The start of a new arc!
We begin with Rin in class with normal students, except one kid, Godaiin, who gets freaked out by the demon in their classroom. Rin befriends him and learns that his sixth sense only recently kicked in. Meanwhile, the current paladin, Arthur Auguste Angel, who is rather disgruntled over Rin’s recent victory over the Impure King, travels to Yemen and defeats the Impure Princess. At school, Rin’s new friend collapses, assumedly being affected by a demon presence of some kind.
Having a glance into Rin’s normal school life is refreshing, even though it’s already colliding with his exorcist life. It really shows how mature Rin has grown since he can interact with normal students without fear of accidentally menacing them. The fact that he wants to integrate with society is a sign of maturity as well, though it looks like this might be a more difficult task than anticipated when his new friend Godaiin falls under supernatural influence.
I liked how Angel hasn’t been forgotten, and his character is also a good vessel for how the news of Rin’s victory has travelled through the exorcist community. His assistant, a new character, has a strange aura to him; he almost looks familiar, but I can’t put my finger on it. Also, It looks like Mephisto already has a plan up his sleeve. With each passing chapter it’s getting harder to judge whose side he’s really on. His unclear stance on every issue is starting to get irritating, but something tells me that when he actually swings into the action, nothing good will come of it.
This chapter was really just setting up the pieces for the new arc, though, what that arc might entail, we still have no idea. It’s interesting that there’s such a thing as an Impure Princess. Does that mean there’s an also Impure Queen, Prince, Jester, etc.? But if they’ve already defeated the Impure King, what’s the significance of having lower ranked impure bad guys? These questions and more will hopefully be answered soon.
GO Rating: 3/5