Jan 13 2012 05:39 PM
Ao no Exorcist, one of the three major shounen action shows that began in April 2011.
Ao no Exorcist starts off with Rin Okumura, who seemed like an ordinary idiot high school student. That is, until he suddenly realizes that he can see demons, and worse off, he's the son of Satan. So what's wrong with this series? After the first two episodes, it literally takes a whole season before anything else interesting happens. In fact, the show becomes purely pointless. Lacking in anything worth watching. Episodes 15 to 24 is where things are a bit more interesting, but the impact compared to the first two continued to lack. The whole buildup of Rin's powers was also weak. While atypical of a shounen show, it lacked logic, which seems to be a trend among shounen titles lately
Episode 25 was also a bit over the top for my taste. The two brothers suddenly flying was a bit too much and the mirror sunlight idea, while clever, was rather cheesy.
Animation by A-1 is pretty good here. The action scenes are nice and top notch for their quality. Unfortunately, the quality was pretty pathetic in other scenes felt cheap with a bunch of far and still shots. Art and character designs felt very poor throughout the series. Only when the action began picked up did both art and animation excel, but that's really to be expected.
Music wise, both OP themes were pretty solid. The ED themes, on the other hand, were only ok. The background music was pretty good though. Seiyuu wasn't half bad either.
Enjoyment? The buildup took too long and given the impressive first few episodes the show had, I lost interest in this show as soon as it took a sharp turn in its presentation and plot advancement.
Overall, for a show that was hyped by many in the anime community, the show pretty much was what I expected, an unfinished shounen manga receiving an anime adaptation with a fixed length that would ultimately lead to an unsatisfying/inconclusive ending. The final episode left some room for a second season but gave off the impression that it was more finished than unfinished. What the movie has in store is a completely different issue though.Preliminary Score: 7/10
Final Score: 6/10