“Candid and Open”
At least Rin got to go to Kyoto Tower!
Before we leap into the Final Impressions, let me just say how happy I am that the series managed to turn things around right at the end of the season. I don’t know what they have planned for the future, but boy do I hope that the show runners drop all the half baked explanations and give us what we really want.
Anyways, let’s jump into those final impressions!
As a huge fan of the first season of Ao no Exorcist I was so excited to see all my favorite characters back on screen. With the opportunity to continue on from where we left off, the first episode had be so pumped since it really felt like we were going to see the repercussions of the end of season one directly play into the start of season two. Except, by the third episode, you could tell that the pacing was starting to move a turtles pace and all the things I was expecting were taking their sweet time showing up. At roughly the same time it looked like no one else wanted to pick up the show and seeing how I’m the resident sequel cover-er, I took it upon myself to suck it up and continue coverage of the show.
Which in all honesty I’m super happy that I decided to do so since in a different dimension there’s probably a version of me that put Ao no Exorcist on the back burner and never got to see that amazing payoff that we got after enduring so much. However, as much as I hype up the payoff and the pretty good resolution to everything, I don’t think it makes up for all the individual pieces of this payoff feeling so lackluster. If anything it really feels like we got hit with the problem that Spiderman 3 had — too many things going on at the same time. We had Todo and his demon woes, Yukio stressed out about himself, Rin’s lack of confidence, the Myoda sect’s internal issues, the Impure King reviving, and even Mephisto made a cameo right at the end to remind us that he’s always scheming and has something big planned for the future. Only some of which got a resolution that felt even halfway worth it by the end of it all.
Now, it might sound like I’m doing a lot of complaining and I’ll admit that I was a little bitter about some of the decisions the team behind Ao no Exorcist’s team made, but overall I think we were still given a pretty damn good show. When it counted the most, the show managed to remind us of all the great things that made the first season such a fantastic watch. When the story wasn’t too busy trying to develop a grand story, I loved it when the characters and their unique personalities took the spotlight. You had Kamiki and her tsundere nature, Shiemi finally finding some self confidence, Suguro with his head out of his butt (or at least the misconception we had), Shima and Konekomaru doing their thing, and Rin busting out some blue flamed ass kicking. Things that are simple in concept but feel so good when wrapped around the hustle and bustle of some good old fashioned action scenes.
All-in-all I think this second season was pretty good even with some stumbles here and there. Hopefully we’ll get a continuation somewhere down the line and hopefully it builds on top of what was done here instead of spending a lot of time trying to build another huge story. Also, thanks to all the viewers still out there and I’ll catch you guys next season!