Despite the recent Akuma attack, the members of the Black Order are in high spirits as they set about moving to a new base. Immediately upon his arrival, however, Allen Walker is suddenly called by the Central Agency and has his arm forcefully sealed by the Order. He is then led to a surprising meeting with his master, General Cross Marian, who reveals staggering secrets surrounding the enigmatic 14th Noah.
A phantom thief incident, the arrival of a mysterious group of Exorcists, the death of an important comrade, and an all-out battle against the Noah Family—just what does this mean for Allen, Yuu Kanda, and the rest of the Order? This is but the beginning of a series of strange, seemingly unconnected events that lead to something far greater.
How long has it been since LA watched the original series...5 and half coming up 6 years?...you have NO idea how much LA had been waiting for this.
8 years later since D.Gray Man finished and we have FINALLY gotten a continuation to one of LA's most nostalgic anime, so did Hallow live up to the original or did the sequel curse fall upon it???
The plot say the least have some major problems with it's pacing, mainly it being inconsistent, however it can easily be compensated for it's tightly woven character development to some of our main characters, Hallow especially focuses on Yu Kanda, Allen Walker,
the Millennium Earl as well as some newer characters like Alma Karma and the short arc with Timothy. Nonetheless with all these characters moving around along with the MANY new villains' plans and motivation can rather make this anime's plot feel rushed but do take it's time when trying to unravel character development to these characters and take it's time in doing so. Hallow also seemed to skip a certain portion of the anime so it can quickly move to the Timothy arc, what LA think about this, well LA didn't read the manga til that point so LA really didn't know until a character handwaved the missed plot...ehhh if it was the get to the better plotlines or wasn't as crucial that TMS Entertainment did leave it out for a reason, LA didn't mind. What Hallow also comes into light is the Order isn't what it seems as the good two shoes organization trying to eliminate the Akuma as it really isn't the entirety of the Order who are at fault, but more like two certain members *cough* Lveille you bastard hypocrite *cough* and the Alma Karma arc not only develops what evil deeds the Order did and how magnificently it backfires on them with the Third Exorcist Project but simultaneously gives Alma Karma and Kanda the development they needed (Kanda especially as he really didn't get much development more or less hints in the original). Finally Allen goes into the crossfire of ALL of this plot and becomes a rather unique case of a main protagonist, sure it brings into light that both the Order and the Millennium Earl might as well be both evil and yet in brings up "who is the TRUE evil" and this statement goes straight back to Allen as a character. Yeah the plot has pacing problems to say the least and takes more of a focus to certain characters and the rest becomes either plot devices or supporting characters, but if it character development and world building (TRUE world building) you want Hallow gives it to you.
Well since the plot is interwoven by it's characters...LA already talked about the characters. Well there's one thing LA missed. LA's favourite character?..it has always been Lenalee Lee and always will be and she was the MAIN reason LA came to love the series in the first place, sure it doesn't become Lenalee Lee's story in Hallow, but just seeing her again was so nostalgic (new hairstyle and all...as for the new voice actor...well that a bit later).
The soundtrack felt like a blast to the past, keeping the original soundtrack for the most part just under a lighter, softer tone remix. Nonetheless, having this soundtrack with that slight remix gave LA a quick approval to this soundtrack. Call it nostalgia blindness...but LA loved the soundtrack even if is a remix.
