Posted by psgels on 18 September 2011 with categories: Ao no Exorcist



I do want to stress that the anime original material isn’t entirely hopeless. There’s one thing that it consistently did well: the characters. Even the beach episode: sure, it made no sense, but it was fun.

The majority of this episode was like that episode, really: it was rather far-fetched, but it did delve into the past of Rin and Yukio’s parents. It’s a bit strange to establish their mother as this mentally deranged woman who can’t seem to feel anything about the deaths of countless of people, yet who continues to fight for demon acceptance, although it was an interesting backstory that tied the past together with the present, albeit a bit forcefully. Satan having actual love was a bit awkward, but heck: we have seen so little of him that as a character it’s a twist that could make sense as long as you don’t confuse him with the traditional images of Satan.

The big question mark still is Yukio. The thing is that his character just derailed. Him being the bad guy is the twist that I just can’t accept. It had it coming for episodes now, but I still don’t like it one bit.
Rating: * (Good)

9 Responses

  1. Tan-Tan says:

    The twist with Satan was a bit humorous. Don’t like the portrayal with the mother though. Like she’s some saint lol.

  2. Tan-Tan says:

    Oh yeah. You forgot to mention Takara XD he finally talked!

  3. ruuruu says:

    @Tan-Tan
    Dude could have made up some stuffs to confuse Yukio, ya know. The way I see it, Yuri was most likely a very naive, lovestruck girl.

    Yeah! His voice is pretty good~

  4. Syio says:

    Do not like the portrayal of Yuri; perfect characters are never interesting. Furthermore, I don’t get how Satan is right in any way. The birth of her children caused Yuri to die–not her father (though one could blame Satan for getting her into that state anyway).

    I also do not understand how Yukio is becoming evil. He did not kill his grandfather, and it’s not exactly his fault Satan’s taken over his body.

    Satan’s also got lots to learn about free will.

  5. ruuruu says:

    @Syio
    Her naivety and childishness are quite the flaws, IMHO… Er, he was telling the flashback from his perspective, so he could be.. editing some parts. They didn’t call Satan the Master of Lies for nothing.

    It doesn’t require evil to be possessed by Satan; just one moment of weakness is enough for him to take over, which should be true for Shirou and probably Yukio’s case. Furthermore, Yukio’s still his son, therefore he should be a somewhat more durable host for him. Of course Satan wouldn’t let such a golden opportunity to pass (=w=;)

  6. Taz says:

    strange, i had almost completely opposite reaction upon first seeing yuri as this sullen and rather plain looking girl. consorting with satan could prolly be put down to a young girl’s naivette. the part of her playing among the flowers etc was over the top though. likewise her whitewashing everything demons did (burning people in blue flames??) as them being curious and playful.

  7. Awatan says:

    Come on, the story was told by Satan in which he portrayed itself as a knightly white wolf and the exorcists were the bad guys, and you guys buy it ?

  8. ruuruu says:

    @Awatan
    Judging from various forum posts all over the internet: Yes, too many people bought satan’s big fat lie.

  9. Ann says:

    I still see Yukio as a good guy. He’s a kid who wanted an extended family but the only people who might count have been plotting against him since he was born. His condition increased rapidly because Egin had already figured out how to manipulate him, step by step, and Satan (of course) is even better at manipulation.

    This episode was better than I imagined. I’m glad that some of my guesses from last week were wrong.

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  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 01:13 AM)
    @Ninja: yeah spending a week at Black Rock City with 100k people with all the madness that transpires is pretty exhausting. The thing about Burning Man is that given the open atmosphere of acceptance makes it much easier to socialoze since you can keep the ego bullshit to a minimal.
  • ninjarealist
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 12:58 AM)
    @Bam I just mean I don’t have the energy for that type of event any more. It just wears me out. That amount of constant socialization.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 09:15 PM)
    @Ninja: yeah pyro contraptions are a big hit there, but that’s a lofty project indeed.
    And I’m pretty sure you’re not that old, there’s a lot of 50-60 year olds there and they’re having a good time. If you’re not a camping person then yeah … it’s not gonna be easy for you, but given the atmosphere, the music, and the art I firmly believe it’s worth checking out at least once.
  • ninjarealist
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 06:18 PM)
    @Bam Ahhhh Burning Man. I had some friends from Indiana who were trying to get me to help them build an organ that shoots fire with each key-press for Burning Man. It sounded fun but I already feel too old for something like Burning Man.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 08:32 AM)
    @Ninja: no I met most of them at Burning Man.
  • ninjarealist
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 08:23 AM)
    @Bam I see I just figured that if you had a lot of friends in KY you must have lived in the region.
    @Friend Yeah or involved desserts like Palmiers or Croissants. I actually am pretty decent at making croissants from scratch but it’s a pain in the ass.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 08:21 AM)
    And that’s … The More You Know ;)
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 08:19 AM)
    “Iran” originally means “the land of the Aryans”. The European settlers of Aryan decent are correctly labeled Indo-European as they traveled from north of India across Iran and the Caucasus mountain range (hence the term Caucasian) and settled in pastural lands in Europe. Hence we are the original white people. Go figure.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 08:14 AM)
    @K-off: some good-looking corn there m8.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 08:13 AM)
    @Ninja: No I’m Persian since I was originally born and raised in Tehran/Iran. I am mostly of Parthian decent with a quarter of Kurd in me. I have moved around the globe since I was 16 and now live in Sacramento California.

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