Synonyms: D. Gray-man, D. Grey-man
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 3, 2006 to Sep 30, 2008
Producers: TV Tokyo, Aniplex, Dentsu, TMS Entertainment, FUNimation EntertainmentL, Half H.P Studio, Sony Music Entertainment, Studio Jack
Duration: 23 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or olderL represents licensing company
Score: 8.301 (scored by 66701 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.
Popular Tagsaction adventure comedy fantasy shounen supernatural
Mar 26, 2013
You would have been utterly and completely wrong.
D.Gray-Man is a show that is made truly great by the strength of its characterization. Sure, the main characters have strong, multifaceted personalities (with still more to discover, even after 103 episodes!), but even the side characters are given excellent three-dimensionality, depth, and development. You can never really know *everything* about a person, and the show's exploration of both physical and metaphorical masks hiding the truth is nothing short of superb.
The characterization of the villains is something else that makes this show really shine. Don't be put off by the Earl's cartoonish appearance and demeanor in the first episode! The antagonists, their motives, and their natures are among the most interesting aspects of this series, and manage to both be genuinely terrifying and yet sympathetic all at once.
The plot takes a while to really get going, but once it does, it's absolutely astounding. For the first forty episodes or so, there's a lot of well-executed buildup that is very entertaining to watch. Unfortunately, it is suddenly bogged down for about ten episodes with a moronic and largely pointless, frustrating arc. Luckily, skipping or skimming through these episodes will lead you to the second season, which is nothing short of incredible. Tightly plotted, unbelievably emotional, and complex, the second season absolutely blew me out of the water and turned this anime into one of my favorites.
The art is beautiful; scenery and fights are lovingly and carefully drawn out, and the unique character designs for the demons and antagonists are part of what draws viewers in. Sound, especially with the opening and ending themes, is also very well done.
If you enjoy your action with strong character development, a complex and multilayered plot, and plenty of inspiration and tragedy with just the right amount of comedy, watch D.Gray-Man. I guarantee that you won't be disappointed. read more
Mar 10, 2012
A friend of mine tried watching it and could barely get past the first episode because of how she didn't like the akuma and how they acted all robotic. Well trust me and this might be a bit of a spoiler or a goal setter but they don't stay that way after a while. Latter on you start to see that they have personality's. Some funny, weird, and just plan creeper status.
Some characters might annoy you but you might as well suck it up and look at the other better aspects of the show. I know I am sad/depressed and many others as well that the series was discontinued. But not the manga. The manga has gone so far and is still going. Even the plot is hinting/turning more towards a shonen ai type of thyme. I won't tell which characters. That you will have to decided on you're own from watching it. But be warned there is character death and near character death all along the plot.
Most of it will make you want to cry for all you sensitive types out there like me who can get caught up in an anime so much that they start screaming and shouting at the computer and have your family members look at you like you're crazy.
Now as far as the audio goes its very good in my opinion. The openings and endings tend to go right with the story line and can be very catchy but the background music during most of the series tends to be forgotten. Even by me. But the great thing is the fillers. Now I hardly noticed the fillers but there is a lot of them if you look closely.
On to the characters. Now I think that the diversity of the characters was amazing. They even had people of different nationalities like Japanese, British, American, and Chinese mixed around. Even in the anime the characters do not think that they have to get stronger to defeat someone. Most of them have their doubts and have to face their feelings like real people and then they gradually get stronger through struggles and not like in other shows they just magically get stronger all of a sudden and not through deep emotional driven strife. You can then tell the plot goes more by the characters feelings and emotions. Almost like watching a child grow. You never really know how they will turn out.
The art is the lest thing. Now they have great detail in everything they do and I have yet to catch any stupid mistakes like I have caught in other anime's where they forget something in the background or the character. Along with the art they make all of their weapons connected to them in some sort of way to their personal lives and pasts. Along with that, their is no crazy art or jumpy parts where you have to pause the anime to tell what it is. Usually if i have to do that with an anime to much then I stop watching it. read more
Oct 3, 2008
The story of this anime is amazing. It's one of the best i've seen(possibly the best). It has a very unique feel to it for a shounen anime and inculcates a lot of drama which makes the anime so gripping. For a shounen anime it has a good mix of comedy,drama,action and adventure, not so much romance but this combo has worked wonders for this anime. The story is not cliche at all and can be a bit dark at times but it helps to contribute to the realism in it. So if you think this is your typical shounen anime where the bad guys losing an everybody goes home happy, guess again. The anime is filled with twists and turns at every point and gets better and better as the story progresses.
