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Ao no Exorcist 15 – True Blue Shounen

This was an excellent week for Ao no Exorcist.  They really stirred things up this time, and the last half had one of the best fights yet. A-1 Pictures really knows to animate when they want to, I’ve watched the fight two times now. Rin’s blue flames really add to the viewing experience. I was starting to think A1-Pictures was only into animating dance choreography. They sure love ’em dancing, don’t they?

This show really knows execution well. It may not be the most original or thought provoking, but it’s a polished piece of work. I love how the soundtrack is like, ‘We’re going to have a dramatic moment now, so listen to amazing piece right here.’ I love the music for this show.

AnE – 09, [C] – 09, Tiger & Bunny – 11

It’s been a busy week and because of that, the stuff I have to blog about ended up piling up. So I decided to blog about the episodes I enjoyed the most first.

Ao no Exorcist 09

AnE really stepped it up this week. This was an incredible episode. I’d say that in terms of quality it’s up there with the second episode. The animation was fluid, the pacing was tight and the music blended in very well. I liked how the animators paid attention to the little things, like how the characters walk across the screen and facial expressions.

This also had a decent amount of character development. Specifically towards the main trio: Rin, Shiemi and Yukio although it was mostly centered on Yukio. I have a love/hate relationship with his character. I do admire his persistence to protect his brother, and I wonder if Rin constantly outdoing him will prove as a weakness later. The show’s really good with providing bits and pieces of the underlying plot and building relationships between the cast members. I especially liked Yukio and Shiemi’s first meeting.

The best part is definitely Yukio and Rin vs. Eyepatch-sensei. It was very well done and the animation was eye candy.

There are still a lot of questions than answers in AnE. But we’ve still got a long way to go and the great thing is that AnE is shaping up to be a solid show. The fact that it focuses on it’s characters a lot helps it stand out amongst a lot of other shows under the same vein.

[C]: The Money of Soul Possibility Control 09

Okay, this is what I did with this episode: I decided to disregard the underlying themes and concentrate on the plot for a moment.

Mikuni’s plan to protect reality looks as if it’s backfired, with him possibly overlooking the fine print in this dangerous deal with the Financial District. Kimimaro decides to side with Jennifer, and discovers that his father’s asset looks similar to Mysu. This episode functioned to bring things to full circle and did it quite well.

Kimimaro kissing Mysu on the forehead certainly incited some reactions, and I’d be lying if I wasn’t the least bit affected not because I wanted them to kiss like lovers but because Kimamaro, Mysu and the audience know that if Kimimaro intends to rescue what’s left of the future– he’ll have to part with her. With Mysu gaining more human-like emotions, their relationship feels more complex than it was when they first met.

I vaguely remember calling [C] the prettiest show this season, not out of sarcasm but out of the awe regarding the structure of the Financial District and the colorful beams of light that scatter across the screen. This episode brought back that same feeling of awe. The massive tentacle monster descends and Mikuni stands before a monstrosity, majestic and frightening at the same time.

Call it an unpopular opinion, but [C] has become the better NoitaminA show for me this season and probably one of my top picks. With only two episodes left, I’m eagerly awaiting the ending– regardless of the possibility of a cop out or a train wreck.

Tiger and Bunny 11

Things have gotten really intense, but it’s great to see some humor here and there. And Jake has certainly lived up to expectations of a proper villain, he’s shows no remorse and his eccentricity is reminiscent of The Joker. In that sense, Tiger and Bunny has been doing quite well in the superhero genre.

This was actually much better than last week’s. The heroes sit back as the higher ups form a plan. Ivan finally gets to use his real abilities and works as a spy upon Jake’s release. However, it seems that he’s in a pinch judging how this episode ended. Proving that a superhero going too public is more of a liability than advantage.

Ao no Exorcist 07 – 08

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.

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Ao no Exorcist 06

This just wasn’t a good episode. It’s mediocre at best. You’d probably get more action reading Top 10 Shark Attack stories than watching this. The humor remains consistent though, I chuckled at couple of scenes but that’s pretty much it.

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Ao no Exorcist 05

This episode wasn’t the best but seeing more of the other students played a huge part in the enjoyment factor.  It was fun seeing the other teachers and the classes they teach. Poor Shiemi, struggling with the physical activities (I’ve grown very fond of her). The level of detail in Ao no Exorcist’s setting is really making this show stand out. It’s a well thought out world that easily pulls you in.

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Ao no Exorcist 04

The shounen genre to me, is a genre robust with tradition. Many shounen mangakas incorporate time-tested formulas inherited from their predecessors to their work. Not many can be seen reinventing the genre, but to the courageous few who try– it’s either a hit or miss. It’s not an easy genre to write for, however those who manage to capture a large enough fanbase have the potential to have their work labeled as classics.

Ao no Exorcist is a work that obviously takes from it’s forefathers. True to tradition, our lead finally meets his destined love interest in the form of Shiemi Moriyama. This episode is self-contained and surprise, surprise– I enjoyed it immensely.

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Ao no Exorcist 03

As much as I’d love to blog every show and every episode I watch, it’s just not feasible with my schedule. There are a lot of solid shows this season that urged me to create an anime blog, so it’s a bit unnerving to be unable to blog them instantly. These shows mainly being [C] and Stein’s Gate. Well, it’s a bit of a struggle but we’ll see how far we’ll go.

Today, it’s Ao no Exorcist.  I have to say True Cross Academy is jaw dropping, just absolutely gorgeous. It’s nice to see intricate backdrops like these, you can really see it fill out the screen and become an important part to your viewing experience. A lot of shounen series require creative settings to further set them apart and Ao no Exorcist does well in introducing this environment.

Aside from the last few minutes of this episode, there’s wasn’t a lot going on neither was there a lot of revelations. I was expecting the show to just run off and introduce all the side characters and get on with it. Instead, it sheds some light on Yukio– the seemingly docile twin and Rin’s relationship with him.

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