Blu-Ray Review: Occultic Nine – Part 2

The mystery comes to its conclusion in Manga Entertainment UK’s Blu-Ray release of Occultic Nine – Part 2; but what can one expect from the episodic contents and the quality of this release? Well let’s find out in our review!

Synopsis:

With the help of the young FBI detective, Asuna Kisaki, the truth behind the Inokashira Incident is revealed. Unable to accept the truth, Yuta escapes into denial and starts to lose sight of himself.

At his father’s radio station, Ryoka appears and there, she reveals one final shocking truth.

Our View:

The intrigue continues in this second half of Occultic;Nine to deliver a story that’s mind-captivatingly-good that you’ll need to binge watch the entire series; let alone this second half, for a second, third and maybe even fourth time to fully understand what has transpired and how. Don’t worry it’s not that ‘confusing’ of a story; but lots of things happen within a relatively short space of time and these re-watches would do good to get the complete picture of events within this unique world.

Taking place directly after the events of the first half, of which saw Yuta Gamon discover that his name was listed as one of the two-hundred and fifty-six found dead in the lake, Yuta and his group of mis-matched friends begin to dig deeper into the mystery of why Professor Hashigami was killed and his involvement with the list of names left behind.

Initially upon discovering his death Yuta opts to seclude himself away from the others; meanwhile Sarai Hashigami and Tōko Sumikaze begin their own investigation into what their current circumstances are; an investigation which leads them to the morgue of where their bodies are kept.

Elsewhere Miyu Aikawa, the once famous fortune-teller, is not only struggling to come to terms with her friend’s death but also the sudden realisation that she too is also dead; but when she receives a strange message she too begins to do some investigation and it leads her to the one that killed her friend.

This leads into a subplot for Occultic;Nine and one that isn’t exactly needed but well delivered; however it does develop Miyu’s character and keep something ‘physical’ to look at. In this case the murder of her friend, and many others, is a child; and he has a sole obsession with obtaining rare things (especially cards) – and Miyu is considered rare due to her current situation of being dead; but visible (to some) in the real world.

Although this Miyu storyline is a side-story of sorts it does well to put things into perspective for the other characters in this story. Namely the realisation that an outside company – who actually manages and runs hospitals throughout Japan – constructed these deaths in order to test out an idea that would create life beyond death for those who had the money.

This realisation, as well as the ongoing investigative powers between the group and newcomer Asuna Kisaki, who is an FBI detective with unique esper abilities, puts the responsibility of everyone’s death on a single company; and now they must act to put a stop to their plans of never-ending-life after death.

The events of Occultic;Nine – Part 2 are just one dramatic event after another and it soon all spirals into an ending that leaves me wanting more; regardless the events of this set build upon the foundations from the previous set and deliver the answers we need. A satisfying conclusion indeed and one that questions the fabric of reality and what it means to be alive.

Extras:

Just like with Manga UK’s previous release of Occultic;Nine – Part 1 the discs within this second instalment of the series only feature the bare minimum of bonus content. In this case clean (textless) opening and closing songs for those used within the series and an English dubbed trailer created by Aniplex of America for use of promoting the entire series.

It’s simple and extremely bare; and the same can also be said for the disc menu as once again the main menu features no background music while the opening animation for Occultic Nine plays in the background. It’s an odd design choice, as usually menus have some form of background noise, but alas this set does not.

Specs:

Media:  BD 25 x2
Region: B
Running Time: 1:12:06 (Disc 1 & 2)
Video: MPEG-4 AVC
Audio: LPCM 2.0 (English & Japanese)
Subtitles: English (White)
Resolution: 1920×1080 (1080p)
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Frame Rate: 23.976 fps

Overall:

Occultic Nine is an anime adaptation of the light novel of the same name and it is a mysterious story that focuses on nine, seemingly random, people who have a connection to Professor Hashigami. The first half did a great job of building up these random characters for the ‘big reveal’ of them all being dead and in this second half it’s all about working together to find out how and why they came to be in this situation.

A bigger story is here and it’s waiting to explode onto the screen; but the reality is that all of these characters were mass-murdered through brainwashing as a test for a way to live beyond the natural life. Obviously I won’t go into the technicalities; but it binds science-fiction with the occult to create a story that’s so far-fetched; it could actually be real. In this case the members of the group each try to unravel the mystery; to which Ryotas real identity comes known and the organisation behind it all is revealed. In short; it’s a great story that builds upon the foundations laid down in the previous volume; and lots of surprises and revelations are ensured for those watching.

Disregarding the episodic content, as to be fair it can only be watched in ‘one sitting’ due to the complexity of it all, this Blu-Ray release offers the same presentation and design as the previous Volume 1 release. In this case the episodes are spread evenly across the two blu-ray discs with a small selection of bonus features (textless songs and trailer) found on the first disc. Audio and Subtitle options remain consistent with the previous release as well, with White presentable subtitles and Stereo audio in Both Japanese and English. Once again the English Dub has been exceptionally produced and at times deliver some great one-liners and pieces of dialogue when needed. An exceptional, but limited, release indeed.

Just like the first volume this second Blu-Ray release of Occultic Nine is simplistic and barebones with its packaging and presentation; but the story contained within is exceptional and highly entertaining throughout with each scene leaving me on edge until the end. If you enjoyed Steins;Gate, Robotics;Note and Chaos;Head then Occultic;Nine is another mystery-murder-thriller thats worth adding to the collection; but for my perspective it’s best watching in one sitting (at least per part) for the added impact.

Score: review-stars-4

Occultic;Nine – Part 2, otherwise known as Occultic;Nine – Volume 2, will be available on DVD and Blu-Ray from the 2nd July 2018.

About Scott Emsen
Scott is the Founder and Executive Editor of AnimeBlurayUK but in the past he has worked at ZOMGPlay, Rice Digital and Funstock and was once a Community Moderator for the Nokia N-Gage forums. Based in the UK, he loves anything related to Games & Anime and in In his spare time you'll mostly find him playing on one of his many gaming consoles; namely the PS Vita, PS4 or Xbox One.

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