Key takeaways from Manga Recommendation – Blue Exorcist:
- Blue Exorcist offers an engaging plot with a mix of character development, cool fights, and decent world-building.
- The series features strong character dynamics, particularly between Rin and Yukio, and a diverse cast of side characters with good development.
- The manga’s art enhances the quality of the fights, with distinct abilities and a cool factor, although some character designs could be more distinct.
With the recent confirmation and release window announcement of Season 3, I think it is pretty apt to put this up as the manga recommendation for this week. Blue Exorcist is a popular franchise and has been going strong for almost 15 years now. And even now after all these years, the story has remained pretty decent.
Like any shonen of its time, this manga features some really cool fights, some awesome powers, and a serviceable plot. This manga has some decent world-building and all on top of all that too.
So welcome back to another edition of our manga recommendation series. This week we are talking about Blue Exorcist. So let’s get started,
Blue Exorcist or Ao no Exorcist is written and illustrated by Katou Kazue. It has been serialized in Jump SQ since April 2009 and is still ongoing. It has a few spin-off works too but if you don’t need to read any of them unless you want to. The series also 2 seasons of anime adaptation, the first season is 25 episodes and the 2nd one is 12 episodes I believe, And 3 season is confirmed for January next year.
The plot follows Rin Okumura whose world is turned upside-down overnight as he is revealed to be the son of the demon lord Satan as his foster father is possessed and then killed by Satan. Seeking to avenge his father’s death, Rin joins the True Cross Academy to train to become a knight and an exorcist. But things are not easy as he is forced to hide his demonic heritage and powers.
The quality of the plot is at times inconsistent. I won’t pretend that it’s perfect but the plot is entertaining enough for what it is. The series is mostly carried by the character writing, the fights, and the decent world-building. Still, the plot is good enough to facilitate all that smoothly.
We have some really good character dynamics in this series. Particularly, Rin and Yukio’s relationship is extremely well done. How they grow distant after their father’s death and then come back together again over time is incredibly well done. Aside from those two, we got a nice diverse cast of side characters. All of whom get decent development and personalities. And some nice villains as well to complete it all. Good character writing and dynamics overall.
The art once again is really good. I praised the fights in this series earlier and the art plays an important role in making them feel as good as they do. I love how distinct everyone’s abilities look and the sheer cool factor of blue flame and a katana is undeniable and it suits Rin really well. Wish that the character designs were a little more distinct but that’s a minor quibble.
Why should you read Blue Exorcist?
Quick pointers on why you should check out this anime:
- Good plot
- Great fights
- Good characters
- Great art
That is all for now. Let me know what you guys think in the comments. Blue Exorcist is a fun read as long as you keep your expectations in line, you’re going to enjoy it. With that said, I will take my leave here. See ya!!
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