Grotesque monsters known as Impurities reside in Magano, a realm parallel to the present day. Exorcists purify these evil apparitions to protect the people. Rokuro Enmado is opposed to becoming an exorcist, even though he has the talent to be one, but an oracle gives him the title of “Twin Star Exorcist,” the name bestowed upon married exorcists. Benio Adashino, the girl who receives the title along with Rokuro, is determined to exorcise all the Kegare, or Impurities, in the world. The two find themselves wrapped up in more and more battles together as the Twin Star Exorcists…
Things are heating up for the Twin Stars – and I’m not just talking about their burgeoning love for one another. Not only is Yuuto determined to rid the world of Rokuro and his sister by capturing the 12 Guardians in order to lure them to him, they discover some startling revelations about the depth of the evil out there as well as some hefty surprises closer to home that will threaten to tear them apart. What’s more, a new and strongest threat yet emerges by the name of Abe no Seimei and he is intent on removing the Yin from Narukami and the rest of the world in order to give humans a ‘peaceful’ existence. But will his twisted plan come to fruition? The Twin Star Exorcists are the two that are destined to bring about the Miko – the most powerful exorcist in the world that will cleanse all kegare from the world. But in light of this seasons revelations, is that necessarily a good thing?
This season appeared to be much better in terms of action and high stakes. You could almost feel the romantic tension between Rokuro and Benio as they found themselves being pulled away from each other and then their selflessness as they both tried to protect one another – Rokuro tried to protect Benio from Yuuto and the truth about Rokuro’s own origins and Benio sacrificed herself to free Rokuro of the restraints holding him as the Cataclysm King. The build-up to the final battle was intense (despite the slightly cliche use of supporting characters sacrificing themselves in quick succession in order to further Rokuro’s path to Benio). It felt like this season finally found where it was going with the storyline. A few times previously I felt like it was winding off on a different path only to loop back to the near beginning after some tenuous episodes, making large portions of previous seasons seem almost like filler. But now the endgame is in sight and the plot rockets towards it. I can’t fault this season for its tensions, fights and sacrifices.
I felt that this rather large cast of supporting characters was starting to come together in this season. Both the 12 top Exorcists as well as Mayura and company (and, arguably, the occasional Basara) were reunited against the one powerful enemy of Abe no Seimei. Towards the end, the animators did a good job of conducting several simultaneous actions and fights whilst showing how they were overlapping so as to not made the viewer feel like a lot of time was passing. A great example of this is when Rokuro rescues Benio and the two of them start to yell their frustrations at one another whilst the two elemental forces of Abe so Seimei and Head Exorcist Arima Tsuchimikado fly at each other in the background. It’s a rather poignant scene, and the best kiss scene in the anime to-date!
This season of Twin Star Exorcists has been one of the best yet, with the storyline finding its feet and charging ahead and never slowing the pace. A lot of storylines and characters have been brought together in such a way as to make everything seem rather final – like they’re tying up all the loose ends. Which they should be, because the 50th episode official marks the end of the adventures of Rokuro, Benio and company. As I’m nearing this particular ending now, I’m hoping that it will be as well-executed and as satisfying as I am hoping it to be. I hope it also addresses the predicted birth of their child, the Miko, who is destined to rid t he world of evil spirits. Is this still to be in light of this seasons events? I’m hoping that all the questions that were raised this time around are answered in details, but this as yet remains to be seen.