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D.Gray-man  
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Description
Set in a fictional 19th century England, D.Gray-man is the story of Allen Walker, a 15-year-old boy who roams the earth in search of Innocence. Washed away to unknown parts of the world after the Great Flood, Innocence is the mysterious substance used to create weapons that obliterate demons known as akuma.

Type
Manga

Related Series
D.Gray-man Reverse (Spin-Off)

Associated Names
ディー・グレイマン
ดี.เกรย์-แมน
驱魔少年
Dī Gureiman
D·格雷少年
D-Grayman
D. Gray Man
D. Grayman
D.Gray Man

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Latest Release(s)
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Status in Country of Origin
24 Volumes (Hiatus)

Completely Scanlated?
No

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 16, Chap 157

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D.Gray-man by Akari

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Average: 8.5 / 10.0 (1919 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.47 / 10.0
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Year
2004

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Serialized In (magazine)
Jump SQ (Shueisha)
Shuukan Shounen Jump (Shueisha)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
JManga (Chapter 1 Preview - Defunct)
Viz (23 Volumes - Ongoing)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #238 increased(+32)
Monthly Pos #274 decreased(-27)
3 Month Pos #211 decreased(-5)
6 Month Pos #218 increased(+23)

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Allen looks lilke Vash here... 212 days, 1 hours, 3 minutes ago
On hiatus again? 232 days, 1 hours, 28 minutes ago
218 602 days, 19 hours, 4 minutes ago
Now where was I...? 619 days, 19 hours, 11 minutes ago

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It's taken over my life. Literally. (If tl;dr, read bold)   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Baniita
March 12th, 2013, 4:57am
It's definitely not perfect, but this series has completely captured my heart and soul. Being a part of this fandom is heart-tearing, painful, and absolutely wonderful, and I've enjoyed all 8 years of my fandom. Its tragic moments clobber you with feels, and the comedy (though often disruptive to the mood) is hilarious. The worst part, is of course, the constant hiatuses and cliffhangers and mysteries solved only to create more mysteries. The author deals with tendonitis. The series has suffered in quality ever since the editor changed (think of Y-sensei as Hatori from Bakuman in terms of competency, and her current editor as Miura). Everyone around me surfs from one main fandom to another, from DGM to KHR to Ao no Exorcist to Magi... Each time, leaving behind the previous, but with me, this has remained my absolute favourite series.

D.Gray-Man actually has a real theme, not just only of friendship, and isn't all ultimate good vs. ultimate evil. It's centered around the idea of the "grey" between the black and white of good and evil. It doesn't seem so at first, but gradually you realize that the villains aren't completely evil and they have human sides to them. Then, the "good" sides starts showing signs of evil. It reminds me of Dorian Grey, with the same theme, with all the gay and UTS between the two protagonists, and sometimes I wonder if that's what the D stands for... (Kanda is Henry, Allen is Dorian? Pfttt)

I've never read anything else with characters so deeply lovable and endearing. The character designs (pre-v18, anyway, before the Noahs went gay disco) are flawless. The art is absolutely stunning, and it often takes me half an hour just to read a monthly chapter because I'm savouring the art. The art is ever-changing, which is unique to this series alone, I believe--each art style has its own appeal, and personally I love them all, but I especially like the art styles during v8-10, and v18-23+ best. Hoshino-sensei's weakness is drawing battle scenes (they're usually unclear), but she's improved a bit. There's this one battle scene in chapter 182 that literally took my breath away (Allen and Kanda, with how well they don't get along, sure fight together in perfect sync.)
The character designs are so flawless, they even happen again and again. (see: the protagonists of No.6 and K)

The relationships are deep and have real foundation, each bond has their own flavour. Instead of One Piece, for example, where the bonds are mostly all hearty and light, simple and straight-forward.
Allen and Lavi are best buddies, like Harry and Ron. Allen and Lenalee have a weird "love each other but not IN love" kind of thing, while I think Lenalee's the only girl Lavi is seriously interested in. Kanda loves her like a sister, and he's only really somewhat tame with her. Kanda and Lavi have a subtle friendship, they mostly don't communicate much, but Lavi thinks he's interesting (to tease). Lenalee is like the mother hen of the three.
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Kanda has a very deep and extremely tragic love for Alma. So deep, it transcended from his previous life before his artificial rebirth. A lot of people fuss over the gender of Alma. Her soul is female. Her artificial body is male. Either way, who cares. Love is love.

