After being absent for several episodes, we finally see Kanda make an appearance. He’s en route to meet up with another exorcist, but gets interrupted when he runs into a finder who is hiding from some akuma who had attacked and killed his partners.
It’s another instance where an exorcist gets roped into a “side quest” of sorts as this doesn’t really have to do with why Kanda is here. Unlike Allen, he isn’t willing to offer his aid, pointing out that another exorcist will be sent when they get word of what happened. It sounds cold, but Kanda is quite correct as we see that Komui is dispatching Lenalee for this very purpose.
It doesn’t seem to matter as the finder, named Goz, tags along anyway.
An attack from the akuma brings the pair to a remote village where rumors persist about a witch that resides there. Oddly enough, we don’t really learn about what the witch has done. It seems she just roams around.
Even if the witch were more active, I’m quite certain that she’s just an accommodator. I got my hopes up with Krory and I see no reason why this instance will be any different.
To the episode’s credit, we do get some sense of mystery as the akuma seems to be under her control, even apologizing when he is unable to kill Kanda. Even if the witch is just another accommodator, we still don’t know what her motives are, so it does give the viewer something to keep them intrigued.
We also learn that Miranda did stick around in a quick scene early on in the episode. It was nice that she stuck around, though she is once again lost as she doesn’t know where her room is. The episode plays this for laughs, but she’s not wrong in pointing out that everything looks the same. They can’t put numbers on the doors like apartments and hotels do? It seems like it would be a way to simplify things. In any event, Lenalee, once again, comes to her aid before her aforementioned dispatch.
This episode was OK, but falls into the same trap that a lot of story arc openers fall in to in that it merely sets things up. It was good to see Kanda and get some resolution on Miranda. I also liked Goz as he was fairly friendly. The writers like to pair Kanda with people more sociable. I get that they’re making a foil, but he already has two of those. Some variety would be nice.
While this episode was “meh”, it has shown that it does tend to pick up steam later on, so hopefully the second part can keep the pattern going.