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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)
c.218 by MangaStream (609d ago)
c.217 by MangaStream (622d ago)
c.216 by Imperial Scans & Mangaholic (726d ago)
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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)

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Weekly Pos #299 increased(+24)
Monthly Pos #314 decreased(-67)
3 Month Pos #213 decreased(-7)
6 Month Pos #226 increased(+15)

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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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changes   
Rating: 7.5 / 10.0
by caitnap
September 4th, 2012, 12:12am
D grayman used to be one of my top read, but after 200+ ch, the scanlation started to slow and with all those changes, I decided to hold the book off. Haven't read after the ch 200 something.

So, yeah, I give this upper-mediocre rating as I truly enjoy this at the beginning.
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more miss than hit   
Rating: N/A
by k.bell11
July 26th, 2012, 3:52pm
at first i really liked it, i thought it might defy shounen conventions and be awesome, but its not. The humor is a little off, the tone isn't consistent, and its hard to really care about the characters.

All around its like a really badly done Full Metal Alchemist, same plot, attempt at similar characters (Allen is edward, Kanda is roy, lavi is al), and the same religious symbolism, all tied up in a save the world plot. So skip this and read FMA instead.
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Love the anime and manga!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by FMACodeBleachMan
June 29th, 2012, 6:06pm
I loved the English anime, with the voice acting of Kanda and Allen and Kroary and Lavi and all the others! I bought both seasons in English and can't wait for the next season!!! I finished reading the series quickly because i also wanted to know what was going to happen next. I love it, especially Allen's reaction to Cross! I love all the random hilarious moments!! smile

... Last updated on July 5th, 2013, 12:15am
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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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Tragedy   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by melloh
June 8th, 2012, 1:37am
I loved D.Gray-man. The key term being "loved". Everything about it was great. It had a great story-line that always kept you wondering and wanting more, the art was really detailed and mature, and the characters were always evolving.
Now, it's just unbearable to read for me personally. The story isn't as interesting anymore and the characters have seemed to stopped growing especially, Allen (the main character), who should be the one who experiences the most growth. Not to mention the art style has changed dramatically, in what I believe to be a bad direction, and it has lost all that Victorian charm it used to have.
This manga used to be so awesome. I know the mangaka is sick, but the story is lacking a lot of the good stuff it used to have.
I only gave it a 7 because of where the manga is headed now, but had it not changed for the worse I would have definitely given it a 9.5. However, this manga is still a must read!!! I recommend it to anyone who likes a manga with a decent amount of action, humor, and an interesting story-line.
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hoping   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by rosalie.
May 14th, 2012, 12:22pm
at first it was great, but it went downhill like others have said but has rised up a bit in previous chapters and I am happy about it! I hope it will be as good as it was before and I hope I can enjoy it like I used to smile
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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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tiring   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by whitespade
April 2nd, 2012, 5:13pm
first off, i am avid shounen/seinen manga reader so battle manga is not new to me. however, d gray man have too many battles that i became battle fatigued. i found myself constantly flipping forward just to get over the battle and get to the new plot only to find more battles. is it because i read this in bulk from the first ch to 212th? i dont know, but it sure is tiring. the art also dont help. to me, it is a very beautiful style with lots of shadow and glaze, i actually take time to appreciate some panels while in most manga i just zoomed on. however, too much glaze make the battle even more confusing than it need to be. probably it is too artistic that it is hard understanding.

eventhough i really am bored with the battles, i really like the underlying plot. i want to know who have the true god, that's why i read it till the end. i want to know more about noah, the church, 14th, innocence...i think with all that happen theres still very much that needs to be uncovered. i am also liking the way that the church seems to do a lot of evil deeds in the name of god.

as a character, i could care less about allen. he is such a generic shounen hero he is forgettable. actually i find none of the characters in this manga worth caring about, worth to be hated or worth to be loved, they are just vehicles for the plot to move on. well johnny is annoying and that as much as i can to muster any feeling. well, as this manga is plot driven rather than character driven i suppose it is okay.

all in all, go for it if you love battles, pretty art, and internally dark themed manga. but i wouldn't recommend this manga as i personally have read far better ones that actually make me care. i am not impatiently waiting for the next release and it wont impact me if i never get to read this again, however it is not a total waste to anyone who want to read this.

... Last updated on April 2nd, 2012, 5:15pm
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