The art was fantastic. Details are drawn out well and the dark setting creates an excellent atmosphere. The vivd colours help to bring out focal points in the story. all the characters are drawn so well and the chibi versions now and then add to the comedy.
The sound was not the best part of the anime. Though the opening and closing songs were great and really suited the anime. The background music here and there did help to bring out the atmosphere but i think more could have been done in this area.Nonetheless, a commendable effort in this area.
The characters are the best part of the show. The character development in the show is astounding, best i've seen. All the characters have good depth reagardless of how little showtime they get, the producers ensured that each character had ample elaboration on.The flashbacks help to create depth in the haracters and show us the reasons for their determination or lack there of. It is a very realistic anime and touches on a lot of human emotions and institutions such as friendship, duty, family and so on. The characters portray these themes very well. Plus the weapons they get are freaking cool!
What else can i say, besides that the anime was the bomb! The comedy was not too lame and the fighting was awesome. The drama was gripping and leaves you wanting for more. I think another good thing about this show is that you get to empathise some of the characters, with so many different personalities in the various characters you are bound to be one of them.
Overall,out of all my favourites so far, this one would be at the top. The storyline, characters, animation and sound interwoven create a master piece that is not to be missed. If you think all shounens are easygoing , try this one out...it'll definitely show you a different story to other shounen. My praises would go on and on but alas i should stop.This anime is a must see. If you are interested in knowing what is going on after the anime you can always read the manga..it's a good read as well. I hope another season wil continue from where they left off cause the manga is way ahaead of the anime. read more
Oct 3, 2008
The art has a really cool goth theme but doesn't make it look bad. Sometimes when the characters fight or have a strong resolve or something around that, they put a nice glowing highlight in the eyes which make it look awesome.
D. Gray-man osts/ed/op are the best I've ever seen. Wada Kaoru(person who make the music for D. Gray-man) make it fit perfectly. The ops and eds have a D. Gray-man feeling and has a great beat.
The characters are really nice too. Allen is awesome! :D It's nice to have a variety of personalities in an anime. If you only started watching D. Gray-man, don't stop it'll get even better around the 50s and up! :D read more
Jun 19, 2012
D.Gray-Man is, in my opinion, definitely worth watching. Although unfortunately the remaining episodes of 51 onwards have yet to be dubbed it is still fun to watch with good action and humor. The characters are great, each with their own personalities, so they are easy to get attached to. The storyline is interesting as well. There are a some episodes that weren't based on the manga but it is still worth watching and a good way to spend your time. Something i'd recommend for a good show.
Aug 30, 2011
I'm not going to write a summary of the whole story here since they already put it up there.
The story line and the plot is really good. It's not like the other shounen anime that only have fighting and love scene through out the whole anime, It have funny scenes in there that can actually make you laugh out loud.
I was err amazed(?) and interested throughout the whole anime, thinking about what will happen next, I was just a bit disappointed at the end of the anime. D Gray Man is like some of the anime that is already completed but its not, :/ bare with me here. there is something wrong with the end, it's like a cliff hanger. I'm not satisfied at all. I want more. I want to know what happened next after episode 103. i just wish they will make another season of D Gray Man.
I have nothing against the characters. The characters are awesome! There's a mysterious atmosphere hanging around each of the characters. We don't know them that much but you grow to love them as you continue to watch the anime. The antagonists are just awesome. They are not that evil but they are evil. Best words to describe them is the word Sadist. They love to play around with people's mind and feelings and that's what I love in every anime villains. The main guys, Allen is also awesome, he's funny and he's not like one of those annoying main dude. I don't know how to describe it but as I said before you just grow to love them good or bad characters as you watch the anime. not to mean that they are all hawwwt! LOL jks. and plus its really hard to hate any of the characters except the Hitler looking dude (well its my opinion) I really disliked him. you will probably know what when you watch the anime. :)
I have nothing to say about the art of D Gray Man, well to be honest I started watching D Gray man because of it's art. It's good, well drawn and the characters are hot :P
The sound is alright, I don't really pay attention to the opening or closing songs of any anime so I got nothing to say for this as well. kinda boring but its alright.
