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Season 3 subtitled Ao no Exorcist: Shimane Illuminati Saga is the third season of Ao no Exorcist manga series' anime adaptation.

In December 2022, it was announced that the series will receive third season. Named the "Shimane Illuminati Saga" which will adapt volumes 10—15 of the manga. The series will be produced by Studio VOLN and directed by Daisuke Yoshida, with scripts written by Toshiya Ōno, character designs handled by Yurie Oohigashi, and music composed by Hiroyuki Sawano and Kohta Yamamoto.

It aired from January 7, 2024 to March 24, 2024.

Plot[]

Rin and his friends successfully defeated the Impure King after his revival in Kyoto and have returned to their daily lives at True Cross Academy.

However, the Knights of the True Cross begin receiving an increasing number of consultations about demons as a wave of strange events begins to spread across the world. Meanwhile, Rin and the other Exwires work to solve the mysterious phenomenon plaguing the school.

But as the True Cross Academy Festival is in full swing, Lucifer, the King of Light and Commander-in-Chief of the Illuminati, suddenly appears.

Lucifer declares war on the Knights of the True Cross – to resurrect the demon god Satan and rejoin the realm of humans, Assiah, and the realm of demons, Gehenna, as one.

And to do so, he states that Izumo is necessary for a certain “plan".[1]

Staff[]

  • Director: Daisuke Yoshida
  • Series Composition: Toshiya Ohno
  • Character Design, Chief Animation Director: Yurie Ohigashi
  • Action Directors: Takaaki Hirayama / Masaharu Tomoda
  • Main Animators: Tomohisa Onoue /Naho Otsuki
  • Art Director: Tomoyuki Shimizu
  • Color Director: Yoshinori Horikawa
  • CG Director: Tsukasa Saito
  • Director of Photography: Shinya Matsui
  • Editor: Yumi Jinguji
  • Music: KOHTA YAMAMOTO /Hiroyuki Sawano
  • Sound Director: Kazuhiro Wakabayashi
  • Sound Production: Rakuonsha
  • Animation Producer: Makoto Aoki
  • Creative Producer: Keiji Mita
  • Animation Production: studio VOLN

Cast[]

  • Nobuhiko Okamoto (JP) / Bryce Papenbrook (EN) as Rin Okumura
  • Jun Fukuyama (JP) / Johnny Yong Bosch (EN) as Yukio Okumura
  • Kana Hanazawa (JP) / Christine Marie Cabanos (EN) as Shiemi Moriyama
  • Kazuya Nakai (JP) / Kyle Hebert (EN) as Ryuji Suguro
  • Koji Yusa (JP) / Brian Beacock (EN) as Renzo Shima
  • Yuki Kaji (JP) / Mona Marshall (EN) as Konekomaru Miwa
  • Eri Kitamura (JP) / Kira Buckland (EN) as Izumo Kamiki
  • Ayahi Takagaki (JP) / Stephanie Sheh (EN) as Kuro
  • Rina Sato (JP) / Wendee Lee (EN) as Shura Kirigakure
  • Hiroshi Kamiya (JP) / Sam Riegel (EN) as Mephisto Pheles
  • Daisuke Ono (JP) / David Vincent (EN) as Arthur A. Angel
  • Tomokazu Seki (JP) / Sean Chiplock (EN) as Lewin Light
  • Nobuyuki Hiyama (JP) / Alejandro Saab (EN) as Michael Gedoin
  • Koki Uchiyama (JP) / Griffin Puatu (EN) as Lucifer
  • Hiroaki Hirata (JP_ as Shiro Fujimoto

Episodes[]

Ep 38 title
The World's Astir
ざわめく世界

Zawameku Sekai
#38 January 7, 2024
Rin Okumura, a boy aiming to become an exorcist yet born the illegitimate son of the demon god Satan, advises his classmate Sei Godaiin, who begins to see demons. Despite Rin asking Ryuji Suguro and the other Exwires attending the Exorcism Cram School for a way to make demons invisible, he is unable to find a solution. Meanwhile, Rin is invited to dinner by Mephisto Pheles, the Preceptor of the Japan Branch of the Knights of the True Cross and director of the True Cross Academy. However...
Ep 39 title
Where Secrets Are
秘密の在り処

Himitsu no Arika
#39 January 14, 2024
Yukio Okumura, Rin's younger twin brother and Intermediate Exorcist First Class, is summoned to a high-level inquiry meeting of the True Cross Order to be questioned about Saburota Todo, the mastermind behind the resurrection of the Impure King. Suspicious of the imposing atmosphere, Yukio recalls the words of his late adoptive father, Shiro Fujimoto. Meanwhile, the Exwires are tasked with exorcising "Mayuko of the Toilet." However, Izumo Kamiki holds a certain grudge against Shiemi Moriyama.
Ep 40 title
True Cross Academy Festival
正十字学園祭

Seijūji Gakuen-Sai
#40 January 21, 2024
True Cross Academy is busy with preparations for the school festival. Renzo Shima and Rin try to find partners to attend the music festival and dance party with, but they are continually rejected. Unwilling to give up, Rin attempts to invite Izumo. But she flat out declines because the annual Exorcist Certification Exam is approaching. However, Shiemi, who has passed the school's transfer exam and has become their classmate, appears before a completely depressed Shima and Rin.
Ep 41 title
Insider
内通者

