English: Blue Exorcist
Synonyms: Ao no Futsumashi
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 17, 2011 to Oct 2, 2011
Producers: Aniplex, Dentsu, A-1 Pictures, Mainichi Broadcasting, Movic, Aniplex of AmericaL, Sakura Create
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or olderL represents licensing company
Score: 8.101 (scored by 120776 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.
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Dec 7, 2013
Rin and Yukio were raised by a priest, yet are the sons of Satan. Sadly, it turns into more of a school setting- based anime. While there are still some good, fast action scenes, there are too many plot holes as the story goes on. They train to be exorcists in this school, even though they are part demon themselves, so that becomes a large plot device. One of the better ones too. It's OK, nothing spectacular.
I love the art. It complements the action scenes real well. It can be dark or light depending on the scenario. Well animated and colorful enough to not loose my attention.
Cathy openings and endings. The ost's, though could use some work outside of battle themes. The English dub was not quite as good as it could have been, as it does not fit the character roles all the time.
This has to be the most memorable part of the show. Rin is calm and collected, and only freaks out when a normal person would, unlike most main characters. This is not to say he's not fun, he knows fun more than any stuck up snob in the academy. This is what I do NOT like. Yukio is the most legalistic person on the show. Whenever they argue, I find myself wanting to have Rin beat the living shit out of his brother.
Good popcorn flick. The beginning was great, then slowly turns into a typical shounen that has semi-fulfilled potential, that does show up at times in the series. Once I was finished watching it, and listening to the ending themes over and over, I could move on with it always in mind. Don't rush into it expecting very much and you'll like it. read more
Oct 14, 2013
Story 7/10: The story basically revolves around Rin and Yukio, the sons of Satan and their adventures with their friends. The beginning of the story is extraordinary; it just jumps to every scene quickly and doesn't bother to waste time with needless chitchat. It's a bit fast paced, but it makes the show better. It actually had real depth in the events that went on, and the connection between the characters. Half way into the story, they just bomb the whole story line and it's just so unbelievably terrible. I could have smashed something cause I hate seeing anime that starts out so well but pretty much continues as if the writers stopped caring and just decided to screw up the whole story line with these random contradictions and these events that make no sense at all. All these new characters that come out of nowhere and the characters turning into completely whiny morons.
Art 8/10: The animation is pretty good. No lagging or anything. The color coordination on the characters is a bit too colorful, but that's about it. Everything else is well detailed; the demons, the main characters, and the background were great.
Sound 9/10: I saw the english and the japanese dub, and the japanese dub is so much better than the english. There's more emotion and the voices are better fitting. The battle OSTs are really catchy and memorable. The openings are some of the best opening songs that I have seen in an anime. The endings I don't really care for.
Characters 7/10: At the beginning, the characters were really funny and hed well balanced personalities. You can pretty much find at least one character that relates to you in this story. I got invested in the characters withing the first 3 episodes. The characters were really enjoyable at the beginning, but all this random stuff at the end just completely screwed them up. At the end of the story, I pretty much hated every character except Shiro and Rin. They were so egocentric and just stupid. They freaking change sides out of nowhere and for no reason and all these new characters come out of nowhere. They all just began sucking half way in and I just wanted to punch them in the face cause they were just so annoying and indecisive.
Enjoyment 7/10: The beginning of the anime was really something nice. It felt different from one of those mainstream shonen. It was really something unique and you pretty much get invested in this anime with about 6 episodes. The beginning had good comedy, good fight scenes, and the drama wasn't overly sad to the point of being unbearable. I enjoyed this anime until around episode 14. At that point I just wanted to flip my computer over cause it was getting visibly ridiculous at that point. The pacing at that point was bad. It was overly rushed, and I cannot believe that I was even able to get past episode 20. It tried so hard to be serious and dramatic, but it just made everything look so cliche and ridiculous.
Overall, this is a decent anime. It's one of those types that has a good beginning but an incomplete end cause there was so much left out. I would recommend this to a shonen or supernatural anime fan.
Jun 5, 2011
+:The story is just masterpiece. As i said, it stereotyped,but it does not affect at fun of watching. You just watch and say "oh Sh**t! That was awesome!"
-:The story little bit slowly accelerates. I mean when you watch 1-2 episodes you think "in the next episode he definitely will kick someone's ass!". But in 6-7 story become boring a little bit. Because Rin collect his own team or smt else.
But I completely sure it will be briliant story. We just need to wait...
+:I really love how ANE are drawn.It doesn't lose quality at battle scene, how does bleach or smt like that.
-:Nothing to say. Just 10/10
+: Rin's voice actor is Nobuhiko Okamoto. He famous for acting in Bakuman, Bleach, Durarara!!, Shiki, Toaru Majutsu no Index, etc. Of course he great and I totally approve set of voice actors.
-: Opening, ending and soundtrack isn't so cool how it could be
+: All the characters are charismatic and hilarious. Especially Rin. He is really character with balls. I definitely love moments when he release his demonic power. It looks amazing. Also in anime we have kinda tsundere, nerd, foolish beauty, badass friend and brother. Yes, I told you it is cliched. But it's doesn't nary irritate.
-: Too many minor characters. Trolls and atc...Why did you do that, men? they don't need to anybody! why you made the whole episode about it?
Nothing to say. I just in love with it since first episode.
If you whant a classic shounen, which will cause you to scream "OH MY GOSH!" and all it conjugate with wonderful art, marvelous sound and damn good fightings so this is anime for you! m/
P.S. This is my first review. I from Russia...Yes. Yes. Vodka, Bears, Balalaika. And i am not so good in English. Sorry. I hope my review will help you. read more
Oct 4, 2011
The backdrop of the story is that Rin and brother Yukio are the sons of Satan and a human mother. Rin inherited the demonic powers, while Yukio didn't. They are taken in by the current Paladin, Shiro, who raises them as sons. Soon, they are thrust in an ongoing battle of the Exorcists versus Demons. The story gets off to a very fast start, but from what I understand, lack of material for the spots the manga covered caused some more prolonged fillers than usual. Towards the end when the story picks back up, there are some "jumping the shark" moments which try to add to the intrigue and plays well on the Rin's character, but ultimately falls flat.
Rin makes an excellent main character. As the son of Satan who wishes to fight demons his very existence challenges the traditional views of the vatican, the major "good guy" base, in the series. He's foremost, a character you like to root for.
His brother Yukio is somewhat a foil to Rin. His personality is pretty much the opposite of Rin's, and even his weapon choice (guns) are contrary to his brother's (A sword). The strong point about both characters are that both of them have a good mix of personal strengths and weaknesses.
As good as the brothers are, the supporting cast fails to meet the same marks. Most of them have some sort of character episode or small backstory, but none of them really have any true development. In comparison, a show like Soul Eater (while having twice the episodes) managed to handle all of the characters in a way that made all of them seem important, this is not true for Ao No Exorcist.
