The fight that had been brewing for a couple of episodes is finally here! Almost. Exorcists getting their weapons ready even when they’re pretty much wetting their pants; people getting sick already, and Mephistos, who couldn’t be more comfortable if he was Netflix-and-chilling at home. Here is my review for Episode 8 of Blue Exorcist -Kyoto Impure King Arc-.
Japanese Original Episode Title: 父子相伝
The only way I could have been happier after discovering that Tatsuma and Karura were alive would be if Todo spontaneously combusted. Maybe that way he would finally shut the hell up. Ever since the first time he appeared, he hasn’t stopped talking!
On a more pleasant note, the leader powers were transferred to Suguro from his father, and the fact that he now will be in control of red flames while Rin possesses blue ones is not lost on me. Maybe this means the start of a killer team or maybe it is just the way the differences between these two characters are further stated.
With fire seemingly being the best way to defeat this Impure King, these two do seem like they have a good chance. I know Rin will recover his powers on time, so that’s fine. The only thing is that this demon, as big as it seems now, doesn’t look like it’ll be their main concern. Fresh and young Todo is possibly the main threat. The worst thing is that everyone seems to have forgotten him, and you might not know this, but talking crap is not his only ability. And this guy’s main power is also fire.
With the team once more looking like a team that will possibly work out, especially with Konekomaru being useful and making us all proud, and Shiemi getting her shit together, they look like they might stand a chance.
From father to son: Was I the only one who saw the smile on Rin’s face when witnessing the moment when Suguro let his father know how he felt? This was all comforting, really. I was preparing myself to see Tatsuma die, leaving a very pissed and regretful Suguro behind. Although Tatsuma was able to see his son continue a legacy he meant to finish with himself, you can tell by the relief on his face that he was actually proud.
Todo and Yukio: Ever since their first encounter at the beginning of the season, Todo seems to have a permanent raging hard-on for Yukio. Because of his obsession, he has been diligently working to lure young Okumura to the dark side. The sad thing is, it doesn’t seem like he has to do much, really. I’ve mentioned before that Yukio’s feelings are too obvious, and although they might not be as twisted as Todo wants to make him believe they are, the demon is probably pretty close in his guessing. I’m just so disappointed in Yukio for allowing this guy to manipulate him so. I mean, you might feel this way or the other, but that doesn’t mean this demon is your friend because he ‘understands you.’ It’s none of his business how you feel. Saburota Todo is just looking for someone to use and discard, same way he did with Mamushi.
Themes & Trivia
Red and Blue: As you might have noticed in a lot of manga and anime, ghosts are normally portrayed as little blue flames. That’s what I always thought was related to Rin’s, or well, Satan’s blue fire: That it is associated with death and malign spirits. On the other hand, we have the fact that although a demon in this series, Karura is a Phoenix: The mythological bird that is able to reborn from its own ashes. Its flame is red and powerful and most definitely represents life and vitality. Pretty ironic, isn’t it?
I really haven’t much left to say as I have already expressed my frustration and dislike to the relationship between Todo and Yukio, which along with the moment between Suguro and his father, was probably the most important scene in this episode. We still haven’t had much of a fight except for Todo overpowering Yukio by not shutting up the same way I haven’t shut up as far as this topic is concerned.
Oh, there’s this other thing that has been on my mind lately, even though it can be considered pretty much irrelevant to the current situation: How different can the Shima brothers be from one another? We have Juzo who is so serious and righteous there’s no doubt he’s the heir. Then the blonde one, who is basically a kamikaze/thug, and finally little Shima who we know is too chill for his own good and who seems to just hate confrontations and drama. Really, they’re all opposites.
Todo, go die onegaishimasu.
Things are getting ready for this game and almost all the players are currently in their respective positions. I honestly started to watch this one hoping to witness this epic battle once and for all, but hey, the things revealed and solved (or messed up) in this episode were very good too. We’re getting there, really. Good thing I’m not holding my breath.