The "paranormal science" story follows nine idiosyncratic individuals, linked by the "Choujou Kagaku Kirikiri Basara" occult summary blog run by 17-year-old second-year high school student Yuuta Gamon. Little incongruities that occur around these nine eventually lead to a larger, unimaginable event that may alter what is considered common sense in this world.
A-1 Pictures with their A-1 story and their A-1 Characters making A-1 sound and making A-1 animation. You reeled me in again.
“Ghost don’t really exist, do they?”
Now, why is it so fast talking and so confusing? I guess you can say it’s meant to be a puzzle given anime-form. Here we have an alternative setting to Steins;Gate, Occultic;Nine. Notice that they both have semi-colons in their names? When getting into the first episode, they imply certain elements that makes proper connections as to why this is such. There is a lot of scientific aspects to this series, while also having a sort of supernatural theme attached to that science. Do ghosts exist? Do they not? Why are they there? Putting it in basic terms, they unravel what it means to have both aberrational beings and science living on this world.
I'd have to say for this series at this point, episode 7 is by far one of the best episode I've seen out of the series. However, episode 9 was the most thrilling episode so far.
We have the main character, who is an extraordinarily energetic god-complexed NEET, owner of a website called “Supernatural Science Kiri Kiri Basara,” and they go by the name Yuuta Gamon. Along with him is an individual who can seem as a “Mayurii Shinra” individual, Ryouka Narusawa, aka Miss Walking Fanservice (Psst, she’s the one with enormous breasts). She is apparently the minion to the main character. For the Steins;Gate watchers, doesn’t that sound familiar? They go to find a certain character who is apparently a very famous individual, whose name is Miyuu Aikawa. Of course, what happened later in the first episode made me see an instant ship between the main character and Miyuu Aikawa. But, a uniqueness to Miyuu Aikawa is that she’s a fortune teller. That means this story is going to be connected with time. Going back to Yuuta Gamon, a new character is introduced much later in the series who displays much importance to the series, and her name is Asuna Kisaki. She is well-developed in the skill called psychometry, which involves with the dead. Other than that, there are more interesting characters that also appeared in this anime.
Sarai Hashigami, he seems to have a backstory in which his father wasn’t around early in his life. He seems to have sort of a mature aspect to his personality, which I think can blend very well to the other characters in the series. Someone who will be connected with him, Shun Moritsuka, is an otaku detective. He is an individual who seems of the goofy nature, yet can be very serious.
The next character, Ririka Nishizono, will focus more of the serious nature. She is an author on books that seem to tell tales of what happens in the story, which is quite intriguing. Just like Sarai hashigami though, Shun Moritsuka is going to be very involved with Ririka.
After that, we have Touko Sumikaze, who seems to be a very hard working women who believes in the supernatural. Of course, people are in disbelief in what she says, but she truly means what she meant. She also has a sort of mature feel to her, which is nice.
For the next character, we have Aria Kurenaino, who seems to be an individual who is heavily involved in the arts of black magic, meaning very dark deeds are done by her. Along with her, we have Kusakabe Kiryuu, who also seems to be involved in such dark tasks. We might have those two seem as the sort that would be seen as antagonists in an anime series. That’s practically the entire main cast there. It’s a bundle of characters that is enough to rope around you, then pull you into a pool of intriguing and entertaining.
There are very unique camera angles, and each characters have very odd designs. Some of which there are exceSSIVELY LARGE BREASTS ON SOME INDIVIDUALS. Now, to get back to the point, the art in the OP and ED are VERY peculiar, not in a bad way. There are times in which the camera angle on certain characters are spinning around in the area they are in, which can be very appealing if done right (It was very appealing to me). Now for the ED, it switches off from black and white where certain objects have colors, while other frames have a large spectrum of color. For the Ed, there isn’t much to go in depth upon, other than the black and white backgrounds, with colored out frames of characters in it. (Except for the part when it becomes blue in the ED and the character is in the middle, while the camera is spinning.) Towards the end of the ED, it shows what happens during the next episode. So, if you’d like to go into this series blind, do NOT watch that part of the ED.
To get back to the character designs, I’d say they’re very stylish. There isn’t a character in which I think could’ve had a better design.
Naturally, involving A-1 pictures into the mix, the art overall is beautiful.
I’m still looking in depth on whether there’s symbolism within the OP or ED, so this will be updated along the way, if any is found.
The OP was conducted by the same person who performed in the anime, Steins;Gate. She certainly has a very unique aspect to anime like these, as it would match the scientific elements that these series try to grasp. The ED is performed by Asaka, who I think did a fine job with the ED. Now, apart from the OP and ED, the soundtrack of the series is definitely something that pulled me in very well into this series. There was a lot of scientific and supernatural atmosphere that just this first episode gave off, and I hope to hear a lot more of it in the coming episodes of this anime.
