This was surprisingly good. After previous experiences with shounen series’ movie spinoffs (namely the two atrocious Fullmetal Alchemist movies) I had extremely low expectations. But Ao no Exorcist did not let me down.
It had an excellent standalone story. It does follow the usual format of Rin adding another demon to his harem, but it’s been a while since I’ve seen it so I didn’t mind. From what I recall of the original show, it would have been one of the better arcs. It was even a bit of a tearjerker.
It had some great action scenes. It had entertaining comedic portions in the lulls in the fighting. It had a good sob story. And it looked good while doing it. I recommend this one if you’re looking for your shounen fix.
My only complaint: not enough Izumo.
- Storytelling – B – Surprisingly touching.
- Voice – B – I’m a sucker for anything involving demons and people loosely affiliated with the church.
- Characters – B – That brotherly love.
- Attention Grab – B – Good variety and pacing to keep interest.
- Production – B – Looking good.
- Overall – B
Recommendations – Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood, D. Grayman, Nurarihyon no Mago