In Episode 9 of Blue Exorcist -Kyoto Impure King Arc-, Yukio is not a traitor, Rin still cannot use his full powers, Todo keeps on getting more annoying, and everyone is acting according to their personalities during these times of tension and the possibility of it all ending in death.
Japanese Original Episode Title: 雪中松柏
It’s a popular belief that you don’t really get to know someone until you see them act in a highly stressful situation, or a dangerous one, like in this case. We were able to see sides to some characters I wasn’t even expecting. Last time I spoke about Shima’s differences when compared to his brothers, and I’m convinced somebody read my mind by making them even more obvious.
Kamiki was also being pretty mean, but honestly, I completely understood her. I’ve never been more annoyed at Shiemi as I was during this episode. Yes, she was useful at the end, but couldn’t she have done all that earlier?
On a happier note: YASSS YUKIO! I was so pleasantly surprised when it was proved that he wasn’t being an idiot after all. Well, not a total idiot at least. Also, I have to admit that ever since I started this series, I have hoped for him to be able to summon blue flames as well, or even some kind of demonic power, and looks like my prayers have been heard. We’ll just have to wait to see what the implications of these blue eyes we saw are.
Meanwhile, Rin is still unable to fight using all his powers and although Suguro is holding up well, now that the sporangium thing exploded, I don’t think that’s going to last long. And: no Rin, that thing did not look like a meat bun at all. Maybe like some spoiled food. And Juzo was just badass.
Todo and Yukio (Again): The episode started right where it ended and contrary to my fears, Yukio turned out to be decent. The shady way he had been acting all the season had us suspecting he would end up betraying us all, but fortunately that didn’t happen. Like, if he is going to betray us, I’m just so glad it was not because someone as disgusting as Todo convinced him to do so. In this episode we finally got insight on his feelings and what was really on his mind as of late. He finally admitted to himself that he does have a problem with his brother, but that at the same time he is not like he’s going to go to the dark side because of it. He loves and hates Rin and that’s fine to me. I bet those who have an annoying sibling can definitely relate.
Themes & Trivia
Filial relations: Parents and children usually don’t share the same expectations when it comes to the children’s future. Shima and Yukio are examples of that; just like in real life, the parents’ expectations might go against what the children really believe or want. And these expectations and the pressure that comes from them can be as damaging as they can be good. Shima was about to bail the hell out, and I don’t blame him. However, the way he turned back, unable to leave Konekomaru betrays that in some way, his father’s preaching on having to protect his two friends did stick with him. On Yukio’s case, he and his brother were treated differently, and that also reflects on their personalities and the way they act.
I really haven’t much left to say except that Konekomaru is da man and that the character growth he shows is amazing. Kid went from non-stop whining to being very much a hero. On the other side, Juzo is also pretty amazing. Even though he is a new character, the guy has been doing what he’s meant to do from the beginning. He is cool and he knows what’s up. If Todo kills him, I’ll be very pissed.
Suguro might not be able to hold the shield for long, but hopefully Rin will be able to control his powers… well not control, but use his powers by then. And I’m getting very confused. Is this Impure King a demon or an edification, or what the hell? And I’m not a demon fighting expert by any extent, but why is everyone fighting on their own? If they all unite forces and concentrate their attacks on the source of the problem, like Suguro and Rin are trying to do, wouldn’t that be more efficient?
The beginning of the end.
Judging by the next episode’s preview, things are not going so well. Rin keeps on questioning himself and everything seems to go to shit. I don’t know how long this battle will be, but taking into account that the name of this season is Kyoto Fujouou hen I dare to say it’ll end when the battle ends.