I really enjoyed watching this anime, the anime has a fun flavor and I guess thats what make it different compare to any other shounen anime. I'm not really into gory, bloody and ecchi anime so I really enjoyed watching this anime.
Overall I can't say that D Gray Man is one of the "best" anime I've watched so far but It's a really fun anime to watch. The only thing that I am not satisfied with this anime is the last episode and I want to know more about the characters. It's such a cliff hanger. I guess I should just stick to the manga. but yeah. as I've said before. Its a good anime to watch :) 8/10 read more
May 22, 2008
After Allen Walker, 15, British exorcist, martyr complex saves the first episode, we get an introduction to the cast. One female character is introduced (Lenalee) and makes the male fans wonder if there will be potential for romance. Kanda Yuu, another male exorcist get into a scrap with Allen Walker. Then comes Lavi Bookman, Miranda and Krory. Then, the story just gets deeper and you wonder if the pope will agree. Honestly, the concept of innocence "god's crystal" is introduced. The antagonists are introduced- according to the exorcist is the unltimate source of evil, but has a human side that is not so evil. It makes you wonder more about life in general. Watching D.gray-man spent me more brain cells than trying to figure out Full Metal Alchemist's theory of equivalent exchange in terms of love. All the characters in D.gray-man are there for a reason, whether comic relief or advancing the plot. be prepared, you may fall in love with every one of them. All in all, the music used is nothing to scoff at. The voice actors and actresses fit their roles perfectly. "Sweet" Allen, "Shy" Lenalee, "Ice Queen" Kanda, "Boyishly good looks" Lavi all have wonderful seiyuus. Oh, and the fillers are to some point, tolerable. Don't worry, they are like episode-30 to 40 something. And they are only there because the producer strayed away from the manga's path. (Unlike those horrible 200 Naruto fillers, I only forgive because of shippuden.) If you don't like the anime, don't blame the series. The anime is never produced by the original author, always read the manga before judging the anime. In most cases, the original manga is the masterpiece and the anime is a spin-off the masterpiece.
D.gray-man is perfect for boys and girls alike, and the best part? Your little brother/sister won't get the plot= epic win. But don't just take my word for it, go read the manga and watch the anime yourself! read more
May 8, 2013
Story (9)- With such a (relatively) long series length, one might expect that the show's plot drags or contains numerous filler episodes, but the true reason for this unusual length is that the show just has so much plot, such great, powerful, and emotional stories that it would be a travesty (there I go again, overdoing it) to force it all into a more standard 24-ish episode length. The show's basic premise is interesting and provides great start for the series, which continues its power throughout.
Art (8)- Even though the animations are more or less average in here, the character designs are unique and memorable. The designs of the characters and the show's intriguing environment make these amazing art designs possible. Allen Walker is one of the most uniquely designed characters in anime, and the art works with this to create a strong experience (who can forget the Millennium Earl's creepily cartoonish appearance?)
Sound (8)- For the sake of brevity, I will quickly gloss over this section, which is regrettable, since there were some truly memorable songs in this anime. (one of which almost made me cry... a remarkable feat.) The basic point of music in this anime: it is well done and contributes to the mood, but I personally wish there had been even more of those hauntingly beautiful tracks.
Charcters (7)- The characters here do suffer from being a little flat in the beginning, such as Kanda's gruff "I despise you all" demeanor, but as the series progresses, these characters develop in their own time, giving them an almost organic feeling of personal growth (I've even grown a bit of a soft spot for Kanda after learning a bit more about him...)