...As for Kanda and Allen. Well, Kanda is Allen's foil character, rival, arch enemy, reluctant partner, and they are each other's salvation. They have by far the most interesting relationship. They absolutely hate each other because, as Marie put it, they're so similar. They're very much alike, and yet exact opposites. They don't hold back with each other. Allen never puts up his gentlemanly facade with him. Nevertheless, they care way more for each other than they would ever admit. Also, their bickering scenes are absolutely hilarious, and the funniest parts of the series.
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The salvation comment--Kanda and Alma were both saved because of him. And Kanda is to bring "salvation" to Allen--by being the one to kill him, should he turn into the 14th completely. The others love Allen too much to do it, and apparently Kanda's different, so it's practically an unspoken promise between the two. He's even possessive of this exclusive right of his. Of course, we know Kanda likely won't go through with it... Either way, I find it ridiculously romantic. Remember Guzol and Lala? Lala wanted to die only by Guzol's hands. "Kanda came back for Allen's sake", just to do this. He chose hell for Allen. My point is, their relationship is absolutely beautiful, regardless of its nature.

The main idea of halting the apocalypse and recreation of the world isn't anything new in terms of plot. There's the "item collection" trope, too, since they're scouring the world in search of Innocence. This manga has many cliches, but there's nothing wrong with cliches if the author manages to rock them--and rock them she did and beyond.
There are some original aspects of this manga I really, really love, such as the idea of akuma. Demons are a common theme, but she took that and completely made something new and interesting.
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The idea that the akuma are borne out of love--humans wishing back their dead ones, trapping their souls in the machinery, which then crawl into the host human's body, is very romantic, dark, and super interesting. The fact that they evolve, too, is kind of cool.
Her monster designs are grotesque, unique, and absolutely sick. I really like her pop-goth style for Yoshi and the akuma. The form the Ark takes is completely different from what you'd imagine Noah's Ark to be (a ship)--it's sci-fi, and super cool. There's science, alchemy, and sorcery all in there in a perfect blend. The spells are different from the typical magic you usually see. The science is more advanced, and thus makes it an alternate history. There's manga like Toriko, where the attack names are just plain stupid, and then there's D.Gray-Man, with cool names like "Cross Grave" and "Edge End". And we've seen nyoinbo staffs, but this is the first time I've seen a nyoinbo hammer! Fusing bodies isn't new, either, but the way Jasdero and Devit shoot each other to combine is awesome.
This gothic neo-Victorian world that Hoshino created is wonderful. This manga is very much character-driven, and each arc is very touching. Miranda is my favourite female character from this series--and she's extremely relateable, and quite inspirational. Krory is a bad-ass "vampire"--why can't vampires these days be like him when he's in bi-polar mode? The Ark story has a lot of mixed reviews, but I absolutely loved it. The zombie filler arc was friggin' hysterical, and it's even better than Kuroshitsuji's Titanic-Zombie arc. The idea of the Noahs, how they each embody a different Noah memory, is extremely interesting. D.Gray-Man does resemble FMA in a lot of ways, actually, as many people have noticed. But to comment that it's a copy is completely asinine, as each manga has their superior elements. And for another, the memories aren't all sins. "Dreams", "Pleasure", and probably eventually "Love". "Love" seems to have its own meaning in this series, too, when Hoshino talks about it. I'm sure it has to do with the Heart.
In no way is this manga religious, thankfully. It centers around religious themes, but as Lenalee so accurately addressed God, "to the God whom I hate so much" (I love that line), none of them are actually religious. How could they be, after all, when they've gone through so much despair. The fact that they've all forsaken god, and are just fighting for each other, has me shaking in feels.

