D.Gray-man – 37
On their way to find Froi Tiedoll in Barcelona, Daisya and Kanda’s Finder asks them what the general is like, but before they can answer, they come under attack by Akuma. As he activates his Innocence to fight, Daisya reveals that the day he first met Tiedoll was just like today. Back then, Daisya had been the eldest son in a family that owned a small store, but he wasn’t keen on helping out and instead went to play soccer. On one particular day, he noticed someone – Froi Tiedoll – painting by the beach, and when Tiedoll stepped away for a moment, Daisya drew on the painting. Tiedoll returned to find the Innocence in his pocket reacting to the boy, but when he asked for Daisya’s name, Daisya ran away. Fortunately, Tiedoll was much faster than Daisya and cut off his escape, so Daisya had tried to kick the soccer ball at him. To Daisya’s surprise, Tiedoll kicked the ball back with an incredible amount of force, and he even invited Daisya to lunch. It is while eating that Tiedoll asked if Daisya wanted to become an Exorcist and revealed that Daisya is compatible with Innocence. Daisya, however, didn’t respond well to it and ran off, though he kept thinking about it for the rest of the day and through the night.
The next day, Daisya’s town came under attack by Akuma, and it was Froi Tiedoll who saved them. Afterwards, he pointed out to Daisya that those were Akuma and that the world was filled with them. This experience caused Daisya to start questioning if he could fight too, to the point where he barely responded to his duty of taking care of his siblings. That night, his father noticed him staring into the distance again and apologized for not being able to find what Daisya wished for. After another day of thinking, Daisya made up his mind to leave home. His mother had tried to stop him, but his father had let him go, and as Daisya was leaving, he decided to take with him the round bell hanging outside the door of their home. With this in hand, he found Tiedoll and set off to become an Exorcist. Now, many years later, Daisya is still using that bell as his anti-Akuma weapon. Once the battle is over, Kanda notices how happy Daisya is with the prospect of fighting more Akuma in Barcelona, and Daisya explains that he hates being bored the most.
Back at Black Order headquarters, Komui gets a report about the Akuma activity in the vicinity of Barcelona. Since he knows Tiedoll is there, Komui remembers what happened to Yeegar and orders Exorcists and Finders in the area to head to Barcelona. The thing that soon comes to everyone’s mind is what would happen if Tiedoll’s Innocence is the Heart that they’re all looking for.
I thought the past of Daisya Barry was overall pretty boring, though I guess Froi Tiedoll showing off his power wasn’t too bad. It was interesting to see that Daisya’s father recognized that his son wanted something more and let him go, but that alone wasn’t enough to make the episode particularly compelling. I also had an issue with the animation quality this week, which while not horrible, it seemed like all the explosions looked exactly the same (more so than usual).
In any case, this is the last episode of D.Gray-man that I intend to blog. I’ve seen great potential in the series from the manga, but I just don’t get that same feeling from the anime, and these past seven or so weeks of episodes have been more of a chore for me to blog because I just don’t enjoy the anime version.