Blue Exorcist Kyoto Saga Episode 2: Mamushi Hojo did not like to be questioned

Blue Exorcist Kyoto Saga Episode 2 Review

Quick Summary of Blue Exorcist Kyoto Saga Episode 2

In Blue Exorcist Kyoto Saga Episode 2, “Strange Bedfellows,” Rin Okumura, his classmates, and many Exorcists from the Order of the True Cross arrive in Kyoto. Rin meets classmate Ryuji Suguro‘s eccentric father in an incident involving watermelons. Cracks appear in the unity of the branch’s factions. Yukio Okumura and his team make a gruesome, unsettling discovery along the road. Saburota Todo shows us what happened to the Impure King’s Left Eye.

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious!

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What I Liked in this Episode
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What Happened in Blue Exorcist Kyoto Saga Episode 2

Rin Faces an Up Hill Battle

Blue Exorcist Kyoto Saga Episode 2: Ryuji's mom doesn't like his dye job

Ryuji’s mother is less than pleased that he dyed his hair. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Rin and his classmates arrive in Kyoto. Renzo Shima is embarrassed to see his klutzy brother’s leading the welcome party. The ExWires are still in grips of depression after finding out Rin’s the son of Satan. Given how coldly everyone’s treating him, so is Rin. It’s Ryuji’s turn to be embarrassed when he realizes that the Inn they’re going to is his family’s. His mother’s greeting does nothing to help him regain his sense of decorum. Shura Kirigakure divides the group into teams and sends them on their assignments. Given everyone’s unease around Rin, they put him on trash duty to keep him away from everyone.

Kirigakure and Renzo check the Deep Keep where the Kyoto branch stores their sealed artifacts. Kirigakure asks if their internal squabbles could have anything to do with the ease with which someone almost stole the Right Eye of the Impure King. Renzo’s not sure.

Blue Exorcist Kyoto Saga Episode 2: Rin met Tatsuma, Ryuji's father

Tatsuma Suguro wants to keep the watermelon secret until it’s time to deliver. He seems to think it’d cause a riot if disclosed prematurely! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Rin comes across a bald priest who he discovers is actually Ryuji’s father, Tatsuma Suguro. He asks Rin to help him prepare chilled watermelon to serve to the injured. Rin takes him to task for having had too much sake so early in the day. Then Rin remembers that was something his father would have done. Tatsuma felt surprised when he realizes who Rin is; but he’s not afraid. Rin’s taken aback when he learns that Tatsuma is Ryuji’s father, given how different their temperaments are.

Juzo Shima and Mamushi Hojo’s Argument Turns Violent

They find out that they are both in the middle of a fight with Ryuji. Tatsuma leaves before he has to help Rin deliver the sliced watermelon. As Rin’s trying to make the delivery, he comes upon Juzo Shima (another of Renzo’s brothers) arguing with Mamushi Hojo and her sisters Ao and Nishiki over whose security processes were at fault during the recent attack. The arguments spiral into a confrontation, and Ryuji has to break to break it up when it threatens the patients.

Blue Exorcist Kyoto Saga Episode 2: Shura discovered she doesn't have an alcoholic beverage

Hey! This isn’t beer! So where’d the beer go… uh, oh! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

After the workday, Kirigakure hands out their meals. Everyone goes their separate ways, and Renzo is trapped talking to Rin alone. Strangely enough, Rin seems to get drunk on the juice drink that Kirigakure included with their meals. The two of them end up arguing, but afterwards laugh it off, their friendship restored.

Ryuji Remembers His Father

Meanwhile, Ryuji opens his drink and remembers the day that his father’s temple joined the Order of the True Cross. It was a decision born of desperation to preserve what was left of their impoverished temple. His father even refused to become an exorcist, and Ryuji didn’t know how to accept that. Ryuji didn’t understand why his drink put him to sleep, and Uwabami Hojo had to wake him up. Uwabami told Ryuji that their investigations suggested that someone in their branch was a traitor and was responsible for the recent incident. Shortly thereafter, Kirigakure tries to drink her beer, only to find it was juice. She had given her beers to the ExWires.

Yukio and his team come upon a van crashed by the side of the road. After donning hazmat suits, they break a front window to find that miasma had consumed the occupants. Meanwhile, Todo stands atop the Kyoto tower, surveying the city, as he urges his associate to move quickly to obtain the Right Eye. Todo’s left eye has already been replaced.

