A blog disproving the supernatural, co-run by NEET teenager Yuuta Gamon and his enthusiastic best friend Ryouka Narusawa, becomes the catalyst that would bring together a group of people who supposedly have nothing to do with each other.
These individuals include high school fortune teller Miyuu Aikawa, who joins Yuuta to work on the blog; realist Sarai Hashigami, who is stunned when tragedy strikes his family; doujin artist Ririka Nishizono, who has an uncanny ability to predict the future with her art; black magic practitioner and local curse expert Aria Kurenaino and her ghostly friend; Shun Moritsuka, a seemingly childish otaku detective; and reporter Touko Sumikaze.
As this unlikely group, bound only by the strings of fate, find their way to each other, they are confronted with murder and other events that are shrouded by the presence of the supernatural. They must band together to solve the mysteries interlacing the city and their lives.
Water’s bottom, many people, drowning, giant cow-tits…transmission died.
Clearing out the elephant in the room. Nikola Tesla never had an illegitimate child as he was a virgin who devoted his love towards a peculiar pidgin. What if I told you he did father a child, and this child capable of being a poltergeist, has managed to possess someone all this time. Occultic;Nine is a show that explores the occult and probes into the spirit realm. The series scrutinises paranormal activities and tries to rationalise it in a scientific manner, hence tries to inform us that anything can be disproven my science.
Occultic;Nine had one of the worst opening episodes that I’ve experienced in a long time. The pacing was frenetic in the sense that it was uncontrolled and hard to follow. How on earth do you adapt a whole light novel volume into a single episode? The standard is usually 4 episodes per volume but this series is purposely shooting itself in the leg by having the nerve to do this. This series is a combination of the Tatami Galaxy and Durarara at its finest. The lightspeed dialogue combined with a relatively large cast has conceived a child in the form of Occultic;Nine. The child inherited some of the undesirable genes and turned out inferior to its parents. I’ll explain why.
The plot is pretty much focused on the detection of ghosts, material or not. Material ghosts are detectible with the latter being unrecognisable. Gamon Yuuta, our high school NEET runs a blog dedicated on the occult, only to find himself caught up in a crime scene. The murder of professor Hashigami, a leading researcher in the occult field, causes panic for our distressed main character who flees from the scene to avoid getting prosecuted. Good move there as Japan’s judicial system is seriously flawed.
The murder wasn’t the main incident of the show. An intentional mass suicide of 256 people in Inokashira lake sets the precedent for what entails later. The discovery of the corpses in the morgue reveals a shocking truth. The concept of being alive while looking at your own corpse seems alien to most folk. This sounds contradictory but bear with me as the show does explain the circumstances later down the road. The situation is that some of our main cast are alive without feeling dead, the idea of being conscious after parting with the material body can only be explained through science.
Now talking about the main cast, the series does switch around from person to person giving different perspectives. Our main character Gamon Yuuta is being instructed by a voice from a radio. This reliance on a tool indicates that he can’t get things done properly. I compare it to stabilisers on a bike, which is what this character is going through. He doesn’t have any independence and his actions are limited.
Narusawa Ryouka known as Ryo-tas by Gamon is a person whose physical traits defies the laws of motion. Her breasts are so unsightly, that every time she makes an appearance which is usually accompanied by a silly dance. She is literally known as the big-boobed girl who serves no purpose until later on where her character becomes the focus and not her melons.
Hashigami Sarai is the son of the murdered researcher and just like his father exhibits an extreme amount of intelligence which is not normal for his age. The knowledgeable Sarai is able to deduce problems and other riddles in the blink of an eye, which to me is just incredible. Geniuses exist but even then, he struggles on some occasions making it somewhat realistic.
Aikawa Miyuu is a high schooler who is extremely skilled in fortune telling. She has built up a reputation due to the fact of making correct predictions. She is a character for the audience to relate to as she doesn’t comprehend scientific jargon just like myself. Her quirk is surprisingly useful when it comes to putting the pieces together. These four characters are the most important to the series with others such as Minase Ria getting their own screen time but aren’t worth talking about.
The show is produced by A-1 animation, which in recent times has gotten quite some stick for churning out series like the Asterix War. The art style is a breath of fresh air with the character designs being relatively unique. The only downside is Ryo-tas whose has been fetishized with enormous breasts. No fricking way is it breast hypertrophy. The animation as expected from this studio is relatively good with most scenes being aesthetically pleasing and generally fluid. It would be a stain on the studio’s portfolio if it did have poor animation but I’m glad it met my expectations.
