Someone didn’t get the memo about the “formal” dress code
After a weekend of partyin’, I’m back to bloggin’
I’m slightly disappointed that they revealed the culprit so darn soon. It was only last week that everyone was pointing fingers at each other and I began wildly speculating who the mole might be. It feels as if they didn’t hold out long enough to build suspense. They just pulled the curtain back as soon as they had the chance. In a way, I suppose it works given that this is a 1 cour show and the strength of a shounen battle show lies in (obviously) shounen battles. Not petty mysteries.
As it turns out, Mamushi is the one responsible for the incident with the eye. It initially seems against her character since she’s so devoted, but apparently she got tricked into thinking that her actions are actually virtuous. It makes sense, and it was a nice surprise, especially after they set Juzo up at the beginning of the episode, making us think that he was the bad guy.
Should have known the snake girl would be such a snake
The episode was mostly theatrics involving this case, and I can’t say it really grabbed me. I found myself much more interested in Rin’s confrontation with Bon.
Okay, so that was overly dramatic as well, but I like how it touches on one of the core themes of Ao no Exorcist: family. It particularly focuses on father figures, and how they influence their son(s). Rin’s father was incredibly kind, and Rin lost him all of a sudden after unfairly shouting some particularly bitter things at him. Shiro had his reasons for keeping Rin’s origins a secret, and Rin didn’t understand that until it was too late to apologize.
There’s a similar dilemma going on with Bon and Tatsuma. Bon used to adore his father, but they became estranged when Tatsuma sullied his reputation by being an overall bum. His view of his father has only gotten worse after visiting Kyoto and unearthing all these half-truths. Tatsuma is suspiciously dodging all lines of questioning to fully explain these accusations, but I feel that he has his reasons. Like Shiro, he may not be at liberty to reveal everything until the time is right. He’s willing to protect Bon from this secret even if it means his own beloved son starts to hate him for it.
Of course, Bon can’t see that in the heat of the moment, so he gets mad. It’s understandable. His own father is just wordlessly shuffling off to chase after a traitor after she accused him of harboring secrets about the spawn of Satan. He doesn’t even try to defend himself. Even worse, he ignores Bon after avoiding him for so long. The two fight, and Rin gets triggered when he remembers how badly yelling at his dad turned out for him. It was a powerful moment when Rin snapped. I like that before he erupted in flames, there was this heavy moment of complete silence. I’m not sure the best way for him to convey his feelings was to punch the living daylights out of Bon, but it certainly made the scene exciting!
I’m more curious about Bon reconciling with Tatsuma that this whole eyeball heist thing, to be honest. This is a much more human side to the story, and I think Rin will be able to befriend Bon if he’s able to properly unite them. Just…maybe less hellfire next time.