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Oh man!! Occultic;Nine’s recent developments were super-duper intense!! I couldn’t stop screaming! This is my favorite episode thus far! And even if another episode eventually beats this one, it’ll still be one of the most memorable episodes of the series! It was mind-blowing!
Japanese Original Episode Title: 上映開始
So, imagine finding out that you’ve already been dead for a few days, even though all this time you’ve been living life normally. Well, that’s exactly what happened to our protagonists! And it was indeed quite a shocker, because no one had any idea, not even most of us! No wonder the cliffhanger ending last week was a big question mark. Plus, there was also a new character introduced to us then, Kisaki Asuna. She seemed to be a colleague of Moritsuka. She aided in the investigations due to the circumstances, and she’s got an interesting ability! Also, we’ve been given insight on what exactly happened on the night everyone died!
Seven characters are dead. First, we’ve got Gamon and Moritsuka, whose bodies we saw by the end of the episode. I was heartbroken seeing them like that! I know we’ll still see them in ‘ghost’ forms but, they’re actually both my favorite characters, so I’m really hurt! Next is Sarai and Sumikaze, whose existence weren’t acknowledged by those they know – Sarai by his mother, and Sumikaze by her co-workers, which you’ll finally realize if you re-watch episode four. The fifth one is Myu, who was already confirmed by the news to be deceased, while Aria is the sixth, who was finally able to see her ‘demon.’ She also noted back in episode five how she was hearing his voice clearly. She wouldn’t be able to do all those things unless she was already in spirit form, since Kusakabe shows himself to her as a spirit.
Then, who’s the seventh one? It’s Nishizono, who wasn’t shown in this episode. But now that we’ve got an idea of what’s going on, if we think back to her conversation with the creepy child in the fifth episode, she realized then that she, too, was already dead.
What about Ryo-tas and Kusakabe? So far there are no clues pointing to Ryo-tas being dead, but there are a lot of visual clues pointing to her being alive. Though only 200 people have been identified as of now, so maybe she’s in the remaining fifty-six? I hope not! Meanwhile, it’s been revealed that, because of a factory accident in the past, Kusakabe can become a spirit at will. So he’s very much still alive. That’s a neat trick, isn’t it?
Speaking of tricks, the newest character Asuna already played quite a huge and interesting role in the recent story despite being just introduced. As an FBI agent her psychometric ability is really handy, and it did help a lot in the case. It’s also very interesting to note that Moritsuka knew Asuna would definitely look into the ‘memories’ of his things one way or another, and he knew just how to leave these clues for her. Kind of makes one wonder just how close they were in the past, right? Especially since he seemed to be protecting her from his investigations, as he mentioned to his colleague over the phone.
The most memorable part of the episode was when Asuna saw Moritsuka’s memories of the night he and the others died. It seemed that the cause really was something like hypnosis or brainwashing! No wonder Asuna was terrified after seeing it! Just thinking about someone forcibly drowning themselves, but being unaware of it; it’s way too disturbing! I’ve got a feeling that the multiple phone calls our several characters got in the past episode had something to do with it.
The new question now, though, is why did the memories of Gamon’s body show nothing but blank?
Psychometry: Asuna’s ability is a kind of extrasensory perception, or ESP. Just as we saw from her, it’s the ability to see the memories or history of objects just by touching them. As usual, Occultic;Nine’s take on it was creative, as they amazingly depicted it as a theater where Asuna could view the memories as though she was watching a movie! Her ability also seemed pretty handy with the FBI in the show, but ironically, in real life, most law enforcement agencies don’t use psychics because they’re not credible and their powers have no scientific basis.
If you’ve noticed, I kept mentioning scenes from the previous episodes. That’s because the joy in finally having the answers to a mystery is checking the past episodes or chapters, where you’ll then observe things that’ll make you go ‘Oh! So that’s why!’ And in this case, it just amazes me how the writers set this all up, especially since they didn’t just put clues of everyone being dead in the story, but in the visuals as well! It actually pains me that I never noticed any of the hints then as I’m supposed to be more observant with the art! You got me good there, staff! If you guys also didn’t notice anything from the previous chapters, try noting the characters’ shadows and reflections. You’ll get a hint of who’s dead, and why Ryo-tas could still be alive!
Honestly speaking, I’m just really happy to be reviewing this awesome show! We’re already past half of the season and I truly can’t wait for the questions to be answered, but at the same time, I feel like I’m not ready yet!
Until then, I do hope we can work together to notice all the interesting hints! After all, we did just get mind-blown by the amount of clues in the smallest details of this show! It would be a huge help for everyone! Please share your findings in the comments!
NEXT TIME: Happiness is a Warm Gun: 我々のたどり着いた究極の医療なのだ (Wareware no Tadoritsuita Kyuukyoku no Iryou nano Da)
TV anime Occultic;Nine started broadcast in October 8, 2016
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