I'm sure I'll still be in this fandom until the end. (Unless Lenalee and Allen become a couple.) Hopefully, it will end properly, without a rushed ending, or have it get axed. This series is very dear to me, even if the fandom is so inactive. In the end,
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I don't care if Allen dies. Actually, I'd rather if he and Kanda died together. Neither of them have much time left, anyway... Well, if I could have it the way I wanted, I'd make them immortal together, but that's not just not going to happen.
I hope Lavi finds the answer he's looking for. I hope Kanda can find peace with no regrets. ...I hope Allen keeps walking up to his very last step.

... Last updated on March 12th, 2013, 6:02am
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I wish there were more shounen manga like this out there...   
Rating: 9.9 / 10.0
by tgirl
October 1st, 2012, 12:34pm
I was really late into this series. Got into it around the year, 2008 or so. So, this was after Hoshino had a break and switched from weekly to monthly. Honestly, I think that was a good thing. Most manga stories are MUCH better when they're monthly than they're weekly. (Even if one of her monthly releases pumped out 25 pages at one point in time.)

Before 2008, I thought this would be a pretty shallow typical filler ridden cliche shounen that was all about exorcists verse Akuma. Good verses evil, and nothing more to it. I avoided it like the plague. Then, I stumbled upon the certain spoilerish words through Google associated with D.Gray-Man, and I thought, "what? There's a _______ involved?" I then spoiled myself a little as to what the significance of the ________ meant. Following that, I started to read D.Gray-man from the first chapter up to whatever chapter was available at that time.

I couldn't believe I avoided DGM for so long. It's pretty much the only Jump series that I'm buying with pride. A lot of the DGM characters are likeable. (Even Johnny, who represents us "humans". He doesn't just wait to be saved. He tries to make a difference in the story. I don't mind his perky personality either. It compliments Kanda's personality. *grins*)

The fan-service is very tame, in my opinion, for a shounen and I'm happy for that. I noticed that in the beginning set of volumes, the story formula almost went typical shounen. You have your introduction. You have character arcs and some battles that last a few chapters. But, even these battle arcs are sooooo much more bearable and understandable than just about 90% of other action packed shounen stories that have characters screaming things like "I'm gonna attain Golden Rank after defeating you so don't get in my way!!"

When it comes to the "typical" shounen battle arcs, sometimes the artwork becomes a little confusing with the blood popping up and people's heads being smashed. Then, I can't tell who's who. But with DGM, since it's exorcists verse Akuma, it's a lot better than seeing human verse human fights. Hoshino's action scenes aren't really her strong point but I can tell who's who when they occur.

Another plus with these character-battle arcs, is that, all of these are NOT filler. A lot of these arcs help move the story to go forward since Allen, as the protagonist, is involved with each of them. Each arc holds a bit of significance for character development or future development. Example (spoiler for volumes 20+):
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After the 2nd exorcist arc that focused on Kanda's past, Kanda was "magically" sent to the very town that was the first joint-mission between Kanda and Allen. Thus, that town served as a representation of change for Kanda as a character and as a person. It also served as a reminder about how Kanda treated Allen way back when they first met.


The last exorcist related arc with Timothy
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held a piece of significance for Allen because it reminded him of his relationship with Mana. Timothy may have almost felt like he was just added in for the fling of it, but, I really appreciate his existence as the "bratty kid" of the group. Looking forward to seeing him use his third eye powers a bit more. And when I think about it further, he may serve as a counter for Wisely?


