D.Gray-man – 33
Kanda is on a mission to find a general, and his search brings in the direction of a village called Dankern. However, an elderly woman from another village tells him that there was a famous witch who lived there who was said to eat lost children and travelers. Since Kanda insists on going, the woman points him towards a forest that leads to Dankern. However, soon after he enters the forest which is called the Forest of No Return, Kanda gets attacked by a man who turns into an Akuma. Once Kanda destroys the Akuma, he is approached by another man, but this person turns out to be only a Finder named Gozu who had lost his two companions to that Akuma. Since Kanda doesn’t have anything to do with Gozu’s mission of investigating Dankern, he tells Gozu to go back to the previous town to wait for another Exorcist. Gozu, however, chases after him. Back at the Black Order headquarters, Komui tells Lenalee about the possibility of Innocence in the forest and sends her to investigate since the three Finders didn’t report back and there might be Akuma there.
Kanda meanwhile gets attacked by a large group of Akuma, and he manages to defeat all of them except one. That one Akuma tries to hold Gozu hostage, but Kanda charges him anyway without regard for Gozu’s life. In response, the Akuma knocks Gozu into Kanda and escapes before Kanda can get back up. Kanda and Gozu then hurry to Dankern in case the Akuma fled there, but there’s no one on the streets and Gozu attributes it to all the blood on Kanda’s clothes scaring people away. The two head back into the forest where Kanda cleans up by a pond, and he notices a semi-hidden door to a cabin tucked between some trees. He also finds a girl standing nearby who explains that no one is living in the cabin right now. This girl claims not to have seen any suspicious people, and she then turns towards the lotus flowers floating in the pond. She explains that she didn’t know these flowers bloomed here even though she’s lived in this village since she was young, so Kanda suggests that this could be the first time they’ve bloomed since lotus seeds can sleep for a thousand years in the soil. When the girl pities them because they’ll just wither after blooming, Kanda reveals that they’ll bloom again.
The girl, whose name is Sophia, brings Kanda and Gozu home with her and gives them a place to stay. Gozu finds out from Sophia’s father that her mother died over ten years ago from an illness. As Gozu tells her why he and Kanda are here, Kanda notices something in the way Sophia responds to learning about people not coming back from this village. It turns out that Sophia hasn’t been around because she’s been looking for work in another town, and she only returned recently. When Gozu mentions the rumor of the witch, it is Sophia’s father who gets surprised and drops a plate on the floor. He soon excuses himself from the table, and Sophia explains that there are a lot of people in the village who believe in the witch. The cabin they were at earlier supposedly belongs to this witch. Sophia, however, doesn’t believe that the witch is real because she knows that it was just an old woman who lived in the cabin until a month ago. In their room later, Gozu tells Kanda how he thinks the Forest of No Return got the name because of the Akuma, so there might not be Innocence. Less than convinced, Kanda feels that something is strange and that there’s something he doesn’t like.
That night, Kanda has a dream of Sophia playing a harp, floating above a pool of water. He realizes that it’s not her, and the dream’s focus then shifts to a lotus flower, similar to the one he has in an hourglass sitting in his room back at Black Order headquarters. Kanda wakes up from this dream in a sweat right after he sees all the lotus petals fall off, and the first thing he notices is that Gozu is gone. Outside, Kanda finds footprints and a jelly bean that Sophia had given Gozu, so he follows the trail into the forest, not knowing that he’s being watched by Sophia. He eventually comes face to face with the last remaining Akuma who escaped the battle last time and questions why the Akuma is killing people who come to Dankern. The Akuma only reveals that it was an order from that person before attacking Kanda, so the Exorcist has no choice but to finish off the Akuma. Strangely, the Akuma asks for forgiveness before exploding, and Kanda finds that he’s near the door the cabin again, so he heads towards it to investigate.
We don’t get many episode about Kanda, so this wasn’t bad since it had a decent amount of action and featured one of my favorite voice actresses Kawasumi Ayako as Sophia. It’s still nothing terribly exciting, but I liked it a lot more than last week’s episode, especially since the lotus flower stuff ties in with Kanda’s character and background (which hasn’t been revealed yet in the anime). The preview was a bit too spoilerish for me though. I suspected a little that Sophia herself was the witch, but the preview seems to all but confirm that she has special powers – either her or what appears to be her twin. Regardless, it’s got me at least a little interested, which is more than I can say of the recent one-shot episodes.