Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga is Confusing, If You Don't Read the Manga

Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga is Confusing, If You Don't Read the Manga

I just started watching the new season of Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga and it confused the hell out of me. It doesn't continue where the original series ended.

At around episode 15 of the original (2011) series where Rin is fighting Amaimon, the anime starts telling a different story from the manga. I didn't read the manga back then, else I would have known I was basically watching filler.

The original Blue Exorcist ends around this point - Crunchyroll

When I started the first episode of Kyoto Saga, I was lost. It didn't help that I watched the orginal series six years ago and have a hard time remembering what I ate yesterday. So, I decided to watch the previous season's finale to refresh my memory. But that didn't help at all!

Other people were commenting that they were just as confused as me. 

This guy recommends watching the first 17/25 episodes.

This guy recommends watching the first 17/25 episodes.

I think Kyoto Saga is going to do for Blue Exorcist, what Brotherhood did for Full Metal Alchemist...except just the ending.

If you plan on watching Kyoto Saga, I recommend watching the original series again up to episode 15 or 16 (or just watch episode 15 and 16) or to where the two guys are fighting in the woods. 

Or if you want me to sum it up, after Rin and Amaimon have their fight broken up by Mephisto:

  • Rin's friends dislike that he's a the son of Satan.
  • Rin goes before the council.
  • Rin asks to be trained.
  • Kyoto Saga begins.

I say it may be a good point to stop at the Rin vs. Amaimon fight because in the anime, Amaimon gets pulled into the cuckoo house and Rin slices it in half. That never happens in the manga. Then Shiemi gets Rin to snap out of his rage, which never happens in the manga. At the trial in the anime, Amaimon attacks. It's a cool looking scene, but it also doesn't happen in the manga.

For the purest telling of the story, read the manga at that part. The manga's chapter 14 page 18 coincides with episode 16. That should be a good cross-reference if you'd like to read a little before or after.

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