The sound is amazing and is composed by Yokoyama Masaru (Your Lie in April, Plastic Memories) with it just adding to my immersion to certain scenes. The mix of electronic and contemporary rock music through auto-tuned measures immediately catches my attention by sending a statement. The use of casual jazz music in the downbeat scenes is a good indicator for the tone shifts. Lastly, the music is great at setting up a creepy atmosphere with extensive use of fading in/out and selective piano compositions. The music used generally follows a certain tempo to match the timing of certain segments, this is useful for scene transitioning and makes for some good cinematography.
The first episodes annoyed me initially but this show manages to redeem itself as it goes on. The mystery regarding the incidents are cleared up in a way you wouldn’t expect. The plot twists cannot be understated with it being interlinked with events. They may not all have a direct relation but by following the lines you gradually see the bigger picture. I would definitely recommend this series for those willing to give it a few episodes. In food terms this is slow cooking, which is higher praised than the generic fast food shit.
"What is a nightmare? The dictionary tells us it a terrifying dream, a nightmare, nightmare, nightmare..."
Occultic;Nine is a nightmare.
Steins;Gate is a great anime. It deserves most of the praise it gets, aside from being a tad overrated. In order for me to review the trash that is Occultic;Nine, we need to address Steins;Gate first. Steins;Gate was a series that gave new ideas to the anime world, time travel- something that hadn't been done much. It was popular, and deserved, and still deserves, to be. It launched a multitude of spinoffs set in the same universe, such as Chaos;Head. Chaos;Head may have not been a masterpiece,
but it could still hold a candle to SG. Unfortunately, Occultic;Nine cannot. Occultic;Nine is something that wants to bank off the success of a series like SG by introducing new ideas. I must admit, the ideas in ON are good ones. I see all the time people defending ON like "It isn't as bad as people say!" Yet, it's much, much worse. See, the reason people seem to be defending this (at least from what I've seen) isn't because it's a good show. It's because they enjoy the ; universe and will blindly defend anything from it. Now, I'm not saying I dislike the ; universe- I expressed my opinions on SG and CH. By the way, Robotic;Notes was ok, nothing special. So, let's see why ON is a misrable, mislabeled, shitty shadow of the original Steins;Gate and it's spinoffs.
The story for ON deserves a 3 at best. ON's most glaring problem is it's pacing. This pacing is pretty much why it flops the most. The show has absolutely no rhyme or reason to it. The first episode was very, very rushed. From what I read it adapted more than 400 pages worth of material in the first episode. I barely knew each character until at least episode 5, and half of them weren't too interesting (but more on that later).
A lot of the scenes in ON seem pointless and come in with more importance towards the later events of the show. The foreshadowing, I feel, was not done well. For example, (spoilers, if you care to watch this trainwreck) The owner of the cafe the main protagonists go to is a huge antagonist- this happens in episode 11, and from what I can tell, it wasn't hinted at more than maybe once. Yeah, they do show a creepy man with a mask chasing around our MC, but in no way could we tell it was the gay bartender. It just threw the series off point, with things that just fade away.
I felt as if I couldn't take the show seriously at points. For example, one of the most important characters (spoiler again) is quite main, but is shown mainly as a comic relief character until around episodes 10-12. She's Tesla's daughter- and, once again, is given no hint towards. Not to mention her character design can barely be taken seriously. Another point, is there's a very important weapon in the show that most of the latter half revolves around. It looks like something from Toy Story. Quite laughable for a 'serious' series.
When I mentioned sometimes things in this show 'fade away' I meant that some parts of the series ARE pointless. In the third episode there's an incest subplot which I couldn't care less about, since that's why I didn't watch this show. Anyway, turned out the girl's brother was the grim reaper, or devil, or shinigami, or whatever. And... there's really no point to it. It's just- there. I don't feel it advanced the plot at all. There's also an albino kid who kills someone and in the last episode of the series he is forgotten about. As you might be able to tell by now, this show is very, VERY edgy. Just for the sake of it. I almost cut myself watching this show. Rather, this show made me want to slit my wrists.
