English: Occult Academy
Synonyms: Zaidanhoujin Occult Designer Gakuin, Seikimatsu Occult Academy
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 6, 2010 to Sep 28, 2010
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)L represents licensing company
Score: 7.251 (scored by 20595 users)
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Oct 9, 2010
And then there's the shows like Seikimatsu Occult Gakuen (End of Century Occult Academy).
Originally developed as part of Anime no Chikara, a project run by TV Tokyo's anime department in conjunction with Aniplex, Seikimatsu Occult Gakuen is the third release from that stable (the previous two being Sora no Woto and Senkou no Night Raid), and marks the full directorial debut of Itou Tomohiko.
Set in the fictional Waldstein Academy which sits atop Mount Minakami in Matsushiro, Nagano Prefecture, the story begins with Kumashiro Maya disembarking from the bullet train. She is the daughter of the academy's principal and founder Kumashiro Junichiro, and has returned to the city to attend the funeral of her estranged father. Along the way, her taxi driver tells her about some of the strange rumours surrounding the academy because of its focus on all things supernatural.
On the surface Sekimatsu Occult Academy has a fairly reasonable set up. The plot is, initially, pretty straight forward, and there even seems to be some signs of an intelligent story at certain points during the first episode. Unfortunately, all of that promise quickly goes out of the window during the rest of the series.
For some reason the writers thought there wouldn't be enough going on in an academy that focuses specifically on the supernatural, so they decided to add other things to it. In a sense, Occult Academy has pretty much everything in it that Suzumiya Haruhi wanted, from ghosts and witches, to time travellers and dimensional aliens.
The problem is, it's simply too much for the series to handle.
Occult Academy starts off reasonably well, but the rapid addition of so many threads to an already burgeoning plot ends up giving the series less focus, and it seems that this was simply too much for a rookie series director to handle. The numerous and disparate aspects of the story all begin to come together towards the end of the series though, but the story has an inherent predictability that seems to be an offshoot of adding too much.
In all honesty, if the series had added one or two more supernatural aspects, then it may very well have collapsed under its own weight. The plot has a certain fragility because of the amount of information in the anime, and this makes it difficult to take the story seriously (especially with those little comedy scenes thrown in for good measure). That said, some people may find the show enjoyable because of the oddness surrounding Maya and her crew.
Talking about odd, while the series looks pretty good overall, one can't help but wonder at some of the designs in the show. A-1 Pictures and Xebec have made Occult Academy look pretty good for the most part, but looks are only skin deep. The characters are designed reasonably well and have their own individual attributes, but there's a certain amount of stereotype at play in this department. The short haired girl is a jock, the glasses girl is a geek, etc, etc. It would be nice if the creators put more thought into the character design as personally I'd like to see some of those stereotypes finally put to rest. One other problem is the level of fanservice involved in the show as it really isn’t necessary, and it makes one wonder exactly who the target audience is supposed to be.
That said, the facial expressions are usually pretty well realised (althought it is sometimes difficult to tell if Maya is tense or constipated).
In addition to the design, the animation is of a pretty decent standard as well, except for certain occasions where the character movements seem ... odd. Thankfully these occasions are fairly few and far between, but they are noticeable when they occur. One also has to wonder if Maya likes the short dress she generally wears as she has one with exactly the same design during the flashbacks to her childhood.
Another aspect of the show that's odd is the acting. Hikasa Youko and Mizushima Takahiro are pretty good as Maya and Fumiaki (or Bunmei, whichever name you prefer to call him by), and the rest of the cast deliver some perfectly decent performances throughout. What's odd though, is that even with some decent acting the characters just don't seem to work. The audience is given nothing to sympathise or empathise with, and while some may believe this to be due to poor acting, in actuality its down to a poor script.
The sound quality is decent throughout the series, but one of the problems with Occult Academy is the music, or rather, the choreography. The tracks on offer are well chosen but there are several scenes where they just don't seem to mesh with the on screen action. In addition to this the OP, which is a fairly typical J-rock track called "Flying Humanoid" by Nakagawa Shouko, works well as an opening theme, but the opening sequence itself doesn't seem to work with the music. As for the ED, "Kimi ga Iru Basho" by Takagaki Ayahi is a decent enough song as well, but again the ending sequence makes no sense (unless images of a girl and boy lying in grass are your thing).
It's not that the music itself is bad, but rather its implementation is a bit strange.
As I mentioned before the acting is decent enough, but the characters lack any real depth for the entirety of the series. One of the biggest problems with Occult Academy is that there is simply too much going on at any one time, and because of this the characters seem like nothing more than by-products of the plot. The overly complicated storyline precludes any real growth or characterisation, especially for Maya and Fumiaki, and it's not until the final few episodes that they actually start to develop. Even then the storyline gets in the way, which is a shame as some of the characters, especially Fumiaki, had some very interesting histories which really warranted more of a look.
