D.Gray-man – 27
As they ride through the night in a carriage, Komui explains to Allen and the others that the Millennium Earl probably thinks that the Heart resides inside a particularly strong Innocence-compatible person. Lavi thinks that such a person would be as powerful as a general, but Komui feels that if both Akuma and Noah’s family attacked, then it would be too much. For now, Exorcists are being assigned to guard one of the four remaining generals: Cloud, Sokaro, Cross, and Tiedoll. Allen and Lenalee have been assigned to Allen’s old teacher Cross Marian, but the problem is that they haven’t heard from Cross in four years. Komui concludes that either he’s dead or he’s ignoring their mission and fooling around. With all this in mind, Allen and Lenalee board a ship for Liverpool because that’s where one of Cross’ old female acquaintances is. Allen decides to tell Lenalee about what kind of person Cross was by recounting his own experiences with the general, particularly how Cross liked to spend money. Because of this, Allen had been the one who worked day and night to repay Cross’ debts, but the General was never appreciative and instead told Allen to earn more money next time.
Allen then reveals that he did have a best friend named Narain. At the time, he and Cross had been in India at a royal palace of a lady who Cross was involved with. Narain had worked at the palace along with his sister, and he had been studying to go into medicine. After one particular incident where Cross threw Allen in front of a horde of Akuma and then had to save him when Allen couldn’t fight them, Allen had gone to see Narain. However, he had found Narain grieving because his sister had died. Narain had been frustrated that there wasn’t a way in the medical books that he read to bring his sister back, so he couldn’t do anything. This had been perfect for the Millennium Earl, and Narain became an Akuma. Allen initially couldn’t think of killing his friend, but Cross had been the one who told Allen not to run away. He wanted Allen to fight and sever the chains of sorrow that bind Narain’s sister’s soul to the Akuma. After Allen had successfully activated his arm and destroyed the Akuma, he found the experience painful, and Cross had told him to get used to it. In the time after that, Cross always had Allen fight against whatever Akuma that appeared. Having heard the entire story, Lenalee finds Cross to be an amazing person. What surprises Allen is that all the other women in the room who were eavesdropping are now all attracted to Cross based on what Allen said. This causes Allen to yell in frustration over how he doesn’t understand a woman’s heart.
Although the Komui parts from the beginning of the episode were from the manga, the rest of the episode was not. I think the main problem I had was that this episode didn’t really introduce anything new, even though it was a back-story episode with young Allen and Cross. The whole Narain thing was just another rehash of the grieving-person-brings-back-dead-loved-one story that we’ve seen many times now. I would love it if they either just got back on track completely with the manga, or, as several people have suggested, just go off in a different direction and stick with it. The former of those two seems unlikely to happen anytime soon since Lavi, Bookman, and Krory aren’t with Allen and Lenalee right now. All three of them are instead in the preview for next week’s episode, which would appear to be focused on Krory.