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A Game of Tag is an anime episode of Blue Exorcist that was released on 07/03/2011
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Blue Exorcist episode 12 Reviewed by JasonBog on July 7, 2011. JasonBog has written 42 reviews. His/her last review was for A Game of Tag. 134 out of 139 users recommend his reviews. 1 out of 1 user found this review helpful.
You know, for a while now I've actually been having the aching sense that Blue Exorcist was just...missing something. For the previous eleven episodes, the series has proven itself to be a wholly enjoyable shonen anime romp, despite the relative lack of originality in its premise. It's taken the now-cliche aspects of the genre from the kind, simple-minded, gifted protagonist, the quirky people he/she must interest with regularly, and the plot that gives said protagonist such an earnest goal, and made it all...pretty darn good, actually.  
 
The main characters in this show aren't one-note and are actually compelling to watch, main character Rin is like the shonen hero mixture of Luffy and Naruto (and a good cook too!). But more importantly, it's all wrapped around a plot that gives these young upstarts a reason to make cool-looking fights without turning incomprehensible or far-fetched. In other words, Blue Exorcist is the kind of show that proves that a worn formula still works as long as it's done right. But anyway, there was a certain shonen trope that I felt like it hasn't added in yet, but I didn't know what that was. 
 
And then this episode came out and I was all: "oh yeah, that's right...boobs." 
 
  It's shonen, so it had to come up sometime. But not the charming Shiemi!  
It's shonen, so it had to come up sometime. But not the charming Shiemi!  
That one titillating aspect of this kind of anime geared towards "Young Men" that act upon their not-so-hidden desire to view a woman's chest in whatever perverted way plausible. If it sounds like I'm being pessimistic about the sudden appearance of two oppai-drenched pairs of breasts, it's mainly because this is one route I felt that Blue Exorcist didn't need to go down. Especially since those first knockers belonged to Shiemi, who has already proven herself to have the heart and understandable goals to make her not need sexual appeal to garner anyone's attention (well, at least in my opinion anyway). But as it turns out, behind that kimono she's stacked enough to garner a visual symbolism of jiggling flan.  
 
But after that startling new development in the first five minutes of the episode, the plot 
How could someone with such fine fashion sense be so...evil! Oh yeah, he's literally a son of the devil
How could someone with such fine fashion sense be so...evil! Oh yeah, he's literally a son of the devil
finally begins with our exorcists-in-training exploring Mephisto's cheerfully gothic amusement park to find a ghost causing public disturbances. I shouldn't need to really go into how it's a relatively lame mission to go through, which only really serves at the catalyst for Amaimon to piss his half-brother, Rin, off. But it was noteworthy for giving an opportunity for Rin and Shiemi's friendship to grow. Seeing them hang out in such chemistry didn't feel forced, and they actually would make a good couple if the series goes that route. But unlike other such relationships that makes the audience scream, "will they just F*** ALREADY!," their relationship is worth following, whether they turn out to just be friends, or use that next trip to Meppho Land as a date-date. 
 
Anyway, as I pointed before, the whole goal of this episode was to give a reason to have Amaimon corner Rin and push his buttons a bit. We still don't know just what Mephisto and Amaimon want to exactly do with Rin yet, but it'll be interesting to see where this sibling rivalry goes from here after seeing the gleeful tourist torture our protagonist into becoming more blue and devilish.  
 
If only all mute, creepy gamers who hide themselves under a hoodie turned out to be a hottie like this...
If only all mute, creepy gamers who hide themselves under a hoodie turned out to be a hottie like this...
Rin's secret identity to his friends seems all but confirmed, until who else but inactive-PSP-playing-hooded-boy comes to save the day. Which is where the second pair of big boobs comes in where Prototype-protagonist-impersonator turns out to be a buxom, investigator-type lady with a cool sword and the knowledge that Rin is Satan's son. It was the kind of episode-closure that I didn't see coming and made me look greatly forward to the next episode. In fact, with the series of not-so-active moments, a sudden new character, boobies, and the developing friendship between Rin and Shiemi, this whole episode felt like it was setting up the events to come. But at least Blue Exorcist has proven itself again by having the obligatory set-up episode in shonen still be such a good episode, regardless.
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