Sekimatsu Occult Gakuen is a decent enough series that toys with some interesting ideas, but doesn't really go any further than that. The problem is that the story is far too complicated for its own good, and because of this everything else in the show seems to have been thrown off course. It may have seemed like a good idea on paper, but like so many other things like that, the result is nothing more than a decent looking anime with no real substance.
That said, there are several interesting plot points that even I found distracting, but they're not enough to support the weight of an entire series and all its characters. Granted there may be viewers who don't mind that the plot seems to have been hammered together from one of Haruhi's delusions, but it just wasn't enough for me as there is little in the way of justification for anything that happens in Occult Academy.
It's a shame really, but the quality of releases from Anime no Chikara seems to be dropping by degrees, and Sora no Woto remains the best title from that stable so far. read more
Sep 21, 2010
Anime no Chikara is a project designed to create "original" anime series. Which, they have no problem in doing. The major fault of these series is that everything building up to the climax has little to nothing to do with the actual story. Taking example of Sora no Woto, in my opinion the best of Anime no Chikara's projects (not because it was K-ON! with guns). But it had this same ordeal, but the earlier episodes always had that looming threat of war just beyond the border. Most people we're too distracted by the cute. But Occult Academy suffers greatly from this problem.
The show isn't terrible, it's enjoyable. But other shows have done the occult idea better and have expanded upon what this show only touches. I know when people usually see my reviews the show is usually terrible. But this show also lacks some common sense in the way the story is played out.
Onto good points. The art of Occult Academy is something I love. It's this nice, crisp, refined style that is truly original. It truly matches every character's traits.
Which lead me into characters. The character traits are just kind of blasted at you the moment they come screen. Maya's character is the only character that truly jumps out at me when I think about Occult Academy, all the other characters are enjoyable, but I was kind of hoping for some more. Some characters are just kind of there for the ride and to fight things. Which is "all right", I suppose.
Music. Music is sometimes occult stuff and sometimes it's not. When it's not something chanting or something dark or spooky to get you into thinking "occult" you get this nice traditional folk to bring you away from everything occult. I couldn't handle this show if everything was occult. That's an overload.
There's some issues with how the story plays out though. There's that ten episodes of introduction and build-up and it's swiftly all explained in about five seconds? Oh. Kind of a bummer, I was hoping it had a greater purpose then just being an obstacle.
The biggest thing that will bother most is the search for the Key itself. Maya and Bunmei will purposefully hold off looking for it. Let's go over what the characters don't know. They don't know what the Key is. They don't know where the Key will be located. They don't know what will happen with the Key when they find it. They don't know any of this. Yet, they hold it off until a couple of weeks before the world ends. You can't just put that off to solve over things. I don't get it. They could've made this series one long adventure to finding the key. Instead you get this? It's kind of disappointing. The storytelling was alright, but it had so much potential.
Maya's spell book bothers me. In one episode, Bunmei says that she has her father's spell book on her person all the time. If that's the case, why doesn't she ever use it? It's a book full of spells and they use it twice. Her father left her the spell book to protect her from evil and to use against evil. The most she uses against evil is a crossbow and she doesn't use the spell book to figure anything out; or learn about her father. Just some important things that would've been better if used correctly. Maybe Maya was afraid of getting tongue tied in the middle of fighting. That would be embarrassing to the viewers.
Also, disregard for the fact that other humans might be in the same situation as Akari. They never look for anyone else that might've been captured. Just a "grab your friend and run" deal. It's sometimes obvious too, because there are bones and cocoons and stuff. Yeah, it's just something stupid, right?
If you like occult stuff, you should give this a try. It's a neat concept. It's just average. read more
Oct 21, 2010
Let's start with some probable obviously things. Bunmei is coming from the summer of 2012, like we all know in the moment that I'm writing that this is the very famous "end of the world", on 21 December. And where is going Bunmei? In 1999, to stop the prophecy of Nostradamus for 21 July. Actually till now there was many endings of the world, but 1999 together with 2012 are really big ones. The prophecy of Nostradamus was something real in "our world" and many people believed in it, but we are still kicking asses as ever...
Let's talk a little about the best writer right now, Steven King. Did you read his book "The Dark Tower". It's a strange adventure horror with a lot of strange things like cowboys and shits. In this book he use many things from movies, other books, songs and shits... Not only like parody, but actually he create an complete other thing from them. Actually many people believe that the prophecy was for King. Near 21 July King almost die in incident, but he didn`t. This people think that the "The Dark Tower" is like a reflection of an other world, probable parallel to our. They think that King is important connection between the worlds and if he couldn`t write the book the balance of the universe would brake and the world would end. One of the bad guys in the book come in our world trying to kill King, but he was stopped from the good guys and the prophecy of Nostradamus was stopped and King finish his book.
