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Blue Exorcist Season 2: Kyoto Saga
青の祓魔師 (Ao no Ekusoshisuto)
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Synopsis

Rin Okumura bears the curse of being Satan’s illegitimate son. He decides to hide his origins and enrolls at the Exorcism Cram School, a training institute for exorcists located on the True Cross Academy grounds. During an attack by Amaimon, the King of Earth, his identity as the Son of Satan is revealed. His friends are terrified and start to distance themselves. Then someone steals the Left Eye of the Impure King that had been sealed away in the deepest part of the academy. Rin and the others find themselves in an unexpected crisis.
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Rating

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Animation

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Story

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Pros

Character design
Character development
Combat/Action
Dialogs
Music
Plot
Visual
World building

Cons

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Overview

Blue Exorcist (Japanese: 青の祓魔師エクソシスト Hepburn: Ao no Ekusoshisuto) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Kazue Katō. The story events which take place in the second season correspond to volumes 5 through 9 of the manga.

Alternative title

– Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Impure King Arc
– Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga
– Ao no Exorcist: Kyoto Fujō Ō-hen
– Ao no Exorcist: Kyoto Fujouou Hen
– 青の祓魔師 京都不浄王篇
– 青之驱魔师 京都不净王篇

TL;DR Review

Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga pick right up after episode 15 from the first season. Episodes 16-25 from season one was completely ret-con and ignored. This season deal with the Kyoto Impure King arc.

The animation is beautiful, just like the first season. Perhaps more green as it takes place in a lot of forest backdrop.

The opening and closing themes are “Itteki no Eikyō” (一滴の影響; Drop’s Influence) by UVERworld and “Kono Te de” (コノ手デ; With This Hand) by Rin Akatsuki, respectively. Both are good songs, but I still like the first season-opening song “Core Pride” by Uverworld the best.

Blue Exorcist continue to do what it does best, which is character development. We see Rin struggle to control his power while trying to mend the rift with his friends, due to being the son of Satan. We also see the other teammate struggle with their inner feeling of how they should treat the son of Satan.

Despite all these characters’ growth moments, the anime pacing is fast and I wasn’t bored. These characters could easily be annoying under certain circumstance, but I find I like all of them.

The only flaw I can think of for this season is one of the main villains constantly flaunt and taunt while he fights, instead of just finishing off his opponent. This seems out of place as most characters in Blue Exorcist are well developed. This either is intentional as the villain goal is something we don’t understand yet, or he’s just a poorly written villain.

I highly recommend Blue Exorcist as the characters, story, and animation are all top notch. Let just hope we don’t have to wait another 6 years before season three. This anime contains graphic violence and mild suggestive themes/dialogs. Intended for young adults.

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Featured Music

Blue Exorcist Season 2: Kyoto Saga
Playlist

A collection of notable music and song from this series.

Music

Opening Theme

– “Itteki no Eikyō” (一滴の影響, lit. “Drop’s Influence”) by Uverworld (TV2 eps 2-12)

Closing Theme

– “Itteki no Eikyō” (一滴の影響; Drop’s Influence) by UVERworld (TV2 ep 1)
– “Kono Te de” (コノ手デ; With This Hand) by Rin Akatsuki (TV2 eps 2-10, 12)
Ryuji Suguro
“It takes a lot more than asking for someone to trust you to make them trust you!”
Rin Okumura
“I’m going to become an Exorcist... and kick Satan’s butt!”
Yukio Okumura
"From... from now on... I will protect my brother in fathers stead."
Ryuji Suguro
“Don’t laugh at other people’s ambitions!”
Rin Okumura
"Let me join you! I don't care what you people say... I'm not Satan's son... I'm no relation to that filthy beast!! My only father... is the old man!"
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