Posted by psgels on 25 April 2011 with categories: Ao no Exorcist

Yeah, if there was any doubt left after the first episode, this episode took all of that away: this really is the shounen epic of the season. Whereas the previous prime time series (Star Driver and Sengoku Basara) tried to combine action with another genre (medieval politics and mystery/character study respectively), this is pretty much an all out action series about a boy who happens to be Satan’s Son. It really is the classic shounen formula, but it remains a very good rendition of it.

The set-up is not the best of this season by a long shot, but the execution and characters make up for it really well. This episode was an action-packed thrill ride, but the animation and art got really creepy near the end. The priest getting possessed by Satan was the highlight of the episode, but the other action scenes also kicked ass.

So far, the lead character is your typical shounen protagonist, but he has both his good points and his bad points. He can get rather annoying when he just stands there yelling, but whenever he isn’t he’s quite level headed and I liked how bluntly he just said that he’d become an Exorcist. In any case he still has enough room to grow. The side characters so far are diverse and interesting as well. The villains meanwhile do a good job of being a threat, although they are rather stereotypical, but let’s see where this series goes with them.
Rating: ** (Excellent)

12 Responses

  1. Jérémy says:

    This episode was so much better than the first! The action scenes were truly awesome and so was the animation. The only thing I really don’t like: the main character. He just annoys me -_-‘

  2. aegd says:

    I love it how he comes to hogwarts at the end. :P

  3. betawatcher says:

    And I thought you wouldn’t blog this… I thought episode 1 was pretty good actually. It shows the protagonist had his own personality instead of copypasted from other shounen series.

  4. chickdigger802 says:

    This episode is nice, but what is up with the eps preview? Soul Eater + D Gray man? >.>”

  5. Askelladd says:

    Good episode. This show is showing a lot of promise, hopefully it handles the fillers more carefully on the next episodes. The direction on this one was a little choppy compared to the first episode.

    Rin is going to be the reason why this shows stands out as a shounen series.

  6. Tomato says:

    I was just wondering what the hell was with those priests’ attacks? Transmutation circles and summoning “goddesses”? They might as well have been calling for the aid of Shiva or Buddha. It was fine when they were using holy water and chants, but these were the antithesis of anything Christian. And this is coming from an atheist.

  7. Tan-Tan says:

    @tomato: Remember that exorcism isn’t limited to Christian exorcists. Buddhists and shamans exorcise spirits too. I guess it’s a mix of all these things.

    I loled at the comment about Hogwarts ending. I do hope the anime continues to pull through. Frankly, I am disappointed at the school idea because the characters and setting felt flat for me.

  8. Skoopman says:

    Interesting, the Manga couldn’t fascinate me at all, mainly because of the drawings. The story keeps getting interesting and I hope, that it won’t be yet another ordinary shonen show a la Bleach or Naruto. At least the animation quality is pretty good.

    Before anybody jumps on my throat again, I don’t want to argue with anybody about the Manga drawings, they are not great, period. A few city buildings look stunning and that’s it.

    Just yesterday I started reading 7 Billion Needles, God, that art style blew my brains out, that’s how every Manga should look like. Nearly fotorealistc backgrounds. What a pity that series like that never get an Anime.

  9. EINSOF says:

    @ Tomato & Tan-Tan: I though the same too. this is how i figure it, almost like the show “Supernatural TV series” with Dean and Sam. when battling evil, eventually you’ll end up using what works. like they too a note from other exorcism methods just to stay alive. to me, that shows how series the situation is. if you wanna win and stay alive, its best to pick up new skills.

  10. pocekts says:

    looks like we’re in for a fun ride with this one!

  11. ark108 says:

    I didnt knew 006 was an exorcist XD.

  12. Puran says:

    Ah, come on, I know you hate angst, but if the main character didn’t angst in this episode, then something would be wrong. I mean a lot and a ton of bad things happened to him in such a short time, I think this should get a pass in your angst-o-meter.

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  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 09:02 PM)
    One-Punch Man’s pilot was almost adapted flawlessly. It straight up uses the manga panels as it’s main storyboard, but added just enough new touches to improve the action instead of ruining it. Now let’s see how they animate the mosquitos and all the lasers for the next episode.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 08:57 PM)
    And that’s why Madhouse is one of the few respectable studios left. I thought that they will be seriously diminished after Masao Maruyama took some of its key members and funded MAPPA, but One-Punch Man showed that they are still one of the best in the business.
  • k-off
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 08:51 PM)
    @Kaiser The anime industry isn’t advanced enough in CG to make it look good, is all it is.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 05:51 PM)
    @K-off: Your not wrong, it certainly looks poor but some of the old gonzo animated stuff was far more woeful looking. Stellvia, which was done by xebec was another example of old anime cgi which was quite ugly to look at. Just as I prefer traditional effects in film I also prefer traditional animation techniques to cg.
  • k-off
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 05:42 PM)
    Lately, the use of badly integrated cgi have been making my eyes sore,from the obviously cgi background characters in Asterisk to the overly fluid mech movements in Aldnoah. I still remember the shitty cgi piano hands in Kimi no Uso.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 12:04 AM)
    On the note of good balance between humor and drama- I think BoJack Horseman is an example of a show that executed that almost perfectly in both seasons. You are laughing one minute and amused by the hijinks and silliness and the next minute you are actually moved and shocked by the honest introspection. Too be honest BoJack is more a tragic character then a goofy one, and his struggles are deeper and more existential than they have any business being in a show with anthropomorphic animals.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Oct 5. 2015 11:56 PM)
    The changes in the setting actually made me more excited for season 3 then what I felt the past few weeks, since now the plot needs to move forward from the cliffhanger and hopefully this translates to more cohesion and refocusing on what mad the show great in the first place. I’m pretty sure S3 will also be a blend of episodic and arch story elements tho. Overall a few ups and downs but still a great show.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Oct 5. 2015 11:52 PM)
    The finale also had some of the most overall arch story elements featured in the season. Earth joining the Galactic Federation is a big deal story-wise from now on. Also the use of a cover of Johnny Cash’s “Hurt” (not the Nine Inch Nails one clearly) was a nice fitting yet surprising touch. The throwback to Mr. PB after the credits was a good idea, but felt flat in it’s actual execution.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Oct 5. 2015 11:49 PM)
    I thought R&M had a pretty good finale. The episode achieved what was missing from most of season 2, and that was a balance of randomness and meaningful bits. What made Rick Potion #9 and the previous season’s finale and general tone great was a sense of humor that was combined with more sincere drama and character developments; a sort of sweet melancholy.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Oct 5. 2015 09:51 PM)
    @K-off, not having too much trouble with the interface but I still cannot create categories.

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