Rin and his friends, along with the rest of True Cross Academy Town, are in the midst of preparing for a festival that is celebrated only once every 11 years. While the barriers protecting the city from demon intrusions are being repaired, Rin and his twin brother Yukio are sent to the scene of an exorcism as reinforcements. Things take a turn for the worse and as they attempt to salvage their mission, they meet a mysterious young boy that may threaten everything that they know. Meanwhile, Cheng-Long Liu, a First Class Senior Exorcist from the Taiwan Branch, joins the ‘simple’ repair operation that forces his fate to cross with ‘Satan’s spawn’, Rin.
The demon child is just a very innocent kid who loves to erase memories but the demon got sealed away long long time ago. So now he returns in Rin’s world as Rin found him fainted on the ground, he tried to make everyone happy by using his powers but Rin taught him a lesson to not use it to make him to be a bad guy, In the end the kid used his powers to reverse time and everyone didn’t remembered what happened but Rin remembered what happened. So Rin will never forget the good times he had with this kid. The film changes radically throughout its 3 acts. The first act is a standard Blue Exorcist episode. Then it suddenly shifts into a very plesant and unexpected heartwarming comedic tone, VERY similar to me as something out of Studio Ghibli. In fact, it feels just like I started watching My Neighbor Totoro. However, it all comes down to the third act, the one we all stay for. It brings the film up to a whole new level, simply put. Avoiding spoilers, this new adventure of our favorite exorcist demon is one of the more tear-jerking ones.
Though it starts in a medium note, it does start its exposition on the focus of the story, about a demon that banishes painful memories to make people happy. In turn things get ruined and they blame the demon for it and have it sealed. The story’s backbone revolves around Rin finding this demon and had a sweet time, like Tokyo Godfathers where he bonded with the demon and sort of understood his situation. Along the story, we also have the festival backdrop and that ghost eating train that keeps the town busy.
Overall, Blue Exorcist movie is your typical seasonal movie. There are specific shots that harken back to the cartoons of Hanna-Barbera, in which a piece of action is looped over and over again in an attempt to achieve the illusion of motion. The backgrounds are an awkward, dirt-coated mashup of contemporary and ancient; one minute you’re looking at an urban skyscraper, the next you’re looking at a medieval cathedral a la Notre Dame. The characters perform so stiffly that one wonders if the animators were asked to imagine them as robots. I have no doubt this movie will mean something to the fans who have been following along right from the start. For the rest of us, it will feel like wandering aimlessly through a maze that has no entrance or exit.