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The media in Occultic;Nine would be having a field day with all the revelations and events in this episode, if only they knew about them. There are just so many things happening behind the scenes that you’d wonder how in the world our protagonists will discover them! Though, I guess trying to accept the fact that you’re dead is already too much for one person, so the discoveries will have to wait a bit.
Japanese Original Episode Title: 我々のたどり着いた究極の医療なのだ
Previously, though Gamon’s already a ghost, Asuna saw him. This episode follows-up on that, where the two became friends, albeit under the context of helping each other out with the investigation and the Kirikiri Basara blog. Asuna has also named the syndicate behind the 256 incident: The Society of the Eight Gods of Fortune. We’re finally given insight on just what this group is after, and it seems like they’re already way ahead of their plan than what we’ve been led on to believe.
I was so distressed when Sumikaze, Sarai, and Gamon saw their corpses! It was the ultimate proof they’re all really dead. And, as if Sarai trying to logically comprehend it wasn’t already enough to move me to sadness, the scene where Gamon was pleading for someone to notice him took my heart and tore it apart! If he’s the kind of ghost I’d see, then I’d definitely want to have a sixth sense! Well, probably.
But, thankfully, there’s one living being (aside from Ryo-tas) that’s able to see and talk to him, Asuna! She’s really devoted to work on their case, plus she’s just about his age, so it’s surely a great thing! But, to think that the radio station she and Moritsuka were investigating was where Gamon’s dad worked. Could it be true that Gamon Koresuke had something to do with The Society of Eight Gods of Fortune syndicate like Asuna said? Does it have something to do with why everything seems to be centering on our ‘not-the-main-character-of-a-novel’ protagonist?
Speaking of, The Society of Eight Gods of Fortune is apparently what the group of old guys developing the New World System is called. Normally, cults are known to twist some beliefs and lead others with lies. The whole ‘eternal life’ proposal their cult offers to ‘Chosen Ones’ is not the scam here though, but the fact that they’re actually going to mind control them using scandium microchips afterwards! This is definitely a new take on world domination, don’t you think? Although, guessing from their reaction when they mentioned Hashigami-sensei, I don’t think they were the ones that had him killed. So maybe it’s someone else from their side? Or from Moritsuka’s side? It also looks like their syndicate has an even bigger boss they call the Emperor! Who could he be?
In any case, apparently the cult has already spread far and rooted deep. To think that Sumikaze’s boss is a part of them, and might’ve been the one to ransack the Professor’s room! Then there’s also our creepy kid, who told Nishizono that he’s actually rich and had already been injected with scandium! Probably that’s why he can see her, despite her being dead. So, probably Ryo-tas has been injected too? Or maybe she just has powers like Asuna? She could see the other dead main characters just fine after all…
Lastly, now it’s clear why Myu was so devastated at Chi’s death! Not only was she her best friend, but she’s the reason Myu became the fortune-telling sensation that she was. And Chi got killed because she was mistaken as her! However, Myu got a text message from Chi at the end, so what is up?
Greed – It’s an ‘intense and selfish desire for something’, and we saw greed clearly from most of the sketchy characters in Occultic;Nine. The Chosen Ones were greedy for eternal life, so much that they’d pay a lot of money for an experimental project. Meanwhile, the Eight Gods of Fortune syndicate was greedy for both money and power.
Rockefeller – If you search for this surname, mentioned by the syndicate, you’d get John D. Rockefeller Sr. as the first result, but he’s not the one they were pertaining to. It’s actually a man named Nick Rockefeller. He was said to have claimed that the elite aims to have the whole world’s population implanted with microchips. Ironically, there’s not much proof that this man actually exists, aside from a website named after him, and an article saying a director named Aaron Russo was personally told about this by Rockefeller. Russo is an actual person, though.
Sephirot – The Emperor of the syndicate mentioned this ‘tree of Sephirot’ to Takasu as he was going on about how the doctor’s views are different. The word Sephirot, or Sefirot, is a Jewish term pertaining to the 10 attributes/emanations of God in Kabbalah. The diagram used to illustrate this is called the ‘Tree of Life.’
Personally speaking, this episode was less full of hype than the previous two, but it’s actually a good thing for me! We can’t have major buildups at every episode because it’ll just end up flat, right? Just the fact that we’ve discovered what the cult’s goal is and that we ended up with a tense cliffhanger was already great! I also personally loved the scene directions at some parts, like when the spider showed up as Nishizono was guessing what the creepy kid should see, and whenever they featured the ‘paranormal activity’ of our ghost protagonists.
The preview for the ninth episode seemed to be a bit more toned down than the usual ones, don’t you think? Now, I would say that we might just have another normal-paced episode, but with this anime, it’d be too early to say it! Just thinking about what would happen next week is making me super excited!
How about you? What do you think about this latest episode, and what are you expecting from the next one? It’d be lovely if you could share your thoughts in the comments section below! Also, please do check out our other Fall 2016 reviews here on Manga.Tokyo!
NEXT TIME: Future Days: きっと世界は終わるね (Kitto Sekai wa Owaru ne)
TV anime Occultic;Nine started broadcast in October 8, 2016
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