OP: 「聖数3の二乗」 (Hijirisuu San no Jijou) by いとうかなこ (Itou Kanako)
「たくさんの人 UNDERWATER」 (Takusan no Hito UNDERWATER)
“Lots of People UNDERWATER”
I’m not entirely sure what I just watched, but I know that I really liked it.
From the mastermind who created another one of my favorites known as Steins;Gate, Occultic;Nine feels like a shake up of all the things I loved about Steins;Gate with a coat of dark paint. Revolving around the occult and all the terrifying things that accompany it, I loved how this first episode completely embraced the premise (and name) and shot for the stars. And while it may not have necessarily reached them (yet), we got close enough to get a taste of what’s in-store for us.
Starting with the things I really liked, can we all just take a moment to marvel at the amazing scene that close the episode out? With a majority of the episode bouncing back and forth between characters and only miniscule hints at whatever evil is approaching, watching Yuuta find that butchered body was amazing. Amazing in the sense that you didn’t really see it coming and it left you with a thousand more questions than you had just seconds before. Questions like, Is it related to the lady who went to Kurenaino Mansion and spoke with black curse dealer-chan? Because after rewinding a few times, it definitely looked like the professor was missing a big part of his scalp. But, seeing how the lady hadn’t even finished her request for a curse, could it be something completely unrelated? And don’t even get me started with all the other characters who only got a few seconds of screen time since they all seem to have their own problems here and there. All of which piqued my interest so much that it’s killing me a little not to know what’s going on.
On the other hand, not everything was sunshine and rainbows and all that uncertainty had me feeling really anxious throughout the whole episode. Something which I didn’t particularly enjoy until I stopped caring and just let my mind get sucked into the show. Which I guess isn’t really anything terribly bad, but something I wanted to point out for anyone who’s on the fence. That said, when the show clicks, it really clicks.
Overall, I think it’s tough to make a judgment call on a show like Occultic;Nine this early. I feel like the amount of setup required for a show like this would be quite large and I have no qualms with taking it slow (especially when we get nice bits of excitement here and there). Tack on its large cast of characters, interesting take on the occult, and no fear of dropping a dead body in-front of us without any hesitation and I think we’re going to be in for a stellar ride. Or at least, I hope we’re in for one.
ED: 「Open your eyes」 by亜咲花 (ASAKA)