‘Blue Exorcist’ Watch Order: Including the OVAs & the Movie!

'Blue Exorcist' Watch Order: Including the OVAs & the Movie!

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Blue Exorcist, also known as Ao no Exorcist, is a shōnen manga written and illustrated by Kazue Kato. A 25-episode animated television series adaptation produced by A-1 Pictures aired between April 17, 2011, and October 2, 2011. An animated film was also released in December 2012, and various derivative products have seen the light of day. A second season of 12 episodes, still produced by A-1 Pictures, is broadcast between January and March 2017. After seven years, the third season premiered in January 2024, and in light of that, we have decided to bring you the complete watch order for the Blue Exorcist anime series.

How many Blue Exorcist seasons and episodes are there?

As of the time of writing, Blue Exorcist has a total of two seasons, 3 OVAs, and one anime movie. The seasons comprise 37 episodes in total, and if you add the three OVAs to that, you’ll get 40 episodes in total, plus an anime movie, which means there are 41 individual Blue Exorcist works you have to watch. A third season is currently ongoing and is likely going to have at least 12 episodes, bringing the total to 50+ works.

Editor’s Note: This post is regularly updated to provide you with the latest content and streaming updates related to the Blue Exorcist anime series which is at the moment, still ongoing.

Blue Exorcist watch order at a glance

In this section, we are going to bring you the complete list of Blue Exorcist works by their respective release orders. As we have said, the Blue Exorcist anime series consists of two completed anime seasons, one upcoming anime season, three OVA episodes, and one movie, and here is what it looks like:

  1. Blue Exorcist, Season 1 (anime, 2011)
  2. “Runaway Kuro” (OVA, 2011)
  3. Blue Exorcist: The Movie (anime movie, 2012)
  4. Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga, Season 2 (anime, 2017)
  5. “Snake and Poison” (OVA, 2017)
  6. “Spy Game” (OVA, 2017)
  7. Blue Exorcist: Shimane Illuminati Saga, Season 3 (anime, 2024)

Do you need to watch Blue Exorcist in a specific order?

The watch order of Blue Exorcist is somewhat specific. Namely, the original anime had a total of 25 episodes, but only the first 17 ones were canon; after episode 18, the content is anime-only and is not considered to be canon, and this includes the OVA, as well as the 2012 anime movie (which is partially based on a spin-off one-shot manga). The second season is once again canon, and we assume that the third season will be completely canon as well. So, if you want to watch only the canon works, stop with Episode 17 of the first season and continue with the second season, but if you want to watch everything – well, then just follow the release order as depicted above.


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What is the best way to watch Blue Exorcist?

The best way to watch Blue Exorcist is by following the release order, as it is the simplest way to do it; of course, you have to keep in mind that not everything is canon, as we have said in the previous section. Nevertheless, the release date order coincides with the chronology of the anime series, even if you disregard the filler content. This way, you will be able to immerse yourself in the world, get familiar with the characters, and follow the story correctly. The chronological release of all Blue Exorcist anime segments likewise follows the manga material, so if you’re interested in additional info or simply want to get to know the material up-front, we suggest you check it out.

Blue Exorcist watch order by release date

1. Blue Exorcist, Season 1 (2011) + OVA 1

No.Episode TitleAir Date
1“The Devil Resides in Human Souls”
Transcription: “Akuma wa Hito no Kokoro ni Sumu” (Japanese: 悪魔は人の心に棲む)
April 17, 2011
2“Gehenna Gate”
Transcription: “Gehena Gēto” (Japanese: 虚無界の門)
April 24, 2011
Transcription: “Ani to Otōto” (Japanese: 兄と弟)
May 1, 2011
4“Garden of Amahara”
Transcription: “Amahara no Niwa” (Japanese: 天空の庭)
May 8, 2011
5“A Boy From the Cursed Temple”
Transcription: “Tatari-dera no Ko” (Japanese: 祟り寺の子)
May 15, 2011
6“The Phantom Chef”
Transcription: “Maboroshi no Ryōrinin” (Japanese: まぼろしの料理人)
May 22, 2011
7“A Flock of Plovers”
Transcription: “Tomochidori” (Japanese: 友千鳥)
May 29, 2011
8“Now a Certain Man Was Sick…”
Transcription: “Koko ni Yameru Mono Ari” (Japanese: 此に病める者あり)
June 5, 2011
Transcription: “Omoide” (Japanese: おもいで)
June 12, 2011
10“Black Cat”
Transcription: “Ketto Shī” (Japanese: 黒猫)
June 19, 2011
11“Demon of the Deep Seas”
Transcription: “Shinkai no Akuma” (Japanese: 深海の悪魔)
June 26, 2011
12“A Game of Tag”
Transcription: “Onigokko” (Japanese: 鬼事)
July 3, 2011
Transcription: “Shōmei” (Japanese: 証明)
July 10, 2011
14“A Fun Camping Trip”
Transcription: “Tanoshii Kyanpu” (Japanese: 愉しいキャンプ)
July 17, 2011
15“Act of Kindness”
Transcription: “Yasashii Koto” (Japanese: やさしい事)
July 24, 2011
16“The Wager”
Transcription: “Kake” (Japanese: 賭)
July 31, 2011
Transcription: “Yūwaku” (Japanese: 誘惑)
August 7, 2011
Transcription: “Gufū” (Japanese: 颶風)
August 14, 2011
19“An Ordinary Day”
Transcription: “Nandemonai Hi” (Japanese: なんでもない日)
August 21, 2011
Transcription: “Kamen” (Japanese: 假面)
August 28, 2011
21“The Secret Garden”
Transcription: “Himitsu no Hanazono” (Japanese: 秘密の花園)
September 4, 2011
22“Demon Hunting”
Transcription: “Akuma-Gari” (Japanese: 悪魔狩り)
September 11, 2011
Transcription: “Shinjitsu” (Japanese: 真実)
September 18, 2011
24“Satan’s Spawn”
Transcription: “Satan no Ko” (Japanese: 魔神の落胤)
September 25, 2011
25“Stop, Time”
Transcription: “Toki yo Tomare” (Japanese: 時よ止まれ)
October 2, 2011
OVA“Runaway Kuro”
Transcription: “Kuro no Iede” (Japanese: クロの家出)
October 26, 2011
(DVD/Blu-Ray Only)


