Blue Exorcist Episode 3
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Series Premise: Blue Exorcist, or Ao no Exorcist, is a weekly anime television series started in April 2011, based on a continuing manga series. At the age of fifteen, Rin Okumura learns the secret of his past: he is actually the human-born son of Satan. But rather than take up the family business, he chooses to become an exorcist.
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ep. tl;dr review: Welcome to Hogwart’s, where you learn your brother has been lying and keeping things from you for your entire life; Run-of-the-mill shonen series is lackluster.
Episode Summary: Mephisto takes Rin to his first day of school at True Cross Academy, where he will attend as a regular student while taking exorcism classes in secret. Rin is shocked to learn that his brother is not only the student council president, but is also his instructor for exorcism class. Not only that, but as a full exorcist he has been in training for years under their father, and knew of Rin’s secret the whole time. Rin is incensed, and the two of them get into a shouting match, blaming each other for various things (especially Father’s death) as Yukio dispatches an unleashed hobgoblin horde. Ultimately the two of them come to an understanding…a pretty busy day for first day of class.
My Impressions: Well, the good news is that Rin’s trip to Hogwart’s did not end up like a goofy trip to Magical-wagical Fantasyland with Mephisto-the-Alice-in-Wonderland-reject as tour leader, like I was dreading. The bad news is that we had Rin stumbling around googly-eyed all slack-jawed as he marveled at the grandeur of the school, like some backwater yokel and drawing the scorn/attention of his fellow classmates. But then things pick up a bit when Rin enters the secret classroom and gets into a hissy-fit fight with his ever-patient brother.
So…Yukio has known about demons forever, has been secretly been training with Father since the age of seven, is this sooper-dooper-ultra-amazingly-smart student with the top scores in the academy, has been a fully trained exorcist for two years…oh, and is also the exorcism school’s instructor? My, doesn’t that all seem all so convenient and coincidental? Yeah…to say it all stretches beyond belief is an understatement. Let’s not forget that ALL OF THIS HAS BEEN KEPT A SECRET FROM RIN. Yeah, I would be pissed off, too. Rin’s constant screechy hissy fits are annoying as fuck, but I can understand getting all worked up at learning your entire life has been a lie.
The two of them get into a shouting match, letting out their pent-up anger at each other as Yukio blasts away, but it’s up to Rin to go all blue-flame-y, draw his sword and dispatch the big bad hobgoblin about to eat Yukio as he gives some lame-ass excuse for becoming an exorcist like “I want to become stronger” or some other bullshit (I can’t remember it all exactly, which shows how much of an impression it made on me). Feh. This is clearly a run-of-the-mill shonen series through and through, no more or less impressive than, say, Full Metal Alchemist or Bleach or Soul Eater, none of which I have ever been able to maintain enough interest to complete past the first few/several episodes. I’ll give Blue Exorcist another episode or two, but it’s just not doin’ it for me. Especially if Rin keeps acting like such an idiot.
- My earlier reviews: Episode 1 (July 5th) and Episode 2 (September 25th)
- Info resources: My Anime List, Anime News Network, AniDB, and Wikipedia
- If you like this series, then you might also like: D Gray Man or Nurarihyon no Mago.
Sampling of Online Reviews:
- “The episode was obviously building up to the explosion of brotherly angst, and the scene was great. It was badass and emotional like the episodes before it, but the iffy explanation of the reasoning was a damper. Rin was also pretty damn obnoxious with his insistent yelling.” – Random Curiosity
- “I like how Rin reacts about this. While it may seem like he’s being annoying at first with all his screaming, it’s realistic and it actually gets him some answers. With all the stuff that’s been happening around him, I’d be agitated all the time. It doesn’t help that everyone knew exactly what was going on except for him. That’s a real bummer.” – Hachimitsu
- “The first half overall wasn’t really that interesting: it was just your average introduction. Then the second half came, and the brothers actually got to talk to each other, and it really made up for that…It’s been established by now that this is a pure shounen series, and considering that it does a very good job.” – Star Crossed Anime Blog
- “Once again, Ao no Exorcist proves to be a well done shounen (so far) with this episode, with the conflict between the two brothers (and the eventual resolution) rather fitting. Aside from their conflict, though, this episode was pretty much just introduction to the setting that is Hogwarts True Cross Academy. Grade: 3.7/5.” – Emory Anime Club
- “As much as I love Rin I couldn’t stand him yelling his lungs out in that annoying whiny voice in most of the time. And let’s see… not much happens, not even some introductions to the classmates (._.) which I guess is for next ep. ” – Banana Muffin Blog
ROUND THREE RESULTS FOR SPRING 2011 SHOWS:
Thumbs-up for Round Three: Steins;Gate, Deadman Wonderland, Hanasaku Iroha, Ano Hana, Tiger and Bunny, Nichijou, Yondemasu-yo Azazel-san, C: The Money of Soul and Possibility Control, Blue Exorcist
Thumbs-down for Round Three: Moshidora, Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko, X-Men
Coming up next (in this order): Kaiji Season 2, Hyouge Mono