The show has a fairly good mix of comedy and action. Some of the more comedic episodes are actually the stronger ones as they tend to focus more on a characters personality rather than the kinda middling story.
Ao No Exorcist is nothing new to the Shonen world, it suffers from some pacing issues and a bland supporting cast, but has strengths with the mains and overall theme. It's a decent show with some demons to deal with. read more
Nov 27, 2011
One of the constants of many religions is the idea that sin and evil stem from a higher power. In some cases this means another deity that works in opposition to all things good, but for Christianity, Islam and Judaism such things are viewed as the domain of Satan (or "Lucifer, Fallen Angel, Prince of Darkness, Bringer of Light, Ruler of Hell, Lord of the Flies, Father of Lies, Apostate Supreme, Tempter of Mankind, Bringer of the Apocalypse, Old Serpent, Prince of this World, Seducer, Accuser, Tormentor, Blasphemer" - Glen Duncan).
Whatever name is ascribed to this being, the idea of him being the enemy of all things good is so deeply ingrained in society, he is usually depicted as the epitome of darkness and evil. While there are tales out there that try to cast Satan in a different light (for example, DC Vertigo's "Lucifer"), most writers find it easier to go with the prevailing opinion - which is a bit ... lazy to be honest.
Adapted from the ongoing shounen manga by Kato Kazue, Ao no Exorcist follows the adventures of Okumura Rin, a boisterous teenager with superhuman strength and a problem controlling his temper. Together with his younger twin brother Yukio, they live in a small Christian monastery run by their father, Fujimoto Shiro, and several monks who have helped raise the two boys. The series opens with a group of priests who are frantically praying in unison, but one by one they are being killed by a mysterious blue fire.
The scene shifts to Rin, who has just punched a delinquent for shooting pigeons with a crossbow.
Because this is a shounen anime, the plot adopts the action oriented, fight-of-the-week format that is so common in the genre. While this method is formulaic, it does have two advantages, the first being that the story becomes very easy to follow. Overly complex details and anything truly thought provoking have been discarded, which is more than a little ironic as, in true shounen anime style, this simplistic approach is reflective of the content of the series. The second advantage is familiarity, and while it doesn't seem like an important factor, it does play a key role when it comes to enjoying this show.
Sadly, Ao no Exorcist also suffers from many of the problems that plague the shounen genre, partly because of the formulaic plot, but mainly because the series lacks the much of the depth needed to keep the story interesting. The lacklustre narrative is filled with bland humour and pointless angst, and because of these factors, the series has a tendency to veer off track. Although there are attempts to keep everything running smoothly, the underlying lack of creativity and complexity make this difficult to achieve. In addition to this, only a part of the manga has made the transition to anime, and much like the first adaptation of Full Metal Alchemist, the latter portion of the series is completely original - and it shows (more on this in a bit)
When it comes to looks, Ao no Exorcist is on surer footing, although a part of that is because this is a manga adaptation. The majority of the character designs are very typically shounen in style (even down to the short, bald guy), but while the source material adds a degree of refinement to their composition, there are also a few inherent limitations. That said, there's a surprising degree of creativity in the supernatural elements of the series, and a few of the weird and wonderful concepts really steal the show. There are also a few imaginative settings that make a nice contrast to the rather humdrum everyday scenery, and when everything comes together the overall effect can be colourful and slightly outrageous (in a good way).
As for the animation, A-1 Pictures have done a decent job for the most part, even with the typical shounen posturing and theatrics. The characters move well, if at times a little unrealistically, and the majority of action scenes are fluid and well choreographed. Unfortunately there are some noticeable occasions where the standard drops, and sadly these aren't limited to periods of frenetic activity.
The strong shounen theme is prevalent in the two opening sequences, both of which are filled with action, posturing, and a smattering of angst. In addition to this, the two introductory tracks, "Core Pride" by Uverworld (episodes 1 to 12), and "In My World" by Rookiez Is Punk'd (episode 13 onwards), are very typical rock songs that one might find at the beginning of any shounen anime. Ao no Exorcist also features two ending sequences, the first one being a CG "journey" through a city that is accompanied by "Take Off" by South Korean boy band 2PM. The second features a montage of the characters against a variety of patterned backgrounds, all to the tune of "Wired Life" by Kuroki Meisa. The rest of the soundtrack is features dramatic orchestral pieces and strange little comic relief ditties, and while these are generally well choreographed, as a whole there's nothing really special about the background music.
One of the biggest problems with the shounen genre is that it can often be too formulaic, and nowhere is this more apparent than in the dialogue. The script appears to have been written by people with no idea of how teenagers actually talk, and the conversations are filled with pointless banalities, angst ridden diatribes and cumbersome bravado. Everything's a bit too contrived, and to further compound matters, the voice actors have obviously been instructed to play their parts with extra "oomph". The result is that emotions like anger, frustration, joy, fear, etc, often involve lots of shouting, while the rest of the acting has enough ham to start a business making sandwiches.
The characters are a veritable "who's who" of stereotypes, and it can sometimes seem as though the mangaka has followed the instructions in "How To Make A Shounen Character" to the letter. Rin is the typical lead male - all brawn, very little brains, and tries to solve every problem by hitting it, and surrounding him are people who epitomise their archetypes. In addition to this, Ao no Exorcist makes the age old mistake of assuming that overcoming trials and tribulations equals development, and while some of the characters do learn a thing or two over the course of the series, much of what passes for growth is nothing more than window dressing on a mannequin.
In all honesty the only interesting person in the whole show is Yukio, but given how shallow everyone else is, this may not be saying much.
Ao no Exorcist isn't a new concept, and much of the inspiration for the story has obviously come from Mike Mignola's "Hellboy". The sad part is that although the latter work is a gripping supernatural horror/thriller that touches upon many different cultural beliefs, legends and aspects of folklore, virtually none of that is present in this anime. The decision to make this a shounen tale has placed severe limitations on what can and cannot be done, and this means that the narrative can't achieve the atmosphere, the tone, or even the level of complexity of Hellboy.
Which brings us back to the latter portion of the anime.
Once the series moves away from the source material the story takes a slightly darker turn, and several themes are introduced that, if they had been used earlier, could have raised the show above mediocrity. Unfortunately these concepts are only lightly touched upon, which is a shame as there was an opportunity to take the anime in a direction that would have made it far more interesting than it actually is. That doesn't mean it should have gone done the path used by The Omen trilogy though (i.e. Rin becomes The Antichrist), but it would have been nice if the wistful, almost melancholy desire of his father was examined in more detail.
With all of its flaws it may seem as though Ao no Exorcist has nothing to offer, so it's surprising that the show is reasonably enjoyable. That said, the best way to treat this anime is to think of it as a rather long action movie that has difficulty getting to the point, and if it's watched for the sole purposes of no-brain entertainment, then viewers can expect a decent return for their time.
That said, with two live action movies, two animated features, and a world of difference in content, some people may find Hellboy a better proposition. read more
Jan 21, 2012
Unfortunately, that's exactly what this show lacked: direction.
