Am I the only one who while reading the newest chapter felt as if they were reading a fanfic? Because I seriously did.
What intrigued me first was the fact why Allen turned Noah for a brief moment after the explosion.
The first time it happened, Allen stabbed himself with his sword.
The second time it happened, it was because of Mugen.
From those two cases, one could conclude that the 14th's awakenings were triggered by coming in contact with Innocence.
But the third time came from an explosion caused by an Akuma (hi thar Alma).
Now, does this mean that the 14th simply takes over Allen whenever he's physically weak/spent (and Allen manages to suppress him somehow for now)?
Or was it that the 14th was indeed affected by the Innocence alone, only that things have changed now, after he managed to 'awaken' for good for the first time in the previous chapter (courtesy of aparticular Kanda Yuu)?
Or... could it be that the 14th actually lent Allen his powers for the boy to get out of that explosion in one piece?
Whatever the case, we'll probably find out eventually.
In regards to Kanda and Alma... Well...
After re-reading the whole chapter a few times more, I can conclude that Alma already died. It happened the moment before he and Kanda disappeared through the gate, and both Kanda (omg the tears) and Allen noticed it. But like Ignis pointed out to me earlier - Allen said "goodbye" to Alma alone. This leaves us with the fact that--
Allen didn't say "goodbye" to Kanda. Meaning that Allen was convinced that Kanda would survive this. Meaning that Kanda's still alive.
What's more - Kanda left his Mugen behind. With Allen.
Okay, so Kanda said that he wanted to run away from the Church, where there's no Innocence and no war. Together with Alma. I myself find it a bit unlikely, but the inner Yullen fangirl in me is evil and she's making up theories of her own. The question is, whether Kanda actually meant what he said or not.
Could it be that Kanda told Alma what Alma wanted to hear in order to "save" him?
When you look on Kanda's shocked and teary face before he disappears into the gate, it seems far from likely. Then again, maybe there's a bit of truth in both cases, who knows. Maybe Kanda really did mean what he said. But since Alma's gone now... Well...
So Kanda finally found the person he was looking for from the beginning of the series. But the moment he realized that he found him, he also lost him (the irony). Meaning that Kanda has fulfilled and lost his reason to live.
If we assume that Kanda would want to die together with Alma now... Well, the problem is, Kanda can't die. And I seriously doubt he would be determined ebough to commit suicide over and over again in order to simply die along with his lover like that.
Okay, so Alma's gone. Kanda has no reason to live anymore. But hey, Walker helped him. And now Allen's apparently making a side of his own (while screwing the Church and the Noah). Finally.
I mean seriously guys, Kanda has to return. He has to come back and retrieve his sword. He has to help Allen win this goddamn war.
Or at least that's what I want to believe.