D.Gray-man – 17
Allen runs to Kanda’s aid, and while he’s no match for Vittorio either, he does distract the gladiator long enough so that Lenalee can check to see if Kanda is still alive. With her help, Kanda struggles back onto his feet and explains that Vittorio isn’t an Innocence-compatible person, but rather the Innocence captured his body and mind. The Innocence is exceeding his intentions and running wild in order to fight against stronger people. Seeing that Allen is now struggling in the fight, Lenalee attempts to join in, but is knocked back by the force of Vittorio’s sword. Things look bad for Allen as Vittorio approaches him until Claudia finally calls out for them to stop. Although this ends the battle, Claudia makes it clear to Allen and company that she’s not going back home.
Later that night, the group takes up refuge in a local home until Kanda gets better. The old woman living there explains the story of 1000 years ago to Allen and Lenalee, and Kanda’s finder tells them that the Sardinia family’s mansion was built on the ruins of the home of a former lord. They realize that Vittorio has the wrong impression that Claudia is Sandra, and so whenever he defeated the Akuma that were after his Innocence, he would report to Claudia that the strongest man in the world has not shown up yet. Allen knows that as long as Vittorio has the sword with the Innocence, the Akuma will keep going after him. Kanda soon wakes up and is ready to go fight Vittorio again. His finder informs them about more Akuma arriving at the coliseum ruins, which makes Kanda even more determined to go so that the Innocence doesn’t get taken.
Allen, however, asks that Kanda trust him and Lenalee to hold off the Akuma and protect Claudia. He wants Kanda to stay here and instead think about how to recover the Innocence from Vittorio. Kanda isn’t happy about this, but Allen forces him down with his arm. Over at the coliseum, Vittorio is having no trouble taking care of all the Akuma on his own, including one that is level 2. With the battle over, Allen tries to convince Vittorio that he doesn’t need to fight any more, but the gladiator believes that Sandra is still alive and that she still wants him to continue winning. As Vittorio then proceeds to attack Allen, Lenalee tries to tell Claudia that only she can stop him. However, Claudia feels that Vittorio saved her from the previous life that she had no control over.
Lenalee then attempts to make Claudia understand that there’s no way that she live peacefully with Vittorio because his existence calls the Akuma. Before Claudia can respond, Kanda joins in the battle to save Allen who was about to be struck down. Vittorio buries his sword into Kanda’s shoulder, but the Exorcists holds on long enough to cut off Vittorio’s right arm. Without his sword, Vittorio remembers the countless men he killed all those years ago. At one point, he had had become scared of losing and didn’t want the princess to belong to someone else. His wish to continue winning for eternity was granted when the sword with the Innocence suddenly appeared before him. Now, as he begins to age rapidly, he reveals that he knows Claudia’s not the princess, but he nevertheless fought for her sake and was happy to do so.
In his final breaths, Vittorio tells Claudia that she only has to live for herself. Claudia grieves when he dies and returns home three days later. However, it was only so that she could pack her bags and leave the house again. She chose to live by her own will.
This arc felt a bit odd to me – a little unfulfilling. Perhaps it was because the episode didn’t end on the highest of notes by having Claudia run off to live on her own instead of trying to work out her problems with the father whom she had so many fond memories with. Or maybe it’s because, despite this being a more interesting mini-arc than the leaf of revival one, I know that these two episodes have nothing to do with the main story. In any case, I’m looking forward to them going back to the manga in two weeks, though there’s still next week’s episode about Lenalee which will feature the return of Komui’s robot. I hope it’s less comedy and more about Lenalee herself, but we’ll see…