Ao no Exorcist: Kyoto Fujouou-hen (Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Impure King Arc) Episode 3 Review

 

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She’s probably the person in this show most open with their emotions. 

The third episode of Ao no Exorcist: Kyoto Fujouou-hen (Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Impure King Arc) picks up in the morning, where Bon manages to largely get over his hangover but doesn’t remember anything, while Rin is barely awake until Shima wakes him up and chats with him. Then one of his older brothers comes in and delivers a flying kick before joining them for breakfast. Koneko asks why he’s being friendly with him later on, but Shima points out the logical answer that Rin is a good person… and it’d be too much trouble to ignore him, because he’s lazy.

Then a meeting starts between the heads of the sects, including Bon and Koneko, where they discuss a traitor being among their ranks. Bon’s father was there that day when Mamushi asks him why he wouldn’t join the Order and then gets pissed when he can’t explain why he’s shirking his duties before the flame goes wild around the Right Eye and melts its seal. When Todo gets brought up, it’s also revealed that Mamushi and Juzo studied under him and are under suspicion, but both deny it and turn on each other. Then Mamushi shifts the blame to Bon’s father since he was using a mantra that they didn’t know of, who only serves to further fuel Bon’s growing resentment of his father.

After that we see Shiemi is feeling useless. Her reasoning for this is because the Green Man that she originally summoned had its summoning paper torn so she can’t summon it again, and Rin was only exposed because she got caught. She also feels that no one tells her anything because she can’t be relied on until Kamiki gives her a backhanded compliment about being as tough as a weed and she clings to it.

Just so the other Exwires aren’t left out of the emotional turmoil, Koneko feels he doesn’t have anything beyond the sect and feels that Rin is a threat to them by his very presence. Rin, being an optimist, just takes it to mean that he needs to get the hang of his power so that he can show he’s not a threat, reaffirming Shima’s earlier words about him being a good guy. The episode closes out shortly after that with Bon’s father being all suspicious-like while Rin continues to train and Shiemi vows to catch up to him.

So this episode really builds up the characters involvement with the plot. Juzo and Mamushi are suspected of being traitors and are quick to cast the blame to one another, Bon’s issues with his father continues to grow as his apparent negligence has gone so far as to cast suspicion on him being the traitor, Shiemi feels useless since the two people close to her (Rin and Yukio) have kept a huge secret hidden from her, and Koneko feels that he owes the sect for taking care of them and Rin is a threat to that, having the very power that caused their downfall.

It looks like next episode is where it all reaches a peak and I can’t wait for it.

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