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Seikimatsu Occult Gakuin Endgame: Where Did That Come From?

Now that, I didn’t see coming. Seikimatsu Occult Gakuen starts with a first-episode spectacle to rival just about anything. It then proceeds to casually stroll through a series of largely unrelated one or two episode plot arcs, blending a moderate amount of character development with funky humor, while dropping occasional hints about the larger scale plot. And then, after a quietly dramatic pair of episodes, BAM! All-in on the action-heavy endgame—zero set-up, zero warning.

I can’t honestly say I’ve ever seen it hit the fan quite that abruptly and violently in anything before. Amusingly enough, this show is already so funky it sort of works.

Even so, it’s so sudden I’ve got to wonder whether the series was planned for two seasons and got trimmed down to one. Either way, if there were ever a series I didn’t expect to see a full-on transformation sequence into a black mage for a flaming magic battle, it was this one.

Overall, it’s kind of disappointing it didn’t have more time to work with—it feels sort of abbreviated—but still thoroughly enjoying it, both for character drama and the whacked sense of comic timing.

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