Speaking of the last episode, that and the first episode were the worst of all. The last episode was so anticlimactic it made me regret going through 12 weeks of pain watching this show. In the end (spoilers) the girl with basketball tits helps our pathetic MC out, and he destroys the main antagonist's base with the power of imagination. Yes, you heard me, the power of imagination. I believe Spongebob Squarepants has done an episode like this before.
The art in this show was nothing horrible, not really much to touch on. I felt a lot of the character designs were bland at best. (Except for that one ridiculous looking girl, I don't even know what was up with that) The settings were also ok, I guess? Not much to put down but not much to praise.
The sound was also fairly weak. The intro grated against my ears and I skipped it every single time. The sound effects during the show were dull. When ever they did that retarded "WOO WEE OOOO" sound effect you knew something 'spooky' was going to happen. The ending was alright, but forgettable.
The characters are also ON's weakest point. Most are forgettable or boring. In fact, I don't remember any of the names, and I had to look them up for this review. I confused Gamon and Shun for about 6 episodes. They introduced so many characters at once that I didn't even remember the names until they started killing them. Not like I care to remember them. The characters are all connected though the "256 incident" which was a mass suicide. By the time episode 12 was over, I wanted to be the 257th person to kill themselves.
As you might be able to tell, I did not enjoy Occultic;Nine. It was too fast paced for its own good. Every time someone said a sentence someone else said something, and it gave me a headache. Like, these people, talked at lightning speed, and talked over each other at times. Oh, I am not stupid by any means, but I think this is too much for the average person. Not that thinking is bad, but it takes a while to process what happens after episode. And not in a good way, like SG did. SG made me WANT to watch the next episode, not kill somebody out of frustration.
Well, well... Here we are at the end of the Fall season; hyped animes, some satisfying, some disappointing ones keep ending one by one. From the creator of Steins;Gate, director of Your Lie in April and well-known studio A-1 Pictures, Occultic;Nine can be placed in all these categories. I am really confused and have really messy opinions about this anime so I hope I can explain them properly.
Genres: Mystery, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, Thriller
-Unique style of pacing
-Really interesting story
-Somehow loveable characters
-Music and art
-Good use of science materials
-Extremely fast talkings and pacing
-Not enough screentime and developments for characters
Occultic Nine's story is like a puzzle. First,
you have puzzle pieces and a few places to put them but the rest of it is dark and empty like space. You understand nothing don't know what to do, but when you put one piece to its place, then you achieve to unlock other places. So more you understand something, there comes more to understand.
In the first episode, first of all the anime introduces (well, not really) us the characters and tons of pointless talkings. And at the end of the episode real story starts off with a crime mystery. First the pacing seems really fast but when you get into the story and get used to the style of anime it feels more acceptable. The actual problem of pacing and talkings are being too fast is not like ''Oh I can't understand anything'', the problem is watchers live too much emotional and situational changes in a very little amount of time. You don't have time to laugh, upset, stress, surprise or even think about anything. But this is why I said ''unique style of pacing''. After sometime you start loving it, how all those things happen in one episode. Until the last 2 episodes, it was okay but I wish it was 3 episodes, not 2. So that we can understand the story better, feel all the emotions and maybe they can cover the plotholes.
Talking about plotholes, they're not killing the story. First ''mutual recognition''. I was just thinking about how can it possible that Yuta has the key, they answered it with ''mutual recognition''. It was an impressive and somehow logical answer to me, but when he get back the key and come back after Ryo-tas kissed him, it lost its magic and caused plenty of question marks. It really should have had a better explanation. The second one is Nishizono Ririka. What do we know about her? Almost nothing. How can she know and draw all the things? Why and how did she disappear at the end? These are probably the biggest questions of the story. If it was 3 episodes, maybe they could explain her too.
Last thing I want to say about the story, is really impressive. It tries to handle occultic science, supernatural powers (like Myu-pom's vision) and time travelling. It has a mysterious ambience from beginning to the end and did a great job answering the questions (except the ones I told) by using scince. It has cliffhangers, and a really important plot twist that changed the story's course. But if you watch the first episode properly, there's a chance of predict that plottwist (except the one about Ryo-tas)
I am really affected by the art, especially using of light and shadings. It makes you live all that dark, bloody and scary moments.
