Blue Exorcist Episode 4
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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: More bumbling around Hogwart’s as Harry Potter helps exorcise a demon from Hermione; Run-of-the-mill shonen manga story just ain’t cutting it.
Episode Summary: Rin joins his brother to pick up supplies at the Exorcist Shop, and meets with the shopowner’s daughter, Shiemi. Since the death of her grandmother, she’s been tending her prized garden, and getting progressively weaker with time. Yukio determines she’s been possessed by a demon that lives in the garden and entered Shiemi during a moment of weakness, and the two of them exorcise the demon. The next day, Shiemi joins Rin in exorcism class.
My Impressions: The first 1 7/8th episodes of Blue Exorcist were bad-ass, and it was shaping up to be a keeper. Then it went all wonky as Rin heads off to Hogwart’s Magical Academy, complete with secret passageways that can only be opened by magical keys. The purpose of this episode, apparently, was to introduce a new character, the blonde idiot girl Shiemi. Rin also gets an opportunity to go all blue-glow-demon and save the girl, and Yukio gets the opportunity to lord over Yukio like a doting parent.
This is shaping up to be a run-of-the-mill shonen manga story, right up there with Bleach or Soul Eater, Fairy Tail or Hunter X Hunter. Honestly, there’s not really anything wrong with that — after all shonen manga/anime series are among the most popular stories out there. But what it means is that the story is aimed at the ten year old viewer, which I am definitely not. Sometimes a shonen manga story will work on a couple of different levels, aimed at the younger audience but also including stuff that will attract older viewers as well. But, alas, this is not one of those shows.
I am also not a fan of gosh-golly Rin, who does that annoying thing of acting like a back-country hick and marveling at everything new around him. He also seems to be cut from the same cloth of protagonists that believes he can get his point across better if he could just YELL IT LOUDER AND LOUDER.
Sorry, but Blue Exorcist gets the drop. It’s not a poor show, it’s just not engaging enough for me to continue on a regular basis. I might return to watch some episodes in the future.
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- 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:
- “If there’s any episode that didn’t scream “I’m a shounen,” it’d be this one. This was THE token episode all shounens seem to have, a self-contained story with simple values, and a good helping of “heart.” Throw in some back and forth yelling where the one that yells the loudest wins the moral argument, and you’ve got today’s Ao no Exorcist.” – Random Curiosity
- “Nothing too deep or too shallow for this episode, but it gives Rin some matters to think about between his relationship with Father Fujimoto and Shiemi’s relationship with her grandmother. You can see the clear-cut parallels between the aforementioned relationships and how their stubborn personalities can lead one to death and others misery. ” – THAT Anime Blog
- “This totally feels like the typical shounen show, I miss the intense-ness of the first 2 episodes ;_; ~~ oh well, I’m well prepared with how this series will turn out now, it’s gonna be like: new intro to character, look into their past, be friends, then after that’s done with, they all go to Gehenna and fight Satan~ that’s my guess so far lol I’m not sure if that’s how the manga goes XD it seems so.. dull…” – Bananamuffin Blog
- “And that’s the great thing about this series: it may not be anything new, but the things it does, it does really well. For a moment I was a bit afraid of the cliches taking over this series, but by now it has shown that it’s going to turn into one of the examples of how this kind of premise should be done well. The main character is still a bit annoying, but I doubt that this will remain for long. Even this episode, which focused on a completely different character for once, had plenty of scenes that fleshed out the two brothers again. ” – Star Crossed Anime Blog
ROUND FOUR RESULTS FOR SPRING 2011 SHOWS:
Thumbs-up for Round Four: Steins;Gate, Deadman Wonderland, Hanasaku Iroha, Ano Hana, Tiger and Bunny, Nichijou, Yondemasu-yo Azazel-san, C: The Money of Soul and Possibility Control
Thumbs-down for Round Four: Blue Exorcist
Coming up next (in this order): Kaiji Season 2, Hyouge Mono