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Hikasa Youko – LOVE Machine PV (Seikimatsu Occult Gakuin)

Remember the third Anime no Chikara project last season that turned out to be a little bit of a surprise hit? Well, the first two volumes of DVD/BD releases have been available for some time now, and included with the first one is an anime PV of Hikasa Youko’s cover of Morning Musume’s 1999 hit song “LOVE Machine”. For those with a 3DTV, the Blu-ray release also included a 3D version of this little bonus, which is a part of the character cover songs included in each volume. The theme for the character songs in this series is covers of popular songs from the 1990s simply because the series takes place in 1999. Unfortunately, the later ones don’t feature PVs of the other characters’ songs, but the second volume does include the first of four mini side stories. The first one is titled “Welcome Tsucchii” and is more or less an animated short akin to what you’d expect from a picture drama, and shows Maya with Ami when they were kids and found a legendary snake known as a Tsuchinoko and made it their pet. It’s cute in the sense that we get to see more of Maya’s occult fascination when she was a kid, but doesn’t really add anything to the overall story. I actually prefer the video above with the characters all busting a move near the end of it and Fumiaki freaking out about Junichirou’s corpse’s head falling off. See the full post for some caps of the side story.

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November 18, 2010 at 1:25 am Comments (22)

Seikimatsu Occult Gakuin – 13 (END)

「マヤの文明」 (Maya no Bunmei)

Just when we thought it was all over, the writers slip in another huge twist at the very end by reviving the threat of Nostradamus’ Key.

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September 27, 2010 at 4:52 pm Comments (123)

Seikimatsu Occult Gakuin – 12

「千の風、美の尋めゆき」 (Sen no Kaze, Bi no Tomeyuki)
“A thousand wind, the search for beauty”

The revelation of exactly who Nostradamus’ Key is didn’t come as any surprise at this point, but it didn’t take away from the epic feeling of the climax to the story either.

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September 22, 2010 at 4:12 am Comments (34)

Seikimatsu Occult Gakuin – 11

「マヤの死」 (Maya no Shi)
“MAYA’s death”

OMG! With the suspicions surrounding Mikaze’s true identity and Maya potentially being Nostradamus’ Key all coming to light, the story surprises me with the introduction of black witches and white mages.

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September 13, 2010 at 8:06 pm Comments (53)

Seikimatsu Occult Gakuin – 10

「暖炉のあかり」 (Danro no Akari)
“AKARI of fireplace”

As much as this episode was about Akari and giving her the Christmas with Santa Claus that she died waiting for, it tied in nicely to Maya’s own past with her father and how she misunderstood him.

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September 7, 2010 at 12:20 am Comments (41)

Nakagawa Shoko – Flying Humanoid PV (Seikimatsu Occult Gakuin OP)

Nakagawa Shoko’s latest single “Flying Humanoid” was released back on August 18th, whereas the music video for it you see above was aired on TV prior to that. The PV itself is a surprisingly pretty good one as far as Japanese music videos go, and I particularly like the use of CG in addition to Shoko and her band changing into samurai outfits near the end. Is it relevant? Not really, but it’s good for variety sake given how animated she is singing this song. The clocks are a nice touch too, since they’re reminiscent of Occult Gakuin’s opening sequence. As for the song itself, it’s grown on me a fair bit in the past two months while watching the series. Fullmetal Alchemist’s fifth ending theme “RAY OF LIGHT” was a nice slow song, but Shoko’s more upbeat music is always a good listen too. While the TV size version of Flying Humanoid is a good cut that got me into song, I must say I really like the full version a lot more. The main reason being, the TV size kind of ends abruptly and always leaves me wanting to hear more. In her live performance a couple of weeks ago on Music Japan (not on the same one as May’n), Shoko performed this shorter version. It featured a longer instrumental outro, but was otherwise a prime example of me hinging on hearing the next verse of the song. See below.

* Music Japan live performance video after the jump.

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September 4, 2010 at 8:12 pm Comments (23)

Seikimatsu Occult Gakuin – 09

「雪のあかり」 (Yuki no Akari)
“AKARI of snow”

Seeing as this is a supernatural series and all, I’ve been sort of wondering when a ghost would show up. Well it looks like I don’t have to wonder any longer, as the little girl in the red coat we saw in the preview last time turns out to be just that.

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August 31, 2010 at 4:00 am Comments (17)

Seikimatsu Occult Gakuin – 08

「まんま亜美~ヤ!」 (Manma Ami~ya!)
“Mamma AMI~ya!”

I was suspicious of the cow last episode but still wasn’t sure what to make of it either way. Well lo and behold, it comes back in full force with hordes of chupacabras in tow to finally give us some occult stuff again.

