Things don’t appear to be looking good for the exorcists as the entire group is trapped in some capacity. Lavi is still caught in Road’s dream world and Lenalee and Chaoji valiantly try to break out of their dice-shaped cage to no avail. Allen seems to be the only one with any luck as his left arm turned ‘Final Fantasy’ sword allows him to break Tyki’s void.
As was the case with Skinn, the clash between exorcist and Noah takes a brief detour to give us a glimpse into Tyki’s life. It isn’t so much an “origin story” as a display of how he balances his light and dark sides. We even see that the dark Tyki takes a souvenir from each exorcist he kills so that he can give it to a young boy as a gift. It’s a weird mix of disturbing and heartwarming. For those curious, the souvenir is just a button off of the exorcist’s coat, so it isn’t overly gruesome, but it does still have the same “trophy” vibe to it.
Eventually, Allen’s sword (also called Crown Clown, oddly enough) is able to slice through Tyki. In a strange twist, it doesn’t cut the Noah in half, rather it purifies Tyki’s soul by killing the demon within. It’s an odd tactic given the fact that Allen has said more than once that he wants to fight to protect both humans and demons, but it is a viable solution from a more general heroic point of view.
You might expect there to be some dark twist where the light Tyki can’t survive without his dark half; a sort of yin-yang, eternal balance sort of thing. That never gets brought up, though, and Tyki seems to be just a regular human again.
While Lenalee and Chaoji are overjoyed that their friend has won the day, Road doesn’t take too kindly to it. She immediately impales Chaoji with razor sharp candles and holds the others at candlepoint. As if that weren’t leverage enough, she swears that she’s going to break Lavi as he is still in her realm.
Speaking of, Lavi continues to get taunted about how he’s supposed to be an impartial recorder by visions of himself and Bookman. This sort of mind-game could have worked a lot better had Lavi been the callous person they accuse him of being. He clearly isn’t just an impartial historian, though. As such, it continues to ring hollow.
Even the dream realizes that talk is cheap as zombie versions of all of Lavi’s friends appear and begin to attack him. It was a good way to bring Krory and Kanda back for cameo appearances while also making for some other creepy zombie iterations of the show’s cast. Also, the dream version of Lenalee actually fights, so that was refreshing to see after the real world one has been on the sidelines for so long. Dream Lenalee also stands out as probably being the creepiest one. Not only does she switch back and forth between human and zombie, but the voice actress gave her this unnerving syllable elongation that really adds to the effect.
One other aspect the show touches in is a parallel between Allen and the Earl. When Road first sees Allen emerge, his new weapon immediately reminds her of her master. It isn’t elaborated on, but could lead to some development later on in the series.
There’s also no mention of the ticking clock that the ark represents. You’d think we’d see something crumble or fade away or something, but everything remains intact for the duration. It’s a missed opportunity, but maybe the viewer is just supposed to take that into account on their own.
This was a fairly simple episode, but it delivered what it needed to. There were enough tense and creepy moments, as well as enough action to keep the viewer engaged from beginning to end. The status quo has also changed as Tyki is now out of the game and Road is out for blood. Despite the progress that Allen has made, they still appear to be in quite a bit of trouble. It’s enough to keep you excited to see what happens next.