What I Liked about Blue Exorcist Kyoto Saga Episode 2

Interesting Characters Like Renzo and His Brother Kinzo

Blue Exorcist Kyoto Saga Episode 2: Renzo felt embarrassed by his brother's antics.

In an example of endearing character moments, we get to see Renzo embarrassed by his brother Kinzo Shima. What else are brothers for? Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

This show presents such interesting characters. It could have glossed over the bus ride to the inn, but instead, it showed us how Renzo felt embarrassed over his brother Kinzo Shima’s schtick. It could have ignored Ryuji’s mom Torako Suguro and her reaction to his hair color, but instead, it gave us a glimpse into these character’s interactions. That kind of thing makes the characters come alive.

I laughed (literally out loud) at Rin’s reaction to Torako. He had expected her to have as bad a temper as her son; instead, he was shocked to see she was actually very personable (once she got over her son dying his hair).

Apparently, Ryuji controls impressive magic. He struck down Mamushi’s attack, and she’s considerably more experienced that the ExWire. Then, he took the high road when he admonished them to stop fighting and concentrate on defeating their common enemy. Ryuji didn’t even lose his temper when she baited him by insulting his father.

Blue Exorcist Kyoto Saga Episode 2: Ryuji's criticism stung Mamushi Hojo's pride

Mamushi Hojo’s pride won’t let her accept Ryuji’s criticism without a retort. His reaction disappointed her. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

The flashback showing how Ryuji learned his temple’s sutras gave me a better sense of his perspective and motivations. This was another example of how well this show crafts its characters.

Rin Misses His Friend Shiemi Moriyama

Speaking of which, it was sad to see Rin’s forlorn look at Shiemi Moriyama as she was washing dishes. They had been close before everyone found out that he’s the son of Satan, and Rin still hasn’t accepted their rejection. Her distance in particular seems to hurt him.

Renzo’s nervous talking to Rin alone, but those feeling vanish when Rin says that Renzo isn’t cool. Rin even show him a crumpled list of people Rin thinks are more cool than Renzo. Why’d he even have such a list? What’s great about this scene is how it broke the tension between them. Afterward, they were on the same footing that they had been before the disclosure.

It was interesting to see Ryuji, in a flashback, telling his dad he was going to go to the Order of the True Cross’ high school so he could become an exorcist. Ryuji’s hair was a single color (brown)! I almost didn’t recognize him. His dad wanted Ryuji to be free of the horrors of being an exorcist, but Ryuji couldn’t envision any other kind of life for himself.

Flashbacks Instead of Exposition

Blue Exorcist Kyoto Saga Episode 2: The show made effect use of flashbacks

This episode used flashback scene very effectively. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

The show had a lot of information to impart this week. It could have degenerated into exposition, but it didn’t. Instead, it confidently let the facts ease out through the characters’ interactions. That’s so much more interesting than Mr. Exposition rearing his ugly head!*

I wonder: did Kirigakure really give her beers to Rin and Ryuji by accident? I ask for two reasons. First, she likes her beers. It stretches my imagination to think of her willingly giving them away. Second, in both cases, the beer helped Rin and Ryuji think things through. All kidding aside, I doubt she’d give alcohol to minors on purpose, but then she’s shown a willingness to stretch the rules when it’s necessary before…

* Yeah, I know, exposition can be useful sometimes. But too often, it’s a lazy way to impart information. It’s overuse contributes to how boring it can be.

What I Liked Less about Blue Exorcist Kyoto Saga Episode 2

I don’t have any complaints about the episode.

Thoughts about Blue Exorcist Kyoto Saga Episode 2

I continue to be impressed by how well Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga builds its world and characters. Everything from the Deep Keeps to the feud between the Hojo and Shima families to the little character details about Ryuji, Rin, and the rest make this such an interesting and fun show to watch.

Rin’s trying to put on a brave face, but he’s still hurt that his friends won’t talk to him. I think it’s a sign of his magnanimity and maturity that he can speak well of them, especially Ryuji, despite how he’s feeling.

I’m uneasy at the animosity between the Hojo and Shima families. It’s going to be interesting to see who set that feud in motion. Was the conflict put into place to make the Right Eye’s left easier? Or is someone just taking advantage of a rift that’s already there?

This was another episode with several great character moments. Do you have a favorite? Please share it in the comments!

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3 thoughts on “Blue Exorcist Kyoto Saga Episode 2 Review

  1. It has been a while since I saw this series, but I remember enjoying ti form start to finish the first time around. Blue Exorcist was a really well done release, IMO.

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