Ao no Exorcist: Kyoto Fujouou-Hen – 02
「呉越同舟」 (Goetsu Doushuu)
Am I the only person who still can’t remember most from the first season? Then again, I think the most important thing is that I remember who Shiro was since he was the best badass.
We’re in Kyoto! THAT MEANS KANSAI-BEN!
Taking a break from the action, this week’s episode toned things down a bit with its focus on the story and throwing a bright spotlight on Ryuuji’s childhood. With scenes of him admiring his father and subsequently getting into fights with him, there’s a lot of room for conjecture left there since the story left the whole thing so open-ended. If anything is clear though, it looks like that Ryuuji’s old man is actively trying to avoid him because of whatever’s happened in the past and he doesn’t seem like that bad of a person — and I say second part with a decent amount of confidence since it’d just be too obvious for him to be the guy trying to take the Impure King’s eye with the way the story transposed his story on top of all this thievery business.
Pulling things back to the more positive side, wasn’t it great to see a different cast of characters than what we’re used to? Instead of the likes of Mephisto and a ton of important people clad in the Order of the True Cross’s uniform, seeing a punch of priests and priestesses all clad in their traditional garb felt nice and refreshing.
I don’t know what direction Ryuuji’s story is going to go in relationship with his old man, but when it comes to Rin I hope we get a lot more flashbacks as the series progresses. I can’t remember how many we got during the first season, but boy does it bring some bittersweet vibes whenever Shiro appears on screen. Now, if only the rest of Rin’s classmates would go and show him even a fraction of that love. Because at the rate we’re going, it looks like most of them aren’t going to be talking to each other until the start of season three.
With only a itty bitty bit right at the end of the episode being used to progress the story I really hope things kick into gear by next week. There’s a lot of storylines running about right now and the biggest one definitely feels like the most underdeveloped. That said, it feels like everything is working its way to becoming a gigantic cluster of Ao no Exorcist goodness, so I’m excited for whatever payoff is waiting for us by the end. See you later!
ED: 「コノ手デ」 (Kono Te De) by 暁月凛 (Akatsuki Rin)