Why I'm writing all this? Because in "Occult Academy" they use things like that too! For example, the future that they show us is like something that is come from "War of the Worlds" and "Terminator". They didn`t just use movies things, but a lot of anime stuff, like some typical anime characters and even things like magic girls. But it's maybe kind of hard to take everything like parody? This is because not everything is parody, but there still there is a lot of from it, but it use in other way too (kind of confusing xD). So... For exaple think about all shity animes that you watch... Now thing about "Occult Academy"... Isn't it something kind of wrong? All of the characters in this anime are actually maturate people! Yeah! This animes is good exactly in this, by using many stereotype things making something complete new from it that actually is even full of philosophy, but it's not easy to find.
In many animes the names of the heroes have some meaning, but here they are really, really important! They are include in every name of the episodes and if you switch there place with there meaning they make something new! I will give you there meaning replace them on your own, Bunmei - civilization, knowledge; Maya - illusion; (ka)Mikaze - divine wind, Kozue - treetop(check on google for more info); Ami - net, friend; Akari - light.
I'm an assohle so I will give you many keys, but I will not told you which one is for the door and which door, because this way is more good and more interesting. Think well about the name of the episodes and what happen in them, and while doing that, remember "What important are the things you can`t see with your eyes" and try to see the things that it one to tell us about the humans, the occult and the society.
But still i give him 8/10, because I'm fan of the real goods scary/horror storyies and that wasn`t horror at all, but it's not even on the genres even. Still they could do it way more seriously and to use the occult for really scary things and to can say to us the same thing. And the "not seriously" seriously of the anime in some moments was going a little to far and was even a little annoying.
P.S. Sorry for my poor writing skills on this language, and of course you always have the right to think about me like an idiot, because i believe that this animes is actually good. But you are human too, therefore you are an idiot too.
P.S.2 The end was kicking fucking asses all over the place! read more
Oct 15, 2011
... But no.
The one lesson I learnt after completing this anime series was 'do not judge a book by its cover'. You have your academy which focuses on teaching its students all about the occult rather than normal textbook knowledge, interesting setting. You have your tsundere heroin and time-travelling esper hero, a plus point. You have great setting-up, with a few hints here and there in the first few episodes that indicate this might turn out to be an awesome series.
But, no. The audience was treated to a hell load of fillers after the first few episodes. While the fillers themselves look good independently, once tied into the very few plot-related episodes, you get a fail anime series with lack of proper planning and bad pacing.
The one reason I hesitate to give the STORY part lower than 6 marks is because I enjoyed the many plot twists at the last episodes of the series. It was surprising that the writers could rush the final battle so 'well' despite terrible pacing throughout the show.
Now here's where Seikimatsu Occult Gakuin shines. The character designs looked good, and the animation throughout the run of the series were pretty smooth. Made me wonder how well the series would have done if they had devoted a bit more budget on hiring better writers and a bit less on the animation.
Ugh... no. Both the OP and ED are not something that I myself would look out for. Except for the first one, I basically skipped the OP and ED for every other episode. The soundtrack was also not memorable, something that you would not find in a thriller series like this.
Moving on to the voice acting, somehow I felt that there was a lack of personality injected into the characters. Even for our main protagonist, Maya, I just felt that she lacked the 'tsundere'-ness that she was supposed to have.
Seikimatsu Occult Gakuin had great backstories for the characters, but failed miserably at developing them well. Maya and Bunmei hardly had any growth throughout the series, but instead we have the side characters, those that appeared one-shot for the fillers, who received the most treatment. Even the last episode failed to provide for them any form of development.
The series had such great potential, but just lacked a coherent plot, which would have been achieved if the writers had done proper planning. Hope that the writers would learn from their mistakes and do a better attempt at such genres next time. read more
Mar 12, 2011
For an anime of its genre, I feel like Seikimatsu Occult Gakuin might have missed the mark in some respects. The premise is interesting of course, but what really made this anime special for me was the characters --specifically the mains.
Let's break this down shall we?
I love the premise. It's interesting, engaging and has enough unique elements here and there to keep us relatively intrigued about what is to come. However, what really irks me is the overwhelming amount of content crammed into 13 episodes. I feel like alot of this was far too rushed. You have aliens, witches, ghosts, demons --practically every supernatural being imaginable, which I don't really mind, but they're all crammed together into some kind of nonsensical mush.
I feel like this anime was designed for a much longer duration but forcibly cut down --badly at that. I would have loved to see a deeper exploration into the 2012 future scenario. It would have been nice also to have a few strange plot holes filled...
HOWEVER, don't push this anime aside just yet.
In my opinion, the plot holes here and there don't take away from the original premise of the story. This whole idea of the Nostradamus Key, the alien technology, the magic --there's something about it. If you just suspend reality a little more than you would usually, sit back and really try to feel the anime, the story is still very enjoyable.
Why? Well, pretty much because everything BESIDES the bad story progression (and I stress PROGRESSION, because the actual story isn't really that bad), makes this anime worth watching.
Rarely do you see an anime with such outstanding quality. The character designs are elaborate, clean and unique. The backgrounds are gorgeously detailed, and the colours are really engaging. I can't rave about the art enough. I absolutely adored it. Seriously, you could probably sit through all 13 episodes just for the art.
