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Poll: Ao no Exorcist Episode 25 Discussion

Jul 29, 2016 7:56 AM
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Absolutely loved the "afterword" if you will. A nice wrap up and I can only hope for a movie or season 2 to tie the loose ends between the students. Adored the entire cast or exwires and the series overall.
Aug 7, 2016 9:18 PM

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I ended up binging through the second half of the show and finished on the morning of Kazue Kato's panel at AX last month (I also had the opportunity to obtain her autograph on a nice poster), but only now am I getting around to writing my final thoughts.

ZeroDragon said:
Since in the dub Johnny Yong Bosch is voicing Yukio, then this means that despite his gentle appearance he's probably a very experienced exorcist himself. But even if he isn't, I'm speculating that he'll form a duo with Rin and that at some point the two will clash in a battle where Yukio has been possessed by evil (just so that I can hear JYB's evil laugh).

I'm glad that I was granted the moment that I had been expecting since episode 1 :D

The cast wasn't particularly unique or treaded upon any new ground, but I felt they possessed great chemistry and managed to be quite entertaining with their antics and banter. Rin was an absolute delight to watch and his presence always alleviated any dull moments regardless of whether he was serious or comedic. Bryce Papenbrook's performance as Rin surpasses those of his more recent roles imo. Shiemi was adorable throughout the whole show and was a very pleasant component of the cast. Christine Marie Cabanos's performance as her also contributed in that regard. Mephisto was consistently intriguing, and his cunning and mannerisms made some scenes more lively and captivating than they would have been. Yukio is alright. Shiro was a badass and it was a damn shame that he was eliminated so early on, but perhaps that adds to his role as the character that the cast and audience dearly miss.

The soundtrack was nice, and in some scenes it was masterfully incorporated in order to enhance the atmosphere and amplify the intended emotions.

As for the plot, it's a mixed bag. The premise was interesting and the show started off quite strongly. Even in the midst of all of the character introduction and backstory episodes, I felt the show managed to retain focus on what Rin was and what his objectives were despite the digressions from the plot. The momentum seemed to waver for me halfway through, though it would recover but head down a bad direction in the final quarter of the show. Speaking of which, the final seven or so episodes were an utter mess and felt very rushed and contrived (which was exactly what they were as anime-original material). Even though the show had a slower pace and lack of focus and meaningful development of the main plot from around episode 10 to around episode 17, I found it more enjoyable than the lackluster nonsense that was the final arc.

Overall, I found this show to be entertaining and a pleasure to watch. It was very unfortunate that the manga was adapted into an anime before Kato was able to progress it far along enough for a proper 25-episode adaptation, and the drop in quality was very evident once the divergence began even to those like myself who haven't read the original source material. I'm very much looking forward to the next season that has been announced for upcoming year.

Rating Distribution:
-First few episodes : 8
-Final five episodes: 5 to 6
-Episodes in between: 6 to 7

Overall Rating: 7/10
Modified by ZeroDragon, Aug 7, 2016 11:41 PM
Aug 25, 2016 7:52 PM

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The episode in particular was all right. The show as a whole was good, but the last arc, while it may have sounded good in concept, didn't work well in execution.
I am sad they kept pushing the whole SatanxYuri "our precious dream!!" bullshit the whole time. That grated on my nerves.
Also wish there was a bit more closure on Mephisto but that is for another time, I guess.
Sep 20, 2016 9:46 AM
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This was an EPIC finale! I hope they can find a way to fit this into the canon for season 2, I don't want them to act like this last arc didn't happen and retcon it, I thought the anime original stuff was awesome!

Episode: 9/10

Series: 9/10
Modified by KazumaKuzuryu, Sep 20, 2016 9:57 AM
Oct 23, 2016 7:03 AM

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Episode that has some good points and others much less, is ultimately satisfying as the series finale, there are some issues that are closed but others are not, the plot too pro-shonen remains indigestible for those not too young and dreamer, technically was disappointing, the thing that has always been great, it's the soundtrack.
The beginning of this anime series was super promising, but over the course of the episodes, has precipitously declined in all, I was disappointed in the end, the potential was there but have been thrown to the wind; as usual.

Oct 24, 2016 6:10 PM
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the show started off good,but once it went full on filler it kinda lowered in quality. The satan thing of going to heel and face mode was confusing and having yuri appear to be calm with him made no sense. he tried to kill the kids she loves. Imma go start reading the manga now.
Dec 2, 2016 8:48 PM

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Having a season 2 coming now does give me the impression that A1 knows that they butchered this and could have got more out of it xD

I hope, they actually forget about the filler end and just begin from when the canon stuff ended.

7/10, the first like 10 episodes were on a good run for 8/10, then it went downhill. It was an entertaining trainwreck though.
Dec 29, 2016 11:27 PM

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While there were many aspects to the original anime ending that I disliked, I actually thought that some of the explanations were actually kinda good: for example, the reason why the Blue Night incident occurred and who Rin's and Yukio's mother was. I would not be surprised at all if the manga gives the exact same explanations.
Jan 2, 2017 3:04 PM

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Episode 25 - [???]

