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Occult Academy episode 2

Anime blogging? That phrase didn’t exist in 1999!

(Shame on anyone who doesn’t watch the next episode previews)

It was pretty much as you were for Occult Academy, which is a good thing. The humour is still extremely clever, focusing on sight gags without having the usual ‘straight man’ to point them out for you. I can’t stress enough how great this is. When the punching mechanic Smile came onto the scene, there was nobody around to exclaim loudly that he had just punched someone. The very idea of having someone point that out sounds stupid, but that’s exactly what so many anime have. It’s a thought ingrained in Japanese culture so thank you Occult Academy for bucking that trend.

Speaking of clever humour, I love this touch they gave to Uchida (had to look up on MAL for his name. I’m terrible with anime character names unless they show them all in the opening song). In every instance of the character when he’s away from the wrath of Maya, he’s a pretty cool dude. Appearing on TV as a kid with girls kyaaa~~ing over him. Sitting on some Hawaiin beach with a cigar. His laid-back introduction to the class before he saw Maya down the back of the classroom. But toss Maya into his world and he instantly looks like a bumbling idiot. Probably best of all was his attempt at seeing through the tsundere attitude of Maya. ‘Yeah, you really love the occult, I can see through your barrier’, as if he was the coolest dude on earth and could figure out any women instantly. Sorry mate. You may appear in all the promo footage with Maya but that doesn’t mean the flags of romance will start being hoisted anytime soon. This show is too smart for that.

Speaking of ‘as you were’, Maya continues to be the real star of the show (at least, whenever Smile isn’t on screen, which is far too little). She is one of those characters that provide fanservice by default, what with that one-piece, fig­ure hug­ging, zettai ryouki out­fit of hers. A-1 is even kind enough to throw in a wet, see-through version of that dress, a shower scene and a towel-clad version of Maya all in the one episode. Maybe it’s because I’m watching the ever-boinging breasts of Highschool of the Dead this season, but none of this ever felt unnatural or forced.

The plot is a bit ho-hum though. It’s just a mash up of various different blockbuster movies. War of the Worlds meets Terminator with some Matrix logic with a dash of Ghostbusters. Yup, the plot isn’t the strongest point of Occult Academy. I don’t think it was ever meant to be though. This is definitely a show that lives off the humour, which is far from what people were expecting of it before it hit the screens monitors. That doesn’t mean a poor plot can be forgiven so readily though. Bringing it back to Highschool of the Dead, you might say that the aim of that show is violence and boobs so doesn’t need engaging characters, but the show would still be far better off with them. Same for Occult Academy. I hope it has some nice plot twists up its’ sleeves somewhere along the line. We’re still setting up the plot so far. From here on in I guess we’re looking for that Nostradamus Key.

Highlight of the episode? Well, Smile’s punch was pretty epic. So was Uchida’s cool-dude pose on the beach because of how it contrasted to the Uchida in the above picture. Oddly, I don’t think any of Maya’s scenes were quite as good as last week, mainly because the girl punching guy gag gets kinda old very quickly. Maybe the highlight was Uchida’s frantic waddle after Maya, before deciding to throw decency away and stop cupping his privates. It’s certainly not a comfortable feeling to run through the woods naked. Your thing flies all over the place in a quite painful manner.

…not that I would know or anything…

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16 Comments

  1. vucubcaquix
    Posted July 13, 2010 at 10:15 pm | Permalink

    “Nostradamus’ key is the building itself.
    Maya just has to destroy the school as originally intended.”

    So says an anonymous tipster from an anonymous imageboard. Given that this is anime original, it’s all speculah.

    Also, when you see Uchida with the cigar and glasses, he was self-narrating.

    Not a very reliable narrator if you ask me, given that I don’t think folks could afford to be that complacent during an alien invasion. He was definitely trying to make himself look cool in front of Maya, but the whole scene was played pretty subtly.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 13, 2010 at 10:24 pm | Permalink

      I’m waiting for him to take a picture of himself with that phone. I doubt he’s the nostrodamus key himself but I’d like to see what pic shows up, since he technically isn’t there in the future anymore.

