After the failure of an episode last week (The one where Konekomaru turned into a chicken), we get another episode to toss into the trash. Isn’t that wonderful? It’s the stuff dreams are made of. Just wonderful and…Who am I kidding? The fact that Rin and Yukio didn’t know the difference between a Christmas cake and birthday cake was surprising, though not something significant. It’s not like someone’s going to reprimand them for not knowing. Talk about pointing out stupid things for a lame joke or two.
I skimmed through this episode without so much as looking back, so here’s the summary: Shima goes around asking the girls for their birthdays and finds out that Izumo’s is soon. He then plans her birthday party in secret. Rin and the bald chicken monk are to bake the cakes, Shiemi is to decorate the room with Suguro, and Shima has to find Izumo a birthday present. Unfortunately, he spills the beans, being the idiot he is. Read the rest of this entry
I was shocked when I watched this week’s episode of Ao no Exorcist only because of how horrendously-drawn Amaimon was in the fight scene. No, I was even more appalled by how quickly the fight ended. The show’s been building up to this point for a good few weeks so I expected a grand fight full of punching and slashing, and, really, who wouldn’t? You’ll be glad to know that they wrap the fight up in… a minute, all before the opening sequence pops in. Talk about a killjoy. Oh, did I mention that they hit baseballs?
Plot, plot, plot – AnE is weak in that department but it’s got potential to be sure. It’s going to run for at least a few years, so give the manga time to develop a somewhat coherent plot. Hell, I’ll applaud the mangaka if he manages to make a shonen series without going down the Bleach or Naruto route…they’re just retarded now. Oh, and I love Mephisto Pheles, if only because he makes everything a game and is using everyone for his own goals – I bet he wants to take Satan down and claim power for himself. Read the rest of this entry
He be trolling, he be trolling. Okay, not really. Even if he’s not trolling the whole Exorcist order and the demons, it’s clear that he’s stringing them along and leading them into a trap. Well played, Mephisto. I don’t hate you as much as I used to. I quite like your bad-assery and obvious disregard for others, as twisted as that sounds.
Oh, who’s that blonde bishoujo? What’s that? It’s a bi-shounen? Oh god, how low have mangakas stooped? Are they desperate for viewers that they even have to tap into the rabid fangirl communities? No, I’m messing. This man is named Arthur something Angel and he’s the newly appointed Paladin for the Exorcist order. He pops in once Rin’s fight with Amaimon goes out of control. Rin is starting to lose his humanity and it’s only Shiemi that’s able to stop his rage. Read the rest of this entry
Hey there, peeps. Are you by any chance looking for that mid-season climax of Ao no Exorcist? Well, you’ve got it right here in episode fifteen of the series. If there’s only one episode you watch from this show, it should be this one. Nay, it must be this one. If not for the exciting plot developments (That’s iffy), then blankly stare at the intense fight scene between Rin and Amaimon for its pure enjoyment value.
Let’s breeze by this episode summary, shall we? Back at the campfire, Rin, Bon, Shiemi, and the rest of the gang find the rest of their classmates waiting for them, lanterns in tow. However, things go awry the moment they all reconvene as one of Amaimon’s demons appears out of the blue (Hurr Durr). Shura splashes a dab of Holy Water on each of her students save for Rin as he’s a demon himself. It’s supposed to protect them, but even that won’t prove useful – especially when Amaimon controls Shiemi and brings her forth out of protective barrier enclosing the campfire. Read the rest of this entry
That’s weird, I though they were already friends. Anyways, Hanairo’s 14th episode takes us for a brief stint at the beach and then takes us to Yuina’s fiance’s inn. Did you catch all that? We also find out Yuina’s got more on her mind than just having fun and being a tease, because you know, she was totally a deep character even before this.
It seems like Yuina’s not the only popular girl on the beach as a boy admirably confesses his love for Minchi as loud as he can, and in front of everyone else on the beach. The boy’s got balls! It’s a shame that Ohana and Nakochi didn’t get too much time in the spotlight but this, at least, opened up enough time to delve into Yuina’s problems. They’re the typical rich-girl-who-wants-to-escape-from-family type of dilemnas where the character wants to break free from the expectations and roadmap his/her parents have laid out for him/her. If I was the heir of an inn family, I’d probably turn tail and run as well. What about you?
Hold on and don’t get your little panties in a bunch, but unfortunately for you lot, the beach episode is set to take place next week, right in the middle of summer. Oh you lucky, boys, you. But what takes in this episode is far from the fan-service you (might) desire. Yes, this episode explores some of Father Fujimoto’s past and shows the folks over at Shonen Jump that sometimes the fans get bored of constant fighting. Seriously.
Agh, Yukio, stop! Stop looking at me, it makes me feel all weird. Alright, alright, I’ll use my awesome abridging skills just for you. Now you won’t have to wade through boatloads of text for the summary- so just stop staring already. Read the rest of this entry
I knew something fishy was going on in St. Cross’s Academy after I saw that professor, Igor Neuhaus (Neigasu?), summoning that demon a few episodes back. And despite the apparent cover-up job done by Mephisto Pheles, we get a sense that he has a personal agenda.
And just like how the Pages at St. Cross’s passed their Esquire Exams, I also reached a milestone in my blogging. 10,000 hits in just a month. Who woulda thought it? It might not seem like much to a lot of the peeps out there in the animu blogosphere (what a tiny number), but it feels amazing on my part. Oh, and the recent increase in traffic seems to be growing, so that’s nice to see. Read the rest of this entry
I can’t help but get a little bit of an adrenaline rush whenever I see a character releasing their limit-breaking ability. Try and tell me you weren’t excited when Rock Lee started to open some of his Chakra Gates or that you weren’t the least bit eager when Ichigo went into his Hollow/Bankai form. Sadly, Rin’s fight this episode wasn’t anything too remarkable.
I thought I was trolled by [gg] Fansubs when I saw this part of the episode, but thankfully, the weird subtitles were attributed to the fact that the woman talked a bit weirdly. And speaking of the woman, just what is she? I dread the day she becomes a regular part of Read the rest of this entry
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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?
In order to revitalize the title and make it more appealing to the core anime viewing audience, A-1 Pictures has officially moved the series in a new direction. Why, just check out the rest of this post to find out the details.
Interested? Well, sorry to disappoint; that was a total pile of crap. If anything, that would only serve to drive the viewers away. Speaking of viewers, what the hell were A-1 Pictures thinking when they decided to make this episode cooking-centric?
I’ve been wondering ever since Yukia and Rin moved into their isolated dorms, who cooks for them? It’s an abandoned place for crying out loud. Honestly, I never saw this coming, there’s a cooking demon named Ukobach (Hey, don’t discriminate) that apparently loves to cook and serve children. Oooh, I’m shaking.
Yup, there’s your token anime mascot that attempts to act all cute. God, he looks like a Pokemon reject.As for story development, I can’t say there was any. It was a fun little diversion but in the end equals to nothing but filler. At least this anime taught us a valuable lesson: never throw away your food. Otherwise, Ukobach will come along and fry you in a dishpan. Serve ‘em while it’s hot! Ciao!