As shown at the end of the last episode, Lulubell has successfully infiltrated the Order and manages to transport an army of akuma in with her so that she can reclaim the egg for the Earl. Even worse, the exorcists are unable to assist as she has blocked off the door with a seemingly impenetrable wall.
Of course, with so many exorcists out of commission due to injury or malfunctioning innocence, the reinforcements are scarce even when they do arrive. It basically amounts to Allen and Bookman. Miranda and Daisy are called in for reinforcements, but they don’t arrive in this episode. Considering the prior’s ability isn’t really combat centered, they would still be in a tight spot.
The others are cordoned off so that they don’t get hurt. Lenalee and Lavi take this hard, but Komui is insistent. It’s a rare instance where his obsession with his sister is painted in a more positive and heartfelt light. She’s willing to risk her life to try and re-sync with her innocence, but Komui can’t bring himself to let her endanger herself like that.
The real highlight of the episode, though, is the scenes that take place inside the lab. A group of what are now called Skulls arrive and begin the process of finding new recruits. Those they deem unworthy are killed, the others are turned to replenish the Earl’s forces. As the skulls note, their numbers are dwindling. It’s an intense sequence as the scientists are clearly out of their element and unable to do anything to protect themselves.
A couple of small groups do manage to hide, but most are maimed and laid out in the open with no seeming hope of escape. It would have been cool to see them MacGyver up some defensive weaponry, but alas it doesn’t happen. There is talk of building some kind of makeshift force field generator, but we never see it. Reever does pull a gun at one point and shoots one in the head. Granted, it doesn’t do anything, but it was still a great moment for him. Just the fact that he put himself in harm’s way to protect his subordinates is commendable in and of itself.
Luckily for them, Allen and Bookman do arrive to provide some more effective resistance. While the army appears to consist largely of level 3 akuma, neither Allen nor Bookman seem to have any trouble taking them down en masse. It’s quite the turnaround considering how a single akuma was able to give an entire group of exorcists a run for their money not that long ago.
While the akuma are reduced to easily slain fodder, the massive number of them still makes it difficult for the two to effectively defend the egg. The episode ends with Lulubell appearing to successfully purloin the device while a majority of the exorcists sit by, helpless to do anything.
The episode was gripping, but it wasn’t the most eventful. It hardly falls into the category of filler, but not a whole lot has changed by the time the credits roll. Still, there were plenty of highlights to make this an entertaining watch. You’d think that it would thrive on action as Allen faces an army, but the hostage scenario in the early scenes is oddly far more intense and impressive. The skulls are quite creepy and you feel for the scientists. It makes for a strong episode despite its flaws.