For each episode so far, I’ve been formulating bizarre theories for what’s actually happening in Occult Academy. This is partly because the plot doesn’t move much between episodes so there’s not a whole lot else to talk about. However the other reason is the total apparent lack of cohesion between episodes. One episode will throw out some idea that later episodes seem to totally ignore or change completely. Trying to predict this show is a near impossible task because changing directors leaves you with different and often contrasting themes. But hey look, here’s the plot again! So back to actually talking about that, no matter how mucked it might, and did, end up being.
I know I said I’d talk about plot, but holy crap these boobs were going wild in this episode. They must have brought in a seasoned specialist boob bounce animator for this episode, and they probably had a lot of fun with it. Bra-less Mikaze must be in pain after this episode, Black Witch or not. They were also slightly more realistic than the boob bouncing in HOTD, which seem to run on perpetual motion or gun recoil ripples. I wouldn’t call any breast movement in anime fully realistic, what with them flying about independently from each other, but at least the animation was slick and solid. You start to notice things like that when given enough time, and Occult Academy sure gave us plenty of time to observe these mammaries in motion.
And I thought HOTD would be the only anime this season with crazy sex cults. Wait, that’s the second time in two paragraphs I’ve mentioned HOTD, I’ve got to stop doing that. I’d mention other anime from this season too except the only other anime I’m watching is Giant Killing and that’s curiously lacking in bouncing breasts and crazy sex cults. If Maya starts speaking in mangled Dutch or Smile starts frying a frog, then I’ll drop in a Giant Killing reference.
Now I’ve seen a lot of anime kisses in my time. I’ve seen miserably animated lips just bashing off each other in Spice and Wolf. I’ve seen a solid connection of the mouths in Arakawa Under the Bridge. I’ve seen a cigarette kiss in Black Lagoon. I’ve seen a literally breathless kiss in Neon Genesis Evangelion. I’ve seen a long fucking time coming kiss in Eureka Seven. I’ve seen ‘imaginative’ male on male kissing in Genshiken. I’ve seen the yuri kiss of life in Re: Cutie Honey. I’ve seen no kissing whatsoever how dare you even suggest Nagisa would do such an impure thing in Clannad. I’ve seen repeated kissing in Toradora. I’ve even seen spit strings before in They are my Noble Masters. However I’ve never seen a kiss quite a sexually charged and graphic as this (hentai notwithstanding). It kept going, with groping and drool everywhere. Clothes were dangling precariously by the end, held up only by erect nipples. Crotches were rubbed. Bums were shaken. On a sheer visual level, nothing beats that kiss. But when it involves Bumnei and Succubus girl then the emotional level behind the kiss pales in comparison to many of the rest I’ve mentioned.
What do you see as you gaze into the crystal ball?
I see the next episode being animated by Masaaki Yuasa, and it makes even less sense than any of his other works!
What, you mean less sense than that extra episode of Tatami Galaxy where Ozu is a giant octopus?
OK, maybe not quite that incomprehensible
(Just to prove I watch more intelligent anime than HOTD, I’ll reference some elitist Madhouse Noitamina anime)
I don’t like these sort of character deaths in anime. The forced good humoured scene they have before they ‘die’ to put the character in a good light so you feel extra sad when they do kick the bucket. We all know Maya hadn’t died, and yet we still had to sit through obligatory mourning scenes. No really, I genuinely hate scenes like that. Maya isn’t dead, are you lot not genre savvy enough to know that? But hey, Maya returns after about 5 minutes so at least it wasn’t an entire episode of dull mourning and attempting to make the viewer feel sad.
And as soon as we return, Occult Academy decides that now is the perfect time to reveal that it was actually a magical girls anime all this time! Suddenly we get transformation wardrobe change sequences and spells and black mage vs white mage. It didn’t exactly come totally left of centre. We all knew she was eeeeevil all along. But still, that whole change rather threw me. Although it did reveal something I rather liked. One of my theories was that there was no occult in Occult Academy and it was all caused by the aliens. Turns out I was almost right, I just was on the wrong track. There are no aliens. They’re just occult creatures called from the other dimension by a black witches powers. Although it would be amusing if, in the middle of a magical girl duel, a bunch of aliens land and go “hi guiz, sorry for interrupting your battle and all, but we’re gonna take over your planet lol”.
Even better than that though is the VP being a white mage. Think about the contrast between her and Mikaze for a second. The evil black mage drives a fast car, doesn’t wear a bra, spends her whole time groping and invading personal space with no consideration for the person involved or those observing. The pure white mage writes love poems, makes her unrequited love bento boxes and dresses in a very reserved manner. Notice the slight depression in her voice when she asked Bumnei was she not good enough for him when he was crying about Maya? Hey all you loser otaku with a purity fixation. This is what purity really looks like.
Oh, and Maya’s dad is the leader of the revolution against the aliens/inter-dimensional beings in the future. Because that makes perfect sense. Oh whatever, I’ll assume Occult Academy knows what it’s doing with this. Probably not a wise move on my part…