I've kept up with monthly series before, and none of them have been as confusing as Ao no Exorcist has become.
I believe Ouran was monthly, and I don't recall having the same general sense of confusion that I have with AnE.
It wasn't always like that...up until the Impure King appeared, it made sense just fine. I especially liked Rin's character development and how he's not just the "simple and stupid" protagonist type like most shounen anime/manga goes with; he has some deeper feelings.
However, last chapter was a bit strange, and this one was just making me go "what the heck is going on?".
I am glad that Rin was finally able to pull his sword from its sheath, though. If that was put off yet another chapter, I would have stopped reading it completely. I'm not a fan of tumbleweeds and stalling, particularly when the chapters only come out once a month.
45 pages felt really short this month, just like last month with AnE. I suppose a good amount of that was because it felt like half of this chapter was just a repeat of the last chapter; mad scientist demon taunting Yukio, Rin unable to pull the sword from its sheath, Suguru struggling with the barrier, the others fighting somewhere...
Yep, half of the things from chapter 31 were in chapter 32.
Then, when Rin finally DID pull the sword, it wasn't like an instant K-O...that was sort of nice, but it's difficult to tell what he's fighting. As far as I can tell, the Impure King is just a bunch of poisonous bubbles rather than having some sort of form...unless I missed it somewhere.
Mephisto talks about staring into the abyss...that's easy enough to understand, but then this creature appears to Rin...I thought it was the true form of the Impure King for a moment until it identified itself.
Maybe it's a fault of the translators, or maybe it was just not written clearly by the mangaka, but I couldn't figure out what the heck the thing was.
Is it the soul of the sword or something? It's obvioulsy on Rin's side, offering to help him control the blade...
It felt like the thing came out of nowhere, which is what I have a major problem with. I was actually rolling my eyes at the end of the chapter.
There are so few manga I actually follow now, since a good lot of them have spiralled into their own doom for one reason or another. Ao no Exorcist is, right now, on the verge of also being put on the shelf until it makes some sense.
In most cases, the anime isn't as good as the manga (particularly in the times when the anime diverges from the manga). However, I must say, the AnE anime was much better than the manga.
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