In terms of voice acting, well there is actually alot to talk about this as Hallow gave us a entirely new voice cast. Allen's, Miranda and Kanda's voice actor (Ayumu Murase, Ami Koshimizu and Takuya Satou respectively) fit in to both the characters and their original counterparts, LA didn't really have a problem with Lavi's new voice actor Natsuki Hanae (though LA thought he's missing something), however LA had something that irked on Lenalee Lee's new voice actor Ai Kakuma (now LA will say that LA could actually see Ai Kakuma voicing Lenalee, heck for LA it made sense as LA thought that Ai Kakuma would be something like a spiritual successor to Shizuka Ito, however Ai Kakuma had something of a higher pitched voice but that wasn't LA's problem with Ai, it was that Lenalee lost her "ojou-dereness", however LA quickly grew with Ai Kakuma's voice acting for Lenalee, though LA just kept thinking Shizuka Ito voice her better and why Lenalee was LA's favourite character in the series in the first place. If there was anything Ai Kakuma could have done to properly fit into Lenalee Lee, she could have projected a bit of Isuzu Sento from Amagi Brilliant Park (for her maturity and her deadpanned ojouness) and less Hanabi Ayase from 12-sai.: Chicchana Mune no Tokimeki, Ai Kakuma thankfully got better...by the final episode, but still, SHE GOT BETTER. LA will emphasis this for the voice cast, for the most part, the new cast fit it quite well in some regards, as for Lenalee Lee's new voice actor, LA doesn't hate Ai Kakuma voicing her, she just had to adjust from being a squeaker kind-hearted character to an ojou-kind hearted character. Now onto some better news, LA quite enjoyed Millennium Earl's new voice actor Yutaka Aoyama who replaced Junpei Takiguchi and thought that Yutaka's replacement was ok in LA's books. Now for the best voice actor in Hallow however goes to Yui Kondou for LA, where Yui voiced Road Kamelot who replaced Ai Shimizu, same psychotic yandere and anti-villain charm she had in the original and the change of voices didn't change it. Wow LA talked ALOT about the voice actor section..moving on...
In terms of animation, done once again by TMS Entertainment to say the best it feels really polished from the original (to be expected), the characters are alot shinier in design and the battles move more smoothly than before, also the eldritch abominations that appear in this anime (and no not JUST the Akuma), it's amazing what detail they put into it. The comedic moments also bring up the typical anime emoji what little comedic moments it has considering the VERY serious tone it starts and ends with. Overall, Hallow had some very decent animation across the board and LA can overlook the few rare times of animation errors.
LA won't tell much about the ending as it still has lots of plot threads left and it just feels like that Hallow has only just touched the tip of how D.Gray Man could have turned into. There is SOO much more left and LA obviously wants another season.
D.Gray Man is such a nostalgic shounen anime which LA wished and begged for another season and LA wished has been fulfilled, yeah Hallow has several flaws that it can easily be subjected to sequelitis, but for an anime sequel LA has been waiting ALMOST HALF A DECADE for, LA can overlook these flaws and see why it even exists. LA is soo happy to even see a sequel to D.Gray Man and call this nostalgia blindness (similar to LA view on the soundtrack) but LA doesn't care. Hallow you have your problems from it's controversial new voice cast to it's inconsistent pacing in it's plot but LA doesn't care. Come on just seeing a sequel to such a nostalgic popular shounen anime that took 8 YEARS to get made again as well as an anime that was HUGELY influential to LA as an anime fan even now is amazing to see again, nostalgia is a high factor for LA especially from D.Gray Man and is essentially what drove LA into still liking Hallow.
OK so I somehow managed to complete the anime but GOD that was Torture for me.
D.Gray-man is a Master-Piece for me whether it was the manga or the 1st season anime and I was SOOO HAPPY and Overjoyed about the announcement of the 2nd season after so long. So if you're not a Hardrcore fan of them like me then this review is not for you cause you'll think that I'm Overreacting.
It picks up from where it left in the previous season leaving some chapters but sticking closely to the manga which is the only good thing about this show beside promoting the
#Sound & Characters
I convinced myself to accept the change of the Seiyuus and give a chance for the new ones since I like most of them in other works but I was SOOOO DISAPPOINTED. There was a killing SHALLOWNESS in their voices and not even 1/10th of the characters's feelings and emotions that you feel in this important turning point of the manga (or what we felt from the previous Seiyuus) presented, and so the characters personalities and characteristics were all gone, which is SOOO VEXING and SAD and basically RUINED the whole show. T~T
(Oh, But I liked the old music background they put, It gave me a nostalgic feeling.)
