Twin Star Exorcists (Sousei no Onmyouji)

(12ish episodes ?)

What’s it about ?

Adaptation of an action manga series about teenage exorcists.

Characters

Rokuro, our male lead, used to be very enthusiastic about being an action exorcist when he was younger, but he’s now more disillusioned about it, and has basically been retired for two years. He spends most of the episode brooding about it, including in the middle of his meet cute with…

Benio, our female lead. Who’s also an action exorcist, of course. While she may not have that much more illusions about the endless and thankless nature of her task, but this is her mission damnit, and she’ll keep doing it until she drops dead.

And, er, that’s pretty much it. Most of the episode is devoted to an extended fight scene against some nasty monsters they randomly run into (and have to save a couple kids from). And when an annoying dude vaguely looking antagonist-like shows up for three seconds at the end, the next-episode preview quickly reassures us that he’s actually the asshole mentor who’s going to have our two heroes fight against each other for no good reason.

Production Values

Oh dear gods this is an ugly show. The actual animation is pretty good, especially for the action sequences (Benio in action is particularly impressive), but the character designs are beyond fugly. Moreover, the colour palette switches to some blood-red for the otherworldly fight against the demons, and it just looks awful, like the platonic opposite of JoJo‘s vibrant colour design.

What did I think of it ?

I couldn’t connect with this on any level. The two main leads didn’t impress, and they have no chemistry together whatsoever. Moreover, the show completely fails at even hinting at an interesting wider picture ; heck, the next-episode preview seems designed to kill any enthusiasm over anything remotely interesting happening for a while.

The action itself is okay, I guess (if you can ignore the awful colouring and the lack of personality of the demons), but that’s way too shallow to carry the show by its lonesome. There’s no way I’m watching a second episode.

Source: [In Which I Review] New anime, Spring 2016 – Page 3

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I've been kinda blogging about anime for years... but mostly on forums (such as RPG.net's Tangency) and other sites. This site is an archive for all that stuff, just in case.

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