There is only one arc, in the entire story, that I felt was almost the closest thing to a filler arc, because it contained a Deus-Ex-Machina ending. That was the silly
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"Destruction of the Black Order" arc. I like how Komui put an end to it by naming all the names of the people lost, and thus, caused the ghost to find some peace. I also enjoyed some of the funny moments in it. And yet, the whole thing occurred so randomly and unexpectedly. It just felt out of place in the entire story. It's like it happened one minute. Then, Reever comes in and everything goes back to normal just like that? Whaat? This Deus-Ex-Machina was still a little better than Avatar Korra's 1st book ending. Korra's Deus-Ex-Machina was just ughh.....nooo.. Too rushed. With DGM, Hoshino didn't dwell with the ending so I didn't mind that at all. It was just a few text boxes and that was it.


Going back to the story formula related talk a bit more, I like that things suddenly changed from the traditional shounen set-up when the manga shifted from SJ to SQ Jump. You're no longer seeing "Akuma making trouble arcs with exorcists saving the day", but arcs that focus more and more on the mystery of the Noah and how they're related to Allen. That's a far departure from other shounen stories, which would usually focus a lot more on good verse evil fight arcs on a constant (annoying) basis.

Speaking of mystery, DGM is one of the few shounens that can give me that "sense of anticipation" feel. There are definitely a lot of mysteries that show up throughout the story, which goes beyond the question of "who has the Heart?"
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Who is Allen Walker? Who is Mana Walker? Who is Nea Walker? Who is the 14th? What was Cross's past like with the 14th? Timcanpy belonged to who? What exactly is Tim made of? What is the mark on Kanda's chest? Which side is the Hitler guy on? Which side is the 14th on? Are they any Noah on the 14th's side? Lavi, where are you!!?? When do we get to see the other Noah in action? Can Allen, himself, convert Akuma? How the heck do you defeat the Apo guy!!? And so forth and so forth.....


Among some of these questions, we have some answers to. Others, we don't know. The further we go on in the story, we get more answers and more questions. I enjoy this sense of anticipation that's on the same level as "Pandora Hearts" and "Bokura no Kiseki" for me.

In terms of the DGM artwork, the changes in the art styles don't bother me at all. It happens with every single mangaka. I can also tell who's who so that's not a problem at all. I've come across other manga art styles where you really can't tell who's who sometimes. (i.e. Peach-pit.and shoujo characters. ....... Koge Donbo's artwork is worse though. Raggh. Big eyes. Similar hairstyles. What to do?)

Bottom-line, if you're looking for a shounen that doesn't exactly go black and white, but gray, with some religious references, D.Gray-Man is worth every shot. Especially, if you're tired of shounen cliches, shounens with simple plots, and shounens that don't really move any of their plots forward.

All that's required of you is to use SOME of your brain to think out of the box as well as a bit of patience as it's a monthly release. I recommend old readers to just read the story from the beginning if they felt, in any way, lost. The story really makes sense, minus the arc with the Deus-Ex-Machina ending.

... Last updated on October 1st, 2012, 12:56pm
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READ the Context!   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by BRC Queen
March 22nd, 2012, 7:07am
Well, I'm sure I'm not the only one who thought that my previous review is too long to be called one, hm? So, let's change it, shall we?

First, read the spoiler below if you think that this a stupid manga because God just created a self-destruct button called the "Heart"...

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The Heart is the key to the war? *snort* With the recent development in the latest volumes, I think the so-called Heart is the evil one in this war rather than the Earl...


Ha, great going. If your brain didn't explode from ch. 202 - 213 I congratulated you, literally

Okay, first off: this is one of a heck complicated manga. You really, really need to actually READ the context of the speeches and thoughts in the manga CAREFULLY. Don't just skip from panels to panels like a mad rabbit.

Also, if you're NOT a fan of plot-twists and just love to be right, this awesome manga isn't for you. Why? Well, this manga has a LOT of plot-twists that almost no one can predict... Basically, everything after the first 15 volumes is a twisted wonderland of cliffhangers and plot-twists. I've read a lot of mysteries, and this manga definitely will make anyone think harder than Death Note, Sherlock Homes, and whatever out there. I mean, who had guessed about C.M.'s "death" in that way?! It's the best WTF moment, and ch. 212... and ch. 213... and vl. 17... All chapters ended with cliffhangers and suspense.

