It probably doesn't matter anyway. We already know that Lulu replaced him at some point and managed to get that information, so unless it's mentioned casually, like if Lulu remembers the time she impersonated him back at the home branch...
Originally Posted by Paper_Thin_Hymn
That's probably the biggest problem with these chapters. It's not just that they're goofy, it's that they came at a time when all we want is to have some important questions answered. We haven't been left with any really new information since before Lulu tried to get the Egg back, and this was supposed to be the time - Cross being allowed to talk to Allen. Then he leaves. We don't even see ANYTHING related to it except Komui trying to get the song out of Allen.
Once again you have a point, and now, there's a thought. Ugh....my brain hurts. I hope we get past these new "Komui's screwed things up again" chapters soon, because I'm terribly interested to find out more about all this. Chapter 158 is just seething with unanswered questions, no? I do so love mysterious plots like this.....
Which actually supports the idea of Komui being a potential spy. The Order would never hurt Lenalee even if he was caught and executed, since she's a valuable Exorcist, but who will protect her from the Noah? Komui was almost willing to let the level 4 destroy the Order (and let Hevlaska die!) to protect Lenalee.
It's important to make sure and keep in mind what his motivation is....and the first, most obvious thing is that he wants to protect Lenalee. Because, in the words of Kanda, he has a "sister complex".....
XD I don't think these were intentional, although those Komrin seem designed to do lots of damage... I bet it was just an overreaction, though.
You might be right about that. If he did turn out to be a spy, it really wouldn't lessen the comic relief, would it? He'd still being destroying the Order, even if he were doing it seriously.... 8D
It could be, though. (Did he do it for pictures of Lenalee? =P) They would be isolated from the Order itself, but what goes on in the other branches is probably important enough for the Earl to have spies there. I'm not sure about Bak, though - he seems honest, and he *did* get caught up in the Egg incident as well as the level 3 attack. If Komui turns out to be a spy, Bak would probably be the next choice to replace him, and I'm not sure Hoshino would write both characters in as spies.
We could go on all day about reasons why particular people might or might not be spies. At one point, I thought maybe Bak might be a spy, but he's awfully isolated from headquarters way out there in Asia......most of the other branch heads are a little too far from Headquarters, really, to be spies.
It was Bak. Dunno why he was shown like that.
What was up with the random frog people at the meeting, anyway?
Lulubell could have taken advantage of the situation that wasn't previously planned, or she could not have known the exact outcome (like, maybe Link will get Allen in there, but maybe he won't). I agree that it was probably personal opportunity; Lulu WAS there when the Earl was crying over the human controller's apparent death. On the other hand, maybe it wasn't. The Earl could have wondered why he didn't kill Allen back then because it seems inconsistent with his behaviour - why wouldn't the Earl take the opportunity to get rid of a little boy that's going to be a pain in the butt in the future (because he's an Exorcist)? It's possible that Allen's capture of the Ark/Egg made him potentially useful to the Noah, too; even if he doesn't use the Ark for their sake (hey, why not have two Arks?), that'd get rid of the advantage the Order has with easy transportation... oh, and an Exorcist.
Consistent with the theory that he's a spy and that Lulubell attempted to capture Allen alive is that Link, after that, rescues Allen from the Level 4. However, Lulubell seemed to only do that as an afterthought, really.....not with any before-hand planning or the such. Plus, this is inconsistent with the Earl's previous plans, as before he wanted the Musician dead--which is why, as stated, he had Tykki killing everyone connected to the 14th. The Earl also states in 158 that he wonders why he didn't kill Allen the night when he brought back Mana, which implies that he wishes that he had. I'm assuming that this inconsistency--from "kill" to "capture alive"--is either because it was Lulubell's own idea, or because the Earl was originally doing this to make sure the download of the new ark was not interfered with, and therefore, since that plan failed, the plans have been changed.
Then again, not having the egg is probably better for the Order in terms of people not getting killed by further attacks.....
And anyway, why not take the advantage of sneaking an Exorcist in when he has very little chance of beating the Noah inside? Whether Allen dies or gets captured, he's no longer a problem for the Noah to deal with.
Eh, it wasn't that powerful of an attack, since it apparently didn't kill anyone. Still wondering what's up with that weapon, though.
Link really does irk me.
I mean, come on....it took Allen, Kanda, and Lavi together to hold off an attack by the Level 4, yet Link the man-chick can suddenly appear out of nowhere, in his pointy elf boots, bowl-cut, and limited edition wolverine claw pencil sharpeners he got out of a cereal box, and cut through the Level 4's attack with little to no difficulty?
A lot of things about that particular arc irked me, I suppose.......
