Occult Academy episode 12: You Sunk My Battle Cat

For the love of God, someone tell me where I can get one of these.

Last week set the bar high after giving us a powered-up roller coaster of an epi with more surprises and mood swings than a schizophrenic magical girl. So, did this week’s penultimate part two deliver? In short, yes. In not as short: read on…


Episode Summary:

…carrying straight on from the last epi: the good witch and the bad witch get their bitch-slapping freak on while the shady guy runs off with Maya, only to be cornered by the evil hoodies. So he tells Maya to hold tight while he makes like a friggin giant black panther and leaps. Meanwhile, the Scoobies have been trying all sorts of occultish things to contact Maya’s spirit, before it promptly arrives in Ami’s back yard, still inside Maya, who warns them that all hell has broken loose and that they’d better leg it, before she and the pretty kitty – which now also has wings – follow her own advice. The Scoobies then pile onto the back of Ami’s daddy’s truck, while holding off various occultish beasties that pop up along the way and look as if they are about to finish the gang (minus Kozue, who has disappeared and got herself possessed again) off. Fortunately, Smile whips out his big spanner, JK dons his dowsing rods and Ami’s daddy drives like only he knows how and thus they soon finish off the beasties instead. Meanwhile Uchida is still standing/ silently crying in shock at ‘Mikaze’’s betrayal, until it looks like the shock may have been too much for him…

Back to the witches, and the fight has got just as catty as it has ouchy, with the women arguing over whether or not Uchida is a good boy or a dirty perv. The evil one soon hits low with a barb about her recent public snogfest with said dirty perv, and it looks like the end for Chihiro. Except that it isn’t, for she manages to somehow get to Uchida, whisper some words in his ear and give him a chaste peck on the cheek, before sending him off to help Maya before Chihiro, eventually, keels over and breathes her last. Unfortunately, this means that it’s curtains for the flying kitty too, as he promptly crash lands into the top of the school building, to which they have been heading after Maya convinces him that they should turn back and fighto! Soon, she is waving the real Maya’s-daddy’s-notebook in the evil one’s face, then dodging shots from the evil one while trying to recite a spell to seal her up/ send her back to evil-land. Until she drops it and the evil one grabs her in chokehold. Fortunately, a very much alive Uchida turns up to pick up the notebook and then do some magical-bullet-dodging of his own, before they eventually manage, together, to both distract the evil one and perform the spell to seal her away. Amidst all this, our resourceful heroine also manages to take a picture of Mikaze while she is in Uchida’s lap and sees a peaceful future vision, thus assuming Mikaze is the Key…

The epi ends with the baddies vanquished and Uchida phoning in his mission accomplished message to the MIBs sitting around in 2012. Who promptly Woohoo! and run off to look outside to see their newly changed-for-the-better surroundings. Only to realise that nothing’s changed at all. Oh, and it turns out that Maya’s daddy is still alive and in the future. Go figure.


Thoughts:

This epi picks up that newly shined plot baton it was handed at the end of the previous epi and doesn’t stop running until the finish line. Not only does the brewing catfight erupt in a very impressive style, but Maya is sent flying off on her very own flying Battle Cat (as fathomlessblue elsewhere called it). Which was not stupid (as Scamp called it), because it was freaking fantastic (as I call it, therefore it is True).

Also, things that were almost as good included: some of the previous beasties coming back to lend their powers to the dark side; the Scoobies ending up doing something occultish to avenge dead Maya that ended up being pretty useful given the fact that she wasn’t after all dead; seeing the many faces of Uchida again, starting with shocked/ heartbroken and ending with badass; various almost-fan service-y moments; the recycling of some of the best jokes and visual gags of series; some new jokes and random visual gags that are also probably amongst some of the best jokes and visual gags of series; a badass and dere dere Maya; and that big cocktease of an ending. In other words, it was an action-packed epi that began to tie up those hitherto annoyingly loose loose-ends, in preparation for the final ‘resolution’ epi left to come.

That smiley badge says it all.

In addition to the flying kitty, Smile and JK putting their spanners/ dowsers/ keytars on, and all the various other moments of awesomeness, I have to mention the predictable but nonetheless impressive U-turn by Uchida. Let’s face it, any other naïve, inherently cowardly guy with a thing for mother figures who’s just been dumped and been told that he’s going to be murdered by his hitherto future wife would probably crumble in the face of everything that’s happened to him. However, the one-time reluctant Time Agent ends up stepping up and pretty much doing everything he can to save Maya and the world. Yup, clearly redeemed himself there, methinks. I just hope he gets a Good End in the next epi, rather than ending up being the Key (as that picture of him and Mikaze that Maya took would suggest, given the fact that the future doesn’t seem to have changed at the end of the epi) and dying after all.

I hearby dub thee, Sir Badass.

Despite being another strong epi, there were, naturally, a few gripes I had with it, namely: the brief (thank goodness) Kozue fan service (just plain wrong); the good witch and the bad witch trying to convince the other that Uchida is a good, pure-hearted boy and a dirty old pervert, respectively; the fact that the bad witch actually cackles; the fact that the bad witch has such terrible aim from point-blank (for a witch) range; the fact that the bad witch is just as annoying, if not even more so, than before she powered-up into said witch; and the fact that the kitty died :( (oh, which means, I guess, the fact that Chihiro died too, but meh).

