Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Fujouou-hen Review
My first review ^^
*Spoiler-free if you have watched the first season. Not so much if you haven't.
Note: Review may be subject to change (I will update it every 3 episodes)
Episodes 1-12: Kyoto Saga Arc
If you haven't watched the first season: Go watch the first season! (some spoilers are in the review, so please read at your own risk)
Before I talk about the story, I want to clear up some confusion some may have. The anime, or rather the producers/directors (the people who made the anime), ignores what happened from episode 17 of the first season (or so I've heard). As a result, Yukio is not a demon in this season--he remains human, as he did in the manga.
Anyway, regarding the story, Rin and the gang travel to Kyoto after hearing a particular incident that happened there, as well as experiencing a strange incidient that happened where Rin and the others live. I will not discuss what exactly happened, as I do not want to spoil anything. However, if you feel that the plot summary is too vague and wish for more detail, please feel free to mention this.
Compared to the first season, the anime adopts a more serious tone, as well as a darker tone. While the anime still retains its comedic elements, there is a noticeable difference between the first season and the second one. In my opinion, while the story in this season does have a slower pace, I believe this is good because it properly introduces everything without rushing anything. I tend to value quality over pacing.
I have not read the manga, but I look forward to where the story will go to.
One thing I really like about this season is the character development. You learn more about the side characters and you especially learn about Bon, who is a central character in this season. Most of the information is learned through flashbacks, but it really helps you to understand how their past shaped their personalities. Other than that, you also learn more about the characters through their thoughts and actions (Shiemi, Rin, Koneko etc.). I find Rin's character interesting because although he retains his cheerful deposition, he does realize other people's perception of him. However, it does not stop him from being kind. Overall, I find each character enjoyable and the anime still has to fully explore the new characters (Mamushi, Tatsuma etc.)
**I will be adding more details regarding the characters later, most likely when I update this review.
Given the fact that the last season aired 6 years ago, there is a considerable difference in terms of the animation. The animation in this season is phenomenal, and you can see A-1 Pictures really spent their time and effort on creating the details. The characters and the backgrounds are very well drawn. The most prominent action scene so far (the action scene occurs in episode 1) was well animated. I am excited to see the action scenes that will happen later on in the series. Furthermore, the opening and the ending does not disappoint either. The animation in the opening and ending, as well as the anime itself, captures the tone of the story very well.
The symbolism in the opening, I find, is stunning, particularly regarding the two brothers, Rin and Yukio. It shows the striking contrast between the two, yet you can still see how they are so similar. I thought the visuals were beautiful.
With the beautiful animation also comes the beautiful sound that is prominently shown in the season. The voice acting is phenomenal, and I love hearing the characters interact with others. The voice actors (seiyuus) captured their personalities very well, and I especially enjoy Rin and Bon's voice actors. You can see the emotion in each character, and there is no doubt the voice acting clearly establishes the tone.
Regarding the OP, I love it, although it did take a few times to love it. I know many were hoping for a hyped opening similar to the first two openings, but given the tone and atmosphere of this season, as well as the conflict, I believe the opening is amazing. The opening is done by UVERworld, the same band who did the first opening of the first season. *Please give the opening a chance if you don't like it ^^
When I first listened to the ending, I immediately loved it. The singer's vocals is stunning, and if you haven't listened to it, I implore you to do so. The singer for the ending is Rin Akatsuki.
I am thoroughly enjoying this season so far, and I can't wait for the further episodes.
Overall: 8.25 (rating may be subject to change) read more