I combined the post for the last three episodes of Occult Academy for artistic and narrative purposes, not because of laziness. I swear.
Last week, I said:
Of course, we know he’ll eventually help them in the next episode, the loli will eventually find peace, and the dad will be relieved. And there will probably be some flashbacks to Maya and her relationship with her dad and her finding a bit of peace through the loli. Book it. Yep, I said it. Book it. If the next episode doesn’t unfold in this way, I’ll randomly pick a commenter to write the post for the next episode.
Was I on the mark? (No need for drumroll, since I’m writing this post, the answer is yes)
If you’ve recently gone out to a chain restaurant or bar in the US, you might’ve noticed that the menus now include nutritional information. Most of the time, it’s really shocking as to how ridiculously unhealthy the food is. Outrageous numbers of calories and astronomical quantities of sodium. And it makes you reconsider your decision. Maybe I won’t have that 5,000 calorie bacon chili hamburger monstrosity. Maybe I’ll get a salad instead. So you get the salad, and la la la, everyone has fun. But then at the end of the night you think. Well, my choice of food didn’t change how much fun I had with everyone. But then why do I feel so unfulfilled? Why do I feel the night was not as fun as it should’ve been? And then you realize it was all because of the salad. You feel empty because there was no meat. And at that point, you realize you should’ve just bitten the bullet and ordered the heart attack on a platter. At least you would’ve been fulfilled. That is the salad trap. And I mention it because Occult Academy is one big fucking salad trap. A-1 is really pissing it away.
I have to admit, Occult Academy is losing me. We finally get a somewhat Ami-centric arc, but the direction felt haphazard, Maya out-of-character, and we keep losing the main plotline for monster of the week type of stories.
I really should just refer to this show as Occult Academy, like everyone else in the English speaking world does.
While ostensibly a Kozue-focused episode, this episode felt all over the place. I could tell because it was hard to figure out which screenshots were crucial to the story.
Maya’s back with a vengeance. It finally occurred to me, Maya reminds me of a mix between Scully, Mulder and pre-tsundere-era tsuntsun. She’s got the Mulder paranormal chops, the Scully "don’t give me this shittu again" sense of disbelief, and more tsuntsun than you can shake a large wrench at.
Was it just me or did the animation seem noticeably choppy and uneven in this episode? There wasn’t even that much action. Sort of disconcerting to see it happen so early in the season.
Maya has the best facial reactions EVAR. She should put out her own photobook. Heck, we even get an outfit change in this episode. Two, if you count the towel.
Me and commitment. Man, it’s like oil and water. I was waiting to see Shiki before deciding on which shows to follow this season, but the first episode of Seikimatsu Occult Gakuin was impressive enough that I’ve decided to make the plunge (or maybe I’ve just been smitten by Maya, who’s by far the best new character of this season). Shiki and High School of the Dead will have to battle it between the two of them for the other spot.