Blue Exorcist is a supernatural, action anime series with standard good vs evil world premise while also featuring several Biblical elements and references. Blue Exorcist starts off very strong, with its intriguing and unusual concept of a demon choosing to destroy his kin by joining forces with the opposite side.
With the premise of journey setup, training arc, and conflict set up very early in the series, Blue Exorcist establishes an appealing balance of goofy satire and stark dark undertone, moving steadily without leaning too heavily into either. The engaging, action-packed setting stays true to the main plot making it a fantastic watch.
If you plan to start watching the Blue Exorcist (Ao no Exorcist) anime series, watch it according to this order.
Ao no Exorcist (Blue Exorcist) Watch Order:
1. Ao no Exorcist
Alternate Title: Blue Exorcist
2. Ao no Exorcist Movie (Optional)
Alternate Title: Blue Exorcist The Movie
Episodes: 1 (Movie)
3. Ao no Exorcist: Kuro no Iede (Optional)
Alternate Title: Blue Exorcist: Runaway Kuro
Episodes: 1 (Special)
4. Ao no Exorcist: Ura Ex (Optional)
Alternate Title: None
Episodes: 10 (Special)
5. Ao no Exorcist: Kyoto Fujouou-hen
Alternate Title: Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga
Blue Exorcist (Ao no Exorcist) is a dark fantasy anime series adapted from the manga of the same name, written and illustrated by Kazue Kato.
Synopsis: The story follows Rin Okumura and his twin brother, Yukio, two young teens raised by Father Fujimoto, a priest of a local monastery. One day, on his way home Rin was attacked by some demon but then was saved by his father, who turned out to be an exorcist.
Soon after, Rin’s world turns upside down when Satan attacks the church. His foster father sacrificed himself to save him from Satan and eventually learned that he’s Satan’s son. To avenge his foster father’s death, Rin decides to join True Cross Academy and become an exorcist.