Brotherly love, or so we thought…?
Hoshi: While school has ONCE AGAIN delayed me from watching a lot of spring shows, it can never grasp its soul-killing hands around my beloved Ao no Exorcist! Not only because it premieres on a Sunday, but because its awesomeness can not be stopped, seriously. Anyways, let’s move on to episode 3, shall we?
Hime: It’s that time again. Geez do these weeks seem long waiting for another episode of Exorcist to come out, but I can’t believe it’s been three already. I hope this one drags us out of the funk that episode 2 left me in. It was so god-damn depressing; I don’t think my soul could take another 20 minutes of Rin’s crushed expression. Make me smile, guys!
Hoshi: Keeping to his declaration of wanting to become an exorcist, Rin leaves the monastery, and waits for Mephisto and Yukio. Mephisto finally arrives, telling Rin that he’s taking him to True Cross Academy, at which he happens to be the principal of, to be a student there along with Yukio.
Rin takes the school tour for the freshman, where he also learns that Yukio is actually the Freshman representative. At the end of the tour, he comes upon on a dog that commands him to follow, and Rin does until they wind up outside. The dog suddenly transforms into none other than Mephisto. There, he gives Rin a key, telling him that it will get him to his cram school classes, also known as his exorcist training, from any door. He also warns him that he needs to control his flames since no one else knows he is Satan’s offspring. With that, Mephisto shows him the way to ‘cram school’ and comes along with him to class in his dog form.
It turns out Yukio has some more secrets of his own when he enters the classroom as the teacher! In fact, Yukio has been studying Exorcism since he was seven, and has already become an exorcist, something Rin hadn’t known at all. Rin is so shocked, he demands Yukio to explain all of it. As the rest of the class waits outside, Yukio finally tells him that he too knew about Rin being a demon since he studied to be an exorcist under the guidance of their father.
An upset Rin causes Yukio to drop the vile of rotten animal blood that was going to be used for the Spirit Wound ceremony, and draws numerous hobgoblins out. Yukio quickly starts to shoot them down as Rin keeps questioning him. Yukio’s responses turn out to be very bitter, telling his own brother that he should give himself to the Order or just die if his intentions to be an exorcist are to avenge their father. He even says it was Rin’s fault their father died since Rin’s last harsh words to his father caused him to be weak enough to let Satan possessed his body. With that, Yukio points his gun at his own brother…
Rin finally snaps, unleashing his blue flames and his sword as a large hobgoblin appears behind Yukio unnoticed. Rin passes by his brother and slices the monster in two.
The two brothers finally calm down after Rin tells Yukio that he wanted to become an exorcist to be stronger; the same reason Yukio had gone down the path to be an exorcist himself. After class, Rin finally gets to his dorm room and finds out Yukio will be staying with him to keep an eye on him. Welcome to jail, Rin~
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Hime: …Okay, so I’ve heard that Yukio gets a lot of flack. Now I don’t know why (as I see him through the totally non-biased ANYTHINGJUNFUKUYAMADOESISAWESOME goggles) but guys, come on, HOW BADASS WAS HE. IN. THIS. EPISODE? The answer: Supremely. HOLY SHIT, MAN. Someone needs to .gif the hell out of the gun-scene and spam me repeatedly with it. I mean, his Black Lagoon-esque gunplay was damn sexy. Bond ain’t that smooth dammit! And all the while the intensity is building until him and Rin really have it off with each other, Yukio trying to justify his anger, Rin realizing it was his fault but still not willing to fight his brother. Oooooh! It was another “shout at the screen” moment. When Rin did his demon power up though, that was epic. DAT TAIL. HHNNNG. Then the intense atmosphere just dissipates into something quiet and they are brothers again! IT WAS SO BEAUTIFUL *_*
Rin’s WTF-ing about the school was so cute, too, especially when people started whispering about him and he went all huffy, lol. Mephisto as a dog was…interesting. Tbh, I don’t like it much. For lack of a better word it’s…silly, and a bit too crackish but then so is Mephisto himself so I can’t really be surprised. He reminds me of a less sinister Break from Pandora Hearts. It’s kinda funny how you can hardly tell it’s Hiroshi Kamiya, he throws some weird inflection into his voice that makes it hard to place. Good news for me as I’d rather distance myself from the fact it’s him. I love the guy, don’t get me wrong, but for other kinds of characters. The Spirit Wounds are an interesting concept, it was particularly cool to find out how Yukio became an Exorcist. And by cool I mean TRAGIC. I was BAWWWING so hard.
The fact that it was really Rin who didn’t know anything was handled really well. You get all his frustration and guilt and sympathies, but I also got where Yukio was coming from. I mean, you’d be sore too if your brother pretty much cursed you from birth, even if it wasn’t his fault. And the fact he was inadvertently the cause of their Father’s death. It’s angst but it’s well written angst, so it flys in my book, haha. Their wordplay remains my favorite, (not just cause I’m just totally for their literal bromance, honest) but because it’s just so sweet and natural. While I wished we could have seen a bit more of his classmates, (the guy with the dyed moheikan, I WANT) the episode really had to be about the brothers, but now that it’s over, and judging from the preview, we should get more of a taster to the other characters next time. Until then~ I’m away to watch this episode again. And again. And again. And again…
Yukio, you can be my warden ANYTIME Honestly, Hime has taken the words right out of my mouth when it comes to Yukio, but Yukio, oh Yukio, you deserved to be fangirled about over and over AND OVER AGAIN. That gun action; HOT DAMN THAT BOY HAS MOVES. He kicked so much butt all the while looking extremely serious with those gleaming glasses of his like a total bad-ass. If you didn’t like Yukio now, I’m pretty damn sure you will now (plus as Hime said, JUN FUKUYAMA~). Coupled with the fact Rin pulled out that sword and sliced that hobgoblin so awesomely this episode, these twins can make one pretty bad-ass exorcism team. Who are you gonna call? Not Ghost Busters, that’s for sure.
While I extremely fangirled over Yukio during their dramatic confrontation scene, I was also pretty mad at him for saying those things to Rin. Yes, I do get where this is coming from, and it’s understandable, but I just couldn’t help but get so angry! Poor Rin, being blamed by his own brother, HIS TWIN, over their father’s death. I really wanted to scream when Yukio also told him to just die ;A; I am glad though that this didn’t completely ruin their bromance, but I know there’s still going to be some tension over this, especially if Rin gets out of control.
Now that I’ve heard more of Mephisto, I can definitely hear Hiroshi Kamiya’s voice. I just don’t know how this man does it, changing his voice so much that a majority of us fangirls couldn’t even recognize it. I think I’m in love with Hiroshi Kamiya even more now…Also, is it just me or did Mephisto just get even more cooler? He’s so quirky, I LOVE IT. You can tell this guy has a lot up his sleeves though, and I’m excited for that day when he reveals it~.
It’s time for the Kana Hanazawa character to appear as the adorable Shiemi will be introduced! So why are the brothers in this garden, and what does our cute looking female lead have to do with it? Until next week then~!