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D.Gray-man
A young silver-haired teenager wearing a black and white outfit. He also has a red hand. He is accompanied by a clown-like dressed man with a brown jacket, and a black and purple hat.
The cover of the first Japanese manga volume release featuring Allen Walker and The Millennium Earl
ディー・グレイマン
(Dī Gureiman)
Genre Dark fantasy, tragedy[1]
Manga
Written by Katsura Hoshino
Published by Shueisha
English publisher
Viz Media
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump (May 31, 2004 – May 11, 2009)
Jump SQ (November 4, 2009 – December 29, 2012)
Jump SQ.Crown (July 17, 2015 – Present)
Original run May 31, 2004 – present
Volumes 25 (List of volumes)
Light novel
D.Gray-man: Reverse
Written by Kaya Kizaki
Illustrated by Katsura Hoshino
Published by Shueisha
Original run May 30, 2005December 3, 2010
Volumes 3
Anime television series
Directed by Osamu Nabeshima
Nana Harada
Written by Reiko Yoshida
Music by Kaoru Wada
Studio TMS Entertainment
Licensed by
Madman Entertainment
Original network TV Tokyo
English network
Original run October 3, 2006September 30, 2008
Episodes 103 (List of episodes)
Anime television series
D.Gray-man Hallow
Directed by Yoshiharu Ashino
Written by
Music by Kaoru Wada
Studio TMS Entertainment
Licensed by
Original network TV Tokyo, TVO, TVA, BS Japan
English network
Original run July 4, 2016September 26, 2016
Episodes 13 (List of episodes)
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D.Gray-man (Japanese: ディー・グレイマン Hepburn: Dī Gureiman?) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Katsura Hoshino. Set in the 19th century, it tells the story of a boy named Allen Walker, who joins an organization of exorcists named the Black Order. They make use of an ancient substance called Innocence to combat the Millennium Earl and his demonic army of Akuma who aim to destroy mankind. Many characters and their designs were adapted from some of Hoshino's previous works and drafts, such as Zone. The series is noted for its dark narrative, which once led Hoshino to rewrite a scene she found too violent for the young demographic.

The manga began serialization in 2004 in the Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine, published by Shueisha. The series suffered multiple hiatuses because of Hoshino's health issues. D.Gray-man made the transition from a weekly to a monthly series in November 2009, when it began serialization in Jump SQ. On December 29, 2012, the series went on an indefinite hiatus. The series began serialization again on July 17, 2015, in a spin-off magazine of Jump Square, Jump SQ.Crown. The manga chapters have been collected in a total of twenty-five tankōbon volumes. As of August 5, 2014, Viz Media has released 24 volumes in the United States.

There is also a spin-off novel series titled D.Gray-man Reverse, written by Kaya Kizaki, that explores the history of various characters. The manga has also been adapted into a 103-episode anime series by TMS Entertainment. It aired from October 2006, to September 2008, in Japan. The anime is licensed by Funimation in North America. A 13-episode anime series, D.Gray-Man Hallow, was produced by TMS Entertainment. It aired in Japan between July and September 2016, acting as a sequel to the first D.Gray-man anime series. Several related items of merchandise have also been produced, including two video games about the series.

The manga series has become one of the best-sellers for Shueisha, with over 22.5 million copies sold. In both Japan and North America several individual volumes have been featured in weekly top ten lists of best-selling manga. Although most reviewers deemed it similar to other series from the same demographic, they praised its moments of originality, and its well-developed characters and their personalities in contrast to other shōnen series. Hoshino's artwork has earned mixed praise due to its visually appealing characters and fight sequences that are difficult to follow.

