Genre: Genres: Action, Fantasy, Shounen, Supernatural
Studio: Studio Pierrot
Source Material: Manga
Plot: Twin Star Exorcists follows Rokuro who is a young boy from a family of exorcists. But that’s not the job he wants for himself. He however, is forced to face his past once again and own up to his incredible potential after the new arrival Benio stirs his competitive spirit. But their rivalry gets a bit of a twist when they are bestowed with the prestigious title of “Twin Star Exorcists”—two supreme exorcists who are fated to get married to each other and give birth to the ultimate spiritual warrior.
Impression: When I saw the word “Exorcists” in the name, I pretty much assumed it would be another Shounen like Tokyo Ravens or Blue Exorcist. It is a very used theme and there are even more manga that make use of it. So I was concerned if it would be able to stand up to the mark, because when you make a new Anime with a used theme, viewers tend to watch it and compare it with others of its kind. But I became a bit more confident about this anime after finding out who were making it. Did you read the studio name yet? Yes, it is indeed Studio Pierrot, the makers of popular Shounen Anime like Naruto, Bleach and Tokyo Ghoul. So as a shounen, Twin Star Exorcists is definitely in safe hands.
While I expected the plot of the anime to be similar to other exorcist anime, as I didn’t read its manga, I was happy to see that it had a lot more to offer. Even though this anime does bear resemblance to Tokyo Ravens, it definitely has its differences set straight. This first episode got me into it from the start, perhaps it’s because I’m into shounen, but that’s clearly not the only reason. The beginning was a bit slow, but it gradually paced up and we were shown the basic setting by the end of the episode. We have Rokuro, a young lad who’s a prodigy but chose to let go of his dream after a tragedy in the past. And then we have Benio, a young girl whose attitude towards exorcism is the same as Rokuro’s used to be. Their paths are now intertwined as they are named the Twin Star Exorcists. The episode also suggests a touch of love triangle as we see another girl who clearly has an interest in Rokuro. Mayura, as Rokuro calls her, appears to be somewhat close to Rokuro. As Rokuro asks Mayura to tell him something good about himself adding that she would know. And it may also show us a bit of comedy here and there as well.
I didn’t really like the art style of Rokuro. To me, his art style feels a bit childish when compared to his counterpart, Benio. But the animation style and the fighting scenes were good enough. Both the opening and ending songs were good, but didn’t feel like anything too special.
The episode didn’t pull me in though, unlike some other anime that released around this time. But I will still finish the anime, because it does appear to be promising. But will it be better than Tokyo Ravens or Blue Exorcist? That is a question we’ll just have to watch the anime till the end to find out. The first episode gets a 7.5 out of 10 for me.
Here is the Promotional Video for Twin Star Exorcists:
Here are some screenshots from the first episode of Twin Star Exorcists: