”Seisen Buraddo” (聖戦ブラッド)
With only thirteen episodes scheduled for this season, it’s quite understandable that things are going to speed up a little. Even though, while the previous episodes covered an average of six chapters each, this one cut it down to four.
It was a nice change of pace, and the events seemed to connect more smoothly, but smooth was never a problem for ‘D.Gray-Man’. At least not in this viewer’s eyes.
Let’s see what happened.
After being pierced by his own Innocence, Allen realizes that the Noah inside him is a reality he must eventually face. Right at the beginning of the episode, Allen is having a nightmare where he is still pierced by his sword. Mana appears and in a scene that reminds of old silent movies he tells him that he needs to save himself. In the very appropriate intertitles (see themes) his name is slowly erased and he wakes up possessed by the Fourteen. The possession lasts just for a few seconds as Allen hears the familiar voice of Lenalee.
Lenalee Lee (リナリー・リ), possibly my favorite female character in the series, is the second person to notice his change after Kanda back in the orphanage. Lenalee decides to dismiss it and Kanda decides not to mention it in his report.
As usual, the tension breaks up with some lighthearted foolishness, a Scottish shower that the series delivers very well.
Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it, and the Order has clearly forgotten the tragedy of the Second Exorcist’s program that happened nine years ago. The need to save the world is always a priority and thus they did what seemed necessary at the moment: they created a human-Akuma hybrid using the Akuma Egg that was thought destroyed. These are the third Exorcists. The Order though is supposed to be a religious organization with clear rules and a very specific moral code. This seems to me like a heresy that will at some point backfire.
And then we have the main event of the episode: The Millennium Earl (千年伯爵) and his twelve Apostles. After their latest reincarnation, they seem to now have a preference for white garments to match their eccentric personalities. No one has a problem with all the implications behind the reincarnation process, except Tyki Mikk (ティキ・ミック) who seems to cling to his human identity for a little longer. His struggle mirrors that of Allen’s against the Fourteenth (whom Tyki resembles a lot). The Apostles set out to battle the Exorcists and the Half-Akuma Crows.
In the end, Kanda falls in a scene where he cries blood in front of the lotus petals that are a mere illusion, while listening to these words:
“I have faith…When we get through this suffering…the world we believed in…will surely exist, right?”
‘D.Gray-man’ has always drawn heavily from Christian imagery. It’s not the first and it will certainly not be the last. Katsura Hoshino seems to be genuinely interested in the subject. From the twelve Apostles to Allen’s hand (or the hand of God), the creator explores the implications between faith, love, and honor.
Intertitles: In silent motion pictures, an intertitle was used to either convey character dialogues and are referred to as “dialogue intertitles”, and those used to provide related descriptive/narrative material are referred to as “expository intertitles”.
Twelve Apostles: In Christian theology and ecclesiology, the Twelve Apostles were the primary historical disciples of Jesus, the central figure of Christian faith. The apostles were his closest followers and became the primary teachers of the gospel message of Jesus. If you are new to the series, you can now make the connection between the twelve Apostles and the Millennium Earl. The word disciple is sometimes used interchangeably with apostle.
Lotus Flower: The Lotus flower has long been associated with purity, rebirth and divinity. Its symbolism is different across the major cultures. For instance in Buddhism it’s seen as a sign of purity, associated with beauty in Hinduism, and with the Sun in Egyptology. The lotus flower has appeared quite a few times in scenes where Yu Kanda appears. According to an interview back in 2011, Hoshino says they have no particular meaning to him. For Kanda, seeing the lotus sinking in dirt would mean his death. The funny thing is that according to D.Gray-man Manga Volume 3, Chapter 21, Page 106, Yu’s favorite food is lotus root tempura.
The beauty of ‘D.Gray-man’ is that it sets so many things in motion when building its plot that when the action comes you don’t even know what’s going to happen. Tiky is struggling with his human part, Allen has the Fourteenth reincarnating inside him, Kanda is still seeing Lotus flowers, and the Order is playing dangerous genetic games. This is an explosive mixture and I can’t wait for when it blows up.
And the rating is…
Another good episode and an awesome cliffhanger for ‘D.Gray-man’. I am looking forward to see what happens to Kanda and how the Exorcists are going to counter the Apostles’ threat.
NEXT TIME: Night 05, Alma Karma
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