Plot[edit]

Set in the 19th century, D.Gray-man follows the adventures of a 15-year-old exorcist named Allen Walker, whose left arm can transform into a monstrous claw and destroy creatures known as "Akuma". They were created from the souls of deceased people by the Millennium Earl who wishes to destroy humanity. Allen wishes to free Akumas' souls after his late guardian, Mana Walker, was resurrected by the Earl. Losing control of his own claw, a younger Allen destroyed Mana's Akuma. After finishing his exorcist training with General Cross Marian, Allen joins the Black Order, an organization attempting to stop the Earl. With his injured left eye, caused by Mana's Akuma, Allen can detect disguised Akuma, making him a powerful asset for the Order. He is sent to recover pieces of Innocence, a substance giving the Exorcists the ability to destroy Akuma. The Earl decides to call together the Noah Family, superhuman descendants of Noah, who can destroy Innocence.

In his search, the Earl begins killing the Generals, the Order's most powerful Exorcists. To protect them, the Order attempts to bring the Generals back to their headquarters. Allen and three other Exorcists are sent to find the missing General Cross, but Allen and Lenalee Lee are nearly killed during the mission. They are saved by their Innocence, causing the Earl, Bookman and his apprentice Lavi, who are chronicling the war, to believe one of them possesses the Innocence Heart. The Heart is an Innocence that could give them victory over the Noah.

After Allen and his allies fight the Noah in a dimension known as the Noah's Ark. As Cross is found, the Ark starts collapsing and nearly kills everybody inside it. However, Allen is forced by Cross to play Ark's piano, restoring the area. Afterwards the exorcists, alongside Cross, return to the Order. There, Allen's master reveals that Allen is to succeed Nea—the 14th Noah. Nea was killed for betraying the Earl, but, before his death, he implanted his memories on Allen, including the ability to control Noah's Ark. This leads the Order to suspect that Allen might betray them. In a later mission Allen disobeys orders to destroy the Akuma of a person named Alma Karma, who Allen sends away alongside his fellow Exorcist Yu Kanda to another area through Noah's Ark. This causes Allen to be eventually confined due to fears of Nea's return. The Noah frees Allen from the Apocryphos, a sentient Innocence that guards the Heart, and this causes the Order to revoke Allen's rights as an Exorcist and treat him as a Noah. As a result, Allen abandons the Order but still decides to continue fighting Akumas. Both the Order and the Noah then begin searching for Allen.

Production[edit]

A short black haired Japanese woman.
Manga author Katsura Hoshino has thanked her editors for the series' popularity.[1]

Some of the concepts in D.Gray-man first appeared in Katsura Hoshino's one-shot title, Zone. This earlier work includes the same concepts of the Akuma, the exorcists and the Millennium Earl's plans for ending the world. Allen Walker is also based on the previous series' female protagonist. However, Hoshino changed some characteristics to make Allen look more masculine.[2] In addition, Lavi is based on the protagonist of one of her planned series, Book-man.[3] Other characters, such as the Millennium Earl, Lenalee Lee, and Komui Lee, are based on real people, although Hoshino has not confirmed the identity of those individuals. She has mentioned that some of them are famous scientists, while Komui is based on her boss.[4][5][6] The character of Yu Kanda was created to introduce a change to D.Gray-man's Western setting with him being based on Japanese samurais.[7] Nevertheless, she found the design of some characters difficult in the beginning of the series.[8][9] Hoshino feels grateful to the editors assisting her, and says she owes her series' success to them.[1]

To gather research for the series, Hoshino visited New York and she believes the city has a big influence on her work. She also visited graveyards as a resource for the series. Ground zero at the World Trade Center, left after the September 11 attacks, also made a big impression on her as did the guides' comments; Hoshino commented she would prefer to visit again as she did not have much time to stay in New York.[1]

The Ground zero at the World Trade Center site influenced Hoshino's work.

