This episode puts the focus on Lenalee as she grapples with issues that are brought to the forefront due to the akuma attack. While she had voiced a desire to get back into the fight, here, she suggests some level of doubt as Komui isn’t willing to risk her and she doesn’t want to hurt him.
The issue gets taken out of her hands, however, when Leverrier strong arms her into having the innocence inserted back into her. This despite a clear evacuation order being issued to everyone in the compound. While he’s not particularly kind about it, you do see where he’s coming from. She is an exorcist and they are in short supply. If the team is to have any hope of defeating the level 4, they need all the muscle they can get.
Oddly enough, not only does the nurse and Lavi object, but Hevlaska herself objects. Instead, she suggests taking on the akuma herself to buy them time, but Leverrier has none of it. It’s kind of weird that he is able to pull rank considering Hevlaska’s quasi-divinity, but he can apparently do that due to his family bloodline.
Said bloodline is touched on courtesy of a flashback from Lavi about one of his conversations about with Bookman. It does flesh his character out a bit and offers some interesting tidbits of information, though it seems a bit pointless as the show is so close to its end.
With all of this character stuff, the rampaging level 4 akuma isn’t completely sidelined. It sets its sights on Komui for some odd reason. You’d think now would be the time to whip out his army of giant robots, but no such luck. Kanda does step up to do what he can to protect the supervisor, though with no innocence, he can’t do much. He still has his healing factor, though, so if nothing else, he can function as a meat shield to absorb blows that would have killed others.
Credit to Lavi as well, as he too has no qualms about standing up to the creature despite having no real way to combat it. That shot of the two standing back to back, ready to fight was rather awesome, though undercut by the fact that the two were unable to really do anything.
Speaking of characters who aren’t able to do anything, this episode teases at the idea that Lenalee is about to get her groove back. It would have been nice, to be honest, but alas, the akuma interferes and prevents her from getting her innocence back. The episode tries to end on an ironic note as Lenalee notes that she actually wants the innocence when she had spent so long hating it.
Being so close to the end, this episode is a bit of a letdown. It does try to grow characters, but it’s oddly placed given the perilous situation they all find themselves in. The level 4 does get a better showing in terms of presenting a formidable adversary, but it doesn’t really come into play until the latter half of the episode. With only two episodes left, hopefully the notch can be kicked up so that the show can end on a high note.