I initially really enjoyed Occult Academy and was interested in what it could do with only 13 episodes.
However, as the series progressed it became somewhat episodic. Each episode would feature something in the realm of the occult, which was a cool learning experience, but didn’t work out as well as I would have liked when presented in a slice of life format.
Fumiaki and Maya didn’t really show a sense of urgency in looking for the Nostradamus Key when it was the one item expected to destroy the world. Instead, we get to see Fumiaki fumbling around and getting seduced by Mikaze. I guess it could be seen as building up his character.
Then all of a sudden the series switches over into serious mode for the final two episodes. We are treated to an epic battle between a white mage and a black mage, and Fumiaki uses a spoon to fend off an alien invasion by himself. The animation quality was very impressive for the finale, which is where I expect most of the animation budget to go towards.
When Fumiaki saw his younger self on television, I often wondered what would happen if he met with his younger self. It pleases me to see this question used as a core element of the plot in the ending episodes.
So in retrospect, Occult Academy stayed as one of the top series this season for me. Even though some of the episodes were very slice of life, they helped develop the characters and strengthened the bonds between them. I was hoping they would show Fumiaki and Maya as adults in the end though. 🙁
Rating: Very Good