Review: Ao no Exorcist (And Brief Analysis on The Psychology of Manga Fans)Posted: October 10, 2011
Anime: Ao no Exorcist (Blue Exorcist)
Animation Studio: A-1 Pictures
Number of Episodes: 25
Length per Episode: Approximately 24 minutes
I stayed up all night last night working on my midterm for class the next day, just to find out upon getting to class that we were given an extra week to do it. I almost broke down crying. And then there’s the fact I have retarded amounts of work to do for the next few weeks. This semester is finally picking up, but it’s also practically over.
Though, quickly changing topics, I have a question. Does anyone care if I stop doing the slideshows at the end? Honestly, every time I go to write a review I don’t want to do it because I loathe getting those things. It takes me forever. I’ll still include the title shot for the first part, but the slideshows are annoying. Besides, nobody should decide whether to watch a show or not based on a few screenshots, anyways.
I guess this is kind of a rigged question because I’m already basically saying I don’t want to do the slideshows anymore, but I felt like asking anyways. If someone out there really can’t live with me not doing them, I guess I could think of something.
You know, I liked Blue Exorcist. It was fun. Shounen by no means is bad in and of itself. It’s usually just used in retarded ways, such as having a show last for thousands of episodes. Maybe that’s why I’m grateful that it was limited to 25 episodes. I worry that if it hadn’t, it would have utterly dragged its feet like every other show that gets endless episodes.
I mean, sure, it had its faults. I thought the first half was kinda boring, but it didn’t stop me from enjoying the second half, the show as a whole. Though I do feel like that final fight against Satan had a pretty anticlimactic ending.
Though, now that I’m mentioning the fight with Satan, I guess I should talk about how most people labeled the show as garbage because it didn’t follow the manga. First, some shameless copying and pasting from one of my comments here:
“I will say that I like where the anime is going, though. I browsed some of the later manga chapters to see where the story was going to go, and I can confidently say that I like this anime-original arc more than the current manga one. The arc in the manga just seems kind of dumb and boring, whereas the anime one is pretty intense so far. Then again, I did skim the chapters so that may have contributed to not enjoying it as much… Nah, lets go with the first one.”
I wrote that after 20 or so episodes of the show. The problem I had with the manga was that the factions with the spiritual group or whatever they were (like I said, I did some skimming) were incredibly uninteresting and it seemed to be pulling in a lot of new characters out of nowhere, which was a bit to memorize.
But the main problem I had was that it was playing off as an arc that’s just going to get thrown into the trash bin afterwards. There might be some character or plot progression or something, but genuinely don’t expect any of these new characters to ever show up again except for a mention in conversation or something.
The only problem I have with this anime arc is that the villain (Rin and Yukio’s uncle or whoever) was an incredibly boring villain. But otherwise the arc is focusing on something that people genuinely care about in regards to the show: Satan. Seeing what his thoughts regarding his sons and other people are is infinitely more interesting than some spiritual group traitor plot.
I’m not sure whether manga fans are just of the mindset that manga fans can get in, which is that the anime adaptation is automatically shit when it starts doing it’s own thing, or if they genuinely do not like this arc. It’s hard to tell when the opinion seems to always start with, “It stopped following the manga __ episodes ago.” That’s why it just seems like it’s the usual manga fan bias. I’d like a fan to actually explain why this arc is bad without the fact that it’s doing something different than the manga being a reason.
I think that just cut the amount of stuff I have to write in half, awesome. I don’t want to make any generalizations, but it seemed most manga readers were just in the usual mindset of the anime being bad just because it didn’t follow the manga to the dot. I seriously don’t get how that circular reasoning can even be thought of as a legitimate argument.
“Why was it bad?”
“It didn’t follow the manga.”
“Okay and how is that bad?”
“…Because it didn’t follow the manga.”
Sometimes they say it’s because the manga was simply better, but that’s just your bias speaking. You’ll always think the first form they see or the original form is the better one. We just seem to have this innate backlash against change. It’s like every bloody time Facebook releases an update. People always whine about how the new update is SO BAD and want the changes reverted, but completely forget that the last form they were using they were also opposed to when it first came out.
…Where was I going with this? Anyways, what I’m trying to say is, I liked this anime-original arc more than than the current one in the manga. You can’t let your instinct to resist change get in the way of seeing how a different take on something you already enjoy isn’t as bad as you may make it out to be.
But yeah, I liked Blue Exorcist. As I said, the ending could’ve used a little work, and I was a bit bored during the first half, but I still enjoyed the run. I’ll be looking forward to the movie.
RATING: 8 out of 10.