September 29, 2010
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Title: Occult Academy
Genre: Comedy, Supernatural
Rating: 7.5/10

Seikimatsu Occult Gakuin

Summary: Maya Kumashiro returns to the Waldstein Academy to attend the funeral of the principal, Junichiro Kumashiro, her father. The institute focuses its’ studies on paranormal subjects, thus becoming known as the Occult Academy. Maya, a skeptic who hates the occult, meets with Fumiaki Uchida, a time agent from the future sent to 1999 to prevent the apocalyptic Nostradamus Prophecies from happening.

Review: Me oh my, the suspense of how-will-this-series-end has finally been lifted. All I can say is this series knows how to make a good climax. Just when you think everything has finally be resolved they throw more at you. The story was also something unique as I said in my first look. That didn’t change throughout the series and they kept it interesting. However, there were some faults; for one, the fillers. There were episodes that had nothing to do with the end-of-the-world thing going on. Now I understand people have lives, and things happen, but you should probably put the whole “everyone is going to die” situation at the top of your priorities list. The little side stories were interesting at least, and provided well done character development. I actually thought it would be pretty cool to have the series go through different supernatural events (random as they may be). However, I do think that forgetting about the actual plot for a bit isn’t considered good either. The final twist in the story caught me off guard as well ;). Basically the overall story was great and the fillers were not bad, leading to an above average plot line. The characters weren’t bad either, most of them at least. Maya was by far my favorite character because I’m a sucker for soft girls with a hard shell. Fumiaki wasn’t bad but his lack of ability was kind of depressing. But don’t fret the character development makes up for most faults created at the beginning of the series. Though some were still hopelessly irritating… Kozue (seriously was she part bird or something?). Lastly I wanted to talk about the art. The style seemed pretty standard, but I noticed that it was quite a bit better than at first glance. I specifically liked the body movements he used for the characters: Maya with a high class attitude and good looks strutting with her hips shaking and Fumiaki with a clumsy, doofus-like waddle. The detail probably went unnoticed by most but it really expressed the different character sets. Either way it was a nice little touch. The art also gave some comedy with the facial expressions. To be brutally honest, other than the facial expressions I didn’t laugh during the series. So much for comedy eh?

Final statements: Easy a preferred watch because of the climax alone. The art style, soundtrack, and Maya were just an added bonus.

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