At the top of the only tower left in the ark, the exorcists and the two Noah hold palaver. The exorcists aren’t too keen on the idea, but as they don’t really seem to have any other choice, they do eventually comply.
It’s a rather awkward outing. Not only are the heroes sitting down with their sworn enemies, but time is scarce, and they also have to deal with the revelation that the friends that they left behind are dead. Lenalee takes it the hardest, but is calmed by Lavi, who urges her to keep a straight face, at least for now.
Tyki does a good job presenting a faux-affable front. He’s rather civil with them, barring the repeated reference to Allen as “boy”. Said boy, takes on a terse and confrontational tone with the Noah, making for an unusual dynamic between hero and villain.
Not surprisingly, it isn’t long before a fight breaks out. Allen ends up taking on Tyki in a one on one fight. While Lavi is about to jump into the fray, Road stops him and warns him to stay out of it. Even though the exorcist does comply, she ensures no interference by sending his consciousness to her dream world and by trapping Lenalee and Chaoji in a giant dice.
Road challenges Lavi to escape and promises that if he escapes, she’ll let them go. This proposition has two problems with it. For one thing, as it is her world, isn’t the game rigged? Second of all, this is the same arrangement they had in terms of leaving the ark, and they didn’t exactly honor that. Granted, Lavi doesn’t really have much choice, but still.
He does get Dagobahed as Road produces a doppelganger of the exorcist. In lieu of the taunts or dark reflection that you may expect, this doppelganger rather courteously informs him that this is all in his head and, as such, he can’t use his innocence to fight or to aid himself.
Speaking of fights, the one between Allen and Tyki is rather lackluster. Both are capable of deflecting the other’s attacks so it doesn’t really go anywhere.
It’s indicative of the episode as a whole. There isn’t a whole lot of plot progression. The best the episode gives is Lavi positing that Allen could also be the heart of innocence after hearing about how it healed him from his last encounter with Tyki.
Not only does this negate the main reason why they thought Lenalee was the heart, but it would make more sense for Allen to be the heart. From a meta-perspective, he is the main character. Beyond that, now that his heart has innocence in it, it would make it a “heart of innocence”, would it not? It’s the sort of wordplay that prophecies love screwing with, so there’s that.
This episode was a lackluster outing. It was very by the books and didn’t bring enough to the table to really stand out. Hopefully future episodes can pick up the pace. Not only is the “ark” plotline (hopefully) nearing it’s end, but the number of episodes remaining in the series as a whole is starting to dwindle. It would be better if the show started gearing up for a memorable finale as opposed to just ending with a whimper.