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Midnight occult civil servants – Episode Guide (Best In Show Reviews)


Episode 1: Angels and Tengu Above the Shinjuku Skyline

Review: Midnight Occult Civil Servants Episode 01 – Best In Show

In Midnight occult civil servants episode 1, "Angels and Tengu Above the Shinjuku Skyline," Arata Miyako is excited to start his new job, but his enthusiasm wanes slightly as he finds the door looks like it's a broom closet. Being greeted by smoke from Seo Himezuka's experiment gone wrong didn't help. It also didn't help that his other co-worker, Kyouichi Sakaki, kept talking about a "rite of passage." Just what has Arata gotten himself into? Why are they working outside in the middle of the night? And what did Seo mean by "screaming and passing out?"

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Episode 2: The White Nekomata of Kagurazaka

Review: Midnight Occult Civil Servants Episode 02 – Best In Show

In Midnight occult civil servants episode 2, "The White Nekomata of Kagurazaka," Arata Miyako discovers that not only is he the descendant (reincarnation?) of Abe no Seimei, but his ability to understand the Anothers has a name: Sand Ear. Once the other prefectures learn of his ability, Arata finds himself in high demand, and his boss Reiji Senda wants to take full advantage of that demand by accumulating favors. Two significant events happen to Arata in rapid succession: First, he meets an old friend as he and his co-workers search his family's archives for information about Abe no Seimei. Second, he meets a powerful and cruel new enemy -- an enemy that is as angry about his relationship to Abe no Seimei as his boss is happy about it. Will Arata survive the encounter? 

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Episode 3: Trickster with Amber Eyes

Review: Midnight Occult Civil Servants Episode 03 – Best In Show

In Midnight occult civil servants episode 3, "Trickster with Amber Eyes," Arata Miyako and his coworkers Kyouichi Sakaki and Seo Himezuka find themselves trapped underground. An undead army of kyoshi are threatening not only them, but people on the surface, too. The amber-eyed Another who is behind the army of kyoshi lays down some conditions for survival, but they keep shifting, and in the end, it comes down to life and death for not only our heroes, but kidnapped high school girls as well. Can Arata figure out a way out of this? And can he do it in time to save everyone who's in harm's way?

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Episode 4: Fixed-Point Observation in Kabukicho

Review: Midnight Occult Civil Servants Episode 04 – Best In Show

In Midnight occult civil servants episode 4, "Fixed-Point Observation in Kabukicho," Arata Miyako wakes up to find that Yuki doesn't react well to alarm clocks and Huēhuecoyōtl now feels very comfortable visiting his old friend whenever he likes -- even if Arata can't remember their original friendship! Arata and his co-workers Kyouichi Sakaki and Seo Himezuka have to check up on some Anothers around the city to make sure they're not hurting anyone. They start with some creatures that look like Chinese gorillas -- and consume a prodigious amount of sake. Will Arata accept their offer to drink? If he does, what will they do to him? And who's the big pink guy who just abducted a police officer?

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Episode 5: The Parallel World Elevator of the City Hall Observation Deck

Review: Midnight Occult Civil Servants Episode 05 – Best In Show

In Midnight occult civil servants episode 5, "The Parallel World Elevator of the City Hall Observation Deck," Arata MiyakoKyouichi Sakaki, and Seo Himezuka receive an assignment to track down why people who take an elevator to the City Hall observation deck either disappear or lose their memories! Kyouichi finds a clue from an old friend who no longer mourns her broken engagement. But he only understands the scope of the threat when Another takes Arata off the elevator -- and into a parallel world! Can Arata use his Ears of Sand to understand the Another? And even if he can, can he use what he learned to ever return to our world?

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Episode 6: Devil and Sense of Loss

Review: Midnight Occult Civil Servants Episode 06 – Best In Show

In Midnight occult civil servants episode 6, "Devil and Sense of Loss," we get a rare glimpse of Arata Miyako in his off hours playing video games with his childhood friend Izumi. They make a good, comfortable couple -- and one has to wonder what Kohaku will think of that. Later, one of the girls Arata and his co-workers had rescued from their first encounter with Kohaku awakened and told them something startling: that she had been abducted in the 1960s and hadn't aged since. She also remembered fine-grained black sand from her captivity, and she could no longer sing -- her abductor had stolen her singing voice. Kyouichi Sakaki confided that his sister had been abducted in a similar way. He begged Arata to help him talk to Kohaku. Will Arata let his co-worker talk to the trickster with amber eyes -- after that very same co-worker had warned Arata never to attempt such a thing? And just what will Kohaku do about Arata's friend who seemed to be taking time away from the god?

