Ao no Exorcist: Kyoto Fujouou-hen Episode 9: Confidence

The show is finally giving us some fights. I might be biased in favor of this episode because it contained my favorite songs from the soundtrack.

Still, if you really think about it, the main events in this episode can be boiled down to the same basic idea. Shima has a confidence issue caused by the death of his brother, but unlocks his power to save Konekomaru when he is in danger. Shiemi has a confidence issue after Nee was de-summoned, but unlocks her power to save Izumo when she's in danger. And finally, Rin has a confidence issue because of his lack of control over his flames, but he'll probably unlock his power to save Suguro when he's in danger.

These scenes are literally recycled from the end of last week's episode.

Ahh...sibling rivalries.

I really like this scene...not just for the amazing music (it was one of my favorite tracks from the first season). Yukio's deception and the fact that he comes to grips with his shortcomings is a great combination. Still, I have to say that the fact that we hear Shura's statement from last week is a bit of a disappointment. It makes it feel like that line is supposed to trigger this personal revelation for Yukio, but I feel like there's not enough of a path connecting them.

Haha okay I'll give you points for lightening the mood, Rin.

I really hope this is important and doesn't get forgotten because it seems interesting.

I know I'm being picky here, but they go through the effort of making us watch Shima slowly walk towards Konekomaru, but don't show him jumping on the branch? He just plops on the branch in the next shot...

Well, I can understand Shima's annoyance with being measured against the person who gave his life to save his. It's a less direct way of giving the "Takezo should have lived instead" line, which I appreciate.

Uhh...aren't those baby foxes sitting on top being counter-productive?

While Shiemi getting over her confidence issues isn't too bad, I'm still questioning what the giant Nee can do in this situation. Hugs for everyone?

I guess we failed...

Something else that's very interesting, but may very well get swept under the rug.

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