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Japanese Title: 隠されたもの
Minor one or two scenes, this is exactly how you make a fantastic D.Gray-man episode You stay on one place, you keep your extra scenes to the minimum, and you mingle the action in such a way that the flow seems consistent and plausible. Throw a terrifying enemy and some Lenalee scenes, and there you have it: the best episode so far.
It took a whole season, but the first cliffhanger of the series was finally partly resolved. Cross Marian was killed (if he was killed) by a sentient Innocence, Apocryphos. It’s not the first time we’ve seen an innocence displaying signs of intelligence (both Lenalee and Allen were once saved by their Innocence, and let’s not forget that Timothy can speak with his) but it’s the first instance of an Innocence with human form and completely independent.
Even though everything happens for Allen and his hidden Noah, this episode’s prize of unbelievable coolness does not go to him. It goes half to Tyki and half to Link for their heroic efforts to save Allen. A small consolation prize goes to Tim for taking part in the resque.
After a few we-are-here-as-well scenes of the Science Department and the rest of the Exorcists begging the Order to find a way to save Allen, he eventually flees with Tyki and Road, branding himself as a traitor. Lenalee goes Batgirl on him, jumps off a roof and goes to find Allen. At last.
The Millenium Earl: It happened abruptly and in a very smooth way, but now I like the guy. He is that evil, mischievous, powerful, evil clown I thought him to be (at least not only). He is a sentimental old man who ordered Road (clearly in love with Allen) and Tyki (so powerful) to save him, probably because these are the two Noah he can trust the most. I root for the Noah camp now. At least until the kill Apocryphos. Damn, that guy is annoying.
Lenalee Fan: I’m sure I lost a few readers on the last couple of reviews because of my Lenalee obsession. But am I glad to see her take some responsibility! I am a little concerned that after Kanda dying, Lenalee might have the same fate, but I hope the series proves me wrong.
Apocryphos: D.Gray-man has heavy religious imagery. From the Catholic Order to the villainous Noah, the series is full of Christian, and not only, terms. Usually anime and imagery share a common meaning. Other times the imagery is used just for the sake of using it. Here, Apocryphos probably refers to the Biblical apocrypha, a collection of ancient books found in a separate section between the Old and New Testaments. In geek terminology, the apocrypha are non-canon stories of Christian mythology. The name of the villain is also the Greek translation of the episode’s title: in Greek, ἀπόκρυφος (apókruphos) means ‘hidden’.
Anti-hero: In two-way moral battles our allegiance comes as a natural, we root for the good guy. But what happens when the division is not that clear? With Apocryphos entering the play as the second main villain, it’s hard not to sympathize with the Noah trying to save Allen. Heck, it seems that the way things came, the Earl is the only place Allen can really trust right now. Except of course, for his comrades, or to be precise, Lenalee.
I never liked the absolute good vs absolute evil plots. They are certainly easier and it’s convenient to work with extreme stereotypes, the heroic knight against the evil dragon who kidnapped the beautiful princess. D.Gray-man is far away from such an example, but still, the roles were clear-cut. The Order was mostly the good guys and the Earl was the villain. We at least had that straight. Until now. Allen becomes a fugitive, the most terrifying villain until now is a living Innocence, the Order is in chaos, and there is no way to predict where loyalties will stand. This would have been the perfect first episode for a whole new season, and I can’t believe that the series is ending just when Lenalee jumps to the rescue.
With only two episodes left, it’s safe to assume that the anime is not going to close all its open plot holes. Not that it should. There is a manga to read that can possibly (I haven’t read it) answer all and any questions, and fans of the anime should definitely go there after Hallow ends.
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