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Ao no Exorcist – 06

May 24, 2011

So this week is basically filler – they’ve taken a short omake chapter about the twins’ search for living expenses and Rin’s unexpected skill in the kitchen, and padded it out with a cooking demon & Yukio’s fangirl woes.  The results were pretty fun & entertaining, if slightly jarring given the way things were going at the end of the previous episode!

If there is one thing that this episode succeeded in doing, it was softening Yukio’s character.  He’s been skirting that complete arsehole line for the past few episodes, so it was nice to see him in a different light this week – be it dodging his trio of fangirls, or being completely nonplussed by his brother & Mephisto’s behaviour; Yukio showed much more variety in his character during this episode.  However I’m not really sure if this was the best place to put this comedy episode precisely because the previous episodes worked so hard at making Yukio a tough character to figure out – seeing him act so goofy this week was a touch jarring after the extremely srsbns “I’m fully willing to shoot my brother if he steps out of line” of last week (especially when Rin threatened to draw his sword multiple times).

Strangely having Mephisto acting so flippant about the twins meager living expenses and then trying to poison them with his unique cooking when they piss off his familiar, didn’t come off as jarring at all – it’s just classic Mephisto behaviour!  I suppose Mephisto’s innate weirdness and irreverent personality covers any discrepancy there may have been about his actions at the end of episode 5 and this week – he’s clearly getting some sort of kick out of watching the twins’ struggle to feed themselves in his ridiculously over-priced school!

Reaction faces were pretty damn hilarious this week, Rin has always been quite animated, but Yukio had some quality expressions this week too.  It was nice to see the boys acting their age and messing about, with the major upheaval in their lives both the twins have been a touch subdued and lost, but this episode just allowed them to muck about and be stupid teenagers – the ordinary, everyday concerns about food & girls grounded the characters, while firing in a cooking demon familiar ensured the series didn’t stray too far away from its unique selling point.

This episode also eased the tension between Rin & Yukio quite a bit.  The brothers have sort of been at odds since the death of Fr Fujimoto, with Yukio taking on an authoritative role in Rin’s life were beforehand they were on a much more even keel.  The interplay between the two was much more natural, and the fact that Rin is much better at cooking than Yukio affords him a bit more self-confidence when contrasted with Yukio’s perfectionist personality.

The whole demon familiar aspect of the episode was rather pointless, as it only provided a means to highlight Rin’s cooking skills.  The weird monkey like design of the creature wasn’t the most imaginative, and the fact it chucked a hissy fit and went on strike when Rin used its kitchen, was just a handy plot device to keep this episode ticking over.  Ultimately this demon isn’t really important and I doubt we’ll see it again.  Rin is perfectly capable of taking care of the twins domestic needs (so long as Yukio provides the cash with his teacher & exorcist salaries) so really the demon is superfluous, but it was fun to see Rin battle it out with the creature.

The weakest part of the episode was probably Yukio’s trio of fangirls – three characters so devoid of personality or purpose that they just killed any scene they were in.  I was kind of hoping the demon would finish cooking them at the end of the episode (had to laugh that Rin was more concerned about the correct way to cook them rather than the fact they were being cooked!), but I’m fairly sure that they won’t be turning up again regardless.  I suppose their only real purpose was to show another aspect of Yukio – he’s a bit uncomfortable with people his own age when not in his professional role (girls in particular seem to unnerve him).  Rin doesn’t have any such issues given his outgoing, affable personality, but Yukio behaves in a much more stilted manner – he’s old before his time, but is still a teenager with those pesky hormones to contend with.  At the end it was nice to see Rin giving Yukio some pointers on how to deal with people (even if that did involve making Yukio eat until he threw up).

Next week is back to the main plot, with a class trip, some proper exorcist classes and a bit of Shiemi character development fired in too.  Should be interesting!

