Posted by psgels on 27 June 2011 with categories: Ao no Exorcist

Just… what?

So it was clear that we were getting a filler episode in this episode, and a beach episode at that. Obviously I wasn’t looking forward to it. But what was that? Who the hell wrote this? There was so much wrong with this episode, but I have no idea whether it was in a bad way. In either case it was completely stupid. And next week we’re going to an amusement park?!

Rather than a filler, this feels like we’re in a completely different series. The beach part doesn’t even matter anymore. From out of nowhere the creators suddenly introduce a young boy who acts like he’s been part of the main cast for ages. The show does the same with a guy who obviously looks like he’s cross-dressing in his spare time and then it suddenly comes with a giant squid story. The subsequent fight establishes the squid as the dumbest monster alive, only followed by a completely bizarre anti-climax.

T=Here’s the thing: as stupid as this episode was, I enjoyed it. The creators actually tried to do something different, and I admit that that climax had me in stitches and the episode overall was a unique experience that was definitely creative…

But it also completely destroyed the credibility of this series…
Rating: @!# (???)

23 Responses

  1. Moonhawk says:

    Horrible. This was just absolutely horrible.
    Hopefully they won’t do any other filler as bad as this one. *shudders*

  2. They seem to do fine when they stick to the source material. It’s when they don’t that we get episodes like these.

  3. Moonhawk says:

    True. But that’s what makes something like this stand out even more in its awfulness…

  4. Hyper says:

    Wow, the fillers in this show are so bad, it’s like the producers aren’t even trying to make a decent episode. From now on, I’ll definitely skip every filler that they’ll throw at us. Oh, and the next episode, the one at the amusement park, is not a filler, and some pretty important events will happen in it.

  5. Puran says:

    How long is this series planned to be? I have only skimmed the manga, but it seems to me they have more than enough material for 26 episodes.

  6. Rintarou says:

    The “dress crossing” guy was the teacher from ep 5.

    Also, it’s a tad much to say the epsiode destroyed the series’ credibility. Episode 6’s filler was more out of line than this was. :/

  7. Denizen says:

    People complaining about this filler episode clearly don’t understand anything about how truly bad a filler episode can get. For a start, it could have easily been dragged out for two episodes, but thankfully wasn’t. It could have had piss-poor production quality, but it was fine, etc. etc.

    It could have been much worse. In a way I actually sort of enjoyed it, and it was only at the end I realised it probably wasn’t a part of the manga, and that’s something that’s not easy.

    It was one of the show’s worse episodes, but really it was fine.

  8. kazukifafner says:

    I definitely wouldn’t call this episode horrible. There was nothing really horrible about it. Yes, it was pointless and served no real value (not even as random character development), but it certainly wasn’t horrible. It was just a silly shounen short story that we’ve seen time and time again.

    Only this time, they seemed to be going for some mild satire (not the most well executed satire, but satire nonetheless). This was particularly obvious when the show decided to use the random Buddhist priest to explain everything clear out of the blue. The exchange between the father and son at the end also leads me to believe that this was an attempt at satire.

  9. psgels psgels says:

    I indeed wouldn’rt call this one horrible. Stupid, yes. Horrible isn’t the right word for it, though.

  10. hal says:

    lol at that rating. But yes, the Episode was quite pointless. The Amusement Park next ep is btw no filler and is actually quite important to the plot.

  11. Puran says:

    @Denizen, being numbed from watching a ton of bad naruto/bleach fillers doesn’t make this episode good. Yes a filler could be much worse than this, but this wasn’t a good episode, period.

    Also, don’t worry about the amusement park in the next episode. It’s back to manga material and it should be a pretty good episode.

  12. Qwerty1 says:

    Realizing in the first 5 seconds that there would be no Shiemi in a bathing suit ruined this episode for me.

  13. Ah, just as a heads-up, the amusement park is definitely from the original story and is important for a couple of reasons. Now, to go off and see just how bad this one was….

  14. tomphile says:

    It was filler, with a pseudo-plot.

  15. xxxholic_wing says:

    Yeah, the amusement park in the next episode is from the manga. And someone, other than Amainmon, will show up there too. I bet you (those who didn’t read the manga) will all be surprise on that person is.

  16. Joojoobees says:

    What the Hell? Why have there already been two filler episodes? Is there really that little source material available?

  17. kazukifafner says:


    Well, it’s technically the midway point for the show, so I imagine they didn’t want to jump head first into an important episode (which is apparently what next week’s Amusement Park episode is).

  18. Solidad says:

    It would be the best episode, if the monster is replaced by Ika Musume guiding the father back and taking over the beach.

  19. mango says:

    Considering it was a filler episode, I don’t think it should even effect the credibility of the series. Also, the fact that you actually enjoyed it should be to its credit rather than against it…you are being too harsh…filler can be so much worse than this.

  20. Kyubey says:

    I think the show destroyed its credibility after after the second episode. If you don’t take this show seriously I think you’ll enjoy it more.

  21. Son Gohan says:

    This filler episode was so boring that I fell aspleep halfway through. :-(
    The Unkobach episode in comparison was much better.
    I also think that they butchered Kamiki’s character by making her the standard violent tsundere. Let’s forget this episode and move on…

  22. Phil says:

    Just FYI the Amusement park episode is actually very crucial to the storyline with a huge character reveal(if they are following the manga).

  23. ender650 says:

    It was a really terrible episode. I found myself bored and watching the clock. I’m not sure if I’ll even bother watching the next filler.

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  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 08:59 AM)
    I say this because people often like to hype up the genre or those elements. I bring this up/think about it now because I played a game called undertale lately on my brothers recommendation and he was all like it emotionally destroyed him but I never ended up crying, I mean don’t get me wrong its a good game, there were laughs to be had and there was sentiment but it wasn’t THAT sad/funny.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 08:44 AM)
    Given how many people cry at some drama, clannad included.
    That reminds me…
    I can’t actually remember the last time in my life where I cried, I draw a blank.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 07:58 AM)
    @Aidan: Something always feels off to me when you criticize clannad, I mean I’m critical enough of key these days too but it seems odd that you rank it as an 8 on MAL when you’ve always made it sound its more of a high 6 or a 7.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 03:45 AM)
    But I’m no fan of gung-ho soldier games/most fps games so I am glad clannad, a visual novel outsold call of duty.
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    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 03:44 AM)
    I said it once I’ll say it again. I preferred the clannad movie over the tv series, had more style, a more mature feel to it and cut out all the superfluous arcs/comedy for the better. It also concludes better than the series. The emotional involvement in the kyoani version doesn’t work for me anymore, doesn’t hold up. However the film remains emotionally engaging after revisiting it.
  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 03:19 AM)
    Holy hell Clannad is selling like hotcakes on Steam. Even beat Call of Duty in sales at one point.
    Kinda happy to see a VN get recognised and it would help open up the market for more titles to come over. But..well..Clannad really isn’t all that great.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 02:29 AM)
    I can remember when I first got into anime when I was a whole lot younger I always said I would watch lodoss war, El Hazard and slayers, yet I never ended up doing so…
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    (Tuesday, Nov 24. 2015 05:34 AM)
    Ha, the child in me would love to see a film like that I’d imagine, when I was young I was pretty crazy about Egyptian supernatural stuff.
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    @Kaiser: yeah, even tho it was his highest grossing movie it managed to brought his career to a stand-still. His next film Gods of Egypt looks like it could be fun, albeit it’s just as much as a CGIfest as I, Robot. Egyptian stuff is admittedly rather intriguing, I remember a 2004 French film Immortel ad vitam that blended that with modern themes that became popular for a while.

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