Ao No Exorcist Manga: What Makes It Special?

Ao No Exorcist Manga is a Japanese dark fantasy manga series which is written and illustrated by Kazue Katō. The story revolves around Rin Okumura.

Ao No Exorcist Manga: What Makes It Special?

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Ao No Exorcist Manga is a Japanese dark fantasy manga series which is written and illustrated by Kazue Katō. The story revolves around Rin Okumura, a teenager who discovers he and his twin brother Yukio are the sons of Satan born from a human woman, and he is the inheritor of Satan’s powers. When Satan kills their guardian, Rin enrolls at True Cross Academy to become an exorcist under Yukio’s tutelage in order to defeat his father Satan.

Ao No Exorcist Manga has been serialized in Shueisha’s Jump Square magazine since April 2009, with individual chapters collected into twenty-six tankobon volumes as of December 2020. Viz Media has licensed the manga for North American production, with the first volume released in April 2011.

Ao No Exorcist also released the anime’s DVDs in English regions. The series was adapted into an anime television series produced by A-1 pictures, and broadcast from April to October 2011. An anime film, Blue Exorcist The Movie, premiered in December 2012. A second season, titled Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga, aired from January to March 2017.

Ao No Exorcist Manga story revolves around Rin Okumura, who, along with his younger twin Yukio Okumura, was raised by Father Shiro Fujimito an Exorcist. One day, Rin learns that he and Yukio are the sons of Satan. Witnessing Shiro dying to protect him, Rin draws the demon-slaying sword Kurikara, which restrains his demonic powers.

From that moment on, Rin not only gains demonic features like fangs and a tail, but also the power to ignite into blue flames that destroy almost anything he touches.

Rin wishes to become an Exorcist like his guardian to become stronger and to defeat Satan. He enrolls at the prestigious, an exorcist cram school, which is actually the Japanese branch of the True Cross Order, an international organization dedicated to protect Assiah (human realm) from the Gehenna (demonic realm).

Much to his surprise, Rin finds that Yukio is already a veteran Exorcist and is one of his teachers. Thus begins Rin’s journey to become an Exorcist, accompanied by his brother and his fellow students who quickly become his close friends.

This has to be the most memorable part of the show. Rin is calm and collected, and only freaks out when a normal person would, unlike most main characters. This is not to say he’s not fun, he knows fun more than any stuck up snob in the academy. This is what I do NOT like. Yukio is the most legalistic person on the show. Whenever they argue, I find myself wanting to have Rin beat the living shit out of his brother.

Good popcorn flick. The beginning was great, then slowly turns into a typical shonen that has semi-fulfilled potential, that does show up at times in the series. Once I was finished watching it, and listening to the ending themes over and over, I could move on with it always in mind. Don’t rush into it expecting very much and you’ll like it.

Ao No Exorcist Manga overall, I love this show. Hopefully it can continue being this good in the future. -edit- I’ll admit it does get slow eps 4-8, but as I have read the manga, believe me there is action to come.