Blue Exorcist is a good example of why shows should just try to tell their story and wrap it up. Whether there is a bigger world or other stories that could be explored is neither here nor there because the whole point of stories is to entertain. Season 2 of Blue Exorcist has failed at almost every point to actually entertain. Once you get the initial happy that the show is back and you just look at this arc on its own merit you realise that very little good has come from the characters or the plot and in point of fact some of the characters have lost what little drive they had. Essentially, we have a cast carried over and a new problem dropped on them but no focus at all. But that’s not reviewing this episode so moving on.
My favourite parts of this episode came from Yukio and Todo’s confrontation. I’m kind of glad that Yukio’s plan wasn’t successful in the end because it seemed too easy after Todo had been hanging around for that long. Still, that confrontation was getting close to entertaining even if Todo is now mocking the exorcists for having meetings mid-battle. Seriously, it doesn’t make the fact that you’ve made us sit through all those committee meetings better if you are self-aware of it. Fix your story telling.
My least favourite moments came watching Suguro and Rin. Mostly because everything going on up there is delay for the moment Rin draws his sword. An inevitable event from the start of this battle and really they did drag this out. A lot. And what makes it worse was that there was nothing that actually triggered the change in the end. Can’t draw it, can’t draw it, we’re talking, pep talk, can’t draw it, internal monologue, wow, it suddenly came out. It’s such a cheap plot device when used in this manner and there’s no tension in the scene because you know that either Rin’s going to draw the sword before Suguro actually gets hurt or the wonderful exorcist doctors will fix him up anyway.
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7 thoughts on “Blue Exorcist Episode 35”
If I remember correctly,the reason why he could draw the sword was more onvious in the manga. I was watching this today and I was so disappointed with how this issue ws handled. In the manga, Suguro telling Rin that he’s his friend and that he believes him are what give Rin the confidence to draw the sword. The end of the episode with the flames spreading over the impure king’s body could’ve been better too. I hope it’s not as easy as that and the battle just comes to an end next episode. Though that would be an adequate (disappoiting) ending to this season.
Is this a 12 episode or 24 episode series? I probably should have checked that at the start.
I think it might be a 12 episode series because it’s apparently only going to cover the Kyoto saga (and I mean apparently because of the title).
Shame this show hasn’t been awesome for you. I havent watched it yet but was hoping too once the season was over.
I’ll admit though that I was entertained but not enthralled with season 1, so it didn’t take much for me to be less inclined to like season 2.
Oh. I really liked like 2/3rds of season 1. I heard season 2 undid some of the last episodes so I thought I might like season 2.