Overall, this is not a series to be missed. It consistently does well in all areas, and the only major complaint I have is that there isn't more of it. After completing the entirety of Dubbed episodes on Netflix, I tracked down the rest of the show because I simply couldn't get enough. Sadly, I still can't get enough, which has prompted me to begin the manga. But back to the review! This is a great work, that will tug your heartstrings, loosen its grip for a second, and then firmly yank them again to create a wild roller coaster ride of emotions that is exhilarating and enticing as this is a damn good show. read more
Jul 16, 2010
Besides the gothic motif, the animation is not something to praise. It felt a lot more special in the manga, as the outlines there were a lot more grim and scary but in the anime adaptation, they look quite normal. Like almost any other shounen, it is full of rather clear-cut good guys and bad guys, dressed in clothes following a motif. The same cannot be said about the overall production values, as besides the nice color antithesis and the clear outlines, the rest of the budget feels rather run down, with plenty of stills. Plus it gets even worse during filler episodes. Still, those decorations around the Gothic world were quite catchy. The music pieces on the other hand seem to be the best part in the entire series. Rather atmospheric and fitting, although lacking variety. Voice acting was decent but nothing memorable.
The initial episodes are marvelous and really attract your attention. It is about an alternative Earth, full of gothic motifs, where an evil demon/ghost of sorts plans to destroy it by exploiting peoples’ grief over the death of their loved ones, luring them to raise the dead and thus creating monsters that kill innocents and sink the world into chaos. The heroes have to find Innocence, powers that protect the world, and battle the Evil Earl and his minions.
Such formula is more than familiar for a shounen series, but the interesting twist is that this happens in a Gothic world. Monsters are created and heroes gain power-ups in many shounen series; although here it feels somewhat less obvious as the monsters are made from love and innocence may hurt even bystanders. This is usually enough to keep the average viewer watching. The first dozen of episodes are just fine, introducing the main characters, their sad lives, the secret organization that was made to stop the Earl and the objective goals of each side.
The problem comes right after the basic plot and cast are presented. Typical to its genre, the characters behave in predictable shounen manner and the battles are full of power-ups, where they didn’t really need them to progress the story. I mean, giving the monsters level ups was ok the first time, as it was giving them individuality and personality (like Menos Grande in Bleach). But thereafter, it was just lame; leveling up for the sake of leveling up. Plus, the good guys typically gain extra power right when they want it, so it lost its suspense quite soon.
Another minus are the frakking fillers. So many of them and generally of the boring kind. One third of the duration feels dead time because of the fillers and another third feels boring because of the predictable battles. So, are we left with a good last third? No, not even that. For you see there is no conclusion; it ends half way through the story. Because even the manga stopped being made around the same time and the entire project was left incomplete.
So, you are basically left with an unoriginal story with a good main idea and less than a third of worthwhile duration. But wait, even the nice idea is not that nice if you look around. There has been a weird Gothic anime motif fad going around, so many anime seem to have the same feeling lately. There goes its last plus… Thus the mark of 2.
I’m not going into many details because down to it, if you have watched some Jump shounen, you know exactly what to expect. A pretty, kind-hearted boy as lead with a superpower that beats everything, a pretty girl as support, some other dudes as antagonists and sidekicks and the sort. The good guys are all young, yet have superpowers that level buildings and that is no surprise for this genre and thus not a minus. Seriously, the cast is quite typical for its genre; it pains even more to see that they hardly develop any further than the initial episodes they appear in. Or some flashbacks that simply explain their sad past and present role in the organization. And as always, power-ups don’t count as development.
Even the villains look cool but you hardly get to know anything about them, other than they just want to destroy the world. As for the monster minions, they are pretty much cannon fodder and you will lose interest in them a few seconds after they are defeated.
All things considered, the characters are ok for such a series and they’re colorized to a generally high degree. But that is that and no more. They are not special, unique or even complete. Thus, I give them the base for being simply nice to watch.
Although there was plenty of hype around it when the series was airing, all the fame went away quite fast when a certain-other-similar-anime began to air, so it didn’t even manage to get some historical value. It WOULD have some if it was complete or if there wasn’t this Anime Gothic Fad going on right now. If you compare it to other shounen, it is quite one-of-the-same. If you compare it to other Goth anime, it is by far the less interesting in terms of atmosphere or story. And it has lots of frakking fillers. So, the chances of rewatching it are few to none. You will remember it though thanks to its motif.
