First of all, props to those who of you who instantly saw through Uchida’s fabricated story about why he was picked as the time agent. I thought he had the appearance of a cool guy and was only ever shown up otherwise when Maya was in the picture. Turns out he was a massive loser all along, although at least he still had his fashionable Hawaiian shirt. I suppose this also goes some way to explain why he was so lackadaisical about his duty. It bugged me at how quickly he lost interest in his task of finding the Nostradamus Key. I wouldn’t class someone who is banging on the door shouting ‘let me out‘ as someone who had a high job satisfaction rating. His initial enthusiasm for his task was most likely him convincing himself mid-flight that he was the saviour of humanity (he seems like the kind of guy who’d trick himself like that) but hearing his mums voice, amongst other things, drained his enthusiasm pretty early on.
What we didn’t get an answer to is what’s up with Uchida’s waitress girlfriend. When he was telling his amazing story at how we whooped those Tengu assess to her, I was eagerly anticipating some reaction that would show she was a Tengu herself but there was nothing. That in no way means she’s clear of suspicion. For one, how did she get out of the cave unharmed after Uchida ran off like a giant wimp? And do you really think we’re going to believe she knew what was going on in that cave because she ‘thought she saw someone’? Suspicious me thinks. Neither do I think that the existence of Tengu are out of the question. They spent a lot of time explaining what they were to now reveal they were just a bunch of mothmen. The girlfriend is still suspicious. The Tengu are still out there. It’s just I don’t think to two are related anymore.
I suppose I could continue talking about the plot but I’m only kidding myself if I do so. Occult Academy isn’t about the plot and I doubt it ever will be. ‘Plot’ is just an excuse to shove Uchida in a giant pile of crap. ‘Plot’ is a reason to have Smile swinging his massive spanner around. ‘Plot’ is fabricated on the spot so they could have JK jamming away and striking dramatic poses while doing so.
(I almost wrote his name as TK. Imagine when Girls Dead Monster had to get a new vocalist, they took JK as their great new lead singer. I’m trying as hard as I can, but I just can’t come up with any flimsy reason why JK would be considered moe.)
I love Smile and JK. Maya might be wearing that one-piece, figure hugging, zettai ryouki outfit of hers, but Smile and JK steal the show whenever they’re on screen. Smile wielding his spanner at a size even Guts would be proud of as if it was the most normal thing in the world. Although Maya was holding it at the end of the episode so maybe it’s made of a super-light substance or hollow on the inside. However Smile could not have done what JK did at the end of the episode. I simply can’t imagine Smile attempting to pull a dramatic pose. He’s the kind of guy who would take out the gods while picking his nose.
The plot may be a bit of a joke but the humour is still as clever as ever. One particular favourite moment of mine was when the vice-principal lady (who I swear look exactly like Rosa Ushiromiya from Umineko except with dango hair) was asked why it was felt necessary to seduce Uchida and she retorted with ‘I’m aloud have a crush, aren’t I!’. The show knows when to be silly (the Scooby-doo esque scene with Smile and JK missing Maya and Uchida when they ran through the caves) and it knows when to lay on the slapstick to full effect with Rosa lookalike’s love poem. As much as it feels like it’s stumbling about a bit, Occult Academy is a strangely lovable show.