Yeah, for filler material... this is pretty good stuff. We don't know if the Grandfather is really telling the whole truth, or if he's painting a picture to make it seem far more harsh the reality is. Again, we don't quite know (though the mask seems to indicate "Evil"). Not-Takano having conflicted by these confusing memories made for neat ambiguity, as was her husbands own issues. How would one go about dealing with such difficult issues? The answers are not easy, nor is there a clear solution.
Originally Posted by Light Lucario
Nice to see Shiemi in her kimono again. It suits her much better than the school uniform. Sorry fanservice, you lose this one. Despite her flaws, Shimei is just so adorable and kind... and voiced Azunyan. And the fact that she's willing to stand up to Rin a bit to save a woman she just met speak volumes about her. She's is rather naive, but at the same time compassionate and brave. Against the unknown, she's willing to risk herself to help the wife.
Shiemi treating her and instantly wanting to be her friend once she talked about the special garden was kind of nice. I was kind of confused if they brought up this secret garden that Shiemi's grandmother left to her before, but then I remembered that this was anime-only content. Still, the fact that Shiemi was willing to protect the woman from Rin, even after she threatened to kill her was kind of nice. Arthur was really coming off as an even bigger jerk when he charged in like that, although I wasn't sure who shot the woman. I was also confused as to what the giant ball of vines meant, but I imagine that means that they're going to die together this time instead. While I'm sure that the grandfather taking control probably means that he's a villain, he doesn't look much worse than Arthur right now, but at least it's a fairly interesting twist. Overall, it was a pretty good episode with some nice twists and moments for some of the characters.
Blue Exorcist, or all it's problems, still manages to stand out by not having badly paced episodes. For a school anime, this is entertaining. I'd take this anyday over what we're dealing with in Shippuden on Toonami now, or the filler arc that just got done on Bleach.
"Truth suffers, but never dies." - Saint Teresa Of Avila
“Social justice cannot be attained by violence. Violence kills what it intends to create.” - St. John Paul II
Pro vita quad spes.