I honestly enjoy this series very much for the fact that there's a lot of dialogue, I hope for this series to become better. I like a lot of moments that the series tends to spur out. It's fun to put together a puzzle, in which the pieces are very scattered.
The studios A-1 Pictures are famous (or rather, infamous) for messing up adaptations terribly, leading to very disastrous ones. Last year (or 2014-15), they pull off the beautiful “Your Lie in April,” which had a beautiful story, beautiful animation, and beautiful characters. This year, they adapted Boku Dake ga Inai Machi where they had spectacular animation and music, episodes 1-10 were very thrilling, but with an ending in which many people were disappointed with. For me, that anime was great despite the ending. For A-1 Pictures, there’s always that one anime each year in which they pull off something amazing. Whether it’ll be this anime or another, who knows. It’s as if they’re pulling a lottery ticket from the casino, in hopes that they’ve made something great. For Occultic;Nine, the first episode can be a hit or miss for the viewers. They may dislike it for the ridiculously fast pace they shoved into the first episode, as the first episode adapted a whole volume of a light novel for the series. As the anime goes along though, pacing to many people seems to adjust very well. Getting back to the first episode, I loved it. I have very high hopes for this series from what I’ve seen. Just the first episode of the series was very well conducted to me, and I hope to see the same for along-coming episodes. The only real problem I have with the series is the excESSIVELY LARGE BREASTS. Just the breasts is my only problem.read more
Alright, I'm really hoping this series turns out good, or I'm going to have to rewrite this review.
It seems people have been very quick to judge this show and give it a low score. Which is kinda sad really. Occultic;Nine isn't as bad as the 6.61 rating says it is.
O;N caught some flak for its ridiculously fast paced first episode, which threw anyone who watched it for a loop. Its frenetic and over the top way of doing a whole lot while doing nothing much coupled with the out of order and disjointed way the plot was told didn't sit right with a lot of people.
Occultic;Nine is a mystery. It wants to tell you a story, but it doesn't want to tell you everything until it believes the time is right. It wants to keep you guessing at where it's headed or what's happening until it's ready to tell you or you figure it out. And the fast pace it sets through its scenes and dialogue are somewhat of a sleight of hand to distract you from the little things. You will only understand things if you pay attention and put some thought into the story. Nothing is clear because it's not supposed to be clear.
I don't want to overblow how good this show is either. It isn't some genius level marvel of story telling here to make everything else dull by comparison- but it is better than it seems. I'm just willing to give the benefit of the doubt to the original creator of Occultic;Nine- The same man who owns the studio behind Steins;Gate visual novel.
As for a four episode preview, I can honestly say that this series is interesting. It went against my expectations, and sold me on its premise immediately. The idea of the occult mixing with the real world is nothing new, but there is nothing new under the sun and it's about the way the story is told rather than what the story is, and O;N manages to do it in an interesting way.
This is all, of course, my impression based on the first four episodes only. I can only hope it doesn't go downhill from here.read more
/Updated, after 4 and 7 episodes, final review will be at 12/
I've Already told that I would give this show a new review when it finish airing, but I'm updating since I've decided to change my POV about things (Any irregularity with my Grammar is Excused, I'm not really great with English) you might, as well, disagree with my opinion, but there is no problem, we don't watch something with the same angle, so your opinion might be different
If you have watched Chaos;Head before, you should know how weird and random it was, also random plot twists and cliffhangers, yet entertaining, it was still acceptable
What's the relation, you might ask? well it comes like this: Chaos;Head was a clusterfuck of randomness and in comparison with his eldest brothers: Steins;Gate and Robotics;Notes, it was the weakest of them all, but right now, the difference between C;H and O;9 is almost none, by this i mean that O;9 is slightly getting better ep by ep, but like C;H it isn't that good than R;N and S;G
'Nuff said, lets get into details (there might be Spoilers ahead, but I'll try to don't type any)
I've got to understand most of the story right now, there is something that caused a Mass Murder (or assisted suicide) on the town, so our characters are trying to figure it out in order to understand their STRONG relation to that Mass Murder, that is somehow connected to another crime of the murder of a Professor, which they were investigating earlier in the series, so they can understand their situation. The plot enters on a more spiritual/paranormal ambience rather than random *Speed of sound* spamming of information that can be annoying sometimes.
Art 6/10: I've told that the art was slightly bad in comparison to Grimgar (another A-1 Anime this year) tho i'm still thinking that Ryo-tas design is dreadful and distracting, I decided to ignore it, their noses designs are still awkward tho, but the scenario design is actually good.
