Ao no Exorcist: Kyoto Fujouou-Hen – 04
“Act of Treachery”
This week’s episode had a very important lesson that we all could learn from.
Father and Son
Ever since the start of the season, I think it’s been pretty clear that there’s been a heavy focus on the relationship and bond between father and son. From prominent flashbacks between Rin and Shiro to Suguro having a ton of issues with his dad that stem from even deeper problems that have gone on for years, I think it’s pretty clear what message the show is trying to tell us. Something which I’m honestly really happy to see since I think this show is at its best when we get to see the emotional side of things in-between all the action.
Seeing how the focus revolved around Suguro and Rin this week, I almost started choking up as the show decided to show us Shiro’s last moments right after having a bout with Rin. I can’t imagine the difficulities a father must face as their children grow up right in front of them, but I’m sure that even after years of practice it must hurt when your children say they hate you. No matter the circumstances, even if they may not be your flesh and blood, I think we all know just how much our parents have done and will do for us.
Which is probably why I was really hoping Rin would have landed a few more punches on Suguro before their little “confrontation” was broken up. As bad as it was for him to reveal his flames to the entire congregation in the Kyoto branch, I think there’s something to be said for an MC who dives head first into bad situations when his heart tells him it’s the correct thing to do.
All-in-all, I thought the way the story weaved in some emotions with all the talk to advance the plot was fantastic. Honestly, I don’t think I could have asked for a better episode to help get things kicked into acton!
With most of this week’s episode serving as a setup for what’s to come next week, I felt pretty invigorated after watching it. The traitor within the Myoda sect was revealed, we finally have the plot advancing, and now we get to see how people react to Rin and whether or not I want to flip tables for people making accusations without getting to know someone. Anyways, I’ll see you guys next week. See you then!
P.S. I loved how Rin went and pulled out the “I didn’t choose to be Satans son” card. It’s about damn time he used it and it felt so refreshing that he used it for such a selfless reason. Good on you Rin!