Rin Okumura is a problem child; he’s wild, uncontrollable, and also happens to be the son of Satan. When his foster dad gets killed by Satan, Rin joins the Exorcist Academy in order to kill Satan. Difficulties abound, as Rin continues to be a problem child and must also hide his demonic nature from his classmates. However, greater things than fitting in and controlling Rin’s abilities come to be at stake.
I thought this series was quite a ride! It moves very quickly, and you can watch several episodes at once before realizing you’ve blasted through half the series. I didn’t quite do that, but I came close. Schoolwork is part of my reality, you see. The fight scenes and exorcist abilities are different and fun because they go beyond the traditional Western concept, although some of the world concept is Western based. I enjoyed the characterization of most of the characters; Rin is a funny character with lots of interesting quirks, and the rest of the cast is enjoyable. I also really liked what they did with the Christian concepts; I love how Japan breaks down Western ideas and turns it simply into a question of balance. Blue Exorcist is yet another example of this phenomneon, and it does it really well. I’d recommend it if you’re looking for something fun.