Title: Blue Exorcist
Author: Kazue Kato
Audience: T+ (Older Teen)
Genre: Action, Supernatural, Comedy, lots o’ battles
Summary: “Fight hellfire with hellfire! Raised by Father Fujimoto, a famous exorcist, Rin Okumura never knew his real father. One day a fateful argument with Father Fujimoto forces Rin to face a terrible truth — the blood of the demon lord Satan runs in Rin’s veins! Rin swears to defeat Satan, but doing that means entering the mysterious True Cross Academy and becoming an exorcist himself. Can Rin fight demons and keep his infernal bloodline a secret? It won’t be easy, especially when drawing his father’s sword releases the demonic power within him!”
Rae’s Review: How do I love this series? Let me count the ways! It has great art, an interesting premise, and an amazing cast of characters. Also, it has one of my favorite manga tropes evah: sarcastic, mean, tough-love, dueling with each other but “in this together” siblings. Think Fullmetal Alchemist. With a little bit of Inuyasha. And a side order of Hot Gimmick…sorta..maybe a little bit more like the Bleach sibs atmosphere. Sheesh, this makes me want to do a siblings ❤ post! lol
The series starts off with a bang. A lot of information is thrown out there very quickly. Rin, a teenage delinquent, is fighting too much, doesn’t have a job, and just wants to be “normal,” though he’s never managed it. He’s been raised by Father Fujimoto (who is a pretty bad-a$$, punk-rock-lookin’, common-sense-dispensin’, been-there-done-that kind of a guy) who has gotten him a job interview (and even helps him to properly tie his tie). Sadly, everything hits the fan before Rin gets very far. In quick succession, Rin realizes that he’s the son of Satan (not so much the Western concept of the “Anti-Christ” though Daddy does need him to lay “claim to this world”), Father Fujimoto goes out in a grisly manner protecting Rin, exorcists tell him they have to kill him to protect mankind, and Rin decides to become an exorcist himself.
One of the exorcists, Mephisto Pheles, is (seemingly) amused by him and decides to let Rin join their ranks. The first bump in the road? Rin has to enroll in high school, which he had intended to skip. The second? Well, that would be that his younger twin brother isn’t quite as oblivious to all the supernatural stuff that Rin has been and is actually going to be his cram school instructor. Aw, man.
Overall, this series is great. I love the relationships that are developing between all the characters. Rin gets a little bit too emotional (ALL THE TIME!) and has very little control over his powers. His intent is sincere, though, so mostly he triumphs over the evil…dragging the people along with him kicking and screaming. I love how he first meets his new bff and how everyone’s goals are pretty much the same, but they all give each other a lot of grief. The characters are not cookie-cutter which is totally refreshing and the graphics are great. This is one manga where I can totally get into the fight scenes.
If I were to grade this manga, I’d give it an A. Which is better than Rin is ever gonna get, lol. But he’s trying, bless him.
Official Website (in Japanese): http://www.ao-ex.com/
Official (English) Website: http://blueexorcist.com/
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Online Streaming o’ Anime: www.crunchyroll.com/blue-exorcist
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