Second; don't babble out 'oh, the author is freaking slow and lazy...' As I said, this is a manga with many twists. Honestly, I've been a theorist for a long time and I couldn't imagine how hard Hoshino is doing to research for information. And her illness is taking a toll on her. It's the back bone, people; the most risky and painful to take care of after the brain and liver cancer. Impatient reader, just shut up and go somewhere else.

It's simple, really. If you're confuse, then you're NOT smart enough to understand anything as complicated as D.Gray-man. There are more than one reason this manga is rated for OLDER TEEN, you know.

And what is so much more unique other than the plot-twists in in D.Gray-man? It's the characterization. It's. Just. Perfect. Unlike most shounen manga, they don't just yell "I'll protect my nakama!" and fight then win. You can really SEE the bond that they make and share. With their friends as well as their enemies.

This manga is getting more and more realistic: no one is black, no one is white why some humans are capable of doing inhuman things? Why some of us have no sympathy and just kill? In D.Gray-man, eveyone that are evil truly have their reasons for doing what they're doing. The church isn't the nice one, yet the Noah Clan isn't the bad one... So, which one is the other?

Really, you can't hate anyone in D.Gray-man. They always, always have a reason or two for every of their decision. The bad guys are NOT just any other antagonists where they are hungry for power, money, and other cliché things. Their actions are deeper than we all guessed on the first few volumes.

Complaining about the art? Well, I highly recommend you to buy the one released by Viz. They are FIXED by Hoshino and are much more comfortable to look at. The lines are thinned, the color are repaired... once you buy the volume, the word gorgeous just cross your mind. And remember, Hoshino loves to hide things and add a lot of details and symbolism. The art isn't too 'packet' or 'messy', it just has a lot of details that your brain backfired.

And my warning for any younger teens that are planning to read D.Gray-man: this manga is dark. Very, very dark and horror-ish. Though I won't call this gore. Yet... Anyway, this manga contains religious theme, explicit child abuse, few sexual hints, violence, a lot of blood, mechanical skeletons shoving themselve down people's throat, childern mutilating another child up... (I do regret buying volume 20 for that reason...) Since its move to SQ Jump, there's a high chance of D.Gray-man changing to seinen...

In short, this manga isn't for everyone. If you're impatient; love to be right; hate plot-twists; love cliché things, this manga IS NOT for you.

... Last updated on April 10th, 2012, 11:26am
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Memorable   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by letterbee96
June 21st, 2012, 9:00am
For someone who has stuck to this manga from the start, I have always enjoyed it. The starting is fast paced and you see and learn about new characters and stuff. After a 100 chapters, things start to get a bit fishy and little by little the plot increases obscurely. Next thing you know, the art has change, the characters increased, abilities increased and the vulnerability of the main character is shown. Recently, the story focuses solely on Allen which is what everyone's been waiting for since the Ark arc. Kanda has also been on the go too! Just wished the three month time skip was explained clearly...
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Started out amazing, but changes make it hard to continue   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by Cassiopea
April 27th, 2012, 7:52pm
This is tricky, as D.Gray-Man has been a long time favourite of mine. Lately however, it seems so different, to the point I can't even recognize anymore. It really is like a whole new mangaka had taken over.


First off to begin with, the manga is a solid and excellent read for many many chapters/volumes. The plot is unique and grabs your attention, there are enough characters (Both the protaganists and antagonists) that are fluid, evolving, different and you will know doubt have at least one favourite. The pace is very good, with a blend of great humourous scenes as well as many dark, deep, Victorian-style scenes. And for those who lean towards the fighting scenes, there is a comfortable amount of that, which include plenty of meaning behind them - even if they might take longish sometimes.

Eventually however...things start to dwindle a little. Many aspects start to change, even the drawing style and the characters physical appearances. The original plotwists were interesting, but now there is too many stretched/repeated plottwists, and feels like the main story has fallen off the rocker a little.

If you love 19th century themes, that will also eventually start to die off slowly.

