Ao no Exorcist Episode 7 Review – Henshin!

Ao no Exorcist Blue Izumo Kamiki Summons Familiars

Henshin!

No, Ao no Exorcist didn’t turn into a magical shoujo sort of show, but when Izumo Kamiki summons her familiars for the first time it certainly gives off that feel (Henshin!). And to anyone that’s watched Zero no Tsukaima, the importance of a familiar is second to none. They are practically the only thing standing between the summoner and their foe. No wonder they’re so vital.

Ao no Exorcist Blue Izumo Kamiki Summons Familiars Fox

...Foxy?

Yeah, that seems to be Kamiki’s new catchphrase, she’d even do it in her undies. Imagine if you uttered that in the streets whenever you wanted your damn dog to finish dropping a turd on the sidewalk. “What a twat,” a person on the street might say as they observe you twirling about on the pavement. “Oh, what a joke.”

Ao no Exorcist Blue Moriyama Shieme Summons Familiar Ni

Meet Ni-chan, another Pokemon reject

Ao no Exorcist Blue Izumo Kamiki Shiemi Moriyama Friends help

Not in the way you're thinking

Enough about my musings for now as there are bigger demons to fry here. With the horrible car-crash of an episode that was last-week’s behind us and Rin and Bon on relatively friendly terms with each other, the show takes us through the struggles of Shiemi as she attempts to make friends. Despite her ability in summoning a familiar (look at that green Pokemon-esque creature up top), fellow classmate and summoner Izumo Kamiki gives her hell and takes advantage of Shiemi’s willingness to appease.

Ao no Exorcist Blue Rin and Shiemi

Rin notices this but doesn’t move in to help Shiemi until the whole class gets called to his dormitory for training camp. Before Rin can give Shiemi a good lecture, Kamiki screams and Rin rushes off to help her. Her friend, Paku, is in danger and is only saved when Shiemi manages to heal her wounds with the help of her familiar. Meanwhile, Kamiki stays in the background unable to do anything. The fact that Paku disapproved of her attitude towards Shiemi shook her up pretty bad.

However, while Shiemi was tending to the wounds of her classmate, Rin squares off against a demon who constantly apologizes for attacking his “Young Master”. And when the demon runs away, we’re treated to this interesting tidbit.

Ao no Exorcist Blue Demon Rin

Okay, I feel sorry for you

Shiemi’s growth in this episode was admirable. She finally gathered up the courage that was needed, on her part, to make friends. It was just unfortunate that her feelings of companionship weren’t reciprocated in kind by Kamiki at first. But since Paku and Rin confronted her about it, there’s surely going to be some change going on. Also, considering that Paku is leaving the Exorcist class, Kamiki and Shiemi will be the only two girls left, so they don’t have much of a choice but to get along with one another anyhow.

Oh, and Rin is going to choose to become a Knight, isn’t that cool? Then again, I don’t know if it was necessary to put labels on the various different fighting styles in this anime. It seems too similar to an MMORPG in the end.

And besides Ukobach, the “terrifying” cooking demon from the last episode, Ni-chan, Shiemi’s familiar, is looking to become the next cute mascot character of this anime. There’s Happy, a blue flying cat, in Fairy Tails, so why not a green-plant midget of sorts?

Speaking of familiars, the professor who taught the Exorcist class how to summon turned out to be a bad guy. Yet, the way he addressed himself leads me to wonder whether or not he’s in his right mind or whether he’s being controlled by a demonic being. Also, Mephisto Pheles isn’t all he seems and he could very well be linked to the attack on Rin this episode. What does this mean for Rin, and what are the shadows behind the scenes thinking?

Ao no Exorcist Rin Naked

Ao no Exorcist Rin Naked

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Posted on May 31, 2011, in Anime, Ao no Exorcist, Episode Reviews and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. while I like how detailed the exorcist classes are, I find it more of a marketing scheme, inviting developers to probably make a game on this anime… For some odd reason, I’m finding the dragoon class to be weird for using ranged guns =/

    as for Shiemi, while I find her familiar to be too convenient in holding an array of herbs, I still find medic-type to be useless. Following their typecast, these guys start off as utterly pathetic characters yet gradually grow strong in the end (take Haruno Sakura from Naruto). Yukio is both a medic and dragoon so he looks badass with guns so I hope Shiemi can step up her game and have some offensive side to her

    • That might apply, but a game about Ao no Exorcist doesn’t sound like a good idea.. The dragoon using gun makes sense in a way. Dragoons use lances and are long-distance fighters, and guns are as long-distance as it gets.

      Shiemi having herbs is definitely convenient but not overly so. It’s pretty clear that Shiemi is pathetic when it comes to fighting so as of right now, that’s her only forte and god knows she deserves at least one skill.

  2. Henshin! Haha, never thought you’d link magical girl anime with Ao no Exorcist

    I’d really like to see how the whole Meister class system will work in the future, besides being a sort of gimmick.

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