Midnight Occult Civil Servants – Anime Preview
Synopsis: When Miyako Arata joins the Shinjuku Ward Office, he thinks he’s gotten a normal civil servant job. But it turns out he’s joined the Night Community Exchange Department, one of which operates secretly in each of Tokyo’s twenty-three ward offices. Their job is to resolve occult issues concerning non-human beings. Accompanied by his senpai and department head Sakaki Kyoichi and the occult obsessed Himetsuka Seo, they work night after night, facing off with beings whose existence defies the laws of our world.(Official Crunchyroll Synopsis)
1st Episode Review (Warning: Minor Spoilers to Follow):
Linny: Midnight Occult Civil Servants offers a unique approach to a world where humans and supernatural beings co-exist. While the general public remains unaware of the existence of the supernatural beings, said beings are observed and dealt with by a certain division within the government. Rather than just being nuisances, various races of supernatural beings all reside in an allocated park, similar to a protected reserve for animals. The civil servants exist to ensure a peaceful coexistence not only between humans and mythical beings but within the mythical community itself. This gives Occult Civil Servants a bit of a fresh spin, making it stand out in its season especially when compared to similar shows where governmental bodies often exist solely for the extermination of supernatural beings.
Tom: Midnight Occult Civil Servants has a fun, laid back premise. The series isn’t much of an action title, but makes up for it with intriguing world building and surprise twists throughout the episode, holding viewers attention for its entire run time. My only true complaint with the series is its dimwitted lead, Miyako Arata, whose slow to understand nature gets a little aggravating when the episode hits its climax.
Linny: While this first episode does spend some time showcasing the general personalities of our cast, from the slightly awkward, Arata Miyako to the feminine looking inventor of the group, Seo Himezuka, it’s clear that this episode is mainly focused on building up to its big reveal surrounding Arata. It actually manages to do a rather impressive job of it, peppering in scenes and dialogue that make a lot more sense once the reveal is out in the open.
Tom: Midnight Occult Civil Servants isn’t a looker, offering up somewhat bland art that never really impresses, but works all the same. If the series can feel as easy-going, yet engaging as this first episode, periodically throwing in subtle twists, it should end up a smaller, yet enjoyable title for the Spring season.
Linny: For a series labelled as Shoujo, I was expecting a lot more sparkly, pretty boy moments and I think its a good thing that Midnight Occult Civil Servants avoids feeling like a trope ridden Shoujo series. It makes the series feel unique and keeps it appealing to a wider audience. There are definite improvements that could be made to its art and characters’ personalities but it manages to pull of a decent and promising premiere episode. If the sounds of civil servants interacting with supernatural beings in an almost park ranger kind of manner, giving the audience a deeper look into the dynamics within the supernatural community itself, intrigues you, you should definitely spare a bit of your time for Midnight Occult Civil Servants.
Midnight Occult Civil Servants is available for streaming via Crunchyroll.