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「虚無界の門」 (Gehena Gēto)
“Gehenna Gate”

Anime beating manga in terms of an adaptation is rare, but A-1 pulled through a thousand times over. After constant disappointment over a multitude of terrible adaptations, I don’t take it lightly when one as good as this just strolls by. The dynamic of the father son relationship felt much more realistic and relatable due to the added exposition of flashbacks, a longer struggle, and naturally, just by it being animated. As a result, the story had actual impact, and by the end, I almost shed a tear when Rin did. Despite having already read the first chapter and knowing what to expect, the emotion totally caught me off-guard, so cheers to A-1 for a fantastic job in actually knowing how to direct scenes. The choice of a soft piano piece during the unleashing of the sword might have seemed odd at first, but considering the scene followed to Shirou’s death, it was perfect. But seriously, Fujiwara Keiji? Stop dying as awesome characters. Not cool.

Being able to build upon “rules” already given by angel and demon lore could have been bland since it’s so often used, but similar to zombies being animated in Highschool of the Dead, it’s a fresh sight. This holds true especially with some wicked animation to support it, as shown in the chaotic battles of this episode. I’m so used to demon takeover, holy water, and summoning symbols from Supernatural (TV series) that seeing it happen in Ao felt like second nature. Demonic possession is definitely one of the more sadistic things demons are capable of doing, but it’s a peculiar feeling seeing the exact same rules apply (Satan’s power being too much for a human, human able to take back control).

The obvious development here would be Rin for finally accepting who he is, finding out which father really mattered, and acquiring the hatred to kill the one that doesn’t. The irony here, as hilariously pointed out by Mephisto Pheles (Kamiya Hiroshi), is a demon becoming an Exorcist to kill his own father, Satan nonetheless. I guess that’s one I haven’t I heard before. With such an incredibly well-done setup, I’m extremely psyched for the meat of the story where he actually trains to become an Exorcist. Seems like it’ll be a school setting, similar to Soul Eater, with a gigantic cast of characters (here are your females), and… Yukio. Someone’s pissed.

 

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67 Comments

  1. This episode was amazing. I could feel the emotion and did anyone get a little freaked out at the possessed father? It wasn’t so much as a scary surprise as it felt more like “woahh”

    TheFadingMoon
  2. I really can’t get out of my head how Mephisto’s eyes seems to bulge as he was laughing his head off. I was really scared to go into this ep as I knew how it was going to play out and with ep 1 fleshing out Rin’s character and this one showing the bonds between them even more.

    Yukio next week. Showing us how badass he is.

    Shadiic
    1. That type of design is pretty common in fantasy worlds. As if there weren’t enough relations to FMA, the filler episode with the cat burglar in the first adaptation took place in a similarly designed city… if memory serves correct (haven’t seen it in six years).

  3. Now it seems like the series is really starting 😉
    This episode was so packed with story but overall none of it seemed rushed at all.
    Amaaaaaazing second episode. Expectations getting higher and higher and higher~

    nekomi
  4. now with death city, erm, exorcist academy I am sold totally… and a gun-totin brother with a grudge? hell yeah! and we will get females, so much for romance absence…

    ewok40k
  5. I smiled when you mentioned Supernatural. When I first learned about the premise for Ao I though ‘Two brothers, one with powers, exorcisms, mostly dead family… Hmm, where have I see this before?’ But Supernatural is a guilty pleasure of mine and it was the similarities that drew me to Ao in the first place so I have no reason to complain. 🙂

    Blue
    1. Lol same here! Supernatural is my favourite TV series of all time (and if I have to rank my favourite show ever, including anime, it would probably be in the top 3).

      I can’t help but feel that this show has inspired by Supernatural haha. From the similarities you mentioned, to the way demons were exorcised (i.e. black smoke flowing out of the mouth of people), priests using guns and weapons they stored in a church, the father trying to protect his son even though he is possessed by a demon etc. But I’m assuming that this is as close to Supernatural as we are going to get. The school part does seem reminiscent of Soul Eater 🙂

      taiakun
  6. well this is one of the top anime for me this seasons. Honestly this one is good, it has a soul eater borderline d grayman ish feel to it. The only real thing i find dissapointing is the direction this series will eventually go. Seeing as there is only like 20 ish manga chapters I find it hard to believe that they wont put in several fillers and eventually an original anime ending, but seeing as how they made this episode awesome I wouldnt be that much dissapointed for an originla one.

    Rasone0104
  7. great great show and really can get better.

    “is a demon becoming an Exorcist to kill his own father, Satan nonetheless. I guess that’s one I haven’t I heard before.”

    well not so far off of other stories that have vampires hunting their own kind or werewolves, (or hybrids), etc.

