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Ao no Exorcist – 11

「深海の悪魔」 (Shinkai no Akuma)
“Demon of the Deep Seas”

You smell that? Mmm, smells like… filler.

Filler generally comes with a negative connotation. I would think a good chunk of the anime community had once been addicted to Studio Pierrot’s Naruto or Bleach, because I know I have, those naive anime years… But yeah, Pierrot’s fillers can almost unanimously be agreed to largely suck ass. Scarred from such an experience, I assume that said chunk of the anime community have all created a self-defense mechanism and twitch in rage whenever they see “filler”. I bet you get a little pissed off just by saying the word.

So here strolls Ao no Exorcist, being the shit and all, mostly due to the staff from A-1 doing a particularly good job with the execution. The first filler with the cooking was absolutely amazing, and floored me with how great more things were weaved into what was originally a 2-3 page omake. See, the problem with filler in general is that it’s a complete waste of time. Other than seeing your favorite characters screw around with whatever plot they cooked up with, in the end, it usually doesn’t matter. It’s just inherent in the idea of a filler, which is non-canonical, and can’t develop the character nor the actual plot. This episode? Grade-A typical Pierrot filler. You can, and should skip this episode.

I’m disappointed that the staff couldn’t even mimic the great things about Exorcist. For the broad imaginative setting that the main plot resides in, they opted for a bland beach as the environment, and had a gigantic squid as the enemy. I mean, despite that the Kraken being called a “demon” is plausible, it’s so bland! Why not do more weirdo demons? They did have a legitimate excuse for only having Rin, Izumo, and Renzou, but what an obvious choice of a group. Turn Renzou into the perverted support character, have Izumo stand as the tsundere fanservice, and leave poor Rin to be the only original one. Sounds like that harem you saw last week doesn’t it? The comedy that usually had me laughing so hard was largely missing, which made me more sad. Izumo being led on by a little kid felt a little off, even if he only liked her for her eyebrows. It’s a bit like, “how you gonna let a filler kid teach you lessons about yourself?” There’s also the disappointment at the lowering of her tsun-tsun standards. Showing her dere so hard at a damn kid? I’m ashamed of you Izumo. Still, can’t complain about the plethora of attention given to her.

Too bad the last AnE I blog is a filler. Guardian Enzo will be taking over next week.



June 29, 2011 at 1:32 am
  • June 29, 2011 at 1:58 ampimple

    I was raging so much. The last filler still had the ‘exorcist’ feel to it (cos it was from the omake anyway)

    This just felt like a mashup of past episodes that they had done on other series… And wtf, filler kid being deep when he’s only there for ONE EPISODE. :/

    Poor kii has to blog this as his last exorcist post. Aww.

    • June 29, 2011 at 11:03 amAlec

      A filler episode that includes a beach, a lame kid who has a bad sense of direction a lame stupid father who has a terrible sense of direction, a lame giant squid that has an abysmal sense of direction, a stupid hard-to-explain anti-climatic end to a fight, and some weird eyebrows were bound to be terrible. But for some reason, I didn’t rage. I just chuckled, laughing at its stupidity.

      • June 30, 2011 at 2:05 ampimple

        Ah, well not exactly rage but going ‘wtf is this… wtf… huh wait what? WHAT? Oh god..’

        but I couldn’t even laugh at it :( I was more disappointed. When I posted though I felt pretty ragey lol.

  • June 29, 2011 at 2:10 amcybersteel

    Filler or not still enjoyed it.

  • June 29, 2011 at 2:13 amHakarum

    Wooo , can’t wait! The next episode will have the “you-know-who” revealed!

  • June 29, 2011 at 2:14 amrandomania


  • June 29, 2011 at 2:21 amShirt

    I was under the impression that most beach episodes were fillers. D: Then again, there was absolutely no story development this time around. (Aside from maybe learning about Cat Sith’s weakness to raw squid.)

    Gah.. I was hoping to see Shiemi in a swimsuit. The preview shows her in a skirt however. ♥ Can’t wait~

    • June 29, 2011 at 6:29 amKarmafan

      I love me some Shimei too. She is my favorite character in this show (probably because I usually play healers on WOW).

    • June 29, 2011 at 12:46 pmShirt

      Haha healers ftw Especially when they have a bow and arrow~ In this case, that’d be Shiemi’s Greenman Spirit.

  • June 29, 2011 at 2:41 ambobon721

    This filler felt very wrong. We all know Izumo only goes dere-dere for Rin.

    • June 29, 2011 at 5:07 amSummelBaerli

      Hahahaha, yes, exactly!

      She’s more than your clichéd tsundere, the manga really shows that. I’m sad to see her character so unfittingly protrayed.

  • June 29, 2011 at 2:56 amP Ko

    I’m all for more Izumo in a bikini.

  • June 29, 2011 at 3:21 amRyuuzaki21

    somehow, i cant find that tsundere attractive. maybe because of her eyebrows? >:D

    • June 29, 2011 at 8:02 ampaulrenzo

      Admittedly, the eyebrows for me kill Izumo’s otherwise decent character design.

