TV (12 eps)
Fall 2016
3.313 out of 5 from 2,777 votes
Rank #10,097

The multitude of small, miniscule “discomfort” later develops into a case so large it is beyond imagination... Yuuta Gamon is a 2nd year in high school. He runs "Kiri Kiri Basara," an affiliate blog that rounds up occult forum posts, for a shot at quick money, and challenges himself to the occult night and day to "hack and slash away!" the many supernatural phenomena existing in the world from a scientific standpoint. However, with that blog of his as a catalyst, a group of downright maniacal and insane comrades have gathered about.

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A very interesting concept about a group of lighthearted characters who find themselves in a dark thriller murder mystery filled with super natural elements like black magic, fortune telling, the spiritworld and the afterlife. I really didn't know what to expect from the show, the only thing I knew for sure was that Ryouka Narusawa had ginormous boobs. So I went into this series with really low expectations and it turned into something that I really didn't expect. not only was it a positive suprise, I couldn't stop watching.  Eventhough the show dives into some serious conspiracy style content, it also tries to not take itself too seriously by adding characters like Ryouka Narusawa. It's all put together in a very playful manner but has a very violent tone to it too. The show really caught me off guard. Not only did it manage to grab my interest from the first second, it never really slowed down either. All the characters are treated with a lot of care, they're all allowed to be the star of the show and are all given the time to work through their issues. The artstyle, the story telling and the characters are done in typical A-1 Pictures fashion and it really lends itself for a show like Occultic;Nine. I do feel kind odd giving it such a high rating because I really enjoyed this but at the same time I know I'll forget about this show in a couple of years time because it didn't have that same type of impact like a Gurren Lagann. It almost does everything right, it just feels a bit rushed at the very end.


This review has been updated to cover episode one and two  (The second episode is far better than the first.) STORY: The main character is a NEET blogger hoping to get rich from his blog. His partner your typical ditzy big boobed girl. He meets a famouse fortune teller from his school who wants to help him for some reason. The mc goes to a mans house to talk to him and instead finds a dead body.  FIRST IMPRESSIONS are very important. The mind relies on them to make decisions and they influence how we perceive what follows the first impression. For a story, first impressions often determine whether one continues with the story or disregards it. The beginning of a story should draw the viewer or reader or listener in. In general, it should establish a basic idea of the setting for it to later elaborate on. It should also introduce the characters and encourage the audience to connect with the characters or at least be curious about them (at least the main character). It is equally important not to overwhelm the audience with too much information in too short of a time. Why am I repeating what you probably heard in literature class in grade school (or theater or a movie class or whatever)? I’m repeating it because, in this case, the first episode did not do a very good job of giving a good first impression. That’s not really all that unusual, but still…. The first episode of Occulttic;Nine (O9 for short) was not paced well at all. I can’t say with certainty whether there was a case of information overload, but the dialogue was often spoken so fast as to make it seem like it. I’m a fast reader and I still had difficulty keeping up with how fast the words appeared on the screen. It was especially hard when more than one person was speaking at a time in a fast pace. Perhaps the creators thought the mc’s speedy conversations added to the character. Maybe they wanted to fit more into the first episode than they should have. Regardless, I’m glad the second episode was better. As far as introducing the setting goes, the scenery can do that job. The characters introductions were another story. Since the mc and sidekick talked so fast, the introductions were fast. I don't think I like the mc or his sidekick which is unusual for me. They The episode as a whole felt like a blur. I was not impressed. However, I rarely quit an anime based on the first episode. THE SECOND EPISODE of O9 was about 50 times better than the first. Actually, I only noticed a few issues. 1. The transitioning between scenes and characters wasn’t very smooth. 2. It sort of felt like it was done in chronological order, but at the same time it felt like it might be bouncing around a bit, although I don’t think it was. 3. Since the first episode didn’t do a very good job introducing the situation, characters, etc., it made the story a bit less clear than it probably could have been. On the upside, the characters spoke at a more normal pace. I had time to finish reading AND watch the characters and observe the background. Blinking didn’t cause me to miss a chunk of the conversation. I was able to connect with the characters more as well, at least the fortune teller. The story was a LOT more interesting too. It drew me in. This time, I’m actually looking forward to the next episode. I’m no longer thinking that watching this anime will feel like work. I still don’t think this will be my favorite of the season, but it won’t be my least favorite. Besides, I’m pretty sure Cheating Craft already stole that spot. I will probably wait to update this review when the series finishes. Unfortunately, no matter how much it improves or how interesting it becomes, it has already lost points for the first episode. Hopefully it ends better than it began though.

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