I don't think it would really be realistic to kill Allen off at the end of the series. Unless the parasitic Innocence saps life just by existing (but why would it, if it hasn't ever been activated?), Allen's only been using it for three years. If that's enough to cut eighty-plus years off his life, that's a bit... overpowered, I guess. Sure, he's been using it a lot, but hasn't any Exorcist? Unless Cloud is a newly appointed General, she must've been using the monkey for a longer period of time, and monkeys aren't known for having a long life span (plus she's older). They're also hardly the first parasitic-types we've seen. I think that if a parasitic-type was so toxic to the user's health that the Exorcist could only be used for a couple of years before dropping dead randomly, the scientists would be trying to find a way to convert it into something else... parasitic-types don't seem to be particularly stronger or more effective than equipment-types (well, a little, but when it comes to fighting level 1s, they seem equally matched), and it'd be a terrible waste of Exorcists. Why should the Generals spend years training a new Exorcist when they're going to have to find a new one soon anyway?
Speaking of which, if I were Hoshino, I'd make sure and follow up on the whole "parasitic types decrease their user's lifespan" thing. It would be bad form not to......the first thing I thought when I read that was that Allen would probably die at the end of the series. His Innocence is a parasitic type, and it's obvious he's going to be using it a lot more heavily than most of the others....however, noting in this chapter that the author seems to have an emotional attachment to the characters, or at least doesn't like killing them off, it's highly unlikely that this will happen. At most, some random parasitic user will be introduced who's eighty years old and drops dead after one chapter....kind of like how we randomly become acquainted with Suman, and then we're supposed to feel sad that he's dead a brief few chapters later. It is sad about his daughter, in a sense, but in another.....
The only thing that really made me feel sad about Suman's death was that Allen went to all that darned trouble and nearly killed himself for nothing.
I think it'll be more of an issue for Allen's personal thoughts... maybe he doesn't know, and he'll have to make a decision later. Or maybe it'll be a relationship issue, where Lenalee ends up worrying about it (once/if she becomes romantically involved with Allen). At the very least, I think it'll be more like Chrno Crusade, where Rosette still had a number of years left before she passed away after the series ended.
If Mana isn't the 14th, that's either some shitty writing or the editor interfered. There's no evidence pointing to some random guy having those powers; by contrast, it makes no sense NOT to be Mana. I'd really like to learn about Cross's interaction with him, though; was Mana suspicious of the Earl (as everyone thinks), Cross suspicious of the Order (which no one suspects), or were they each fighting for a different side and Cross was damn good at manipulating Mana? It could be that, as you say, Cross was suspicious of spies within the Order... or maybe Cross was too busy sticking Order propaganda in Allen's head to risk the job to someone else... or... I wonder if we'll just see Cross and Rouvelier return with big smiles saying "everything's okay!", and Cross ends up saying how boring it was, but I'd really like something to happen, too. It'd definitely make things interesting, even if it means poor Allen has to go through even more agony not being able to ask Cross about events.
It'd be nice to see a little of that bad side of Cross that we've only heard Allen talk about ("He is a REAL AKUMA!!! D<"). It does seem to be implied that Cross is suspicious of the Order, as he didn't communicate with them for three years, and the comment "I wasn't sure where the long arms of the Earl could be reaching" seems to perhaps apply to more than just the Earl tapping the phone lines Cross is reporting through. And for goodness sake, I'd like to get on with the plot so that we can know a little bit more about this, and so that we can make absolutely sure (so we don't have to simply assume anymore) that Mana was the 14th. As things stand now, it's possible Mana wasn't the fourteenth, though it's heavily implied. I'm hoping we get to be in on the conversation between Rouvellier and Cross when he's explaining the information about the 14th like he stated he would. Of course, there's the equally likely chance that Cross will simply sneak off on the way there and disappear again, or some such nonsense like that. There's no way I expect this "meeting" to go entirely as either Cross or Rouvellier planned.
It's a Noah thing, that's for sure. The basic shape (not the eyes/mouth) is a bit like the thing from Boric's mirror in his flashback.
Personally, I'd also like to know more about Timcanpy, and why--when Cross supposedly created him--the reflection in the glass calls it "my Timcanpy." On a side note, the face that reflection makes all the time looks a whole lot like the face Road makes when her doll self is inside Lavi's head.
I'm worried about that. Hoshino seems to have changed her mind about the shadow... it used to be Allen's reflection itself, but now it just appears behind him, like it *is* Mana's shadow. (On the other hand, maybe it took that form to make life easier for Allen. It'd really suck not being able to see yourself in the mirror every day to brush your teeth or comb your hair or whatever.)
I used to think that that shadow in the mirror was Mana's ghost or some such thing (and I based that assumption upon what went on waaaaay back in Crowley's castle, whenever Allen's left eye returned ), but now I'm beginning to highly doubt that.