Ao no Exorcist Review — C+

Rin discovers that he is the son of Satan. His foster father is murdered by Satan, and he decides to become an exorcist. He begins attending school, where his brother is a teacher.

This is straight-up shounen— fights, making friends, believing in yourself and all that jazz. But I enjoyed it. The first thing is the setting. I’m a sucker for religious motifs, even if it’s Crystal Dragon Jesus. Second is the characters. They’re all likable and have their own quirks.

The story itself isn’t much to write home about. It mostly follows the students’ school life as they train to defeat Satan. The ending seems to be unpopular, but I thought it was pretty good. It’s standard shounen, but what else would you expect?

  • Plot / Script – C – Your usual shounen.
  • Characters – B – Likable.
  • Production – B – It’s Bones.
  • Overall – C+

Recommendations – Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Nurarihyon no Mago

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4 thoughts on “Ao no Exorcist Review — C+

  1. Actually it’s A-1 Pictures.

    But I thought this is quite good for a generic shounen series. Though I wish they waited a little longer for more manga material to be released.

    1. Ah, you’re right, what was I thinking. Still looks pretty decent though. And yeah, it probably would have been improved with more material to work from, although the anime original material went pretty well.

  2. This isn’t nearly as good as Fullmetal Alchemist (either version). A more fair comp is Soul Eater, and I liked Soul Eater slightly better.

    1. No, it isn’t near the level of FMA. I’ve only seen the first few episodes of Soul Eater (liked it somewhat but forgot about it) so can’t comment there.

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