-everything about this pic.

Aside from all that, I guess most of the loose ends were less loose by the end of this epi. Except for the fact that the future hasn’t changed and that Maya’s dad is still alive. But for how long, after our favourite tsundere is reunited with him, remains (along with the other loose bits) to be seen in the finale…

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15 Comments

  1. ectholion
    Posted September 26, 2010 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    Uhida may have redeemed himself but he still has a bad hair cut! leecherous Ushida keeps your paws off Maya Hime she is too young for you!!! with that out of the way i totally agree with your opinions on the Kozue fanservice… as for the the black mage im glad she is gone. I would of been happy with a white mage ushida ending as well… i hope he atleast finds her book of love :)

    • Posted September 26, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

      Lol, yes, there is no excuse for Dat Hair. However, after he stopped being a coward, I thought he was always quite sweet with Maya, I never saw anything lechy about those moments, which in this case was initiated by her. (I guess it’s because of the particular type of crazy that he’s afflicted with which means that she’s not his type, as he once memorably told her. Oh well, clearly his loss.)

      Although we see the VP and the Shades again in the preview, I’m not sure about an Uchida x Anyone ending, because of the whole he’s-from-the-future thing, plus he saw a rather disturbing ‘future’ with her on his phone when he took her pic that time. Also dunno if her book of love poems/ spells will make a comeback, but I guess it would be cool it it did. Oh well, not long to wait now until we find out, I guess. :)

  2. Zi Densetsu
    Posted September 26, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Permalink

    Going to watch this JUST for the battle cat joke. xD

    • Posted September 27, 2010 at 7:10 am | Permalink

      :D Well, as long as it ain’t for the plot…

  3. Posted September 26, 2010 at 6:20 pm | Permalink

    lol, the Kozue fanservice was just too hot, you know it. ;-)

    All in all, this was a pretty silly episode IMO, but- still entertaining I guess. I feel like A-1 sort of pissed away the early possibilities that this could’ve been a really, really good story, but at least it was entertaining to watch. The ending was a nice twist too. I guess Bunmei will have to sacrifice himself in order to make the world right, which is sort of a bittersweet way to end what’s been a mostly LOLgags series.

    • Posted September 27, 2010 at 7:17 am | Permalink

      I know no such thing. And tut tut, what would Maya say?!

      Yes, unfortunately we are not Time Agents and can’t do anything about those middley epis, however this final arc seems to be back on track. Looking forward to the finale, though yes it might even make some of the diehard Bunmei haters feel a pang if he does end up sacrificing himself. His future self that is – hopefully ickle Fumiaki has a happier future to look forward to. :)

  4. fathomlessblue
    Posted September 27, 2010 at 11:50 am | Permalink

    I can’t help but wonder how much cooler my life would be with my very own Battle Cat. Scamp must be insane to fail to see the brilliance of that plot twist. Nameless goon to flying panther; move over Space Butler I think i’ve found myself a new favourite anime character. And when he started crying up following the VP’s death… so sad. Grave of the Fireflies had nothing on this episode. I demand a second season, or even better, a spinoff series of more B.C. goodness.

    Shame about Chihiro’s death though, I actually found her one of funnier characters on the show. At the very least she was miles better than the likes of Mikaze and Kozue.

    Speaking on the latter, I don’t remember any weird fanservice scenes. That might just be my subconscious protecting me from the trauma though.

    BATLLE CAT RULES!!!!

    • Posted September 29, 2010 at 6:22 am | Permalink

      Agreed! Though, I wouldn’t say no to having Swift Wind as more girly alternative, in my case. A spin-off B.C. series would be cool too, though they might need to develop his Cringer-esque crying side more. Can’t say I was much of a Chihiro fan either, but she defo grew on me in the later epis. You know, if Uchida hadn’t seen that crazy future pic of her on his phone, I would’ve said they’d make a good couple, but oh well.

      Don’t remember any Kozue-service? You are a lucky, lucky man.

  5. acesoldia
    Posted September 27, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

    now..you must watch episode 13..mind=even more blown

  6. frog212
    Posted September 28, 2010 at 9:37 am | Permalink

    i totally agree with acesoldia. the last 3 episodes were great!

  7. Posted September 29, 2010 at 6:24 am | Permalink

    @ acesoldia and @ frog212 and @ anyone else who may be wondering: epi 13 review will probably be up by Friday :)

    • Posted September 30, 2010 at 6:37 pm | Permalink

      I’m almost too mind-boggled from the bogglingly boggle-fest of the final few episodes to comment, but definitely agree with the freaking fantastic-ness of the Battle Cat sequence.

      • Posted October 3, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

        Lol. Bit later than promised, but it’ll be posted soon – we’ll all no doubt share the mind-bogglingly boggling boggle-fest love-in together!

  8. Posted October 1, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

    However, the one-time reluctant Time Agent ends up stepping up and pretty much doing everything he can to save Maya and the world. Yup, clearly redeemed himself there, methinks

    I hadn’t even thought about it much during the episode, but he definitely became more assertive, and that was good.

    So funny when Kozue was taken by the villagers lolol.

    • Posted October 3, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

      Oh man, he needed to be, though…

      And I knooow, possessed again, eh… I do love the way this show recycle jokes without them getting old, like her ‘Megane! Megane!’ line, to give another example. :-)

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