In this episode we saw more characters than the rest of the episodes combined. It seems like D.Gray-man Hallow is going for a rushed finish in the last three episodes and there is a plot to try and cover. It’s too bad that when you try and rush things there are a few things that might go wrong.
Japanese Title: リトル・グッバイ
This was the most anticlimactic cliffhanger resolve in the series. Allen was going full the 14th mode and even met him in his sub consciousness, when his left eye awakens (maybe because of a vision of Mana Walker) and causes the Noah to disappear. There goes all the mayhem and destruction. In just the first minute. That’s NOT how you resolve a cliffhanger that made you have all kinds of expectations.
Timcanpy gets all pumped-up and destroys the Earl’s barrier. Allen manages to see Alma’s soul and the person he was in his previous life. As it happens, he is the woman Yu was in love with in his previous life. Most of the episode was dedicated to Alma’s closure, but simultaneously we had to be bombarded with scenes including every possible exorcist, Noah, and member of the Order we know exists in the series. Because, yeah, twenty minutes is enough time to show everything. At least they included a Lenalee scene. The torture of including too many things in too little a time was worth it if only for that.
The episode ended as Allen is bind by Link moments before saving Tokusa’s soul from his Akuma fate.
Lenalee: For me, this was THE highlight of the episode. Oh my waifu, how much I missed you. The series is not the same without your gentle presence gracing the screen. Too bad I couldn’t see you fight, since the director thought that there were other scenes more important than your gracious legs kicking the heck out of that Third Exorcist.
First Scene: Ok, it’s stupid, but I’ll say it. The first scene indirectly affected my view of the episode in a positive way. Why? Because of the purple tint. Yeah, the color. I love purple. It’s awesome. Judge me all you like.
Yu Realizing the Truth: Easily the most worthwhile scene of the episode. Yu holds dying Karma in his hands as a woman holding a young child leaves in a pave of lotus flowers. The eyes of Yu when he realizes what that means: priceless. Great scene. Now if we only have had a few more episodes building to that scene; that would have been great. Damn anime budgets.
Themes & Trivia
Love Conquers All: Common trope and one that creators will never stop using. Even through artificial reincarnation, love manages to persist and dictate the fate of two separate beings in a completely different story than the one that sparked the love in the first place. Yu and Kanda are just the victims of a war that created them, used them, and ultimately killed one of them. I guess that true closure won’t come until Kanda is dead as well.
D.Gray-man is not a show cut out for short runs like this. Thirteen episodes are not enough, and the production tried to cram so many events in the limited time-frame. Every single episode I feel that there is too much happening at the same time and I am not, as a viewer, given the chance to fully enjoy the implications of each and every one of them. The sad part is that the plot is really interesting. Alma Karma and Yu, the realization that Alma was created from the body of the person Yu’s former self was in love with. That the reason Yu was still seeing lotus flowers was because Alma was alive. The arc is fascinating. I wonder if the manga kept the same fast pace.
And the rating is…
I have mixed feelings about this episode. We saw a lot of things happening but not a single one was given the time needed to fully enjoy it. If we were on a 24-episode run it would have made sense to give double the amount of time to the same events. Now, I’m not sure I’m even enjoying the fast pace the show put itself into.
NEXT TIME: Sinner in Despair (絶望の罪人)
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