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Occult Academy episode 3

I’m a bit unsure on how to review this episode. Part of it was taken up with Maya trying desperately to advance the plot but with nobody else seemingly paying attention to it, most notably her sidekick Uchida spending the episode flirting with the cute waitress. There were some witty parts in there but it was mainly pretty dumb stuff. Guy likes boobs. Girl is moe. Guy likes it whenever girl touches guy. A lack of this shows poster girl, Maya, really didn’t help either. However there’s something going on with all this that makes actually being harsh on this episode difficult and it all depends on whether the stuff I’m reading into is true or not. Basically, is this show as smart as I think it is?

First of all, as soon as this girl entered, I was absolutely convinced that it was his mum. It hit me instantly that it was the case, although there’s not a whole lot of evidence to back that up. The big fact in favour of this theory is that she called the kid on TV ‘Fumiaki’, which Uchida himself says only his mum calls him that. However everything else is against this theory of mine. For one, he called his mum barely a minute before he went into the restaurant and his younger self was in the background so this girl couldn’t be him. Also they don’t sound or look the same at all.

Why was I so convinced that she was her mum anyway? I had loads of theories as to what was going on here but the more I think of it, the less likely they are. Humph, well I put lots of thought into them so I’m going to have to wrap my ideas around this latest realisation.

So the mum couldn’t be in two places at once, right? So this person clearly isn’t his mum, but one of those tengu doing some shape-shifting or something along those lines. They’ve shaped themselves into something that would appeal to Uchida. Wait, that makes more sense than I realised. He did say that she was ‘exactly his type’ right? So obviously the tengu shape-shifting thing has altered itself to appeal exactly to Uchida. She called him Fumiaki because it was what he was desperately hoping at that time. He was feeling extremely depressed after calling his mum and wanted someone who could understand him. Then right at that moment a hot girl calls the kid on the TV Fumiaki? Something’s fishy here…

Right, time to push this theory further. The old lady in the restaurant wasn’t a sister. That was a rather lame lie on its part. It was the tengu simply taking shape of the latest person he’d seen. The tengu then turned into the women of his dreams, which is what took her so long to deliver the food. What breaks this idea down though is that the old women called for the moe girl to come back to the kitchen, but the old lady wasn’t in sight when she said that so it could be possible for a tengu to project a disembodied voice or something like that.
Pushing this theory even further, because I’m like a dog that won’t let go of a tennis ball. If you want to get this theory off me you’ll end up with your hand covered in my saliva…hmmm, maybe I pushed that metaphor too far.

Anyway, that curry place isn’t real. Notice how there’s never anyone else in there, or how he only noticed the place after he made the phone call. A sign it’s a creation by these Tengu things? Or how about the fact that when he left the place the first time, there was a tengu watching him. Admittedly this theory doesn’t quite stretch that well. For one, he’s still quite obviously eating curry, so I guess Tengus must be capable chefs as well as potential aliens. Then there’s the fact the girl had a car. Although now that I think about it, didn’t Uchida say that this was the car of his dreams? Girl of his dreams + car of his dreams? Although you’d think if it was the car of his dreams then he’d know how to use the seat belts. I guess the Tengu spent too much time watching Top Gear.

One idea that crossed my mind was that maybe moe girl was only visible to him, but Maya saw them together in the cave. She didn’t make any references to him being with a girl, but I doubt that, if she saw him babbling away to himself underground, that she would leave him be and hide behind a rock. But almost while she was down there she got attacked by Tengu. Suspicious me thinks.

This will be my face if not one of these theories are even remotely close to the truth. If that episode was genuinly just Uchida meeting some girl in a resteraunt and going on a date with her then I shall be extremely dissapointed. If she’s nothing more than an ordinary girl who will only show up into the plot to add some extra love interest then this episode was crap and so is her character. I have faith in you Occult Academy. You’ve shown that you’re clever with your humour and your script. Show me now that you’re also clever with your plot.

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  1. luffyluffy
    Posted July 21, 2010 at 3:08 am | Permalink

    Was that a CLANNAD joke with the teachers hair?

