D.Gray-man – 28
Excited to be on his first mission, Krory is joined by Lavi and Bookman in investigating a case of disappearing villagers. Krory thinks that solving the case will make him a hero and expects great things. When the group arrives in town, they find the place relatively peaceful, so Krory goes asking around for clues. A pair of children tell him about a monster and lead him to what is clearly an Akuma, but it’s acting very friendly towards the villagers. The villagers have come to accept and trust this Akuma, so they don’t let the Exorcists hurt it. Because he remembers how Eliade was, Krory starts to think that it’s possible for this Akuma to have a good heart too. However, the killings in nearby towns continue, meaning that there has to be a hostile Akuma around, and Lavi continues to suspect the friendly Akuma. He sends their Finder Toma to watch over the Akuma as the rest of the Exorcists guard the village surroundings for the night. Toma sees the Akuma return to its cabin, but he also senses that something has changed in the atmosphere. Krory meanwhile finds another town under attack and chases an Akuma into the forest. He manages to hurt its arm and gets a glimpse of what appears to be the friendly Akuma, but it then gets away.
The next day, as the villagers are trying to move the stained glass of the church that’s a symbol of the village, Toma explains that the Akuma stayed in his cabin all night. Lavi and Bookman can’t understand why this village is the only one that hasn’t been attacked, but the answer becomes clearer when the villagers accidentally drop the stained glass window to reveal an Innocence that was hidden in it. Because of this, a ton of level 1 Akuma show up and the friendly Akuma suddenly turns hostile. After Krory stops the Akuma from hurting the children, Lavi explains that the Innocence was protecting the village so that the level 1 Akuma couldn’t get past a force field and the level 2 Akuma who did manage to enter got its personality changed to the exact opposite of what its supposed to be. The reason the attacks continued everywhere else is because the friendly Akuma exited the force field to return to its cabin, and the evil personality returned each time. Krory wanted to believe that there are good Akuma, but he’s now willing to defeat this one. Although the children of the village still want to protect it, Krory uses his teeth to destroy the Akuma, ending the threat. However, the villagers aren’t grateful and blame the Exorcists for what happened. After being kicked out, Krory looks depressed, but he ends up telling everyone that he’s glad he became an Exorcist since he saved all those lives.
Well, like many other D.Gray-man episodes not based on the manga, it wasn’t great, but it wasn’t that horrible either. My main problem was that this episode again didn’t really introduce anything new and even the character development for Krory felt a bit recycled. All in all, you could probably skip this episode and not lose anything from the main story. Next week, however, looks more interesting with Allen and Lenalee in the first half of a two-parter.