Episode Summary: With the arrival of the Third Exorcists and an army of Akuma, the Order is held in their pursuit of Allen Walker, and a declaration of betrayal confirms the Third’s voluntary allegiance to the Noah. Apocryphos forces the activation of Allen’s innocence in order to find him, ultimately closing in to their location as Road succumbs to the damage inflicted to her in the previous episode. Lenalee catches up to Allen in time for a tear-filled farewell, and Allen opens an arc gate to escape the battlefield, stating his intention to remain an Exorcist. Leverrier’s discovery of Link’s body leads to the revelation that he knows of Apocryphos’ existence, with additional hints pointing at the intentional creation of Third Exorcists to lure him out.
And so, the curtains come down on D.Gray-man, and this week’s finale isn’t so much an end as it is a new beginning. In a fitting analogy to the Walker name—which was also used as this week’s episode title—the cast begins to look and move forward into an unknown future, and it’s something that starts with the return of Kanda, who elects to sacrifice the freedom given to him by Walker in an attempt to return the favor. The fact that he returns just in time to see Zu May Chang on his deathbed ends up symbolic of the new chapter he’s starting—given that the former started all of the Order’s original experiments in the first place—and at this point, it’s all about leaving the past behind for good.
With the way things are—there is no need, time, or option to look back anymore, and with Apocryphos hot on his tail and the threat of the Fourteenth’s complete awakening, this goes doubly true for the man currently in possession of the Walker name. In the meanwhile, the Bookmen continue to be held hostage, Road’s confirmed as temporarily gone, and while there’s no shortage to the amount of plot lines left open, it’s nice to at least see where every member of the cast stands at the current time, as it gives a sense of closure that makes it easier to stomach what might be an immensely long wait for another continuation.
Final Impressions after the ED caps…
Final Impressions: When you get down to it, I think it’s safe to say that this was a series that surprised both in the fact that it returned in the first place, and in regards to how well it advanced the story despite an obviously low budget allocation. For every animation quality drop there was a significant moment in exchange that made the series worth watching, and it only helped that the whole Alma Karma arc was arguably the best and most emotional arc we’ve watched to date. Getting used to the new cast and art style took a little while to get used to at first, but once you did, it was like we never left the dark world of D.Gray-man, and if anything—we realized just how dark the world really was.
Ultimately, the series was a triumphant return for a series that disappeared over a decade ago, and as a fan who got into the franchise with its original run, there are few words to express how glad I am to have been able to see D.Gray-man HALLOW materialize into an actual, quality adaptation. The question that begs to be asked though, is whether or not this’ll be the only thing we’ll get, and let’s just say that it’d be a terrible pity if the series never receives the animated continuation it rightfully deserves. Either way, you can count on me as someone who’ll be waiting in the wings for one to arrive, and who knows? With a little bit of luck and some good timing, we might just meet again here sometime in the future with Allen Walker in tow.
Until then, here’s hoping you’ve enjoyed coverage of D.Gray-man here on RC (apologies on the delay on episode 12), and remember: “Don’t stop. Keep walking forward.”