‘Blue Exorcist’ headed for movie theaters

Translated by The Asahi Shimbun from the website of Anime Anime Japan Ltd.

The popular “Blue Exorcist” animated TV series will enter the realm of the big screen, it was announced, as the anime concluded its run on Oct. 2.

At the end of the final episode, the news was revealed along with a promotional clip. The official website also made the announcement and posted the video clip after the episode.

The release date, production staff members and other details are yet to be revealed, but the news has already sent fans into a frenzy.

“Blue Exorcist” is based on the popular manga of the same name by Kazue Kato, which has been running in the Jump Square monthly comic magazine since spring 2009.

In “Blue Exorcist,” the protagonist, Rin Okumura, the son of Satan, decides to attend the True Cross Academy, where he will become an exorcist to battle demons and take revenge on his father.
The TV series, which started in April, aired at 5 p.m. on Sundays on MBS and TBS networks. Known as “Nichi-5” (Sunday 5), the time slot has been home to many popular anime titles since 2008 including “Mobile Suit Gundam 00,” “Fullmetal Alchemist” and “Sengoku Basara,” each of which was adapted into feature films.

The “Blue Exorcist” movie apparently is following the success of the three titles, whose theatrical versions were also successful.
Visit the anime’s official website at (http://www.ao-ex.com/)

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