Why You Should Read The 'Blue Exorcist' Series

Why You Should Read The 'Blue Exorcist' Series

It sets itself up to be very stereotypical, but it's still so original and fun!
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"Blue Exorcist", or known by its Japanese title, "Ao No Exorcist", by Kazue Kato is by far one of my all-time favorite manga. That's saying a lot, considering how much manga is out there. I like it so much, I'm likely to list it among my top ten favorite books. I usually don't write reviews on manga, but what better way to start than with my favorite?

For starters, the series falls into the genre of supernatural action. I love stories with a supernatural twist, so that's enough to get me interested right away. Normally, it takes me a bit longer to get interested in a plot that has generic demons being the evil force, but "Blue Exorcist" established it in a way that made it click. It sets itself up to be very stereotypical, but it's still so original and fun! Demons aren't just a generic title for the bad guys but classify a species that is typically evil. Yet, there are also demons that work alongside exorcists, and exorcists with demon blood.

This introduces a bit more of the moral gray-area nature of demons. It helps that the story follows a teenager named Rin, who happens to not only be a half-demon but the half-demon son of Satan. The stigma of having demon blood is amplified with the main character having to hide his true nature in fear of being prosecuted, while he also harbors an intense desire to train as an exorcist to defeat Satan.

The idea of having an intricate school dedicated to training young exorcists and the moral dilemma with Rin already sets the series up to go in many different ways. Kazue Kato does a fantastic job at introducing interested arcs and storylines that develop the characters in the best way possible. Not a single one of the side characters get left out as the story develops.

This series has been out since 2011, and I've been happy to watch it grow over the past six years. I encourage you to give it a try, even if you don't usually pick up manga, and see if you like it! "Blue Exorcist" is still an ongoing series, so you don't have to worry about it ending anytime soon.

Cover Image Credit: Shueisha

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The 10 Stages Of A 2:30 P.M. Kickoff, As Told By Alabama Students

But we still say Roll MF Tide!

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We all have a love-hate relationship with a 2:30 p.m. kickoff at Bryant Denny Stadium, especially when it's 94 degrees.

1. Immediate sadness

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What do you mean I have to wake up at 9 a.m. to get ready?

2. Bracing yourself for the worst

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It's a marathon not a sprint ladies and gentleman.

3. Accepting the game is going to happen

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Rain or shine we are all in that student section screaming our heads off.

4. Trying to wear the least amount clothes possible without being naked on the Quad

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Is it me or does it get 10 times more hot the minute you walk on to the quad?

5. Shedding a tear when you walk out your front door once you feel the heat and humidity on your skin

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6. Drowning your sorrows inside a Red Solo cup at 11:30 a.m. at a fraternity tailgate

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Maybe I'll forget about the humidity if I start frat hopping now.

7. Getting in line to go through security realizing it'll take an hour to actually get inside Bryant Denny

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More security is great and all but remember the heat index in Alabama? Yeah, it's not easy being smushed like sardines before even getting into Bryant Denny.

8. Feeling the sweat roll down every part of your body

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Oh yeah I am working on my tan and all but what is the point of showering before kick off?

9. Attempting to cheer on the Tide, but being whacked in the head with a shaker by the girl behind you. 

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Shakers are tradition, but do we have to spin it around in a full 360 every two seconds? I have a migraine from just thinking about it.

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I Made Emma Chamberlain's Mediocre Vegan Cookies, And They're Pretty Incredible

Emma and her vegan cookies have made their way into my heart, and are here to stay.

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One day, I went down the black hole that is 'YouTube at 3 am' and discovered my favorite social media influencer of all time: Emma Chamberlain. I started binge watching her videos every night for about a week, where I came across her "Cooking With Emma" series. I decided that I wanted to give her vegan antics a go for myself.

I've never cooked or baked anything with the intention of it being vegan, so not only is that new territory for me, but I've never even eaten a vegan cookie. The only reason I'm doing this is because Emma did, and she is aesthetic goals.

To start the journey of vegan baking, I took to Pinterest, just like Emma, and found this recipe to use. Although the video that inspired all of this used a gluten free recipe, I opted for only vegan, because I'm allergic to most of the ingredients that make things gluten-free.


In true Emma style, I used a whisk to combine the wet ingredients together, making sure to use her special technique.


Then, I did the same thing with the dry ingredients.


After that, I dumped everything together and combined all of the ingredients.


Once they were combined, I chopped up a vegan chocolate bar, because Emma and I like chocolate chunk cookies, not chocolate chip, there's a difference.


Now that everything is combined, I made balls of dough and stuck it on a pan, and baked them while I binged more Emma, because what else would I be doing in my spare time?



The recipe said to make the balls a lot smaller, but we aren't perfect, so I made them gigantic. In my head, I thought the worst thing that could happen was it turn into one big cookie, but that's a whole other video you need to watch.

I took them out of the oven, and they were brown on the top, but still a little doughy. At this point I was tired of waiting and eager to eat them, so I disappointingly set them aside to cool, which only lasted a minute or so before I snagged one up to try.



The taste was definitely one I've never associated with cookies, and came to the conclusion that if I decided to go vegan, it would be doable with these cookies and Emma Chamberlain by my side.



Emma inspired me to get out of my comfort zone, which is a reoccurring theme throughout her channel, and I'm happy to be apart of it. She taught me that even if mediocre cookies is all you have, eat them with pride because you made them yourself.

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