After beginning work on the longer D.Gray-man series, Hoshino considered continuing to use the name Zone. She also considered naming the series Dolls or Black Noah. She chose the title "D.Gray-man" as it meant to have various meanings, most of them referring to the state of Allen and the other main characters.[10] While the title's meaning was not further explained, the author later reveal the "D" stands for "Dear".[11] Hoshino commented that she got most of her ideas for the series while asleep in the bath for six hours.[12] However, there are some exceptions; for example, the plot of the second volume was based on a Noh story called "Koi no Omoni".[13]

When the series moved from weekly serialization to monthly, Hoshino heard concerns expressed by multiple readers that the manga was going to be cancelled. She reassured fans the series would continue.[14] It was by this time that Hoshino set up Kanda's backstory by introducing the Third Exorcists, characters related to him and the Alma Karma's character. In her original drafts, Kanda's past had multiple plot holes. In the rewritten one version which was published, one of her ideas by Hoshino was that a child Kanda would walk across a path surrounded by all the people who have been taking care of him. Due to how violent it was, the scene was replaced with Kanda finding out that Alma Karma had killed all of them because she found it was less gorier. Still, by the time these chapters were collected in a volume, she added a small chapter to show all the corpses.[1]

Additionally, Hoshino noted the character of Lavi was highly popular with fans, taking third place in a popularity poll behind Allen and Kanda despite not appearing very often in later story arcs. Nevertheless, she promised the character would return in future. The story arc involving Alma Karma proved difficult for Hoshino because it featured several characters. As a result, this arc set up for Allen's departure from the Black Order and featured fewer characters per chapter. The character of Apocryphos was introduced as a hint of the Heart, a plot element which was briefly explained in a past story arc and as a result it would make an appearance later. She has also commented that while the series' main theme was "tragedy" she still aims to make it fun. Also, Hoshino noted D.Gray-man has a dark narrative and plans to write more lighthearted series after D.Gray-man ends.[1]

Anime[edit]

 A black-haired Japanese man holding a book while talking through a microphone.
Japanese voice actor Toshiyuki Morikawa noted how the staff got along while making the D.Gray-man anime.[15]

In the making of the first anime adaptation, the manga author often visited the studio of the developers, TMS Entertainment. There, Hoshino received requests from voice actors who needed advice with their characters. While Hoshino was nervous when talking with the actors, she expressed surprise when seeing the actors' practising for some characters most notably Sanae Kobayashi (Allen), Takahiro Sakurai (Kanda), Katsuyuki Konishi (Komui) and Hiroki Tōchi (Cross Marian). She also joked how Lenalee was more "beautiful" upon seeing Shizuka Itō's work. During one of the days of the making of the first anime, Hoshino was presented with, yet incompleted version of the first opening theme: "Innocent Sorrow" by Japanese rock band Abingdon Boys School. Once seeing the video with Allen being shown in movement for the first time, Hoshino started crying with the rest of the staff laughing.[16] Tyki Mikk's Japanese actor, Toshiyuki Morikawa, recalls the recording sessions for the series were "lively" as a result of gathering multiple popular actors. Despite the anime's ending, the actors kept getting contacted, having become friends during the work.[15]

For the anime sequel, the series was given the subtitle "Hallow" in reference to Halloween. During such time, it celebrated the "revival of the dead" and thus TMS Entertainment celebrated the "revival of the D.Gray-man anime series".[11] All the Japanese actors were replaced including Ayumu Murase voicing Allen and Shinnosuke Tachibana voicing Howard Link among others.[17] Nevertheless, both anime adaptations retained most of the English cast which was made by Funimation.[18] In the English version, Allen has been voiced by Todd Haberkorn who has said that voicing the character was one of his favorite works in his career.[19]

Publication[edit]

Cover of a magazine featuring a silver haired teenager with a red left hand and wearing a black and white outfit. The upper part of the image has the Japanese title for the magazine whereas the bottom has the title of a series in English.
Cover of the first Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine to feature D.Gray-man.