Aside from establishing the premise, very little is done to advance the plot throughout the show. Most of the show is episodic, and the archs don't build up to anything. It really seemed like the creators didn't know where it was all supposed to go.
One of the things that disappointed me was the fighting, or the lackthereof. From the beginning they establish a universe with potential for awesome, supernatural fighting, and even introduce a number of characters that would probably be pretty awesome for that kind of show. In the end, there was really only a couple of fight scenes, and most (if not all) of them involved the same couple of characters.
It's also disappointing considering those fights ultimately meant nothing. They had nothing to do with any overarching plot because there was none; at least, not until very late in the show.
The ending for this show was pretty bad. It didn't do anything interesting with what the show brought to the table, and was downright terrible from an action standpoint. If it had introduced some kind of twist or something, then it might have redeemed the show a little bit, but it didn't.
Since both the action and the plot were nonexistent, there's really not much reason to like this show, though I will give it that the aesthetic and comedy were nice. It's a show that could have been nice had they decided whether or not fighting was what they were going for, but they couldn't make up there mind, and in the end they had nothing to show for it. read more
Jan 22, 2012
I don't know how to rate this anime. I feel guilty for even liking it all. Everything is so cliche. If you based a drinking game on this show, where whenever someone or something cliche came up, take a sip. You'd be sick for the rest of your life. So why did I even like this as much as I did? I don't know! As a reviewer, it frustrates me not to know what I even sort of liked about a show, so in this review I'll be attempting (probably in vain) to find that reason.
Nothing new. We've all seen it before. When I first started this, I wondered why I was bothering. The religious subjects could have gone deeper, and then that would be my reason for liking it-- but did they? No, I think they purposely tried to keep it stereotypical. Why? There were so many dang good directions they could have gone. After I finished this, I just sat down and thought about it. I wish they could have taken this to a better light, but nah. Oh well, what's done is done I guess.
Me oh my. What to say here? Typical style for this genre, but still done very well. The movement for the fight scenes was definitely not skimpy, and was pleasing to my eye. Just because the style is a bit cliched doesn't automatically make it bad. I still think they gave us a nice bit of work of art to watch. But oh dear... When the animators DO skimp out, it's apparent, at least I thought so. Sometimes the quality takes a dip, but then raises later on. Erm... One problem though. This was supposed to be a shounen fighting anime right? Or was it? With the lack of fighting it makes you wonder. I hate drawn out fights where that's all the anime is about, and they last more than one episode-- it just bugs me. But this just didn't have enough fighting. Oh well... The art was still good when they did fight, though.
...Good. The voice actors give a lot of emphasis to their roles, though sometimes way too much, which... sometimes ruins the mood. The openings and endings were present, but not memorable by any means whatsoever. I likedsome of the orchestral music that really built upon the mood when it needed to, but for the most part it went... unnoticed. But it's still overall good.
They were very cliche, even when fleshed out. Some developed more than others, but nobody really grew up too much. They all stayed their same old selves, with their same old goals and things. But they were entertaining somehow. I kept slapping my head while watching this show, hoping my brain would wake up and tell me the truth-- these are just cliche characters. But it never did. I still somehow enjoyed them, and though a lot of humor was dry, it sort of... mademelaugh. I know, you're going to kill me. But the characters were still somehow fun to me despite being so... well, unoriginal. But because of that, I can't give them a high score, no matter how much I sort of enjoyed watching them supposedly "grow" in whatever way they did.
All in all, Ao no Exorcist does a decent job, but nothing above that. The show itself takes a darker and stranger turn which was... to me, expected in a way, yet unexpected. I don't know how to explain it. I can't find what it is I liked about this show, but I did enjoy it very much as it was on-screen. Other parts were much less enjoyable but I still had fun watching this as a whole.
Depending on your taste, you'll either love it or hate it. Maybe I liked it because I watched all of it in one day and finished at about 4:00 in the morning... so if I give it another try while my brain is less asleep (the darn thing) then I can give it a more accurate review. Overall, it's entertaining but it didn't escape its cliches, and could have gone an entirely different and better direction-- but didn't. Yet somehow it was still so much fun. AGAIN-- I'll watch this one more when I'm actually awake, and maybe I'll re-review it with a more accurate score.
All right. As promised, I watched Ao no Exorcist a second time, and my rating hasn't dropped TOO much, but it still has lowered. I'll show you why.
I don't want to go into this again. It's cliche. It takes a few twists and does this and that, and the religious themes can be fairly enthralling-- but it's just cliche. That's all.
Yes, yes, if you read my first review you know what I think here. It's again-- cliche, but smooth and cute, and I thought very nice. The movement was eye-pleasing, but when they made mistakes it was... very apparent.
...The review for the soundtrack remains the same. Please refer to my first review above.
The characters for Ao no Exorcist seemed as if taken out of "Anime's Book of Cliche Characters". The first time around, I actually enjoyed them, though they were admittedly cliche. Even when fleshed out they were still rather... overused. The second time around, my enjoyment didn't actually go down one bit-- except for Izumo and Paku's small arc. For some reason, the enjoyment there went down considerably, and I almost couldn't stand it. I pointed out every dang cliche thing about them and could only groan at it. For the rest of the series, it was still entertaining until episode 22. There's something about the ending (I have NO idea what) that just angers, irritates, and annoys me. I just dislike it, and I have no idea why. The characters are developed enough but still... yes, cliche.
All in all, Ao no Exorcist is actually very entertaining the first time around, if you don't mind cliche shounen and don't mind shutting your brain off for just a little bit of action and random yet cliche twists. I have a hard time knocking the enjoyment level down, because it's still fun for the first time around-- but the second time, I had to force my way through some parts.
If you love shounen genre, you will love this. I highly recommend this to you if you're like that. If you like a good, unique twist or something deeper, then maybe *maybe* try this if you just want to shut your brain off and not care about what happens on-screen. If you're hardcore mystery, dark plot twists, unpredictable things happening, and deep characters, don't try this at home. Just... Oh, I don't know.