#Art & Enjoyment
The art and animation were average overall to poor at some points and jokes and funny interactions between the characters were dead even though their amount was small in this point of the original work but their presentation was bad.
For their defense MAYBE the short limit of the 13 episodes which had to cover this arc was the reason of such POOR Performance, STILL its disappointing and heart breaking for me no matter the reason . Even with all this I still have no heart to give it less than 8/10 honoring This Master-Piece of a manga.
D.Gray Man picks up where it left off at the end of the last series while also skipping the zombie arc from the manga. The new arcs in this season are very interesting but are poorly skimmed through to meet 13 episodes which I thought was poorly done as the studio did add in new scenes. However the overall story is still good and does remain true to the manga which I thought was very good.
Art in this season has been changed from the previous to match the authors art, it's good but too inconsistent with the animations some episodes seemed poorly done
and others felt outstanding, there really was no overall standard in art and animation in this as the animation in some scenes were just poorly done and kinda ruined the experience for me.
OP is amazing and catchy but also quite generic.
Overall the voice acting does take some adjusting to if you loved the original like me, however I did get used to them all, Miranda's new art and voice acting is pure shit and I think they screwed up here trying to match the last VAs voice acting rather than doing their own thing.
I really love the characters in D gray man and hallow, the reason that this isn't a 10 is simply because some of the old characters that we know and love are unessesaryly involved in this series where as in the manga they were not important at all, yet every episode we'll see Lavi and Lenalee but they're really not important at all and I think that's where the anime also screws up because this season was meant to be about Allen and Kanda.
I really did enjoy this but I also had hype for the series return and unfortunately I was disappointed in some areas and the studio really didn't seem like they were putting in their 100%, I've seen much worse anime but they at least had consistent decent animation throughout the entire cour
D Gray Man Hallow is a hard show to recommend. In one case it is a blessing to the D Gray Man fans that desired a sequel to the show following the climatic end of the last series. However, for viewers that watched the anime only it might seem as a bit of a disappointment.
Story: 8/10. Prior to this shows announcement, I read the D Gray Man manga and realized that their are elements of the story that the anime series ignored or replaced with filler. I felt more attached to the story of the manga after reading it and watching the original show over,
so I have a long for the story that D Gray Man Hallow is telling (as it is one of my fav Arcs) but when removing my bias, I can see why people won't like the story of the anime. It kinda jumps all over the place in the early episodes rushing through story arcs in order to get to the main story that lasts for the majority of episodes before ending with another climatic ending (which is frustrating but understandable as there isn't enough manga material to continue on). But I don think that there is enough enjoyment for both the readers of the manga and the anime viewers to enjoy.
Art: 7/10. D Gray Man has never had amazing animation, it has good animation but never stunning and expensive animation like Ufotable puts outs. It is kinda evident that the show didn't have a large budget during certain scenes early on in the show. However, the show was much more like the manga's designs than the first series was (kinda like how FT 2014 switched to designs like the manga) which was a welcome change to me (though I don't think it was the best choice). Also I do not understand why Allen's hand is suddenly red again when in season 2 of the original show it became black...ugh nitpicking.
Sound 9/10. Nothing much to say here its basically the same soundtrack as the orignal show which is awesome. I do have to say that I enjoyed the opening and ending song of the show as it was the mixture of somber and action packed fights that the show possesses.
Character 7/10. Again, nothing much to say. The characters other than Allen and Kanda don't get much development. But this is likely due to the shows run time of 13 episodes compared to the 103 episodes of the original. If you liked this cast though there really isn't much of an issue, one thing I can say that I liked about this show is that I didn't have to listen to Lenalee's past again (they like repeated it 5 times in the original show, we get it she has a lot of problems with the order before her brother came).
Overall, I can give this show a solid 7.8 or 8 out of 10. Its definitely not perfect and won't appeal to you much if you don't know anything about the show. Yet, its a love letter to the fans of the original and perhaps that hints there's more to come.
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