Ao no Exorcist: Kyoto Fujouou-hen (Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Impure King Arc) Episode 8 Review

 

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Even two bullets through the skull won’t shut him up! What does it take!? 

The eighth episode of Ao no Exorcist: Kyoto Fujouou-hen (Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Impure King Arc) picks up with the Impure King now awakening, scattering its spores all over the place as the Ex-Wires head up the mountain in search of Bon’s father and the rest of the adults gear up to fight. Shura apologizes to Yukio in advance (knowing Rin’s been set free), but Yukio states that it’s too late to do that since he believes Rin is still going to get his head cut off and that he gave up on her a long time ago. Of course, she takes it in stride and merely tells him to be honest with himself before heading off to join the Myoda as the ready themselves to summon a demon known as Ucchusma, which is supposed to purify the unclean—meaning they intend to use a fire demon to wipe away the Impure King, in simple terms.

Since Shura is considered pretty high in terms of being a Tamer, she assists them and the demon arrives. Similar to the demon serving Bon’s father, it requires proof of blood belonging to the priest bloodline it serves. However, since its’ been 150 years and the bloodline is thinned, they can only present half as many needed. Ucchusma states that isn’t enough, but since it hates the Impure King it’ll give them a hand anyway and lights their staffs on fire with demonic flames. The rest summon Salamanders and carry flamethrowers and go pyro on the place.

Meanwhile, the Ex-Wires stumble across Bon’s father. Karura pops out of his body, since apparently it can’t be killed or all of it eaten, and healed his wounds. But he’s out of the fight at the moment, meaning that Bon and the others will have to stop the Impure King before it can release enough spores to kill everyone and they have to do it from the inside of the thing.

Karura has a spell that can help and Bon is the only one who can use it since he’s of the same bloodline, but his father doesn’t want him to since he vowed to end things with his life and not drag the next generation into it. Bon decides that he’s going to do it anyway and gains the Red Flames needed to do it and mudra to activate it, causing another flashback to the past. The Ex-Wires then split up, with the girls watching over Bon’s father, Shima and Konekomaru heading to tell the others what they learned, and Rin going with Bon to stop the Impure King since Rin still has super-strength.

We then cut back to the Yukio and the others, where he finds Todo on fire. Todo spots him and then proceeds to tell him how he exchanged demons and decides to screw with him by asking questions while attempting to set him on fire. Yukio wastes no time in putting two bullets through his head, but Todo walks that off while musing how he’s now weak to water-attributed magic and continuing pressing Yukio’s buttons by bringing up his past and his father to try and get him to admit he hates Rin as the episode ends.

I loved how it showed the Exorcists geared up to fight a huge threat. They immediately started summoning fire demons and asking for their power, forming teams and taking up formations. The past traumas have also followed up as Rin still can’t draw his sword, showing the hug from before didn’t fix everything Fairy Tail style, Bon is currently eating his earlier words aimed at his father, and Todo is still screwing with Yukio’s head even more.

When you think about it, some of what Todo says makes sense. Yukio has some reasons to resent how things have turned out for him. He’s successful, sure, but all of that was to be his brother’s keeper, chaining him to a path he may not have wanted deep in his heart.

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2 thoughts on “Ao no Exorcist: Kyoto Fujouou-hen (Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Impure King Arc) Episode 8 Review

  1. What Todo is saying to Yukio might make sense but it doesn’t make sense for Yukio to listen at this particular point and time. Deal with the threat then have an existential crisis if you have to. Of course, we can already see where this one is going. Still, at least they are now getting into this fight and this episode definitely picked up the pace from the previous ones this season.

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