  • June 29, 2011 at 5:53 amBambi

    Well, there’s nothing else that can be done, you have to blog another Ao no Exorcist episode, Kiiragi, you can’t step down with such a bad last impression. : ) lol, sorry, I’m just still sad that you leave : /
    I wish I skipped this ep. : /

  • June 29, 2011 at 5:55 amDelwack

    Wow, I don’t my thoughts about this episode (and filler in general) could have been summed up any better.

  • June 29, 2011 at 6:06 amtomoyostar

    Revenge of Ika Musume.

  • June 29, 2011 at 6:22 amPeepQ

    They see me ragin, at my computer…

  • June 29, 2011 at 6:45 amHenDarou

    I find these past two episodes’ lack of Shiemi disturbing… Well, at least it’s a two-cour series.

  • June 29, 2011 at 7:43 amBass.EXE

    As strange as this episode was, I’m still glad they’re spreading out the filler episodes. I’d much rather have it this way than random filler arcs that make no sense canonically

  • June 29, 2011 at 7:51 amreminbee

    I personally thought the filler was fine, though the gag that, in the end, the squid was actually… just a squid, was kind of dumb. I liked how they touched upon how Izumo was frustrated because the kid’s stubbornness hit so close to home for her, even though her “dere dere”-ness was weird. Shima is already a perverted character, so that didn’t seem off to me. Definitely didn’t have the charm of the other episodes, but I don’t think it was terribad,

  • June 29, 2011 at 8:01 ampaulrenzo

    I actually liked this filler. Really, worst part of this filler was the lack of Shiemi fanservice. Best part was the reason as to why the kid found Izumo “cute.”

  • June 29, 2011 at 8:03 amAvenger

    This is what happens when you turn a 25-chapter manga into an anime. =/

  • June 29, 2011 at 8:04 amSeishun Otoko

    This episode is such a waste of time, but it looks like next week’s going to be awesome!

  • June 29, 2011 at 9:45 amMrRei

    I did not think they would throw a 1 ep filler before the carnival. it was a fair episode, not bad..

  • June 29, 2011 at 10:16 amJoojoobees

    Ugh. This episode nearly put me off this series entirely. When it started this show looked like it would be a brutal supernatural-action series. This episode was just stupid. The only thing brutal about it was how brutally stupid it was. Demons can have a change of heart, too. Well, maybe we should all just sit down for a cuppa tea with Satan and talk this out?

    • June 29, 2011 at 1:31 pmpieprsn

      I lol’d.

  • June 29, 2011 at 10:27 amSissy

    The really sad thing about this filler is that one line spilled by the teacher; “even demons have a change of heart and turn good” (sorta). Show Spoiler ▼

  • June 29, 2011 at 11:13 amroro

    Taking your advice and skipping this episode. Ugh, just a beach episode, really?

  • June 29, 2011 at 12:30 pmValerie

    That’s a filler for ya.. -.-
    I’m kind of starting to lose interest in this anime. It doesn’t seem to be getting my attention. I don’t get that ‘wow’ feeling at all. Hopefully, next week’s episode will be interesting since it’s involving that dude.

    • June 29, 2011 at 4:41 pmOrange-sama

      Hmm really? I think that maybe this anime isn’t the best for you. Or maybe you haven’t seen the good parts as you have said. You can check out the manga and see how you like that.

  • June 29, 2011 at 1:35 pmKishiu

    What do you mean with “the last”? I read in Guardian Enzo’s introduction that he was not going to work with you, that called my attention.. Now you say this is the last AnE you’re blogging? Am I missing something? Where are you going Kiiragi? You cannot go xD! You’re my favourite writer here T_T I’m sorry if I sound kinda psycho, but it took me for surprise.. I feel very “colgada” right now.. Are you going to another blog or you’re just dropping out blogging due to other responsibilities/lack of time/etc? If you’ve already talked about this here and I didn’t see it then I apologize, plz answer..

    • June 29, 2011 at 1:52 pmPerlaNemesis

      Kiiragi already made a post about his departure. The post is called “Graduation”. Look at Recent Entries colum and you will find it.

  • June 29, 2011 at 2:36 pmBROOKLYN otaku

    wow.. worst beach filler EVER. they could have at least T&A’ed it up a bit.

  • June 30, 2011 at 7:54 amKazu

    Hmm boring episode. Filler episode that doesn’t make any sense.
    Izumo confirmed shotacon.

    • June 30, 2011 at 8:01 amyamaken

      Lol, its true colors! XD God, this episode pisses me off, I’m starting to dislike Kamiki too. Uhh yeah, “wtf” filler episode 11 is. Hopefully, the next episode will be awesome. Shiemi wearing a uniform? Interested on seeing her on it. Moe

  • June 30, 2011 at 8:50 pmAzul Flamed Samurai

    Umm………………………………I thought it was great for a filler