Monday, April 2, 2012

Manga Mondays: Blue Exorcist Vol.1

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Blue Exorcist
Kazue Kato
Type: Manga
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Raised by Father Fujimoto, a famous exorcist, Rin Okumura never knew his real father. One day a fateful argument with Father Fujimoto forces Rin to face a terrible truth – the blood of the demon lord Satan runs in Rin’s veins! Rin swears to defeat Satan, but doing that means entering the mysterious True Cross Academy and becoming an exorcist himself. Can Rin fight demons and keep his infernal bloodline a secret? It won't be easy, especially when drawing his father’s sword releases the demonic power within him!
I'm a big fan of the Ao No Exorcist (AKA Blue Exorcist) anime that as soon as I finished watching it I wanted to read the manga to find out more about Rin and all his friends!

I rarely read Shounen (action) manga and tend to prefer the genre in anime, as it's much more fun to see the action... but I was so in love with the anime I decided to do it anyway and I wasn't disappointed!

I always find it weird when I start up a manga after watching the anime first - this applies to movies of books also, I rarely ever last trying to read something if I've seen the production first, but with Blue Exorcist it was still fun and I can't wait for more, it was strange to see that there was less cut out of the anime and well in parts it was more fleshed out.

It will definitely be intriguing to see what else they changed as I get more volumes.

Rin Okumura is the problem child (a bit of a delinquent), he is a twin and his younger brother is pretty much his pride - because he is very smart and going to become a doctor. Rin is such a sweetheart, he's acts all tough but is really soft and gooey on the inside and I'm always wanting to give him a big hug! He's the kind of guy that will always stop kids picking on a poor defenseless pigeon... even if he's outnumbered and on his way to an important interview. (this actually happens haha).

Rin starts seeing crazy things, and when a demon that's possessed a crazy kid attacks him he sprouts blue flames and finds out that he isn't exactly human, but the son of satan. His adoptive Father - who's a priest saves him, but as soon as he gives Rin the sword that is sealing away his demon powers all hell pretty much breaks loose.

Satan possesses his father, pretty much kills him, tries to kill Rin... Rin get's pissed off awakens his demon powers and sends Satan back to hell... for now at least.

After the funeral, the Headmaster of True Cross Academy (this big exorcist central) tells Rin he has to die and laughs his head off when Rin says that he wants to become an exorcist to kick Satan's ass... so he lets him.

Rin now has to go to school at the True Cross Academy in the day and Exorcist Cram School at night... where he gets a big surprise, his little brother is already an Exorcist... and his teacher!

A few other things happen, but I wont spoil anymore, we get introduced to and important character and I'm really looking forward to seeing how the others are portrayed in volume two!

I recommend this to everyone who enjoys action, a good story and a good laugh, Blue Exorcist is a great manga to try out! It has it's serious side as well if you didn't already gather!

Blue Exorcist
Kazue Kato

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