September 25, 2011 at 5:34 pm Comments (22)
「魔神の落胤」 (Satan no Ko)
It’s pretty easy to see what cards everyone is holding as we get set for next week’s anime-only finale of Ao no Exorcist, but there’s still a wild card – or perhaps it’s a joker – that’s yet to be played. And I suspect that as he goes, so goes the battle.
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September 18, 2011 at 5:30 pm Comments (25)
Whatever else you might care to say about A-1 Pictures’ anime-original ending for this season, let this be clear – they’re definitely going big.
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September 11, 2011 at 11:04 pm Comments (31)
There’s a definite sense of irony to what’s happening on Ao no Exorcist as we enter the final stretch. After all the debate about anime-original material, it looks as if the series would have been better off diverting from the manga sooner.
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September 4, 2011 at 8:25 pm Comments (31)
「秘密の花園」 (Himitsu no Hanazono)
Take a good studio, add a good director, throw in some good characters and an ongoing manga and what do you get? From the looks of things, the potential for a very good anime-original ending that just might satisfy some very nervous fans.
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August 28, 2011 at 3:29 pm Comments (17)
A-1 steps up to the plate with some outstanding anime-original material in episode 20 of Ao no Exorcist. I’m assuming this was anime-original anyway – I’m sure someone will correct me, if not. But more so than the last couple of episodes, this anime-original story seems to set the table for a real conclusion of some sort, building on some old plot points and adding in a few new twists and ending with a major cliffhanger.
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August 22, 2011 at 12:06 pm Comments (30)
「なんでもない日」 (Nandemonai Hi)
“A Day When Nothing Happens”
Whatever you thought of the entertainment value of this episode of AoEx, there’s no denying that it was slight. Given that and the fact that it was anime-original, I’m sure there won’t be a lot of excitement in the ranks of the manga readers this week.
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August 14, 2011 at 1:43 pm Comments (33)
I can hardly wait to see the response on this one. An almost purely anime-original episode – and based on the preview another one next week, and a slice-of-lifer about Shima to boot – will surely set the masses to grumbling. Yet this was a really good effort, I thought, and did a nice job tightening up some of the loose ends surrounding the issue of acceptance between Rin and his little playmates.
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August 8, 2011 at 2:48 pm Comments (50)
I’ll confess a certain reluctance at wading into the debate over the direction this series is taking, but I guess that’s sort of the point of being an anime blogger, isn’t it? I think this episode did a pretty good job encapsulating all the challenges the produces of AoEx are facing, what they’re doing well, and what they’re struggling with.
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August 1, 2011 at 2:33 pm Comments (46)
Which direction does A-1 choose – an anime-original ending à la Kuroshitsuji, or perhaps a total “jump break” like Deadman Wonderland with the intent of waiting at least two years and hoping the audience is still there?
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July 24, 2011 at 4:46 pm Comments (36)
「やさしい事」 (Yasashii Koto)
“Act of Kindness”
Last week wasn’t just another school adventure of the week, as it turns out – it was actually setting up the chain of events that would seismically shift the ground underneath Ao no Exorcist for good. And can anyone be surprised that it was Mephistopheles that was behind it?
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July 17, 2011 at 7:04 pm Comments (54)
「愉しいキャンプ」 (Tanoshii Kyanpu)
It’s summer, and since we’ve already had a beach episode what could be more natural than a training camp episode?
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July 10, 2011 at 10:17 pm Comments (57)
Sometimes in anime, you have a character who, despite their physical absence through death or distance, hovers over the proceedings at all times. Though he’s been dead since the second episode, Shiro continues to reach out and impact the story.
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July 3, 2011 at 2:52 pm Comments (41)
No other currently airing series does filler as well, but last week’s was pretty flimsy even by those standards, and it’s nice to get back to some plot-advancing development.
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June 29, 2011 at 1:32 am Comments (37)
「深海の悪魔」 (Shinkai no Akuma)
“Demon of the Deep Seas”
You smell that? Mmm, smells like… filler.
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June 22, 2011 at 1:19 am Comments (39)
「黒猫（ケットシー）」 (Kuroneko (Ketto Shī))
“Black Cat (Cat Sith)”
The predicament with Cat Sith turning out to be a further development for Shirou didn’t come out to be too much of a big surprise.
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