The latest Anime series I am watching is Occult Academy (世紀末オカルト学院 / Seikimatsu Okaruto Gakuin), a 13-episode anime jointly produced by TV Tokyo and Aniplex. It is the third project of Anime no Chikara, a project to produce short anime series not based on any existing material in any medium.
The first was So Ra No Wo To (ソ・ラ・ノ・ヲ・ト / Sora no Oto), January 5, 2010 to March 22, 2010, with 12 regular episodes plus an episode 7.5. The second was Senkou no Night Raid (閃光のナイトレイド) aired from April 5, 2010 to June 28, 2010, with 13 regular episodes plus a DVD-only episode Zero and 7.5.
If So Ra No Wo To is about a post-apocalyptic Planet Earth, and Senkou no Night Raid is set in the days before World War II, Occult Academy is about preventing the invasion of a brutal alien species on our planet in the year 2012 by going back in 1999.
At first I do not like to get any copy of Occult Academy for the sole reason of having “occult” in the title. I turned my back on it and I avoid getting pulled-in again. But since I liked Senkou no Night Raid I started watching the series.
I can tell you that there’s nothing “occult” in this series - in its truest and deepest meaning. There were scenes about ghosts, enemies of the dark, and mention of spiritism, but nothing that will make the audience curious about it.
Everything so far (the current episode is 11) are things that the public is very much aware of - heck, tired of hearing. It is occultism but it’s just the surface - the series is safe, fun, and entertaining.
I recommend that you get this series after all there are only 13 episodes. Instead of getting scared, I ended up laughing. There’s drama, touchy-feely episodes and there are hilarious scenes.
Direct to the point anime series. Good for people who doesn’t have the time, budget, and *ehemm* bandwidth, to spare for long series. Don’t let the title prevent you from watching this great series.
(Wow, I actually avoided spoilers..)