Thus, the series reaches its conclusion. Like the episode that preceded it, it works well as a stand alone, though as a finale, it’s lacking in many respects. You’d think it would try to tie up some loose ends, but it doesn’t do that. Not only that, but it raises new questions that will never get answered.
You kind of expected the akuma to wake up again after seemingly getting killed at the end of the last episode. It works out well, as not only do Allen and Lenalee get another solid fight scene in, but General Cross also gets to jump into the fray. He’s largely passive, but he gets some great dialogue and gets to show off what a bad ass he is in rather short order. The level 4 actually puts up a better fight here than he did before. It’s implied he was toying with the two, which, given its child-like characterization wouldn’t be that far out of left field. Even so, it proves unable to withstand the continued assault from the heroes.
A lot of the episode focuses on the team picking up the pieces after the attack. While a lot of the characters are revealed to be fine albeit roughed up, Tapp (the scientist who was turned into a skull) doesn’t fare so well. He dies for real, leading to a rather poignant goodbye scene. He was a minor character, but it’s clear that he was close friends with several people. Johnny, of course, mourns hard, but even Lenalee is hit hard by the loss.
Alas, there is little time to mourn as the focus moves to battle strategy. Relocation is necessary, given the damage, but Komui suggests that all of the exorcists can have their innocence upgraded like Lenalee’s. The dialogue suggests that it might be necessary if the Earl is going to be stopped.
The question actually comes up as to why the Earl hasn’t just beaten them yet. It’s implied that he could at any time. There are a lot of reasons why that’s a questionable claim, but it would have done a good job of escalating things had the show gone on. While no answer is given, it seems obvious that he wants the war to go on indefinitely so that he can make more akuma. The exorcists, for their part, are more than happy to oblige. To be fair, it’s really their only option, but still.
It would have been nice for the show to wrap up, but having it end on an “and the adventure continues” note might appeal to some viewers. Still, one can’t help but be disappointed that things are left so open ended. None of the plot questions are answered regarding the heart of the innocence or any of the prophecies about Allen.
Even stranger, the Earl looks completely different. He’s lost weight and lost his trademark grin. The other Noah who appear do so in their human forms (at a ball for no apparent reason), but his shapeshift comes out of nowhere and adds nothing. It seems like it’s a different character entirely until he starts to talk. Again, it’s something that could have been fleshed out, but it’s something that will never get addressed.
This was an interesting watch. It had its strengths, but there was certainly room for improvement. It’ll be good to move on to other things, though. Also, that opening theme song will not be missed. That really wasn’t working. Overall, its worth a watch. Just know ahead of time, that it doesn’t really wrap up and the pacing can be uneven at times. The characters are all handled well and the plot hook is decent enough. The action gets a lot better in the latter half, so if you’re not feeling the early episodes, knowing that things do kick into high gear eventually could act as extra incentive to stick it out.