Written and drawn by Katsura Hoshino, D.Gray-man manga series started its serializion in Weekly Shōnen Jump by Shueisha on May 31, 2004.[20] The series was put on hiatus twice due to Hoshino falling ill; it resumed a few weeks after each incident.[21][22] In November 2008, Weekly Shōnen Jump announced that Hoshino was again putting the series on hold because an injured wrist.[23][24] Publication resumed on March 9, 2009.[25][26] The series once again went on hiatus beginning on May 11.[27] It reappeared in the seasonal magazine Akamaru Jump on August 17. Following the release in Akamaru Jump, D.Gray-Man resumed serialization on November 4, 2009, in the monthly magazine Jump SQ.[28] It went on hiatus again on December 29, 2012. The manga began serialization again on July 17, 2015, in the quarterly Jump SQ.Crown.[29] Individual chapters are published in tankōbon format by Shueisha. The first complete volume was released on October 9, 2004, and 25 volumes have been released as of June 3, 2016.[30][31]

At the 2005 San Diego Comic-Con International, D.Gray-man was licensed for an English-language release in North America by Viz Media.[32] The company released the first collected volume of the series on May 2, 2006, and released the 24th volume on August 5, 2014.[33][34] Viz Media has also started to re-publish the series in a 3-in-1 edition format, with eight 3-in-1 editions released between July 2, 2013, and November 3, 2015.[35][36] Digital versions of the volumes were also released by Viz Media from July 9, 2011, to August 5, 2014.[33][34] Madman Entertainment published Viz's 24-volume English release in Australia and New Zealand[37] from August 10, 2008, to September 10, 2014.[38][39] The manga has also been licensed by: Chuang Yi in Singapore,[40] Culturecom in Hong Kong,[41] Daewon C.I. in South Korea,[42] by Glénat in France and Spain,[24][43] by Grupo Editorial Vid in Mexico,[44] by Panini Comics in Brazil and Italy,[45][46] by Tokyopop in Germany,[47] and by Tong Li Publishing in Taiwan.[48]

Anime adaptations[edit]

In June 2006, Shueisha announced that the D.Gray-man manga would be adapted into an anime.[49] The episodes of the first D.Gray-man anime are directed by Osamu Nabeshima and produced by Dentsu, TMS Entertainment, Aniplex and TV Tokyo. TMS Entertainment produced the animation and Aniplex was responsible for the music production. The episodes began airing on October 3, 2006, in Japan on TV Tokyo.[50] The first season of the anime, known as the "1st stage", aired for 51 episodes, finishing its run on September 25, 2007.[51][52] The second season, known as the "2nd stage", began airing on October 2, 2007, and finished its run on September 30, 2008, lasting 52 episodes, bringing the total to 103 episodes for both seasons.[53][54] All episodes were released by Aniplex on 26 DVD compilations, released between February 7, 2007, and March 4, 2009.[55][56]

The English adaptation of the first 51 episodes was licensed by Funimation during May 2008.[57] These episodes were released in North America on DVD between March 31, 2009, and January 5, 2010.[58][59] The series made its North American television debut when it started airing on the Funimation Channel in September 2010.[60] The first 51 episodes were released on four DVDs by Madman Entertainment between August 19, 2009, and May 13, 2010;[61][62][63] a DVD box was published on June 6, 2012.[64] In the United Kingdom, Manga Entertainment released the first season in four parts between February 22 and October 18, 2010.[65][66] A box set was published on December 6, 2010,[67] but the second season was not licensed as Funimation did not dub it.[68] On June 30, 2016, it was announced that Funimation had acquired the rights to episodes 52–103 of the original anime.[69]

A second TV anime series was announced at Shueisha's 2016 Jump Festa event.[70] Katsura Hoshino stated that the new series is a sequel to the first anime, rather than being a reboot in order to avoid confusion. The new series, titled D.Gray-man Hallow, is directed by Yoshiharu Ashino and written by Michiko Yokote, Tatsuto Higuchi and Kenichi Yamashita, featuring character designs by Yosuke Kabashima and music by Kaoru Wada. Crunchyroll aired the series on their official channel.[71][72] It began airing on TV Tokyo on July 4, 2016, and ended on September 26, 2016.[73] It was also broadcast on Animax Asia.[74] The home media release of Hallow has been delayed; no reason for the delay or new release date has been provided.[75]