    Ryan
  8. I’m starting to get obssesed with this show. They really did do a good job in adding more plot. I also liked how they showed Fujimoto’s gang fighting, displaying what type of exorcists are there. That was pretty cool.

    Started bawling when Rin cried. So sad. ;___;

    Can’t wait for next ep!

    rochichan
  9. I don’t get it… so far, this show has done nothing amazing, yet people are throwing around the “it’s a masterpiece” after only 2 episode. This is nothing that hasn’t been done 100 times before.

    DmonHiro
    1. I think it’s the presentation done by A-1 Pictures that has people especially ecstatic. The manga was already a great series; adding in the spectacular animation quality and soundtrack and etc. is enough to make the show amazing.
      Also, please do list the shows that have done this before so that I may give them a watch-

      Nice Holystone
    2. It’s got nothing to do with originality. It has everything to do with execution. This two episode introduction arc was superbly executed. The production values were amazing and the pacing was smooth and the acting was powerful.

      Honestly, I enjoyed these two episodes more than the manga’s first chapter.

      kazukifafner
    3. It is the amazing job that A-1 picture have done that make the difference and maybe cus some RC readers like my are tired of the F****** moe and fan service in every show instead of a good story.

      Seriously, it has been a while since I saw well placed fillers

      Secsuey
      1. Seriously Djisas if this is overaterd please illuminate my ignorance with some animes that you find “well rated”.
        because last season the only anime I liked was Madoka.

        Secsuey
      2. I have probably watched more anime than all three of you combined, i know well when im watching a masterpiece and when im watching something more “normal”…

        I just fail to see how this anime is so “brilliant”, my personal opinion as a veteran…

        Posting a list of better anime would be to bothersome and would require to much space…

        Anyway im still going to watch it in the end, just hope to be at least entertained…

        Im a hatter of everything popular and mainstream…

        I hope this illuminates “my” hatters…

      3. i kinda agree w/ Djisas up there, its not that this anime is not entertaining, but anime viewers nowadays are just so narrow minded and easy to please. the anime industry is deteriorating you know, only a number of shows stand out, and this series does show promise but nothing that stand out.

        though in the end its a matter of enjoyment and preferences of watchers since people now cannot differentiate “masterpiece” from “average” >.<

        Zwei
      4. No one cares how many anime you watched since a) you can claim the number of anime that you watched without ever having to back it up, b) no one cares how many you watched, c) having watched a lot of something doesn’t automatically make you a connoisseur of something, d) learn to spell something as common as hater…seriously…

        Somrandom1
      5. I do watch Bleach actually, since i started to watch it from day 1 i wont drop it and i actually like it, i dont care about manga, filers, popularity or anything…
        I tried watch one piece and didnt like, Naruto’s gone to far for me to even think it exists…

        I dont claim i have watched many anime, i have the numbers to prove it, just look for me on MAL… I thought id do one a few months ago to keep a physical record cause the ANN lists cant be shared so easily…

        Like i said experience tells me what good and whats great, according to my point of view…
        A different point of view is always a reason for hate, so simple are ppl…

        Like some wise person said somewhere, haters are gonna hate… There i think i got it right this time…

        And by the way my line of thought here applies to Kaminomi, both seasons: Average and im starting to find Itou Kanae annoying and overused…
        Just my point of view dont start flaming because of this…

      6. I’m sick of people like you Charles complaining about people that don’t completely love everything YOU like.

        Didn’t your mom ever tell you to stop being so annoying when she dropped you?

        anishuma
      7. Here we go again…
        Yes i watch Bleach, i explained why when it first started it was actually “refreshing” to me, the character design, the concept, even the music, that was back in 2004, i still watch it every week, i have time to watch a couple shounen titles…

        The problem is 7 years latter, shounen anime is so mainstream but so popular at the same time because they are easy to understand, kids can watch them, but its this simplicity and the following of a similar formula every time that it starts to get boring, EX: Ao exorcist or Kaminomi, even bakuman…

        What we need is more anime like Shiki, a bold character design, a bold story, it was completely refreshing to watch…
        Madoka turned the anime community upside down and reinvented the genre…
        Level E was fantastic, unpredictable some times, and it kept trolling everyone, they even trolled the master troll…
        Wandering son, it was only a wast the small length, it was a great story with great characters, it was something new…

        I could keep ranting forever but ill stop just here…

        Just to finish I AM not saying THIS anime is bad, what i am saying is that its following a basic formula without reinventing the genre thus its not refreshing, reusing all the popular Voice actors from the last “popular” anime doesnt help either…
        Im just waiting to see if this anime will do something fantastic down the road and desrv its rating or end up another overrated anime…

      8. So because the first three who replied to you disagreed with your opinion, you claim that you have probably watched more anime than the lot of them? Sounds pretty elitist if you ask me.

        kazukifafner
      9. To be honest, it’s extremely difficult to be original anymore without making an ounce of sense, as most everything has been done in some form of media.

