Seikimatsu Occult Gakuin – first impressions

July 8, 2010 at 7:23 pm 2 comments

“The occult does nothing but destroy men. Someday, this school will bring about disaster. The seeds of delusion will be sown, and it will bring the whole world to ruin.”

Smile for the camera!

One of the most hyped series this season has landed, and in short, it looks like a nice watch. It combined some very funny moments with a slight horror-twist, all under a pretty promising premise.

Conspiracy and the mystic

Our tsundere-lead Maya arrives at Waldstein Academy, a school that teaches the occult and the mystic, set up by her late father who has died under pretty shifty circumstances. Add a time traveller who arrives stark naked, a couple of unusual/eccentric characters who actually aren’t total tools, more conspiracy, and well… the occult, and you’ve got yourself quite an interesting show.

...and then brix were shat...

I really enjoyed the humour in this first episode. It’s not outrageous and it’s not too forced either. The best thing about it is it’s variety. On one hand you have some pretty hilarious flashback scenes shared between Maya and Ami, and then later you have a very tongue-in-cheek moment when Fumiaki the time traveller arrives, bearing some pretty heavy ‘goods’ and all. The reference to Porco Rosso was pretty smart.

Smile, Ami and JK

All this comedy somehow blends well with the drama that’s on screen. Actually, what director Tomohiko has managed to do well in this premier episode of Occult Academy is combining tension, atmosphere, lots of mystery and intrigue and that touch of humour, all in 20 or so minutes, in a rather believable way.

Time travel - not quite what I expected it to look like...

The background music is most fitting, it being clearly inspired by traditional sci-fi and mysticism. Hikasa Youko does a good job of Maya, who definitely has a distinct and bold character. I’m not sure why she’s displaying so much zettai ryouki… but anything goes ;P Let’s hope Occult Academy doesn’t lose the direction it shows from this first episode for the next 12 episodes.

OP: I like the art and references. Decent enough tune I guess.

ED: Live actors? Unusual choice, but anything goes I guess…  The tune is average.

lol she looks like she's being possessed...

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  • 1. Baka!  |  July 9, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    Just watched this and I thought the humour in it was great. It looks like quite an interesting concept. Let’s see how it goes…

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  • 2. Reltair  |  July 13, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    This series was hyped up? I didn’t know about that. o_O

    Anyways, I liked it as I do most of the series airing this season. Good stuff.

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