Overall, I think it's another addition to the cliche shounen thing, but at 4:00 in the morning I was highly entertained the first time around. The second time-- I... wasobsessedwithRin'stail-- I mean, it was all very old and cliche. .../shiftyeyes
Basically, this entire show depends on your opinion, but the second time around I hated Yukio even more, disliked Paku and Izumo arc-thing, and hated the ending. Everything else was equally fun as the first time around. Do whatever you feel like based on this review (and some of the others). read more
Nov 27, 2011
Well guys let’s start off with the awesome characters in this awesome manga. First and foremost we have Rin Okumura our principle protagonist, followed by his younger twin brother Yukio Okumura, and then we have Rin Okumura, and then Yukio Okumura, Rin Okumura again, some blond haired chick, random people and some dude named Shiro (and guess what he has white hair, har har har… weaboo) oh and did I mention Rin fucking Okumura. Theatrics aside, we essentially only have two or three characters with important roles throughout the whole TV show. The rest are just ballast. However, seeing as this is a review and not a rant (what’s the difference) I must divulge in the sweet juicy details. As I said earlier our primary protagonist is Rin Okumura, but what I neglected to mention earlier is that he is the son of satan (oh sh-). Now would be a good time to hide your nuns, and Christian virgins (don’t exist). It is almost as if the Japanese people live in an unreligious society and are completely unaware of the ramifications and controversy that would ensue from pursuing such a plotline. That being said, as far as shounen characters go he’s as typical as they get. Out of place, just found out he’s not like everyone else, has a tendency to fight a lot, not very intelligent. You’ll find him very reminiscent of Naruto(among others) character wise. Through his character we are expected to sympathize with him, the son of satan. Likewise, his younger brother Yukio, serves pretty much the same purpose. Although, much more akin to the role of a character like Alphonse from Fullmetal Alchemist. I mention these well-known shounen because that is essentially what this anime (and I assume manga) is; a bastardization/ hot pot of various other well-known shounen titles. While originality is not really known to the shounen genre (or all anime these days) this anime makes it blatantly obvious which minds it is melding from. More on this though when (if) we reach the story section. The blond girl has a role but it’s more of the not really romantic, love interest that we are so used to in anime by now. Her and this big voluptuous chick named Shura are pretty much this show’s cockteases. The rest of the characters are not really important and seeing as the show simply abandons them half way in, I will do the same. Sure we have an episode where they celebrate everyone’s birthday but that’s just an excuse to do stupid crap for 30 minutes while displaying the whole cast. Those crazy Japanese! And that even crazier Daimyo for watching shows not originally intended for Western audiences. 6/10
Indeed going by the story it would not be hard to pinpoint who this show was originally intended for. A predominately nihonjin audience, most likely in school, more specifically junior high- high school, and while the manga is published in a shounen magazine, it is subtle enough to appeal to both males and females. In other words, it’s a McDonald’s anime, full of everything but substantially nothing overall. Yea you’ll eat it when you’re hungry but after you salivate it for a while you’ll feel nothing but cold guilt, despair and diarrhea as you ponder on why you didn’t find anything better and less regurgitating to eat. Opps, did I ramble off again? Sorry about that. The story is pretty much this, troublemaker boy who everyone avoids finds out he has a demon side to him, then goes to school for exorcism, wants to be the strongest exorcist which is called hokage…Paladin. Does this sound familiar to anyone yet? That was just the basic plot outline. We also neglected to mention that this show steals…gathers inspiration from other shounen titles like d.gray-man, souleater, fullmetal alchemist, among others. As naruto like as this anime is you’ll be verily disappointed to find out that a filler episode of Naruto has better and more exciting fights than this. Action- wise this show climaxed when Rin had to face Amaimon the earth king (2 lazy to add him to my character section). Everything else after this moment was just depressingly bad. Many times I looked forward to this character named Mephisto(opps left out another) to kickass but every single damn time he failed to deliver. Ultimately, that is what this show does, it fails to deliver. It tries to cater to a shounen audience but lacks the impact of better more successful shounen. The score for this anime on MAL is somewhere around the 8.20 range, which is in my opinion, complete and utter bullshit(RAGE). Now Daimyo you might say that this anime is more story driven and thus does not need to rely on cheap acts of violence. Well, then OBJECTION! This show’s story is just as terrible as any other is, if not worse. There are a lot of useless plotlines that don’t even get properly resolved. Like who was it that brought Neuhaus’(at this point just screw the character section) wife back to life in the first place. That eyebrow’s girl story was pretty much thrown out the window too. We do not even know who the antagonist is the majority of the show’s run. When we finally find it out it’s satan, of course the Japanese have to make us try to sympathize so they paint satan as more of an anti-hero or at the very least an anti-villain(tv tropes motherfucker). He is trying to usher in a new world where the demons of Gehenna and the people of Assiah (more terms I ignored) can live together. So we get a satan that sounds more like Lelouche fucking Lamperouge than well satan. You know the absolute evil, cursed by the big G(google?), hated by all, yadda, yadda, yadda(for more info pick up your nearest Bible, Torah or Quran). Just as they had extinguished Mephisto’s flames right before his crowning moment of awesome, I felt they had extinguished my ability to enjoy this show.5/10
Let’s recap this a bit shall we. We are given a show with essentially two or three characters, a poor clumsy attempt at a storyline, topped off with disappointing fights. Basically, what we have is a wet mess. However, seeing as we had 3 paragraphs full of my failed attempts at comedy let’s get serious here. I am left somewhat confused as to how to finally score this anime. There were many moments throughout the course of the show’s run where I felt this show truly did deserve its rating of 8.20. Had this show ended right after the fight with Amaimon I would have scored it somewhere between the 7.0-7.5 range. The reason is not length. I mean the show is only 25 episodes, so perhaps I might be able to add this to the oh so common manga-anime adaptation failure’s list. However, at the time of this review the manga is scored at 8.48; not that different from this show’s score (which I feel this show did not deserve). Then you might say that this show is simply not my taste. Not quite if you were to view my anime and mangalists you would see that the majority of the shows I complete are in the category of shounen. Some might say this has caused me to lose out on other great animes from different genres/demographics over the years (alas only shounen and seinen satisfy my young manly soul). I feel modern anime in general tries to cater to too many different tastes at once and overall just ends up being tasteless. This is not to say I did not enjoy this show, it just felt rather bland. It’s not the type of show that left an impact. And ten years from now if someone asked me to name the animes from this era that left the biggest imprint on me, ao no exorcist most likely would not be part of the conversation. Who knows though? Anime is like fine wine, much better when it’s aged. Hopefully, by then Daimyo will be sufficiently aged as well. I had more things to say but blah blah blah if you are still reading this sihahafhaflahfa omedettou! Enjoy your X…Chris…hon…kw…fuck it just enjoy the holidays and the time you won’t have to spend talking to and/or reading Daimyo’s reviews. 6/10
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Notes v who gives a flying caboose
-Daimyo has recently converted to the hipster religion as such his opinion is to be taken as less than a speck of dirt on your fancy new monitor.
-In japan Christ/Xmas is this weird celebration that promotes love and sex. Sort of like valentine’s day but with way more money being spent and kfc being consumed (google the truth!). Just another reason for Daimyo to lament on his roneri monk life.
-My friend longtime MAL friend jadzster18 just got engaged to none other than senjougahara from bakemonotari. Wish him congratulations on his profile.
-Oh if you ever find yourself in the position like Yukio did at the end of Ao no exorcist to pull the trigger, just do it! Become an hero and join me as we battle on fate/zero (not likely to review, possibly might happen).
May 22, 2013
The story is pretty standard. Nothing too original, and honestly, there weren't very many twists or surprises along the way. That's not really to say that it's boring--don't get me wrong; it was interesting all the way through. There's just a lack of suspense. The main thing that kept me going throughout the series was the charisma of the MC moreso than the plot or anything like that.