        Also, your previous statement that you had numbers to back up your claim but then related it to your MAL which YOU update is kind of idiotic. Maybe if there was some sort of online tracker ergo xfire or steam in the way of videogames, people would be more inclined to take your words at face value, but it’s up to you whether or not you bogusly update every anime on the list as watched.

        Also, I do agree that while this is enjoyable, it’s not something that I’m ecstatic about. At the very least this show is better than all the trash fanservice shows that are contaminating anime.

        Ryouichi
    4. Hating everything popular or mainstream doesn’t make your opinion more valid.

      Neither does it elevates you to a level above everyone who happens to enjoy what’s popular.

      Just another guy who believes that hating stuffs like Naruto or Bleach actually makes himself oh so special.

      Oh please
    5. hahaha! this whole conversation is kinda funny. I’ll just watch the shows that entertains me, it doesn’t matter if it was done a billion times or what, as long as it’s good (in my taste). To each his own, as they say. We all have preferences or opinions of what’s good or not, if it’s a masterpiece or trash. whatever. But I’ll do say, A-1 Pictures did a great job here, very much unlike what they’re doing in Fairy Tail.

      kenji
  10. Some people have been talking about them making an anime only ending like they did with FMA because the manga recently started its publication. I don’t think they will. FMA was 50 episodes straight; there was no break between seasons. Isn’t Ao no Exorcist supposed to only be 2-cour initially? meaning they’d have time to wait for the manga to keep going before they make more episodes

    Bossun
  11. Its a bummer when Fujiwara Keiji’s characters get killed off so early on T_T
    He is sooooo freaking cool, especially as the cool father-like figure.

    Anywhoozle, this A-1 is doing a phenomenal job and I can’t wait for more; another great episode!

    P0NCH
  12. Only thing I noticed they left out is the reason Rin is special for having a human body.
    In the first chapter of the manga, he expressly points out that Rin’s body is the only one that could serve as a true vessel for him, allowing Satan to enter the realm of humans permanently.

    Other then that, this adaptation is looking pretty good, wasn’t a fan of the OP though.

    ZeruFenrir
  13. Looks like they might have what it takes to adapt this, even when taking liberties with the source material. I agree with others, this worked better than the first chapter. Here’s hoping they follow FMA in adaptation quality, although I feel like this is gonna turn into another FMA vs FMA:B war here.

    Also, yeah, I agree with ZeruFenrir up there about the body thing. As for the op: meh, it’ll probably grow on me, but I have a feeling they’ll make the second one better.

    Zilla
  14. mephisto ¬_¬ now im just waiting for andariel, duriel, diablo and baal. hmm, im not liking what i see from the preview.. but we will see 🙁 i hope he dont have to fight his brother 🙁

    n0216332
  15. Agreed with pretty much everything you said. The father-son relationship definitely had more impact and I was moved by the scene as well… until Mephisto went bonkers. Well, it did end the episode on a high note.

    I had some serious doubts after finding out how little material they’re working with, but it seemed I worried over nothing. Not only are the anime-only parts woven into the story (unlike the usual scheme of following the plot, then padding with A Day In The Limelight episodes that have no impact on the story whatsoever), they greatly improve the effects of the already well-done manga. Like I (and you) mentioned, the father-son relationship was much better portrayed here and it’s rare for me to develop that much of an emotional connection to fictional characters, much less within 2 episodes.

    I’ve really missed an anime like this after FMA ended. Glad that Blue Exorcist is here – and here to stay.

  16. Hmm the animation reminds me of Hellsing. That’s good. I could tell the death was really emotional. The main voice actor is so good at portraying that. Such a refreshing show.

    sealouse
  17. That was… unexpected. I was going to pass on this one, because I’m a little tired of shounen but I ended liking Rin’s character a lot. In fact, I started reading the manga after that and my only worry is that this turns into a filler hell but it has potential. Sure, it’s not the most revolutionary anime EVER but it reminds me of Soul Eater and I liked that one.

    haitechan
  18. The voiceacting in this series is amazing, the sheer emotions that bled out of this episode’s script was amazing. I can’t wait to watch more, I hope they can keep this going.

    Z!
  19. I started a manga a while back, though it felt off my radar with it’s erratic release schedule. I am glad it achieved such a level of popularity that it has been granted its own anime series; it definitely wow’d me as a reader and it deserves this treatment as such.

    ChocolateDaimon

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