Posted on 11 September 2011 with categories: Ao no Exorcist



This series still had a chance of closing off well. But the ending of this episode pretty much ruined it. With that, Yukio showed that he was Letter Bee’s Cabernet: the major flaw of the anime original material.

For the majority of this episode, it didn’t feel 100% right, but at least I could finally understand what had been up to Yukio during the past episodes. Yeah, the potential to turn Rin back into a human makes sense for him to completely change in order to achieve this. Not telling his brother anything fits him perfectly, and it’s a good twist that he had been doing all of this behind his back. Him becoming a paladin was a bit forced, but ah well: gramps must have pulled a few strings behind the scenes.

So let me ask the creators this: why the heck did you suddenly back down? The twist at the end rendered all of his development useless. Having him deceived and turn into a demon himself… what an incredibly cheesy twist. If you wanted to do that, then build up for it. Don’t just indecisively throw a deus ex machina there in order to get a soap opera ending. At this point there was more than enough conflict between the two brothers. Yukio trying to save his brother would have made for a compelling finale. This however, just sucks.
Rating: – (Disappointing)

7 Responses

  1. ruuruu says:

    I… am really at lost at what the producers are thinking at this moment. They could have made this original arc awesome, and they screwed it up. Big. Time. They could have made AnE less cliche during the Trial arc by just following the freaking original source then throw in a bit filler, or give Rin’s classmates more convincing reasons to accept his condition. Or just do like what you mentioned before: Throw in lots of slice of life fillers in like they did in the 19th episode. But, no. They just have to freaking kick the good points of this show and bury it in concrete. Along with the possible second season.

    It’s too late to drop the show now, though. I’ll just turn off any logic-filter from now on and see how they’re gonna end AnE’s anime adaptation.

  2. evolstar says:

    I don’t know why you continue to torture yourself like this psgels. I ran away screaming from this anime as soon as they deviated from the manga. Because anime original material usally = black pit of despair.

  3. ruuruu says:

    2evolstar
    To be fair, psgel doesn’t read the manga, and he’s here for the anime so original or not he will continue to watch it. And it IS almost the end already so he might as well continue.

    Hopefully there will pull off a Brotherhood one day, seeing as AnE’s manga sells like hotcakes in Japan….

  4. conyo985 says:

    Yeah, this episode sucks. Anime original material written all over it. Since most anime original material just plain sucks I’m just prepared for the ultimate suckage this season.

  5. siret says:

    well I thought that this ep was epic I just loved it especially the end and I am reading the manga.

  6. Raggers says:

    I am sorry, but it was obvious from the moment he said demons blood was required – Rin is a demon. But, judging from the preview, this may become quite a nice ending.

  7. Ann says:

    It took me hours to puzzle out this episode, and I’m anxious to see answers in back stories in the next episode.

    In the meantime, I’m making guesses.

    Such as…gramps is a Satanist? He obviously lied about how his daughter died, but I’m guessing he told part-truths. The Blue Night gave him an opportunity to offer up his daughter to his cause. After she gave birth, he might have sacrificed her in a failed attempt to pacify all exorcists.

    I was impressed that Yukio’s realization of his betrayal was a part of Egin’s ceremony. That didn’t sink it immediately, but it makes sense. Even with an open gate, Satan still needs a vessel to move in our world.

    Rin isn’t completely out of the fight, I believe, and Yukio has a chance of surviving. Being the half-demon princes to Hell gives them advantages, right?

    What disappointed me was the neglect of certain side characters. I expected Rin to talk to Shiemi at the camp. The exwires (esquires, whatever) should have fought or at least argued near the end; instead, they hung around like set pieces. The creators seemed to have run out of time and started skimming the story–which happens in too many otherwise excellent anime.

    It might still end well, in my opinion. It just won’t be perfect.

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  • Emma
    (Thursday, Jul 31. 2014 08:48 AM)
    The shoutbox was very inactive today unfortunately.
    And Alec theres a lot of rumour going around about psgels now, from plane crash, to being to busy , to getting a girl pregnant, getting sick of anime.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Jul 31. 2014 08:46 AM)
    Another reason I’m putting off more visual novels at the moment is because I’m more seriously considering the possibility of hunter x hunter…well the chances are higher now at least.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Jul 31. 2014 08:44 AM)
    In any case Mikey finish off Comyu and let me know your thoughts on that, taking a break from visual novels for a bit as they are quite time consuming though Grisaia is next, that is unless both of you feel I’d be better off with the anime and think it’ll benefit from being trimmed down in an adaptation.
    In any case thank for the recommendation this is the kind of story which hits on all of the right notes for me.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Jul 31. 2014 08:44 AM)
    That atmosphere was further help by the bleak style it went for, it successfully got to me through its dark content.
    Now I did have some issues, while I love this genre, it did feel overly familiar a little, it could be slow going at times, I couldn’t get into Yuka x Tsukasa and the Hentai scenes were really dull to be honest. I went for the bad ending in the second last act, because really for this story to be true to itself, that’s what I wanted to see.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Jul 31. 2014 08:44 AM)
    It had its fair share of tense moments. Apparently some didn’t go for the art style, I felt rather satisfied with it. The atmosphere is immersive and it almost feels as if the setting and “humanity itself” is a character in its own right. It was very addicting to read and I found myself marathoning it moreso than Saya, fate, sharin, maou.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Jul 31. 2014 08:44 AM)
    As far as characters went Kuwagata , Nogi, Tsukasa got the most attention and interest from me, especially Kuwagata, other characters I did eventually warm up to but I would call them competent . The heights of this were the arc where they were at the hospital/middle school and also the religious crazies arc, felt real bad for the raped girl too.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Jul 31. 2014 08:43 AM)
    Well Mikey and Aidan I have just completed swan song, felt I’d throw in a little review of sorts then.
  • Alec
    (Thursday, Jul 31. 2014 07:17 AM)
    gonna be august soon, and still no signs of psgels.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Jul 31. 2014 04:11 AM)
    Yo’ Mikey found a subbed version of the new hunter x hunter movie:
    http://anilinkz.com/hunter-x-hunter-the-last-mission-movie
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Jul 31. 2014 01:29 AM)
    @Wicked, You are right and damn no wonder the translation of this novel is so fast. They got 13 translators on it.

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