Summary: As the Black Order reels from an attack on General Cross, Allen officially returns to his role an exorcist due to his abilities as The Pianist. As the remaining exorcists receive orders to kill Walker should he transform into the Fourteenth and become a threat, they are deployed to investigate “Phantom Thief G,” a criminal who has been using supernatural abilities to steal various items. Upon discovering his true identity and location, they are attacked by various Level 2, Level 3, and Level 4 Akuma.
「顔を洗えば大丈夫」 (Kao o Araeba Daijobu)
“It’ll be Fine When I Wash My Face”
Summary: As the fight continues, Timothy awakens to his new powers of Divine Possession just in time to turn the tides. A brief awakening of the Fourteenth comes after the revelation of new type of exorcist, and Timothy joins the order as its newest member.
And just like that, we’re three episodes in and one mini-story arc down. Needless to say, they’re doing anything but holding back, and given the series’ short run, the fact they skipped some chapters in between adaptations, and the amount of material remaining—it’s a decision that makes sense in the grand scheme of things, but throws a wrench in regards to expectations for the series. As it is, we’ll likely have to deal with more quick transitions like the one we received between Cross’ Disappearance and the Phantom Thief G arc, and given the adjustments that we’ve already had to make in regards to the cast and the new backdrop, it’s a notion that comes with its fair share of disappointment.
Thankfully—from what I remember from my reading of this arc many years ago—things do seem to be generally faithful to the source despite the obvious need to cut material and speed things up, and they’re doing a good job of working within the limitations they’ve been given. More importantly, the feel of these past two episodes have been similar to what we’ve seen from this series during its initial run, and for all the quick transitions and comedic moments that get lost in between as a result, I’ve found myself slowly re-acclimating to the series as it goes, which is certainly a good sign.
Development-wise, this week brings us perhaps one of the series’ most significant moments in the brief awakening of the Fourteenth, which follows on the heels of a revelation that Allen’s Crown Clown can no longer be used on himself without harm. The latter, while a notable tactical loss in the long run (self-impalement is a pretty effective strategy given certain situations, especially if you don’t suffer any of its negative effects), ends up nothing compared to the implications of the whole situation, and Allen’s apparent loss of body control (even if it was for the smallest of moments) hints at a potential future where the Fourteenth can effectively use his body to do what he wants. The fact that he awakened in the first place also means that future could be coming sooner than anticipated, and it’s certainly a scary thought to think about the “what if’s” when it’s all said and done—especially now that his fellow exorcists are dealing with Akuma that seem to be quicker, stronger, and more versatile than ever before.
Granted, it’s been an arms race from day one, but it’s one in which humanity’s been falling behind since the beginning as well, and it makes you wonder at what point the precarious balance tips completely in favor of the Noah and their ever-evolving Akuma. The revelation of a new type of exorcist does at least help the overall equation, but I’ll say—when you’ve suddenly got humans without Innocence capable of defeating Level 3’s with their bare hands, there’s a measure of skepticism in regards to their reliability and the methods necessary to grant them those abilities. Seeing how the Central Agency seem to be the ones behind Cross’ (attempted?) assassination, it wouldn’t be surprising if they’re utilizing some less than proper methods, and the potential of the Order itself being not quite friends in the long run merely adds to the overall grimness of the situation. Still, I guess it ultimately isn’t D.Gray-man without the dark backdrop, and I guess we’ll see how things develop from here.
Author’s Notes: D.Gray-man will be picked up for weekly coverage from this point forward. Posts will likely release on a 24-48 hour delay (Tuesday/Wednesday Eastern Time) however, and will be more brief than typical posts due to its air time and how it fits into my schedule. Once again, please remember that spoilers for future chapters should be placed into spoiler tags. Feel free to ask if you are unsure how to use them.