Ao no Exorcist: Kyoto Fujouou-hen Episode 11: Mephisto needs some popcorn

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While Yukio’s fight this week was a bit strange, Rin’s initial battle against the Impure King with his powers unlocked was pretty cool, even if he was mostly on the defensive. For all of that buildup, the fight against the Impure King ended without too much fanfare. I was honestly expecting more out of that fight. I also wasn’t expecting the fight to be over in this episode. I wonder how they’re going to end this season. The preview makes it look like we’ll get some sort of quiet epilogue episode.

Dude, you had one job.

Apparently, this bad guy is impeded by both fire and water. Make up your mind, buddy.

There’s a point where you overdo the “mysterious observer” role and I think Mephisto passed it long ago.

Just die already, man. I know I’m asking too much, but come on…

This might not necessarily be an incorrect translation, but it was very confusing for me. It sounds like Ucchusma is offering to help Rin in the future, but it looks more like an offer in the present based on the events that follow. Not that I have a problem with Ucchusma working with Rin to fight the Impure King…it’s just that I thought the way the offer sounded was weird.

Going straight from “you just need to work on your confidence” to “you need to bathe the entire mountain in your flames without hurting anyone” seems a bit much, don’t you think?

Meanwhile, on the other side of the mountain, this is happening. Giant Nee turned out to be a bit of a letdown.

Aww, they’re friends now. Remember when they needed to rescue Suguro’s dad? Because I didn’t until right about now.

On the bright side, none of Rin’s friends were there to yell at him. But still, this is power of friendship and really makes me wonder why those lines are only just now helping him with his confidence issue.

Hey, Mephisto. This whole “maniacal laughter” thing you’re doing. Not helping.

Classic Rin.

Aaaaaand classic Yukio.

Ao no Exorcist: Kyoto Fujouou-hen Episode 10: The sword is loose!

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I don’t really have much to say about this episode other than…well, Rin got his turn. I went into this more last week, but seeing Rin draw the sword wasn’t exactly the most motivating thing in the world given that we’ve seen the same progression twice already and Rin’s in particular was probably drawn out too long. Anyway, now he can finally fight, so things should get more interesting, right?

That’s…not what I was expecting.

Aww man…I was just about to make a comment about literally fighting fire with fire…

I feel like this fight would have been a lot better if Todo didn’t have that orange filter surrounding him.

It’s a spirit bomb!

Wow…they really went with the “make him absorb too much” plan.

Zombies!

Anyone else find this giant Nee to be excessively creepy?

Also, this would have been more interesting with a brief explanation of why Shiemi was choosing those specific plants.

If Karura is just using part of the barrier to defend Suguro, why does it cost him extra energy to maintain it? It seems like Suguro paid for a full second spell and Karura just chose the cheap option.

I’m asking the same thing, buddy.

I would say something about making plans for the future, but I know better with this series.

Eh, I have to admit that I like conversations like this.

Finally…

Ao no Exorcist: Kyoto Fujouou-hen Episode 9: Confidence

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The show is finally giving us some fights. I might be biased in favor of this episode because it contained my favorite songs from the soundtrack.

Still, if you really think about it, the main events in this episode can be boiled down to the same basic idea. Shima has a confidence issue caused by the death of his brother, but unlocks his power to save Konekomaru when he is in danger. Shiemi has a confidence issue after Nee was de-summoned, but unlocks her power to save Izumo when she’s in danger. And finally, Rin has a confidence issue because of his lack of control over his flames, but he’ll probably unlock his power to save Suguro when he’s in danger.

These scenes are literally recycled from the end of last week’s episode.

Ahh…sibling rivalries.

I really like this scene…not just for the amazing music (it was one of my favorite tracks from the first season). Yukio’s deception and the fact that he comes to grips with his shortcomings is a great combination. Still, I have to say that the fact that we hear Shura’s statement from last week is a bit of a disappointment. It makes it feel like that line is supposed to trigger this personal revelation for Yukio, but I feel like there’s not enough of a path connecting them.

Haha okay I’ll give you points for lightening the mood, Rin.

I really hope this is important and doesn’t get forgotten because it seems interesting.

I know I’m being picky here, but they go through the effort of making us watch Shima slowly walk towards Konekomaru, but don’t show him jumping on the branch? He just plops on the branch in the next shot…

Well, I can understand Shima’s annoyance with being measured against the person who gave his life to save his. It’s a less direct way of giving the “Takezo should have lived instead” line, which I appreciate.

Uhh…aren’t those baby foxes sitting on top being counter-productive?

While Shiemi getting over her confidence issues isn’t too bad, I’m still questioning what the giant Nee can do in this situation. Hugs for everyone?

I guess we failed…

Something else that’s very interesting, but may very well get swept under the rug.

Ao no Exorcist: Kyoto Fujouou-hen Episode 8: Flame buddies unite!

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We’re finally at a decent pace this week. I think we’ve finally blown past the obligatory “new season blues” and we’ve gotten to the real adaptation. This episode is still somewhat of a precursor to the real action, but at least some fights are getting started with the Impure King. Yukio’s having a nice fight too…despite how one-sided it is.

I have no idea what this is supposed to mean…

Haha that’s just embarrassing, man.

Arbitrary rules are not so arbitrary.

Props to this guy for not dying of straight-up blood loss.

Finally a bad guy with a weak point that’s not just out in the open. Heck…they probably have to risk releasing the miasma to get at it.

Hmm…if only there was some alternate source of flames.

Hey look! Now Rin has a flame buddy!

Very reassuring. Good thing you’re the protagonist, so we know you’re going to draw the sword when it counts anyway.

Also, I guess I take back what I said about Rin faking the sword thing…

Even though this has been largely treated as a side quest, the interaction between these two characters is probably what I’m more interested in seeing in this arc.

Aww man…this is the first good Kuro appearance in this season and it feels so wasted.

Well, he’s not wrong.

Manga Section

Again, I only have one thing to point out this week. There’s a very small difference in translation that I thought was worth highlighting. When Karura is talking with Tatsuma about giving his power to Suguro, he states that Suguro is being more rational and Tatsuma responds by saying that he didn’t want to get his son involved. In the manga, the dialogue is slightly different in that Karura says that Suguro is wiser than Tatsuma and Tatsuma responds by saying that this is the reason that he doesn’t want to get Suguro involved. In the manga translation, Tatsuma seems to be acknowledging Suguro more and it makes for a more loaded statement compared to the anime version, which sounds like a more typical line.