I haven’t watched a single episode of One Piece. My friends who swear by it come every night outside my house bearing torches and rakes and demand I see the newest episode. I always decline. I do not have the time to invest my time in a 700+ episodes run even if it’s the best freaking anime masterpiece ever created. Why do I bitch about One Piece in an introduction about a D-Gray-man episode? Because today I was reminded that if they had the chance, the creators would have turned this one into another decade monster like Dragonball.
At the end of the episode, I was the sinner in despair.
Japanese Title: 絶望の罪人
So many things are happening at once, and sometimes I have a problem tracking them all down. Maybe I am just old and bored to keep up with a plot that is multitasking on so many levels.
Alma is dead and Kanda is probably dead as well. Allen tries to be a hero by saving Tokusa from his Akuma fate. The Earl sends Tokusa and all the Third Exorcists to the Noah Ark. These guys were just pawns from the start. Sheryl tortures Lavi and Bookman to learn more about Nea. Sheryl says that Bookman had a connection to the previous Noah and the Fourteenth around 35 years ago. Allen is locked up in prison which is a bit ironic considering how many times he’s been held by the Order he fought for. He was one of their best soldiers and yet, these things happen when hierarchy and bigotry enter the play. I was disturbed by the fact that the Order wanted to know where the Second Exorcists were even after knowing that they are dead. As Allen is about to turn into the Fourteenth, he is attacked by one of the Cardinals.
That’s the gist of what happened in the episode. See my selected highlights for some exciting moments.
Kanda is Dead: At least that’s what we assume as we see Mugen covered in rust. I highly doubt it, though. For me, it was a fitting ending to his story. A moment of warmth, a closure that didn’t involve bloodshed, at least at the very end.
Tincampy is Huge: Like an oversized bowling ball with teeth. I am really enjoying this transformation and I wonder if there is a plausible reason behind it.
Millenium Earl’s Human Side: Every mask, metaphorical or not, hides something. In Earl’s case, the clown costume is a disguise that conceals all feelings that could damage the persona of the evil arch villain. He is a character like all the rest, with his own vulnerabilities, and a face that is as human as the rest. Since we saw his real form, he became an interesting character, vulnerable to his weaknesses.
Themes & Trivia
The Answers: In many tragedies, the hero seeks an answer to a very important question: Who killed my father? Why is the land dying? Why does my daughter have to die? Here Allen is trying to find his own answers, but what he fails to understand is that answers do not bring change. Only action can do that. Unless those answers are the catalyst for action, there is no point in seeking them.
There are only three episodes left and I am wondering if all the unanswered questions will have a chance to be resolved. Is Kanda really dead? Who is the Cardinal? What is the Heart? Is Cross Marian dead (the preview shows the Cardinal pointing a gun at him, but we don’t know for sure)? Why does the Millennium Earl want to be in Fourteenth’s side? And the most important question of this viewer: Are we going to get more Lenalee or not?
And the rating is…
D.Gray-man is starting to remind me why I don’t like long stories like Naruto and One Piece. I want my narratives to have a definite start and end, and I think I forgot that before Hallow we had 103 episodes full of Exorcist action. At least then we had Lenalee (blood type B. I am blood type 0. It’s destiny).
NEXT TIME: The thing that is hidden, (隠されたもの)
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