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Occultic;Nine Volume 1 Review****-

Cert 15 | 144 mins | 2018

4 stars of dark and intriguing anime.

Occultic;Nine is based on the Japanese light novel of the same name written by Chiyomaru Shikura (Steins;Gate). It is adapted to anime by A-1 Pictures (Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, Your Lie In April) and directed by Kyohei Ishiguro. Volume 1 comprises episodes 1 – 6.

“Something about a high school girl that was attracting a lot of attention…”

The story revolves around school boy Yuta Gamon (Erik Kimerer Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan) who runs an affiliate blog named Kirikiri Basara, which compiles stories on the occult. His goal is to use the page for advertising income.

Assisting him in this is the magnificently well endowed and very enthusiastic Ryoka Narusawa (Faye Mata – Fate/Apocrypha), who is very fond of zapping him with her taser gun.

In addition to the Kirikiri Basara team, there are seven other individuals, each with their own quirks and deep dark secrets, seemingly unconnected. We have fortune teller Miyu (Kaylii Mills), Sarai (Robbie DaymondCharlotte), the son of a murdered Professor and Touko (Erica LindbeckCoppelion), a news reporter for a local paper.

Also in the mix are police officer Shun (Max MittelmanErased) and manga artist Ririka (Michelle RuffBleach, Durarara!!x2). Last but by no means least we have black magic practitioner Aria (Cristina VeeBlade of the Immortal) and her mysterious ghostly friend Kiryu (Greg Chun – Fallout 4).

When Yuta stumbles onto a crime scene, he unwittingly starts a chain of events which will bring them all together in unimaginable ways.

Dark, brooding and full of surprises from start to finish, this is a fascinating anime. The animation suits the story very well, piling on the atmosphere with brilliant use of light and shade.

A great story with one heck of a cliffhanger. Well worth adding to your collection and I can’t wait for volume 2.

“A body part from the child that has been sacrificed must be placed within…”

Occultic Nine Volume 1 is available to buy now on DVD and Blu-ray.

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DirectorKyohei Ishiguro
AuthorChiyomaru Shikura
GenreFantasy, drama, supernatural
StarringErik Kimerer, Faye Mata, Robbie Daymond, Kayli Mills, Michelle Ruff
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