So, it's hard. I love D.Gray-Man, but there is definitely an adjustment period going on.


I highly recommend, to anyone who reads this review, to absolutely try beginning the series anyhow. There is a nice long portion of great material. It's just that there is a bit of a transition phase, particularly with the most recent chapters, and you will just have to decide then what to do - some people will like it, some people won't care, or in the case of people like me, it will feel really strange, and just not the same. While I will still read new releases, I am not as eager or anticipating them anymore.

Maybe it will get better - as of now I'm writing this in April, 2012, and am talking about disapointing chapters prior to that. So who knows *shrugs*. But nevertheless, as of now, I have not been as content as I used to be.


D.Gray-Man....I miss the old you.

... Last updated on April 27th, 2012, 7:53pm
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Great but frustrating   
Rating: N/A
by Lally
May 15th, 2009, 12:06pm
D Gray-man is a very good manga. While the basic structure and character types don't break any moulds, Hoshino-sensei (who is a woman, by the way) obviously has a wonderful imagination. As such, the series is full of original concepts and ideas. Also, Allen is one of the most endearing shounen leads around. Throw in lots of bishies, great stylistic details and fantastic artwork and it's easy to see why the series has attracted numerous fans of both sexes.

The problem I have with it is that I feel D Gray-man falls short of its (very high) potential. The main reason for this is because the action scenes are so badly executed. Basically, you have no idea what's going on. Perspectives change with no warning, action from panel to panel is hard to follow, the drawings themselves are sometimes indecipherable. It just goes to show that artistic skill doesn't always a great mangaka make. In the world of shounen manga, these have got to be some of the poorest action scenes I've ever seen, not because they're badly drawn, but because the panels just don't flow, they don't make sense.

Admittedly, I haven't read far into the series so I can only hope that this aspect is improved on. Also, it's a bit of a shame that some people are put off by the slow start. It does get better.

At this point, I am buying/reading this manga because: I like Allen and am interested in seeing where his story goes; the side-characters are pretty interesting too (except Lenalee who is just a pain in the backside); and I can't get enough of the styling/artwork. However, there are some areas which need serious improvement. Hoshino-sensei really needs to work on her battle scenes, and there needs to be a stronger plot direction than what I have seen so far.

Overall, I would recommend this series to hardened shounen fans who don't mind swallowing some shounen stereotypes to get to a good story. The feel of D Gray-man is kinda like FMA so it's probably not fast-paced or simple enough for younger readers. If you're aren't really into shounen, then I can't see D Gray-man holding much interest (unless the lure of bishies and pairing potential proves too much for BL fans to bear).

EDIT: another thing that bothers me is Viz's treatment of the series. Maybe it's just early printings, but I found a few typos in some of the volumes. Also, the naming of characters is sometimes inconsistent, eg. Reever is called 'Riba' in one of the author's notes, and Lavi is called 'Rabi' in another author's note. ALSO, I don't get why Viz kept the Japanese-ified 'Arystar Krory'. Surely, given that in the manga the characters are supposed to being speaking English, this should be something like 'Alistair Crawley'? .... beats me

... Last updated on May 24th, 2009, 10:46am
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Give it a chance   
Rating: N/A
by blackwhiteneko
July 30th, 2011, 4:59am
Although its been through a its rough patches it seems with the latest chapter 206 its improving a great deal. Yes the artwork has changed dramtically BUT BIG DEAL, it looks a lot better and cleaner in the lastest chapters since 200. Get over it. I've been a fan for quite a long time and I have comptemplated in dropping this series but I stuck with it and I'm glad I did! One of the strongest points of this manga is its PLOT and it went a bit all over the place for a time. However, its becoming better recently, it somewhat feels like the old D.gray-man again, well at least to me.

I wouldn't listen to some who have not properly read the manga all the way through to lastest updates. I'm not saying its absouletly fantastic again BUT its shows strong signs of its potential.

