Posted by psgels on 9 August 2010 with categories: Seikimatsu Occult Gakuin

It’s just as I hoped! This episode really was awesome, and it had a really excellent direction behind it. With the comedy elements this really was different from the likes of Mouryou no Hako and Hashire Melos, but you could still see the traces of Ryousuke Nakamura and Mieko Hosoi. God… these people need to direct another full fledged series.

There were a ton of really well animated shots in this episode, with quite some fluid animation and imaginative camera angles. There were a few scenes that really brought these characters alive, and especially the diving scene at the end was just utterly beautiful. It’s also very interesting how two completely different types of artists worked on this episode and the previous one: the previous episode was very obviously drawn by Mamoru Hosoda fans, while Mieko Hosoi has a completely different inspiration (I’d love to know what that was, by the way).

As for the direction, I absolutely love how this episode played out. Throughout most of the episode we see this careful build-up that shows Maya investigating exactly what happened, combined with a number of quick but really good jokes. There were a few outbursts of drama, like the sudden point in which Kozue started crying, but that too was just used to build up to that final part, which worked really well with Bunmei’s life flashing before his own eyes. It lasted like what? 2 minutes. But they really were worth it.

Beyond that, they also made it plausible for Bunmei and Maya to make up. Thankfully they stayed away from any sort of romance, but rather Maya forced herself to see past her biases after having seen the future.
Rating: *** (Awesome)

11 Responses

  1. Inu says:

    I like Fumiaki a lot more in this ep than any of the past ep, so the life flashing was well placed. And now Maya and Fumiaki have a common ground that will enable them to work together to stop the Nostradamus Prophecy.

    I really like the cast in this ep, hope the next director won’t return Fumiaki to his annoying self.

  2. Puran says:

    Very good episode. Although I found it kind of campy that the whole 2-episode arc with kozue was so they could make a giant pun-like joke at the end :P (I had the same expression as maya after bunmei put the glasses on kozue… Really the facial expressions in this series are awesome)

    But yeah the production values seemed to go way up this episode. A lot of great animation, interesting angles etc etc. I wished the music was a little better at times. Still, the mystery side isn’t progressing much. I hoped to see the phone camera being used more, and some more stuff about the mystery behind the school.

  3. m says:

    Poor Kozue got the Flowers for Algernon end.

    The Fumiaki doodles on Ami’s desk were a nice touch.

    I thought the jokes landed a lot better this episode. The snake was just hilarious.

    Maya and Fumiaki both take random nose damage. Does someone get hit in the face every episode?

    They didn’t do the Wikipedia dump this episode. I suppose they used every second productively and didn’t have any room.

  4. c160 says:

    The glasses joke was funny as hell!I can’t believe that was the solution.At fist my theory was that Kozue’s body was possessed by a spirit when she went into the afterlife but yeah,losing her glasses works too.^^;

    The future looks bleak,to say the least.Wonder how the people in the future survived that..

  5. czz says:

    I still don’t understand bummui or whatever he name. The future is fucked and he still just trying to get laid :/

  6. reverse says:

    Agree, no romance at all better than fail romance, couldn’t help myself hating the show for it

    -previous episode was very obviously drawn by Mamoru Hosoda fans

    by that you meant those different color outline on the character right

  7. Alec says:

    i was starting to lose respect on the anime, but after this amazing episode… Well, Im just gonna say that Im not gonna doubt this anime ever again

  8. mononoke says:

    I love Maya’s facial expressions

  9. Joojoobees says:

    I can’t believe we actually got to see her smile a couple of times.

  10. mononoke says:

    Maybe Bunmei hasn’t really lost his powers. Maybe he just has some sort of subconscious mental block on them.

    I also liked maya’s friends moth man out fit.

  11. Hana says:

    Re: Uchida’s ‘lost’ powers, clearly his mummy slapped them out of him. Maybe his mummy-replacement, Mikaze, will trigger their return.

    Loved the epi too, the faces were fabulous, and not least of all Smile’s love-heart-eyed smiley badge after Ami’s promised him the engine oil, lol.

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  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 09:02 PM)
    One-Punch Man’s pilot was almost adapted flawlessly. It straight up uses the manga panels as it’s main storyboard, but added just enough new touches to improve the action instead of ruining it. Now let’s see how they animate the mosquitos and all the lasers for the next episode.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 08:57 PM)
    And that’s why Madhouse is one of the few respectable studios left. I thought that they will be seriously diminished after Masao Maruyama took some of its key members and funded MAPPA, but One-Punch Man showed that they are still one of the best in the business.
  • k-off
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 08:51 PM)
    @Kaiser The anime industry isn’t advanced enough in CG to make it look good, is all it is.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 05:51 PM)
    @K-off: Your not wrong, it certainly looks poor but some of the old gonzo animated stuff was far more woeful looking. Stellvia, which was done by xebec was another example of old anime cgi which was quite ugly to look at. Just as I prefer traditional effects in film I also prefer traditional animation techniques to cg.
  • k-off
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 05:42 PM)
    Lately, the use of badly integrated cgi have been making my eyes sore,from the obviously cgi background characters in Asterisk to the overly fluid mech movements in Aldnoah. I still remember the shitty cgi piano hands in Kimi no Uso.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 12:04 AM)
    On the note of good balance between humor and drama- I think BoJack Horseman is an example of a show that executed that almost perfectly in both seasons. You are laughing one minute and amused by the hijinks and silliness and the next minute you are actually moved and shocked by the honest introspection. Too be honest BoJack is more a tragic character then a goofy one, and his struggles are deeper and more existential than they have any business being in a show with anthropomorphic animals.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Oct 5. 2015 11:56 PM)
    The changes in the setting actually made me more excited for season 3 then what I felt the past few weeks, since now the plot needs to move forward from the cliffhanger and hopefully this translates to more cohesion and refocusing on what mad the show great in the first place. I’m pretty sure S3 will also be a blend of episodic and arch story elements tho. Overall a few ups and downs but still a great show.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Oct 5. 2015 11:52 PM)
    The finale also had some of the most overall arch story elements featured in the season. Earth joining the Galactic Federation is a big deal story-wise from now on. Also the use of a cover of Johnny Cash’s “Hurt” (not the Nine Inch Nails one clearly) was a nice fitting yet surprising touch. The throwback to Mr. PB after the credits was a good idea, but felt flat in it’s actual execution.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Oct 5. 2015 11:49 PM)
    I thought R&M had a pretty good finale. The episode achieved what was missing from most of season 2, and that was a balance of randomness and meaningful bits. What made Rick Potion #9 and the previous season’s finale and general tone great was a sense of humor that was combined with more sincere drama and character developments; a sort of sweet melancholy.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Oct 5. 2015 09:51 PM)
    @K-off, not having too much trouble with the interface but I still cannot create categories.

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