Ao no Exorcist 4

When Rin accompanies Yukio to the city’s premiere magical supply store (and is told to wait outside), he happens upon a very loved and well-tended garden. The tender is a new character, Shiemi, (voiced by Hana Kanazawa). She’s a pretty young thing, but Rin’s sudden appearence startles her. She also can’t walk due to a debilitating malady in her legs that resembles roots. Still, she spends her days (and nights) tending the garden on her knees.

Yukio, charged with discovering the cause and attempting to cure Shiemi, deduces that a demon from one of the plants in the garden is crippling Shiemi, keeping her confined there. Shiemi doesn’t mind, because she feels guilty for leaving her grandmother there one day, then returning to find a trellis has fallen on her, killing her. She vows to never let the garden wither; this benefits the demon.

The obvious solution is to burn it all to the ground, thus revealing the demon, but that’s out of the question, so instead Yukio helps Shiemi recall it was a pansy that spoke to her. When the demon fully possesses Shiemi and becomes a giant Pansy monster (not unlike a plant-based FF boss), Yukio demonstrates the advantage of bullets filled with “nutrients”, while Rin proves his usefullness by slicing the flower demon to bits. Fully recovered, Shiemi predictably shows up in Yukio and Rin’s exorcism class; now one of the gang. Rating: 3.5

Ao no Exorcist 3

Major change of scenery this week as Rin experiences True Cross Academy and the surrounding city; a fantastical metropolis of incredibly steep hills and terraced streets.He’s in awe of the scale of his school and how finely furnished it is. The city itself is a feast for the eyes, and I hope they use it to its full potential as the series progresses. But Rin doesn’t just learn about his new school and new home; he also learns a few things he didn’t know about his brother, Yukio.

First, what he did know: Yukio was always bullied as a little kid, and Rin would always encourage him, sure that one day his bro would fulfill his dream of becoming a doctor. I assume this is so he can help and protect people. Right, so when Rin sits down in Exorcism cram school and finds Yukio standing where the teacher should stand, he’s extremely confused, and a little hurt when Yukio says he’s been studying exorcism since he was seven. Rin thought Yukio knew nothing of all this demon and exorcism stuff.

When he confronts him (again with the yelling), forcing him to clear the class and talk, Yukio reveals his belief that Rin caused father’s death. It certainly would look that way from how he saw it; he believes the only thing that would let satan possess their dad was Rin, who is the spawn of satan. But after Rin saves Yukio’s life from a huge goblin, Rin dismisses his claim that he’s doing this for revenge. He wants to protect people and get stronger. They both do. And I suspect they both shall. Rating: 3.5