Really, if you are willing to give it a chance, read it! but if you are tuned off that easily by some things like the art or certain parts of the plot don't bother. Sometimes it will go on the a short hiatus but its because of the author's health but she's still doing it!

I'm going to read it until it takes a turn for the worst which I think is still unlikely seeing as its finally picking up again. But if it does, then I will give up on this series but its knowing the right time when to give up. Read until the latest chapters I'd advise you and you decide whether you want to continue it.
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Started good   
Rating: 8.6 / 10.0
by CuthienSilmeriel
July 6th, 2008, 4:24pm
Well the name and the image of The Millenium Earl (the antagonist) put me off at first as I thought this manga would be too childish but I watch a few episodes of the anime out of sheer boredom and was hooked. Initially I loved it, the plot was intriguing and the characters interesting. Lately though I'm beginning to habour a deep desire to shoot Lenalee. She started off a kick-ass fighter and has degraded into a pathetic, useless crybaby. I hate it when a female character ends up being present solely to show of the chivalry of the guys and give the group a weak link to protect so they can do the whole 'I'll never forgive you. I won't give up' speech. Also the plot is lagging. They focus more on pumping lots of fight scenes into in that actually developing the storyline and it only drags the plot on. The previously fantastic art style has morphed into something unappealing to the point of being off-putting and the same themes seem to be repeated. There is still potential here as the plot thickens but this series no longer has me eagerly await new releases. It still surpasses the likes of Naruto and Bleach though.

Plot = 7/10 (fight scenes get a bit tiresome after a while)
Art = 9/10
Characters = 8.5/10
Overall = 8/10

... Last updated on October 29th, 2008, 6:09pm
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yes.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Havenc1
March 25th, 2012, 12:47am
Its in my top 10 (cant tell you the exact ranking because my top ten has like ...20 different mangas lol..its hard to choose ;~;..)

Very VERY good fighting scenes in my opinion, they don't drag on for more than like...3-4 chapters? unlike other mangas where its 20 frickin chapters just to kill one annoying ass idiot GAH!

anyways, the drawings are wonderful from the start and get even better in the recent chapter (allens so sexy~)

The plot IS a little scattered, but ya know that's to be expected, you've got like, 20 different characters and even MORE gets added as the story goes on, if i was her I would get very lost haha XD
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and she kinda sprung that whole thing about Allen being evil on us. I wasn't expecting that, I was expecting more like..."The person who took care of me after being abandoned gave me his awesome 'save the world' powers " lol but i like this better


So...I would give it a ...9/10
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Highly reccomend   
Rating: N/A
by Pokeshippers
September 12th, 2009, 5:19am
Ok it isnt often that i go out of my way to actually review a manga like this but i just had to in this case.

At first the plot seems laughable in its own way, seriously a villain who is a big fat alien looking character, and monsters that look like a balloon with a canons over it, and the goal is to defeat these things... wow was the first thing i thought as it sounded rediculous.

But then it all started to change these balloons started "evolving" changing into different levels and becoming much credible things to actually fight, then the Noah come along which started to increase my interest even more and before i know it i am absolutely hooked.

The plot takes some time to actually get going but once it appears you find yourself unable to stop reading, the characters are unique such as Allen, Originally he starts of as a goody-goody which kinda annoyed me but then he changes, he starts becoming really cool and with the occurance of the "Musician" it becomes even better.

The super powers start to become more interesting as at first i was not so keen on wow look allen has a demonic arm thing yay, but then even those improve.

Now dont look down on the manga for the start, i am so glad that i have a sort of 50 chapter rule where i dont give up unless i am really finding it hard just to read a chapter due to bordom, because it really does pick up and become one of my favourite manga.

I believe that this is/will be the successor/rival of the top 3 battle manga it has the potential, the characters, plot.

It does/did go on hiatus alot but it restarts November 4th 2009 as a monthly serialization so it may not go on Hiatus as much.

Well thats all i wanted to say, i'd give it higher than a 10/10 if i could but i cant lol.

Happy reading x
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