There are mountains of new anime coming as we move into the Fall 2016 anime season. To help you, dear reader, to decide on which of these new anime you would most enjoy, each of us here at ANIME NOW! is writing up our individual picks for the most anticipated anime of the season. For some of us, it has been a tough choice full of deliberation. But for me, there wasn’t even a question as to what my most anticipated anime would be: From the moment it was announced, I was already fixated on Occultic;Nine.
Occultic;Nine is the story of nine eccentric young people who all frequent an occult-themed internet blog. Soon, the members of the blog are caught up in everything from ghosts to mysterious graphic murders–separate events that seem to have some greater connection to a looming calamity.
If you like Japanese horror and psychological drama like I do, Occultic;Ninehas probably already piqued your interest from that little teaser summary alone. But honestly, even if I knew nothing about Occultic;Nine other than the title, it would still sit at the top of my most anticipated list. Why? The semicolon.
Having a title that connects two seemingly unrelated words with a semicolon is the trademark of Chiyomaru Shikura, creator of “Science-Adventure” games and anime such as Chaos;Head, Robotics;Notes, Chaos;Child, andSteins;Gate, the best anime I have ever seen.
Chiyomaru’s works feature twisting plots and complex characters, each with their own specific wants and goals so as to make the line between enemy and ally rather blurry. Each tale is likewise centered on a specific element: ForChaos;Head and Chaos;Child, it is reality-bending delusions. For Steins;Gatethe focus is on time travel. For Robotics;Notes, it’s realistic giant robots. And for Occultic;Nine, it’s, well, the occult.
All Chiyomaru’s works are filled with excellent psychological drama. Stories like Steins;Gate and Robotics;Notes get much of their tension from the looming threat of world-ending conspiracy. This is then expertly combined with the various characters’ interpersonal relationships for even more drama.Chaos;Head and Chaos;Child take it a step further by having all that, plus graphic gore with their plots centered around teenagers that get involved with disturbing serial killings.
To say I am a fan of Chiyomaru’s works would be an understatement. Over the past few years, I’ve been working my way through every work he has ever written. However, there is one that I have yet to get around to, his first and only light novel series: Occultic;Nine. Seeing it adapted into anime form is a real convenient treat.
So even though Occultic;Nine (like Chiyomaru’s upcoming gameAnonymous;Code), takes place in an alternate world from that of the Science-Adventure franchise, I am no less excited. While the setting may be different, I think it’s safe to assume that the psychological themes and captivating storytelling will live up to Chiyomaru’s other excellent works.