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Ao no Exorcist: Kyoto Fujouou-Hen – 07

「気炎万丈」 (Kienbanjyou)
“Like A Fire Burning Bright”

This was probably my favorite episode thus far.

Feels Good Man

With another episode serving as the setup for the big battle ahead, let me just dive straight into everything that made me feel just so damn good. And if there was one single thing that caught me completely off guard in the best way possible, listening to Suguro explain just why he was pissed at Rin sent shivers down my spine. For those of you who forgot, I’ve been pretty unhappy with how the show was handling Rin’s treatment, especially from his Exwire peers because I’ve been under the impression that everyone was acting two faced just because Rin happened to be Satan’s son. But with recent revelations and Rin’s opportunity to really say what’s on his mind, I’ve been slowly opening up to everyone’s position. Which is exactly why I was blown away when Suguro finally explained that he felt betrayed that Rin didn’t open up to his friends about his issues. Something that I never once expected but was so happy to hear since I’ve been making false assumptions all this time.

Shifting around a little, I’m glad to see things on the Shiemi’s end also seem to be getting better. I won’t mince words here — I’m totally rooting for a Rin x Shiemi situation somewhere down the line and this week’s episode definitely didn’t disappoint in that department. Getting to see her rediscover her confidence while simultaneously providing Rin the support he needed were all fantastic moments for me. And even if she isn’t necessarily able to summon Nee yet, it looks like she’s well on her way to regaining her powers and then some.

Finally, how could I end a section called Feels Good without talking a tiny bit about Konekomaru? Out of everyone in the group, he’s probably the only one I’d give a genuine pass for having an illogical hate/fear of Rin. I mean, out of all the horrible things that could happen to a child, losing their parents is probably up there as one of the worst. Luckily it seems that Konekomaru has snapped back to reality and is finally facing tough situations with some spine.

Looking Ahead

This episode was too damn short. With everything about to boil over and a new and improved Rin ready to fight alongside his fellow Exwires, it looks like we’re in for some intense action next week. That said, it also looks like the words Todo planted in Yukio’s head are finally about to come rearing back and hopefully it doesn’t end up bringing the entire episode down with it.

Anyways, I’ll catch you guys then. See you!

 

Preview

February 18, 2017 at 12:17 am
8 comments »
  • February 18, 2017 at 3:28 amKurisu Vi Britannia

    Boooooring.

  • February 18, 2017 at 4:35 amNicro

    Totally agree, when Bon explained why he was mad, it made me smile.
    Boobzilla (forgot her name) probably shouldn’t have used that restraining spell if it meant he was going to get executed…

    Nevertheless, definitely need more funny eyebrow fox girl.

  • February 18, 2017 at 1:51 pmstarss

    Ah it’s good to start the plot of Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga with an entertaining and exciting episode with appealing characters!

    … oh no wait this is NOT the start of the saga. This is already Episode 7.

    -_-

  • February 18, 2017 at 10:19 pmYukie

    I think the pacing is all screwed up in this adaptation. It’s too slow in parts that don’t matter and it rushes through the parts that do. This is especially obvious in this episode.

    When I was reading the manga, I imagined the scene in the prison demon to be much longer, as it showed the emotional shift from Rin alone contemplating death to the arrival of Shiemi and the others. The fast pace kind of undercut the emotions that are supposed to be presented. I think they spent way too long in the beginning portion. Mamushi and the exorcists’ portion should’ve been done with a snappier pacing to show a sense of urgency.

    It’s really disappointing what they’ve done to this arc, considering the first season of Ao no Exorcist was adapted so well.

  • February 19, 2017 at 11:12 amShadow074

    I, as a manga reader, think that the problem in this adaptation of this arc lies in how it was separated from the initial arcs. Kyoto/Impure King arc deals with treason, secrets and issues of trust. Previously everyone in the cram school learned about Rin’s secret. In this part of the story the fear and insecurity about Rin goes hand in hand with the secrets and mistrust of the Myodha sect.

    The force of the tension of history in this arc is directly related to the problems that arose in the previous arch. The growth of the characters and also the evolution of their relationships.

    For those who have not read manga, exclusive viewers of the anime, all this is felt less strongly without the tension built in the previous season (or, moreover, in the original course of history).

  • February 20, 2017 at 12:02 amguardian enzo

    It’s nice that Thunder Thighs finally came around, but I’d like to see Rin acknowledge the girl that stuck with him through all of the dark times. And Kuro, of course – but that was a given.

  • February 21, 2017 at 9:40 amsosbrigade1991

  • February 21, 2017 at 7:35 pmsealouse

    Where’s that puppet guy?