Before anyone thinks I’ve dropped this show, hear me out. I genuinely like the show and the characters and the past two episodes have been fairly good but there aren’t any real themes explored here. Right now, it’s setting itself up as an action/adventure story and while that’s fun and all, it’s very hard to write about it. So pardon the poor writing! I tried, I really did.
The show still has a nice set of very interesting characters. I really thought I’d end up hating on Izumo, but the last two episodes that have focused on her have made her much more likable. I’m also liking how the two ‘main’ girls aren’t useless or fanservice fodder. Especially Shiemi, since she actually turns out to be the first to be useful during the demon attack.
The romance angle between Rin and Shiemi (And probably Rin and Izumo if the 8th episode is trying to hint at something) is really well done too. I’ve seen a couple of shounen that just don’t know how to deal with romance and end up dealing with it very heavy handedly.
And I have to say, the fact that the characters here aren’t idiots makes all the difference. The direction is also very good, I loved the action in this episode. Everyone gets to show some of their abilities and it manages to show what’s happening with Rin alongside what’s happening to everyone else without feeling too jumpy or all over the place.
There isn’t a lot to say about Ao no Exorcist. For the time being it’s an entertaining watch but nothing much to talk about probably until the gears start turning and shifting towards a darker plot that involves Eyepatch-sensei. All in all, it’s still far from a shounen masterpiece but hey, these things take time. A part of me isn’t checking out the manga because I’m afraid. Afraid of expectations not being met, so please don’t laugh at my optimism.