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.
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.
Score: 3.5 out of 5 stars / 7 out of 10 Pros: Fantastic soundtrack and art Uncoventional direction and mystery Unique and interesting characters A satisfying enough ending Cons: The plot is entirely too rushed The "science" used to explain the occult is a deus ex machina Ryo-tas's breast size is distracting. It's fine to have a character with a large bosom but have the character's body move realistically. It's fine to be exagerated in ecchi but this isn't remotely of that genre Review Summary: While Occultic;Nine manages to deliver above average art and music the length of the series hinders the ultimate enjoyment of the story by rushing plot development and intrigue. This should have been a 24 episode show in order for an intelligent story arc to shine beyond the incoherent, rushed exposition that we were given. You may like tihs if: You enjoyed Steins;gate or Mekaku City Actors Recommended with caution
Occultic;NineThe latest child of the Semi;Colon family brings cults, magic and what not into the mostly sci-fi house.Now how is the Semi;Colon family living...Everyone goes to school, Stein-kun is the most popular and educated student, Chaos-senpai will soon graduate, Robotics-san tries her best to have better grades while Occultic keeps meeting with his friend A1Pics who manipulates him into doing no good, doesn't respect his teachers, paints grafitti (the bad looking ones, not the masterpieces) and also is hyperactive.Everytime Occultic talks to you, your head starts to hurt because you try so hard to listen to him but there has never been a human being capable of absorbing so many informations at once.Now really...O;N the anime is rushed so much that you can even hear the need to put everything into 12 episodes. You can't feel the mystery because the characters talk so fast even eminem would be impressed. Scenes are rapid so you won't get the chance to show some empathy.Animation isn't that bad but it is neither new or special, except the noses and the girl with rack so big it would probably cause 3 types of cancer in the real world. Other than the overall rush which also affects animation there isn't anything wrong with it.I would like to know count of how many times did the VA's bite their tongues...Out of all so far known characters, the only like-able one is maybe the trans bartender, MC is retard, Big Rack Grill can't be more weird, Streamer Girl is a hoax because she haven't show cleavage in any of her streams which is impossible, Wise Guy is ok.The overall idea of O;N is so far nice, unless the giant tits are somehow relevant to the plot I categorize them as a brain fart of author as well as the random alien taser she brings up which doesn't make any sense. And the way A1 handeled the adaptation doesn't help it at all... Episode 9 edit: There was a scene of 2 characters talking and you could literally hear that their voice lines overlap eachother.
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