While it appears at first glance that the battle is over and the day is won, there are still problems that the heroes need to address. For one thing, the akuma corpses are emitting toxic gas that also manages to obscure their vision.
It helps facilitate Lulu Bell as she manages to turn to water before launching a sneak attack. She grabs Miranda and encapsulates her in water, using her as a hostage to ensure that she gets the egg back to the Earl.
This proves a problem on two fronts. The first is obvious, but the second was one touched on in the article discussing the previous episode. Komui himself even points out the previously mentioned fact that Miranda’s time reversal is temporary and the egg had already descended back into the ark. As such, their only hope is to destroy the egg before Lulu bell can take it.
Where the previous episode showcased how powerful the generals were, here they succumb to what tropers refer to as “the Worf effect”, in that their attempts to break the egg prove futile. A part of it is due to the egg just being very resilient, though it is later acknowledged that they are holding back so as not to harm Miranda.
As things get down to the wire, though, they have to contemplate sacrificing her. Oddly enough, the moral dilemma isn’t as played up as you’d expect. While Noise Marie objects, the generals don’t see any other choice. Even Lulu Bell is taken aback by their declaration that she knew the risks when she became an exorcist. It was a small moment, but a rather powerful one. Granted, the Noah sees Miranda as an asset due to her ability more than anything else, but still.
Miranda isn’t really conscious to throw in her two cents, but you have to imagine that she’d be OK with the generals doing whatever it took to keep the egg from going back to the Earl. Considering how much she blames herself when things go wrong, it seems unlikely that she’d fare well knowing that she had even an unintentional hand in losing the egg.
Thankfully, the egg gets destroyed and Allen manages to save Miranda in time. The latter part isn’t effectively displayed as he just sort of appears out of nowhere. Apparently, Cross saw him as the dialogue suggests that the two had a coordinated strategy in order to achieve their desired goal.
The episode also has a small subplot where Johnny, one of the scientists, tries to save his friend Tapp, who had been turned into a skull in a prior episode. His efforts are foolish, of course (something even the skulls note), but its clear that he’s not all there, being consumed with grief and possibly in shock.
He gets backhanded for his endeavor before some arms reach out from the eyeball of a nearby combined akuma corpse and drag him in. The latter is certainly a strange occurrence with no precedent, but it was rather creepy.
It’s implied that he was killed, but this show did fake the viewer out in a similar fashion not too long ago. Heck, even Bookman is shown to be alive and kicking again, so you never know.
Then again, his capture did seem to give birth to some new creature, as evidenced by the creepy laugh that echoed through the lab at the episode’s end. We’ll have to see how things play out when we get there.
This episode had its strengths, but it wasn’t the most memorable episode. The heroes did have a clear objective, which they achieved rather triumphantly, and there was some tension, but other episodes have had more of a wow factor.
On top of that, the title really has nothing to do with what transpires. Yes, Lulu Bell is described as the Noah of Lust, but at no point does she ever live up to that title. You’d think that she would try to sway Cross as women are his specialty, but there’s nothing there. It’s probably a nitpick, but what can you do.
It does effectively set up the next episode while also tying up loose ends from the episode before. If nothing else, it was essential as a way to bridge the gap and get the story moving into what appears to be its final phase.