As we reported on in last weeks anime roundup, the official site started a countdown which many believed to be ending at the Blue Exorcist panel at Anime Expo this weekend, which was thought to be a new anime announcement. Seems like that was the case.
The announcement comes in the form of a key visual from the upcoming issue of Jump SQ with text stating that the 2nd season will be airing in 2017.
The visual shows the series’ main characters Okumura Rin and his older Brother Yukio as well as Suguro Ryuuji and some kind of Phoenix like beast behind them. The 2nd season also seems to be adding a subtitle to the Blue Exorcist title which is Impure King arc to separate itself from it’s first season as well as to tell us what Arc of the original manga it is going to adapt in this 2nd season.
It has also been announced that this new season will be directed by Koichi Hatsumi who will be replacing Okamura Tensai who directed the first season. Additionally Toshiya Ono will be in charge of the series composition and will be replacing Yamaguchi Ryota who was in charge of the series composition in the first season.
The most interesting thing about this announcement is the fact that the first season aired 5 years ago back in 2011 which makes this announcement for a continuation a bit odd. Another factor that makes this announcement interesting is the fact that the first season strayed from the manga towards it’s conclusion which will make it interesting to see how they’ll continue the story in this 2nd season.
Blue Exorcist follows Okumura Rin who appears to be an ordinary however somewhat troublesome teenager, however all that changes when one day he is ambushed by demons. Rin‘s world completely changes when he discovers that he in fact is the son the demon lord himself, Satan. Satan apparently wishes Rin to return to him so they can conquer the human realm known as Assiah together. However not wanting to join the his demon father, Rin decides to begin training to become an exorcist so that he can fight to defend Assiah alongside his older brother Yukio.
Blue Exorcist‘s 1st season originally started airing in the Spring Anime Season of 2011 and ran for a total of 25 episodes as well as receiving a feature film the following year in December, 2012. Ao no Exorcist can be legally streamed on Netflix, Hulu & Crunchyroll with Aniplex of America have released the series on DVD & Blu-ray. The original manga for the series is also being published by Viz Media.
Source: Yonkou Productions on Twitter