    • Scamp
      Posted July 21, 2010 at 6:26 pm | Permalink

      Dango dango dango dango dango daikazoku~!

      (actually it’s not because Clannad didn’t exist in 1999)

      • luffyluffy
        Posted July 21, 2010 at 10:45 pm | Permalink

        Out of universe CLANNAD joke?

  2. Posted July 21, 2010 at 3:40 am | Permalink

    I’m with you. That woman was too good to be true.

    • Posted July 21, 2010 at 4:50 am | Permalink

      If you meet a girl who is the embodiment of your ideal, makes your favourite food, drives your dream car, and thinks you’re funny… then she’s definitely a demon in disguise who’s going to eat you.

      “Too good to be true” sounds about right.

      • Posted July 21, 2010 at 5:23 am | Permalink

        Yea, something just didn’t sit right with her.

        I hope your theory is right, since it will be much better plot-wise. Uchida should have just used that phone on her, but then that might kill the suspense.

      • Scamp
        Posted July 21, 2010 at 6:37 pm | Permalink

        Yeah I should probably stop holding out for a women who can cook pizza, references Littlekuriboh in regular conversation, thinks I’m funny and drives a Porshe. Even if I did find her, she’d probably be a demon.

  3. Universal Bunny
    Posted July 21, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

    If you recall, one of Maya’s would be sidekick – the occult obsessed girl – mentioned that Tengu was strongly against violence and stopped a samurai from fighting. You are right to point out that she is likely a Tengu, but she also doesn’t appear to be evil in either behaviour or legends.
    Furthermore, unless the girl is actually an illusion – as opposed to shapeshifter – she should not have been able to attack Maya as the two were in different places. And incidentally, the place Maya hid – cut fence – could be were the evil guy came from after being disturbed by trespassers.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 22, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

      So you’re suggesting she’s trying to befriend him because she’s a demon that’s trying to be nice to him? That would be a real curveball if that was the case

  4. Posted July 21, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Permalink

    Haha, damn, have to give some props to you for taking this theory as far as you have. Don’t know how accurate it will end up being, but I do share your misgivings about this scenario being too good to be true, particularly because it is distracting Uchida from his mission.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 22, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Permalink

      Oh if this is all correct I’d be absolutely shocked. I was mainly throwing out so many theories in the hope that at least one or two of them would be proved right.

  5. Posted July 21, 2010 at 8:08 pm | Permalink

    Definitely on the conspiracy theory bandwagon; but if it turns out that this was actually a straight up dayto episode with no sinister motives at all I’ll be extremely disappointed. However signs to seem to be pointing towards Ms Perfect being not all she appears to be – why would a waitress have such a fabulous car!?

    • Posted July 22, 2010 at 1:57 am | Permalink

      (Though that’s not to say a waitress can’t save her money and buy herself a super car. Maybe she’s a smart investor, haha.)

      • luffyluffy
        Posted July 22, 2010 at 2:47 am | Permalink

        That’s a Porsche though!

    • Scamp
      Posted July 22, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

      I want to work in a resteraunt that only gets one customer and yet pays well enough to get me a porshe. Except I wouldn’t spend it on a porshe. I’d wait for the perfect women who finds my jokes funny to roll up in a porshe. Instead I’d spend all the money on ANIME!!!

  6. blissfullynaive
    Posted July 22, 2010 at 7:47 am | Permalink

    Interesting theory there. And i share the same sentiments about that waitress girl, she is kinda suspicious.

    I’d be disappointed if she’s going to be just another love interest for Bunmei-kun, but i am hoping that she won’t be. Something about her is so.. off.

    That expression proves i’m loving this series more.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 22, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

      Never trust a moe girl. You know they’ll just eat you or something

  7. Posted July 22, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

    where do i watch it?

  8. Posted July 22, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Permalink

    I couldn’t stand that girl’s voice. Something was just so… wrong about it. Dun-dun-dunnn.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 23, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

      I believe it’s meant to be moe. Apparently talking like you have a permanently blocked nose counts as moe

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