It's rather annoying when someone writes a review about a series that was probably overrated (hence Blue Exorcist,) then those same people shoot down the opinions of those who liked the series instead of giving any real feedback. Maybe I did that with SAO, but for those who did that to Blue Exorcist, you might find a little saving grace in the Blue Exorcist Movie.
In the Blue Exorcist Movie, while finishing a mission (poorly), Rin comes across a demon whom he mistakes to be a boy, and while the two bond, he is blissfully unaware of Usamaro's power. (The demons' that is.)
The story did seem a bit cliched and predictable at parts. Similar to the actual anime series, there is nothing groundbreaking about the story. Blue Exorcist was sort of similar to D.Gray-man on the account of Exorcists and Demons, and along with that, Blue Exorcist also followed the path of many cliches used in typical shounen series. Here, we have the plot of two people bonding while some other force is dangerously over shadowing them.
Even with the cliches aside, the movie also shines in the category that the anime series did. The execution is done very well. The movie flows in an easy to follow plot, and I was able to totally invest myself into the movie. Unfortunately, clocking in at about 88 minutes, you might disagree but I found myself to be a little disappointed about the length of the film.
It's not too long, it's in fact a little too short. The development of Usamaro and Rin's relationship shines, but the execution of Usamaro revealing his powers to Rin felt rushed and could have been developed better. Nonetheless, the end was touching, and this only pumps me up more for a remake of Blue Exorcist, since we basically know that the anime ending was sorta... well, not bad, but disappointing.
The ending of this film, on the other hand, was actually pretty good. Aside from the slightly disappointing final battle, the ending is sort of a tearjerker. It's nothing like Clannad to make you drown in your pool of tears (or so I've heard,) but don't blame yourself if you shed a few, k?
ANIMATION & ART: 9/10
While the anime had awesome animation that flowed well, and lots of nice and pretty backgrounds, this movie definitely had improved over the anime series.
The animation was completely fluid. There were not many action sequences, maybe three, since half the film was probably spent exploring Usamaro and Rin and blah blah blah, but that is backed up by the art of the movie.
Forgetting to mention it earlier, the town is getting ready for a festival so they never forget the demon mentioned in a legend. This sort of opened up an oppurtunity for the creators to create some beautiful backdrops and props used during the festival. It looks great -- and I sort of regret putting it off until later because I didn't feel like watching the raw.
This movie really could be just a picture show.
Unfortunately, while the climax was animated beautifully, the final battle was sorta disappointing and ended a little too quickly, with just one slash of the blade. A lack of action sequences bumps this grade down.
As far as I'm concerned, aside from Rin and Usamaro, the characters are dry and not used that well. Yukio felt completely ass-holeish once again in this movie. Another new character introduced, Cheng-Long Liu, was an unnecessary character at best. I liked him, but he didn't contribute much to the story.
The characters section probably deserved a much lower grade. The supporting cast of the anime series didn't get nearly as much exposition -- which is sort of understandable, but the characters aside from Rin, maybe Yukio and Shiemi, didn't need to be there. The movie would have been just as good with a lack of characters.
So why in hell would I give this section a 7?
It is OBVIOUS that this movie wasn't supposed to invest it's time in the supporting characters. It did nothing to amplify the meaning of friendship like it did in the anime/manga. Instead, it focused on one of the movie's major characters, and the main character, Usamaro and Rin.
Rin once again shows being Satan's child means absolute nothing to anybody. While this was definitely shown in the anime, he stands up and once again manages to play hero. This time, he acts sort of as a brother and role model to the demon, Usamaro, whom he mistakes to be a boy at first.
Rin guides Usamaro into being like a human. This definitely reminds me of Rin's situation as a child -- knowing that they were half demons, Shiro took them in anyways and raised them as their child. It's not quite the same here, but the execution of the relationship between the two was done really well, and it was very believable.
And then we return to one of the greatest strenghts of the anime -- the music, the OST, they only helped make this movie to become more intense.
The soundtrack, like the anime, is remarkably well done, and fits each scene so well, and so epically. Not much feedback here, since I really don't have anything bad to say about the sound overall.
Total Score: 34/40 (85%)
Final Score: 8/10
+Excellent animation and soundtrack, relationship between Rin and Usamaro was very well done and cute. Ending was sort of a tearjerker. Disappointments do nothing to actually harm judgement of the film.
-A few disappointing aspects still remained, obviously amplifying from the anime series itself.
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