This episode didn’t do anything for me. It felt very by the books and doesn’t do a whole lot to distinguish itself.
Allen, Lavi, and Kanda are sent on a mission to investigate bizarre weather patterns that may be linked to Innocence. I was initially looking forward to seeing three exorcists in action. It was a good way to change up the dynamic and I thought it would add weight to what the heroes were up against, but alas it isn’t the case.
I won’t say it was out of character for Kanda to just wander off and do his own thing, but it does reduce the group down to the standard two. It’s a shame too, as Kanda and Lavi had an entertaining dynamic.
In his stead, Lavi and Allen meet up with a man and his daughter, Elda, who are looking for something called the “leaf of revival”, a local urban legend based on something from Norse mythology, that can allegedly revive the dead.
Now, as I’m not an expert in Norse mythology, I’m not sure if this is an actual thing or if it was made up specifically for the show. While I hope it’s the prior, as I like it when shows incorporate real world mythology, it’s very possible that it isn’t. The parallels to the Earl’s MO, however, are enough to convince Allen and Lavi that something is up, so they decide to go seek it out.
In lieu of Road, we’re introduced to another clan member named Skin. Apparently, he likes ice cream. The characterization of the villains is bizarre, to say the least. Heck, when Road does appear, she drops her psychotic persona and devolves to a bratty child for no explicable reason. I get what they were going for, but it contradicts what we had seen before and I don’t think it really added anything.
Along the way, they come across three people claiming to be lost who ask to tag along. They’re akuma and a fight breaks out.
It looked like the episode was trying to build tension by making it unclear what their deal was. If Allen’s eye hadn’t repaired yet, they could have built up some tension there as they unknowingly lead their enemies to what they’re after. Instead, Allen’s eye kicks in and that settles that.
I’m torn on Kanda’s return. It was a decent “big darn heroes” moment, but it goes against his previous statement that he wouldn’t help out and his claim that they aren’t a team. It will probably be explained next episode, but it’s a mixed bag.
This could easily rank as the weakest episode to date. I never felt any real tension about what was happening, there isn’t a lot of action until the final couple of minutes, and the cliffhanger is lackluster. Oh no, Allen was knocked unconscious. This show can do better than that and has done better. Here’s hoping the next episode can bring more to the table because this episode was found lacking.