“Blue Exorcist/Ao no Ekusoshisuto is a manga written and illustrated by Kazue Katō. The manga has been serialized in Jump Square magazine by Shueisha since April 2009, with individual chapters collected into thirteen tankōbon volumes as of July 4, 2014.
The story revolves around Rin Okumura, a teenager who discovers he is the son of Satan born from a human woman and is the inheritor of Satan’s powers. When Satan kills Rin’s guardian, Rin decides to become an exorcist in order to defeat his father.
The series was adapted into an anime television series by A-1 Pictures during 2011 and adapted into an anime film (Ao no Exorcist Gekijouban) in December 2012. Viz Media has licensed the manga for North American production, with the first volume released in April 5, 2011. Aniplex of America also released the anime’s DVDs in English regions.” (Wikipedia)
Now, before you start condemning and calling for a priest let me stop you and tell you why it’s actually a really great show. It’s got a phenomenal story line, wonderful and lovable characters, and visually looks gorgeous.
Yes the main character is the son of Satan and they fight demons with ill intent who try coming into the human realm. But this isn’t necessarily a new concept. First there was Buffy the Vampire Slayer, then the spin off Angel, and then along came Supernatural. All of these are about fighting demons, things that go bump in the night, and whatever unsightly things that crawl out from the pits of hell.
Blue Exorcist is an anime if you haven’t gotten that already, and it’s main character isn’t some hardened and worn out tough guy. Rin is actually a sweetheart and easy going. Sure he’s short tempered and if he loses his cool he bursts into blue flames and he grows some fangs and a tail, but that’s beside the point. This show really focuses on team work and creating a family out of a group of people.That’s the beauty of anime and manga I think. With all the anime’s I’ve seen so far they take a group of different characters, all of which come from different backgrounds and have different personalities, and bring them together through trials and pain to create a family. Plus there’s the beautiful looking intro’s and outro’s and those addictive, catchy songs.
Right off the bat this show hits you in the feels and it keeps kicking at them throughout the series. Rin is constantly being looked down on for being the son of Satan, but he didn’t ask to be. He never asked for the power that was given to him. After a life changing event, he vehemently goes after Satan with the intent of killing him. He constantly reminds us, and those around him, that he doesn’t want to see anyone else get hurt or die because of what he is. Friendships are formed, the bond of brothers is tested, and faith and hope are tried.
Currently there are fourteen volumes of the manga, the anime series has two seasons, Blue Exorcist: The Movie (Ao no Ekusoshisuto: Gekijouban), several small 2-3 minute shorts that you can find online, A stage play based on the series titled Live Act Ao no Exorcist ~Mashin no Rakuin~ ran for nine performances at the Nippon Seinenkan hall in Tokyo’s Shinjuku ward from May 11 to 17 during 2012. *Note this is on YouTube but it is not in English, it is also really cheesy but good for a laugh if you want. If you were expecting for it to be epic and amazing looking then I’m sorry but you’ll be sorely disappointed.* A light novel titled Ao no Exorcist: Weekend Hero was written by Aya Yajima and illustrated by Kato. It was released by Shueisha on September 2, 2011.A visual novel for PlayStation Portable, Ao no Exorcist: Genkoku no Labyrinth was released on April 26, 2012 by Bandai Namco Games. (Wikipedia)
All in all it’s a wonderful show that we really loved and enjoyed. We desperately wanted more anime but alas that is not the case. I mean come on, reading the manga’s is great but there’s nothing like actually getting to see your characters come to life and be given a voice. So check it out and tell us what you think about it! We promise that you won’t regret it.