Ao no Exorcist – 11
「深海の悪魔」 (Shinkai no Akuma)
“Demon of the Deep Seas”
You smell that? Mmm, smells like… filler.
Filler generally comes with a negative connotation. I would think a good chunk of the anime community had once been addicted to Studio Pierrot’s Naruto or Bleach, because I know I have, those naive anime years… But yeah, Pierrot’s fillers can almost unanimously be agreed to largely suck ass. Scarred from such an experience, I assume that said chunk of the anime community have all created a self-defense mechanism and twitch in rage whenever they see “filler”. I bet you get a little pissed off just by saying the word.
So here strolls Ao no Exorcist, being the shit and all, mostly due to the staff from A-1 doing a particularly good job with the execution. The first filler with the cooking was absolutely amazing, and floored me with how great more things were weaved into what was originally a 2-3 page omake. See, the problem with filler in general is that it’s a complete waste of time. Other than seeing your favorite characters screw around with whatever plot they cooked up with, in the end, it usually doesn’t matter. It’s just inherent in the idea of a filler, which is non-canonical, and can’t develop the character nor the actual plot. This episode? Grade-A typical Pierrot filler. You can, and should skip this episode.
I’m disappointed that the staff couldn’t even mimic the great things about Exorcist. For the broad imaginative setting that the main plot resides in, they opted for a bland beach as the environment, and had a gigantic squid as the enemy. I mean, despite that the Kraken being called a “demon” is plausible, it’s so bland! Why not do more weirdo demons? They did have a legitimate excuse for only having Rin, Izumo, and Renzou, but what an obvious choice of a group. Turn Renzou into the perverted support character, have Izumo stand as the tsundere fanservice, and leave poor Rin to be the only original one. Sounds like that harem you saw last week doesn’t it? The comedy that usually had me laughing so hard was largely missing, which made me more sad. Izumo being led on by a little kid felt a little off, even if he only liked her for her eyebrows. It’s a bit like, “how you gonna let a filler kid teach you lessons about yourself?” There’s also the disappointment at the lowering of her tsun-tsun standards. Showing her dere so hard at a damn kid? I’m ashamed of you Izumo. Still, can’t complain about the plethora of attention given to her.
Too bad the last AnE I blog is a filler. Guardian Enzo will be taking over next week.