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Episode 7 of Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Fujouou-Hen started where the last week’s ended: With Tatsuma Suguro’s immobile body on the ground after being stabbed through the throat by a very cunning Saburota Todo who had just eaten another demon. It was quite a cliffhanger, which is why I was waiting to review this episode: it leaves us at the threshold where the mayhem begins for real.
Japanese Title: 気炎万丈
Rin agrees to help defeat the Impure King as per, what they still ignore might come to be Suguro’s last will. It was all great, except for the fact that Rin wasn’t even able to draw Kurikara out of its sheath. On top of that, the order from the Vatican comes, and Rin is locked up by Mephistos in some funky looking demon door, awaiting his death.
Mamushi does tell everyone the truth and they proceed to freak out. During this, I was able to prove my views on her as it turned out she was just some confused girl, a little too easy to manipulate. Yes, I’m judging her.
Thanks to Shura, who’s basically Rin’s fairy godmother at this point, the gang managed to save him. It was cool to finally see people on Rin’s side when almost everyone was against him. I mean, it’s really easy to be scared, and thinking about the circumstances, it’s understandable. Imagine yourself in their position: Satan’s son. After seeing god knows how many scary movies where the main plot is avoiding at all costs Satan’s son from being born as he’ll be the bringer of death and destruction, you definitely end up having some prejudices. Imagine finding out that kid was indeed born, and guess what? He’s your classmate. How fucked up is that? It’s even worse in their situation as they happen to be people training specifically to get rid of demons.
Shiemi not being burned by Rin’s flames was something I was really waiting for. After seeing it in the first season, I always wondered what was up with that. Since Suguro did get burn when Rin punched him, there are two possibilities: Shiemi is the only one who is immune, or the blue flame only burns when he’s mad/when he intends to.
And speaking of Suguro, he revealed the reason why he was mad all along. However, everyone present was taken aback by his statements, including me. I side-eyed the hell out of what intended to be a warm, nice reconciliation because of my disbelief. Didn’t care at all that he was befriending Satan’s son without knowing it? Was he just mad because Rin didn’t trust him with that secret? He sure proves to be a character with his mind so straight it was almost unbelievable. Then again, amidst all the paranoia and drama, he being like that was kind of refreshing.
Kurikara Battle: In the middle of this mess, I think it should be highlighted that Kurikara is the name of a battle between two Japanese clans that happened around 1183. It was a very long battle that left as a result famine and disease, just like the Impure King here promises to do. Adding to that, said battle happened in Kyoto as well. Isn’t it very ironic that they ended up naming the sword that is supposed to defeat the Impure King with the name of a battle that left the same misery as the demon does? Or was it just a coincidence?
All in all, this was a good one. Although, as expected, Yukio was an asshole during his brief appearance at the beginning. I just had to mention it. I’m glad Rin is not being treated like a disease by his classmates anymore, but I got really salty when I saw that his brother, whom he grew up with, didn’t do anything to try to save him. He just walked out! I don’t want to believe he just abandoned him, but as I mentioned before, with this behavior and doubts, Yukio’s definitely becoming suspicious.
But hey, I might just be getting biased against him, letting my growing dislike for this guy to get in the way of objectiveness. Maybe, when he left all mad, he was planning to directly talk to the superiors to spare his brother… Too bad said brother is already free, after probably violating some other 500 rules. I’m sure Yukio will be thrilled.
So far, we have Mephistos, who’s comfortably sitting, enjoying a show that might as well have been planned by him; Yukio, who looks like he’s just done and is ready to backstab everyone, and house full of exorcists and not-quite exorcists with a half demon, who’s not in full control of his powers yet. Am I missing something?
Things looking peachy indeed while the Impure King keeps on growing, resembling more a fungus than a demon, and things are set in motion to what we expect will lead to an amazing fight. And not too many deaths.
See you next here MANGA.TOKYO for the next episode! Meanwhile why don’t you check the rest of our reviews for this season? We have also posted a photo otaku tour of Kyoto, a must-read for all Blue Exorcist fans:
NEXT TIME: From Father to Son (父子相伝)
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