Allen’s training continues to stagnate. I know, it’s a shock after that big revelation about how Allen needs to fight for his friends even though he was already doing that. You’d think it would spark some turnaround, but it actually seems to have triggered some regression as Allen can’t even conjure up his arm anymore, even for short periods of time.
At the same time, it doesn’t even seem like he’s trying to summon his arm anymore. The training seems to be more focused on hand to hand combat. It’s helpful, I guess, but it still appears as if they’re going about it the wrong way.
Appearances are deceiving as the science team discovers that the innocence is becoming more powerful, even triggering readings when Allen hasn’t activated it.
They take this as a good sign and even Allen is reinvigorated, telling Bak that he has to continue even if he does suffer injuries as a result. I did like how Allen included the new team when he was thinking about the people who were precious to him. It’s quite the turnaround from his frustration and admission that he didn’t like being there. I guess it shouldn’t come as that much of a surprise as Allen tends to care about everyone.
While Allen does start to make progress, his eye starts to act up, causing Allen a not insignificant amount of pain.
Even that gets tabled as the level 3 akuma that was dispatched last episode arrives. While the compound is protected, the demon manages to break through the barrier…by possessing Fou? I think? The akuma says it was easy, but they weren’t clear as to what exactly happened. I’m assuming he’ll monologue about it next episode. Hopefully that will clear up the specifics.
Despite Fou’s insistence that Allen leave (as he is the akuma’s target) Allen sticks around and ends up getting impaled through the chest by the akuma’s laser beam…thing.
Sadly, this episode was largely filler. Things did pick up when the akuma arrived, but that wasn’t until the episode’s final minutes. I think I’m a little weary of the Allen training to get his innocence working plot point. I know physical rehab is a slow process, but there’s been no progress and (as I mentioned before) it never occurs to them to try something else. It seems like this plot line is just a loop and I’d like to get out of it.