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Episode 7: Sense of Loss and Proof of Despair

Review: Midnight Occult Civil Servants Episode 07 – Best In Show

In Midnight occult civil servants episode 7, "Sense of Loss and Proof of Despair," Seo Himezuka is seething about how Kyouichi Sakaki had manipulated Arata Miyako. Arata's not to happy about it himself! Can the trio pull themselves together in time to deal with the real threat? Can they even find where Kyouichi's sister is? Can they rely on Kohaku to help them -- and even if they can, should they?

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Episode 8: Old Coyote and the Garden of Falling Stars

Review: Midnight Occult Civil Servants Episode 08 – Best In Show

In Midnight occult civil servants episode 8, "Old Coyote and the Garden of Falling Stars," Kyouichi SakakiArata Miyako, and Arata's friend Izumi take Kyouichi's recently-rescued sister shopping. After all, her tastes are decades out of date. Though obviously overjoyed that his sister is returned and safe, Kyouichi seems to be troubled about his own future. Afterward, Kohaku gives Arata no time to rest and takes him, along with Yuki the Nekomata, on a night-time trek. What is Kohaku looking for? And how will the other Anothers react to the mere presence of a god of disasters?

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Episode 9: The Dream Demon of the Haunted Apartment Block

Review: Midnight Occult Civil Servants Episode 09 – Best In Show

In Midnight occult civil servants episode 9, "The Dream Demon of the Haunted Apartment Block", Arata Miyako is assigned to a metropolitan occult division to foster better relations between the city and precincts. At first, Arata gets along well with the two men he's working with, but as time goes on, one of them, Satoru Kanoichi, just seems off. They've heard of Arata's ability to understand the Anothers, but they seem to react differently than Kyouichi SakakiSeo Himezuka, or anyone else from his team. Is Arata safe when he's working with them? Just what is Satoru's problem?

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Episode 10: White Cocoon and Blue Flames

Review: Midnight Occult Civil Servants Episode 10 – Best In Show

In Midnight occult civil servants episode 10, "White Cocoon and Blue Flames," Satoru Kanoichi asks Arata Miyako to help them on one more case. They enter one of the incomplete Olympic venues to see hundreds or thousands of silken eggs. Miyako opens one to see a humanoid child-like being, and he recoils. Satoru pushes his ideas that Arata's Ears of Sand are useless -- after all, can talking to the creatures in the eggs bring them any closer to a solution? Arata has no answer. After Satoru dismisses him, Arata leaves, humiliated. It doesn't help that Kohaku mentions some feast of the gods and new clothes! Is Arata really wrong -- is talking to the Anothers worse than useless? 

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Episode 11: The Ears of Sand and the Guts of a New Employee

Review: Midnight Occult Civil Servants Episode 11 – Best In Show

In Midnight occult civil servants episode 11, "The Ears of Sand and the Guts of a New Employee," the kaikogami (a patron god of silkworms) was furious with Satoru Kanoichi and all humans for burning over half of the silk cocoons and the little silk weavers within. The metropolitan bosses called Reiji Senda and begged to "borrow" Arata Miyako, but he's reluctant to say yes. After all, Satoru seriously disrespected Arata, and what's to say the he wouldn't do it again -- further dooming both Satoru and his entire team? Will Reiji relent? And even if he does, can Arata do anything to appease the kaikogami that's on the verge of becoming a tatarigami (a spirit that brings death and destruction)?

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Episode 12: Shinjuku Ward Nocturnal Community Relations Division

Review: Midnight Occult Civil Servants Episode 12 – Best In Show

In Midnight occult civil servants episode 12, "Shinjuku Ward Nocturnal Community Relations Division," little fairy Anothers took Arata Miyako to an oddity: A human-sized Another who looked like an old man -- and who had lost all of his memories! The only clue was a broken piece of what looked like the base of a statue. Seo Himezuka started a search, and Kyouichi Sakakisuggested Arata help the unnamed Another try to recover his memories. Without having any other place to go, Arata let the Another stay with him. Should Arata be concerned that both Yuki and Huehuecoyotl immediately left -- siting the uncontrolled aroma of divinity? And why was Arata feeling so tired and rundown all of a sudden?

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