Occultic;Nine (オカルティック・ナイン Okarutikku Nain) is a Japanese light novel series written by Chiyomaru Shikura, the creator of Steins;Gate. The series is licensed in English by J-Novel Club. A manga, illustrated by Ganjii, began serialization in October 2015. An anime television series adaptation by A-1 Pictures aired in the Fall 2016 Anime season for 12 episodes, beginning on 9 October. A visual novel adaptation for the PS4, Vita and Xbox ONE is also in the works, set to be released in Japan on September 28, 2017.
The story follows nine idiosyncratic individuals, linked by the "Choujou Kagaku Kirikiri Basara" occult summary blog run by 17-year-old second-year high school student Yuuta Gamon. Little incongruities that occur around these nine eventually lead to a larger, unimaginable event that may alter what is considered common sense in this world.
Despite the semicolon in the title and being from the same creators, the series is not part of the Science Adventure Series (SciADV) but is instead part of its own universe (titled the Science Visual Novels Series) with upcoming visual novel Anonymous;Code. The SciADV Series do however exist as their fictional game versions in this universe.
The anime is licensed in America by Aniplex USA and in Australia by Madman Entertainment. Aniplex are releasing the series with an English dub by Bang Zoom! Entertainment in 2 Blu-ray sets, with Volume 1 releasing on September 26th and Volume 2 on December 26, 2017
A blog disproving the supernatural, co-run by NEET teenager Yuuta Gamon and his enthusiastic best friend Ryouka Narusawa, becomes the catalyst that would bring together a group of people who supposedly have nothing to do with each other.
These individuals include high school fortune teller Miyuu Aikawa, who joins Yuuta to work on the blog; realist Sarai Hashigami, who is stunned when tragedy strikes his family; doujin artist Ririka Nishizono, who has an uncanny ability to predict the future with her art; black magic practitioner and local curse expert Aria Kurenaino and her ghostly friend; Shun Moritsuka, a seemingly childish otaku detective; and reporter Touko Sumikaze.
As this unlikely group, bound only by the strings of fate, find their way to each other, they are confronted with murder and other events that are shrouded by the presence of the supernatural. They must band together to solve the mysteries interlacing the city and their lives.
|No.||Title[a]||Original air date|
"Takusan no Hito" (たくさんの人)
|9 October 2016[b]|
|Yuta Gamon sits in a cafe in his hometown Kichijōji, working to increase traffic to his website, which aggregates news and stories of the occult around Japan. The annoyingly cheerful Ryoka Narusawa shows up as Yuta catches a glimpse of the young fortune-teller and classmate Miyu Aikawa on a TV commercial. The two decide to invite her for an interview to raise traffic for his site. Elsewhere, Sarai Hashigami abruptly leaves a lecture hall, reluctantly following the advice of a fortune-teller to see his father before it's too late. Touko Sumikaze chats with the editor-in-chief of her occult-themed magazine, where he talked about receiving Professor Hashigami's latest manuscript from an old woman, even though Hashigami's mother is dead. Touko offers that it could be a ghost. Later, Aria Kurenaino helps a customer curse someone to death, then discovers someone shoved a bloody scalp in her mailbox. The next day, Yuta and Ryoka meet up with Miyu after school and take her back to the cafe. Miyu claims that her future would be greater with Yuta. After Yuta decides to make Miyu part of the team, the girls pressure him into interviewing Professor Hashigami about his occult research. Yuta plays with a bloody knife on the Professor's desk, then discovers the corpse of the Professor himself.|
|2||"My Cold Dimension"|
"Unmei o Kaeru Chikara Nante Nai kara" (運命を変える力なんて無いから)
|16 October 2016|
|In the past, Miyu begins doubting herself after receiving calls for fortune-telling that try to prove her as a fake. When Sarai calls her, she sees visions of him standing over his dead father's body, and tearfully begs him to visit his father, as she can only see the future, not change it. In the present, Yuta notices that Professor Hashigami wrote the word "CODE" in his own blood before expiring. An impatient female voice commands Yuta via his shortwave radio to yank out a golden tooth from the Professor's lower jaw, which he manages just before Shun Moritsuka enters the room. Later, Shun fills in the police on his findings, including a doujinshi with a story oddly familiar to the events that took place. When the police dismiss him, he calls an unknown man about a list that he is searching for. Elsewhere, Ryoka and Miyu try to test the rumor of a girl who can curse others, by placing a curse on Yuta. As Shun tries to get statements from various persons of interest, he hears from Toko the tale of Ria Minase, whose brother died. Ria refused to accept her brother's death, so she kept his corpse with her for a year before anyone else reported it.|
"Mōsō Datta no Darou ka" (妄想だったのだろうか)
|23 October 2016|
|Miyu's classmate and producer goes missing after meeting a strange boy in an alley. Shun visits Ririka to ask for more details about her doujin, and she responds that the scenes for her drawings appear in her dreams. Toko talks to her editor-in-chief about Ria Minase, as a flashback elaborates Aria's past. Yuta stumbles around the city, randomly testing keyholes he finds for the odd-shaped golden key he pulled out of Professor Hashigami's mouth, while afraid of being labelled a murderer. As Yuta tries to pick up a call, he is attacked by a mysterious being. Yuta then wakes up to hear the voice from his shortwave radio yell at him to turn on the news where a tragedy is being reported.|
