Ao no Exorcist (Blue Exorcist) Review

In the world of Blue Exorcist there are two dimensions joined as one, almost like two sides of a mirror. On one side there is Assiah where humans live and on the other side there is Gehenna where demons live. In most cases demons can’t travel to Assiah and humans can’t travel to Gehenna. There are of course exceptions and it seems to only work one way and that is demons can come into the world of Assiah by possessing something or being sent by Satan through what is called the “Gehenna Gate”. Blue Exorcist covers the life of a half demon/half human boy named Rin Okumura. Rin also has a twin brother named Yukio but it seems he didn’t inherit any of Satans demonic powers. Most humans in Assiah never come to learn about Gehenna or the demons that live there and they can’t even see them if they come to Assiah. There however are people that fight the demons that make it into Assiah and they are called Exorcists. Through crazy events Rin Okumura comes to the conclusion that he wants to become an Exorcist and defeat his father (Satan), hence the name Blue Exorcist because one of his demonic powers are blue flames that he inherited from Satan. There is however one problem how can he convince Exorcists, people who live to kill demons, that he isn’t also a demon himself?

Everyone may look at this show at first and say it’s just your typical shounen but in my personal opinion it’s not. It creates an epic story based off of religion and what is perceived as good and evil. Just because someone is born from a bad person (Satan in this case) does that make them bad by nature? That is just one of the few things this anime makes you think about.

Blue Exorcist is a 25 episode anime and an amazing watch, every episode is filled with new and interesting developments it feels like. The show moves so fast sometimes you feel like you understand the show perfectly then everything completely changes. It keeps your attention extremely well. I won’t lie and say I don’t usually like shounen, supenatural, and fantasy themed shows but this one felt very unique compared to what I have seen so far. For that reason I would very much recommend watching this anime.

Scoring

Story: 8
Characters: 8
Music: 9 (loved the openings and endings)
Animation: 7
Overall: 8

-Alarisia
http://myanimelist.net/profile/Alarisia

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~ by isolatedanimecombatants on October 22, 2011.

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