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Occult Academy episode 11

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.

BOOBS!!

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…

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22 Comments

  1. vucubcaquix
    Posted September 15, 2010 at 6:40 pm | Permalink

    IT GETS BETTER I SWEAR!!!

    Enough of that. I never found myself turning a 180 in regards to how I feel for a character as fast as I did for Chihiro. Because in contrast to Mikaze, Chihiro was always at least slightly funny and even a tough pathetic in her devotion to Bunmei. Mikaze was just straight uncanny valley from day one. I’m not alone in wanting her to kick Mikaze’s ass as much as humanly possible next episode. At the very least, we’re going to be treated to some stunning animation if the ending to this episode is any indication.

    • vucubcaquix
      Posted September 15, 2010 at 6:42 pm | Permalink

      bah! a *touch* pathetic. stupid laptop keyboard and it’s subtle differences to my desktop…

    • Posted September 15, 2010 at 7:04 pm | Permalink

      Hell, yeah!

    • Posted September 16, 2010 at 1:58 am | Permalink

      Oh, that’s a good way to put it: Mikaze “uncanny valley.” Definitely. Right on the mark. She did feel very mannequin-esque the whole show (although sort of smoking this episode in how she forcefully made the move on Bunmei).

      I sort of hope Maya is the key. Everything, except for the VP being a white witch, seemed pretty predictable. But it’d be an interesting ending to see Maya sacrifice herself.

    • Scamp
      Posted September 16, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Permalink

      I kinda liked Chihiro but she didn’t really do anything beyond write poetry and appear in the background doing eeeevil stuff. But I do love the whole purity thing they ran with her, especially how you start to realise how they were actually doing that with the character the entire way through the series.

      I dunno if I ever thought Mikaze was uncanny valley. In fact, I never knew what the uncanny valley was until today…

  2. Posted September 15, 2010 at 7:02 pm | Permalink

    “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.”

    I think that early boob-swing scene took up as much time or more as Fumiaki and Maya spent looking for the key this episode. And I mean the shot you showed with the tomato. Then they went on to the creepy make-out scene.

    As to the kissing scene itself, I think we were meant to feel disgusted, not emotionally satisfied, as in the scenes you reference. If so they pulled that off quite handily.

    Finally I agree with your purity spiel. Chihiro is awesome for a number of reasons, including her just-revealed secret identity, but her “purity” is a direct cause of her inability to see that Fumiaki is a loser, and her getting saddled with the burden of an unrequited love.

    • Scamp
      Posted September 16, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

      Not sure if disgusted is the right word. Dangerously and over the top lust and sex appeal? Sorta like, if you were confronted with that much moisture and bodilly contact, what would you do in that situation. Dunno, I can’t think of the right word for it

  3. Samshel
    Posted September 15, 2010 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

    This episode killed the series for me, now to see how it ends.

    And you forgot about the strange coincidence about Mikaze making the meal for Fumiaki just like her mother did. Mikaze could be his mother or just read minds, who knows, this show is so random.

    • Scamp
      Posted September 16, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

      This episode actually made me like the series a lot more, for the very simple fact that it actually had direction this time. Previous episodes felt like they were throwing stuff out without much thought as to why they would fit in. At least this time it felt like there was a reason for all this nonsense

  4. Posted September 15, 2010 at 10:10 pm | Permalink

    This episode left me utterly bemused – but completely entertained. The fact that it was witches all along blindsided me; there were so many crazy theories floating about, but I never even thought of witches!

    God knows what this series has planned for its finale, its been a bit of a rollercoaster throughout so just going to go with whatever they fire at us. You never know, it may just make sense!

    • Scamp
      Posted September 16, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

      Were there any hints that it was witches earlier on in the series? I feel like something as big as that should at least be alluded to. Like one of them cast a minor magic spell or something. Maybe reading Bumnei’s mind as to what food he liked and what his name was counts as that?

      • Posted September 16, 2010 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

        Well there was the VP conducting that Séance that summoned Akari I suppose, but even that is tenuous. In hindsight you can say that Mikaze’s uncanny stalkerish knowledge could have been spellwork, but witchcraft was never really touched upon in the series proper until this episode.

      • Posted September 16, 2010 at 5:53 pm | Permalink

        in a show featuring ghosts, tengus, chupacabras and aliens, it seems like witches would be fairy game, foreshadowing or not

      • Scamp
        Posted September 17, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

        Yeah but turning a character who was previously said to be human into a witch is pushing it. I can believe Mikaze was a Black Witch all along, what with mind-reading and whatnot, but the VP being a white witch was a bit out of the blue. Not sure if her summoning the dead counts, although that’s more because those two episodes felt so out of place compared to the rest of the series.

        It did only happen at the end of the episode though, so give it time to explain itself I guess

    • Anonymous
      Posted September 17, 2010 at 8:53 am | Permalink

      Yeah the episode where the book from Maya’s father was found. Though truly advanced technology looks like magic, the talk about protective spells and such pointed to magical stuff

  5. Fundefined
    Posted September 16, 2010 at 11:11 pm | Permalink

    Occult Academy could have been good if it have some plot direction. Episodes 5-10 have almost nothing to do with 1-4 and 11. They should have found some clues to tie in with the plot so they didn’t have to blaze through the plot in 11. 11 is like “Hot Fuzz” without the buildup clues or humor. What hints did we have that the entire town is in on a conspiracy to destroy the Academy? None, we go from cooking dinner straight to KKK style mob frenzy with implied orgies.

    Also they want to kill Maya the witch but completely condone Mikaze flying around, casting magic?

    • Scamp
      Posted September 17, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Permalink

      Yeah that KKK gang was rather silly. I suppose you could say that Occult Academy is bucking the trend my making the townsfolk actually notice what’s going on in the main plot, but that would be pushing it a bit.

      (I never did like Hot Fuzz myself. Something about that directors style that doesn’t click with me. That’s the real reason I’m not really that interested in Scott Pilgrim btw)

  6. luffyluffy
    Posted September 17, 2010 at 12:51 am | Permalink

    Makes sense.

    • luffyluffy
      Posted September 17, 2010 at 2:15 am | Permalink

      By the way, you should label your screenshots like you do in your monthly roundups. I always loved seeing them.

      • Scamp
        Posted September 17, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

        That’s more difficult to do than it sounds. In the monthly roundup I generally aim to take pics that I can think of something funny to say about. In normal posts they’re there to connect with the next paragraph.

        In short, being funny takes effort and I’m lazy. They’ll probably remain just a monthly roundup thing

  7. Posted September 20, 2010 at 7:10 pm | Permalink

    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…

    Almost forgot about that scene, mysterious MIBs from the future just ain’t that memorable, are they. But would be cool if Maya’s dad, probably with a little help from Chihiro in Good Witch of the East mode, never really died after all… though I’m guessing Maya would probably soon finish him off for good for putting her through all that…

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