Bulk update: Shiki 5, Occult Academy 5, and Ookami-san 6
August 9, 2010
Well, I’m about a week behind, so this will be a short rave about Shiki episode 5, Occult Academy (Seikimatsu Occult Gakuin) episode 5, and Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakamatachi episode 6.
Shiki is still in building mode, so the main thing I want to say about it this week is that Natsuno showed some nice character development by responding to this funerary service better than he did to Megumi’s. I got the sense that he was genuinely remorseful for what happened, and he even felt some responsibility for what happened. At this point I really like the idea of somebody who knows there are vampires, because nobody ever believes the person who says there are vampires in the town.
It’s Student versus Teacher at the Occult Academy. Not too surprising, considering Uchida turned out to be a lying coward.
Meanwhile Abe Minoru helps Mikaze get approval for selling bread at the school. This irritates the vice-president to no end. I’m really hoping she is gonna go yandere on his ass; there is a good potential she was involved in something messed up to begin with, so just imagine a crazy demon-summoning jilted woman.
The most significant event of the episode seems to have occurred in the final moments, when Kozue (voiced by Kana Hanazawa, Tenshi from Angel Beats!) agrees to become an experimental subject in a near-death experiment … what could go wrong? Well, for one thing, Kozue’s body might have been captured by some extra-dimensional being. Since the aliens are described as extra-dimensional beings, whatever has possessed Kozue’s body, plays a role in Nostradamus’ prophecy; it might even be the key itself.
This episode was great. I thought the artwork was absolutely excellent, One great thing about the artwork, was that there was some appreciation of Ryouko’s particular body style. She comes across as lanky, but graceful.
This episode approached the issues in Ryouko’s past that have driven her to become obsessed with her boxing regime, but by no means spelled it right out. I would imagine it will be fully revealed when Ryouko can fully accept Ryoushi.