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We’ve all been waiting for the battle between Yu and Alma, but the episode left us with a clash of much bigger implications. What’s going to happen to Allen?
The headquarters are destroyed and Alma is on the loose. I still believe that the Yu-Alma backstory was one of the most interesting semi-flashback episodes I have seen in a shounen anime, which doesn’t say much because I haven’t seen that many. Yet, it managed to make me care about the impending fight between Yu and Alma. Maybe not only the physical aspect, but also the way their former relationship will determine the outcome. What I did not except was that there is a third wheel, a person that experienced their story as much as they did, Allen Walker (really, the way everyone says his name. it’s like they take a secret pleasure from spelling it).
Tokusa, one of the Third Exorcists, managed to save everyone from the falling debris with his card charms. But his heroic efforts can’t save him from turning into Akuma. He and the rest of the Third Exorcists fighting around the world must take the path of the being whose cells they share, and since Alma turned into an Akuma, so will they.
Soon, the battlefield turned into a free-for-all scenario. Yu tried to kill Alma using his most powerful techniques and getting berserk in the process, Alma desperately sought revenge, the Third Exorcists are in a middle state where they are attacking everyone since they are now an Akuma but enough of their humanity was still untouched to plead for mercy and help, the Millenium Earl was making offers to Allen so he could join because, you know, there is nothing like sibling love, For was summoned to assist in the battle, and, last but not least, Allen is fighting and protecting almost everyone. That’s the hero for you: at the start of the episode he is upset because he can’t save anyone, and when all hell breaks loose he tries to save everyone.
In the end, Allen reaped what he sowed. Maybe that was what the Earl planned from the beginning (even though I seriously doubt it), but I am very curious to see what will happen from now and how this 14th thing will work.
The Reality of War: Allen is the typical shounen hero. He is definitely the stronger of the bunch, but all that strength seems small when he can’t protect the people he loves.
“No matter how many people you protect, the world can’t be saved”
The reality of war, as Tokusa says, is that people are going to die. Without people dying, it’s not a war, it’s a game.
The Inevitability of Fate: Allen turning into the 14th might be a reference to the inevitability of fate. We can’t be sure until the season ends, but judging from the heavy religious imagery, Allen’s purpose might have been set in stone before even the series begun. He turning into a Noah (taking the appropriate tanning in the process) is probably as important as every other development made in D.Gray-man until now.
I feel like the season is going for an all-out battle in the final episodes. Headquarters are destroyed, protagonists are turning evil, exorcists are turning into Akuma, the Earl’s eyes are so happy the animators can’t help it but put little shining starts in them; it’s almost sure that the final five episodes are going to be heavy in action. If that’s the case, I hope that the animation steps it up a bit. I found some evident sloppiness in a few non-essential scenes that could easily transmit themselves if they are not controlled.
Overall, the episode was well-rounded. Nice soundtrack, good one-liners, some decent fighting.
Lots of battle, some great dialogue, and another semi-cliffhanger that will keep me on the edge of my seat for the following week. This was a nice-enough episode with the same flaw as most of the previous ones: Where is Lenalee?
NEXT TIME: Little Good-Bye (リトル・グッバイ)
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