The art is one of my favorite things about this anime. It's all very smooth and modern and makes it very nice to look at. I also really like the colors and most of the character designs. There are a few moments where if you pause, the art is worth laughing at, but for the most part, the animation is consistent and fun to look at.
Sound is good. I'm not a big fan of the second opening/ending themes, but as for the soundtrack, it's good. Not really much to say here.
Uuh, with characters, honestly, I would have liked to see more development and focus among the side characters. The only one who really go through any kind of dynamic change is Shiemi, of all characters. Everyone else pretty much stays the same, and the anime never really goes into anyone's backstory, which is also annoying. The one saving grace is that many of the characters are very charismatic. They make me want to know more about them, which is why I kept watching.
Enjoyment was okay. Like I said, the plot wasn't particularly fascinating, and the characters left a bit to be desired, bu this is by no means a 'boring' anime. It's a good piece of entertainment if you're bored. It's just not amazing, either.
That being said, I rate this a 7. Definitely worth the watch, but I don't think I'll be watching this anime again. read more
Aug 12, 2013
Years later, I have matured, and despite the realization of how cheesy a good portion of the shonen genre is, I can still once in a while enjoy a series like that; guilty I may be, but I love shonen, and the genre never fails at surprising me at times with captivating story-lines, a fun and diverse cast of characters and intense and interesting battles.
There's another aspect I'm guilty of loving, which is the demon slaying culture. It may be because of my younger days where I'd slay away hordes of demons while playing Devil May Cry or a Shin Megami Tensei game where I'd go on a grinding rampage, but I've always had a thing for the demon-slaying culture, and if you'd set foot in a cinema during some kind of movie which involves demons, the annoying guy with a harsh voice at the back having an orgasm at all the demons killing humans or humans killing demons would've probably been none other than yours truly.
Fuse both of the aspects I mentioned above into one anime and what you'd get is Ao No Exorcist.
Now, does the series live up to my hype while walking into it?
Well, yes and no, and a factor that deserves a fair bit of criticism is:
The premise for Ao No Exorcist is nothing we haven't seen before, and I can mention more than half the titles in the shonen genre and almost all of what applies with those titles would probably apply here. And yet, this series actually has quite a bit going up it's sleeves.
What I applied in my Bleach review again applies here; this series beginning is fantastic, and the series does a fantastic job of hooking you into the atmosphere of the series.
The story, while being typical demon-slaying shonen, had it's fair share of twists and turns that made it interesting enough to watch to the end.
The series is far from a deconstruction of it's genre, but it bends many previous stereotypes that your standard shonen has and changes them.
Yet, later into the series, the people responsible for this anime pulled away from manga material and went into filler.
Now, filler isn't necessarily a bad thing, but this series was really hurt by how utterly stereotypical it's last 5 episodes or so were. The plot, which was far from the series strong point, become ever so slightly above average and the series slowly but surely fell into the "just another cliche shonen" trap, ruining all the prior build up the series had.
The art looks really pleasant with very few if any cut corners, but not exceptional enough to be anything to go crazy over.
It's above average and very well-drawn to set it apart from your standard shonen, but nothing groundbreaking or original enough to be noteworthy.
Nevertheless, pleasant to look at and fits the tone of the series when necessary, which is definitely much better than the average shonen.
The soundtrack is quite decently done and fits the tone of the series quite well. However, the series has very few if any noteworthy tracks, and none of them were interesting or catchy enough to listen to again.
The voice acting fits the characters exceptionally well, except for Shiina's voice actress who's performance varied from exceptional to below-par. She nevertheless does a good job in fitting the voice of the character she's voice acting, so few complaints here.
The openings were exceptionally really good, but nothing more than your standard shonen J-rock flare. Nothing to hate on of course (I loved the openings, personally) but I felt this series could've done with a bit of variety.
The obvious strongest point of the series and the main reason you'd watch this to the end. The characters, while being generic and still nothing as exceptional as most people would wish within their own archetype, were nevertheless fun enough to watch and had enough traits to make them shine on their own. A huge, HUGE plus to this series is that it's filler episodes were really fun to watch, even more fun than the actual plot driven episodes. There was a lot to like and sympathize with the characters, who until the anime original material came around in the last third of the series were pleasant and fun to watch.
Ultimately, this series' characters are really let down by the story's sudden change of pace, but I nevertheless need to point out that watching the character interactions was plenty of fun, even if it was nothing we haven't seen before.
I enjoyed it immensely, and while not the best shonen out there, it definitely deserves a nod for being what it is and not trying to hide what it wants to be.
I grant this series a 7 out of 10.
Thank you very much for reading my review! Feedback would be greatly appreciated! read more
Sep 12, 2011
Ao no Exorcist is an classic shounen anime as you may know judging by the hype it has gotten. Well to cut to the story, it revolves mainly around Rin whom is a demon spawn living in a chantry with his father, brother and a bunch of munks/exorcists.
The theory of the story is good, but not well made, a battle between exorcists and demons, a struggle to fit in where you should not belong, a strive to be the best. The pace in the story line kicks of in the first two episodes which frankly I think is great but after that is slows down more and more 'til the end of the anime where it speeds up 9999% without warning or preperations. That is a bad sign, to speed up an anime just to fit the ending in 4 episodes, I haven't read the manga so I can't say if the story is copied 100%. In my opinion the first episodes was freaking awesome, it was battles, hearbreaking and were exiting. After those episodes it slows down as I said before, to a pace were it resembles fillers that you can find in Naruto and other animes that are over 24-50 episodes. That is bad my friends in a 25 episoded anime, and it cuts down the enjoyment.
The art is just great, it's classic, nice colors plain beautiful. It goes from small cute demons to rotten ghouls very well made I must say and a very high variety of characters, you won't see anyone in this anime look the same exept from some smaller demons. The sound in this anime is well placed and has a great soundtrack fitting the moments. The ''main characters'' are well placed so to say, a great kemistry and gives a nice vibb to it. They have the right voice casting for every person that fitts their personality.
