Humans and demons are two sides of the same coin, as are Assiah and Gehenna, their respective worlds. The only way to travel between the realms is by the means of possession, like in ghost stories. However, Satan, the ruler of Gehenna, cannot find a suitable host to possess and therefore, remains imprisoned in his world. In a desperate attempt to conquer Assiah, he sends his son instead, intending for him to eventually grow into a vessel capable of possession by the demon king.
Ao no Exorcist follows Rin Okumura who appears to be an ordinary, somewhat troublesome teenager—that is until one day he is ambushed by demons. His world turns upside down when he discovers that he is in fact the very son of Satan and that his demon father wishes for him to return so they can conquer Assiah together. Not wanting to join the king of Gehenna, Rin decides to begin training to become an exorcist so that he can fight to defend Assiah alongside his brother Yukio. – My Anime List
Based on 15 review scores:
The Top Tens
Blue Exorcist is an awesome anime series for anyone to watch, whether they be shounen fans, anime beginners, fans of demon anime, etc. Awesome animation, intriguing story and subplots, an unforgettable cast of characters that can be considered on the level of Fullmetal Alchemist’s characters, and having absolutely little to no flaws whatsoever all make Blue Exorcist something that you should watch if you haven’t done so already.
Wakefield Express Online
Blue Exorcist is an action/supernatural anime that has a very enthralling story, making you want to be a part of its world. The artwork itself is unique in the way they depict the demons, and it isn’t one of those animes that loses it plot (however it does become a bit too fast near the end). It sticks with the original storyline to the end and explains everything, making it easier for viewers to follow along and become more absorbed in the story. Not only does it focus on the minds and feelings of the exorcists, but also of the demons, giving you a feel for the conflict that has been between them for centuries. Unlike other demon-exorcist stories, there is no mention of angels, though there are many biblical references, with may or may not make some people uncomfortable. Overall Blue Exorcist would entertain those who like a developed story with action, fantasy, and some humor.
Overall, Blue Exorcist was a good anime that is something that should be watched. It had a well balanced score, nothing was too focused on and nothing was really left out. It captures all the important details and answers most of the side questions in the end.
My wife and I blew through these episodes in under a week and I can’t recommend it enough. Even though it’s short, it has the sort of fulfilling end that leaves you wanting more but not just feeling cheated. Honestly, I just can’t wait to share it with another friend so that I have the excuse to watch it again.
CTRL Geek Pod
BLUE EXORCIST is one of the best shonen anime series that we have encountered, hands down. Following the footsteps of other popular series such as Naruto and Bleach, Blue Exorcist has so much to offer that positions itself (as an anime) on a similar yet unique level in the world of shonen. This anime is a must-watch and purchase for your anime collection!
The biggest flaw that I found in the series was that of it’s ending. I felt as though the series’ true antagonist was introduced in the most basic of ways, and didn’t evolve much from when he first appeared. His addition to the series was mostly unnecessary, and everything that transpired after he first showed his face made the series a little hard to watch, but only because of small story points and plot holes that the beginning of the series simply did not have. Despite the fact that the series was written before production, as it usually is, it felt as though the plot was rushed, and they could have avoided it by following the Manga’s story, ending at an epic portion that would have left audiences hanging. It worked for Air Gear, and it would have worked for Blue Exorcist. Regardless, it was a fun series to watch, and it has definitely earned a space on my shelf.
The Geek Clinic
Ao no Exorcist was a lot of fun to watch. Having recently picked up the manga I can confirm that the series suffers from the usual adaptation pains, with a rushed ending and lack of power development which is unfortunate but not enough to ruin the experience. It may not quite have reached greatness, but Ao no Exorcist is definitely a series you should watch.
Pros: looks good, funny, great voice acting, enjoyable music, good action scenes, likable characters
Cons: rushed story, loosely based on the manga, forgettable villains, post-credits scenes
Blue Exorcist is actually a great watch – but it isn’t overly original. Expect to enjoy yourself – don’t expect anything too new.
The Online Anime Store
After finishing the season, I learned that it does stray path of the manga, which is slightly upsetting, knowing that it will most likely not have a second season. An irk that Ihave with the way the dialogue is, is how they perceive Rin different from Yukio. When they say the son of Satan, they ONLY refer to Rinsince he has the power. It bothers me, as a watcher, to see that Yukio isn’t even considered. Also the fact that Yukio is so scared of the power that Rin has, even though Rin didn’t have a choice. Yukio is just as much a son of Satan as Rin. The ending was really captivating and made me want to keep watching. They did a good job at explaining the stories of the people involved and having great character development.
My Anime List
If you whant a classic shounen, which will cause you to scream “OH MY GOSH!” and all it conjugate with wonderful art, marvelous sound and damn good fightings so this is anime for you!
It has got all elements which one may look for in a good anime such as action, fantasy, comedy, drama and a little bit romance. usually i don’t like comedy in anime as they some times over react to normal situations to induce comedy and it kills the scene some times but comedy in this soap is appropriate and perfectly placed. They tried avoiding comedy in serious scenes which is good for that reason every scene played well. I stopped watching fairy tale and full metal brotherhood due to such type of comedy. i was surprised to see that they stopped this show after only 1 season. I hope they reprise this how as soon as possible, i am waiting for the sequel so eagerly.
Lacking Of People Skill
Overall this anime is great, the main character have the promising charisma and personality that will make the anime interesting. The chemestry between characters are also dynamic and make me wanted to watch the episode more. The story itself is entertaining, all and all its worth to watch for whole season and I hope they could make another season and continue to be this great
Blue Exorcist, again, isn’t anything new to the realm of anime or to the genre of action / comedy. It has some interesting story elements and some of the comedy is literally laugh out loud funny, but, when taken as a whole, it misses its target. With so much anime out there to watch currently, Blue Exorcist would be something that you put lower on your list. Unless you are currently caught up on shows that are airing to date, then feel free to give Blue Exorcist a view. If not, this is one exorcism that doesn’t need to be dealt with right away.