Saturday, May 14, 2011

Ao no Exorcist - First Impression

Title: Ao no Exorcist/ Blue Exorcist
Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama, Supernatural
43 Ao no Exorcist
Humans live in the world of Assiah, demons in Gehenna. The two dimensions are not meant to interfere with each other, but demons still possess creatures in Assiah in spite of this. The humans who can fight these demons are known as exorcists. Rin Okumura is a boy who bears the curse of being Satan's illegitimate son. His foster father sacrificed himself to save him from demons. To avenge his foster father's death as well as to prove himself, Rin decides to follow the path of an exorcist.

What if one ordinary day you realized that you are the offspring of Satan? That's was what happened to Okamura Rin when one perfectly ordinary day he started seeing floating demons and then suddenly he was attacked by another demon claiming that he is the son of Satan. This is another series which has a very unique setting in which the exorcists are tasked to banish demons and the exorcist in training are being trained in True Cross academy which is a normal school but after class, those who want to be an exorcist have been given a key that they could use to any door and it will take them to the room where they took their exorcist classes. The place where the academy was built is a very surreal place with its architectural design. What really hooked me with this series is most probably the story which seem interesting since Rin who is the son of Satan wanted to become an exorcist and eventually kill Satan. Really interesting since we have to follow Rin's adventures as he becomes an exorcist and meet new comrades along the way. In a way this series reminds me a lot of D.Gray-man combined with Bleach in terms of the character design and setting. I got a feeling that if this series is done right it might be one of the memorable shounen anime out there, it might even be the next Full Metal Alchemist who knows?

The main characters are so far very likeable and currently the show is mostly focused on them and little is known about the side characters and most of them we haven't met yet. I find Okamura Rin's character interesting since not only does he have one interesting background but he's also hilarious. He might be the eldest of the twins but he acts as if he's the youngest and he likes getting into fights and somehow you could relate that on the fact that he's the son of the most powerful demon. Add the fact that people around him wants him to die and his real father is also after him too….he make one good protagonist you could either sway to dark or light. His brother on the other hand is a complete opposite of him since he's responsible, smart and very charismatic. It was even revealed that when he was still a child he could already see demons that always freak him out and thus the reason he chose to become an exorcist and another reason is to protect the people around him.

The animation is flawless and above average like other A-1 Pictures shows out there. The character design on the other hand complements the personality of our characters with Rin's design with that pointy eyes, ears and teeth of his he really looks like a demon while his brother with that glasses and very clean look made him look smart.

The OP song "Core Pride" by UVERworld is fine but its not best song of UVERworld. I like the ED song "Take Off" by 2PM better that I keep on singing "Ready, ready for the take off!" whenever I think about it. The ED really reminds me a lot of those Korean idols that is quite fad in my country recently.

“Take off” by 2PM

Yep I definitely enjoy this show a lot and I honestly can't wait to unravel the story of this series and I got a feeling that it will have a lot of twist and turns that will hopefully get me at the edge of my seat.

Until then…

~ ja

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