Sousei no Onmyouji, also known as Twin Star Exorcists, is an anime that didn’t make that big of an impact at first, so a lot of people dropped it at first. It just wasn’t interesting enough, with a plotline that is about as cliché as they get and an animation style that seems a bit tired and overused at this point. The characters, although very cliché at first, manage to pop out of their bubbles though later on, which works very well considering the fact that this is the mood that the anime is trying to converse. But is it enough to save the anime? That’s what we’re here to find out. So, without further ado, let’s begin this review.
Rokuro seems to be your typical highschool student. He tries his luck on a girl by confessing to her, but he quickly gets rejected afterwards. After he gets home we find out that he is not only an exorcist, but that he is also one of the strongest exorcists in the world, but unfortunately, he stopped being an exorcist a while ago, because of a tragedy that will be explained more later on. After a close encounter with a Kegare, he ends up meeting up with a girl called Benio, who obviously hates him already, although she is drawn towards the secret power that Rokuro used before to save her. They are both taken directly to the secret layer of the exorcists, where everybody expects to hear who will be the Miko, aka the reincarnation of Abe No Seimei. This character is prophesized to cleanse the world of all impurities, and stop the war that has been going on for thousands of years now between the humans and the Kegare. But, in the end we find out that it’s not Benio that is the prophesized reincarnation, and neither is Rokuro. Their baby is going to be the Miko. The rest of the series covers the status of their relationship and just how they handle the romance that was basically forced on them, when neither of them can get along with each other.
Although, as mentioned previously, the anime didn’t do that well at first, it really picked up later on thanks to the loyal fans that praised it. It definitely didn’t break any records, but it managed to gather quite a large crowd later on. Most people thought that the anime itself was above average, and although at first it was a bit too cliché to really stand out, the more the story continues, the more the characters end up really standing out. And thanks to the high number of episodes that came out with it, the watchers got to see the characters really grow up. Even the animation itself changed with time, and the anime even showcases just how different the characters are by the end of the series. For example, after a long period of time passes and Rokuro really changes for the better, he is the one that gets a love letter from the girl that he formerly tried to ask out a while ago. He declines the offer, obviously, which shows that he matured and that he is also drawn more towards Benio than before. This sort of a character development is pretty rare these days, because most anime have under 20 episodes to showcase their adventures.
Although it did have a pretty slow start, Twin Star Exorcists made up for it thanks to its relatable characters and overall maturity of the story. There aren’t that many anime out there that can really make a “coming of age” story look believable, but this one really has the advantage thanks to its episode quantity.
All in all, it’s definitely worth a watch if you have the time to binge watch at least 15 episodes. Don’t be fooled by the beginning, because this anime really makes up for it later on. The animation is above average, although it’s not enough to really stand out in that aspect, and the soundtrack is again, very fitting. It makes for a very entertaining anime, so give it a go, you won’t be disappointed.