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  1. May 24, 2011 10:08 pm

    Such a good episode! Really strange to see Yukio acting all crazy and random, would have figured he would remain the serious guy the entire series. Rin was also fun as well! Damn I liked all the cooking scenes why does anime food look so damn good… Anyway seems this series pulls off comedy quite well, next week looks good to! A little FMA next time? with the chalk drawing and summoning things lol

    • May 25, 2011 8:50 pm

      Yukio does behave like he has a stick rammed up his behind most of the time, but he does have his fair share of lighter moments – mostly when he gets sucked into Rin’s pace.

      Anime food does look delicious, all food should look that yummy!

      Hahaha! The summoning circles do look a little like transmutation circles! I never made that connection before 😄

  2. May 25, 2011 4:24 am

    At one point I thought the school was protected against demons, but now they use them to cook their meals, etc. I guess demons aren’t so bad. Maybe the world doesn’t need exorcists after all.

    Also, I guess nobody cares that Rin walks around with a sword. I haven’t noticed a single person act surprised that he carries it around. Is it supposed to be invisible like his ears and tail? I’m assuming his ears and tail are invisible because nobody seems to comment on them.

    • May 25, 2011 8:57 pm

      There is a difference between normal wild demons and demons that are contracted familiars. The cooking demon was Mephisto’s familiar which is why it could pass the wards. True Cross Academy seems to have pretty specific wards since it allows low level demons through, but keeps the sentient higher level ones out. Higher level demons can be contracted as familiars and thus allowed through the wards too.

      Re: Rin’s sword – he keeps it in that fabric case most of the time so most ordinary students assume he’s in the Kendo club or something. His exorcist classmates assume that the sword is his primary exorcism tool so don’t question him carting it about either. The ears & fangs are kind of handwaved as a genetic thing (the fact Mephisto has the same characteristics makes that easier) and Rin makes sure to keep his tail tucked in in public – its only out with if its just him & Yukio or Mephisto.

  3. May 25, 2011 3:08 pm

    An entertaining ep 🙂 bit surprised to see a demon seeing as I thought they were supposed to be the enemy and all that 😐 But it was good to see yukio getting some of that smugness force out of him 🙂

    • May 25, 2011 8:59 pm

      See brief explanation about demon familiars above 😄 – this should be fully explained next week 😆

      Yukio isn’t so bad, he’s just a bit straight-laced, its nice to see him softening a bit.

      • May 26, 2011 9:07 pm

        oh :poke: why is the ending song about taking off and flying about 😐 hmmm maybe with their dancing its hinting at some sort of filler ep or OVA where they become a boy band 😐

    • May 26, 2011 10:36 pm

      I have no clue why the ED has my awesome shounen characters prancing about like a boyband……and I don’t know why I find myself humming that bloody song for hours on end!

      BTW, have you seen the PV for that song – fecking hilarious.

  4. May 27, 2011 6:35 pm

    looks like spring anime likes to have food in em’ =D .. I think i’ll wait till it completes before i start on it.

  5. adaywithoutme permalink
    May 28, 2011 8:56 pm

    I keep thinking of watching this…. but then I go “shounen! KEEP AWAY”… one of these days, one of these days…

    • May 29, 2011 1:24 am

      New gravatar! Ozaki~! ❤

      AoEx is fun to watch with the BL goggles fully activated 😄

  6. May 30, 2011 5:48 am

    Eh, filler arcs are for developing character – this one was definitely useful as an early scene.

    Compare Naruto filler arcs vs. Beelzebub filler arcs – one builds character and adds humour without seeming like a filler, one’s a filler.

    • May 30, 2011 11:17 am

      This was more excessive padding of a few panels of omake than true “making this up completely” filler. It worked for inserting some levity, softening Yukio and giving Rin another aspect to his character, but I’m still not convinced about the placement of this episode in amongst all the serious set-up episodes.

      Naruto filler arcs were woeful (Shippudens are a bit better), Beelzebubs are craptastic too – although in general I’ve found the anime adaptation to be competely lacking the charm of the manga.

      • May 31, 2011 12:10 am

        >Beelzebubs are craptastic

        I AM NEVER SPEAKING TO YOU AGAIN :v

        • May 31, 2011 12:58 pm

          You honestly like the Beelzebub filler!? To each their own I suppose.

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