Otaku and Occult

Otaku and Occult is an anime episode of Sket Dance that was released on 08/25/2011

Otaku and Occult - "Otakutookaruto" (オタクトオカルト)

At Reiko's request, Switch takes Reiko to the mall to help her shop for a computer, so she can create a website about her occult knowledge while Bossun and Hime (who have free time) stalks Switch and Reiko. Switch and Reiko encounter Reiko's former middle school classmate, Kobayashi, who tells her to look cool. Upon hearing Reiko's story of getting rejected by Kobayashi back in middle school, Switch gives Reiko a complete make over to trick Kobayashi. In the end, Reiko curses Kobayashi, and Switch and Reiko head home with some mild argument.

Plot Summary

Opening Theme

"Michi (道)" by The Sketchbook

Both: No, you go!
Both: No, you go!

Switch tells Reiko that she will need a good computer with a 500 GB hard drive. Bossun appears, and when he asks Switch who was here, Switch replies that he is helping Reiko. Outside of the mall, Bossun bumps into Hime, and the two get into an argument over who should go home. Suddenly, Bossun points to Reiko who is walking to Switch. Bossun and Hime follow Switch when they get suspicious if the two are dating. Bossun gets a wild imagination about them investigating a well. (reference to the ring). In front of the elevator Reiko argues about the lack of dreams that Switch has which the two get into an argument over their beliefs.

Switch explains about computers
Switch explains about computers

When the crowd starts to laugh, Switch and Reiko take the escalator. Over at the computers, Switch tells her that they should check the prices to shop around for the best deal. He asks her why she wants to build a website. She replies that she wants to upload occult videos and to showcase occult things. Switch says that she will need a notebook. As Reiko thanks Switch, Switch says that he is helping to complete her request because he is a Sket Dan member.

Bossun and Hime realize that Switch is helping her, but Bossun wonders if Switch is teasing her or helping her. A make up lady asks Reiko if she wants to try make up, and Reiko scares her away. Switch tells Reiko that she should use make up since at her age, she should interested in boys much to Bossun and Hime's annoyance.

Switch explains how to use makeup
Switch explains how to use makeup

Yet, when Reiko disapproves because it is not fate, Switch responds that Reiko is telling herself that she cannot get love. Reiko gets gloomy and tells him that it is not his business. Switch explains how make up can make the bags under eye disappear which disgusts Hime. Reiko thinks Switch is in love with her, but Switch denies it. Switch reveals that his friends are following him to Reiko, and he urges Reiko to run. They successively ditch Bossun and Hime. Shinzo finds Bossun and Hime, and he reveals that he has a job of cutting up fishes to make enough money to buy an updated cell phone, a smartphone. When Bossun says that they are looking for someone, Shinzo gives them a handout that will lead to the captain.

Chiaki, Chiaki's lil bro, and Hime having a good time
Chiaki, Chiaki's lil bro, and Hime having a good time

Hime and Bossun bump into Chiaki's brother, and they learn that fact when he picks up the Pelolin doll that resembles his mother. Chiaki arrives to find her two friends, and she explains that she is taking her brother to a Pelolin show. When Pelolin mascot wants to give handshakes, Chiaki's brother has her shake hands with the giant mascot. Hime expresses her delight by smacking Bossun's back repeatedly. Switch and Reiko actually spy on Hime and Bossun, and as they turn back, they bump into Kobayashi, a former, middle school student of Reiko's. Kobayashi insults Reiko for staying the same, scary girl and thinks Switch is her boyfriend. He apologizes for turning down Reiko and tells her to look cooler before he leaves Reiko.

