「 La Luna nel Buio」
“The Moon in the Dark”
Finally, an episode that doesn’t focus on Libertá and Nova (they were still present though) – I couldn’t be happier! Since episode one, I’ve been curious of Jolly’s nature and character, so today’s episode fulfilled my hopes and expectations.
Besides Jolly, this arc will involve Debito, Pace, and Luca too. These three guys grew up with Pace’s mother in a church; I assume it was her grave we spotted last week. The church itself served as a catalyst for today’s episode. Debito’s story about a child meeting the devil in this church probably indicates him meeting Jolly; that’s how I interpreted it.
Conducting experiments on humans can’t be good, so Debito, Luca, and Pace lashing out at Jolly made sense, but at the same time, I was a bit confused. I know the three of them attained their powers through Jolly’s experiments but I don’t know anything about the process. Were they tortured? Do they loathe their Arcana powers? Is it the fact that they felt like victims? If so, why don’t they question the family itself? I mean, sure Jolly who caused them to suffer so much shouldn’t walk around without feeling any guilt, but he did what he was told to do by his leader – their leader. Oh well, hopefully we’ll find out more about their pasts soon so the pieces can fall into place.
At least we know what’s hiding behind Debito’s eye patch. Like Libertá, Debito’s powers are considered to be dangerous (I assume), so he has an amethyst implanted by Jolly in his right eye socket. Something that caught my attention a long time ago was that “Debito” means ‘debt’ in Italian. If you connect the story about the devil and Debito’s eye with his name, it makes sense somehow. With Dante and Jolly having this kind of power (to alter others’ powers), are there people who stand any chance against them in the duels? The only one I can see winning this is Felicitá with her Arcana power. It may be a cliché but it’s a decent possibility if you ask me.
Aside from holding power over other members in the family, Jolly has another secret – well, it’s not a secret anymore because of people being nosy. Jolly’s experiments have risen to another level. Forget experimenting with humans, he can even create them, although, it’s not exactly a human – it’s a homunculus. The experiment is named Elmo, and he seems to be a very talented person. Jolly doesn’t have any problems with the kid so far, in fact, he seems to be very proud of the child. Jolly’s facial expressions were so different from usual when he was strolling around with Elmo; he looked very happy. I don’t know if this is good or bad but it sure makes him even more suspicious. I, like Felicitá will naïvely believe that he is a good person until proven something else. Mondo wouldn’t expose his family to a dangerous person, would he?
With all the things going on in today’s episode, there was no room left for an omake, so there wasn’t much “fun” today, but it sure was interesting and definitely one of the better episodes of this anime. I’m looking forward to the continuation of this arc next week!