“Blue Exorcist” is a manga written by Kazue Kato. The story focuses on Rin Okumura, a fifteen year old boy who is anything but average. Well, what can you expect when you are the son of Satan? That’s right. Rin and his twin brother Yukio’s biological father is Satan. But, one reason why I love this series is because it has an epic plot twist. Rin and Yukio were adopted by a man named father Fujimoto. They grew up under his care and they shared their fondest memories with him. Father Fujimoto was an exorcist, the people who fight Satan. But don’t worry, it’s not like he turned against them. That isn’t the plot twist. The twist is that one day, Satan kills Father Fujimoto and Rin feels that it’s his fault. He vows to avenge his adoptive father’s death by killing his biological father. Wow. That. Is. Just. Wow. But before Father Fujimoto is killed he gives Rin a powerful blade and tells him that if he ever unsheathes it, he will go full demon mode. Woah. Let’s slow down for a minute. Now, about this full demon mode that I mentioned a minute ago. Now remember, Rin and Yukio are twins. When Rin and Yukio were born, Yukio was very weak. He was under weight while Rin was healthy. Rin inherited all the demon traits instead of both boys getting some. That is where this full demon mode business comes in. If Rin were to unsheathe this sword, this Kurikara, his full demon mode will be unleashed. Father Fujimoto told Rin to never use the sword, and to protect it with his life. But knowing Rin, He didn’t listen. He unsheathed the sword out of anger after his adoptive father was killed. There was no going back now. But let’s talk about Yukio for a minute, shall we? Yukio and Rin are polar opposites. Yukio is super smart, get’s amazing grades, is popular with the ladies, and got a scholarship to the best school. Rin is the exact opposite of that. Rin couldn’t care less about his grades and is constantly getting into fights. Let’s backtrack. Yukio got accepted to the best school. This school is called True Cross Academy. A new character named Mephisto is introduced. He is the chairman at the school and is originally supposed to kill Rin because he is the son of Satan. Rin tells him that he wants revenge on Satan and Mephisto accepts him to the school to train to become an exorcist. That’s right ladies and gentlemen, the son of Satan is training to be an exorcist. This leads to some very interesting events.
—-Meghan Brady, February 12, 2015