Bon: If you two didn’t stop me from registering my ambition for copyright protection years ago, that punk wouldn’t have stole my ‘idea’ too!
Konekomaru (Bald kid with glasses): Erm…Bon. I don’t think that kid’s listening. Besides, about the copyright thing, we meant the ‘expression’ of an idea, not the idea itself. And number two, it’s not as if you’re publishing a book titled ‘To kill a mocking devil’.
Bon: Why, you little mother#&*^$%!!!! (Strangles Konekomaru like Homer Simpson.)
Good, it looks like I’m having a bit of fun writing this week’s episode review. It’s still the character introduction period and a shounen series is never complete with a rival or two challenging the hero. With looks of a delinquent but with a mind of a genius, Ryuji Suguro, also known as ‘Bon’ by his two henchmen, is ready to take on Rin with his given challenge in a battle of wits, fists and finding out who has a worse anger problem out of the two.
Looks like bitchy girls aren’t the only ones with a posse.
Summary: Rin finds out that he’s the stupidest out of everyone in his training as an exorcist in class. An arrogant student named Ryuji Suguro (hehe, that explains a lot of the dragon in the preview of this episode), a.k.a. Bon, boasting as he himself scored the highest in class despite looking a lot like a gangster. Like Rin, he has the exact same reason he enrolled in True Cross Academy (to defeat Satan) and Rin is certainly not going to let him do the deed first. A challenge ensues as to see which guy will be dumb enough to first jump into a death pit and kill himself in a battle against a demon strong enough to defeat exorcists-in-training like Rin and Bon.
Zombie invasion, innocent girl on the run…wait. Wrong show.
Shiemi is being chased by zombies one night in the woods. Just as she was about to be eaten alive, Rin, with his demon powers is there to stop these zombies from attacking the damsel in distress. After going ‘God mode’ on the zombies, Shiemi was finally saved and out of nowhere his classmates starts showering with praises (talk about OOC moments when dealing with some characters, we’re looking at you Izumo). Congratulations!
Rin woke up and found out that it was all just a dream.
Rin was daydreaming in Bible Studies class and turns out he’s an eyesore to his classmate Ryuuji Suguro, a.k.a. Bon for not taking the classes as seriously as he does. Not that he’s the only one studying to become a full-fledged exorcists at the fastest time possible. Looking at his delinquent-like looks and all, Rin pretty much missed the point as he thought that after dealing with punks like him in the past, having a new start in True Cross Academy he believes that he won’t be causing any trouble in school with Bon as he strives his hardest to become the best exorcist. As things goes in animeland, this is certainly not the case.
Time to give poor Shiemi a hug. After all, she made a mistake too many in her best subject.
As Rin goes through classes for the entire day sleeping, in Yukio’s class Rin got his test paper back and scored the worst out of the entire class. A pissed (and arrogant) Bon showed him his score, hoping to kick Rin to where he stands in class and starts reprimanding him as if he’s Rin’s mother, complaining that unlike Rin, classes in exorcist school is SERIOUS BUSINESS. Yukio was pretty much siding with Bon, since what he said to Rin does make some sense. After class, Yukio informs Rin of Bon’s background and like Yukio, he’s on a scholarship. Leaving Rin and Shiemi alone sitting on the fountain, Rin prompt Shiemi some questions about her school life (most likely Rin has no experience/luck with girls, which is pretty much justified with Rin’s brawl attitude). Hearing what Bon mentioned earlier, Shiemi has little confidence on being an exorcist; she may not be striving as hard as her other classmates who are doing a lot better than her and Rin. Before Shiemi could ask Rin to be her
lover friend the BKB trio interrupt her first confession. With Bon’s taunts Rin denies that Shiemi’s not her friend, leaving her hurt on the inside. All this was reduced to some petty fights right after Bon’s posse told Bon of what Rin was saying was true, kind of. Cue PE lesson; both guys were running against each other while avoiding a Leaper (some frog demon, or whatever). Both of their efforts to play dirty were futile, with Bon almost dying in the hands of an upcoming Leaper.
Are you going to make a love confession? No, you can’t. In rule #69 of what girls do in animeland, they will seldom confess to guys that are in love with them.
Before their little fistfight got out of control Bon’s posse and the instructor stepped in. As Bon leaves with the teacher, Shima (dude with pink hair) and Konekomaru (bald guy with glasses) tells Rin about Bon’s goal of being an exorcist, his motive was exactly the same as his. Rin knows about the Blue Night for the first time; the Blue Night incident occurred 16 years ago, leaving some of the most powerful exorcists and clergymen dead in the hands of Satan and it has certainly got to do with the birth of Rin and Yukio. And speaking of the deaths of the clergymen, remember the very first scene in the first episode? THAT happened in the Blue Night, 16 years ago. With most of the powerful monks in Bon’s temple dead, Bon’s father, who was an apprentice at that time became the only one worthy to lead the temple and its remaining men. Rin then understands where Bon is coming from with his nasty temper.
