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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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Continue (Spin-Off)
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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c.227 by MangaStream 3 months ago
v.26 c.227 by Starbuds 3 months ago
v.26 c.226 by Starbuds 6 months ago
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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 (2056 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.47 / 10.0
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April 12th 2018, 10:25am PST



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English Publisher
Viz (25 Volumes - Ongoing)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #325 increased(+96)
Monthly Pos #672 increased(+100)
3 Month Pos #748 decreased(-405)
6 Month Pos #295 decreased(-121)
Year Pos #197 decreased(-39)

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Forum Posts
D.Gray-Man Resumes From Hiatus 9 months ago
D.Gray-man Gets New TV Anime Series in 2016 With New Cast over 2 years ago
The art...? over 2 years ago
D.Gray Man Returning after a 2 year hiatus over 2 years ago

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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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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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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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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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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
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
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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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"...

Spoiler (mouse over to view)
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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Fast-Paced Title   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by CCheshire
February 14th, 2012, 4:26pm
I heard about DGM awhile ago, but I never managed to start the series until recently. I read the first vol to the latest chapters within a few days, and I have to admit there is potential.

Plot: Young orphan joins secret organization to defeat "akuma" and he meets a variety of different characters and learns about his past.

Starting out it feels episodic, with Allen going out for each mission and for many of the action fights it's confusing with the sudden changes in POV or when he "levels up". Halfway from into the series, we finally get to the main idea about antagonists and some background history about the Black Order. There are short chapters devoted to some of the supporting characters and their individual histories.

Characters: Large cast of main and supporting characters. I admit I started to become slightly confused since people appear and disappear from parts of the chapters frequently. I feel that it's somewhat too busy, and some of the characters don't really have much time devoted to their individual stories. Still I find Allen relatively likable as a MC and no one was extremely annoying in any of chapters.

Art: Yes, I did notice a big change from the beginning chapters to the latest chapter released. I'm in favor of the new art changes, the line work is cleaner and I find it easier to follow the panels. There is a strong "gothic" look to DGM with strong use of contrasting colors. Unfortunately, some of the fight scenes are confusing and tend to take over multiple chapters.

Recommended: Yes. It starts out kind of loosely plotted, but later on it shows potential for a interesting story.

Edit: It restarted approx back in '15 but so far I'm still totally lost. Since it's a quarterly release I hope they plan to resolve some of the major mysteries SOON. I'm debating if I want to re-read the series since so much time has passed b/t chapters. I wish they had a summary before each new volume.

... Last updated on July 27th, 2016, 5:27pm
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Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by TisiphoneStar
November 13th, 2011, 7:55pm
It's...a pretty average shonen IMO...extremely long fight scenes, comedic characters, save-the-world arc-oriented plot. I've read to volume 11 before I dropped it. It's not bad, but there's not much to hook me to the plot or the characters and I'm not a devoted enough shonen fan to like stories without a likeable plot or characters. Read it if you're bored and want to see some fight scenes.
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9/10 then 4/10   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by centzon totochtin
October 4th, 2011, 4:46pm
I would agree with the previous review and add that at some point the art style changes so much that it's hard to recognise people. It seems more like a different person writing it than just the mangaka being ill, but I guess people can change that much.

But still, the first 3/4 or so is awesome, a but derivative but so's everything.. and some really memorable fcked-up moments. and the anime is even better. Just read it until it starts really annoying you, then make up your own ending. Or wait for the Anime to re-start and hope for some serious editing (because there's still a story in there somewhere, and it is starting to get better again), but that will probably never happen.

... Last updated on October 4th, 2011, 4:47pm
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