The Jump Fiesta ‘23 event revealed that the anime based on the manga Blue Exorcist (Ao no Exorcist) by Kazue Katō is receiving a new TV series. The cast, staff, and premiere date are yet to be revealed.
To celebrate the news, Katō posted an illustration on Twitter.
Blue Exorcist started as a manga series written and illustrated by Kazue Katō and has been serialized in Jump Square magazine in 2009, with individual tankōbon volumes as of November 2022. Viz Media licensed the manga for North America publication, with the first volume released in April 2011. The anime’s DVDs were also distributed by Aniplex of America. The manga went on a hiatus in July 2021, and returned in May 2022.
Blue Exorcist had over 25 million copies in circulation as of December 2022, making it one of the best-selling manga series. The manga has been highly welcomed by readers, and sales have increased as a result of the anime’s debut.
A-1 Pictures produced an anime TV series based on the manga, which aired from April to October 2011 and ran with 25 episodes. Blue Exorcist: Kuro Runs Away from Home (OAV) was released in October 2011 and broadcasted in December 2012 to promote the movie Blue Exorcist: The Movie, an anime film, debuted in December 2012 . A second season, entitled Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga, ran from January to March 2017 with 12 episodes.
WHAT IS BLUE EXORCIST ABOUT?
The plot centers around Rin Okumura, who was raised by an Exorcist, Father Shiro Fujimoto along with his younger twin brother Yukio Okumura. Rin discovers one day that he and Yujio are Satan’s sons. When Rin sees Shiro die to protect him, he draws the demon-slaying sword Kurikara (倶利伽羅), which controls his demonic powers. Rin now has demonic traits such as fangs and a tail, as well as the ability to ignite into blue flames that destroy practically anything he touches.
Rin aspires to be an Exorcist like his guardian in order to grow stronger and destroy Satan. He enrolls at the elite True Cross Academy, an exorcist cram school that is actually the Japanese chapter of the True Cross Order, an international organization dedicated to protecting Assiah (the human realm from Gehenna (demonic realm). Rin is surprised to learn that Yukio is a seasoned Exorcist and one of his teachers. Thus begins Rin’s journey to become an Exorcist, joined by his brother and his fellow pupils who rapidly become his close friends.