Aww, really? I love Lenalee's new haircut. It makes her look really different from the Lenalee at the beginning of the series, and I think that fits her better... now that Hoshino isn't drawing the hair awkwardly anymore, like someone took a razor to her head.
Originally Posted by Paper_Thin_Hymn
Unless God/whoever has other plans for the Innocence, but I don't think DGM is popular enough to go beyond the death of the Earl. =P
Well of course. Unable to fight Akuma anymore, there'd be no reason for the Innocence to remain active, right?
The sheer irony of the "hit by a carriage" line just about floored me there, since they added that unnecessary scene in the Anime of the time of Mana's death....and it looked like he'd been run over by a carriage, even though he's assumed to have been killed by the Earl.
( *snigger* Harry Potter 7 gags..... "WHUT? THEY ALL DIED IN A CAR CRASH?" )
Oh fun! Hey, maybe the Earl plotted Mana's assassination by carriage; you never know. It's not like they could really catch him or anything, but... yeah, and then Allen gets hit by one in the final scenes as the Earl's message from the dead.
Timcanpy does have an affinity for Cross, but he's been hanging around Allen way more throughout the story, even when Cross is also nearby. Cross could have been some kind of temporary protector for Tim or something, perhaps... possibly/probably the creator, but it seems like Timcanpy was intended to be a companion for Allen all along. It seems that Cross definitely had Timcanpy before leaving the Order four years ago, so either the golem is reprogrammable or the plot with the 14th goes back even beyond those four years...
It may be that the nature of the events surrounding the birth of the fourteenth are directly associate with why he hates the Earl, or it may be (for whatever reasons) that he himself was born in order to fight against the Earl. OR, maybe he was born as some sort of weapon or something for the Earl. Who knows? And Cross's level of association with the fourteenth may have been a little less organized, maybe not. Again, Timcanpy seems to imply that there was, at least, some level of planning on both their parts.
That just made me think, if the shadow in the mirror does turn out to be Allen's Inner Noah, then that would explain the whole "my Timcanpy" thing if Timcanpy ends up becoming Allen's. =/ Random thought. Though then again, I thought Timcanpy was imprinted upon his creator.....
...but I'm not so sure of that. Isn't it just a little too convenient for Cross to have received a mission that requires him to find the akuma plant and he just happens to know and be involved with the one person who could get him there? One possibility is that the Order knew about this connection (and Cross is now becoming suspicious of this). Alternatively, maybe Cross went looking for the 14th four years ago, found Mana and some plan to give Allen his powers, and manipulated the situation to his own advantage. The former seems more likely to me right now.
Alternatively, maybe it's not the same Timcanpy: Cross built a new one after he left that looked just like the old one. ...Doesn't seem as likely, but it could happen.
(Strangely enough, the third person Timcanpy seems to like somewhat is Lenalee, and that dialogue between Cross and Lenalee in chapter 134 made me think they knew each other a bit better than just a General and child Exorcist when he was still at the Order. Maybe he taught her how to use Innocence, too? :/ In which case it'd be the same Timcanpy.)
Four-foot-something? ...Yeah, I guess he'd have to be... but it still looks like Mana's way taller than Allen even in those scenes, probably more than the shadow is taller than him now. I mean, how tall Mana would have been now. (On that note, wouldn't that just make Allen a really short guy? Do people really grow so much that he could reach average height even being so tiny at twelve?)
The use of clowns as symbolism in the whole series brings joy to my heart, simply because it's fairly unique for a manga/anime.
I think--I mean, if you look at it--if it were Mana's "ghost" in a way, Mana would still be taller than Allen....although it does seem like he has, in fact, grown a lot over three years ( I mean, he's like....four foot something in all the flashback scenes of Mana-Akuma and whatnot).
On a somewhat related note to this, I keep going back and looking at that scene after the Ark disappears where the Earl is crying (even though he's supposed to be happy). It may simply be....Earl weirdness.....or it may go back to the scene after Skinn Bolic died where the others' Inner Noahs started crying, and a Noah somewhere on the Ark died...? But then I wonder why Lulubell wasn't crying......
Maybe he was just crying because he was sad about the old ark....though that somehow seems not-very-Early.
I love the clowns. <3 It really is unique, and they have so much history/symbolism surrounding them. The fact that so many people tend to be scared of them (although how could ANYONE be scared of Allen) adds to the mysterious and dark setting of the story, too.
The other Noah seemed... required to cry, in a way. It wasn't optional; it was a reflex. Maybe the Earl was crying because he thought the legacy of the 14th had died. Lulu, on the other hand, didn't have the personal history (we know some Noah became Noah after Mana's death), and she didn't need to cry because Allen didn't actually die. Which makes me wonder - was it just because of the 14th and his last remaining mark on the world, or is there something more to Allen than just being the new controller of the Ark?
Then I shall do my best to aid you in getting those ten posts!
Unfortunately it just informed me that my post count is not high enough to post links, so I'll post it when I get to ten posts.
The funny thing is, I didn't even get my permit after all that waiting. =/ I failed the vision test because my left eye couldn't read some line or the other (hardy-har, I should have drawn something about Allen's Akuma-sensing left eye after that), so now I have to get glasses/contacts and then go back and wait AGAIN.
Aww, I'm sorry to hear that you didn't get it (even after all that drawing XD), and that there's more waiting ahead... but vision aids will be helpful in the future generally, right? And it'll probably all go well after that~ (On the topic of Allen, how about getting a monocle, just like him? Classic.)
Oh dear god the Earl is Santa. ...Allen being born on Christmas, that explains so much! =P Actually, I think it was revealed in one of the Reverse novels that he has humans working for him who call him when someone nearby dies, so he doesn't really go sneaking around there himself. He does use spies, in a sense, although that doesn't automatically mean he has the traditional ones in the Order. He's really well-connected...
On one hand, though, the Earl knows quite a few things....it's almost like he's got one of those santa-crystal-ball things, y'know (he knows when you are sleeping.... O__o scary when applied to the Earl, come to think of it), because it's not like he's right there listening at every wall whenever somebody dies and somebody close to the dead person gets depressed. Then again, that might be a different matter entirely. If there are spies within the Order, though, it's obvious that moving base isn't going to make them any safer in that sense......
At least moving will mean they don't have to focus on rebuilding, I guess. It's still risky, though - they're really vulnerable to an attack, or would be if the Noah wanted to do so.
We don't know what the Order really does know, though. It's clear that they know more than they pretend to, and what everyone below Rouvelier seems to know, but if they were really so ignorant I doubt they'd have survived even this long - what would be the point in keeping them alive? We DO know what the Earl seems to know since we've not only heard him speak, but seen things kinda from his perspective. The same can't be said for the Order/Vatican, probably since they're a much bigger organization and we don't know any of the characters at the top.
Originally Posted by Kolox
(Komui IS the monitor, har har har.) I don't think the Order's security system is so great that they'd be able to detect the use of golems/Ark/Road-doors inside the Order if done so at an appropriate time and place, like a bedroom at night or something. The fact that Allen IS being watched constantly is something strange to everyone... clearly, very few others if any are so closely watched. Anyway, we know that the Earl likes to communicate by phone, and that's very commonly used by the Order, too... particularly by Komui. If they use a code to make it sound like they're speaking to someone else (Link was writing in one in 161, by the way), who would think anything was wrong?