Shouko Nakagawa's "Flying Humanoid" is a great opening theme for this show. I particularly liked the way they integrated it into the opening sequence. Typically you'd probably think there would be heaps of action montages attached to this kind of song --but they went for a far more abstract expression, which I think is extremely refreshing. It really highlights the unique aspects of this anime.
Ayahi Takagaki sings the ending "Kimi ga iru basho" (The place where you are). The ending sequence is really different. No, really. They use real actors. It was really uncanny how they found two children that looked almost exactly like Bunmei and Maya. The song itself is sweet and very fitting for an ending theme. Definitely no complaints.
If it was a review on the main characters alone I would give it a 10, but unfortunately I have to include the others as well. Don't let that discourage you though. The only failing in the supporting characters is that there is very little development for them. Probably because there were only 13 episodes.
The main characters, however, were the primary reason I kept watching. The chemistry between Maya and Bunmei is addictive to watch. Sure, they may seem like your typical useless guy x tsundere, but stop. Just stop right there. Because in just 13 episodes, we see remarkable character development on their part, especially for Bunmei.
As much as they were a little stereotypical, there was someone very human about Bunmei and Maya's relationship. You'll find yourself watching the show just for them, and in doing so, their relationship will probably leave a very lasting impression on you. Again, it's just such a pity that there were only 13 episodes, because I feel like the producers had alot more planned for their character developments. Still, something must be good if it leaves you craving for more.
The first five episodes were a little slow paced for me, character development-wise, but really that's to be expected. I think it's more that the contrast between the pace of the first half of the series and second was a bit of a shock. It may be because the series ended so quickly that it leaves you with a sense of wanting so much more that takes away from the general enjoyment.
Still, again, a sign of something good right? Besides...the manga is currently being serialized so it's something to look forward to. lol
The only thing that holds me back from a higher score for this is the length of the show. If they had just stretched it out to maybe five or six more episodes, I feel like this could have been fleshed out so much better. That said, I still recommend this for anyone who enjoys watching anime with a little action, a little mystery and great character development.
Honestly, the relationship between Maya and Bunmei has me so smitten I keep going back to watch episodes 6-13, just for them. But don't get me wrong! They're not very sparkly-lovey-dovey --if anything, the romance element is a little downplayed, which makes it all the more wonderful to watch. There's nothing worse than being smacked over the head with sparklings and bad music, and there is NONE of that here. It is a genuine, human, and beautiful kind of relationship we get to see here, set in a story that is interesting and relatively different.
Oh, and don't get me wrong. There's alot of ass-kicking as well. I'm not one for romance-only animes --just read my other reviews. If the idea of love turns you green, then the action scenes will settle you for sure. read more
Nov 1, 2010
As the title suggests, the setting is in an Occult Academy in 1999, a school notorious for study of the pseudoscience. Series of paranormal incidents have been observed in the academy in recent months, including the one where the dean was killed. Soon after the dean's daughter returns, a psychokinetic 'time agent' descends from the sky, and together, the duo seeks Nostradamus' Key, which supposedly was the cause of the apocalypse as predicted in the prophecy.
The show started off very strong, quickly introducing the main characters, the premise, and the mission.
The story gets episodic after a while. It seems the producers are more interested in introducing occult trivia than actual development of the story.
The team encounter various paranormal events, so much at one point that it bothered me how they so conveniently and easily came across occult mysteries, which by definition should not be so easily found. To my surprise, all was explained by a dark magician as the culprit. At first, I was turned off by seemingly rushed sum up, but after a second thought, it was extremely appropriate since magic is the most well-known occult mystery.
There were still a whole bunch of plot holes though... why does Ramachandran-Fischer conjecture result in alien invasions anyway? Not to mention all the time travel paradoxes of the ending.
The story overall was nothing out of ordinary and sometimes even predictable, but the pacing was good enough to keep me interested throughout the series.
Maya is a tsundere, oh wait, that word didn't exist yet... she's just another girl who's not honest with her feelings. Toward both Fumiaki and the occult. Fumiaki on the other hand is a typical loser whose incompetence knows no limit, and easily gets carried away. In fact, he's practically Nobita from Doraemon series. Despite this, both characters come with a dark past that they eventually learn to overcome through their adventures.
All the side characters though, are grossly underused. We know absolutely nothing about their pasts, and their characters were flat to the end. Perhaps they gave the leading couple more screen time to develop, but I can't help but feel they existed simply to advance otherwise impossible plots.
JK pops up whenever someone goes missing and needs to be found. Smile just follows JK and beat the crap out of bad guys. Mikaze turned out to be a villain behind all the occult incidents around the academy, but it was never explained what she had to gain by letting aliens rule the world...
Background art was extremely detailed, just like in 'Sora no Oto'. It was also noticeably lacking motion, but had far better texture and engaging.
Unlike 'Sora no Oto', character design this time was very original, with unique faces, hair, and signature stockings + heels, suits + ahoge, and accessories (dowsing rods, wrench, glasses/blindness etc) that made each character memorable.