Another shounen series, which had the potential to excel, but also went under because of its bad planning. And in far less time than Naruto or Bleach. Besides the initial episodes and a few other ones here and there, this series felt generic and didn’t keep me very interested. So, I say go for the titles in my Suggestion List. They are very similar yet far more catchy.
Ao no Exorcist
And now for some excused scorings.
ART SECTION: 7/10
General Artwork 2/2 (nice Gothic feel)
Character Figures 1/2 (generic)
Backgrounds 2/2 (fitting with the feeling of the series)
Animation 1/2 (basic)
Visual Effects 1/2 (basic)
SOUND SECTION: 7/10
Voice Acting 2/3 (corny but fitting with the feeling of the series)
Music Themes 3/4 (not great but fitting with the feeling of the series)
Sound Effects 2/3 (ok I guess)
STORY SECTION: 3/10
Premise 2/2 (interesting)
Pacing 0/2 (slow and mostly fillers)
Complexity 1/2 (not much)
Plausibility 0/2 (none)
Conclusion 0/2 (left incomplete)
CHARACTER SECTION: 4/10
Presence 1/2 (generic)
Personality 1/2 (typical)
Backdrop 1/2 (generic and simplistic but it’s there)
Development 1/2 (overblown but it’s there)
Catharsis 0/2 (none, the show was left incomplete)
VALUE SECTION: 2/10
Historical Value 0/3 (none)
Rewatchability 1/3 (low because of too little plot)
Memorability 1/4 (the only thing worth remembering is the gothic motif)
ENJOYMENT SECTION: 4/10
Art 1/1 (looks nice)
Sound 1/2 (the music pieces are ok)
Story 1/3 (good concept but poor presentation)
Characters 1/4 (they are typical)
VERDICT: 4.5/10 read more
Nov 8, 2009
Honestly this anime has earned a spot in my top 10 anime list i loved the series, the story was great and intriguing, the comedy was there but not forced like some shounen animes and the animation was top notch.
The characters from the main character to the slightly side characters were all great, the abilities of the characters were great as well including the generals, during this anime there were some moments that brought a slight tear to my eye and i liked that not many anime's i watch can do that.
i loved the openings and endings and i would probably rewatch this series again. read more
Aug 15, 2008
Story-I give it a 10. D Gray Man gives that sorta-typical shonen feeling, then turns it around completely and makes it into an awesome, not your typical type of shonen but still rocking kind of an anime, which is VERY hard to find these days.
Art-Before you kill me because I didn't put 10, listen to me. I like the animation of this show very much. It is very detailed, very clear, very high quality.:D But I gave it a 9 because I prefer the manga's style of art better and the anime staff changed a few detailds that just made the charcters more...themselves. They were still awesome, but the manga displays more thoughtfulness and details.
Sound-Generally the music is very fitting to the mood, and unlike most other animes I watched, I enjoyed the openings and the endings very much. The seiyuus of the characters did a terrific job in voicing the charcters, though sometimes Allen sounds too feminine and Linali's voice is too high pitched, and at first Lavi's voice kinda annoyed me as it was very nasal. But you probably won't even notice it, it's just a few mistakes we make now and then.
The best thing I like about the characters is the fact that Allen Walker, the main character of the series, betrays the typical loud, outgoing, no manners or cares whatsoever stereotype of shonen manga.(*POSSIBLE SPOILERS!-*Like Bleach or Naruto...-_-*) In fact, Allen is very nice, well mannered, polite, and at the same time outgoing and friendly while he maintains intelligence and some coolness. This appeals to me very much.^^
Other charcters are interesting as well. Kanda can be, at a first glance, be a typical shonen rival, but you'll see he's not. After all, who has long hair and likes flowers?
Other charcters, such as Komui, Bak, and sometimes Lavi provide some comic relief while actually contributing to the series in some way. The charcters are equally balanced, overall.
D Gray Man has wonderful plots, art, sound, charcters, and not too much fillers! Who can resist that?
