First, let me tell you a little about 12 and my thoughts on it. Then I’ll give a quick final analysis of what I thought of Midnight Occult Civil Servants.
Arata helps an unknown god who forgot his name and memories. Some Anothers need a vessel to anchor them to the world and be able to keep living. The god, who resembles an old man with a staff and a cloak, was anchored to an old statue. It broke, and he lost his home and memories. For several days, Arata looks for a new home for the old Another, but can’t find one. The situation becomes dire as Theo realizes that the old god is unconsciously draining life force from Arata. Finally, Theo and Sakaki agree to help.
Thanks to seeing so many ethnicities of people in Shinjuku, and eating some honey imported from Ukraine, the old god regains some of his memories. Theo reveals that his identity is Voros from Slavic myth. Senda gets tickets to a museum display special of Ukrainian items, and Arata goes there with Voros. A statue in good shape is found and Voros chooses it as his vessel. He will get to travel the world as the statue goes from museum to museum.
Basically, this was a standard, help-the-Another-of-the-week kind of episode. It’s a lot like the episodes in the middle of the season. There’s nothing wrong with the this installment’s storyline, and the god turning out to be Voros was awesome; what feels wrong is the placement of the episode.
This is the final chapter in the season, and we have no way of knowing if there will be a second season. A final episode should ideally be the climax of the show, and should at least be exciting. Midnight Occult failed to do that with its final episode. It was disappointing. It would have been better to put episode 12 somewhere in the middle, and have episodes 9-11 become 10-12. Then the series would end with the silkworm goddess mini-arc.
I may write a series review for Midnight Occult in the next few weeks, but for now, let me give a quick rundown on what I thought of the series. Plot/Narrative I rate at 6/10. The story has an original concept and some creativity, but lacks any sense of suspense, creepiness, or excitement. It’s perfectly entertaining, but nothing more. For visuals, I say 4/10. The art and animation are poor. There isn’t really anything nice I can say about it. It’s simple and boring. Even the colors are dull.
Audio is at least 7/10. Music and sound really helped out this show. I can’t wait to find the OST, because I enjoyed the instrumental music throughout, as well as the opening and ending songs. Most of the seiyuu I recognized; there’s Jun Fukuyama, Miyu Irino, and Tomoaki Maeno, to name a few. Characters rank at 6/10. The cast was interesting, but they weren’t developed nearly enough to do justice to their intriguing character concepts. For Enjoyment: 8/10. Despite its lack of quality, I had a great time watching this show. It was a relaxing, low-key series that I could just turn my brain off to and enjoy.
Overall Score: 6.2/10 Fine or Satisfactory
In summary, Midnight Occult Civil Servants isn’t anything special from a critic point of view, but since my personal enjoyment of it was so high, I like the show a lot. If you are looking for something simple and easy to watch that focuses on yokai and other mythological beings, I recommend Midnight Occult Civil Servants. This has been Anime Rants. For reading this post, Arigatou Gozaimasu! Ja ne!