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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    (Saturday, Mar 7. 2015 02:00 AM)
    @Vxien, Not sure who that recommend is for but whoever it is has seen death note. It’s like recommending Cowboy bebop. Anyone calling themselves an anime fan has likely already seen it and anyone that hasn’t…should watch it immediately.
  • Vxien
    (Saturday, Mar 7. 2015 12:41 AM)
    Might I recommend Death Note if you haven’t already.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:47 AM)
    I remember that same guy, during end of eva, pausing it over and over during that scene where asuka dies with all of those fast moving clips too.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:39 AM)
    I remember catching it also when I was young with a friend and we looked back on a fanservice scene with shinji and rei and he mentioned “You know if you think about it that scene is damn disturbing when you think she’s a clone of/modelled after you know who…”
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    Before Eva, when I was 11 or so my image of a mech anime was Nadesico…then it was eva and then I was like…Whoah…whoah God halp! =O
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    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:34 AM)
    I suppose credit where I feel it due, the angel designs are excellent and I remember getting the shock of my life when shinji’s eva went nuts and then there was a bit with Bardiel infect Toji’s unit. I remember at least Masatos boyfriend being a likeable character.
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    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:27 AM)
    It really wouldn’t have been that hard to put a satisfying ending to the original series, wrap up the threads nicely and put a pretty ribbon on the package to finish it off. But Anno and friends took a risk and went against the tide and end up becoming the trope-namer for the Gainax Endings. That took balls and made things unexpected and fresh, cuz god knows that ,good guys win the day ‘is tired and boring.
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    Requiem for a dream. I remember the guy who recommended that film saying to me “Even someone such as yourself who finds it hard to find/has high standards an emotionally investing film will get something out of requiem for a dream”
  • Bam
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:17 AM)
    @Emma: leaving a bad taste is pretty much the point of Eva, just as getting bummed out by Requiem For a Dream is the naturally intended effect. I don’t mind that you don’t enjoy Eva all that much Emma, l actually appreciate it over dishonest admiration. Just keep in mind that Eva deserves it’s special place in anime.

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