Characters really lacked details, especially compared to the awesome backgrounds, but made up for it by incredibly realistic face/body expressions that seemed to flawlessly convey their state of mind.
Animation in general was decent, but occasional 3D-CG-assisted camera movement was absolute disaster.
I really liked Mikaze's voice. It sounded like an ordinary cute girl voice, but there was a certain cold, eeriness in her speech that worked very well for her character. Rest of the cast was average.
BGM was nothing remarkable and sometimes even hard to notice. Although the sound effects were pretty good.
OP/ED were catchy songs, though ED animation was a head-scratcher... Mannequins? 3D-CG? Photoshopped picture?
The message of this show was great, that we should always keep an open mind, that we should stand on our own feet and walk our own path.
I feel this series would've been a huge success to younger audiences if they made skirts couple of inches longer, toned down Mikaze's seduction, and broadcast in daytime.
'Seikimatsu Occult Gakuin' is a horrible show if you watch it as an occult anime because it attempts to deal with too many occult mysteries in too few episodes and technically filled with flaws, but it's fascinating if you watch it as a fantasy/adventure anime. It's got dreams and shows the allurement of existence of the supernatural.
I dropped 'Senkou no Night Raid' after 2nd episode, but I think it's safe to say that 'Seikimatsu Occult Gakuin' is the best series in 'Anime no Chikara' Project, because well, it's the only one that shown me the power of anime.
"[The Occult] do no exist in reality... As long as you don't believe in them." Watch this series with an open mind. read more
Sep 14, 2010
I love the plot. It's original, unpredictable, and always leaves me excited to see the next episode. This is the best anime of the season, in my opinion. Personally, I love to see the supernatural or occult in anime. This series shows the occult very well, and I really am enjoying it.
The art is outstanding, I think. The animation is very smooth, and the style is nice. I it's original, and can be very dark, but also can be very bright and cleansing. I found the art in this anime to generally be very visually pleasing.
The sound is great. The opening and ending are addicting. Although, the background music wasn't incredibly memorable or noticeable. The voices suit the characters nicely.
I fell in love with the characters by episode 3. I think their personalities are more original than not, and I feel that they really make the story. They fit in perfectly with the plot.
I really have enjoyed this anime. The plot is by far my favorite part. The only downside I've seen is maybe that there's only going to be 13 episodes. I've seen 11 out of 13 episodes, and I only hope that the story slows down a bit in the last episodes and gives a satisfying ending. Don't judge this anime by the first few episodes. You have to get into it.
This is my first review. :3 read more
Aug 21, 2010
Art: Average in my opinion. Backgrounds are made well, but characters are somewhat plain and facial expressions can only show basic. Coloring is rather depressing with more darker tones that light.
Sound: OP isn't the kind I would like, it's like most of anime OP's wihout any thought on the anime it's used to. ED is good as standalone song and again not suited here.
Characters: Tsundere, wimp and other friends. Rather mainstream setup for best anime sales. They can be more hated, than loved and it concludes it.
Enjoyment: Well, I started this anime with no great expectations so i'm not really disappointed. It's watchable and you can find something interesting, but there won't be the feeling - "What's next? CAN'T WAIT TO SEE!". No, this show is more like for a tick of "Completed".
Overall: Watch it, but don't expect great things or something major. Of course you can disagree me and post your opinion in my profile, i'll read it but i doubt you'll be able to convince me other way. This concludes my first review, which is rather poor. read more
Aug 3, 2010
Even though (at this point) only 5 episodes have been aired, I still think that Occult Academy is one of the best animes of the season.
I don't really know what to say here. We don't know that much yet but from what I've seen it's pretty good so far.
I love the animation in this series. It's very smooth and I can't spot many mistakes. Character designs are simple but I still like them a lot. I also really like the art style. The opening is very well animated is very nice to look at.
It's really hard for me to comment on the overall music of a series since I don't really notice the BGM until I listen to the OST. The reason I gave this an 8 though is because of the opening and ending themes. I have had both of them stuck in my head for days now and often catch myself singing them. The opening really gets you pumped for the episode. The singer really puts a lot of emotion into both of the songs and I can't wait until the full version of the opening is released.
Like the story, we don't know much about the characters yet but I still love them. I like the fact the Maya downplays the Tsudere trope and is a pretty likeable character. Uchieda is also pretty likeable but we don't know much about him. The side characters (Ami, Kouze, Chihiro, JK etc.) are also great and they're all very funny (especially Chihiro xD I burst out laughing at her scenes).
I love this series so far. It manages to make you laugh and scare you at the same time. At the end of each episode I always say "I don't wanna wait another week!" because I really want to know what happens next. The comedy is great and you'll find yourself laughing every episode.
So far Occult Academy is a great series. I really suggest that you give it a watch and hope that you enjoy it as much as I do. read more
Apr 5, 2011
I felt compelled to write this review on the Occult Academy because, I thought that this show would have great potential. I expected action, mystery, supernatural occurrences, a little romance and even a little history ... blah blah blah ... I was so sadly mistaken.
