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Time passed by so fast! I can’t believe the Fall 2016 season is drawing to a close. Series after series had their final episodes the week! Sadly, Occultic;Nine has joined them in the list of completed anime as well. But I can happily say that it was one hell of a mystery ride! The previous episodes had a lot of ups and downs, twists and turns, and heart-attack inducing revelations. So, in what direction did the finale take us before the amazing ride came to an end?
Japanese Original Episode Title:One Of The Last オカルティック・ナイン
Since the beginning, Occultic;Nine had subplots revolving around certain characters that felt disconnected to the other subplots. Then, as the story progressed, they slowly started meeting at certain points, with every single one finally connecting here in the last episode. It was such a delight to watch it become so straightforward! From the MMG’s plans becoming close to fruition to our protagonists figuring out they can go back to their own bodies, but at the cost of not destroying the Odd Eye, every single part pointed to one goal and brought us a wonderful finale!
When Sarai and the others discovered that they can go back to life using the Odd Eye, I thought it’d cause a rift between them all! They need it to get back to their normal lives, but they also have to destroy it to prevent the MMG from fulfilling their ambitions. I got nervous, thinking ‘Will we have a group fight now, of all times?’ Fortunately, the upgraded Wardenclyffe Gun could also do the same as the Odd Eye, so they don’t need it anymore. But, there was another problem: the boot key to upgrade the gun was still missing! Aveline said she’d sacrifice herself to become the new key, but of course no one wanted that.
Then suddenly, Gamon became a wizard! He managed to make the boot key appear in his hand using Mutual Recognition, which was a really neat trick. Kind of makes me wonder if he can also make a burrito to appear in his hand? Apparently, no one took the key; it just fell into the lake when he died! So, the problem with the upgraded Poya-gun was solved! But then another problem arose: the ghost team only had until midnight to go back to their bodies because of the occultic nine minute revival window! If Gamon, the one needed to destroy the Odd Eye, had to wait till it activated, he’d go over his time limit and won’t be able to revive! Talk about a problem on top of another problem!
Of course, Gamon decided to be left behind, sacrificing himself for the greater good. So, the other four became alive again in the past, March 1. And what do you know, our missing corpse, Ririka, was there to meet them, alive and well! Which means the post-credit scene in episode 10 was in the past. But then, when she was asked about having out-of-body experiences like Kusakabe, she just up and goes actual ghost on them, disappearing with a creepy smile to boot. Could it be true, then? She really is an enigma.
The part where Takasu hit Gamon with the occult pompom – I mean, ceremonial streamer – gave me a scare! Thanks to Aveline he became alright. However, she still ended up sacrificing herself for him. It made me so sad! She was even thinking of his well-being up until the end, as she wanted him to quickly destroy the Odd Eye and make it to the revival time window! And thanks to Kusakabe (and Aria, who both totally looked like a master and servant with that princess carry) giving him a tip on being a ghost, Gamon got some fabulous angel wings and managed to get to Odd Eye to honor Aveline’s wish.
Well, barely. Gamon arrived a few seconds too late! It’s just a good thing that he was able to finally meet his dad again, just like he wanted! Not only that, but his dad also reminded him to use the Sky Sensor. It was hitting two birds with one stone: a heartfelt father-son moment and a problem solved! With that, Gamon managed to rewind time a bit and successfully destroy Odd Eye at last!
I just feel quite bad for the epilogue though; it was really rushed and felt lackluster. I was glad to see Sarai, Sumikaze, Myu, Asuna, Moritsuka, and Ryo-tas together and having fun, but a minute-long epilogue was just too short! It was barely enough time to let me register my sadness about Gamon not being there with them! Oh well. At least it looked like he’s okay since he’s back to updating Kirikiri Basara. Ryo-tas said she’ll wait for him, too, so is there’s a high possibility of him coming back? Could it be connected to what we saw in the ending credits, the weird metal doors where his name was written?
Heroic Sacrifice: You know, one of the most common tropes in basically any kind of media? But, as always, Occultic;Nine put a twist on it too. Other characters sacrifice themselves because they’re kind, or because they love their friends and family. Gamon agreed to say behind because he wanted to look cool for once, and to meet his dad. The reasons for his selfless act were still for himself, and it made him quite human!
Game – This finale totally felt like a game, just like Gamon said while he was flying! Not only did the magically-appearing key and wings seem like an item acquisition animation a game would have, but some scenes also had different game angles! For example, the one with Sarai’s hypothesis on time was a top-down view, which is common to old games. They even had the others moving around a lot like NPCs! Could it be a shout-out to the series’ upcoming visual novel game?
I can finally breathe a sigh of relief for the art of this amazing show! Some anime end up having bad art in the finale because of time constraints, so I’m incredibly pleased that from start to finish, A-1 Pictures didn’t disappoint! The acting of the characters was just super well done and they kept on with stylized art direction! Even the voice-acting was lovely, especially when Gamon was rambling on about the key, and when Aveline was expressing her grief on using the others.
Story-wise, the pacing was incredibly fast as usual, so I had to re-watch some parts again. It’s just a shame; it was obvious that 24 minutes of air time was too short for the finale. The part where the others were comforting and convincing Gamon suffered a lot, as it became a seemingly insensitive farewell scene (except for Myu’s). The epilogue, like I said, was also just too short and forced! But the amazingness of the rest of the episode balanced out the rushed ones, so the finale was just right! I guess it was 70% amazing, 30% disappointing.
And with that, Occultic;Nine is finished! Did you enjoy the conclusion? I’m just laughing because, despite this, the show still left us with questions! Then again, what else can we expect from this show but questions? Is it possible that they’ll make another season, though? Or maybe they’ll just continue it off in the other media? What do you think?
Also, please look forward to our upcoming Winter 2017 reviews here on MANGA.TOKYO!
TV anime Occultic;Nine started broadcast in October 8, 2016
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