And so enters the demon among demons in his ominous blue flames…
Hoshi: After a bling-ed out first impression decorated with fancy graphics and in-depth coverage dear Kyokai scavenged the net for, we are back to the normal posting process, but hey! That doesn’t mean Ao no Exorcist hasn’t stepped down from any of its pure awesomeness presented in the first episode. However, this time around, we’re taken through a more serious turn of events…
Continuing from last week’s escape from the demon-possessed Shiratori , Fujimoto and Rin are running from ghouls that are suddenly starting to appear and come after Rin. They manages to escape for now and make a run back to the church. Meanwhile, it seems Shiratori didn’t stay normal for long…
Rin and Fujimoto make it back where the others have hurriedly prepared barriers around the monastery. Fujimoto then takes Rin underneath an alter. There lies a sword, a demon-slaying blade called Kurikara. Rin’s powers have been sealed into the sword by its scabbard and if he were to draw it, then his demonic powers would awakened and the chance of ever being human again would be zero. As for Yukio, being the weakest in the womb, the powers rejected him and Rin became the only to inherit it.
It doesn’t take long for the demon-possessed Shiratori to make his way to Rin as he steals and crashes a truck into the monastery, letting in himself and many ghouls. Fujimoto ends up pushing Rin back to where the sword was hidden to hide him from the demons, and he also gives him a cellphone with just one number in it, giving instructions to call it once he leaves the monastery.
The other priests fight diligently but they all get beaten down, leaving only Fujimoto. Yet Rin manages to escape and take down Shiratori as Fujimoto once again exorcises the demon out of him. Everything seems to have finally calm down until…
Fujimoto collapses and the monastery suddenly turns dark. Before Rin knows, Satan has possessed Fujimoto’s body.
Being that he’s too powerful for this world, Satan opens the Gehenna gate and wants Rin to come back with him. Rin refuses but is dragged by him onto the gate, which starts to swallow him.
Suddenly, the Satan-possessed Fujimoto grabs the necklace around his neck and jabs the long point into his heart, the real Fujimoto killing himself to get rid of Satan and the Gehenna gate. Yet the gate never lets go of anything, and in an attempt to save Fujimoto, Rin grabs his sword, despite the warning given to him earlier, and draws it, unleashing a massive amount of blue flames and his demon form. The gate soon disappears just as dawn approaches.
However the attempt doesn’t do anything for poor Fujimoto, who lies dead on the floor.
After Fujimoto’s funeral, Rin stands by his grave and decides to call the number in the cellphone he had given him. Turns out the man is there already, and introduces himself as a representitive of the Japanese branch of the True Cross Order, Mephisto Pheles.
He tells Rin that him walking around in Assiah is a threat to humankind and he needs to be disposed of by either getting killed by them, kill them and run away, or kill himself. However, Rin decides for another route; to become an exorcist himself. After a good laugh, Mephisto decides to let him follow the hard path to becoming an exorcist~.
Hime: Oh, how I love boys with tails. Anyway, Blue Exorcist comes back with a vengeance for it’s second episode. Hot Damn was this some roller coaster, emotionally and visually. I feel ashamed cause while I remember the basics from the manga I really have forgotten a lot since I read it a while ago. No point recapping now though, I’ll just watch the anime and enjoy being surprised by the things my brain forgot to remember about the manga. Well, we get to see our OP this week and it’s just as good as Deadman’s. Loved how colorful and fast it was. The animation was totally cute, too. The little glimpses into Rin’s childhood worked well with the conflicting stuff he had to deal with this time. I d’aww’d at all the memories of chibi Rin; him and Yukio were so adorable. I love twins. (if you’re gonna have incest it might as well be twincest)
It was rally cool to see Fujimoto packin’. Kicking demon ass with his exorcist rifle. And all the other guys of the church were cool too. They held there own against those giant demonic mushrooms better than I ever could! But the scene where they have the confrontation right before Satan shows up was so heart-wrenching. All the shouting and Fujimoto’s expression when Rin said he wasn’t his real dad. BAWWWW. And the slap was so powerful. BAWWWWWW. Rin how could you say those things? I get it though, he was pure having a crisis. A well deserved one. Poor kid finding out he was a demon, it really seemed to mess with him (of course). The whole scene where Satan tries to take him back was insane. I was literally screaming at my laptop going “Nooooo! Rin!” ><!!! Somebody SAVE HIM. But what followed was both so touching and badass. I don’t think I could love Rin’s character more. He’s gotta be one of the most refreshing shounen heroes for a long time. Ooooooo, then Yukio shows up and his face is all like D: and Rin’s is just as bad, he’s all like T_T and I was just like *facedesk* and….Okay, I’m gonna stop now. What I mean to say was this episode was amazing but also SO FREAKIN SAD. YUKIO, HUG YOUR DAMN BROTHER YOU ASSHOLE.
Hoshi: After being lectured a bit, and reading a certain article, I’ve come to detach my fangirl pride and actually take a listen at the ED instead of just criticize the animation and the group behind it. I have to say it’s quite catchy, but I still feel that is doesn’t really fit the show once it gets into the chorus. Nonetheless, being a Kpop fangirl, I do indeed like the song. As for the OP, it actually turned out to be quite more awesome that I expected! It is a bit slow for my taste but it’s good nonetheless. The animation was just squee-worthy, especially towards the end when they show Yukio firing his gun, kyaa~.
Honestly, I don’t have much words. I’ve read the manga, and I knew what would happen, but seeing this scene ANIMATED just brings me to more tears that the manga scene could ever have. I had to re-watch this THREE times, and each time I had tears in my eyes ;A; The fact that they didn’t have Fujimoto say any cheesy last words, and had him already dead once Satan left his body really gave the scene a more heartbreaking impact. I thought it was a nice touch because it really had me sobbing. I’m always sticking my tongue out (while trying to hold my tears) at cliche death scenes, but this time around, I found myself satisfied, then completely started sobbing once Rin started crying (GOSH DAMNIT YUKIO WHY DO YOU SHOW NO EMOTIOOOON?!)
I’m still a bit in awe over the animation; I’m always screen capping the hell out of those scenes with the blue flames (did I just make a pun?). The battle scenes were glorious, and the way they animate the demons and ghouls is really neat and interesting to me. They look downright scary at times, not to mention creepy. I’m pretty sure A-1 has every religious fanatic running for cover. I almost forgot Kamiya was Mephisto. HE DOES NOT SOUND LIKE IT AT ALL (Goodness, the voice power of seiyuus…). Also, to me it seems like Mephisto is a lot more comical looking in the anime than in the manga |’D A weird thing to say, but I just can’t take him seriously even with that evil smile of his~.
Looks like Rin makes it into True Cross Academy, but really, all I’m worried about is…WHY IS YUKIO POINTING A GUN?! DON’T SHOOT; WE LOVE YOU!
We promise to stop pairing you up with Rin! Until next week then~!