Soundtracks[edit]

All of the music for the D.Gray-man anime series was composed by Kaoru Wada, and four CD soundtracks have been released in Japan by Sony Music Entertainment. The first, D.Gray-man Original Soundtrack 1, which contains 34 tracks, was released on March 21, 2007, and also includes the first opening theme of the series and the first two ending themes.[76] It was followed by the 32-track CD D.Gray-man Original Soundtrack 2 which released on December 19, 2007. It includes the second opening theme of the series, as well as the third and fourth ending themes.[77] All opening and ending themes were also collected in a CD called D.Gray-man Complete Best, released on September 24, 2008. Its limited edition includes an extra DVD that contains creditless footage of the intro and closing scenes from the shows and many anime illustrations.[78]

The third soundtrack, D.Gray-man Original Soundtrack 3, which contains 31 tracks, was released in Japan on December 17, 2008. It includes the third and fourth opening themes of the series, as well as the fifth to eighth ending themes and the insert song "Hands Sealed With a Kiss" (つないだ手にキスを Tsunaida Te Ni Kisu o?), sung by Sanae Kobayashi, Allen Walker's first Japanese voice actress.[79] Another soundtrack, based on the Hallow sequel, has also been released on September 28, 2016. Titled D.Gray-man Hallow Original Soundtrack it contains 40 tracks, including the opening and ending themes of the Hallow series.[80]

Related merchandise[edit]

Video games[edit]

Two D.Gray-man adventure games based on the events of the first anime series have been released. The first one is for the Nintendo DS and was released in Japan by Konami on March 29, 2007; It is titled D.Gray-man: Kami no Shitotachi (D.Gray-man 神の使徒達?, lit. "D. Gray-man The Apostles of God") and follows series' plot beginning with Allen and his comrades being playable characters.[81] The second video game, titled D.Gray-man: Sousha no Shikaku (D.Gray-man 奏者ノ資格?, lit. "D. Gray-man Player"), was released for the PlayStation 2 on September 11, 2008. It starts with Allen training in the Asian Headquarters of the Black Order to regain his powers he lost after a previous battle and rejoin his allies who are fighting the Akuma and Noah.[82][83] Additionally, Allen Walker and other characters from the series are featured in the Nintendo DS fighting games Jump Super Stars and its sequel Jump Ultimate Stars.[84][85] Allen also appears as a support-only character in the fighting game J-Stars Victory VS.[86]

Books[edit]

Three light novels titled D.Gray-man: Reverse, written by Kaya Kizaki, based on the manga series, are published by Shueisha. The first was released on May 30, 2005 and focuses on Allen's journey to the Black Order after finishing his exorcism training, Yu Kanda's mission to find a witch and Bak Chan of Branch Head of Asian Branches who tries to find how Komui Lee was elected as European Branch Head instead of him.[87] The second novel, released on July 4, 2006, is set within the Black Order and features Allen alongside other characters attending a party, Lavi's training to become the next Bookman before meeting Allen, and the Millennium Earl searching for people to create Akuma.[88] The third volume was released on December 3, 2010. The first chapter follows Black Order scientist Rohfa who searches for her crush, Allen. The second chapter follows a child Allen when he lived in the circus due to him being abandoned by his parents.[89]

There have also been multiple guidebooks. The D.Gray-man Official Fanbook: Gray Ark was released June 4, 2008.[90] On September 4, 2008, the TV Animation D.Gray-man Official Visual Collection: Clown Art was released.[91] Three "omnibus special" books were released on November 13, 2009, December 11, 2009, and January 15, 2010.[92][93][94] They were followed by an illustrated book titled D.Gray-man Illustrations Noche on February 4, 2010;[95] Noche was released by Viz Media on December 6, 2011. Besides featuring illustrations, the artbook has two interviews between Hoshino and other manga artists: Osamu Akimoto and Takeshi Obata.[96] On July 4, 2011, D.Gray-man Character Ranking Book, a compilation of the character popularity polls, with additional character profiles by Hoshino, was released and included the one-shot "Exorcist no Natsu Yasumi" (エクソシストの夏休み?, lit. "Exorcist's Summer Vacation").[97]

