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if a demon can possess a peg lantern and rocks, which arent really living things, then i think it stands to say that inanimate objects like a book could also be possessed.
how would exorcise a book though?
also: it said in the thing that hobgoblins possess small rodents and stuff. well, if when a human is possessed, they can return to normal when exorcised. but when you get rid of hobgoblins, the entire thing is destroyed. do the rats and rodents who are possessed just get destroyed too?
well the only human that we've seen exorcised was that pigeon killer from the first chapter and all shiro did was say its fatal verse to kill the demon but not the human. i'm sure if he had used his gun and shot the kid-possessed-by-a-demon then i'm sure the kid would have died too, and his reasons for not doing that were pretty obvious. i assume the thing that gets possessed by a demon does get destroyed if it was slashed/shot/beatupbyafamiliar (everything other than what the arias and doctors do). the reason why the exorcists don't mind destroying the demons along with the host is because, well who really cares about rocks??? but i'm not 100% sure so no promises, we would have to wait to see what happens if a human gets possessed and the only exorcist around is a knight or something. nice catch by the way! that never crossed my mind!!!
Haha, so technical. But I think that if a demon has possessed the object for a certain amount of time, the object or living being's soul and host body is destroyed and corrupted. Like when Shirou was possessed by Satan, his body was slowly deforming and shutting down. Yes, it might be because Satan's too powerful, but demons aren't weak if they're able to possess the object or body. So I think it's the amount of time the demon's in the being, if it's been too long, no point in saving the possessed, if it hasn't been a while, then try to save the host. But those are my guesses.
And slash the book demon?
Well, if it was a textbook demon possessing an abstract algebra book, recite a proof on group theory! Or if it's possessing a quantum mechanics book, recite a proof of wave-particle duality.
I don't know about that, sakura. After Satan left the body (as Shiro stabbed and killed himself I thought), it returned to normal. I do agree that with stronger demons, the sheer power reduces the possessed body's lifespan.
As for corruption, I dunno... In the anime it seemed clear with that guy Astaroth possessed, but in the manga we haven't seen an example (I don't think Toudou counts, cause he just seems to be evil for the hell of it.)
Totally agree with ya, candy!
It may be a cliche, yes; but Ao no Exorcist has had a very classical storyline until now. It's not about that it has been very fresh and had a lot of originality on its story but that it has been very stylish and well performed on storytelling. I like it because of that, as well as I liked FMA for the very same reason.
It's just a matter of (long) time, imho.
Of course, I can be wrong and Yukio's fall will never happen.
If we're going to get strict, every story is a cliché because it ALWAYS follow the basics of the story in which the Hero always win, a magical helper and the ultimate enemy to defeat (And I'm summarizing a lot, but I recall there was somewhere a theory about it with 36 steps or something like that)
I think AnE achieved quite well the unfolds of the story without being too predictive. Just to put an example, I would never thought we would have seen the Paladin so soon in the story and the secret of Rin revealed also by now.