Did Mephisto just totally deal his body to have Satan's soul if he gets bored? LIKE, SERIOUSLY>

OH. ANGEL IS NOW STEPPING IN AND HELPING. Everybody joined forces and is now attacking at the same time. GET OUTA THERE, KURO/BLACKY. Bon and the others are out protecting the normies. Bon's like, "ANYBODY WHO'S AN EXORCIST CAN HELP" and it's just the squad. HAHA. Awww. Blacky isn't afraid of Yukio any longer.

This insert song. I feel like I've heard it somewhere. YEAH. EXORCISTS. OH, YEAH. AND THEN THE GUYS FROM THE MONASTARY. Dude. I feel like I've been typing up the wrong spelling of words this entire time. HAHAHA.

HAHA. SHIMA IS TOTALLY ME. He's, like, lost with everything. Now the crew is going to create a sun. WHOA, THE OKUMURA BROTHERS CAN TOTALLY FLY WITH THEIR BLUE FLAMES NOW. THAT'S SO AWESOME.

I mean, Satan sured did fall in love with Yuri but there's Mephisto and Amaimon to account for so I wonder what their mothers were like.

AWWW. SHIEMI. OMG. Dude. Takara. WTF. Stop ruining our moment. Where were you when the going got tough, man?

A MONTH LATER. There are tons of kids in the squad's class now. They started up school and Yukio has been bumped down to his normal rank once more. Yukio and Rin take a key and they head over to where Yuri had lived with Satan. THERE ARE SNOWMEN. OMGGG. SO CUTE. Awww. Yukio was the only one who got to see what his mom looked like. Poor Rin won't get to know. Somebody better learn how to draw that knew what she looked like.

Dude. They had their guns all pointed at the bridge where Blacky was first found and it's Blacky again. HAHA. Knew it. Now the motorcycle guy is the reason for this mission and Rin coes along even though exwires aren't allowed.

WHELP. This was a good season even though, like, the last seven episodes didn't follow along in the manga. They were sort of like filler episodes at first and then went its own direction so it'll be interesting for me to read about how they changed it in the manga.

Second season has already been confirmed at this point so all that's left for me is to check out the shorts and then the movie then I'm gucci mane.
Jan 6, 2017 2:52 AM

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What a relief to finish this few hours before the second season airing. Lookin at how this non-canon arc ended I think second season will kick-off normally without any things that do no connect.

While Mephisto speaks about the man from half a milennium ago it feels like Ao No Exorcist is like a direct continuation of Goethe's Faust.

And yeah , even if It's 5-6 years late , that contract is from John Wolfgang Goethe's Faust created/written in 1800s where Mephistopheles made a contract with a human who wanted to learn everything possible , rules were that Mephisto will do everything that Faust(Human's name) wants but after death he will sell his soul to Mephistopheles.

Back to the show , I'm wondering why I'm so late to this hah , Wish I had found this Ending song lot earlier , I can't stop listening to it..
Jan 9, 2017 12:51 AM

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All's well that ends well. Too bad 10 out of the 25 episodes were filler. Didn't like how cliche the last arc was.
Wonder why it was so popular.
7/10 as a whole.
8/10 for the nonfiller.
Jan 22, 2017 2:23 PM

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Very mixed feelings about this anime. It had some genuinely good moments, but was brought down by plenty of not-so great moments. It was still a fairly entertaining watch, and I might consider checking out the 2nd season sometime.
Feb 9, 2017 8:28 AM
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Although I loved the show as a whole, the ending was disappointing.

I watched this before embarking upon season 2 which is currently airing. If I'm correct the second season takes off after episode 17 of season 1, ignoring the last episodes which were anime original. The drop in quality of the plot was glaringly obvious. I'm very curious if season 2 will improve upon the anime only ending.
Feb 9, 2017 8:39 AM
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I mean the start of the anime was not bad... then when Rin went to the academy, it was a little more boring and less "story" but I feel like this ending is not the BEST but it is still on e that fits well for its end.....?
Mar 17, 2017 1:30 PM

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It had a pretty alright ending, for an anime original ending at least.

I really like Yuri, I hope we get to see her in the manga soon!
Apr 1, 2017 11:00 AM

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Ah, decent ending. I thought Satan would be more dark character and fully heel. Yukio's act was cocky in these episodes, I expected the friends of Rin to not be by his side when they learnt about his identity. The first two episodes were 10/10 from me! Then, 3-17 were 9/10 and after 18/25 were 6,5-7/10 from me. But I gave all the series 8/10.
I hope 2nd season is how I expect it...
Apr 15, 2017 11:28 AM

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Posts: 13199 that I've seen the sequel (manga story line), I have mixed thoughts about this anime original story arc. I don't dislike it, but it certainly felt like a downgrade. The entire Vatican takeover felt overly condensed and this "final battle" with Satan was entirely formulaic (and inconclusive). I guess to make it simpler...

