Ao no Exorcist: Kyoto Fujouou-hen (Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Impure King Arc) Episode 2 Review

 

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Remembering the good times. 

The second episode of Ao no Exorcist: Kyoto Fujouou-hen (Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Impure King Arc) begins after the group arrives in Kyoto and are then escorted to a hotel by one of Shima’s brothers, Kinzo, who embarrasses him. The hotel is managed by Bon’s mother, who takes Bon, Koneko, and Shima to visit Shima’s father while the rest of the Exwires are assigned to help with the victims. The sole exception is Rin, who gets the shaft by one of the older exorcists because they don’t know what to do with him, and ends up running into a bald monk who smells of booze.

The monk reminds Rin of his father, which is ironic considering that he’s actually Bon’s father and in the midst of familial problems with his son, so the two have a nice talk. We then skip to Shura and Kinzo heading over to where the Right Eye of the Impure King is sealed before cutting back to Bon’s father running away from delivering the watermelons and leaving it to Rin. He stumbles across another of Shima’s brother in the midst of an argument with a trio of sisters that spills into a small fight before Bon settles things, but not before Mamushi, the snake sister whose attack nearly hit some patients, brings up the reputation of Bon’s father and we get another hint that Bon’s relationship with his father isn’t all that happy. The brief flashback to the past reveals that it used to be better, but that clearly isn’t the case anymore.

Rin tries once more to reconnect with his friends, eventually half-threatening Shima into eating his Bento, while drunk from accidentally drinking some of Shura’s alcohol. However, it fortunately loosens up the mood between Rin and Shima. In contrast, Bon reminiscences on how the Blue Night resulted in their sect aligning with the Order of the True Cross and led to the current fracturing, made worse when he learns that members of their group are suspected in being involved in the current incident.

The episode ends with all of the Exwires reflecting on the situation they’re currently in, while Yukio’s group stumbles across the bodies left in the wake of Todo putting his plan to bring the eyes together into action—after transplanting one into his own head.

The episode as a whole served to show a bit on the relationship between Bon and his father, including how his father has fallen in his eyes for his perceived lack of action when things continued to get tough for the Temple after the Blue Night. Bon clearly wants to step in where his father wouldn’t and be the driving force to reunite them, and thusly he left home to become an exorcist despite his father stating that he could do anything else. There are also hints that Bon’s father knows more about Rin than he’s letting on, given his comment earlier.

It was a good episode in the end, though Bon and Rin are probably going to have massive hangovers. I mean, drunk into a stupor with only a single can? Lightweights, the both of them.

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