Soundtracks are amazing and thrilling. The openings and endings awesome, too. (I won't write so much things about art and sound since they're mostly subjective and don't know what to write about them.)
The characters are so diffrent each other. They're all special, generally energic and intelligent. Anime told us most of their backstories but still characters did not have enough screentime and because of that their developments are not complete either. Since the pacing is too fast and anime focuses on the story this was a possible situation. Gamotan, Ryo-tas, Myu-pom and Sarai's developments were kinda ok but others (Again, especially Nishizono Ririka) are not.
We can say that most of the people didn't like at least the first episodes of the anime by looking at the score (it fell to even 6.59), but I enjoyed it from beginning to the end. Ryo-tas' breasts are bigger than Everest, they're talking too fast so it's hard to catch, pacing is too fast, characters are a little bit childish, first episode is really messy (even that nothing happened)... These are acceptable reasons why people hated it but still I found it enjoyable.
So here is my thoughts about O;N, had a lot of potentials and used most of them. As I said, it would be better if it was longer, even 1 more episode. I hope you liked the anime and my review :)
Light novels have been a popular adaptation these days, there are dozens of anime that have been adapted from this. It has been one of the best solutions to decrease the over-dominance of manga in the past. It's a good strategy, though. But I should say that "adapting literature into an anime is not an easy work".
Why? Because the director has to adjust a hundred pages of story into a fit 24 minutes per episode in a limited one-cour (or two-cour if they lucky to have that time), with the same feeling & content of the literature itself. Many anime failed to bring
this to the screen. And what I thought about Occultic; Nine is similar as I stated above. Occultic; Nine has failed to wrap both story and characters in its adaptation.
The story somewhat brings us into certain cases of death with many supernatural elements haunt them. The story tries to persuade us to see from a different perspective in supernatural things, the 'there is nothing that can't be proved by science' theme is actually a neat theme, in my opinion, it has its own noteworthy in my mind.
One thing that disturbs me is the pacing. After 8 years I watch Japanese anime, I've never seen a character talks like it has been fast forwarded 2x by a remote. It is really ruined the entire feels about the anime. I could see that sometimes I must rewind the minute bar in order to understand the story. Another cancer that this anime has is the ineffective information dumping. The story struggles to throw much information to make us more understand. But what we got is an enormous endless wave of information with fast forwarded dialogues and heavy feelings which make the story's full of plot holes.
I could honestly say that the ending is not so good at all. It felt really rushed and poorly wrapped episodes of calamity and ends with an all-happy cliche nonsense ending.
The animation is in the hand of one of the most prestigious studios in Japan, the A-1 Pictures. Is not that because I hate the story (or the studio), but the art itself failed to bring a meaningful contribution to the anime. It was poorly done, it just like the characters has been blended with the color of the background, like it has the same texture. It is really different from other works that the studio has done in the past, really less-colorable with dark colors has been the dominance.
Characters, from what I saw is also has been poorly-handed, especially our main character, Gamon Yuuta. It still follows a 'hero wannabe' stereotype character that hasn't have a single meaningful character development. Other characters are cookie cutter, almost seems to be random & feels a lack of originality. Villains felt one-dimensional, without having a single purpose on their actions. The problem is the anime was too busy to bring us it world building while abandoned the in-depth character development, which makes it more vulnerable.
The only fairly accepted elements is the sound settings. Both opening & ending are lovely to hear. While I can't say anything except 'disappointed' for the voice actors & their fast forwarded role. I never heard such character talks like that before.
While in some minutes, I found out that this anime actually succeed in bringing mystery elements, I felt the mystery thingy in my mind, thirst to make me wanted to know what's comes up next. While in some minutes, I felt the 'rushed' things is also annoying. In the same time, it makes you want to continue it or dropped it in a weird mixture of feelings.
In the end, watching Occultic; Nine is one of the worst ways to end a year. It is obviously not recommended if you seeks a deep sci-fi/mystery anime. It leads our mind to a desperate situation where you struggle to understand it but the story doesn't give you any chance to understands it, a total wasted potential because of a bad execution. It just another pitiful attempt to adapt a light novel.
Light Novel adaptations have had something of a poor reputation over the past couple of years in anime. For every actually good one, there are 5-6 terrible highschool harems led by Yuji Everylead the Bland. But this upcoming Fall 2016 anime season looks like it might be the exception....maybe?