When you’re the son of Satan and not even the anime’s heroine has the courage to believe in you, what do you do?
Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga is the second anime adapting Kozue Kato’s Blue Exorcist (Ao no Exorcist) manga. It follows a boy who–despite being the son of Satan–wants to become an exorcist and take down demon baddies. However, because he is the son of the most hated demon in all history and has even inherited the power of his father’s blue flames, he has to keep his identity a secret.
[Note: This article contains spoilers for the first season of Blue Exorcist and the first episode of Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga.]
Kyoto Saga picks things up from approximately right after the events of episode seventeen of the original series before the anime began to deviate from the source material. Only a short time before the events Kyoto Saga’s first episode, Rin’s identity was exposed to his fellow classmates, who he had formed a fairly strong bond with throughout their short time together at the academy they attended.
Despite this, everyone in his class starts to avoid him once they find out who he is. They treat him like a monster, completely throwing any affection they had for their classmate right out the window. Even Shiemi, the heroine of the series, rejects him. When he tries to laugh off the fact that he’s Satan’s son, Shiemi begins to cry with an angry look on her face.
“W-why are you laughing? There’s nothing to laugh about!” Although she tries to reach out to Rin on a later date, she can’t even get up the courage to do that. Even the heroine of the series isn’t there to be with the protagonist.
But out of all of his classmates, there is only one who stands by him: Izumo Kamiki, the daughter of a family of shrine maidens. I’m pretty sure most people didn’t expect this–since the beginning of the story, Izumo has been utterly unpleasant. Talented and prideful, she is rude to those around her except for her childhood friend.
However, after the class finds out about who Rin really is, when no one will sit next to him on the train on their way to Kyoto, only Izumo sits next to him. There is no hesitation on her face as she plops herself in the seat beside him, her fellow classmates looking on in shock.
In contrast, characters like the good-natured monk Konekomaru Renzo–who seemed to be very nice at first–ditch him as soon as they find out he’s Satan’s son. Throughout the series, most of his fellow students had been fairly decent people to him, as opposed to Izumo, who had only been kind of an ass. Yet, their loyalty to their teammate was not enough to overcome their prejudices.
But it was for Izumo.
That’s not to say she loses her strong attitude, though–she scolds her classmates who have separated themselves from Rin like he’s poison for being idiots. Yet, her reason for deciding to stand by his side is a simple one that serves to reveal how she views herself and the world.
“I just hate cowards who keep saying pretty things like ‘we’re gonna defeat Satan’ and ‘we’re such good friends’ and then just freak out and run away when something happens.”
With this one line, Izumo became the character that made me want to watch more of the show–just to see what else she has in store. Although she hasn’t physically fought yet in this action anime, she has already proved that she is incredibly kickass.
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