Overall it's a fair anime in my opinion, it may have a good theory behind it but is crushed by the way they made it to the screen. It jumps from one thing to another so it's hard to keep track of where it is taking you. I had high expectations for this anime which is a bad thing when they are not able to pull it through the way I like it. But, I have not seen the whole anime since it has not been subbed but I know that I can make a clear statement of the score I want to give it, sadly I think it's a disappontment. read more
Sep 7, 2011
As many people say, Ao no Exorcist is heavily clichéd in many aspects so I might as well point them out first
We have a hot headed protagonist(+1) who hold immense power he could not quite control(+1), use a sword(+1) that is not any random sword but a special one assigned especially to him(+1). Protagonist is fighting against the biggest embodiment of evil there is(+1) for revenge of his father(+1) who died trying to protect him(+1). (Total cliché points so far +7)
The protagonist have a brother(+1) that is smarter and more skilled than him(+1), including more popular with the girls(+1), and he appears to be wearing glasses(+1). The brother have higher rank than the protagonist in their job(+1), prefer long-ranged weapon in comparison with the protagonist’s preference of melee(+1), and the protagonist wants to surpass his brother(+1).(Note: please take into account that some points regarding Yukio is meant to be taken as "secondary lead male" rather than "brother") (Total cliché points so far +14)
Now we also have a heroine who is a klutz(+1), doesn’t fight herself(in this case fight with her summoned demon)(+1). A group of people who are seemingly unfriendly at first(+1), which one of them took position as the protagonist’s rival(+1). The group grew closer to the protagonist but become hostile more than ever when they learned of the protagonist’s secret(+1), and so the protagonist must try to convince them 1 each at a time(+1). (Total cliché points +20)
So there you go, 20 cliché points altogether, but that wasn’t the reason I decided to drop the show from my list, I can live with the clichés and would even admire them if clichéd points turned out to be used uniquely. The reason I decide to leave this show is how it strayed from the manga, I have not read the manga but it simply seem rather obvious that what happen in ep16 is written by someone from the anime team who have very weak writing skill. The early eps was fine in my opinion, it was indeed clichéd but the writer still managed to make it touching to a minor extent, but after that nothing else touch you anymore and I was simply sitting there, waiting for something non-clichéd to happen, which it did not.
The usage on each terms are could have been achieved with better researches. The first example is the usage of the word “Paladin”, if you have played some RPG games you would have known that paladins, while may be a class of high rank warriors, with some saintly properties, are by no mean the best. Real historical paladins are the best guys the holy court can have, which is obvious that the king will have better men than that, and even more obvious that it is not a title suited just for 1 individual, as historical evidences pointed out that there are indeed multiple men who bear the title “Paladin”.
Further points about this ranking system, I highly doubt how Fr.Fujimoto, Rin’s father, who was appointed the Paladin when he was still living, would be free enough to live in an old church in the middle of Tokyo, raising 2 boys while keeping one away from the existence of anything magical. That logic never worked anyway in any situation, if you’re the top guy the organization have, then by normal logical thinking, you would be so damn busy that you would never get to exist in the old church you own, let alone raising boys and keeping big secrets, if you’re not gonna do it then you’d be instantly demoted. And as of anime ep16, Arthur Auguste Angel, the new Paladin along with Shura, a high-ranked exorcist could not handle golem-form Amaimon despite going 2 to 1, but then Rin awaken and bam! In 5 seconds Amaimon is history. So either Rin should be promoted uber-Paladin right at the spot, or Angel and Shura should seriously be fired from the Order.
Another inaccurate use of information is on the use of demonology, as an expert in world mythology myself(for my age, I have over 400 hours of research on myths of the world), each demon names used are either inaccurately used(Naberius being a lesser demon, while Astaroth and Amaimon are high-ranked demons, in reality all 3 are individuals among the 72 pillars of Ars Goetia and supposedly comparable in strength), self-made up demons(Leaper and Coal Tar should have been obvious enough), and for anime’s case, inappropriately used (Mara got demoted to a mere lesser demon when in truth, he should have been the Buddhist equivalent of Lucifer, being the tempter of the messiah of their respective religion, no you would not want to see Lucifer die by a single gunshot(unless the title of the anime is ‘Yondemasuyo Azazel-san’ in which a shoe would be enough to kill even Satan) so the usage of Mara in the anime as a minion demon disturbed me alot)
The art and sound are the saving grace of this series, the art is neatly drawn and the designs are actually not-so cliched as everything else the plot covers. I actually liked the second OP and ED and felt a little regret in dropping the series almost as soon as the new songs came up, the voice acting is nice with a neat selection of seiyuus that do actually fit the roles they are given.
Note: as someone who have spent 400 over anything you could have find on fantasy-JRPGs(mythology, middle age weaponries, etc) I know the terminology problem pretty much bugs only me and no one else, so yeah try to ignore my own little paranoia read more
Oct 2, 2011
Now while I did enjoy this show, I'm not going to recommend it to anyone else, unless you are a mindless fanboy who likes shounen, boobs, demons, possible Yaoi pairings, other stuff that I could care less about.
Now if you want a really good story in your daily dose of Japanese animation then.... you're show is in a different castle. The story had so much potential, but it didn't use everything that it had to really get you into the story. I'm not going to criticize the show for using the overused "demon within" thing, because let's face it, originality is hard to come by these days. Now what I will criticize is how poorly this was done. There were parts that showed how Rin is looked down on, hated and/or feared for being the devil spawn, these parts I liked, but they could have been better... or at least gotten deeper into the plot with that.
The main character is consumed by his demon powers and is throwing a fit like how most teenagers would when they're mom takes away their phone, but then the power of friendship or the love interest's voice (his brother) wakes him from his mood swing. It is your typical shounen anime so don't expect much, but this is just boring now. The first few times I saw this in an anime I was like, "...cool?", but now it's just stupid.
The ending... well do you remember your favorite 25 episode shounen anime's ending? Well it's just like that... there's lame music in the background, the characters team up and defeat the Big Bad, but not before saying something friendship related.
Now I'm just going to assume that the manga is still ongoing because, it doesn't take much to impress an anime fan. So while we wait for the next season let us foolishly hope that it will get better and that the author is just warming up.
It's anime the greatest art form to plague the internet what else do you want? Oh wait I know! Something that catches my eye and makes it look different from other shows.... it gets a 6 for looking decent, and like the story, it had cool design for some characters, but failed to take advantage of that. I did like the school though and a number of the demons.
Ummm.... I don't remember the OST... and maybe because of that it deserves less than a 7, but I loved the both openings and the two ending were aight. Sound really helps set up the mood and atmosphere, while it certainly did the job, it's not enough to make them memorable. Like I said, loved the openings so it gets a 7.
... They all suck... not really. The characters are entertaining I give the show that one. Rin is like your typical delinquent, but the author did a decent job in making him just notch higher than most anime delinquent characters. A number of the characters help prevent the show from being dry, but it really is just not trying hard enough. I'm just glad that the characters have enough personality to be individuals and not stock anime characters. Is there character development? Yes. Is there good character development? Ehh... as much any other anime...
Now I want to point something out, and that is Satan... watch out for spoilers... this isn't really part of the review, it's more like a nitpick. Ok, so Satan in the first episode was this crazy maniac that tried to take Rin away, but then over a dozen episodes later, we find out that he is actually a pretty decent dude that just wanted live on earth. He fell in love with Rin and Yukio's mother... I think... and is shown to be very protective and caring. But fast forward that 5 minute in the same episode, Satan is batshit crazy again... The lack of consistency with him just baffles me.
Eh... it was pretty dry. I really have nothing else to say, it was just dry. There were moments that were funny, but no action scene that really got my testosterone pumping the same way other shows do... so yeah 6.