Reception[edit]

Five people doing cosplay of manga and anime series. While the first one is mostly dressed in white, the other four are dressed in black and red uniforms.
Cosplayers of some of the D.Gray-man characters.

Popularity[edit]

The D.Gray-man manga has been highly popular in Japan; one of the best-seller series of the Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine,[98][99] individual volumes have appeared on lists of the 50 best-selling manga of the year. In 2008, volumes 14, 15, and 16 were featured on the lists.[100][101] Following volumes also made became Japan's bestselling volumes during their release.[102][103][104][105] As of October 2016, the complete series had over 22.5 million copies in circulation in Japan.[106]

Volumes from Viz's English publication of the series have been featured on best-selling manga rankings in the New York Times[107][108] and Nielsen BookScan.[109][110] In its Summer 2008 and Q3 2008 lists, ICv2 ranked D.Gray-man as the 15th top manga property for North American sales.[111][112] For 2009 and 2010, the series was North America's best shonen property and best manga in general.[113][114] In ICv2's Top 25 Manga, it was listed as the 24th and 23rd manga property of North America in 2011 and 2012 respectively.[115][116]

Zassosha's manga magazine Puff ranked the series as the seventh best long story manga of 2006.[117] The series has also garnered attention in France, where it was awarded the prize for best manga series of 2006 at the Anime and Manga 2007 French Grand Prix, which was organized by Animeland. It was also awarded the "manga of the year" title for 2006 by Webotaku.[118] The anime DVDs have also been popular, reaching high positions on several Japanese animation DVD rankings from 2007 through 2009,[119][120][121] while the series itself was featured once on the list of the most watched anime of the week.[122] Additionally, the novel adaptions were well received – the second being the third best-selling novel in Japan in 2006.[123] The characters' popularities have also led to multiple cosplay based on merchandising.[124][125][126]

Critical reception[edit]

Manga[edit]

Reception to the series has been positive. In his review of volume one, Carlo Santos of Anime News Network (ANN) stated that certain plot points "come out of nowhere" and that the story was kept from its full potential due to "generic character designs and sparse backgrounds." The quick-moving story plot and the series' exposition and backstory received positive comments.[127] A. E. Sparrow of IGN also reviewed the first volume, comparing the series' antagonist to three of Batman's villains. He commented that "Walker is a solid hero with a dark past, the Millennium Earl is a menacing villain you'll love to hate" and the supporting cast shows enough potential to hold interest into future volumes.[128] While finding initial volumes an "amateur comic", reviewer Leroy Douresseaux of Comic Book Bin noted how both the plot and art significantly improve across each volume.[129] Ross Liversidge from UK Anime Network instead enjoyed the first three volumes considering them "an excellent quality of storytelling" due to how Hoshino handles both the dark plot, light comedy spots, as well as the characters the reviewer found appealing.[130] Brain Henson of Mania Beyond Entertainment also commented that the series becomes better as it continues, remarking that some elements seemed derivative, although it has developed its own unique identity.[131] Yussif Osman of Japanator highly praised the cast's personalities finding them some of the deepest characters seen in shōnen manga citing both Lavi's backstory as well as the Noah Family.[132]