Overall-Perfect. I would definitley recommend this series. read more
Feb 19, 2009
For anime, you usually need to suspend your disbelief and just enjoy the story or the characters or the art. It isn't an exercise in logic or anything serious. However when it becomes that everything affronts your sensibilities, it's time to turn it off. This anime was beyond frustrating, very unenjoyable. I've been frustrated at animes like Bleach, Naruto, Hunter x Hunter, but nothing this awful.
First, I didn't read the manga, maybe that is where it all went wrong. It starts out by throwing you into a world that is far fetched, with unrealistic physics and what not. To be expected. The art is above average, the music was mediocre and forgettable. The main character is weak, without any distinguishable personality traits other than his clothing. There isn't any supporting characters that are worthy of note and it's as if the writers expect you to have logged in hours of previous anime viewing to understand things.
I only made it to episode 12, it was very difficult. There is so so many questions and holes, and not the good kind that you want to find out, it's the bad kind that you just wish wouldn't linger like a shot of cheap whiskey. I understand it's shonen, but seriously, does the main character have to be a scrawny do-gooder with a twisted morality? After 12 eps, it left nothing to be desired. The villians were obnoxious and petty. It was throw up juice for the mind.
I stopped it at exactly the part where the main character was given a chance to kill off a "bad guy," she says something like, "I know you won't shoot me." How does she know this? Because she has profiled him as a typical shonen anime character. Please show me something that makes me want to watch the next episode. Nothing. Stay away from this. Far away. read more
May 9, 2013
Story: The story starts as nothing special as it is centered to excorcists and demons. However as the story unveils there many mysteries around the main protagonists, such as Allen or Cross Marian, that make one eager to continue watching the episodes. Unfortunately the anime series has four filler arcs that are not that nice but i guess they are bearable. I believe the story would be much better without them. As for the main part the plot is about the
Black Order's struggle to exterminate all demon's that are created by the Millenium Earl, a very mysterious existence.
Art-Sound: As the anime is not very new the animation techniques are not splendid but it is common knowledge to all anime and manga fans that Hoshino Katsura's drawings of the protagonists are marvellous. As for the music, the OST's released are probably my favourite of all the anime i have watched because both the openings and the endings as well as the themes during the episodes are quite well orchestarted.
Character: The main protagonist is a 15 year-old boy named Allen Walker, who is send to become an excorcist as he is equipped with one Innocence shard, the main excorcist weapon. As a personality Allen is very kind and caring for his friends,struggling to protect them as well as pretty loyal to the Order. His main companion consists of Kanda Yu, Lavi and Lenalle Lee. Each has unique traits. Kanda is a bit antisocial,loyal,skilled as a fighter and very mysterious as well. Lenalle and Lavi are carefree characters having a lot of fun with Allen as they,as well, treasure the virtues of friendship.
Enjoyment: The battles are quite nice, as well as the mystery that unveils and the way each person's character is formed and developed are all very well made. So it's a very enjoyable anime with a lot of fun in a lot of scenes.
Overall: my overall score of 9 comes after considering most of the points referred above as well as the impressions i had while watching it.
Thanks for reading this review. If you have any questions or disagree with my opinions please don't hesitate to leave a comment and discuss it. ;) read more
Apr 4, 2012
In the first half of the show you get too meet Allen and Timcanpy Allen's companion and a golem given to him by his Master Cross Marian. Well Cross is missing through the show and while going in missions with Yu Kanda, Allen's first mission through out many missions he meets new friends like Lenalee,Bookman,Lavi,and Krory all become good friends and comrades. Later on this story takes a toll on going with the bad guys called the "Noah"which are really cool people to fight over and over again.
The plot is great I love how they direct this anime the only problem for was the repeting of the same soundtrack over and over again.the openings are awesome I love them all! The endings I only liked some either way the plot just good they only go back to the past on some parts like for peole who barely got their anti akuma weapons, the art is great for it's awesokme architecture and gothic clothing I just love the dresses the hottness,the lollita. The fights they sure a good amount of blood good for the people who love gore and blood there's no censoreship which is good. That's what gets people watching blood and a good plot and a twist of fate at the end that makes you want to read the manga after what you just seened.
