D.Gray-man – 13
In the town where Allen and Lenalee are recovering, the Millennium Earl is hard at work getting people to help him create Akuma. At the hospital, Allen wakes up under the watch of Komui, who tells him about Lenalee getting acupuncture. Allen figures out that Komui isn’t just here for him and Lenalee’s sake, but when he proceeds to ask about the Noah family, Lavi interrupts to explain that this is what Komui came to ask them about. He explains that the Noah family frequently shows up at the turning points of history, but that it’s never written down in reference books. The one who knows all about them is Bookman, who arrives by interrupting Lavi with a kick to the face. Bookman notes that Allen is known as the Destroyer of Time and then introduces himself. Examining Allen’s injured left eye, Bookman finds it regenerating on its own, meaning that his acupuncture needles aren’t needed. And since they can’t do anything until Lenalee wakes up, Bookman suggests that Allen get some rest.
Going for a walk, Allen reveals to Lavi that he’s 15 years old, which means that Lavi is older since he’s 18. Lavi calls Allen moyashi (bean sprout) because that’s what Yuu uses (Yuu referring to Kanda’s given name). Still, Lavi feels that they won’t be seeing Kanda for a while because the missions from now on will be of a long war since the Earl is making his move and the Noah family has appeared. This, however, triggers Allen’s memories of Road and causes him to declare that he became an Exorcist to destroy Akuma, not to kill humans. He walks off alone, but then becomes afraid when he finds himself in the middle of a crowd during a festival because he can’t tell who’s a human and who’s an Akuma without his left eye. A little girl comes up and offers him flowers, but her face suddenly morphs into a gun. Allen is saved when Lavi crushes the Akuma with his hammer, but a second Akuma soon attacks. Lavi increases the size of his hammer, bats away one of the Akuma’s attacks, and then smashes the Akuma. It is also by using Lavi’s hammer that the two are able to leave this crowded area.
Back at the hospital, Bookman has finished telling Komui what he knows about the Noah family. He notices that all of this is making Komui’s chest ache, but Komui feels that the Exorcists are the ones going through the most pain. Bookman responds by saying that the only thing equal in war is suffering. By this time, Allen and Lavi have made their way to the forest where Lavi figures out that Allen doesn’t think humans are Akuma just because they look like humans. Allen doesn’t want to suspect all humans of being Akuma, but Lavi points out that Allen is scared of them right now. Lavi personally suspects all humans to be Akuma because he, like other Exorcists, doesn’t have the convenience of Allen’s eye. Thus, they see all humans as the Millennium Earl’s allies. To keep from killing random humans, the Exorcists wear the Black Order uniform so that Akuma will come to them. This causes Allen to remember how he had once asked his teacher Cross Marian about wearing that coat. Cross had told him that it makes them targets so that they can suspect anyone who gets close to them. He had questioned if Allen was ready to become a target in order to protect those who should be protected.
Allen and Lavi are eventually found by the crowd from the festival who have brought three policemen with them. When one of the policemen raises his gun at Allen, Lavi takes action and the policeman suddenly turns into an Akuma. The other two policemen turn out to be Akuma too and the two Exorcists are forced to deal with a barrage of bullets until Lavi crushes them with his hammer. When the people in the crowd also turn into Akuma, Allen finally starts to understand what the other Exorcists go through without an eye like his to lessen the fear and uneasy feelings. With Allen’s help, the two of them manage to destroy almost all of the Akuma, but there still remains one that’s holding a little girl hostage. After Allen shoots the Akuma, the girl runs to him in tears, but when he kneels down to check if she’s ok, he finds a gun pointed to his face. Allen is already prepared for his and shoots the Akuma before it can shoot him. In the aftermath, Allen’s eye bandage falls off and he finds his left eye healed. As the snow starts falling, Allen has decided to continue walking along this path with this coat.
Wait wait wait, Allen’s eye isn’t supposed to get better just like that. And I don’t believe the next episode’s material is from the manga, so it looks like we’re headed for some anime originals. It would seem that they healed the eye so that Allen doesn’t have a bandage for every episode from now until when they finally decide to do Arystar Krory (which I had been looking forward to since he’s in the OP). Still, it feels odd they spent all this time talking about Allen having to suspect everyone because he doesn’t have his eye and then just give that eye back to him at the end of the episode.
From the preview for next week, it seems that it’ll be Allen, Lavi, and Kanda against Skin Boric and Akuma.