D.Gray-Man: A very dark and exciting action series about exorcists. Catch up before the sequel comes out this year!
In a Nutshell
D.Gray-Man tells the story of a boy named Allen Walker, a member of an organization of Exorcists who make use of an ancient substance called Innocence to combat the Millennium Earl and his demonic army of Akuma.
Meet the Characters
Allen is the main protagonist and a reference to the series. He’s a former Exorcist and a member of the European Branch of the Black Order. He is fifteen years old and the adoptive son of Mana Walker. Allen is a very kid, generous and naive young man who tends to sacrifice himself for the sake of others.
Yu is also an Exorcist and a member of the European Branch of the Black Order. Yu is cold, stoic, arrogant and blunt, often focusing more on the mission than on the people. He is a veteran and, at first, he doesn’t like Allen at all due to his naive attitude and his tendency to wanting to save save everyone.
Lenalee is also an Exorcist and a member of the European Branch of the Black Order. She is the younger stister of the Komui Lee, who is very protective of her. Lenalee is a kind, caring woman who lives for those around her. She tends to worry a lot everytime their friends take unnecessary risks, as she sees them as family.
A Brief History of D.Gray-Man: the When, Where and How
D.Gray-man is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Katsura Hoshino. The manga began serializatino in Shueisha’s Weekly Shounen Jump in 2004. The manga became one of Shueisha’s best sellers with over 20 million copies sold.
An anime adaptation consisting of 103 episodes ran from October 2006 until September 2008. A new anime series called ‘D.Gray-Man Hallow‘ has been announced to air in July 2016 and will continue from where the anime left off.
Why It’s Awesome
Just as we mentioned,D.Gray-Man is currently an incomplete series. The first season ended with many unanswered questions, which is why many people are looking forward to this year’s sequel. If you’re looking for a time to catch up and get started on D.Gray-Man, this is it.
Why this series? On a first look, D.Gray-Man seems like just another stereotypical shounen story and, during the first episodes, it is. It’s got a naïve and righteous main character and a secret organization that aims to fight the Big Bad by using supernatural powers. The series is actually pretty cliché and slow at first, but it soon picks up and becomes much more serious. In fact, many argue that D.Gray-Man ventures into seinen territory at times, as it can get very dark and emotional. Furthermore, some of the demons and villains can be really creepy and scary-looking (and it gets even scarier in the manga!). Another thing that the story handles very well is characterization and character growth. If you usually focus more on characters than on the story itself, you will probably end up loving this series.
Even though the soundtrack is nothing special, D.Gray-Man also features very good animation for the year it was produced in, and we can only expect it to get even better in D.Gray-Man Hollow. The settings are very beautiful and atmospheric, and each character design is very unique.