I sure read and up to date too, I enjoyed DGM not just for Allen who which is my favorite character not just for his hottness but also his ways of smilling and caring for his friends once you meet and see what type of friend he is you'll say now that's a true friend and theirs many more characters you will love and have a connection with.the enjoyment is over the roof maybe past that worth watching until the end the Noah are the people you have to look for though trust me you will love thios anime I like re watched like 3 times and it never seems to amaze me bored overall I give DGM a 10 for best action, comedy,love scenes,body shots,strong characters that don't give up on their dreams to become great exorcist, archtecture the op an ed songs the hot guys,fights worth re wacthing over and over.
Well I hope you enjoy DGM like I did thanks for reading all this much.hope your choice is too see D Gray Man bye thanks again. read more
Jan 11, 2012
May 6, 2009
The story seems dull and unoriginal in the beginning, but it becomes quite complex once you to get into it. Allen Walker and the other "good guy" main characters are Exorcists who are supposed to in the beginning, simply help fight off demons that are terrorizing the world . They use "Innocence" which is a weapon which is unique for every person and only certain people are actually compatible into it. Later in the story, everything gets deeper as you find out that the ones behind all the demon attacks is really a big, happy family/organization of bad guys called the "Noah". They are supernatural, but still human which causes problems for Allen in the beginning. He thinks they are just like him, but he soon finds out they are evil....and strong. The characters have to suck it up, and attack these "humans" which, much to their dismay, also help in corrupting the world. The Noah also have a leader despite being incredibly strong whom is known as "The Millenium Earl". To the Noah, he is simply "Uncle Earl" or "Master Earl-sama". They treat each other like family which makes you see two different viewpoints since of course, the Exorcists think of him as the main, pure evil villain. In that respect, D. Gray Man is incredibly original. Seriously, when do you actually get some bad guys that act as a family and have some brains?
D. Gray Man's art is some of the best I've seen. The Exorcists all have beautiful uniforms, and everything EVERYTHING is gorgeous. Along with Kuroshitsuji, this has got to have some of the best anime-style art around.
Appropriate sounds are made when needed and all the voice actors have lovely voices. Even the theme/ending songs never fail to impress.
The characters all develop well. Although slow at times, they do so because, of course, they must. For the Noah, Earl, and demons, they have to plan new ways to stop the Exorcists. For the Exorcists, they have to gain more strength as the enemy is always growing. Akuma/demons actually level up which just adds to the mischief that the Noah are already causing.
I really enjoyed D. Gray Man although I must admit, it got slow in the middle and at the very end. Even so, the fascinating action scenes that they had made up for all of it. The suspense was killing me especially with Noah vs. Exorcist scenes.
Overall, I LOVED D. Gray Man. This shonen was definitely what I was looking for, and I'm glad I discovered it. read more
Oct 5, 2008
Jul 12, 2008
I recommend this anime 100%.
You will be at the edge of your seat, you will be sighing, if your the emotional type possible tears will fall.
Theres great characters.
Allen Walker (main character)-awesome 9.5
Those are two of my favorite characters in the anime/manga
Theres twists! Theres good characters! Good Plot! Theres funny moments, sad moments, plenty of action, and much more.
Any one looking for new anime to watch... You should put this on your list!
Mar 3, 2008
The plot is nothing unexpected, with the usual battling against evil theme. Animation benefits from some unusual images, for example the villain looks like a very harmless clown and has a lair like an oversized nursery, but is nevertheless very creepy indeed.
The only point that really annoys me is the amount of soppy dialogue in this anime whenever something that even slightly resembles moral dilemma comes into play. It really just goes on and on. I get the sense even the script writers are embarrassed by this as they have a tendency to spoil the atmosphere with what feels like to me inappropriate moments of comedy. This could just be a case of lost in translation of course.
Overall good middle-of-the road action type anime without excessive demand for brain engagement, it's serving me well as a nice break between bouts of revision. read more
Feb 18, 2008
The Art is unique, and represents the excellent manga series very well.
The audio sometimes gets repetitive, but the music and insert songs fit perfectly with the theme.
The Characters are all portrayed with unique attributes, and are all believable.
It's enjoyable to watch as long as it isn't a filler Arc, like Season 2.
Overall, I watch it because I'm hooked, and because it's part of Shonen Jump and it isn't Naruto.