Blue Exorcist, also known as Ao no Exorcist (青の祓魔師 Ao no Ekusoshisuto) in Japan, is a manga written and illustrated by Kazue Kato. The manga has been serialized in Jump Square magazine by Shueisha since April 2009, with individual chapters collected into four tankōbon volumes as of July 2, 2010. The one-shot of the manga was first featured in the September 2008 issue of Jump Square and was titled Miyamauguisu House Case (深山鶯邸事件 Miyamauguisu-tei Jiken). As of April 4, 2011, 25 chapters have been released in Japan.Viz Media has licensed the manga for the North American production. With the first volume released in April 5, 2011 and the fifth volume scheduled for release in December 6, 2011. Blue Exorcist has also been released in the Shonen Jump Adavnce magazine starting April 5, 2011. The North American book distributor Simon & Schuster listed the first volume of Kazue Katō’s Blue Exorcist (Ao no Exorcist) manga for release by Viz Media this April 2011.
The world of Blue Exorcist consists of two dimensions joined as one, like a mirror. The first is the world in which the humans live, Assiah. The other is the world of demons, Gehenna. Ordinarily, travel between the two, and indeed any kind of contact between the two, is impossible. However the demons can pass over into this world by possessing anything that exists within it. Satan is the god of demons, but there’s one thing that he doesn’t have and that’s a container in the human world that is powerful enough to hold him. For that purpose, he created Okumura Rin, his son from a human woman. After killing Rin’s guardian Father Fujimoto in an attempt to bring Rin back to the Demon world, it led to Rin’s journey on becoming an Exorcist in order to defeat Satan.
A anime adaption for the manga was announced on November 27, 2010 on Shueisha’s Jump Square official website. The anime will be produced by A-1 Pictures with Hitoshi Okamura as the producer. Originally the series was scheduled to air on April 10, 2011 on MBS, however due to the March 11 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami the series’ broadcast was delayed until April 17, 2011. Two pieces of theme music are used for the episodes: one opening theme and one ending theme. The opening theme is “Core Pride” by Japanese rock band Uverworld, while the ending theme song is “Take Off” by South Korean boy band 2PM. Aniplex of America will stream the series in North America through video sites Hulu, Crunchyroll, Anime News Network, and Viz Anime. The simulcast will premiere on April 20, 2011.