Blue Exorcist:Kyoto Saga Anime Review

In the recent string of hit anime that have arrived to spike our entertainment the anime announcement that was most talked about in 2016 was undoubtedly Aao No Exorcist (Blue Exorcist), continuing as the sequel to the hit anime series of 2011 this season continues the adventures of Rin Okumura and his friends. This season explicitly covers the Kyoto Impure arc from the original manga that is serialized in Jump SQ of Shueisha.

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This season portrays and brings back some of darker elements of the series and puts greater emphasis on developing the characters other than Rin and also introduces another string of characters related to specifically the temple monk trio. The events involve an antagonistic and corrupt exorcist seeking to collect both the right eye as well as the left eye of the impure king which could create havoc in Kyoto and the world by releasing a toxic miasma which causes deadly and widespread illness. The series also does a very good job of showcasing Yukio’s continuous stress and insecurity as his character and actions as well as his psyche is continually thrown in to turmoil to the point his affection for his twin brother is put to the test.

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It’s definitely justified to be hyped about this series as this sequel packs enough action and storyline to keep you glued however if you haven’t watched the first season then it might be a good time to watch it as it doesn’t give enough of a recap.

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According to Wikipedia the series is described as:

The story revolves around Rin Okumura, who, along with his younger twin Yukio Okumura, was raised by Father Shiro Fujimoto, an Exorcist. One day, Rin learns that he and Yukio are the sons of Satan. Witnessing Shiro dying to protect him, Rin draws the demon-slaying sword Kurikara (倶利伽羅?), which restrains his demonic powers. From that moment on, Rin not only gains demonic features like fangs and a tail, but also the power to ignite into blue flames that destroy almost anything they touch.

Rin wishes to become an Exorcist like his guardian to become stronger and to defeat Satan. He enrolls at the prestigious True Cross Academy (正十字学園 Sei Jūji Gakuen), an exorcist cram school, which is actually the Japanese branch of the True Cross Order (正十字騎士團), an international organization dedicated to protect Assiah (human realm) from the Gehenna (demonic realm). Much to his surprise, Rin finds that Yukio is already a veteran Exorcist and is one of his teachers. Thus begins Rin’s journey to become an Exorcist, accompanied by his brother and his fellow students who quickly become his close friends.

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The plot of the anime contains anime-exclusive story arcs since the anime and the manga diverge significantly starting with episode 18 of the first anime season. The original ending contained within the first season’s final eight episodes is ignored in the second season, with the anime story timeline once again following the narrative of the manga. The story events which take place in the second season correspond to volumes 5 through 9 of the manga.

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