Invasion of the Body Snatchers (That Look Vaguely Like Your Mom and Want to Destroy the World Because They’re EVIL!)
Dammit! I started on this post yesterday, got distracted, then Scamp goes and posts a somewhat similar insane conspiracy theorist post about that new chick in Occult Academy before me. Now I look like more of a poser than I usually do.
No dude! Don’t hit that! She’s an evil alien scout trying to get you out of the picture! Or an evil secret society temptress playing into your type! Or an evil manifestation of your deepest subconscious trying to ruin your every move!
She’s EVIL! EEEEEEEEEEEEVIL!
But seriously, she’s evil.
This is a series about evil alien occult conspiracies and how peeps are trying to stop said evil conspiracies. The main dude is trying to find clues as to what the “Nostradamus Key” is, and he coincidentally runs into the girl of his dreams, thus getting distracted from his goal. She uses the same name for his “past” self as his mom, she inexplicably drives the same sort of car that he likes (Which, coincidentally, is the same sort of car that I like. Or maybe that’s a conspiracy as well.), and she just happens to be his “type” appearance-wise.
In any other anime series this’d be writer-created coincidence– the sort of thing you expect in a series with romantic undertones. But this is a fucking conspiracy anime. Shit like this doesn’t just happen because of fanservice. Yeah, sure, it is fanservice (I sure as hell can forgive a girl for being a squeaky-voiced moe type when she has this kind of taste in cars and can drive it like that.), but this has to be a part of the plot. This idea girl for the main dude has to be purposely placed in this position by some sort of malevolent outside force. It’s the only logical conclusion given the circumstances.
There’s also the bit where she got all teary-eyed over a memorial for people who died over 50 years ago. Again, given the nature of this series, having someone be so emotional in such a situation just doesn’t make sense. I bet she’s from a race of aliens with long lifespans and her people were used to build those tunnels. Or something like that.
Also: I’m really digging the idea of the tengu being alien infiltrators. It’s the sort of “revisionist” alien theory that you hear all the time on Coast to Coast and other shit like that. Mythology, religion, and all that jazz is cast in the light of “aliens came to Earth and we just interpreted their shenanigans as the gods fucking out shit up.” It’s the sort of crazy stuff that those of us who dig on Evangelion’s religious stuff love, except it comes off as deliberate rather than “let’s just toss all sorts of crap on the wall and make it look awesome!”
I do have to echo some of my concerns from my first post. We’re three episodes in and we’re still only getting tiny tidbits of real occult stuff. Tengu are real mythological/folklore creatures, and the main dude could bend spoons when he was a kid, but that’s the extent of the occultishness. Throw us some actual predictions from Nostradamus and tie them into the Nostradamus Key. Link the potential alien threat to the Greys of the Serpent People or something like that. Explain the psychic phenomenon we’re seeing as the results of government and military experiments from the Cold War. Get some references to Aleister Crowley and other stuff like that. This is Occult Academy, not One Specific Type of Alien and A Couple of Other Spooky Things Academy.
Also: The above bit may be this year’s best anime gag. And the lead-up to that gag proved that there’s more to the main dude’s persona than seemingly wimpy anime lead type. He can put on the charm when it’s opportune. Maybe he really was a suave, cool, smooth operator type in the future. Then again, given the fact that so few people are left in the future, he might be what passes for that personality type.