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August 25, 2010 at 10:07 pm Comments (16)

Seikimatsu Occult Gakuin – 07

「マヤの亜美~ゴ」 (Maya no Amiigo)
“MAYA’s amigo”

It may have something to do with trying to catch up on shows at 3am on a weekday morning, but I was completely led astray this episode just like Maya was.

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August 17, 2010 at 1:21 pm Comments (33)

Seikimatsu Occult Gakuin – 06

「文明の道程」 (Bunmei no Doutei)
“BUNMEI’s distance”

Last episode felt a bit lacking with Kozue’s occult fanaticism, so it was nice to learn that something came from her interest in Antoine de Saint-Exupéry‘s famous short novel, The Little Prince (a.k.a. “Hoshi no Ouji-sama”).

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August 10, 2010 at 8:35 pm Comments (41)

Seikimatsu Occult Gakuin – 05

「夏のこずえ」 (Natsu no Kozue)
“KOZUE in the summer”

Compared to previous weeks, this episode was a bit of a letdown in terms of plot and humor. I attribute that primarily to ditsy Kozue not being all that funny to me, but things did start off on an interesting note with the mention of Out-Of-Place Artifacts, a.k.a. OOPArts.

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August 2, 2010 at 6:32 pm Comments (47)

Seikimatsu Occult Gakuin – 04

「文明の崩壊」 (Bunmei no Houkai)
“The collapse of BUNMEI”

With how hilarious this series is turning out amidst all the supernatural stuff, it’s easily become my favorite show of the season. I just can’t get enough of Fumiaki acting cool in front of Mikaze, and he gets the most befitting treatment this time around for lying about his past — sitting his ass down in a huge pile of shit.

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July 26, 2010 at 11:00 pm Comments (54)

Takagaki Ayahi – Kimi ga Iru Basho PV (Seikimatsu Occult Gakuin ED)

Takagaki Ayahi’s solo debut single was released last week (7/21) and bundled with the limited edition is the PV to the title track, “Kimi ga Iru Basho”. As a member of the seiyuu group sphere, Ayahi’s solo precedes Kotobuki Minako’s by a couple of months, but seems to be part of some master plan by their record label, Music Ray’n (a subdivision of Sony Music Entertainment Japan), to milk their four singers for everything they can. Tomatsu Haruka already had her solo debut prior to the formation of sphere, whereas Toyosaki Aki had hers not too long after. The fact that they all have official websites under their own .com domains sort of reiterates how much they’re being promoted separately and together, which is actually nice to see since seiyuu groups don’t tend to last very long. I find sphere to be one of the better groups to come along since all the girls can sing well enough on their own to justify solo debuts, so it’ll be interesting to see how much more of their music is featured in upcoming anime.

As for Ayahi’s debut single that’s featured as the ending theme of Seikimatsu Occult Gakuin this season, I thought it was a really catchy song when I first heard it, which was only overshadowed a bit by the ending sequence featuring real kids. In comparison, I find the full version even better, which is something I tend to say a lot but isn’t always the case. (Lia’s CLANNAD ~AFTER STORY~ OP and MUCC’s Senkou no Night Raid OP come to mind.) What’s interesting to note about the petite girl with the big voice is that her single also features a third English track titled “You Raise Me Up” (see below), an inspirational New Age song written by Secret Garden and covered by over a hundred artists to date. Ayahi’s English pronunciation isn’t perfect, but her opera singing skills do come through a bit in that song. She did attend and graduate from a music university after all, so it’s nice to see her finally get into the music industry on top of being a seiyuu.

Her singing profession doesn’t take precedence over her acting one however, as she currently plays Kuroki Ami in Seikimatsu Occult Gakuin and stars as the lovely Ferris Eris in Densetsu no Yuusha no Densetsu (a.k.a. The Legend of the Legendary Heroes). She also narrates in Asobi ni Iku yo, alongside all the other sphere members’ roles.

“You Raise Me Up”

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July 26, 2010 at 12:00 pm Comments (14)

Seikimatsu Occult Gakuin – 03

「美し風、吹き抜けて」 (Mikaze, Fukinukete)
“MIKAZE blows through”

There weren’t any last minute changes to this episode following the leak last week, which was pretty much expected after director Itou Tomohiko joked about it on his Twitter account.

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July 19, 2010 at 3:18 pm Comments (42)

Seikimatsu Occult Gakuin – 02

「文明の到来」 (Bunmei no Tourai)
“The advent of BUNMEI”

In addition to the occult, we have espers, time travelers, and aliens. Hmm, now where have I seen that combination of characters before…? Anyway, while the ingredients are similar, the mix is completely different in Waldstein Academy.

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July 12, 2010 at 4:07 pm Comments (62)

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