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2. Blue Exorcist: The Movie (2012)

Blue Exorcist: The Movie was released on December 28, 2012, and was set after the anime-only original arc that the first season ended with. The movie itself is technically not canon, but it is not a complete filler either, as it is based on a spin-off one-shot manga that is part of the main Blue Exorcist lore, but since it’s not a direct adaptation, we cannot consider the movie to be completely canon. But, it should be watched between Seasons 1 and 2 without a doubt.

3. Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga, Season 2 (2017) + OVA 2 and 3

No.Episode TitleAir Date
26“Small Beginnings”
Transcription: “Kōshi Ranshō” (Japanese: 嚆矢濫觴)
January 7, 2017
27“Strange Bedfellows”
Transcription: “Goetsu Doushū” (Japanese: 呉越同舟)
January 14, 2017
28“Suspicion Will Raise Bogies”
Transcription: “Gishinanki” (Japanese: 疑心暗鬼)
January 21, 2017
29“Act of Treachery”
Transcription: “Haishin Kigi” (Japanese: 背信棄義)
January 28, 2017
30“Mysterious Connections”
Transcription: “Aienkien” (Japanese: 合縁奇縁)
February 4, 2017
31“A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing”
Transcription: “Menrihōshin” (Japanese: 綿裏包針)
February 11, 2017
32“Like a Fire Burning Bright”
Transcription: “Kienbanjō” (Japanese: 気炎万丈)
February 18, 2017
33“From Father to Son”
Transcription: “Fushi Sōden” (Japanese: 父子相伝)
February 25, 2017
34“Through Thick and Thin”
Transcription: “Setchūshōhaku” (Japanese: 雪中松柏)
March 4, 2017
35“Unbowed and Unbroken”
Transcription: “Futōfukutsu” (Japanese: 不撓不屈)
March 11, 2017
36“Shine Bright as the Sun”
Transcription: “Kōkisanzen” (Japanese: 光輝燦然)
March 18, 2017
37“Candid and Open”
Transcription: “Kyoshintankai” (Japanese: 虚心坦懐)
March 25, 2017
OVA2“Snake and Poison”
Transcription: “Hebi to Doku” (Japanese: 蛇と毒)
April 4, 2017 (DVD)
OVA3“Spy Game”
Transcription: “Supai Gēmu” (Japanese: スパイ・ゲーム)
October 4, 2017 (DVD)

4. Blue Exorcist: Shimane Illuminati Saga, Season 3 (2024)

No.Episode TitleAir Date
38“The World’s Astir”
Transcription: “Zawameku Sekai” (Japanese: ざわめく世界)
January 7, 2024
39“Where Secrets Are”
Transcription: “Himitsu no Arika” (Japanese: 秘密の在り処)
January 14, 2024
40“True Cross Academy Festival”
Transliteration: “Seijūji Gakuen-Sai” (Japanese: 正十字学園祭)
January 21, 2024
Transliteration: “Naitsū-sha” (Japanese: 内通者)
January 28, 2024
Transliteration: “Unmei” (Japanese: 運命)
February 4, 2024
43“I Can’t Rely on Anyone”
Transliteration: “Mō Dare mo Tayorenai” (Japanese: もう誰も頼れない)
February 11, 2024

Where to watch the Blue Exorcist anime?

The only place where you can watch Blue Exorcist regularly is Crunchyroll. Crunchyroll offers the series regularly through simulcast, but you’ll have to watch it in Japanese, with English subtitles. Other streaming services do offer Blue Exorcist as well, but the episodes are not updated regularly, so you won’t be able to watch the latest ones. Also, remember that Crunchyroll does not offer Blue Exorcist episodes in every region of the world.


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Will there be more Blue Exorcist anime?

As of the time of writing, there are three seasons of the show – two completed seasons, and one ongoing season, which premiered in January 2024. The series is quite popular, and there is still more manga content to cover, so a fourth season seems likely, but we don’t have any official confirmation of that yet, and knowing the series’ release schedule, it might be years before we actually see it.

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