She must really like that dress.
The first episode of Occult Academy has our heroine behead her possessed father (who looks about as intimidating as Slimer), a reference to Porco Rosso, and ends with a naked male ass materializing out of nowhere a la Terminator. Exciting.
All in all, it felt like a comedy. If that’s what the anime’s aiming for (I went into the first episode cold so I don’t really know what it’s supposed to be), then okay; I chuckled once or twice. The anime isn’t witty; it’s more goofy than it is smart.
And like a lot of mediocre comedies, the anime kinda drags when it attempts to be dramatic, which — to be honest — felt a little ham-fisted. I barely know the girl, I really don’t know her dad, and thus I barely care about their estrangement, conflict, etc. The anime seemingly doesn’t care either. A girl who idolized Maya’s father casually apologizes for Maya’s loss before giving us an info dump on his background.
Naked dude, Smiley and JK at least seem like a colorful cast. Maya, on the other hand, just didn’t look or sound very interesting other than her penchant for wearing the same sleeve-less white dress everyday of her life. How come the girls in the anime have the most boring character designs anyway?
Still, Occult Academy wisely ended on a cliffhanger, ’cause I’m curious enough to watch a couple more episodes. What is vice principal is up to? What does “how many of the Abe Minorus are left” even mean? Why is naked dude presumably beaming back in time?