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:

    @Joojoobees

    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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  • K-Off
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 09:11 PM)
    But I agree with Bam in that the show has lots of moments where it shines, namely in the action and the entertaining character interactions. If I was interested more so in a character story rather than an overall plot, I’m sure I’d like Eva a lot more. Certain shows work really well purely off that principle like Phantasia, but by the time I got to Eva I’d gotten relatively desensitized to those character tropes. Shinji didn’t help much either.
  • K-Off
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 09:07 PM)
    There’s no narrative thrusts throughout the show, it’s just scenes happening to get from one action set piece to the next all the while shoving blatant symbolism in your face. The little plot there is feels incredibly weak, aside from the world building there’s no clear objective besides a vague idea of defeating angels and something about Gendo that’s almost background noise with how little it affects the story.
  • K-Off
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 09:03 PM)
    Having started watching anime only in the mid 2000s despite occasionally seeing them on TV during the 90s, I come from a school of thought that emphasizes coherence more than anything else, basically I want the story to have focus. And while Eva’s influence on character archetypes and animation cannot be argued, I still think the story in Eva is pretty bad.
  • AidanAK47
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 07:56 PM)
    Judging purely visually I agree some leeway must be given due to the technical limitations of the time but all of my issues with the series is not visual related but story.
    I have admitted that I don’t hate Eva and I do like aspects of it. But do you really need me to give it praise? There is plenty giving it praise. I see no reason to join the choir.
  • AidanAK47
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 07:51 PM)
    Now you are just flying off the hook.
    I understand Eva’s cultural significance, and it’s effect on the medium. I just deem it irrelevant when judging the anime itself. For you see dear boy, if you are going to place EVA above modern anime then you must judge it by modern standards. If it falls short you can’t just bring up historic significance to wave away it’s problems.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 05:46 PM)
    I praised Fate/Zero for its story, pacing and charismatic protagonist. UBW I agreed to its superb battle animation and overall quality of first cour. Now when someone watches EoE or Eva Rebuild 2.2 and comments on nothing of quality, then who is the biased one here really?
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 05:34 PM)
    If anything at least call Shinji a shitty annoying character- cuz even I won’t deny that.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 05:25 PM)
    When I mean discussion I don’t mean a series of personal likes and dislikes- but judging objective elements: plot consistency, animation quality, restrain in fan-service and pandering, over reliance on tropes and cliches, etc. Otherwise we all have our different preferences.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 05:20 PM)
    I agree with the cons of Eva, as well as its strengths. Same with Fate. Being pessimistic is a stance, not inherently a flaw. The setting of Eva predicates that tone. If anything I have a bias towards Berserk, and that’s mostly all out of nostalgia.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 05:16 PM)
    Also what ladies? Even the “gentlemen” part is stretching it. It’s very easy for someone who didn’t follow anime 20 years ago to criticize one of its most historic moments. At least this Tenka Seiha fella doesn’t talk smack about what he doesn’t really understand.

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