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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.


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D.Gray-man Reverse (Novel) (Side Story)

Associated Names
디 그레이맨
Dī Gureiman
D. Gray Man
D. Grayman
D.Gray Man

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Status in Country of Origin
25 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1 (S1); Vol 17, Chap 165 (S2)
Ends at Vol 16, Chap 158 (S1); Vol 23, Chap 208 (S2)

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D.Gray-man by Akari

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User Rating
Average: 8.5 / 10.0 (2030 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.47 / 10.0
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Last Updated
October 23rd 2016, 8:02am PST



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Serialized In (magazine)
Jump SQ (Shueisha)
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English Publisher
Viz (24 Volumes - Ongoing)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #226 decreased(-4)
Monthly Pos #241 increased(+13)
3 Month Pos #227 decreased(-53)
6 Month Pos #176 decreased(-50)

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D.Gray-Man Resumes From Hiatus 107 days, 17 hours, 46 minutes ago
D.Gray-man Gets New TV Anime Series in 2016 With New Cast 491 days, 18 hours, 45 minutes ago
The art...? 647 days, 19 hours, 28 minutes ago
DGRAYMAN RETURNS JULY 17TH 657 days, 15 hours, 8 minutes ago
D.Gray Man Returning after a 2 year hiatus 698 days, 13 hours, 5 minutes ago

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not really amusing   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by sosise
July 3rd, 2009, 9:22am
from all those reviews that said this manga is good, i just cant understand. well, for a start, it;s only standard opening. great character design, but as time passed by, you can just see the plot. especially Allen, he is just getting irritating every single chapter being the goody-goody guy. he pictured as a real epic story hero and it really tiocked me off. FMA is way much better.
talking about character growing and stuff, i think this one have none.
no offense, just a comment. readable, but not a great manga.
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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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D.gray-man ROCKS!!!!!!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by mercurystar
May 14th, 2009, 5:51pm
D.gray-man is one the best manga i read so far.Its one of the shounen that I'm reading and doesn't seem so predictable. You can't just compare this with Bleach or Naruto.You just can't. It's so on a league of its own. It has a genius story plot that keeps you wanting more. Not like other shounen for instance bleach (i like bleach and all but you can't deny)that it keeps on going on in circles with the same people and same events. The characters and story evolve. You see struggle and heart break but you also see characters that keep on going when all the outcomes say "we are so going to die" and still find away to keep sane so how win with their pride intact. D.gray-man is a moving story that has an edge of darkness and whole alot of cool superpowers.
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fights weak, story strong   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by serobins
April 13th, 2009, 5:49pm
In a lot of ways, D. Gray Man just follows the same old shounen formula that we all know so well. In fact, the fights and the sidekick characters can be downright tedious sometimes. I've caught myself skimming the endless secondary character battles more than once.

What sets D. Gray Man apart for me is the protagonist and his story. The more it develops, the more achingly sad it becomes. There are plenty of manga where the good guys are pretty much doomed from the start, but most of those manga just leave me feeling sick and apprehensive about what's going to happen to the characters. The mood for this one is more bittersweet and poignant. It's worth reading for the main character's low-key but heartbreaking past and (probably) doomed future.

In tone, D. Gray is more like a tragic fairytale or a children's fantasy novel.

... Last updated on April 28th, 2009, 4:54pm
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Slow At First, But...   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Verarose
April 10th, 2009, 1:36pm
Okay got to admit most of the beginning chapters aren't the most exciting, though if you stay loyal to it, you will find more then a typical Shounen manga...To everyone who says its boring, umm, maybe you didn't give it a chance? It is a Shounen manga after all, it will have a lot of side things thrown in. I think the author could of made her beginning chapters a bit more better though-If you go read to the last ones, and then look back at those you'll be confused at the difference in everything.
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So promising...   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by Mizka
March 17th, 2009, 1:21pm
D.Gray-Man is a manga that thoroughly disappointed me - not because of how awful it is, but because of how wonderful the beginning was compared to the mediocre chapters following it.

The D.Gray-Man world pulled me in... the characters were interesting to me, and the premise seemed promising. The beginning sets you up for a surreal, gothic tale.

