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January 5 marks the beginning of the new saga of our favorite son of Satan – Okumura Rin. After all, the second season, Ao no Exorcist: Kyoto Fujouou-Hen -, quenches our thirst for more Blue Exorcist videos. You can expect lots of fights and magic in this season. Moreover, everything is held in the thousand-year capital Kyoto! We also get to see more of our favorite Ao no Exorcist characters grow not only as a person but as demon fighters as well.
Without further adieu, let’s proceed with the review of this season’s first episode!
Japanese Title: 嚆矢濫觴
This episode starts off at the point where Rin’s and Yukio’s ties to Satan were discovered by their classmates. At True Cross District 5, it shows that Rin, despite still not able to completely control his blue flames, was taken along by Shura and Yukio in their mission to retrieve the ‘Left Eye of the Impure King.’ This object is a demon relic that corrupts everything around it and produces demonic miasma. Their investigation leads them to a Kyoto temple where the ‘Right Eye of the Impure King’ was sealed. Conflicts arise as they learn more about the truth that surrounds not only the mission but the characters as well.
Too many feels right from the beginning! If you know most anime, they will just start with a happy-go-lucky feel and the events that unravel after will build up to the climax of the episode. That isn’t the case with the first episode of Ao no Exorcist: Kyoto Fujouou-hen. There’s excitement right from the start!
Highlight #1: The Beginning
For those who have read the manga, you may already be familiar with that little child who is being held by the hand by his mother behind the yellow police line. You’ll get the feel that this is really the ‘Kyoto Saga’! If you haven’t read the manga yet, then the giveaway is right when Rin is walking on the train platform with Shura as he giddily reads a Kyoto trip guide in the later part of the episode.
Highlight #2: Clash of Convictions
The mother of the child who was abducted by a masked person pleaded to the exorcists on the scene – mainly to Shura and Yukio – to save her child. Rin instantly chirped in that they will surely save the boy, but Yukio shut him up by telling the mother that there is no guarantee that they can save him. This ensues a conflict between the Okumura brothers with Yukio. Yukio is just looking at things more realistically as it would indeed be cruel to make a promise that they aren’t sure they can keep. Rin, on the other hand, stands his ground that they don’t know the results yet unless they try. Shura breaks the argument between the twins by dragging Rin away.
Highlight #3: The Real Culprit
The culprit usually appears at the latter half of the series. However, season 2 of Ao no Exorcist exposes right from the first episode who the audience should watch out for. You won’t suspect that he is the one who will antagonize the protagonist and his friends. That person’s smart yet evil machination makes the first season’s antagonist’s plots pale in comparison. He even tries to indoctrinate Yukio with his demonic way of thinking!
Highlight #4: Unexpected Awkwardness
Rin’s classmates from the exorcist class still don’t know how to treat him after knowing that he is the son of Satan. An unexpected reunion on the train to Tokyo further emphasizes that they either hate him or fear him. Of course, there’s also those who just don’t care about it. The very awkward trip eventually turns into a three-way word fight between Izumo, Suguro, and Rin.
Kyoto, where this anime’s setting is based off, is known to be the thousand-year capital of Japan. As for the anime itself, it picks up from Episode 15 of the previous season. Avid fans of Ao no Exorcist might remember that right after that episode, the first season anime has broken away from the original manga plot and has taken on its own twist of the story. With this season, the entire Ao no Exorcist series goes right back on track.
It has been indeed a long time since the last episode of the first season. In fact, I don’t seem to remember what happened in the previous season as it was released way back in 2011. It helps that there are flashback scenes here in this episode, though. I highly recommend re-watching season 1 first before watching Ao no Exorcist: Kyoto Fujouou-hen.so that you can get into the groove.
As the teaser for the next episode rolled out, I got a glimpse of the new characters. There’s a cool one who got my attention. Also, it seems like these new characters are part of someone’s family? I’m excited to see whose! Let’s find out next week here in MANGA.TOKYO!
Also, don’t forget to check the rest of our episodic anime reviews for Winter 2017!
NEXT TIME: Strange Bedfellows, (呉越同舟)
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