RAWR BRO, RAWR
Ao no Exorcist had the worst ending I’ve seen in a while. See, I really like it when an anime knows what its doing. I like the idea that somehow the story is planned from beginning to end. You know those, “Oh this happened because of that!” kinda thing. Stuff like Steins;Gate and Madoka had this in particular. Ao no Exorcist did not.
Its like the series didn’t know what to do after its mid-season climax (I’m guessing Episode 16). It created plot points, threw them away for other plot points, created new ones about 3 episodes away, somehow making me care about those plot points in the end. . . I don’t know. It just failed.
Its not entirely bad though. When Ao no Exorcist doesn’t focus on its overall plot, it gets good. I MEAN REALLY GOOD. Character-based episodes, Rin-development episode, character introduction episodes, and even stand-alone/one-shot centric episodes were magnificent. I even liked that pirate-eyed teacher’s little story, even though it came out of nowhere.
You might be feeling that I hate the series, but I really don’t. I can shrug off that ending JUST LIKE THAT, and still like the series. The characters are likable and had really good development. They can introduce characters in a click and an episode after, you would feel like you’ve known them for the longest time.
Another good thing about Exorcist is its themes. Brotherhood, fatherhood. . . sounds like FMA? It does it well here too (albeit not as complexing as FMA’s but its good in its own right) with their Father’s death being the anchor of the series.
Also, another thing that AnE held well is its coolness factor. The designs, the ideas, heck just the blue flames are enough for me to like the anime.
Production values. . . it looks good all throughout! Its not eye-catchy or anything, but the movement of the characters flow really well. The OST though is top notch. Its probably one of the best this year, some episodes were really memorable because of it.
Well its time to rate this:
Execution: 32/40 (Didn’t know what to do in its last third)
Engagement: 28/30 (I really liked it though)
Characters: 18/20 (Amazingly developed)
Production: 9/10 (Great animation, Wonderful OST)