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The Exorcist Candidate Live Combat Arc ( 祓魔師候補生実戦篇 Ekusoshisuto Kōho Sei Jissen hen) is the second arc of the Ao no Exorcist series.

Under the supervision of Shura Kirigakure and Yukio Okumura, the Exwires go into the forest section of True Cross Academy for a training camp. However, unbeknownst to them, Mephisto Pheles and Amaimon are lurking nearby.


Retrieving Lanterns

Training camp dinner

Dinner at the Training Camp

While laying in his bed, trying to sleep, Rin remembers a time from his childhood when he wanted to be like his father, as well as the events that transpired at his trial. Finally he decides that he can't sleep and goes outside to play with Kuro. The following day, after the closing ceremony for True Cross Academy, the Exwires go to the True Cross Halfway Station to meet Shura and Yukio, the leaders of their summer training camp. Yukio informs everyone that the training camp will also serve as a test. All enthusiastic, they start down into the forest section of True Cross Academy for the training camp, but quickly their enthusiasm turns to exhaustion and annoyance while hiking to their camp site. When they finally arrive everyone is given tasks to set up the camp and protect it from demons before nightfall. Rin notices that Shiemi and Izumo are having trouble preparing dinner and takes over, preparing a delicious meal for everyone.[1]

Shura warns Rin

Shura warns Rin not to use his flames

After dinner Yukio and Shura, now intoxicated, explain the contents of the training camp. Their task is to find one of three lanterns, each located 50 meters from the base, hidden in the forest, light it, and bring it back to the base. When Rin states that the task sounds really easy, Shura reminds him that he can't use his flames; in a dark forest like this everyone would see his blue flames immediately. Yukio fires his gun to signal the start and the Exwires all run into the forest, but they all quickly encounter swarms of Chuchi. Shiemi becomes overwhelmed by the Chuchi and screams; when Rin arrives to help her, he finds her the ground passed out with her head bleeding. Rin uses his flames to exterminate the Chuchi still swarming around Shiemi, but immediately regrets it, thinking that he is being too reliant on his flames. Suguro emerges from the woods and Rin wonders if he saw his flames or not.[2]

Konekomaru's formation

Formation for transporting the Peg Lantern

Although Ryuji saw the light from Rin's flames, he wasn't sure what it was or where it came from; instead of worrying about that he focused on helping Shiemi and Rin, despite him stating earlier that there would be no cooperation in this training exercise. Suddenly Renzo jumps through some nearby bushes, swinging his K'rik; he also heard Shiemi scream and rushed over to help. As Ryuji is telling Renzo to turn off his flashlight, because it attracts bugs, they both get a text message from Konekomaru asking for help. Figuring that they will actually have to work together they all go to meet Konekomaru, who is waiting by one of the three lanterns. When they arrive they discover that it is a Peg Lantern and they devise a plan for the safest way to bring it back to the base camp. Meanwhile, back at the base camp, Yukio wakes up Shura and tells her that it's past 4 am; he then notices that someone set of the emergency flare to signal that they're quitting and goes to collect them.[3]

Giant Chuchi attacks Rin

Rin is attacked by a giant Chuchi

While transporting the Peg Lantern to camp the crew runs into an impassible bridge over a bug infested swamp. after getting the Peg Lantern across Rin accidentally destroys some talismans on the bridge, which were sealing a giant Chuchi inside of the bug swamp. The Chuchi grabs both of Rin's arms and one of his legs, but instead of panicking Rin tells everyone to leave thinking that he can use his flames once they are gone. However, Ryuji refuses to leave him and temporarily stops the Chuchi by pinning a talisan to it, using Renzo's K'rik, and chanting a sutra. They then run as fast as they can back to camp and discover that both Izumo and Nemu, each one with their own lantern, made it back before them. Shura notices that everyone made it back and then wonders who let off the signal flare; just then, Amaimon descends onto the camp with his familiar, Behemoth.[4]

The Truth About Rin

Amaimon kidnaps Shiemi

Amaimon kidnapping Shiemi

Amaimon sends Behemoth to attack, but Shura slashes him away before he can and, moments later, the protective barrier that Izumo and Shiemi drew around the camp repels Amaimon and Behemoth away. Ryuji assumes that this is part of the training camp, but Shura tells him that the training is over and that they need to prepare for Amaimon's next attack. Shura then dowses all the Exwires in holy water except Rin, claiming that he is allergic to holy water; she also gives Rin back Kurikara and tells him to leave camp with it the next time Amaimon attacks. Suddenly Shiemi walks out of the camp and into the woods, when Shura tries to stop her she notices a parasite on her neck. Amaimon drops down from the treetops and explains that due to the eggs he had a chuchi lay inside of her neck, Shiemi will only listen to him. He then grabs Shiemi and runs away with her causing Rin to chase after him.[5]