Reiko thinks Switch loves her
Reiko thinks Switch loves her

Later, Reiko explains to Switch that she wanted to fall in love (to fit in with the girls), so she confesses to Kobayashi, a popular guy. Switch takes Reiko's hand and makes her get a make up. In front of a fountain, a girl with brunette hair waits for someone, and Kobayashi tries to flirt with her. When Reiko replies that she is waiting for someone, Switch appears and explains to Kobayashi that this Reiko. As Switch tells him how he improve her looks, Reiko curses Kobayashi to fall into the fountain when Kobayashi attmpts to ask her out. Bossun and Hime observe the whole event, and Hime and Bossun go out to eat. Meanwhile, Reiko thinks she likes wearing makeup, but Switch tells her that he likes her occult looks. Reiko thinks Switch is implying that she is not a normal girl. Somehow, Switch states that he is not a normal guy. Switch tells her that he will not help her tomorrow because his body reeks of the occult. When Switch tells her that the computer will push her to the science, Reiko states to drag him into the occult.

Closing Theme

"Clover (クローバー)" by The Sketchbook

Extra Story

Switch narrates and host a Shiriitori with the girls on the beach. Hime freaks out. The theme is words that have to do with summer. If the word ends in "n," the player is out.

  • Daisy - UOA stands for "I swam in the ocean and my legs are tired!" (Umi de Oyoide AshitsuRE)
  • Yagi - "ReimeN" means chilled noodles. Yet, Hime makes her change the word to "Reisei soBA" stands for "cooled buckwheat noodles."
  • Mimori Unyuu - "Basuto hachijuukyuu senchi, kappu wa JI" stands for "Bust: 89 centimeters. Cup size: G."
  • Kibitsu Momoka - "Jiyuu wo motomete, Maji sanjoU!" stands for "Seeking freedom, Maji is here!"
  • Chiaki - "UchiWA" stands for "hand fan."
  • Roman Saotome - "...tsukamaeru no wa da-a-RE" stands for "Who'll be the one to catch me?"
  • Hime - "ReimeN" stands for "cold noodles."

Points of Interests

  • Switch is very knowledgeable in cosmetics due to the fact he can make Reiko very beautiful.
  • For the first time, Hime and Chiaki's brother shake hands with a giant Pelolin mascot.
  • Switch helps Reiko for the first time, but he justifies that he is doing it for Sket Dance.
  • Both Bossun and Hime think Switch and Reiko are going out. Same goes for Switch and Reiko who thought the same thing about Bossun and HIme's relationship.
  • Irony: According to the samurai's bushido code, a samurai must live in a life without luxury. Yet, Shinzo makes money to buy a smart phone.
  • For the first time in the anime, they have an extra story.

Manga & Anime Differences

Otaku and Occult episode covers Volume 5: Chapter 39: Otaku and Occult.

  • Change in Events: In the manga, there is no make up lady, and Switch talks about make up after taking the escalator with Reiko then they arrive to the laptops area. Compared to the anime, after taking the escalators, Switch takes Reiko to the laptops area. Then when Reiko scares the make up lady, Switch talks about how to apply makeup.
  • Anime Exclusive: The meeting with Chiaki and her brother (and the Pelolin mascot) did not occur in the chapter. Also, Shinzo did not appear in the chapter.
  • Extra Story may not have a manga chapter. (Check this one out)

Characters & Voice Actors

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Bossun ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Hiroyuki Yoshino (voice actor) ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Hime Onizuka ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Ryoko Shiraishi ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Kazuyoshi Usui ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Tomokazu Sugita ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Reiko Yuki ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Fumiko Orikasa ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Chiaki Takahashi ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Satomi Satō ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Shinzo Takemitsu ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Kenta Miyake ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Kikuno Asahina ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Yū Kobayashi ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Mimori Unyu ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Megumi Takamoto ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Kaoru Yagi ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Kaori Nazuka ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Kibitsu Momoka ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Marina Inoue ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Roman Saotome ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Ai Kayano ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Kobayashi ( x ) ( x ) ( x )

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Kenta Shinohara Original Concept The mangaka behind Sket Dance.
Keiichiro Kawaguchi Director Director for Hayate the Combat Butler and Moetan.

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