Judging by the way the last episode ended, it seemed like Lavi was about to sing his swan song. Picking up here, the opening scene seems to confirm this as his spirit self asks him why he cares all of a sudden. The last episode made reference to other “personas” but we learn here that he had done the song and dance almost 50 times.
Were this trait fleshed out it would have made for some fantastic character development. The episode does as well as it can, but it would have been nice to see the journey as opposed to being told that it was a thing that he went through. The fact that Lavi didn’t much care for people was consistent with his earlier appearances, but that’s about the extent of it.
What happens next is a bit of a mind screw as “our” Lavi dies in the dream world, but the spirit Lavi takes over. At first, you’d think that this would lead to a regression to his earlier self or something, but that doesn’t happen at all and Lavi seems to be back to normal.
Well, he would be were the whole area not being consumed in his own fire. You’d think that he would call it off, but he seems to be intent on making the sacrifice. Were it not for Allen’s intervention, they probably all would have died. Fortunately, that doesn’t prove to be the case.
Even better, Lenalee and Chaoji are released from their prison. This allows the prior to dish out some payback to the others for putting her through so much emotional turmoil. It’s not quite a return to form for the exorcist, but it is a step in the right direction.
There’s a nice fake out where it appears that Road has survived. She has a really creepy cackle, but that’s about all she can muster before she disappears completely. It’s an ambivalent situation. Sure, they managed to take out another Noah, but she was the one who was controlling the door so that they could get out.
Fortune smiles on the heroes yet again as they discover that the door is still there. Rather than just leave and put this madness behind them, they decide to linger a bit. Allen even goes so far as to suggest going back to retrieve Tyki.
From an external, genre-savvy, meta perspective; this seems like a horrible idea. You just know that something is going to go wrong. At the same time, Allen’s logic is perfectly sound. The Noah part was exorcised and all that’s left is a human being who had friends back home.
Some may be able to cut Allen some slack, but Chaoji has none of it. He even goes so far as to call Allen a traitor for wanting to help those who allied themselves with the Earl. Considering Allen has said more than once that he fights to save both, it’s a bit odd, but it is still a pretty harsh speech. In true Walker fashion, he thinks nothing of it and doesn’t hesitate to push Chaoji out of the way when large tentacles burst through the floor.
Said tentacles come courtesy of a newly resurrected Tyki. Something is clearly wrong, but we’re never told what. It’s actually pretty unnerving. The tentacles and the random cuts to what appear to be the vast emptiness of space really paint this as something much bigger and much worse than anything the exorcists are used to dealing with. As if that wasn’t bad enough, the door was destroyed in the ruckus, meaning that they’re trapped in the ark (which is said to only have about a half hour of existence left) with a nightmarish monstrosity. It makes for a pretty solid cliffhanger ending as Tyki takes on what appears to be the Noah equivalent of the Crown Clown form.
This was a solid episode that managed to successfully hit several emotional cues effectively. This is in no small part due to the music, which was used to great effect. They were pieces that had been used before, but they still worked fantastically. The stakes were raised and we have some genuine mystery as there seems to be no explanation for Tyki’s current state. It should make for some interesting episode watches as we move ever closer to the series’ ultimate end.