      I realised he was self-narrating but some of his attitude in the rest of the series made that scene kinda believable. Although now that you point it out, he hardly has time to be chillin’ on a beach during an alien invasion

  2. luffyluffy
    Posted July 13, 2010 at 10:21 pm | Permalink

    Two episodes are it’s already better than Senko no Man Child

    • Scamp
      Posted July 13, 2010 at 10:25 pm | Permalink

      Oh god, that Man Child :(

      • luffyluffy
        Posted July 14, 2010 at 3:11 am | Permalink

        I think my highlight of the movie was the punch with the bracelet /D

  3. Posted July 14, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

    I’m just waiting for some alien from the future to time travel in to stop Uchida and Maya. And it will be voiced by Japanese Arnold Schwarzenegger . . . whoever that is.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 14, 2010 at 10:08 pm | Permalink

      There’s a Brazilian footballer who decided to play for Japan because he lived there while playing in the league. He was so much bigger than all the Japanese players they called him ‘Hulk’. His shirt genuinely says ‘Hulk’ on the back. True story, last I heard he was playing for Porto.

      So yeah, he’s the closest I can think of

  4. blissfullynaive
    Posted July 14, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

    Ow man, i’m loving the humor of this series. With Smile’s punch and how idiotic+cute that Abe guy can be, i think i’m liking this series a lot more now. Prolly my fave already this season.

    Though the humor is good, i have to say that i winced at certain parts. Well, an occult series after all.

    I have to agree that the alien plot thingy was kinda meh, but here’s hoping it’ll get even more better later on.

    Oh, the hilarious banter in the previews is awesome.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 14, 2010 at 10:10 pm | Permalink

      It’s my favourite of the season too. Not an incredible feat mind you. All I’m watching is Shiki, Highschool of the Dead, Nuarugiigndiyon no Mago and this, and none of them are really stellar shows.

      But yah, the banter was awesome

      • blissfullynaive
        Posted July 16, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

        Kinda same.. I’m watching this, Shiki, High School of the Dead and Ookami. I haven’t tried Asobi and Nuarugiuhh..yeah, what you said, and some others though. Although i’m sure i won’t be following Amagami and Legend of Legendary Legend Legend.

        Can’t wait for fall.. :(

  5. Posted July 14, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Permalink

    The scene where the guy meets the girl who hates occult, it reminds me of the scene where this guy who is naked holding a guy runs up this girl who is a visitor. It’s Eden of the East. Something like that.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 14, 2010 at 10:11 pm | Permalink

      Nobless Oblige. Please continue to have girls meeting naked men in anime

  6. Hogart
    Posted July 15, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

    Wow, an anime with it’s own sense of humor? What the hell’s going on? Shouldn’t it just be arm-flailing manzai and awkward romantic hijinks?

    This show loves to take the piss out of everything, including itself. Points for Bruce Campbell janitor pummeling a goth just for the hell of it. Points for showing us a crystal skull “key” in the flashback, then having her chuck one at him right away after the flashback’s over. Points for every item she throws at him connecting. Points for awesome lame time travel jumpsuit and convenient hand-wave excuse for ending up naked.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 16, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

      lol hand-wavey excuse. The guys back in the computer room probably did that on purpose because they didn’t like his attitude. Actually I have a larger theory about that but I’ll wait until the next post to make it

  7. Posted July 16, 2010 at 7:28 pm | Permalink

    In every instance of the char­ac­ter when he’s away from the wrath of Maya, he’s a pretty cool dude…

    I was pretty confused by Uchida at first: to begin with, I thought it was a case of poor/ inconsistent characterisation; then the idea that he’s an unreliable narrator became more and more apparent; then you point out that in scenes that are not solely from his or Maya’s POV (such as his laid-back teacher-mode) he seems a different person yet again… I guess there’s more to him than meets the eye. Either way, I’ll certainly look forward to watching him, as well as my new favourite tsundere heroine, develop over the coming weeks.

    Heck, apart from Shiki, it’s not like there’s much else I’ll be watching from this season.

  8. J. Coyote Riyadh
    Posted March 12, 2012 at 7:56 pm | Permalink

    Thought is rocked. Whoever wrote this did some homework. Tengus’ resemble pilots masks. Would’ve liked to see more Sitchen/Van Daniken calibre ancient astronaut material. Any coast to coast AM listeners out there. As for it ain’t scary, c’mon, man! It’s animated for %&#@ sake! It can be done, but no one’s done it right. It can be done, oh yes, it can be done.

    Love Coyote

    p. s.

    OTAKU Forever!!!

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