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The gears of Occultic;Nine’s plot have already started turning ever since the first episode, but the events have only taken obvious effects in the anime’s latest developments. However, we’re still very, very far from the truth, and once again, more questions have been added to our list! It just makes me even more curious!
Japanese Episode Title: 犯人は我聞悠太だ
The episode feels much simpler than the previous ones, as it only focuses on a few main topics. We saw the uproar about the dead bodies in the lake and the amount of rumors being spread about it. More info about Kusakabe and Aria’s relationship has been revealed as well. And then, there’s the fact that somehow, Sarai, Sumikaze, and Moritsuka (the one who most likely commented about Ririka’s BL doujin), are interested in Gamon’s Kirikiri Basara blog!
Yes, there are only a few highlights this time around, but they all scream ‘IMPORTANT!!!’ And, like I said, they’re all brought together by the incredibly major happenings in the past and give the characters the push they need to get more deeply involved in the wheels of fate.
It’s quite common for humans to draw their own conclusions when it comes to mysterious incidents. So of course, an incident as huge as 256 dead bodies retrieved from a lake is going to cause a big storm of rumors and theories. It’s no surprise that the most popular ones leaned towards the occult, though. Aside from the fact that a really fearless old lady announced what she thought on live television, I feel like the trending talks in the town contributed to the supernatural feel of the case. Professor Hashigami’s recent death was one factor. He’s a big name in the supernatural society after all, and his case was an odd one, so it surely caused some intrigue. Plus, that insane amount of casualties usually only pop up during accidents or calamities, but it was nothing like that! There wasn’t even any evidence of foul play. And when people are faced with things with seemingly no logical explanation, we often go for the other possible reason: things far beyond what we can see and understand.
Gamon’s recent actions were really interesting. He was trying so hard to focus his friends’ attention to the lake case, but at the same time still trying to achieve his main objective of being rich, publishing his own unique theory in order to stand out. However, while on the outside he was only trying to make his blog popular, on the inside our poor protagonist had been striving to act somewhat normally. Ironically, I felt like it would backfire on him, and it was already starting to. Ryo-tas, though acting ditzy as she was, looked like she was getting suspicious. Myu and Manager Izumin have also shown clear concern for him. Aside from that, though he was only focused on the money his blog’s popularity will bring, surely the attention it attracts will become uncontrollable, which means his involvement in the Hashigami case could be brought up, one way or another.
I’m also very interested on what’s up with Kusakabe. We were shown that his physical body, clearly dead, was inside an apartment, and that his soul manifested from it. It’s literally the anime version of the scenes in cartoons where the characters die and their soul leaves their body. However, the thing that caught my attention was when he said he has died time and time again. Like, what does that even mean?
When Aria mistook him for her brother, though, that tugged at my heartstrings. It made me wish they actually had a brother-sister relationship. Unfortunately, we’ve already seen Kusakabe threaten her, and we know how twisted her sibling love got in the past. You have to wonder though, what was that short vision he saw while he was watching Aria trying to kill herself?
Afterlife – All over the world there are a lot of differing beliefs on the afterlife. Some think that we reincarnate into different things in our next life, while some believe that we’ll just be ghosts wandering around the earth. Some just don’t believe in it; when we die, it’s the end. Some believe that we either go to heaven or hell when we die and that we stay there for eternity, enjoying or suffering. These are just some of the most common examples.
Life is Precious – Myu seemed pretty uncomfortable with Gamon’s theory that the victims all committed mass suicide. There was a possibility that her missing best friend was there after all, but aside from that, it actually is pretty disheartening to think of hundreds of people ending their lives just like that to be popular in some way. Kusakabe had a better grasp on the importance of life, as he stopped Aria’s own suicide attempt, even though he just didn’t want to see her ‘become mincemeat’ in front of his eyes.
I honestly got lost again at some parts, but thankfully they were mostly just Gamon’s babbles. I did understand what he was saying for the most part, but barely. Plus, the important thing for a story chapter is to have a solid and clear point. The latest episode did that nicely.
I guess it’s the style of Occultic;Nine to have overly detailed but seemingly unnecessary things, as they set the mood. This goes, not only for the writing, but also for the visuals. I think it’s a rather nice touch that instead of keeping the scenarios concentrated on characters talking for a long time, they decided to show different parts of the setting, like with Izumin’s café. It gives more depth to the show.
Most of the characters (six out of nine including Moritsuka) are now drawn to Gamon’s occult science blog. It really makes you wonder what exactly will their connection to the blog bring about, right? I am quite excited to see them all come together and start solving things, though the opposite could certainly happen too.
What do you guys think? Have you already formed your own predictions? Do share them in the comments section below!
NEXT TIME: She’s Lost Control: ここが新しい世界なのね (Koko ga Atarashii Sekai na no ne)
TV anime Occultic;Nine started broadcast in October 8, 2016!
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