Leaving the students to their own devices (but not go down to the Leapers) as the sissy PE instructor goes off for his ‘urgent’ matter, Bon scolds the instructor and True Cross Academy’s declining standards in conducting classes. Which makes it a good time for Bon and Rin to settle their scores once and for all. Posing a dare at Rin to touch the Leaper and return alive in one piece, with both his life and Rin at stake, Rin accepts. Fortunately, Rin is dumb enough to fail a test, but not dumb enough to reveal his identity as the son of Satan and show off his powers and if luck’s not on his side, to kill himself in a silly battle that he knew that he will not win. He knew Bon would be wanting him to accept the challenge, but considering how stupid it is to die now, for a guy who only uses his brawn Rin for once made a wise decision to decline Bon’s offer.
Can’t think, can’t stop, must run. Run, Rin, run.
Remembering his unhappy childhood with people keep calling him and his temple cursed, what his father said to Bon to ignore those hurtful words and telling him live as a normal guy and not inheriting the temple when he grows up, followed by his father’s reaction of his goal to defeat Satan, that made Bon more angry, determined and stubborn than ever to prove everyone wrong with their stupid expectations of him. Being laughed at by Izumo of his simplistic goal of defeating Satan, his angry thoughts got through the Leaper and just as he was about to die in vain Rin jumps in and saves him from his demise, without having to draw his sword and show off his flames to his classmates. And that pretty much cemented Rin and Bon’s vitriolic relationship as both idiots get down to their personal fistfest.
Bon’s pissed with Rin getting the special treatment~
While Rin and Bon are still annoying each others’ head off Yukio, in hiding was on standby just in case Bon didn’t make it out alive, reporting to Mephisto of Rin’s act of not drawing the Kurikara in front of his classmates. Somewhere far and high Mephisto talks to one of his brother Amaimon and with what he tells his brother about Rin, Mephisto’s goal in Assiah may not be as simple as defeating Satan, treating everything he sees as his personal playground.
After the events during that PE lesson, Rin starts taking his books out and aims to study as hard as his other classmates, especially Bon who was a lot ahead of him in studies. A shocked Yukio predict something wrong with his brother, seeing his brother who hardly uses his brain, now cramming knowledge into his head. As Rin reads, Bon thanked him for saving his life the other day and to help Rin with his studies he lends one of his hairclips to him. Rin thinks that it was strange for Bon to be kind to him, thus the two loggerheads has accepted each others’
differences similarities and talents.
STFU you stupid old man! I am never going down to a life of hell, humiliation and heresy! You hear me? NEVAAAARRR!!!!
Don’t start pointing fingers at me. Blame you and your friends of yours for not sending it for copyright protection. Oops, copyright can’t protect you and your ideas.
It’s fun playing both sides and start trolling with Rin, Yukio, Satan and everyone else. Maybe I should try trolling myself one day. The results of trolling myself would be very intriguing indeed…
Thoughts: I knew that Bon was going to be a jerk with a soft side, but not this soft to the point he lends one of his hairclips to Rin. This sets him aside from the cookie-cutter rivals of the heroes, who at least is a bit more open-minded than the rest. But I’m still wondering where he get the money to pierce his ears and get a hair dye when his temple is going through tough times. Speaking about Bon, at least he should be grateful that both of his parents are still alive and love him, unlike the Okumura twins who are going through a tough time with their stepfather dead, mother missing (most likely dead) and their father’s the most feared and hated devil of Assiah. I’d say Rin and Yukio are still going strong with only each other to take care of.
The preview for next week’s episode seems to be the calm before the storm; the next episode is not taken from any chapter from the manga because Rin and his classmates going for a wild ride in the upcoming episodes, it will be a test of courage, wits and finding the right time to start using your demonic powers without any of your classmates seeing them. Watching Rin talks about food in the preview makes my stomach aching for food, mmmm. And when brains meet brawn; Rin and Bon are Team Unstoppable!
Even when they are asleep in their bunks.
Let AnE not be another NGE screwfest. I was waiting for a talking duck to make this scene look a lot weirder.
98 (Bon) + 2 (Rin) = 100. With them working together, they are invincible.
Because that’s my line, you fart. You have only yourself to blame.
You don’t get cocky now Okamura. I’m still the one with the brains of the entire class.