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Blue Exorcist, The Hero's Journey
Transcript of Blue Exorcist, The Hero's Journey
“Humans live in the world of
, demons in
. The two dimensions are not meant to interfere with each other, but demons still possess creatures in Assiah in spite of this. The humans who can fight these demons are known as exorcists. Rin Okumura is a boy who bares the curse of being Satan’s
son. His foster father sacrificed himself to save him from demons. To avenge his foster father’s death as well as to prove himself, Rin decides to follow the path of an exorcist.”
“Blue Exorcist.” Anime News Network. N.p., 2014.Web. 19 Nov. 2014.
Blue Exorcist is a Japanese anime directed by Tensai Okamura and written by Ryuta Yamaguchi. Produced by AI Pictures the anime originally aired in Japan on April 17, 2011 and aired its English version on Toonami October 2, 2012.
- Human world
- Demon world
- a child born to an unwed couple
The Ordinary World
The Call to Adventure
Crossing the First Threshold
Tests, Allies, and Enemies
Approach to the Inmost Cave
The Supreme Ordeal
Return With the Elixir
This Presentation of the Hero's Journey was made by:
Brittani San Miguel
This stage is about the hero's life before their world is
from what it once was.
Rin is trying to get a job, on account of being bullied by others, and causing trouble like any other
would be having.
"I couldn't face anyone there... she fired me...They couldn't have a violent thug like me in her store" Rin said.
- mutually opposed; opposite
- the process of developing from a child into an adult
With the problem at hand, the hero finally accepts what he must do and starts the adventure.
When Rin's foster father, Father Fujimoto, is about to die by Satan in the gate to Gehenna. Rin is faced with the only option to unleash his demonic powers from the sword.
"I have trusted your demonic powers into the sword and sealed them into the
...This sword must never be drawn!...Once it is drawn...you can never go back to being human." Fujimoto told Rin.
- the holster for the sword
This stage is about the bond between the hero and his mentor.
Fujimoto is Rin's foster father/mentor so he tries to keep Rin out of trouble and lead him into the right path.
"You didn't raise a weapon. You raised a son." Shura said.
During the hero's journey, he encounters tests, makes allies and enemies .
When the hero is face with the final challenge, in most cases this is the climax of the story.
Rin is a human sacrifice to open the gate of Gehenna, but then Yukio takes his place and successfully opens the gate. Satan arrives and trys to create a world where demons and humans co-exist together.
"The festival celebrating the acent of the great Satan is about to begin!'
The hero is faced with his precious treasure that is in the hands of what he fears the most.
Satan shows Yukio the truth about his mother, weakening Yukio's guard, and takes over his body.
"At last - I've acquired my ideal
...No wonder you're the perfect fit." Satan said.
- hollow container
When evil tries one more time before being defeated is, also, the last challenge that the hero must face and the hero is tested again to know if they have learned from 'The Supreme Ordeal'
Satan combines with the gate to create the new world, but Rin and Yukio band together using their demonic powers and stopping Satan.
"My dream isn't over yet" Satan said. "How do you intend to survive against your rampaging father!" said Mesphito.
The hero returns to the Ordinary World, but brings back something from the journey so it wouldn't be meaningless.
After the fight with Satan the world is back to the way it once was before the adventure started, that is how the brothers wanted the world to be.
"This world we live in all we want is to protect them" Rin and Yukio said.
This stage is about when the hero is face with a life changing experience that can not be reversed.
At this point Rin is being attacked by bullies until one is revealed as a demon and Rin bursts into blue flames, being told he is the son of Satan and is requested to go to
"Blue flames...?" Rin said. "those blue flames are indeed proof that you are the
of Satan." the demon said.
- a descendent of a notable family
Allies are people that will be by the hero's side for when he needs them the most.
Rin makes friends during school and later they help him in defeated Satan.
"Lets all tackle this together"
Tests are the challenges that the hero faces on their journey to help them be ready for the final battle.
A test that Rin and his friends must face in order to understand how working as a team helps.
"Whoever manages to keep the lantern lit and returns to bare within the next 3 days will be illegible for actual combat missions" Yukio said.
The enemy is the hero's quarrelsome
that aren't on equal ground.
Satan tries to create new world where demons co-exist with humans.
"Why have you destroyed my dream" Satan said.
"He's expanding the gate to try to swallow up Assiah."
- an enemy or opponent