In the aftermath of what happened, Lavi and Lenalee race to find Allen and Suman. In the process of doing so, they come across Allen’s golem, who is still being pursued by akuma. The two do rescue it, but the only thing they get in return is Suman’s innocence and video footage of Allen’s confrontation with Tyki.
Things look grim, but the two decide to continue the search anyway. All they come across is a bloodstain before they are called back to the ship. There, they are met by an official from the Order who says that they have found Allen, but that they will be continuing on without him.
For some reason, he’s really ambiguous about Allen’s state. Lavi tries to justify the dodge, saying that Allen isn’t an exorcist anymore anyway, but it’s clear that Lenalee wants to know that he’s OK. Why not just say that he’s alive but in critical condition or something like that? It might not be much, but I think it would do a lot to put her mind at ease.
As it is, not only is Lenalee grief stricken, but she also blames herself for what happened to him, as she feels like she should have been there. Lavi tries to reassure her saying that it’s war and stuff like this is bound to happen. Not surprisingly, this fails miserably. Humorously, everyone else chides him for making her cry.
Wouldn’t it have been more prudent to point out that Tyki would have just put her through the same pain, misery, and potential death as Allen? The Noah have gone against multiple exorcists before and come out victorious. Even if she were there, I don’t think things would have been any better. On the contrary, she’d probably be wounded and without innocence too. It seems like the better way to reassure her than the more callous “people die in war” approach.
I was a bit thrown by Bookman’s assertion that they are to remain neutral and just act as record keepers. First off, doesn’t the fact that they are affiliated with the church show that they aren’t impartial? Second, the Earl is pretty clearly evil. Noting questionable activity by the Order would be worth noting, but I don’t see how you can be biased in favor of the Earl. There’s also the fact that both he and Lavi have actively participated in fights against akuma several times now.
They try to handwave it by saying that they are observing Allen for the practically forgotten until now prophecy about him being the destroyer of time. Actually, I did like that it was brought up again and I do recall Bookman saying early on that he was fascinated by Allen. Still, I don’t really buy the idea that they aren’t taking a side in the fight.
Once again, Miranda makes a return. You’d think that after being an official exorcist for a while that she has gotten past her crippling self doubt and clumsiness. You would have thought wrong. Granted, she doesn’t shriek as much as she did before, though that could be more circumstantial.
She does play a vital role as it is her ability that allows the damaged ship to set sail. She does note that it’s only temporary and that she can’t bring people back from the dead. We already knew the first, but I think addressing the second was essential. Then again, even if she could, once her innocence deactivated, they’d fall dead again anyway so it would have been a moot point.
The episode ends on something of a mind screw as Allen as a dream about the order falling to ruin and a dark reflection of himself appearing in a lake. It is a rather ominous vision, but it does allow us to see that Allen is still alive.
After a series of heavy and intense episodes, this one is significantly lighter. There is more of a focus on humor. Some of it works, and some of it doesn’t, though it does give the viewer a nice breather.
That isn’t to say that it doesn’t have it’s emotional parts. Seeing Lenalee’s state will hit you in the feels. The extent of Miranda’s issues will also spur some sympathy, though the latter is also somewhat played for laughs.
The episode might not blow you away, but there is enough character fodder here to keep you invested in what’s happening for the duration. I also liked that plot points from early in the show are finally being elaborated on. It would have been nice if there had been a steady build throughout the mini-arcs, but we take what we can get.