Things I like:
+ Satan and Yuri's relationship dynamic. It was compelling and added an extra layer of grey to Satan's intentions and desires. Rather than wanting to destroy Assiah, he just wanted to be able to connect to it the same way he could with Yuri.
+ The aftermath of the final battle. The world will never be the same and there's now an abundance of people who are want to become exorcists (as seen in the cram school segment at the end).

Things I hate (or at least, don't like):
- Open ending. The whole "We won the battle but the war will never end" thing just didn't work here. The showdown with Satan was so inconsequential and other than filling up the cram school's seats, it's just back to business as usual.
- Taking ideas from the manga without following it. Just feels cheap to not adapt the actual story but alter bits and pieces from it.
- Yukio being just like Rin. Can't really expand on this without spoiling. Let's just say I like the original story's take on Yukio's status as the other son of Satan.
- How utterly useless the other ExWires were. Really and truly, I like the team sport aspect of exorcism that seemed to be lost on this finale.

Ah but with all of that out of the way, I'd still say it did a good job. I'm not going to chastise it as a butchering of source material or blasphemy to le manga.

Episodes 1-17: 8/10
Original Arc: 7/10
Overall: 8/10 for this re-watch, I'll keep it right where I left it.
Apr 16, 2017 2:53 AM

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I don't really get this twist, I mean, I find that Yuri intention for a human and demon live together isn't that bad, I like it how she act toward the demon when she live in the forest. even demons grow fond of her.

now just when Satan about to realize their dream, the world turn against them. maybe because Satan destroying anything in the proses, but if only those twin could come to agreement with satan, maybe they can give satan change to possess either Rin or Yukio so that satan can touch anything without turning them into ashes. that way, not only they willl cease fire, but maybe they can live in peace. what satan wants are only to feel what Yuri tell him, right?

that's what I thought about the latest episode.
Apr 24, 2017 6:48 PM

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Even if I don't know anything about the manga I liked this anime original ending.

I wonder who the older guy at the begining was Mephisto talked to.

Seeing Rin, Yukio, Shura and even Angel working together as a team vs the demons was pretty cool. That first attack Rin fired towards the gate wasn't enough to destroy it.

In the meanwhile Izumo, Shima, Suguro and Konekomaru got attacked in the save zone. Konekomaru had a good idea with the time difference. The result was that they were able to beat the demons with the daylight of the vatikan.

I also liked how Yukio was able to finally hear Kuro. Both riding on Kuro towards the Gehenna gate which was destroying the city and fighting the demons was nice to see. The phoenix Rin and Yukio build after they combined their power was really cool. Mephisto was freaking out after he saw that hahaha :D

I'm glad everyone is well and that everything goes his normal way again. Nice of Mephisto giving Yukio and Rin the chance to visit the place their mother lived and borned them. The way satan wanted to unite the human and demon world was definitely wrong but maybe Rin and Yukio are able to do it right.

Overall I really liked the beginning of Ao no Exorcist. Towards the end it got a little bit weird at some points but okay. I wonder how the second season will be. Looking forward to see that.
Oct 27, 2017 9:09 AM

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Shiemi: "Why are you two so reckless?"
Me: The fuck? Coming from you!?!? FUck you!

Aww the cliche hug from that shounen moe girl. Repulsive.

That was an okay finale, I guess. Nothing special, really.

8/10 for the whole show. Almost dropped this so many times because of how much Shiemi fucking annoyed me (her seiyuu made me hate her more). Glad I survived her annoying the fuck outta me. Honestly, everything about her is repulsive to me. Fuck everything she didn't die. Jesus.

P.S. Decided to not drop this show for more Mephisto. Thanks, Mephisto.
Nov 7, 2017 4:51 AM

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I second the posters above that pointed out the flaws and didn't left anything out of what makes this series so bad, it perfectly sums up my feelings. One of the very rare cases where I have come across an interesting idea that have gone fully wasted. This anime held so much potential in one single hand but did so little with it; to be honest almost nothing in particular. It's obvious as a day that no one got serious around when making it; no one seriously nor genuinely put their heart into this. Sad. Because I really wanted to love this anime and everything about it but it's just one huge failure.

3/10 - my final score. I'm very sorry it had to be this way.
Mar 20, 2018 12:19 AM

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Loved it. Lots of fun with a good mix of action, comedy and drama.


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Mar 16, 6:43 PM

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i think this anime could've done a lot more. i was interested and found most of it to be okay, but this last arc was just a tiny off putting for me. i really didn't like the satan and yuri relationship and how pure and loving they seemed being pushed in my face, that he's actually a nice guy trying to make his love's dream a reality. if i watched this in my earlier anime days i would've fell in love with it guaranteed, butin present day i'd set it somewhere at 6.5 but for mal's rating, i'd go with 6.
Apr 11, 2:50 PM
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It's crazy how when you think they hit the bottom they get to dig lower and make episodes even worse than the previous one.
May 18, 2:47 AM

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It was a good anime, without Shura I would probably have given it just an average rating though. Didn't really care about any of the other characters tbh xD
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