Anime review: Mayonaka no Occult Koumuin

Good day everyone. These days, it’s really hot here that my energy level is even lower than normally. But here I am, writing a review 2 hours before the actual publication date…… Whatever.

This anime was originally from a manga. I was quite attracted to the fact about supernatural beings in it. Sounds quite interesting. I also have the feeling it got quite overlooked this season. Since it was just finished last Sunday when I post this. I didn’t really follow any anime series besides this one, since my exams were coming up and wanted to watch some in one go. I wonder if I will ever do that….. Anyways, let’s just go to the next part.

Mayonaka no Occult Koumuin theme 1

Synopsis

When Miyako Arata joins the Shinjuku Ward Office, he thinks he’s gotten a normal civil servant job. But it turns out he’s joined the Night Community Exchange Department, one of which operates secretly in each of Tokyo’s twenty-three ward offices. Their job is to resolve occult issues concerning non-human beings. Accompanied by his senpai and department head Sakaki Kyoichi and the occult-obsessed Himeduka Theo, they work night after night, facing off with beings whose existence defies the laws of our world.

(Source: Crunchyroll)

Mayonaka no Occult Koumuin theme 2

Opinion

A fast overall, I didn’t think this was the best anime, but I still liked some characters I guess. It wasn’t spectacular on the point that I anticipated everything, since everything was quite…….predictable, but it wasn’t bad with some knowledge or interpretations.

The art was I guess okay. The eyes are not often used and that was new. But if I looked animation-wise….. I sometimes got the feeling I could see some frames….. I think this may be a low-budget project, so I can understand I guess?

The character development. There was very little in it. I guess some things got resolved at Miyako’s side and at Kyouichi’s side. But that’s it really. Kyouichi got over an incident with his family and Miyako was trying to convince Satoru about another way to resolve things with Anothers. There’s also no explanation on the abe no Seimei, besides using the term often and in the beginning. I would’ve liked more of this in the anime, but only in the beginning unfortunately. They also never explain why Abe no Seimei only had the Ears of Sand or how Miyako’s grandfather was so passionate about Abe.

The story, I think they were trying to be funny? I mean, they tried to put emotion in all of it, but I couldn’t feel it really along. I think the voice actors did quite a good job in trying to sound panicked or something, but if there was something like emotion in it, I wouldn’t really feel it along. Just the emotions were pretty flat. The story is quite solid with incidents. They leave most a bit open to let you think about the end, but I didn’t have to think a lot about it, since I have my own view in the world. But that was nice I guess. You at least see Miyako getting better with doing things on his own. The interpretations and knowledge about some things were nice that they had folklore of other countries too. There were more Western and Eastern folklore than Japanese, which was refreshing to see, because you don’t see a lot of these stories in general.

And last thing, the OP and ED. They were not bad. I wouldn’t really want to listen more to it, but it’s definitely not that bad.

So overall, not a great anime, but enjoyable enough to watch. I’ll give it a 6/10. It’s not great, but it’s not like I quit watching it. Everything was predictable to a certain fault, but that’s okay.

 

So that was it for this week. Let’s see what I can review next week….. see ya.

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