The battle between Allen and Tyki continues. Unlike earlier sequences, where it was a stalemate with neither party making any progress, here we see the advantage shift back and forth. It makes for a more exciting episode as both characters get a chance to shine.
Tyki appears to get the initial advantage as he decides to break the tie with the same attack that destroyed Allen’s innocence in their first encounter. We learn through a flashback to Komui that may or may not have actually been shown on screen that even with Allen’s upgrade, his innocence is still vulnerable to the attack and he can’t afford to lose it again. Even if he wasn’t in the midst of a fight to the death, the logistics of such a loss would hardly be good as he would be sidelined for an extended period of time yet again.
Fortunately for the exorcist, he is able to withstand Tyki’s attack..even though Komui said that such a thing was impossible. It turns out that as Allen’s innocence is tied to his heart, it will continue to exist as long as he is alive.
It’s a great speech from Allen and it is here where it seems like he’s going to win the fight. It’s one of the aforementioned power shifts. Even Tyki is taken aback by Allen’s new abilities and it seems like the Noah is on the verge of defeat, until he once again gains the upper hand.
While Allen’s speech was indeed appropriately bold and dramatic, it did tip his hand as Tyki deduces that he only has to kill Allen in order to destroy the innocence. As such, he creates a vacuum around Allen, preventing the exorcist from breathing. Road suggests that the vacuum will tear him apart, but we see no such effect here.
Even without air, the exorcist is able to survive a fairly long time, something the Noah notes as he creates a protective bubble around himself and enters the vacuum to taunt Allen before he dies.
The supervision ends up working to the Noah’s advantage as he is able to attempt to stop Allen when he tries to better merge with his innocence to win the day. It’s the sort of genre-savviness that you like to see in villains as it allows them to act more intelligently and, as a result makes them more challenging to defeat.
While Tyki does shove his hand into Allen’s chest and almost rips his heart out, it’s too little too late as Allen is able to ascend. We see this through a cutaway to HQ where Hevlaska is suffering as a point breaker (someone who is able to synchronize with innocence beyond 100%) is about to be created. The episode implies that it is Allen about as heavily as possible without actively saying it.
In any event, Allen is able to repel Tyki’s attack and turns his arm into a giant ‘Final Fantasy-esque’ sword. Again, Tyki is taken aback at his foe’s newfound abilities.
The other characters take something of a backseat. We do see one scene in Road’s dream where Lavi is on a canoe. While he’s initially caught off guard by the situation, he picks up on the situation pretty quickly. That doesn’t stop him from being vulnerable to Road’s psychological attacks. They were rather well done and made for a creepy and ethereal breather from the big fight.
Lenalee also gets a moment as she, once again, declares that she’s sick of being on the sidelines. She tries to kick her way out of the prison to no avail. Road says that Lenalee could get out if she activated her innocence, but that doesn’t seem to be an option. The way the scene played out, it seemed like Road was trying to help her out. Considering her affection for Allen, maybe she wanted Lenalee to swoop in and save him? Or she was just taunting her, you could argue either one.
Overall, this was a strong episode. The fight was more engaging and we got some decent character moments here and there. We also set the stage for a literal instance of a hero defeating the villain single-handedly. How long it takes to reach that conclusion remains to be seen.