Ao no Exorcist episode 22
I knew it. I fucking knew that something like this would happen. I became skeptical during the last few episodes, things just didn’t seem right in the exorcist society. This episode has been one big disaster.
It starts out with several new announcements. The new pope, who happens to be Yukio and Rin’s grandfather, assigned Yukio as a Paladin in order to run the new operation. This operation was one big, one-sided mass slaughter. The new pope created this elaborate operation to kill all demons, good or evil, it didn’t matter. He gave the exorcists new weapons, weapons who all had the same symbols on them. Every time a demon got killed, some of its energy was transferred to the weapon via that symbol.
People got suspicious, as to be expected. Some of Rin’s classmates just didn’t think it was right and got careful from thereon out. A demon out of nowhere attacks the exorcist camp, not out of hate for humans in general, but because humans killed its kin for no reason. Rin heard what that demon said before Yukio killed it. Yukio was blinded by the promise that his grandfather made him, he wanted to kill every demon in sight, including Rin’s black demon cat. Rin took the defensive in order to protect his demon friend, but he got knocked out by Yukio, who briefly let his demon side get the best of him.
Rin was taken to a dungeon where he wakes up and meets up with Mephisto. Mephisto, after hearing what Rin had to say, decided to take his leave by changing into some sort of a dog, making it easy for him to escape. Rin was then taken to the rooftop, where he was chained and sentenced to die as a sacrifice. Not because he was a demon, not because of his personality, but simply to sacrifice him in order to open the gates of hell, in order to destroy Gehenna.
Yukio finally joins the party, but only to find out that he was played like a ken doll. He was used in order to keep Rin captured in a cage of secrecy and betrayal, to serve as an icon in order for the other exorcists to follow orders and to lead the exorcists in killing off all the demons, merely to collect all their energy for this one sacrifice. As I said, the exorcist society cannot be trusted, Rin should’ve followed his own sense of justice from the very beginning. The next episode will be chaotic, I can’t wait to see it.