But that's not what you get.
I was anguished to see such a wonderful start head down a typical shonen path of cliches, accompanied by poorly drawn fight scenes and flat-as-cardboard, underdeveloped characters, which twists together to create a confusing jumble of ink on paper.

If you enjoy typical shonen manga as well as the darker side of entertainment, and you aren't confused easily, you'll probably enjoy D.Gray-Man.

If you enjoy the darker side of entertainment only, steer clear, lest you end up disappointed like me.

... Last updated on March 17th, 2009, 1:22pm
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Rating: 6.5 / 10.0
by Sanrein
March 15th, 2009, 4:57am
It's too idealistic for my taste. Even the name crack me up. "Innocene". To use innocence to fight. I couldn't stand it. I even have the anime dvds but couldn't finish the first disc.
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Disappointly formulaic   
Rating: 6.5 / 10.0
by Cheesyhoboe
February 13th, 2009, 4:01pm
I had high hopes for this manga after hearing good things about it, but unfortunately, as far as shounen manga goes, this is definitely on the weaker end of the spectrum. The problem with D. Grayman is that the story moves at much too far a pace for it's own good, leaving completely undeveloped and boring characters in it's wake. The story itself is nothing to write home about, and the world that D. Grayman is set in is definitely not as fleshed out as it could've been. That said, being an action manga, much of the focus on D. Grayman is on the fights instead of the story, but it even falters in this area. This is yet another manga where characters get power ups out of absolutely nowhere and people gain powers they usually wouldn't from the power of friendship. Another problem with the fight scenes in this manga is how absurdly cluttered all the manga frames are. I often found myself not being able to make head or tail of what was going on. The art itself is quite decent, though, with nice, clean and detailed backgrounds and characters, although the character design is incredibly generic.

Still, even with all the downfalls that D. Grayman has, I still found myself reading it up to the very current chapter, as it's not so bad that it's completely unreadable. It's just utterly mediocre as far as shounen manga goes with no above average qualities whatsoever. Read it on a day when you have nothing better to do.

... Last updated on February 13th, 2009, 4:03pm
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It hooks you in and won't let you loose   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Merlerna
January 5th, 2009, 8:49am
A intriguing manga that really have original ideas, characters, weapons, and plots. The emotions are real and the growth of EVERY character is noticeable (I hate it when only the main characters improve and everyone else is sitting duck or vice versa) The manga sometimes get really dark and serious but I think it's the way Allen and the others pull through it that makes it memorable.
I'm looking forward to Hoshino Katsura's future work!

... Last updated on January 5th, 2009, 8:50am
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Give D.Gray-man a try/   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by dezin19
January 1st, 2009, 9:29pm
The manga is in no way boring or confusing. D.Gray-Man is my favourite shounen manga by far. (With the exception of Pandora Hearts and a couple others). Why you ask? Well for starters:

1)No Romance- romance totally RUINS shounen mangas as far as I'm concerned. It's fine if it's friendship or whatever but when every other page is like "I'll save you *insert girl name here*" I just want to kill someone (there was a tiny bit of it with Lenalee, but that was more friendship than anything).
2)It has a slightly more dark and real-world-esque/old-euro feel to it. It does wonders for the manga in this case, and I love the style. The themes also compliment the characters nicely, and vice-versa.
3)Original concepts. I haven't come across another manga that has "Innocense" or "Noah", both are original concepts/terms (in this context) created by the author. The church thing and "akumas" has been done before, but I think Hoshino-sensei has done an great job with it. It all fits together nicely.

If that isn't enough, the art is good (although I prefer the middle art style as opposed to the newest style), the characters are good (and not annoying, not even the girls...) and the plot is intriguing enough.

UPDATE: As of 2012: The new art took some definite getting used to for me. The manga went on haitus right after a new ark began and that kind of threw me off. I'm not sure why, but the manga just doesn't have the same feel now as it did originally. The latest chapter (April 2012 issue) seems to be getting things back on track and shows a bit of promise on bringing back some of the original feel. The plot is still good even after a bit of a rough patch and it is still one of my favourite shounen manga. Imma gonna keep reading!

... Last updated on April 29th, 2012, 2:30am
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