"Hannin wa Gamon Yūta da" (犯人は我聞悠太だ)
|30 October 2016|
|Toko arrives at the office for an emergency meeting, and watches the report of a tragic mass suicide in Inokashira Park on the news. She is sent by her Editor-in-Chief to investigate the happenings. The following day, all the bodies were reported to be found, and investigations into the identities of the deceased were underway. Conspiracies about the incident being caused by mass hypnotism abound, which Yuta refutes, pushing instead for the theory that the deaths were a result of a suicide volunteer offline meeting. Returning home, Yuta researches on the death of Professor Hashigami, which led him back to Kiri Kiri Basara where he once made a post regarding the late professor. In the comments, he noticed a post made by Shun, which pointed him to a dojin drawn by Ririka, titled "A Dark Water's Bottom". Meanwhile, Miyu consults Toko on advice about her still-missing friend, and the latter learns about the owner of Kiri Kiri Basara. The episode ends with Sarai confronting Yuta as the owner of Kiri Kiri Basara.|
|5||"She's Lost Control"|
"Koko ga Atarashii Sekai nano ne" (ここが新しい世界なのね)
|6 November 2016|
|Sarai requests for Yuta to tell him about the circumstances surrounding Professor Hashigami's death, which was revealed to have happened shortly after the professor's study was ransacked. Yuta convinces Sarai to allow him to search for clues in his father's study, in which he discovers a coded message in the roof of the room. Ririka realizes that she had been drawing her own perspective underwater. The next day, Shun tails Ryoka and Yuta to Bloo Moon, cornering Yuta in the café by asking him about his experience in molar extractions. Aria and Kiryu discuss about this meeting between the three at Bloo Moon as witnessed by Kiryu, before being visited by Shuu himself. Meanwhile, Sarai had deciphered parts of the code in the ceiling as names related to the Inokashira Park incident, while Yuta shares Ririka's dojin with the group.|
|6||"She Took A Long Cold Look"|
"Anta no Hō dattan da ne" (アンタの方だったんだね)
|13 November 2016|
|The group continues trying to figure out the importance of the coded message that Professor Hashigami left in his study, when Aria appears to tell them of a kotoribako at a temple in Anmeji. Miyu and the group rush off to the location, thinking it might contain another clue to Chizuru's location, when they find an albino boy holding a bloody box. After bragging he can't be prosecuted for crimes, being a minor, he runs away as Miyu opens the box to find her friend's hairpiece inside. Elsewhere, a shadowy organization talks about running a successful test to enter the "spirit realm," based on Nikola Tesla's research. Shun decides to interview Aria at her office, but finds himself completely ignored by everyone in the police station upon returning. Yuta finishes transcribing several names from the Professor's coded message when he discovers his own name among those who died in the mass suicide. Meanwhile, a blonde girl is called into action.|
|7||"The Dream's Dream"|
"Jōei Kaishi" (上映開始)
|20 November 2016|
|Asuna Kisaki, a highschool-aged girl who happens to be an FBI agent skilled in psychometry, is called in to pick up where the now-dead Shun left off. Meanwhile, Yuta tries to square his being dead with being able to interact with solid objects, yet he is ignored by almost everyone on the street. Toko theorizes that their souls have been separated from their bodies somehow, while Sarai tries to find a logical explanation. Asuka tries to pick up Shun's trail, while Shun considers his next move. Later, Zonko appears through Yuta's radio again, pushing him to go to Inokashira Park to confirm if his body is among the dead. Asuka tries to user her psychometry on some of the bodies, but finds she cannot "hear" their thoughts as they slowly walked into the lake one-by-one. As she goes to touch Yuta's body, she briefly sees the active form of Yuta staring at his own dead body.|
|8||"Happiness is a Warm Gun"|
"Wareware no Tadoritsuita Kyūkyoku no Iryōna noda" (我々のたどり着いた究極の医療なのだ)
|27 November 2016|
|Yuta breaks down after seeing his own body, while Miyu shuts herself in her bedroom. Elsewhere, the albino boy brags to Ririka that he's a "chosen one" who cannot die due to the "Society of the Eight Gods of Fortune" injecting him with "scandium" so that he can live on after dying, but Ririka questions how far his abilities go if he can only see her. Later, Yuta wanders over to his late father's old radio station, only to be met by Asuka who probes him for information, mentioning that his father was formerly a high-ranking member of the Society, and that Society might be involved in the mass suicide case. Meanwhile, the members of the Society talk about using scandium in their plans for world domination. Later, Toko discovers that the editor-in-chief of her magazine is also involved with the Society's conspiracy and copies his flash drive to study the data. Miyu then receives a text from Chizuru's phone.|
"Kitto Sekai wa Owaru ne" (きっと世界は終わるね)
|4 December 2016|
|10||"Another Girl, Another Planet"|
"Hontou no Watashi" (本当のワタシ)
|11 December 2016|
|11||"We Want The Airwaves"|
"Ooi naru Mokuteki no Tame yo" (大いなる目的のためよ)
|18 December 2016|
|12||"We're Gonna Have A Real Good Time Together"|
"Okarutikku Nain" (オカルティック・ナイン)
|25 December 2016|