While this episode is largely an action set piece that focuses on Allen’s fight with the akuma, it manages to address the last episode’s weaknesses. True, it doesn’t have the suspense that the last episode’s early scenes had, but it delivers a satisfying fight.
Where Allen and Bookman had the clear advantage before, their upper hand dwindles quickly here. Bookman falls victim to one of the akuma’s attacks and it isn’t long before Allen finds himself overwhelmed by akuma. Of course, that doesn’t stop Allen from trying to fight. The episode doesn’t leave much room for character, but Allen’s determination to save everyone remains intact. Seeing the scientists in danger outrages him and causes him to draw on more of his power in order to keep everyone safe.
The downside of this is that Lulu Bell is able to use his own hero complex against him. As a viewer, the trap was a bit obvious, but it achieved the desired result of getting Allen to drop his guard, so points for that. Then again, even Lulu Bell points out that Allen was being naive in falling for it.
It looks like all hope is lost as Allen is unconscious and the egg is taken, until Miranda and Marie arrive. Oddly, the latter doesn’t do that much. Miranda, on the other hand, is able to use her power to reverse time in order to get Allen and the egg back. It’s unclear how this is a permanent solution as the effects of her powers are negated when she deactivates her innocence, but maybe they’ll think of a work around.
Even the scientists get into the fight as they are able to assemble a talisman in order to imprison several akuma. It’s a stalling tactic at best, but it manages to buy the heroes some time to regroup before the backup came. It was nice to see after they spent the last episode hiding.
Ultimately, though, the battle is settled when the generals arrive. Just as Cross was able to single-handedly dominate his earlier fight, so too does the group now. Tiedoll even notes that having them all fight is overkill, but eventually all of them get a chance to showcase their abilities. It works to the episode’s advantage as having them all arrive in dramatic fashion, only to have half of them stand around and not contribute would be underwhelming.
It also allows the episode to end on a triumphant note as the akuma are all defeated and the egg remains in the Order’s hands, meaning that the Earl can’t resume his akuma manufacturing.
As noted, this was largely a big action piece, but it worked well for what it was. It manages to pick up some threads that the last episode started and address some of its weaknesses. The skulls do lose some of their menace, but all in all, this was a decent showing for the series.