Amaimon threatens Ryuji

Amaimon threatening Ryuji

When he finds Amaimon he asks him what he plans to do with Shiemi. Amaimon jokingly replies that he'll make her his bride and Rin tells him not to screw around while hitting him with his sheathed sword. This causes Amaimon to begin attacking Rin in an attempt to get him to unsheathe his sword and reveal his flames. Seeing that Rin is in trouble, Ryuji, Renzo, and Konekomaru rush to help and begin to shoot signal flares at Amaimon as a diversion. Amaimon then attacks Ryuji and holds him up off the ground by his throat; instead of acknowledging Amaimon at all Ryuji asks Rin why he always runs off on his own considering he isn't anything special. In response to Ryuji's question, and to draw Amaimon's attention back to him, Rin draws his sword and reveals his flames. Amaimon an Rin continue to fight as the rest of the Exwires, as well as Shura and Yukio, evacuate from the forest, but before they can reduce the place to rubble, Mephisto stands between them and declares that today's game is over.[6]

Arthur takes Shura hostage

Arthur restrains Shura

After exiting the forest Shiemi asks Yukio to explain what's going on with Rin, but he is interrupted by a voice saying that no matter how you look at it those flames are just like the Blue Night. He introduces himself as Arthur A. Angel, the newly appointed Paladin. As Arthur is lecturing Shura about her duties to eliminate anything related to Satan, which she neglected to fulfill, Mephisto appears with Rin and Arthur decides to take care of the problem himself; he draws his sword, Caliburn, and attempts to kill Rin, but is stopped by Shura. Before she can stop him, Arthur restrains Shura by putting Caliburn to her throat and asks her why she is protecting the spawn of Satan. He comes to the conclusion that she wants to fulfill the wish of her dead teacher and teach Rin how to fight; he also states that he will preform disciplinary action by interrogating Mephisto and he will be taking Rin as evidence.[7]

Mephisto's trial

Mephisto speaking at the trial

As Rin is taken away the last things he sees are the hurt and angry faces of his confused classmates. He is taken into a courtroom where the trial against Mephisto is being held and the Grigori questions him on his intentions with raising the son of Satan. Mephisto claims that he and Fujimoto were planning on using Rin as a weapon to fight Satan. As Arthur argues against Mephisto, Rin becomes angered and engulfs himself in his flames stating that he is not their weapon, demon king, or savior, he is simply Rin Okumura; he also claims that he is going to become the best Exorcist any of them had ever laid their eyes on. The Grigori allows Rin to live and follow through with his plans under many conditions, but the most important one being that he must pass the Exorcist authorization exam being held in six months time.[8]

Rin with the candles

Rin focusing on the candles

The following day Rin arrives to class and finds that only Izumo, Nemu, and Shiemi are present and Izumo tells him that Konekomaru, Ryuji, and Renzo are still resting at the hospital. Shiemi begins to yell at Rin, but before she can finish Yukio drags him out of the room and announces that Rin will be attending a different curriculum. As Yukio is walking Rin to his new class he mentions that this is the first time he's ever seen Shiemi get mad at someone that wasn't her family. Rin goes in the room and Yukio follows him in telling him that this is a training room reserved for him and that Shura will be arriving soon. When Shura finally arrives she explains to Rin that her and Yukio are now his coaches and that they're going to be a lot tougher on him than before. For his first lesson Shura sets three candles in a row and tells Rin to use his flames to simultaneously light the two candles on the ends, but not the one in the middle. In his first attempt he completely engulfs himself in blue flames along with all three candles.[9]

Shura challenges Yukio

Shura challenging Yukio

After trying it a few more times Shura tells him that she wants him to do more than three sets of candles everyday for an hour and for the rest of the time she wants him to study and train his muscles. Rin asks if they're going to do any training with his sword and she explains that first he must get used to his flames and slowly increase his confidence until he is no longer afraid and can control them, and then he can use his sword. While Rin continues to practice lighting the candles Shura challenges Yukio to see who can last the longest in the batting cage simulator; they also make a wager that if Shura wins Yukio has to buy her a meal, but if Yukio wins she has to stop calling him "scaredy cat four eyes". As they play Rin becomes distracted and accidentally burns down the batting cage along with Shura and Yukio's clothing leaving only their underwear. While Rin is cleaning Yukio gets a call about an urgent mission and Shura suggests that they bring Rin along with them.[10]


  • The anime's adaptation of this arc included several additions.
    • Rin vs. Amaimon was extended; Amaimon was broken out of Mephisto's prison, and Kurikara was broken, among other things.
    • There is anime exclusive content of Kurikara being fixed by Yoshikuni XI and of Amaimon going on a rampage, attacking Rin, during Mephisto's trial.


  1. Ao no Exorcist Manga: Chapter 11, Pages 1-27
  2. Ao no Exorcist Manga: Chapter 11, Pages 28-45
  3. Ao no Exorcist Manga: Chapter 12, Pages 1-21
  4. Ao no Exorcist Manga: Chapter 12, Pages 22-44
  5. Ao no Exorcist Manga: Chapter 13, Pages 1-17
  6. Ao no Exorcist Manga: Chapter 13, Pages 18-43
  7. Ao no Exorcist Manga: Chapter 14, Pages 1-20
  8. Ao no Exorcist Manga: Chapter 14, Pages 21-40
  9. Ao no Exorcist Manga: Chapter 15, Pages 1-21
  10. Ao no Exorcist Manga: Chapter 15, Pages 22-45


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