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

Quick Summary

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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Arata didn’t realize it at first, but he could understand the angels and the tengu. But his co-workers couldn’t! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Best Moment in the Show

My favorite moment in this episode came towards the end. The show did a great job of introducing us to this world through Arata’s eyes. By the time he, Seo, and Kyouichi made it to the plaza in front of the government building, we had a good idea what was going on: An angel and a tengu had fallen in love with each other, but since their peoples were enemies, they didn’t tell their families. The angel’s sister thought the tengu was trying to kidnap her younger sister; the tengu’s father thought the angels were trying to do the same with his son. Arata and his co-workers made it to the plaza in time for an angel to accidentally fall on Arata (17:45). He was fine; the angel apologize profusely; even the tengu said he was sorry. So why did Kyouichi pull and deploy a telescoping baton? Why did Seo pull out two flash bang grenades? Arata was also confused — the two non-humans were falling all over themselves to apologize! As Seo threw a grenade, Arata realized something. His coworkers couldn’t understand the angels or tengu! Arata did the only thing he could think of doing to prevent an all out battle: he blocked the flash bang with his body. All parties were so astonished that he had a chance to defuse the situation — though he couldn’t see very well! It was a fascinating way to introduce Arata to this world, and it was interesting to see that he had an ability that his co-workers didn’t.

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4 thoughts on “Review: Midnight Occult Civil Servants Episode 01 – Best in Show

  1. That was obviously the best scene in the show; a twist that really worked. I found the show was puttering along pleasantly until that moment. Promises to be good fun. The characters have nice chemistry.

    1. It really came out of nowhere! I hadn’t seen anything about it in any of the previews I read, but the title looked interesting!

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