「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. Overall, a pretty simple concept that felt a tad stretched over 20 minutes. Continuing from my point from last week’s post, a story like this didn’t really require an entire episode. The precious time that could be used elsewhere feels like such wasted potential but when you don’t have enough source material to go for 24 episodes, you gotta do what you gotta do. Nonetheless, despite being simple, the execution was superb, ending up with yet another solid episode for Ao no Exorcist.
Recalling my point on Rin simply being better than his brother because he was born with Satan’s power, this episode only furthered that statement. Rin could only hear Cat Sith because he was a demon, and therefore was the only one that could communicate, leading to more, “he’s so like Shirou!” these kinds of stories like to set up so much. With the revealing of Shirou being more than just a “shitty old geezer”, specifically the Paladin (who here wants to say this is a retcon?! lol j/k), Rin is more than ever foreshadowed to be badass (which he is already).
The Cat Sith crying scene was legit, and the focus on his shimmering eye as it teared up almost had me going. Other than that, not much to say about it. It’s a by the books sympathy plot except of course in Ao no Exorcist’s setting. For the overarching plot, more hints are dropped about Mephisto wanting to see Rin’s true power, but his brother is more interested in touring Japan, so I don’t think we’ll be seeing much anytime soon. Next week is a swimsuit episode, which of course is generalizing, but hey, Izumo in a bikini. Preview made it seem like she was the only girl though. Better be some Shiemi.