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Occultic;Nine has certainly laid down a lot more of the plot with the current episode, which begs the question: how are all these linked together? Let’s try to break these down in our review, hoping it’ll give us even a bit of a clue!
Japanese Title: 運命を変える力なんて無いから
The second episode started where Gamon discovered Hashigami-sensei’s dead body and ended up doing something much worse than just touching the murder weapon! We were also given more info on Myu and a bit of her background. Turns out, she’s not considered a celebrity fortune-teller for nothing! She’s, quite surprisingly, the real deal! Moritsuka was highlighted in the latest developments as well; we discover that he’s a detective. He was the ‘first’ to investigate the professor’s body, but he’s also involved in something much deeper than that.
Let’s first tackle the mess Gamon accidentally got himself in to. Previously, we were shown that the Skysensor, the BCL radio-thingy his late dad gave him, didn’t really work all that well in his hands. But someone suddenly talked to him through the thing! Thevoice seemed to see what he was doing, and she told him to remove the golden tooth in the professor’s mouth, which was really gross and horrifying by the way. To top it off, the tooth was actually a key! How in the world did something that long fit in his gums? And where does it open?
Then we realized that the voice didn’t actually help get Gamon out of that sticky situation. Somehow she just made everything much worse, as she got him to tamper with the crime scene, and his fingerprints were still on the most obvious murder weapon! Oh well. At least she managed to snap him out of his panic attack, and he didn’t get captured by the police.
At the other end of the picture, we’ve got Moritsuka who noted a curious detail about Hashigami-sensei’s murder: a scene in Nishizono Ririka’s doujin resembled the issue of the professor’s missing tooth. Also, looks like he had another motive in going to the professor’s office: a list. On what I understood from his conversation on the phone, the list could really not be a list but a code, hinted by the dying message left behind by Hashigami. It’s also implied that someone else is looking for this list.
Afterwards, Moritsuka researched on things related to the late professor. He ended up interviewing Myu who predicted something about the professor’s death, and in turn led him to Sumikaze Touko who knew about Myu’s fortune telling. Sumikaze then told him about an odd case in the past: Minase Ria, a girl who lived with her brother’s dead body for a year. Yikes. The girl’s voice and silhouette somehow reminded me of Aria. Maybe it’s just me though?
Speaking of Aria, she and the demon, Kusakabe, were about to curse Hashigami. Kusakabe thought about killing him though, but he was beaten to it. With that info in mind, let’s remember the cryptic words Nishizono told Sarai last week, that a demon was going to eat his dad. Hmm.
Lastly, we were shown just how Myu is considered a celebrity fortune-teller, and a glimpse on how she does it. I thought it was really cool how they showed what she sees. It also seemed that her ability has something to do with her past. Good thing she has her friend Chi-chan to always support her! However, at the end of the episode, it looked like Chi’s in danger! Did Nishizono have anything to do with it again?
Loved ones – Sarai with Hashigami-sensei, Minase Ria with her brother, Myu with her dad and Chi-chan. Most of the events in the episode had something to do with our characters taking action or feeling certain emotions because of their attachment to their loved ones.
Time and Mental Consciousness – According to Sumikaze, the reason why Myu can see the future could be because her mind can fast forward into the future, while Minase Ria could contact her brother’s ghost because hers can rewind to the past. Or something like that. This is actually a unique scientific take on these things, as our world really considers them as either supernatural abilities or just made up.
Doujin – Most anime and manga fans probably already know what this is, but I only had a vague idea on what it was until Moritsuka pointed it out. All this time I thought doujins were specific to fan-comics on existing series, but according to him, and confirmed by Wikipedia, they’re anything self-published, whether manga, novels, music, games, etc. Thanks Moritsuka!
To be perfectly honest, after watching the episode I felt like the story was all over the place, even though the main focus was on one or two plot points. It makes me wonder if the episode writers really intended to go for this messy storytelling. To their credit though, it has a certain charm. Plus, the pacing was a thousand times better than the first episode. I didn’t get lost that much! I do hope this gets better in the next episodes, but for now at least the main points were understandable.
The art quality was A++, good grief! Thank you animation team for doing such a good job! I loved the amount of details they put in: the subtle secondary animations, the breath we see from the characters under the rain, the emotion clear on their faces, and many other things! I believe these kinds of aspects make or break a show, as it gives the characters and the atmosphere even more depth than usual.
So, we’ve managed to break everything down, and this is what I discovered: we still don’t know a lot! But this just makes this show even more exciting, doesn’t it? We’ll be itching to find out just what the heck is going on, on the surface and behind the scenes.
Did you guys notice something of importance that I missed though? Do share it in the comments below, so we can somehow figure this mystery out together week by week!
NEXT TIME: She Cracked: 妄想だったのだろうか (Mousou Datta no Darou ka)
TV anime Occultic;Nine started broadcast in October 8, 2016!
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