Further volumes also received praised with Otaku USA's Joseph Luster praising the series' battles as well as the development of Allen's traits throughout it.[133] The revelation that Allen was going to be become an enemy of the Order, the 14th Noah, earned praise by Grant Goodman of Pop Culture Shock and Chris Beveridge from the Fandom Post based on the impact of the revelation and the internal conflict between these two characters, respectively. However, Goodman criticized how some the volume's beginning relied more on comedy rather than the main plot.[134][135] Beveridge and Erkael from Manga News were impressed by Kanda's past due to it dark nature.[135][136] Douresseaux liked the situation Allen was put into in volume 21 due to his connections with the Noah. As a result, he wanted to see more of that instead of the focus on Kanda's fight against Alma Karma.[137]

There were mixed responses to Hoshino's art. Casey Brienza of ANN said that the battles remain "practically unintelligible" as of volume twelve. However, Brienza is positive about the rest of the art, going as far as to call it "some of the best artwork in the business". She describes Hoshino's drawing style as the "aesthetic yet dynamic, superbly beautiful yet super-violent" style made famous by female manga artist who arose from dōjinshi subculture during the late-80s and early-90s, citing Clamp and Yun Kōga as prominent examples. Brienza also praises Hoshino's character designs, which she claims are "especially lovely and pitched to satisfy fans of both sexes".[138] Douresseaux called Hoshino a "wonderful visualist" and commented that her "highly stylish" art resembled the works of Joe Madureira, Kelley Jones, and Chris Bachalo.[139][140] Douresseaux describes the backgrounds as eerie and Lovecraftian and says that Hoshino "makes practically every page a delightful surprise of gothic style and beguiling violence".[139][140] With respect to the English release, Henson criticized several changes made in the Viz Media edition, such as the Japanese sound effects being replaced by others that fans find less appealing, and awkward translations of some character names.[131]

Anime[edit]

A black-haired adult smiling
Allen's English voice actor, Todd Haberkorn, noted the sales of the anime were poor in the West.

As to the anime, Gen Fukunaga, president and CEO at Funimation Entertainment, said the series was highly popular in both Japan and the United States.[57] Carl Kimlinger, also from ANN, provided his thoughts on the first episode of the anime. He criticized the series for being very derivative, with "absolutely nothing original". However, Kimlinger noted that it was not a boring anime.[141] While noting how Allen's use of the anti-Akuma weapon might seem clichéd, Todd Douglass Jr. from DVD Talk found the way the anime shows it entertaining.[142] Active Anime's Sandra Scholes and UK Anime Network's Kevin Leathers enjoyed the anime series and, similar to Douglass Jr, that how it borrowed little elements from other series, it was appealing. Both reviewers also enjoyed the characterization of Allen Walker.[143][144] Anime Insider's Kimberly Morales said that while animation quality may vary and that the story was appealing, she felt voice actor Travis Willingham did not fit the role of Kanda. Nevertheless, the reviewer highly recommended the series finding the entire cast appealing.[145] Criticism of the series focused on lack of entertaining story arcs as Leathers felt the potential lacking.[146] Brienza's review was more negative as the writer summed it up as a poor adaptation of the original manga.[147] Allen's English actor, Todd Haberkorn, noted that while most of the reception to the anime was positive, sales of the series were poor and requested fans to buy DVDs on sale before being cancelled.[148]

The sequel D.Gray-man Hallow became one of the most anticipated anime series in Summer 2016 by readers from ANN and Japanese website Goo.[149][150] Despite not having watched the original D.Gray-man anime in a long time, Alex Osborn from IGN appreciated the small exposition used in the first episode to remind the audience of the show's story. While enjoying the interactions within the main cast, Osborn expressed confusion at the revelation that Allen was going to become the 14th Noah and had to watch the scene again in order understand it.[151] In a later review, Osborn expressed amazement by Allen's first possession by the 14th Noah, noting while it was "disturbing" it improved Allen's portrayal based on his changes across the series.[152] Anne Laurenroth praised Hallow for the character development of Kanda during his fight against Alma Karma as well as his return to the Order in the finale.[153][154] Nevertheless, she noted issues with Hallow such as its poor animation and pacing. She also noted that while most episodes of Hallow were tragic, its final moments were more encouraging.[154]

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