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Occult Academy episode 5

For this episode I had finally discovered a way to set up an auto-screencapping machine so I wouldn’t have to use my usual method of fast-forwarding through the episode and having a trigger finger on the screencap button. However when I let it run I was left with 1700 pics to filter through, all of which were terrible quality. I blame the occult.

The narrative of Occult Academy continues it’s usual ability  to change without warning between episodes. As I said last episode, it ultimately isn’t that important when it continues to provide quality entertainment and laughs, but I had a slight change of heart this episode. Comedy still can, and does, benefit hugely from having direction and a semblance of plot beneath the comedy. Arakawa would have still been a thoroughly entertaining show, but it was the concoction of the story and themes that made me really fall in love with the show. I guess the main reason Occult Academy leaps around so much is the method of changing directors with every episode. A quick look at the ANN page shows a different episode director for each episode so far. While this can keep the show fresh and innovative, it can also result in the lack of direction and tone in the show overall. Ultimately I prefer having the entire show being one persons creation.

This episode suddenly decided that Megane-girl, Kozue,  and her obsession with the occult would be the centre of attention. Did her obsession with the occult come from her abduction by the moth people in a part of an elaborate scheme to get her to go into cryogenic stasis in order for her to lose her mind, or did the director of this episode simply think it would be a cool idea to randomly introduce highly technologically advanced equipment in 1999? God only knows, but I did find the whole sequence extremely funny, mainly for the classmates reaction to the whole thing. The guy wondering whether he would see his grandmother through Kozue’s vision of the afterlife was a particular favourite of mine.

The afterlife sequence was all a bit odd because I hadn’t a clue what it had to do with the rest of the show. What happened to the Tengu anyway? Maybe she should have brought the phone down with her and photographed the balloons. Maybe it’s another dimension or something? What got me thinking that was the chord holding her in there looked like those blue line things from Noein. A more likely answer is that this director didn’t get a spot as an episode director in Kaiba and is using this opportunity to animate the world he wanted to do then.

She’s still eeeeevil. Oh sure, she hasn’t done anything remotely evil in this episode on the surface. But her plan to sell bread at school is actually an evil scheme in order to poison all the bread with micro machines in order to turn the students into a cyborg army to take over the world an fight the oncoming aliens. This is because she’s actually a cyborg from the distant future herself, a different future than the one Uchida is from (but not the future alternate universe Kozue visited). The reason she looks so much like Uchida’s mum is that she’s actually his daughter! From the short-lived romance he had with the vice-principal.

What? It makes as much sense as anything else in this show. And oh btw there’s also an alternate future in which JK and Smile elope to California and lead the plans to overturn the gay marriage laws years before it has in this dimension. The yaoi doujins write themselves.

Why Uchida? Couldn’t you have just pressed the page to your forehead using your hands?

There was actually plot this episode. Maya has Uchida’s phone and received a call from the future peeps. Although I distinctly remember them saying in episode 2 that the phone was a 1-way caller and that he wouldn’t be able to receive any calls from those in the future. But hey, that was three episodes ago. The plot has totally changed since then! I sure as hell didn’t see any Tengu in the future. Or maybe the future is all a dream of Uchida’s and he’s actually in purgatory? Or in a coma and this is all a projected reality?

(Angel Beats was easier to predict than this show)

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  1. Posted August 5, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

    Oh man, autocapping could’ve done for aniblogging what auto tune has done for the music industry.

    • Scamp
      Posted August 5, 2010 at 9:39 pm | Permalink

      I know Omni used a screencapping machine and so does Aroduc so there’s a way to make it work. I just haven’t got it right yet

    • Posted August 6, 2010 at 10:50 am | Permalink

      So what did you do to get caps? Mikaze plans to lull everyone to sleep with carb overload and then destroy the world, BTW.

      Why don’t you just email one of them and find out how they screencap?

      • Scamp
        Posted August 6, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

        I can’t ask them! They’re scary blogging overlords!

        (irony being I’m talking to big king Kabi-tan here)

        I use image-output thingy with an older version of VLC player. I think I know what I did wrong anyway. I’m going to be a big boy and figure it out for myself

  2. Posted August 5, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Permalink

    I agree that she is evil, especially that bloody voice!

    • Scamp
      Posted August 5, 2010 at 9:43 pm | Permalink

      Sounding like your nose is permanently blocked is the sure sign of a cyborg

  3. luffyluffy
    Posted August 5, 2010 at 6:19 pm | Permalink

    She’s a Dalek in disguise.

    A Dalek who drives the Yukari Mobile.

    • Scamp
      Posted August 5, 2010 at 9:44 pm | Permalink

      I used to think they were called Garlicks

      • luffyluffy
        Posted August 5, 2010 at 10:31 pm | Permalink

        Garlicks.. as in GAR as in GAR for Archer?

      • Scamp
        Posted August 6, 2010 at 9:48 am | Permalink

        No as in Garlicks that make your breath stink

  4. Samshel
    Posted August 6, 2010 at 2:44 am | Permalink

    I think everyone who is watching this think that Mikaze is the evil incarnated in an “innocent” waitress (me included). I wonder what our reaction would be if by the end of the series she is just another waitress (with a nice car).

    • Scamp
      Posted August 6, 2010 at 9:49 am | Permalink

      You know, that wouldn’t entirely shock me. Playing the audience like that can work quite well and it wouldn’t be the first time I’ve fallen into that trap

  5. mcdvojka
    Posted August 6, 2010 at 8:25 am | Permalink

    About one-way phone…in one of the previous episodes they were talking, that there is chance get a call from the future. But this chance is only 1:1000. So this is not mistake in scenario.

    • Scamp
      Posted August 6, 2010 at 9:51 am | Permalink

      So they were ringing him constantly until one call finally got through? Seems an odd choice…

      • Samshel
        Posted August 6, 2010 at 8:18 pm | Permalink

        Especially cuz it went through twice, one with number 5’s phone and the second with number 6’s…

        They should buy a lottery ticket, so lucky.

  6. Posted August 7, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

    Are we sure the call came from the future guys though? Maybe Uchida sat on his phone and accidentally called #5’s? XD

    Also the first thing that came to my mind when they put Kozue into that near-death state was “good god, imagine how many Health & Safety forms you’d need to fill in to get that approved!” – clearly I’ve been infected by the bureaucratic hive-mind -_-

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