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.