A Kiss to Build a Cult On
This is what Occult Academy’s been working up to? A Wicker Man-like small town cult led by an evil magical girl?
This might be the best anime ending ever.
Yes, I’m serious about that. This is better than almost anything I would have imagined.
I’m sure peeps’ll complain about this ending coming out of nowhere, but that seems to be the point. All this time, Pod Girl’s been trying to distract Fumiaki from his intended mission, working her literal and metaphorical magic on him to make sure he fails in finding the Nostradamus Key. She’s been playing into the audience’s expectations, playing off of their assumptions that she’s just a cute little local girl. Even cynical bastards like myself would eventually doubt her nefarious nature after we go so many episodes with little more than shy glances and quaint dinners directed towards Fumiaki. “If she’s really a Pod Girl,” I asked myself, “wouldn’t they have tossed in some real foreshadowing by now?”
Most of my suspicions were based on the whole “too good to be true” bit, since there’s no way in hell that she’d nail all of Fumiaki’s fetishes purely by coincidence. But after a while I started to doubt that. But it stayed at that level up until episode 11. For the first ten episodes she was pretty consistent in her level of pandering. She cooked him his favorite slop, played the shy role without really upping the stakes significantly, and basically acted like a girl who really wanted in Fumiaki’s pants but didn’t have the guts to say it. Then episode 11 happened. Yeah, it played into what I wanted to see from the get-go, but it still came out of fucking nowhere. No slow boil, no teasing,– it all came out with the subtlety of an alien invasion.
This is all playing into Occult Academy’s style. The series scoffs at subtlety and the teasing out of plot points. If it wants to do something, it smacks you upside the head with a chupacabra or flips the glasses off the top of your head that were always there (And which you didn’t know were there because you were as stupid, moronic Japanese wannabe Velma.). The series has been pretty damn awesome about hiding everything out in plain sight, and in doing so has managed to be far more unpredictable than most series that try to shadow everything in a predictable haze of vagueness and foreshadowing.
Gah. This post sucks. It’s just me geeking out over something. How shallow. We’ll stop this now and reserve the rest of the geeking once this damn series is over.
Wait. Nevermind. Let’s geek some more. Really? Anime characters actually kissing? And not in some sort of cute, nostalgic, d’aw sort of way? Do they even do that in hardcore hentai? It’s like anime goes straight from coyish blushing to down and out anal tentacle sex. Do not pass Go, do not collect 200 make-out scenes. Loved the way they cut from Pod Girl asking Fumiaki if he’s busy while cooking him dinner in his apartment to them in the middle of a Wicker Man meets Eyes Wide Shut cult fuck fest. It’s like some oldschool Looney Tune scene wipe or something, but with evil magical girl rape and murder plotting.
This totally makes up for those lame-ass ghost girl episodes. Except I can’t help but think that those episodes made this episode all the more unexpected and awesome. The suck before the awesome.
Also: Seeing bun-hair Vice Principal Chick ending up as a good guy was something of a genuine twist, but it totally makes sense in retrospect. Nuking moth caves and flamethrowering chupacabra dens? That isn’t covering up evidence, that’s making sure Maya doesn’t get screwed over when all this bad shit gets out in the open. OK, it’s still covering up evidence, but it’s for the greater good. And her crush on Fumiaki’s not only cast in an innocent light, but it’s also something of a way to get him away from that nasty Pod Girl.
It’s a big fucking mess, but it’s all coming together in its own way. Anyone that thinks this series doesn’t have any real purpose or intentions sucks at paying attention.