I have said before that I have liked the first season of Blue Exorcist a few years ago. Time has passed since the first season aired whether it’s simulcasted, the dub ran on both Neon Alley and Toonami and most of us did wanted a sequel to this or to some fans, adapt the rest of the manga since some weren’t satisfied with the original anime-only ending of the first season.
In other words, what happens after Rin’s reveal to everyone……never happened. Yukio being a butterfly demon thing….never happened.
But, hey, maybe it’ll be for the better.
The ExWire of True Cross Academy are beset with shock and fear in the aftermath of discovering that one of their own classmates, Rin Okumura, is the son of Satan. But for the moment, they have more pressing concerns than that of Rin’s parentage: the left eye of the Impure King, a powerful demon, has been stolen from the academy’s Deep Keep. After an attempt is made to steal the right eye in Kyoto as well, Rin and the other ExWires are sent to investigate the mystery behind the Impure King and the ultimate goal of the thief.
While this mission has them cooperating for the time being, Rin has never felt more distant from his fellow exorcists. In his attempt to reconcile with them, he undergoes specialized training to control his dark power. However, when the right eye is stolen not long after their arrival, the unthinkable threat of a traitor amongst them leaves them in need of all the power they can get.
OK…….so after watching all 12 episodes, I’m just going to say this….just because this time it was following the manga doesn’t guarantee it’s going to be good and boy, this was just a disappointment. What was fun and entertaining about the series has left this part. This whole arc felt like a side story that should’ve been either 4-6 episodes because it is mostly filler filled with longing parts of people still mad at Rin because he’s the son of Satan and no one wants to be associated with him, but some are too damn afraid and spineless to speak to him.
Not to mention, most of the action wasn’t even all that interesting to watch. It was alright at best but the situation in there just made me not care enough to get all that invested in it.
Oh, and there is some serious character regression in here, although it was bound to happen since it takes place after episode 17. While Rin might still be that typical hot head character with some likability to him, his goofy side doesn’t always gel well into the story.
Am I the only one that honestly hates Bon (Suguro) as a character? Because I do and man, he fucking sucks and cements why I normally hate hot-headed characters in most anime and I didn’t like him in the first season as much anyway. We got Rin already and them two together just make me roll my eyes. He’s the type of hot head I fucking detest and having his family there…..makes me hate him even more. I mean, the family is cool and all but I just gravitate to them more than him. Oh, and yes, while I still like Shiemi as a character, they didn’t do much shit with her as it’s the “I want to talk to Rin but I’m too damn scared to do it” ordeal with her. It gets old and mainly frustrating the whole time.
The villains of the show, Todo and the Impure King…..didn’t really left much to grasp in terms of their impact. Todo was just here and there from most of the time and he’s just another generic villain that if I blink and miss, I couldn’t care less but the character that had the most character regression….that’s Yukio. He would just go on and on about how “woe is him” and “why I got to always look out for Rin’s ass” and always taking it out on Rin. Also, he’s damn boring in this.
Anyway, here’s a good kitty ala Kuro.
Animation-wise, it’s really not all that impressive but hey, I’ve said this before with most A-1 Pictures shows at this point but sometimes it can be stiff and blah to be totally honest. Imagery and character designs are still at point and yes, I still like the blue color scheme/tone to this. (Well, duh, I’m the Blue Hybrid. You know I’ll like something blue in here.)
I don’t have much to say on the music either except the OP to this is very, very meh compared to the first OP of Season 1. I know Uverworld performed this song as they did the OP before but I wasn’t feeling it all that much but the ED song “Kono Te de” by Rin Akatsuki was pretty damn good upon re-listening to it and yes, Hiroyuki Sawano is back in doing the score again and…..well, you know it’s him. Also, the English dub of it is decent (Still like performances from Bryce Papenbrook, Johnny Yong Bosch, Christine Marie Cabanos, etc.), just like in the last series although I wasn’t feeling who was voicing Kudo. Not because of voice comparison to the Japanese (i.e. the laziest complaint, wasn’t into that performance as well, either.) but I wasn’t all that into the character as a whole overall.
FINAL VERDICT: Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga is a massive disappointment to a series that I actually find decent. The whole thing is basically a filler arc masquerading as a series and it didn’t help anything to progress the story as a whole. It’s either talking the whole shit out again, blah battles and betrayals you really don’t care about and other side characters that are just there. I rather stick with the first season overall and pretend this one didn’t exist because at least that one got shit resolved better than this.
In other words, this one flamed out and got itself a….
At the time of this review, BLUE EXORCIST: KYOTO SAGA is coming out on Blu-ray and DVD November 14 and February 13, 2018. Streaming options are on Crunchyroll, Anime Strike and Hulu, with the dub being exclusively on the latter site.
I’m MAK2.0 aka The Blue Hybrid and wow, this is all burned out.
BLUE EXORCIST: KYOTO SAGA – animated by A-1 Pictures / licensed by ANIPLEX OF AMERICA