Despite making a valiant attempt to be stealthy, Lavi and the others are discovered by the same group of level three akuma that had attacked them earlier.
Where level threes didn’t seem to work well together before (to the point of fighting each other) it seems this group has overcome their nature and is now working together towards a common goal. It would be heartwarming and inspiring if they weren’t homicidal demonic monsters bent on the extinction of the human race.
The group’s attempt to flee proves futile, but they are saved when the Earl himself sends out a signal calling back all the demons in Japan. This includes Chomesuke, who isn’t strong enough to resist the call. This does lead to the revelation that the Earl himself is in Edo.
The team knows that they have no chance of survival, but move forward anyway. I was expecting the Earl to have relocated by the time they got there, but sure enough, there is something of a confrontation between the heroes and the Earl.
Sure, it’s just one attack by Lavi that fails miserably, but you have to admire the guts it took to try to take on the big final boss when they haven’t done nearly enough XP grinding. Not only that, but the Earl has an army of level three akuma and four Noah members alongside him.
Even Chomesuke points out that there’s no way that they can win this fight, but Lavi and Krory charge in anyway because…why not? Actually, as far as beatings go, this one wasn’t as bad as some others. That doesn’t really change the fact that the group is grossly outmatched on this one.
Credit to the two exorcists, though, they do start coordinating their attacks and using teamwork. It isn’t much given the power of their enemies, but it was still cool to see. At the very least, they do manage to send the trio of akuma far away using the velocity of one of Lavi’s attacks.
Of course, this still leaves Tyki (who Lavi also recognizes from his stint as good Tyki). That memory is surpassed by the fact that Lenalee recognizes him as the Noah who killed Allen. Suffice it to say, Lavi isn’t too pleased with the guy.
The bit where Tyki taunts Lavi did go on a bit long and became redundant after a while. It wasn’t helped by the fact that I kept wondering why Tyki didn’t just come clean. Yeah, bad guy taunts hero, but telling them that Allen is alive would completely cut the wind from their sails.
Sure enough, Lavi’s anger dissipates completely when Tyki does come clean. Granted, it’s a moot point as Tyki has sent an akuma to kill Allen anyway, but still.
This episode was largely focused on action, but it worked well. I was surprised by the fact that the team went up against the main villain this early. From what I read, the story doesn’t really resolve, so I wasn’t expecting any confrontation with the Earl whatsoever. That alone was rather pleasing to see. Sure, it would have been cool to see more of his abilities get displayed, but when you have an army of super-powerful akuma and almost a half dozen nigh-unbeatable metahumans, there isn’t really any point in putting yourself on the front line.