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Blue Exorcist is Punk'd

Friday 19th October 2012

Tom Smith on the ROOKiEZ of Japanese punk


ROOKiEZ is PUNK’D met during a welcoming party for new students at their Chiba-based high school back in 2006. The group’s now bass-player, 2RASH, brought up in conversation that he used to play in a cover band of one of Japan’s best loved melodic hardcore bands; HI-STANDARD (note to any punk fans out there; HI-STANDARD used to be signed to California’s Fat Wreck Chords alongside NOFX, Less Than Jake and a whole host of other American bands of a similar ilk). Schoolboy-and-soon-to-be-frontman SHINNOSUKE and his buddy TSUYOSHI were massive fans of the band, so 2RASH had their full attention. And soon, out of a shared love for punk, ROOKiEZ is PUNK’D was formed between the threesome, with SHiNNOSUKE on guitar and vocals, TSUYOSHI on drums, and 2RASH behind the bass guitar.

Classing themselves as a ‘mixture rock’ band, the trio soon started causing a stir in the indie music scene of Shibuya and Shinjuku. After playing a number of regular club nights and events for new rock music in the areas, DefSTAR Records soon took notice and snapped them up, assigning them to work on the soundtrack to the Durarara!! – by 2010 their debut single ‘Complication’ was used as the second ending to the anime series, and the band had their first collaboration album in the works, fittingly titled DRRROOKiEZ!! ~ ROOKiEZ is PUNK'D respect for DRRR!! (that’s DRRR with three-Rs, in case you missed the reference in the title the first and second time).

Soon after their successful debut, TSUYOSHI withdrew from the band and was replaced with the band’s latest member U. At the time ‘Complication’ had made the Oricon singles chart top 20, debuting impressively at number 11. Unfortunately, the band’s follow up single didn’t go down quite as well. Bizarrely named ‘eggmate of the year’, it was released two months after ‘Complication’ but struggled to make the top 150, despite its bikini-packing promotional video, which this writer would gladly watch for eternity.

DefSTAR decided to get the boys back into the realm of anime with their next single ‘Song for…’. Featuring as the 26th ending theme to Bleach, the label and band alike hoped they could emulate the same level of success as their first anime-outing from Durarara!!. Sadly they couldn’t, and ‘Song for…’ peaked in the charts at 91.

But! Blue Exorcist was their key back to the mainstream. Their next single ‘IN YOUR WORLD’ become the second opening to the series, and according to Last.fm, it’s the band’s most listened to song amongst users by far.  It peaked in the Japanese single charts at number 13 and proved PUNK’D was not dead. A new version of the track was also recorded featuring the voice actor behind Blue Exorcist’s protagonist Yukio Okumura, the multi-award winning seiyu Jun Fukuyama.

Blue Exorcist Part 2, featuring ROOKiEZ is PUNK’D’s ‘IN YOUR WORLD’ is out on UK DVD from Manga Entertainment from 29 October.

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Blue Exorcist Part 2 Episodes 14-25 & Ova

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The Devil's Son Fights Back!
Raised by Father Fujimoto, a famous exorcist, Rin Okumura never knew his real father. One day a fateful argument with Father Fujimoto forces Rin to face a terrible truth, the blood of the demon lord Satan runs in Rin's veins! Rin swears to defeat Satan, but doing that means entering the mysterious True Cross Academy and becoming an exorcist himself. Can Rin fight demons and keep his infernal bloodline a secret? It won't be easy, especially when drawing his father's sword releases the demonic power within him!
Part 2 collects the final 12 episodes of the hottest new series in anime. Also includes the bonus OVA.



Blue Exorcist devil-man

Matt Kamen on anime’s latest devil-man
Is it nature or nurture that defines who you are? It’s a deeply philosophical question, and one that Rin Okumura will be asking himself a lot in Blue Exorcist – he’s just learned that he’s one of the sons of Satan. Can this potential Antichrist defy his birthright and become a hero?


Jeremy Graves dispels the demons of doubt
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Blue Exorcist

Andrew Osmond has a devil of a time explaining this one
Mouthy, shouty Rin Okamura is the blue exorcist of the title. He’s so-called because he burns with blue fire when he unleashes his powers… because he’s Satan’s son! Luckily he’s had a sound upbringing, raised by a kindly priest-cum-exorcist warrior. Traumatised to learn he’s a real demon child, Rin angrily spurns his human “father,” and inadvertently… Well, we won’t give it away, but it’s not good. Horrified by what he’s done, Rin barges into the mountain-sized True Cross Academy to learn exorcism and “Kick Satan’s ass!” His teacher, he’s amazed to find, is his studious, gifted and non-demonic twin brother Yukio. We meet Rin’s fellow students, all ignorant of his nature, and he and we start getting to know them.

Blue Exorcist versus Buso Renkin

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One advantage of Blue Exorcist over some other supernatural/fight anime is that it doesn’t run for hundreds of episodes. Instead, it accommodates plenty of twists and transformations in just 26 parts (including one video). The same is true of Buso Renkin, an older show in a similar vein, available from Manga Entertainment in a single box set.

Blue Exorcist: the Movie

Melissa Francis on the hell-spawn creature-feature
If we look back at the 25 episodes of the TV series, Blue Exorcist: The Movie seemed more cohesive in comparison – there were certainly less of those ‘for the hell of it’ moments (no pun intended) and more well-connected, relevant events.


Comicon Pics

Just some of the Comicon cosplays, photographed by Paul Jacques
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Fairy Tail Music: Jamil

Tom Smith on Fairy Tail’s 8th Opening Theme
If you’re reading this blog, there’s a fair chance that the idea of visiting Japan has crossed your mind a few times. American-born Jamil Abbas Kazmi had a similar thought, though he wanted to take it one step further by establishing a career out there.


Helen McCarthy ponders a Bloody Fate
Twenty years ago, the witch Bayonetta was hauled out of a deep lake, with no memory of her past, how she got there, or who might have hated her enough to put her there. She has in her possession half of an artefact known as the "Eyes of the World.” Joining forces with information broker Enzo, she sets off to find and steal the other half. But powerful forces are moving against her, forces known as the Angels.


Andrew Osmond catches the live-action premiere of Hitoshi Iwaaki’s Kiseiju
The Tokyo International Film Festival closed with the live-action Parasyte, a superb blend of SF, comedy and primarily horror, where the levity of the early scenes freezes into a drama with an ice-cold alien grip.

Hideaki Anno Interview

Evangelion's director on Gerry Anderson, fandom and his latest project
This is not the Anno you may have read about, the one portrayed as an awkward, gangly, neurotic geek. Maybe Anno was like that once, but the cream-suited director we meet is sleek and authoritative, composed and confident, quite at ease talking to foreign hacks like us. He doesn’t adjust his glasses intimidatingly, but it still feels like the onetime Shinji has quietly metamorphed into his father Gendo.

Guilty Crown Goes Dark

Andrew Osmond on anime that turn to the dark side…
If it sounds like Guilty Crown’s getting dark, it is. In particular, there’s been a lot of comment on how dark some of the main characters get, in a series that seemed relatively light, even cheesy, in its first half. Star Trek used to have episodes set in a so-called ‘Mirror Universe,’ where the familiar cast could be really bad. Guilty Crown does something similar, without the mirror.

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Blue Exorcist: the Movie

Melissa Francis on the hell-spawn creature-feature
If we look back at the 25 episodes of the TV series, Blue Exorcist: The Movie seemed more cohesive in comparison – there were certainly less of those ‘for the hell of it’ moments (no pun intended) and more well-connected, relevant events.
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