My expectations as previously mentioned were mixed in but diluted. I honestly think the writers took a safe route. I guess I just wanted more because the potential is truly there.
The one thing I did like about this series is the artwork. It was clean and had a pretty realistic feel.
Long story short... I felt that this probably could have been a multi-season series. The writers jammed way too much in and left out quite a bit for it to end the way it did. The ending by the way without giving it away was one of the worst. Who knew the key to the whole saga would be such a complex instrument? (insert sarcasm here) *sorry*
Lastly, I will leave you all with this. It might not be a greatest story ever but, I will recommend you watch it so we will all have something in common. There is a lot of great Anime out there but, eventually you will run across a story that trips you up. It wasn't the best and it wasn't exactly the worst.
Thanks for your time and thanks for reading!! read more
Jan 15, 2011
Among the over 150 animes I've watched the general feeling I got in 90% of the endings was "Lalala, it's so nice doing an anime! Oh, wait, we have to finish it! Just come up with anything and let's call it a day!"
Seriously! It's not that difficult doing an ending that goes along with the pace of the anime for pete's sake!
When it comes to Seikimatsu Occult Gakuin, it's not only the ending that makes no sense. Don't get the wrong idea, the anime is good, but they simply proposed on doing something, to completely forget it during the series and remebered to pick it up again on the ending in a completely nonsense way.
If this was simply an anime to tell the story of a group of teenagers facing supernatural occurrences it'd have been an amazing one. After all there wouldn't be any kind of commitment to a larger story.
And that's where Occult Academy went wrong. They offer you an interesting premise only to abandon it afterwards , and, even worse, to "suddenly" remember it on the very ending.
This mistake has been repeating itself in SO many animes that it's getting on my nerves. If you don't know how you want to end a story, don't even get started!:@
All that aside, this show can offer you an enjoyable ride if you're expecting few commitment to the plot. The side stories are very good. It's just the way they are told to be related to the larger story which is not very convincing.
The art is the best part on this animation. It's really beautiful and well done. It's noticeable that some effort was put on this area which helps making this anime bearable til the end.
The soundtrack on the other hand, has nothing special to it. Sometimes it felt kinda out of place, but nothing that would hinder the anime.
The characters were cliches overall. Very few development, except for Maya, your typical tsundere, but at least with an interesting background.
As I said before, it's an enjoyable ride if you focus on the side stories. After episode 11, however, I wouldn't even mind watching it. All I could get from episodes 11, 12 & 13 was a big WTF? read more
Apr 19, 2013
It's fairly obvious that the writers bit off more than they could chew. The story has a great basis, and arguably too much potential to squish it into 13 episodes.
Despite this, I am largely of the opinion that, while they usually lack a singular plot-driving focus, the first ten episodes are QUITE enjoyable. The 'problem solving crew', while made up of your average cliches, makes for a good laugh, with exemplary facial expressions, and Maya, and sometimes Bunmei, find ways to make each episode interesting enough.
After that however, it becomes glaringly obvious, in my opinion, that the writers were scrambling to reincorporate the driving plot of the series, end of the world and all that, and they got more than a bit desperate/sloppy in tying off/together loose ends, jumping into new genres here and there.
As a final note; I have several problems with the final episode, mostly preferential and logic based, what with the involvement of time travel and affecting the future and all, but that aside, I found the particular way the series ended to be very original and interesting.
All in all, the series has many faults and, who knows, might leave you feeling a little disappointed like me, but I'd still recommend it as a series worth watching. read more
Sep 10, 2010
I could write about this for much more time, say how bad the characters, the plot and its development are, but I don't want to waste it talking about this.
Aug 24, 2010
This show is a failed mix of supernatural, comedy, and slice of life, revolving an UN-CUTE (even though hot) girl Maya and a super-PATHETIC ex-esper time-traveling-by-force young man Bunmei (which literally means "modern") in their journey to search for the "Notradamus's key" to break the prophecy about the End Day in 2012 and solve the mystery behind the school principal's death.
The show is meant to explore occult mysteries which, in common knowledge, consist of objects, monsters, phenomena, and spells. A supporting character called Haruse develops an obsession of searching for occult things and she did nothing but spontaneously popping out and bringing up some random occult OBJECTs (e.g. OOPart) or phenomena (e.g. poltergeist) which had nothing to do with the story. So far unrelated MONSTERs appeared randomly without any reason. The only notable PHENOMENON in the storyline is 2012 apocalypse, which is alien invasion in this case. Finally, there was only one silly SPELL that turns the corpse into an undead. The spell book which Maya coincidentally discovered and inherited from her father was never used...
The foundation of the universe in this show is not consistent. Most objects and phenomena brought up by character Haruse are not real and based on her imagination and obsession, which implies that this universe is just a normal world where "occult" literally means "hidden secret." But then those MONSTERs just showed up like they should have always been there to show up...