Overall- durrr this anime so good it gets a 10... no it gets a 6
Maybe I'm a little harsh on the show, but maybe I'm also just tired of the same crap over and over again. I criticized the show for lacking originality, and I'm staying with that. I'm not really looking for something completely new, but what I'm looking for is a fresh new take on something overdone and this show just didn't do that for me. read more
Sep 25, 2011
My pet peeve is frustrating shows, and Rin (the main character) is completely frustrating. At every turn he makes almost the dumbest decision possible and wins through with nothing more than spirit, learning nothing in the process. Yukio, Shiemi, every other supporting character, they are all fine. oh wait, the paladin guy is worthless too. Unbelievably worthless.
A lot of scenes feel like they could have been better written. The pacing of the show sometimes feels like it's falling over itself to escalate the action in lieu of interesting plot.
This is honestly not a very good show. Worth watching if you're a current season watcher, but not worth going back and seeing later. read more
Nov 22, 2012
The visuals and music are solid though, I didn't notice any bad animation moments and the OPs and EDs might be generic (I really don't like the 1st ones, sung by mediocre rock band and Korean boyband), but the 2nd OP is really catchy and great song and ED also grew on me.
Enough with production, the biggest problem about this anime is the characters. Seriously, there's not a single character that stands out between the cast.
Rin Okumura is absolutely generic character, just Naruto with blue flames instead of red ones, but at least he can cook. His brother, Yukio is likable, but doesn't do anything at all and their relationship is poor compared to the one between Ed and Alphonse. Mephisto Pheles would be an entertaining character, if he wasn't a total Shinigami Sama rip off. Shura Kirigakure (is she seriously named after hidden mist village from Naruto?) is Yoko Littner with bad hairstyle. (It's weird calling her a fanservice character considering the mangaka of this is a woman). The classmates are also painfully generic, Renzou Shima is just a guy with some weird staff who hates bugs, Ryuji Suguro is a typical angry ambitious kid and Shiemi Moriyama is a 5 times more annoying and whiny version of Sakura, Kuro is just there because Nihon loves Nekos.
Ok, there actually was a good character, Shirou Fujimoto, twins' adoptive father, a careful and good person who reads hentai manga but unfortunately gets killed in the beginning. But at least he still appears in some flashbacks.
The story is weak and starts totally slow, most early episodes feel more like slice of life show, however the sword and gun fights in this show are well made. (The fights with praying and summoning beasts look stupid though) and the anime gets pretty interesting in the 2nd half, but it's just too late, a few people would be willing to watch the first episodes for so long. The religious symbolism and syncretism also doesn't really work here and is as pointless as in Evangelion. Look, D. Gray-man and Kuroshitsuji and most demon-themed anime worked well without it. It just looks weird using one guy fight with a cross and another one with a Buddhistic prayer. And it never gets to any really serious themes unlike Trigun, where the symbolism actually meant something.
So is it recommended? Not really, everything this anime has done was done before and BETTER, but at least it's not painfully long, so it won't waste your time too much. Why won't you check out Soul Eater or Kara no Kyoukai instead?
Overall: a normal 6,1 read more
Jul 8, 2011
STORY: Raising teenagers at a large school to become warrior exorcists that fight the forces of hell and to one day defeat the king of hell and all that's evil, satan? That's right it's time for this year's big shonen anime, Ao no Exorcist (Blue Exorcist in english).
And yes that is the basic gist of the plot of the anime, and of course it's likely that it's never going to end any time soon (The main characters want to defeat satan, so that's a pretty defty job for a kid but someone's gotta do it, right?), but at least the anime will end, in about 25 episodes.
Now that I got that out of the way, Ao no Exorcist is the latest big name anime by Aniplex, who also produced other big name titles such as Fullmetal Alchemist, Black Butler, and Durarara.
When it comes right down to the story, I have to say right away, there's nothing original here in the least.
The characters? We've seen them all before.
Their abilities? We've seen those so many more times before too.
The setting? Come on now, it's at a freaking school for crying out loud! That not at all different!
Look, I can waste your time explaining the similarities to other stories that already used these elements all night and day, but it all matters with one (or two) simple questions: does it have a good story and does it have characters to care about?
Story: Yes and no.
The story is about Rin Okumura, who wants to defeat satan because he killed his foster father and the all time big bad priest exorcist, Fujimoto Shiro, despite Rin being the son of satan himself, and heads off to exorcist school with his brother and gains like minded allys who will inevitably befriend and aid him on his resolution to fight satan.
But in between all of that, there are school filled days of Rin training, developing, and learning what it takes to become an exorcist, and some seemingly filler moments too, and a few things that expand the world of the series (Like familiars, ranks of exorcist, and different abilities among the other exorcists).
As a shonen battle story, you can absolutely do worse, as the story seems to be more competent than other shonens (Especially with the school life elements as it feel substantial to the overall plot), and maintains a constant not too serious yet not too whimsical mood, though when the story demands it, it becomes the appropriate right mood for the situations that get thrown out at the lead characters.
However, as a stand alone story not categorized into genres, it's very unoriginal, and does hardly little to make viewers take it serious, or to separate itself from others (Especially if one goes back to compare it other shonens), or even take any chances to do something unique.
The characters on the other hand are instantly likable.
Rin is a great protagonist and easily sympathetic and a crowd pleaser, and he somewhat turns a trope on it's head; every shonen hero aspires to like their badass fathers (Would I really need to make a reference for this?), but Rin want to kick his father's ass and for 100% justified reasons.
Other characters like Rin's younger brother Yukio and Shiemi Moriyama are also easy to like characters.
There are still plenty of obvious tropes walking around like a tsundere and the rival character that becomes a friend.
Even though in the long run it's not very original, that should not easily scare you away as the series itself is very entertaining and is as fun as all shonen series should strive to be, unless you're very tired of shonen genre at this point, don't waste your time that could've been used to look for other anime to watch.
ANIMATION: Of course, when Aniplex is producing an anime, obviously the visuals are going to be superb (Which most shonen series usually get cheap treatments).
Battles are very well animated, the character designs and artwork are very true to the source material, not much to nit pick at all.
SOUND: The back ground music almost leaves no impression, the theme music isn't nothing worth noting about other than it's what you should except for a shonen anime (Though the ending theme feel really out of place).
The voice acting on the other hand is good, Nobuhiko Okamoto is a good fit for Rin, and Jun Fukuyama is Jun Fukuyama, if you like Jun then... yeah, you like Jun, he voices Rin's brother.
+ Competent shonen story, with better school life elements than other shonen anime.
+ Likable characters with a great main character that topples other similar main characters from other shonen series.
+ Outstanding animation, especially during battles.
- Unoriginal, as in it's pretty much what you literally get if you mash Soul Eater and D.Gray-Man together.
- Story does absolutely nothing to make the anime standout from others from the same genre.
- Tired of shonen? Don't look here.
Hey, it's hard to be original now a days, and if you're not worried by that, then by all means, I recommend Ao no Exorcist for your viewing delight.