Sound 6/10: Opening song is quite catchy, I can feel the BG music, I'm still annoyed by Gamon's voice acting, since he keeps screaming most of time, Ryo-tas voice acting is a bit annoying considering her position of decoration in the series, but everything else is OK.
Characters 3/10: The point where this show flaws the most, Gamon (the MC) is an otaku who likes to scream and despite how obvious a situation is, he denies the reality thinking it is just a dream, he someday hears a girl voice on his backpack, not knowing his origin, he decide to call her "Radia", there is Ryo-tas and his dreadful oppais, you can ignore her all you want, since she looks like is for decoration purposes only, or else you can enjoy yourself at the walking fanservice who likes to dance around, there is a girl who likes to tell "Tarot" to their fans, oftenly chased because some people dislike her fame and thinks she's a fake, there is a occult girl whose job was to curse people of whoever she got told of, there is a ghost/demon who assist her aswell, there is a kid-looking detective who likes to get his nose on every single stuff that comes up on this show, and there are more characters, but they aren't worth mentioning since they are okay and not annoying.
Enjoyment 5/10: When I decided to ignore the walking fanservice and pay attention to the plot, I started to get atracted to it, stil I can't fully enjoy when they spam information to you, this is not Monogatari, so is not as smooth as Monogatari is, I can handle it tho, since the plot got more interesting, I want to know the truth about it.
Overall 5/10: the truth about this anime hasn't changed that much, it's still bad, but can be enjoyed when you decide to ignore it and pay attention to the plot, because if you pay attention to what you don't like, you might end up losing up the point of the series and getting lost, I noticed when on ep 6 I got trolled so hard by the show because i wasn't paying attention.
time for the last question:
Should you watch this?:
Do you like: Ghosts, mystery, blood, occult stuff and Random plot? then you might like it
Do you dislike: Huge breasts, an Annoying MC, a speed of sound voice acting, hard to follow plot?, then you might not
the final review comes at the last 12 eps, this show has 5 more eps to change my mind, if not, i will get really dissapointedread more
(My thoughts based off the first 4 episodes,
subject to change as the series progresses)
If I were to describe Occultic;Nine in one word, it would be "convoluted". And don't get me wrong, for me that's not really a bad thing. It's just that there are so many things going on that it is VERY easy to get confused while watching it. While this threw off a lot of people on it’s first episode, making them drop the show, it actually intrigued me with it’s complex storytelling and mystery aspect.
As I said before, O;N is convoluted in terms of storytelling and that’s basically because of the fact that the story keeps building up its mystery aspect without explanation and is also very fast paced. The mysteries of O;N are revealed little by little through the nine protagonists’ POV in a non-linear structure (kinda like DRRR!), only adding to the confusing nature of the show.
As of episode 4, the mystery aspect of the show has been building up more and more, providing no real explanation about what the hell is going on, only leaving very subtle hints here and there. There are also so many different ideas that could work individually but are instead presented all together at the same time, making the story so far quite… messy but nonetheless still very intriguing for me. I just hope that it is able to bring together and explain all these mysteries by the end.
Art and Sound:
The overall aesthetic of the show is gorgeous, to say the least. I actually would’ve never expected this type of art style from A-1 Pictures, maybe from SHAFT but never A-1. I loved the weird camera angles, lighting effects, character designs (except for the walking breasts) and especially the backgrounds. My only main complaints would be the messy line art, which isn’t really that noticeable anyways and the way the character’s noses are drawn. Other than that, this show is a visual feast to my eyes.
As for the sound, it’s pretty good. The voice acting isn’t really anything special, most of the voice actors fit their characters, except Ryotas’ voice, I just find it really annoying for some reason. And can I just applaud some of the voice actor’s for being able to talk so fast, like goddamn.
The opening song is amazing as expected of Kanako Itou <3 and the ending song is great as well. The background music is less notable. While it’s able to add to the atmosphere in particular scenes, it is very forgettable. But it’s not bad by any means.
As many of you would’ve figured out just from the title, Occultic;NINE, features NINE protagonists, each with their own unique design and personalities. O;N’s cast personalities is like a spectrum ranging from the abnormally hyperactive to the enigmatically creepy, you’re probably gonna hate some and gonna love some.
As of episode 4, very little backstory or development has been provided for O;N’s cast, like I honestly don’t remember or care about most of the cast and some of the ones I do remember annoy me a little. Well it’s quite early to judge O;N’s characters but I’m expecting some form of development for the rest cast on top of a reasonable handling of the mystery aspect.
As confused as I may be about the story and as much I don’t like Ryotas, I can’t say that this deserves it’s current 6.61 rating. O;N is a show that has gripped my curiosity and isn’t letting go. Though I have my doubts about how the story is going to play out, I sure am enjoying most of what the show has to offer from the visuals to the music to the mystery.
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?