Posted by psgels on 2 August 2010 with categories: Seikimatsu Occult Gakuin



The focus is away from Bunmei, and so this episode was much more enjoyable than the past one. It was all about the occult, and really chock full of references to all kinds of ideas and superstitions around the world thanks to a character that I once thought was pretty useless (the girl who is obsessed over occult stuff).

It actually made this episode pretty interesting. I’m a big fan of the series that put a lot of research into their subject matter here. While the previous episodes were all about “what if folklore was true”, this episode broke that part and instead talked about superstitions that are just products of the imagination of humans, ranging from spoons that can’t rust to monks who bury themselves alive and even the five second rule passed (called the three second rule here).

At first I really thought that that girl would be annoying with her optimism, but the comedy around her was again really excellent. This series definitely has the best sense of humour of the entire season, and its jokes are well built up and varied and the repeated jokes are handled with restraint.

Also, the previous episodes were certainly annoying, but they did what they were supposed to do: Maya really loathes this guy right now, and the previous two episodes really turned that into a deep-seated loathing, compared to the “this guy is weird”-kind of hatred of the first two episodes. Now, if she suddenly starts to develop feelings for Bunmei this would of course ruin everything (“you guys are fighting a lot so you must be in love with each other”… blegh), but I have faith in this series. And heck, the next episode will be staffed by Ryousuke Nakamura of all people. While I’d rather see him get another full series over which he has total freedom, an episode directed of the best and most imaginative series of the current summer season certainly isn’t bad either. I’m really interested what he’s going to do with it.
Rating: ** (Excellent)

12 Responses

  1. Loz says:

    Floors in the Netherlands must be really clean. Its the ‘3 second rule’ round here too.

  2. psgels psgels says:

    To be honest, it’s a rule I had never heard of in my childhood. I only learned of it when the Mythbusters took it under the loop and showed that it didn’t make any sense.

  3. ray says:

    Yeah, 3 second rule is BS. It’s more like a few minutes or something.

  4. m says:

    It’s a matter of what you drop it on, how much transfers to your food, and how (in)hospitable of an environment your body happens to be for whatever you pick up with your food. If you were an infant and dropped a pacifier in a bowl full of botulinum spores (what, that never happened to you?) I wouldn’t suggest sticking it in your mouth regardless of the time window. Same for things you’re really allergic to, and so on.

    I actually thought Chipmunk Anri was a little too stupid. After the build up it was rather fitting that she was the one that ended up volunteering to die and vacation in Summer Wars.

    The end of this episode caught me by surprise. Between the cliffhanger and suspicion that Mikaze was just angling for an excuse to wander around the campus, I’m eager to see the next episode.

  5. Z.N. Singer says:

    ‘You guys are fighting a lot so you must be in love with each other…blegh!’ Lol. You put it so mildly, not to mention in only one line. I imagine that, like me, you have a whole peevish diatribe you could rip out on that one that you are too professional to put into this review…g-d, but that one drives me nuts. If I see one more anime scene where two people are fighting and a third person says ‘see how they get along…’ except I know that I will so I don’t dare make any threats. Even anime I really like have done it, and even in those anime it always annoys me (even if, overall, I agree they get along).

    Of course, suddenly developing feelings and developing feelings are two different things – if I was watching it I’d have my guesses by now, but since I’m not, well, you’ll find out for me won’t you? ^_^

  6. vucubcaquix says:

    The candy colored afterlife was something straight out of a Takashi Murakami advertisement.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIhnnQH_GdQ

    Best part of the episode.

  7. bravejaf says:

    Yeah this was another great episode. It is just too bad that Anime no Chikara appears to be on the way out. From what I hear the block will be getting bumped next season and no one is sure if it will even return.

  8. reverse says:

    really like the animation/art at the end, pretty creative and imaginative

  9. Des! says:

    ‘You guys are fighting a lot so you must be in love with each other…blegh!’

    Actually after watching how Maya reacted when Bunmei was with the Ami, i got a slight feeling that she got jealous then. Not too sure about how you guys feel but thats just my impression of the scene.

  10. Hana says:

    This series definitely has the best sense of humour of the entire season, and its jokes are well built up and varied and the repeated jokes are handled with restraint.

    Agreed. Particularly like the way they reused the ‘Megane! Megane!’ routine at the end, very creepy.

    I really hope Maya hasn’t developed feelings for Uchida either, that would just make me so angry for some reason. Let’s hope she was just offended by how strongly he denied that he would ever think of her in that way, lol.

  11. pockets says:

    the 3-seconds rule is BS. Would you eat it in 3 seconds if it fell in shit? I wouldn’t.

  12. Brand says:

    I’m watching this so a week behind on Crunchyroll but I have to say I am really liking this series more and more with each episode. So, far this had been my favorite. It made me like Maya a lot more. She was being a tad bit to bitchy for me before and seeing her bond with the other girls was a nice change.

    I also hope there is no Maya x Bunmei. This show has been pretty refreshing but still undoubtedly “anime”, but that would really knock a lot of the wind out it for me.

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  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 11:14 PM)
    Synecdoche is incredibly rich in detail, and keen return viewers can find a lot of things they missed the first time thru. Kaufman didn’t have a single teacup in a shot that didn’t mean something. Pacing is a bit of an issue, but if you notice the passage of time you can see that was deliberate as well. The movie could’ve been livelier, but for a movie about death and decay that would’ve been a bit of a sell-out.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 11:01 PM)
    @Emma: Birdman and Synecdoche have a lot of thematic elements in common, and given that Synecdoche was released in 08 makes me realize that Alejandro González borrowed quite a bit from it; although in the end they are different enough to justify Birdman’s existence. Where Synecdiche was a better written movie, I feel that Birdman was the better directed one.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 04:15 PM)
    And I’d go as far to say this beats out birdman for me by miles.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 04:14 PM)
    The film is a solid mood piece thanks to the in tone cinematography, a great performance from Hoffman that along with his characters drama makes for an emotionally investing film. And before it gets TOO sad theres all those bits of dark humour fitted in there that work out pretty well. This is probably my favourite work by Kaufman currently.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 04:14 PM)
    Well Bam, I had a go of synecdoche there. A bit of a slow burner, near the end slightly drawn out, however that last stretch was forgiven by that bonkers ending.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 01:23 PM)
    The voice of the main character got kind of annoying though, the dub wasn’t all that good either.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 01:22 PM)
    This was based on/was a homage to a series by the Gigantor creator and having grown up with gigantors 90s reboot this felt like a nice throwback, plot is fairly simple but used effectively. It’s a shame that it feels like there was more to tell but at seven episodes I suppose it avoids outstaying its welcome.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 01:20 PM)
    Decided to marathon Giant Robo, I think this was mentioned by someone on here before. I guess it was fairly entertaining, great action direction, looked good for its time, you don’t notice the hour long episodes go by, adequate characters, nice retro artstyle also, not sure if I got excited over this as big O and Mazinger however but still fun enough nonetheless.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 07:10 AM)
    Seeing Hoffman in before the devil knows your dead and his character being dependent on drugs, that was another thing that hit me a bit knowing the circumstances of his death. Watching most wanted man I could also see that he was wearing out physically.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 07:00 AM)
    This is not Anno bitching about otakus jacking off to his characters and turning around and selling Rei panties, this isn’t the idiots at Shaft throwing around meaningless camera angles and the oh-so-symbolic teeth brushing scenes, this is a human being looking you in the eye with fear and telling you that he’s dying; morbid, honest, moving and remarkable.

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