2. Zoberraz on April 16, 2012 at 1:53 am said:

    I was very much looking forward to this. Thank you!

  3. Lucas on April 16, 2012 at 1:54 am said:

    Thanks UTW!!!!!

  4. macxxx007 on April 16, 2012 at 1:56 am said:

    Yeah… I’d tap that… if I could
    Thanks so much for the episode as well as the update!
    Thanks again and have a good night!

  5. Lol first faggot. Anyway thanks for the release

  6. Please hurry with SD! D:

  7. Jay-kun on April 16, 2012 at 2:21 am said:

    Thanks! 😀

  8. Angry Man You! on April 16, 2012 at 2:25 am said:

    yay, it is now Paranormal, my only complaint last week.

  9. The Anon Mouse on April 16, 2012 at 3:11 am said:

    LOL tap it he could…but would he want to?….hell yea! this looks like it might go somewhere and i hope it does.

  10. Zoberraz on April 16, 2012 at 3:16 am said:

    After having watched it, I wanted to say that I thoroughly enjoyed it. Thanks again.
    It was a nice surprise to see the production value of some of the presentation improved beyond the pilot. The fonts were nice. I also liked what you made of the karaoke for both songs.

  11. ASSFAG on April 16, 2012 at 3:22 am said:


  12. TommyxD on April 16, 2012 at 3:29 am said:

    damn i suck, was i supposed to declare “FIRST!!” with my post or… im lost… and i agree with what Zoberraz said about the show not flopping after the pilot.

  13. ffure21 on April 16, 2012 at 3:48 am said:

    the opening song made me want to watch this, thanks for subbing this anime!!
    Thank you UTW!!!

  14. Sexy Ghost Girl indeed. Very enjoyable show so far. Thanks for subbing, UTW 🙂

  15. UTW staff thanks for subbing ^^,

  16. wantei on April 16, 2012 at 7:19 am said:

    Yuuko gives me nosebleeds!

  17. 卡哇伊蘿莉 on April 16, 2012 at 8:59 am said:

    > 怪異調査部 as “Paranormal Investigations Club”
    Erm.. “kaii” 怪異 is closer to “mystery”, not “paranormal”, which is “choujou genshou” 超常現象. The kanjis don’t even share radicals.

  18. geist on April 16, 2012 at 9:13 am said:

    Having read the manga beforehand, Yuuko isn’t giving off enough dere in the anime. I do hope I’ll be proven wrong in future episodes though.

  19. hurrdurr on April 16, 2012 at 9:13 am said:

    @ 卡哇伊蘿莉
    So you learned to use the dictionary! Congrats!

  20. 卡哇伊蘿莉 on April 16, 2012 at 9:20 am said:

    Yes, it’s an important skill to have. I knew the 怪 guài from before, that’s what caught my attention. Normally I don’t really care, neither do this time. Just being helpful desu.

  21. Dark_Pride on April 16, 2012 at 9:23 am said:

    Thank you. I’m always willing to wait for SD.

  22. thanks for subbing. btw just curious:
    Best female ghost ever, or best female ghost ever? <— what's the difference?

  23. カノト on April 16, 2012 at 10:37 am said:

    you know, I wasn’t really planning to watch this series.
    The release copy sold me though hahaha.
    I guess I’d give this a shot then.

  24. Thanks! 😀

  25. Don’t have anything else to say but thanks, guys, as always!

  26. Setton on April 16, 2012 at 3:00 pm said:


  27. alex0714 on April 16, 2012 at 8:14 pm said:

    Thanks 🙂

  28. Mewmaster300 on April 16, 2012 at 8:49 pm said:

    What fnord thought was pretty spot on. It should have been put into the episode…
    (spoilers for Yuuko’s death!)

  29. QlShdR on April 16, 2012 at 10:11 pm said:

    “Best female ghost ever, or best female ghost ever?”
    That would be Honma Meiko (Menma).

  30. Xythar on April 16, 2012 at 11:22 pm said:

    >Erm.. “kaii” 怪異 is closer to “mystery”, not “paranormal”, which is “choujou genshou” 超常現象. The kanjis don’t even share radicals.
    I imagine that’s why it was translated as “Detective Club” in episode 1, but as you can see there’s more to translation than just rendering the literal meaning of each word.

  31. Yumi Hara is the best.

  32. Ginful on April 17, 2012 at 7:13 am said:

    Wow, thanks for the subbing! Awesome!
    uhm…. Can i use your script to translate into my language? My friends cant understand English 🙁
    I’ll make sure your credits will be kept 😀

  33. Verix on April 17, 2012 at 7:58 am said:

    Thanks for translating!!

  34. Shirt on April 17, 2012 at 9:55 am said:

    Ah, beaten to bringing Menma up but then…
    …really? Menma? How about Ibuki Fuko?…no…Marianne vi Britannia?…okay I see my own point now. D:

  35. By chance have you looked at Maigo Scanlations translation of the manga? I think they use Paranormal Investigation club. http://mangafox.me/manga/tasogare_otome_x_amnesia/v01/c001/10.html
    i would have used something other than mangafox, but that was the quickest at this time.

  36. Midoryu on April 18, 2012 at 3:33 am said:

    I agree with Mewmaster300, about the minority opinion. Only thing is the opinion isn’t a minority if you’ve read the manga. The subject of “human pillar” or “human sacrifice” comes up a lot in the manga, and here in the anime is the first time this term has popped up, so having confusions about it at first is normal :/

  37. huami on April 18, 2012 at 5:39 am said:

    you guys have a donate link or something? ^_^ I seriously want to donate to you guys, clearly the best fansubbing team out there! 😀

  38. Clead HeavenHell on April 18, 2012 at 10:53 am said:

    About the best ghost, I think Menma is nice too, and even Misao from (Asura Cryin’) are there…

  39. @Quazacolt
    I ran a diff against the two lines. It appears the only difference is the capitalization of the first letter.

  40. flyinseal on April 23, 2012 at 8:44 am said:

    I wasn’t keen on watching this show when you released the first episode. But… but… BUT!! THAT PICTURE you posted for ep2 made me want to watch this whole show. Good play on hormones there, UTW, good play. xP

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