At long last, Allen and the others make it out of the ark. It leads to some heartwarming scenes as friends are reunited after a lengthy separation.
Really, that’s the episode in a nutshell. The group stops off at the Asian branch before returning to the Order, where they are all greeted with open arms. Komui is especially happy to see that his sister is okay, though he is dismayed to find her hair is gone. It’s especially tragic as hair doesn’t grow back or anything like that.
By and large, the episode is rather light hearted. It brings the sense of humor back after several episodes of intense action. Not all of the jokes work, but there are more hits than misses here.
The “face off” between Bak and Komui was rather amusing as the prior is intent on delivering flowers to Lenalee. Of course, Komui has none of it. It actually puts Komui’s worst character traits to good use as he has laid traps to hinder anyone from trying to put the moves on his sister.
It was nice to see Miranda get a break. Not only can she rest easy knowing that those she cares about are fine, but she can finally deactivate her innocence. True, it brings everyone’s injuries back, but it seems to be well within the Order’s medic’s capabilities of treating.
While the episode is largely centered on humor, it isn’t without its more poignant moments. The scene where Johnny thanks Allen for making such a valiant effort at saving Suman was one of the highlights of the episode. Johnny’s gratitude and grief are genuine, but it does serve as a reminder to Allen about how he was unable to save their friend. It really struck the emotional cue that it was going for.
There isn’t much in the way of plot advancement, but the exorcists do realize that they can use the ark as a way to “warp” from one location to another. It seems like something that would come in handy in their global war against the Earl.
Better yet, the Earl’s ark is incomplete. It appears to be a major set back as the Earl drops his gleeful act while commenting on the fact that things didn’t go the way they were supposed to.
At face value, this could be labelled a “filler” episode. However, that’s a bit dismissive. While it is certainly a breather, there are enough strong character moments peppered throughout that the episode does stand up rather well. Bringing the characters back down to Earth (both literally and figuratively) helps maintain the viewers’ connection with the characters. Scenes like the ones on display here make the big fight scenes that much more tense, so it should work for the better in the long run.