Occult Academy 4 – romantic fantasies

July 27, 2010

The vice-president indulges in her romantic fantasy.

Episode 4 of Seikimatsu Occult Gakuin (Occult Academy) delivers more Maya kicking ass, the true story behind #6, the rescue of Kozue, and more rabu-rabu for Uchida.

Maya doesn't pull any punches.

Maya’s back, but, unfortunately for Uchida, her attitude hasn’t improved. Uchida finds her lost underground, and the two of them find a cavern full of giant moth creatures. They also find the phone that #5 was carrying when he was eaten. It is Maya who has the presence of mind to use the new phone to check the moth creatures … and finds out they aren’t the key either. Maya brutally calls Uchida out for his uselessness, and this provokes a confession.

A far more credible future for Fumiaki Uchida.

Uchida admits to Maya that he has no psychokinetic power. He was picked up on the street by the organization in the future, and was essentially sent back against his will. Uchida truly is a coward and a liar. He abandons Maya while she is trying to rescue Kozue. He even abandons Mikaze, the curry girl from last week, in some underground caverns when he gets spooked by a drop of water on his neck. He’s willing to leave anyone and everyone in a lurch just to save his own skin.

Crybaby.

Now many people have criticized Occult Academy because Uchida one of the main characters is a wimp. Consider psgels:

“Okay, so now Fumiaki has reached the point where he’s just gotten annoying. In the previous episode he was still cute, but for the creators to carry this through in even this episode… it’s starting to get on my nerves.”

I’m completely willing to admit that Uchida’s character is distasteful. Not only is he cowardly, but he is an absolute liar. He lied about the future, and he is shown lying in the future, and when everything is over, and he runs into Mikaze (curry-girl), he lies to her, telling her that he saved the missing student, and he was looking for her. But I like the way the seiyu (Takahiro Mizushima, Tsubaki from Giant Killing) plays him. As he talks with Mikaze, his voice drops in pitch. He is obviously despicable, and he actually deserves to be physically abused.

For those about to rock, we salute you!

So who did save Maya and Kozue from the swarm of mothmen? JK and Smile. Smile was obviously going to be helpful, since he punched the possessed Kozue, back in the first episode, but his giant wrench made me wonder if he is intended to be a reference to Graham Specter from Baccano! JK, however, was truly a surprise, busting out all kinds of cool. This fight was the big action scene of the episode, and I really enjoyed it. In part because the mothmen made a very satisfying squeal when they where killed.

Chihiro-chan.

Somehow, despite being useless, cowardly, lazy, and a liar, Uchida (AKA Abe Minoru) has managed to attract the attention of two ladies. Last week I said that Mikaze must be a monster, well, nothing bore that out this week. I have a tough time believing she is real, however. Vivi agrees with me. The other woman after Uchida is the vice-principle, Chihiro Kawashima. I was really happy to see that her interest in Uchida was sincere, since it really deepens her character beyond the bitchy villain role. The fact that the person she is in love with is a pathetic loser who is in no way interested in her, makes her story rather tragic and endearing.

Over all the balance of comedy and action seemed to work better this week. I’m still enjoying this series, even if it is just a goofy diversion.

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10 Responses to “Occult Academy 4 – romantic fantasies”

  1. Vivi Says:

    That crybaby scene was the weirdest, and this show seems to have a running gag of running snot! Anyway, you have a great ear, I’m pretty deaf so good voice acting and pitch elude me fairly easily!

    • Joojoobees Says:

      Clearly the “right” thing to do would have been to help the girls escape, but, I’m sure getting away from a swarm of giant carnivorous mothmen would be an emotional experience. I also won’t hold it against him that he can’t bend spoons, ‘cuz I can’t either. Abandoning people in danger, however, is bad, and having no apparent concern after the fact for their well being is BAD. Not once, while he is sniveling on the mountainside, does he say something like, “Boy I hope they are OK.” This makes me think he is completely self-obsessed.

  2. Kyokai Says:

    This is total WIN~ Who cares of the main lead is a wimp, he provided comic relief and I do have a soft soft for the seiyuu (I love Tsubaki in GK). Smile and JK really did well this episode. I’ll look forward to what Mikaze turns out to be but I can bet that she’s another time agent and from the opposition.

    • Hana Says:

      Mikaze as another time agent from the future and from the opposition?! Damn, these theories about her just get weirder after each episode. But strangely believable. Anyway, Tengu or opposing Time Agent, she’s defo fishy. Loved the comic relief and the Smile-J.K. partnership in this epi too. 🙂

      • Joojoobees Says:

        Yeah! Not a bad theory. I had a couple of other theories:
        * Mikaze is working for Chihiro’s organization. PRO: she might have been the one that set the charges that blew up the cave, she certainly must have seen those who did, even if she didn’t participate. Besides she pulls up to a secret cave where the missing students are, and happens to have two flashlights? CON: would Chihiro tolerate Mikaze getting that close to Abe-sensei?
        * Mikaze is a time-agent working for the SAME organization, but #6 wasn’t told the full story. PRO: There’s something wrong with her. They easily could have lied to Uchida. He might just have been some expendable schmuck they pulled off the street and sent to the past to act as a decoy while Mikaze tries to find the key. CON: I have no real proof. It certainly fails the Occam’s Razor test.

      • Kabitzin Says:

        Interesting theories! I found it noteworthy that not only did Fumiaki run away and bail on Maya and Mikaze, but he didn’t even care that he abandoned them. He never even though about Mikaze at all.

        It’s possible that it’s because he is a time traveler. The past is the past, and perhaps he isn’t keen on changing things. OTOH, he could just be a coward.

  3. f0calizer Says:

    I’ve sung my praises about JK’s “Music is my life” heroic moment elsewhere, so I’ll emphasize what you said about the balance between comedy & action in your last paragraph. The highlights of that pacing for this ep were, for me, in two spots: 1) Smile & JK “double-taking” when Maya & Uchida and then Mothman run past behind them, which is a classic slapstick/door comedy routine; 2) the V.P. writing her poem for Uchida as he’s fleeing in panic & we see how — line by line — every one of his physical features is the complete opposite of her fantasy. It’s sequences like these that keep the action going but also bring out the humor of it all.

    • Joojoobees Says:

      @ f0calizer: ‘Smile & JK “double-taking”’

      That was really funny, and perfectly handled. And, just as with the poem, it showed good use of the potential of multiple cast members.

  4. Ginnodangan Says:

    Took me a while to catch up with this, I can’t really see a problem with Uchida’s character, sure he’s only been shown to be a lying coward so far but he serves as a good opposite to Maya. There’s still some time for him to grow as well and I kind of want to see what led to him losing his psychokinesis, and it could play a nice role if they do intend to have his character grow.

    Both JK and Smile were pretty awesome in this episode, they even have their own theme that adds to it when they show up. And every scene they’ve had so far tends to be them being just that or throw in some pretty good comedy.

    I’m interested to see how the stuff with Mikaze will be handled as well, she really does seem too good to be true and has a lot of potential to join Chihiro as a potential villain since she’s paired up with her in the opening.

    • Joojoobees Says:

      You know, I hadn’t thought of this before, but it would be interesting if Uchida lost his powers by way of a time paradox — like now there is a version of him that has power AND a version of him that doesn’t that are co-existing on the time-plane, and somehow Uchida manages to transfer the power from his younger self, to his future self, thus causing the loss of power in the “past” future that caused his future self to not have power in the first place.


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