As the latest shonen big hit continues to shine, let's all hope it doesn't get overblown and over saturated like the big hits before it (Coughnarutocough). read more
Jun 7, 2011
Story: 2, Character: 2
Your typical shounen story done a million times, only now with exorcists.
The story starts as Rin, the protagonist and the guy who gets the most favorites of the show in MAL, becomes an exorcist because of certain circumstances (I don't want to spoil you why).
He enrolls to an academy, which deals with many things, along how to become a full fledged exorcist.
Sounds interesting at first? Well, NOPE.
The execution is so generic and bland.
*We have a protagonist who is short tempered and likes to fight alot? check.
*His brother is a cool calculated guy who the protagonist want to surpass? check.
*A useless female heroine/supporting character? check.
*A chock full of cast of annoying and useless characters? check.
*A female character with weird eyebrows that is even more useless than all of the other characters in the show? check.
The story is your typical Naruto/Bleach/One Piece, only with ten times more annoying and bland and useless characters. Even Heroman has more story going on than Ao no Exorcist, and Heroman doesn't have any story! EVEN HEROMAN HAS A CAST OF BETTER CHARACTERS...Wait... does Heroman has any notable characters?
The single interesting character of the show WAS Rin and Yukio's dad. But because of certain circumstances, he's not in the show anymore (I don't want to spoil you why).
Rin main goal in the story is to defeat SATAN. How is it different from your typical shounen goal of becoming the Pirate King/Hokage/whatever Ichigo from Bleach wants to become? Well, it's NOT.
Art: 5, Sound: 5
The art and sound are the strongest point of Ao no Excorist, but the art and sound are wasted on this bland show. The opening theme and ending theme songs are catchy at first, but then become annoying after a few watches because of their bland contents. The voice acting is bland too, because the script is bland and the lines are straight from a B-side shounen show. Did I mention the word Bland?
The art inconsistent, because many times you will notice the QUALITY. You feel that all the budget of the animation went to the damned and notorious cooking filler episode, because the foods look awesome, man!
What Enjoyment? Nothing is enjoyable about this show. But... it's possible that it will be enjoyable as your first anime, because baby's first anime is always enjoyable and unique.
I can't recommend this show to anyone and not even as a baby's first anime, because there are much more interesting and unique anime shows out there that you can watch as your first compared to Ao no Exorcist.
If you like generic stuff/Naruto-One Piece-Bleach you might enjoy this anime. Otherwise, steer away. It's not worth your time. read more
Jan 23, 2013
From his "awakening" in the beginning of the story Rin is being targeted by the demon world. Some want him dead and some want to bring him to his birth father (Satan) so he can fulfill his purpose for being born. Due to a tragedy early on, he finds himself at the True Cross Academy where he begins his exorcist training. Rin is such a strong moral character that it's easy to like him from the start. He's no angel (in fact he's literally half demon), but he seems to always want to do good. Will he succumb to the weight of his demonic powers or overcome them? Will he fall victim to the prejudices of the world around him? I don't want to spoil anything so I'll stop there, but I hope I at least peaked your interest enough for you to give this 25 episode series a try. You won't regret it. It's worth watching over and over again! read more
Feb 20, 2012
Ao No (The Blue) Exorcist. The son of Satan who wields a cool looking samurai sword, that when unsheathed, covers him with blue flames. Potential for a great anime, if it only had a decent story to back up with.
Story: 2/10. When I watched the first episode, it sparked my curiosity on how the ending would turn out. The main character was "the son of Satan" after all. But to my disappointment, episodes 2 - 24 are filled with character introductions, random activities, and a lot of sword fights. Then we reach episode 25, only to find the ending to be the exact same as episode 1, except with a bigger Gehenna gate and additional characters. The creators toy around with good and evil, demons and exorcists, WAY too much. To the point where you get sick of listening to them explaining situations (by the time you finish watching the series, you're left with blanks in the story they never described fully). If it wasn't for the cool sword idea, I would give it a 1.
Art: 8/10. Loved the drawing for the sword and flames. The characters are clean and simple, nothing excessive. Background scenes are okay.
Sound: 8/10. I would give it a 7, but I really liked the Opening and Ending themes for the first half of the series. Uverworld's "Core Pride" fit the bill for average j-rock song with few interesting solos, and 2pm's "Take off" was great because I was surprised to hear a K-pop song in an anime :)
Character: 5/10. They are appealing at first, but become increasingly dis likable as the series goes on. Rin is full of angst and has no brains. It's unfair how he gets that lovely sword :(
Enjoyment: 7/10 Despite the terrible story, I thoroughly enjoyed the battle scenes and the moments where the supporting characters had a greater presence. It made the story easier to take in. Shura improved my enjoyment quite a bit. It's not every day you get to see a girl pulling a demon sword from between her boobs. c:
I recommend you check Ao no Exorcist out, but be open to clicking the mute button whenever the characters start talking about important stuff and just focus on the battles :D read more
May 4, 2011
Story 9: The story was so tightly packed into the first three episodes, it felt like I was watching some kind of epic movie. I'll admit the basic plot has been done before, we have all had our share of Son's of Satan, but it still manages to be interesting anyways. Somehow it has that spark which makes it amazingly unique, yet it still includes anime cliches at the same time. The good thing about this show is that you'll know if you like the story just from the first episode.
Although this is true about the first few eps, I can't say it is the same for the rest of the show. Ao no Exorcist is still enjoyable, but the action is far less than it was in those eps. The action did pick up like for example in ep 12, but I can't say it's consistent. Read the manga if this bothers you~
Art 10: The art is perfect for me. Honestly though, it's a matter of opinion. I don't like my characters too bishounen or too muscular. The characters are drawn, for the most part, in between the two (leaning on the bishie side), so I love it.
Sound 10: Sound I love the sound as well. There was appropriate music in the appropriate scenes that's all I can say. When the tragic moments occurred, really sad music played. When they were running/fighting against demons, it was more upbeat. It was well done in my opinion~
Character 10: Characters now this is my favorite out of everything (even though everything is rated the same). Rin, the main character, is not too whiny nor really bad ass. He acts like a normal 15 year old for the most part, although a bit on the bad side until, of course, he finds out he's a demon. The main enemy on the otherside, Satan, is extremely creepy and scary (imo). But this is good because who wants a sappy enemy? At least you know that he won't be one of those villains that switch sides. If you like your main characters not too over the top and your villains totally villainous, this is your show.
Enjoyment 10: I REALLY enjoyed this show. I've been pretty much obsessing over it so much the past few days it's sad haha. Maybe you'll end up the same way, but that won't happen unless you give it a try. Demons and exorcists fighting, that's the basic point, although that's definitely NOT the entire story.
Overall 10: Overall, I love this show. Hopefully it can continue being this good in the future. -edit- I'll admit it does get slow eps 4-8, but as I have read the manga, believe me there is action to come. read more