「隠されたもの」 (Kakusa Reta Mono)
“What Was Hidden”
And so, the expected twist comes to fruition as the Noah rescue Allen from the clenches of the Cardinal, who reveals himself to be an Independent-Type Innocence named Apocryphos. As it turns out, its mission to protect the Heart means that it doesn’t distinguish between sides or affiliations when fulfilling its purpose, and its absolute power over anything Innocence related ends up making it not only the ultimate weapon against the Noah, but also anyone on the side of the Black Order. Given the events of this week and the revelation that Apocryphos was the one behind Cross’ death, it suddenly makes you wonder just what else is lurking underneath the foundations of the Black Order, and it’s becoming a daily show of “what sinister thing will the Black Order reveal today?”.
All things considered, the fact that Link is also (seemingly) killed in cold blood for standing in Apocryphos way and the Third Exorcists seem alive and better than ever before in the service of the Noah makes you wonder if we haven’t been rooting for the wrong side all along, and even if we weren’t—it’s certainly up for grabs whether or not Innocence is the key to humanity’s survival or merely something leading humanity to a slow end of a different kind. In this sense it’s not too far-fetched to reconsider if the destruction of all Innocence is the end of humanity as we assume it to be, and the series continues to add to the questions we have despite revealing quite a bit over the past few weeks.
Either way, the general result is as we feared, and Allen takes the short end of the stick as the one who no longer has a place to truly call home. Granted, the place he called home turned out to be anything but after Apocryphos’ warm welcome, but he could rest well knowing his friends and fellow Exorcists were there—something that’ll no longer be the case now that he’s officially on the run from the Order. Even if he escapes successfully, joins the Noah, and is welcomed by Road and the Earl as one would expect him to be—it’s a far cry from the place he likely feels like he belongs, especially if some members of the Noah family continue to harbor reservations about him and the Fourteenth residing within him. Talk about being caught between a rock and a hard place.
Looking forward, it’s becomes apparent that Allen doesn’t have much of a short-term choice in regards to potential paths, and as dark as his future seems to be, it is fitting to see him put on an uncertain path given his tendency to go on the road less traveled throughout the series. What this’ll make for is the sweetest of successes if he finds his way back out, assuming he makes it out with his personality intact. Cross’ words about meeting him the first time and him not introducing himself as Allen makes you wonder just what other secrets are being hidden in the background, and count me as someone who wouldn’t be surprised if they suddenly go “oh yeah, by the way, Allen never really existed!” and/or “the person you consider Allen was a fake created by the Fourteenth.”
Shudders* Gosh darn, this series sure makes you think of the worst potential scenarios, doesn’t it? These are going to be some terribly stressful final two weeks.
Author’s Note: As usual, please keep spoiler tags for future chapters in a spoiler tag!