Humans are naturally intrigued by mysteries; they spark our curious nature, after all. So, things like the occult, the supernatural, and the spiritual are very popular nowadays. In the world of Occultic;Nine, these seem to be quite so. But this kind of genre isn’t all that unique in anime, so what makes this series different from the rest? That’s what our review is going to find out!
Occultic;Nine revolves around nine characters who seem unconnected at first, but are afterwards all linked by the occult blog ‘Supernatural Science Kirikiri Basara’ run by the protagonist, Gamon Yuuta. Plus, there’s something really mysterious going on behind the scenes, an event they will soon find out and get involved in! It seems quite interesting, doesn’t it? The main cast characters each have their own unique quirks and personalities, which will make you wonder how they’ll eventually connect!
There’s also a certain charm the anime gives off since it seems light-hearted on the surface. After all, Gamon was focused on just getting his blog popular to gain income from affiliates. Ryo-tas’ very eccentric and hyper personality also added to the fun side of the show, and her tandem with Gamon makes for a really interesting duo. On the other hand, the things that are happening around them somehow prove that supernatural things are very much real, and very dangerous.
Talking about dangerous, how the episode started already screamed danger. The scene had literally a sea of dead bodies! It was a good idea to start off the episode like that because it certainly grabbed my attention from the get-go. I thought it was just going to be something symbolic, but it was really part of the story.
Another part that caught my attention was the hair in Kurenaino Aria’s mailbox. I actually thought it was a head at first, what with all the blood there, but it was actually just hair…an actual scalp full of hair. I don’t know which is worse. To top it off, it might have come from Professor Hashigami who was found dead at the end of the episode.
It’s also good to note that everything in the first episode clearly pointed to Hashigami-sensei’s importance in the story, at least at this point. From his son, Hashigami Sarai, being warned by the celebrity fortune teller Aikawa Miyuu to a curious piece of information mentioned by Sumikaze Touko’s editor-in-chief regarding his house, as well as his relation to the TV program Occultic Science Lab, a lot of things certainly revolve around him. I personally can’t wait to figure out what he has to do with the story, especially what drove someone to kill him.
I’m also excited to find out what is up with the cryptic words Nishizono Ririka told Sarai, and why Moritsuka Shun was lurking around the professor’s house. Plus there’s an actual demon, Kusakabe Kiryu, and he’s part of the main nine protagonists!
Themes & Trivia
Light novel adaptation – Occultic;Nine is an adaptation of the light novel series by Chiyomaru Shikura. He was also the one who headed the Steins;Gate project. I wonder if semicolons in the title is a reference? In any case, a lot of light novels have already been adapted into animated series. Some famous examples are The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Sword Art Online, Durarara!! and Kyoukai no Kanata.
Connected unconnected main characters – This is a trope that I personally love. For now we can see that the nine characters mostly have nothing to do with each other, but eventually they’ll come together. I’m eager to see how it’ll unfold. The light novels-turned-anime Durarara!! and Baccano! also have this trope.
Occult – Given the title and, as mentioned earlier, the main theme of this anime is related to the supernatural. Everything has something to do with things of the unknown. We’ve got a paranormal blog, a moe fortune-teller, a black magic practitioner, a real demon, and some more curious things.
Murder Mystery – The episode ended with Gamon finding Professor Hashigami dead inside his office, and brutally murdered to boot. Surely there’ll be an investigation on it, and I somehow feel that Gamon will be in quite a pickle. He touched the ‘most likely to be the murder weapon’ thing after all!
Story-wise, Occultic;Nine is really intriguing! They started off with a mystery and ended with a mystery, so it has surely grabbed my attention! The unfortunate thing, though, is that I felt a lot of things were really rushed. Many of us possibly had a hard time grasping everything, especially for those who watch with subtitles, because it’s like if you blink for a moment, you’ve already missed lots of info. Due to this, some parts might’ve not made sense. Plus, because it was rushed, everything feels really important. So if you failed to notice one thing at the start, you probably won’t get the rest of the events in the episode.
On the other hand, kudos to A-1 Pictures for the amazing drawings! The movement of the characters were really fluid and eye-catching! The art style is very appealing and works well with the supernatural feel of the anime. Even the backgrounds were really well-drawn and they blended nicely with the characters. I also like the short insertion of the characters’ names. I hope that this kind of quality will continue on until the end!
The voice actors’ performance also deserves to be commended! Their voices perfectly breathed everyone into life, especially Kaji Yuki’s performance as Gamon and Sakura Ayane’s Ryo-tas!
Overall, aside from the fast pacing, I think this anime is a good addition to your viewing list! Who doesn’t like a good mystery, right? Plus, the characters made everything even more interesting, so it’s indeed something to look out for every week!
How about you guys, though? Did the rushed episode tick you off? Or will you be staying on board like I will? Do leave a comment below!
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TV anime Occultic;Nine will begin its broadcast in October 8, 2016!
Anime official website: occultic-nine.com
Anime official Twitter page: @occultic_nine
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