Also, there is completely no flow because a lot of unnecessary details (some for comedic purpose) get in the way, e.g., vice-president's crust, Bunmei's affair with the landowner's daughter, Ami(Maya's close friend)'s dad's affection toward Maya and his silly occult prank.
Such slice of life scenes are too bleak and unnecessarily long.
Good anyway. Maya looks hot, white one-piece is hot...
Voices and soundtrack score are good but the OP and ED are totally out of place with the show's content: OP is so-so and can be used for any anime. ED is a common piece about love while there's completely no romance in this show. I wouldn't regard Bunmei's affair with the landowner's daughter as a romance because when they were separated in a dark cave and even after the whole cave was detonated, he didn't give a darn about his girl and kept acting loony until he found her outside, mysteriously safe and sound.
No depth, little background. Main girl is uncute, main guy pathetic, the occult-obsessed Haruse shallow, and Ami the close friend unreasonable. Even the save-the-Earth committee in 2012 are a bunch of idiots because they picked Bunmei the beggar on the street to travel time and take on the mission of finding the "Notradamus's key."
For one-time watching and cheap entertainment. read more
Jul 10, 2011
Well, I have to be honest... I started watching this series because of the main female star, Kumashiro Maya, but after finished watching it, I'm glad that I did cause the overall feeling was a lot more than what I was expecting.
Very brief & no spoilers.
Story. You can say that is a nice one, and it's true that sometimes you get lost wondering... what the hell?... but all in all is a great experience and for me, the ending was quite nice too.
Art. I like it, not the best that I had seen but it's good, mantain the level from the beginning to the end.
Sound. Very nice soundtrack, and the OP & ED are both, great.
Character. For everyone's taste, there are shy, brave, weird, sexy, tsundere characters, etc. the main starring, Maya & Bunmei are very nice and you care for them through out all the story.
Enjoyment. I did enjoy the whole package, really, a great experience with lots of surprises and up-side-downs.
Overall. Give it a chance, you won't lose anything and in return there is a high chance that you will like it too.
Kumashiro Maya Sugoi! ♥♥♥
Greetings (and forgive me if I made a mistake in the review ^^)
Dec 3, 2011
Art's on the cover, music's pretty mediocre, protagonists are slightly developed while everyone else is really shallow (but still hilarious).
NOW ABOUT THE STORY
The ending to an anime is usually either good or bad. This particular series is more of an in between, only because the ending didn't give enough of an ending. It's too subtle. The loose ends that should have been tied up nearly choked me to death. I was very confused and bothered. Time traveling in anime does that.
You could easily cut out the middle episodes, middle meaning 3 to 11. While there was some character development between the two protagonists, that's about it. They're nice but they're irrelevant.
In certain spots there's a touch of dramatic irony in that you know it's going to happen and the poor sap on-screen doesn't. There's also a sad episode, as this is about the occult which naturally leads us to ghosts which then leads us to a sad ghost story.
It's definitely worth the time. But keep this in mind. if you over-analyze a magic trick and figure it out it sucks. Same with this show. Don't think about it too much, you'll just facepalm later either way. read more
Oct 5, 2010
You have a daughter of the Waldstien's Academy's headmaster, Maya Kumashiro. Her appearence is a strict type female who has a huge hatred towards the supernatural anything to do with it. After the death of her father, she hated the occult. When a mysterious time traveler drop in front of Maya, Fumaki Uchida, within his mission is to find the Nostrodamus' Key, which will open the gate way to hell and cause a huge damnation to the entire world. Both of them have their different characteristics, Maya, she's strong-willed, stricted, and have zero-tollerance with anyone's bull crap, especially Fumaki's bull crap, when she discovered that Fumaki isn't a man that she think he is. Fumaki was a major coward, yet a liar just to hide his true self, as a gutless unreliable loser. When Fumaki was little, he has a huge psychic powers, yet his mom is forcing him to use his powers through personal gain such as fame and fortune, yet when he's grown, his powers are obsolute. Also you have other supporting characters in the series, like Kozue, a long time friend of Maya and a huge occult otaku. Ami, also a long time friend of Maya, and always keep Kozue in line before talking about the supernatural in front of Maya. Also you have two best supporting characters who are extremly epic, JK and Smile. JK is the chubby guy who uses two metal bars just to locate anything that are paranomal and out of the ordinary. Smile is a mechanic who always hangs around with JK.
The setting takes place in 1999, where you had major consipracy theroies and predictions, such as the Y2K threat, the end-of-the-world theroies, but the process of armedgeddon would take place in July 21, 1999. This was a perfect setting actually, due to some crazy theroies and consipracies through the time about when the world is going to end in a new milleninium. Some people back then will think the future, we will be living in a cryptic world of machines dominate us all or the whole planet is in ruins thanks to World War III... I say it was genius.
Ok, I will like to say is the plot of the story is normal compare to other anime series I saw. A male and female protaganists, situations to take care of, and a mysterious atagonist which will surprise you near the end of the series. Speaking of suprises, the plots are very VERY surprising at times. Needless to say, the ongoing of the surprises will keep you at the edge of the seat of what's going to happened next, or what's going to become an outcome of the story. That's another thing I love the most.
