Blue Exorcist: Kuro no Iede OVA
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Series Premise: Ao no Exorcist, or “Blue Exorcist”, was a 25-episode supernatural action series based on a long-running shonen manga that aired from April to October 2011. As a teenager, Rin learns that he is actually the son of Satan, and turning against his fate he vows to be come an exorcist and defeat his destiny. In October 2011, there was a one-episode OVA special titled Kuro no Iede, or “Kuro’s Trip Away from Home”.
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Spoiler-free Series set-up: Kuro (the demon cat) is teased by Rin during dinner, and in a huff he decides to run off. Along his journey, he comes across all of the other main characters seen during the series, but his ultimate goal is to find his former friend, Shiratori. While he does finally find him, Kuro discovers that real home is now with Rin.
My Impressions: Meh, it’s nothing more than a Blue Exorcist extra, no different from any other episode you might see during the series, except this one does is totally a side story that does not mean anything for the plot whatsoever. It gives pretty much every single character a little bit of screen time with various lightly amusing encounters, and that’s about it.
I had already watched and reviewed Blue Exorcist some months ago, but ultimately dropped it after four episodes, judging it a fair-to-middlin’ show, your typical lightweight shonen adventure that didn’t quite have enough oomph to keep me engaged. This episode is the same — decent enough, but not really much meat to it.
If you’re already a fan of Blue Exorcist, then by all means watch this — you’ll enjoy it. But for non-fans, there’s nothing special here that you would not get from the regular series itself.
The verdict: – for the fans
- Not exactly a preview, but related little clip on Youtube.
- Info resources:
- If you like this, you might also like: Soul Eater or Bleach.
Sampling of Online Reviews:
- “Make no mistake, this is a slice-of-life episode – but it’s a damn good one. If this had aired during the TV run I’d rank it in the upper half of all the aired episodes, and it makes a nice contrast to the darker and somewhat ponderous tone of the anime-only final arc. It’s small-scale, but AoEx can be really good when it’s small-scale – and this OVA reminded me of why I came to like this series so much in the first place.” – Lost in America
- …and that’s it? I would have expected I could have found more reviews, since Blue Exorcist is a moderately popular series. Oh well.
ROUND ONE RESULTS FOR THE FALL 2011 SHOWS:
Thumbs-up for Round One: Un-Go, Chibi Devi, Working Season 2, Bakuman Season 2, Mirai Nikki, Shinryaku Ika Musume Season 2, Ben-To, Chihayafuru, Guilty Crown, Phi-Brain, Last Exile: Fam the Silver Wing, Fate Zero, Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai, Hunter x Hunter, Tamayura Hitotose, Kyousou Giga, Gdgd Fairies, Toradora OVA, Blue Exorcist: Kuro no Iede
Thumbs-down for Round One: Morita-san wa Mukuchi Season 2, Kimi to Boku, C3: CubexCursedxCurious, Mobile Suit Gundam AGE, Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere, Majikoi Oh! Samurai Girls, Shakugan no Shana Final, Mashiro-iro Symphony: The Color of Lovers, Persona 4: The Animation, Maken-ki, Cross Fight B-Daman, Digimon Xros Wars Season 2, High Score, Infinite Stratos OVA, Hidamari Sketch SP, Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai OVA, Queen’s Blade Premium Visual Book
Coming up next: Sengoku Paradise Kiwami, Sora no Kiseki, Lupin III Movie, Deadman Wonderland OVA, Dragonball Z Episode of Bardock, R-15 OVA, Hoshizora e Kakaru OVA