Naitsū-sha
#41 January 28, 2024
Arthur A. Angel and Lightning capture a spy hiding among the Knights of the True Cross and learn that the secret society, the Illuminati, is planning to abduct someone for a certain project. And now, the time for their plan is at hand. After hearing the news, Shura Kirigakure gathers the Exwires. Meanwhile, Izumo confronts Takara and angrily explodes when she sees a particular stuffed animal in his hands...
Ep 42 title
Destiny
運命

Unmei
#42 February 4, 2024
Every branch of the Knights of the True Cross is thrown into chaos as Lucifer, the King of Light, declares war. At the same time, Yukio, Rin, and the other Exwires leave for Izumo's hometown in Shimane Prefecture to bring Izumo and Shima back home. Izumo has been kidnapped and confined in the Far East Laboratory, controlled by the Illuminati. As Izumo awakens, she finds Shima wearing an Illuminati uniform. Then, she also meets someone with whom she shares a deep connection.
Ep 43 title
I Can't Rely on Anyone
もう誰も頼れない

Mō dare mo tayorenai
#43 February 11, 2024
Takara summons Izumo’s familiar, Fox God Mike, to talk about the past surrounding the Kamiki family and the Inari Taisha Shrine. Coming from a long line of shrine maidens, Tamamo, Izumo and Tsukumo’s mother, serves as the head of the family who must bear the burden of controlling the fox demon, Nine Tails. Although Izumo possesses excellent divine power as a shrine maiden, she has no one she can rely on in her private life – she spends her days with her boisterous mother and younger sister. Those days fell into ruin when the Inari Light Foundation appeared and made its move.
Ep 44 title
Hesitation
迷い

Mayoi
#44 February 18, 2024
Behind the façade of the Inari Tourism and Urbanization Project, the Illuminati gradually undermined the area. After learning about Izumo’s past from Mike, Rin and the others head to Peace Town Inari, which they believe holds the entrance to the Illuminati’s underground laboratory. Meanwhile, at the laboratory, Izumo is taken to a room where Michael Gedoin is waiting to undergo a complete medical examination. Izumo screams to create an uproar, giving her a chance to try and escape by summoning Uke and Mike. She runs away to get out of the underground laboratory – only for Renzo Shima to stand in her way.
Ep 45 title
Determination
覚悟

Kakugo
#45 February 25, 2024
Michael Gedoin, lost in his admiration and adoration for Lucifer, takes further action to ensure the success of his Elixir research. He devises a plan separating Rin and his team – leaving each member to fend for themselves. Although Rin faces off against a giant, grotesque zombie in the underground laboratory’s container, he hesitates to use his sword against it when he realizes the zombie is a human corpse possessed by a demon. Yukio, Suguro, Shiemi, and Konekomaru each must face off against their demons in the laboratory alone….
Ep 46 title
Help Me
助けて

Tasukete
#46 March 3, 2024
With the laboratory container now destroyed, Rin and the rest of the team were able to regroup, but Michael Gedoin sets a bloated zombie to attack them. Gedoin talks about how the Far East Laboratory is the central hub for immortality Elixir experiments – exposing the truth about Peace Town Inari and enraging everyone in the process. Then, Izumo appears – heading against her will to undergo the surgical transplant of Nine Tails. Rin breaks out his Koma Sword to save Izumo. Rin punches Shima, sending him flying, for trying to prevent Rin from helping her. Rin extends a helping hand to Izumo, but….
Ep 47 title
Friends
仲間

Nakama
#47 March 10, 2024
Forcibly possessed by Nine Tails, Izumo strains her energy to cry for help as the demon’s power overwhelms her. Rin answers Izumo’s cry for help, exorcises the bloated zombie, and finds himself standing in the way of Michael Gedoin. Gedoin, confused and impatient with the unexpected situation, unleashes more zombies on Rin and the others to buy time. As Yukio and the rest of the group come rushing to fight back, Izumo begins to be swallowed up by Nine Tails’ madness, which she cannot subdue and is losing control.
Ep 48 title
Pink Spider
ピンクスパイダー

Pinku Supaidā
#48 March 17, 2024
Izumo and the rest of the team succeed at thwarting the threat of the Illuminati, with the help of her mother, Tamamo. As the Knights of the True Cross gain control of Inari, the once-continuous turmoil and fighting finally calm down throughout the land. However, Renzo Shima leaves with the Illuminati as a member of their team. Suguro tries to explain that Renzo was a spy for the Illuminati to his elder brothers, Juzo and Kinzo, who’ve come to help from the Kyoto Branch – only to learn of an even more shocking truth from Juzo.
Ep 49 title
Hidden True Feelings
隠された本音

Kakusareta Hon'ne
#49 March 24, 2024
Shima returns home despite everyone thinking he had severed ties. Lightning questions his motives. Mephisto plans to face off against Lucifer. Amid these turns of events, Yukio hides that he met Lucifer in person in the Illuminati’s underground facility, but Shima knows the truth. A sense of great unease grows stronger in Yukio’s heart – Shima advises him to talk to somebody about it. In the meantime, Mephisto arranges for Rin and the rest of the crew to rest and relax at a spa resort in gratitude for their hard work.

Promotional Material[]

Trailer[]

「青の祓魔師」TVアニメ新シリーズ制作決定!

「青の祓魔師」TVアニメ新シリーズ制作決定!

First Preview Teaser

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Second Preview Teaser


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