This is where the nit-pick comes into play. the ONLY thing that I hate the most in this series is Fumaki...YES the older version of Fumaki, Abe-sensei, Bunmei, Numbuh 6, whatever the heck his name is! I did mentioned earlier that he's a coward a liar. I have NEVER seen a protagonist with such personality like that in my entire life! He runs away from danger, he mostly leaving others behind during action, he's un-reliable at some sort, he never participate in anything that will help Maya out! I know they are times he have helped out a few people, but SERIOUSLY! All he wants is to hang around with that Mikaze character...and for some odd reason, Mikaze isn't effin' right! How can one guy fall in love so quickly? Oh yeah...the boobies never lie...Other than that, the guy is weak, pathethic, and I just wish that Maya can do more than just beating the living crap outta him...
The anime is fun, breath-taking, and full of suprises. They are other characters that I'd enjoy the most, with the exception of Fumaki. If you wanna see how the anime ended, I advise you to watch the anime itself. If you already watch the anime, be sure you support it by buying or renting the DVDs. If you love the occult like Kozue, and hate it, like Maya, then this series is defently for you. read more
Nov 20, 2010
For art, I'm very disgusted with the illustrator's fashion sense, especially when it comes to Maya's outfit, now c'mon, Maya in a white dress wearing long socks and white shoes? man! That's a big fashion NO, NO. What about Fumiaki's (Bummei) olive green suit? let see, it doesn't show any authoritative figure in it as a teacher and it can also be classified as a fashion disaster especially when his trousers is too short and exposing his white socks that does not give any professionalism. As for the school uniform, I hate the way it's been drawn it makes the female student look dorky, but not for Maya who also wear a school uniform but with a different design that distinguish her from the rest of the students. As for the 2 witches at first they both look dorky only to be hot in their true form.
For the character, at first you'll think that Fumiaki (Bummei) is a useless chicken only to redeem himself in later episode, you'll also think that Maya hates all things that were supernatural but in later episodes she's seen helping a restless spirit who just wants a memorable Christmas and in the end she didn't close down her father's school, and she had a sotacon relationship with the younger Bummei.
Over all I think that it just fair to rate this anime a fair as in fair enough to be watched.
Occult Trivia: The Church of Satan was founded in April 30th 1966 in Walpurgisnacht, San Francisco California by Anton Szandor LaVey, he was also been seen with infamous criminal Charles Manson. read more
Oct 10, 2010
The concept of the story is great especially since it isnt an adaptation of a manga or novel.
Art is great and very fitting of the genre.
I like both the OP and ED and the sound through out the series is well done not overbearing but not lacking or unfitting of the various events.
The characters are not uncommon Maya who won't admit her love for the occult, Bunmei's uselessness, Naruse a featherbrained girl, whom strange things always happen to, yet they are memorable and their own.
I feel if it had been 24-26 episodes instead it would have made it better. More adventures, occult occurrences and building on the characters along with the story leading up to the ending. Still a great watch despite abrupt change in pace, up to and after the feeling of being hit by a truck goes away. read more
Jul 16, 2010
Art: The art was really beautiful, I have to say. I hadn’t expected its attention to detail to be so well done. In most anime’s all you get is plain, standstill images behind moving characters, but in Occult you had very detailed settings complete with an overgrown forest and the palace-like building in the center of it. The characters themselves have a very realistic way of walking, not the usual bouncing-and-moving-legs you see in other shows. I was impressed, to say the least. 10
Sound: The music was very beautiful, setting you up for suspense or awe, Tanaka (sound director) did a great job picking out the music. The sound-effects weren’t bad, but they weren’t drop-dead amazing either. They resembled a computer game actually, with the echoing footsteps and sounds that disappeared when you change camera angles (birds, fountain, etc). 8
Characters: They wasted no time in introducing the tuff-love protagonist, Maya Kumashiro. And after only the first episode you have a clear look at her persona: intelligent and resourceful, with a deep hatred for the Occult, easily irritated and could care less about what other people feel or think. And while her fashion sense is a little too riskay for my taste, she’s still an interesting character. 8
Enjoyment: You wouldn’t think there was much that could happen in 2 episodes, right? Wrong. Already they’ve thrown you into ‘Occult Academy’, tossed in a time-traveler, thrown in two near-death experiences and a possible conspiracy, and none of this is even the driving storyline of the show (if that was considered a spoiler, I’m sorry). Very fun. While it IS on the perverted side, it’s not filming something awkward every minute of the episode. The humor is somewhat serious, but it’s enough to hint that the comedy will get better through the anime’s progression. Definitely a Mystery/Thriller with SOME (slight understatement) blood and gore, and tons of suspense. 10
Overall, I enjoyed it. I recommend Seikimatsu Occult Gakuin, and while I normally can’t say I recommend animes to guys (I usually watch Shouji), this should have everyone glued to their computer screens. read more