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Coming up with new Innocence must be fun: Imagine the creative team of TMS Entertainment around the table arguing about which power sounds the most awesome. Idea after idea, one more ridiculous than the next, all making the characters seem like overpowered machines of mayhem and destruction.
Why am I telling you this? Because our favorite team of Exorcists will have a new member with an incredible Innocence power by the end of episode three.
The orphanage of Timothy is sealed by an Akuma barrier. Inside, Allen and Yu are fighting a Level 4, Timothy is kidnapped by a Level 2 and a Level 3, and most of the residents, along with Link, were turned into dolls.
After a brief flashback where we learn why little Timothy wants to save the orphanage, we get one of the most awesome Innocence awakening scenes in the whole series. Timothy unleashes the full extent of his power and learns what an Accommodator is and how he can use his Innocence to battle Akuma. It’s difficult when you write a review to keep from revealing a few spoilers, but I will try not to say anything that might ruin the fun. ‘D.gray-man’ is all about those OMG actions scenes that make your adrenaline pump up.
By the end of the episode, you will know that Allen is not in complete control of the little Noah he hides inside him, that Timothy is a bad-ass addition to the team, and that the Order might be doing some highly unethical experiments with the Crows.
The title of the episode betrays the main theme of the plot. Timothy’s Innocence is like a scar: no matter what you do you will always have it with you. People may laugh at you, be scared by you, or even avoid you, but the scar is part of who you are. In the end it is our point of view that determines our attitude. It is our acceptance of us that creates peace between our fears and our hopes.
In the end, it’ll be ok after we wash our face.
Timothy needs to accept that the most terrifying enemy is himself and the only way to protect his friends is by fighting the real cause of evil, Akuma.
The episodes have a nice flow. They scenes jump seamlessly from the action and the flashbacks to the comic relief interludes without feeling forced.
What I love about ‘D.Gray-man’ is that its action scenes are epic when done right. I know I am being a bit vague here, but after experiencing Timothy’s Innocence awakening I felt that the series is off to an unbelievable start. It slowly builds the momentum on the main arc while introducing new characters.
I am getting used to the new voice cast. I’ve never been a huge 声優 (seiyuu, voice actor) fan, but the 103 episodes of the first anime had created a habit and I at first felt a craving for the familiar voices. Three episodes later and I am already a fun of Ayumu Murase as Allen and Takuya Sato as Yu.
Timothy is a great character with a pretty basic backstory and an awesome Innocence. I am excited to see his power grow and the role he will play in the coming events.
NEXT TIME: “Blood Crusade”, “Seisen Buraddo” (聖戦ブラッド)
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