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D.Gray-man
A young silver-haired teenager with a red hand, wearing a black-and-white outfit, accompanied by a clown-like man in a brown jacket and a black-and-purple hat.
Cover of the first Japanese manga volume, with Allen Walker and the Millennium Earl
ディー・グレイマン
(Dī Gureiman)
Genre Dark fantasy, tragedy,[1] grief[2]
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 and set in the 19th century. It tells the story of young Allen Walker, who joins an organization of exorcists named the Black Order. They use an ancient substance, Innocence, to combat the Millennium Earl and his demonic army of Akuma who intend to destroy humanity. Many characters are adapted from Hoshino's previous works and drafts, such as Zone. The series is noted for its dark narrative; Hoshino once rewrote a scene she thought too violent for her young readers.

The manga began serialization in 2004 in the Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine, published by Shueisha. Production of the series was suspended several times because of Hoshino's health. 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 indefinite hiatus. It resumed serialization on July 17, 2015 in a spin-off magazine of Jump SQ, Jump SQ.Crown. The manga's chapters have been collected in twenty-five tankōbon volumes. By August 5, 2014, Viz Media had released 24 volumes in the United States.

A spin-off novel series, D.Gray-man Reverse by Kaya Kizaki, explores the history of a number of characters. The manga has been adapted into a 103-episode anime series by TMS Entertainment which aired from October 2006 to September 2008 in Japan and 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 from July to September 2016 as a sequel to the first D.Gray-man anime series. Several items of merchandise have been produced, including two video games about the series.

The manga has become one of Shueisha's bestsellers, with over 22.5 million copies sold. In Japan and North America, several individual volumes have appeared in weekly top-ten lists of bestselling manga. Although most reviewers called it similar to other series for the same demographic, they compared its moments of originality and well-developed characters favorably to other shōnen series. Hoshino's artwork has received mixed reviews; her characters are visually appealing, but her fight sequences are difficult to follow.

Plot[edit]

Set in the 19th century, D.Gray-man follows the adventures of 15-year-old exorcist Allen Walker, whose left arm can become a claw and destroy creatures known as Akuma. They were created from the souls of dead people by the Millennium Earl, who wants to destroy humanity. Allen wishes to free the Akuma souls after his late guardian, Mana Walker, is resurrected by the Earl. Losing control of his claw, a younger Allen destroyed Mana's Akuma. After finishing his exorcist training with General Cross Marian, Allen joins the Black Order (an organization trying to stop the Earl). With his injured left eye, caused by Mana's Akuma, Allen can detect disguised Akuma; this makes him a substantial asset to the Order. He is sent to recover pieces of Innocence, a substance which enables the exorcists to destroy Akuma. The Earl assembles the Noah family, superhuman descendants of Noah who can destroy Innocence.

He begins killing the Generals, the Order's most powerful exorcists, and the Order tries to bring the Generals back to their headquarters for safekeeping. Allen and three other exorcists are sent to find the missing General Cross, and Allen and Lenalee Lee are nearly killed during the mission. They are saved by their Innocence, leading the Earl, Bookman and his apprentice Lavi (who are chronicling the war) to believe that one of them has the Innocence Heart—which could give them victory against the Noah.

Allen and his allies fight the Noah in a dimension known as Noah's Ark. When General Cross is found the Ark begins to collapse, nearly killing everyone inside it. Cross forces Allen to play the Ark's piano, which restores the dimension. He and the exorcists return to the Order, and Allen's master tells them that Allen is to succeed Nea (the 14th Noah). Nea was killed for betraying the Earl, but before his death he implanted his memory (including the ability to control Noah's Ark) in Allen; this leads the Order to suspect that Allen might betray them. Allen disobeys an order to destroy the Akuma of Alma Karma, who he sends with fellow exorcist Yu Kanda to another area through Noah's Ark, and is confined due to the Order's fear that Nea will return. The Noah free Allen from the Apocryphos, a sentient Innocence which guards the Heart; the Order revokes Allen's privileges as an exorcist, and treats him as a Noah. Allen leaves the Order, deciding to continue fighting Akuma, and the Order and the Noah begin searching for him.

Production[edit]

Serious-looking Japanese woman with short black hair
Manga author Katsura Hoshino thanked her editors for the series' popularity.[1]

Elements of D.Gray-man first appear in Katsura Hoshino's one-shot title, Zone: the Akuma, the exorcists and the Millennium Earl's plan to end the world. Although Allen Walker is based on the previous comic's female protagonist, Hoshino made him look more masculine.[3] Lavi is based on the protagonist of Hoshino's planned series, Book-man.[4] Other characters, such as the Millennium Earl, Lenalee Lee and Komui Lee, are based on real people whom Hoshino has not specifically identified; some are well-known scientists, and Komui is based on her boss.[5][6][7] The character of Yu Kanda, based on a samurai, was created to vary D.Gray-man's Western setting.[8] Hoshino found the design of some characters difficult early in the series;[9][10] grateful to the editors assisting her, said that she owes the series' success to them.[1]

The author visited New York to research the series, and believes that the city has greatly influenced her work. Hoshino visited cemeteries for research. Ground zero at the World Trade Center (left after the September 11 attacks) and her guides' comments impressed her deeply, and she said that she would like to spend more time in New York.[1]

Ground zero of the World Trade Center site, with an American flag in the foreground
Ground zero at the World Trade Center site influenced Hoshino's work. (photo by Robert Swanson, www.internet-esq.com)

After beginning the longer D.Gray-man series, Hoshino considered continuing to use the name Zone and also considered naming the series Dolls or Black Noah. She chose the title "D.Gray-man" for its several meanings, most referring to the state of Allen and the other main characters.[11] Although the title's meaning was not completely explained, Hoshino said that the "D" stands for "dear".[12] According to the author, she got most of her ideas for the series while sleeping in her bathtub for six hours.[13] One exception was the second-volume plot, based on a Noh story entitled "Koi no Omoni".[14]

When the manga moved from weekly to monthly serialization, Hoshino heard concerns from many readers about its possible cancellation and reassured them that the series would continue.[15] She set up Kanda's backstory by introducing the Third Exorcists, characters related to him and Alma Karma. In Hoshino's original drafts, Kanda's past had a number of plot holes. In a rewritten published version, a young Kanda walks along a path surrounded by dead people who had cared for him. Due to its violence, the image was replaced with one in which Kanda learns that Alma Karma had killed them all. When the chapters were collected into a volume, Hoshino added a small chapter including the corpses.[1]

The author noted that the character of Lavi was popular with fans, placing third in a poll (behind Allen and Kanda) despite infrequent appearances in later story arcs, and she promised that Lavi would return. The story arc involving Alma Karma, featuring several characters, was difficult for the author; as a result, the arc in which Allen leaves the Black Order contained fewer characters per chapter. The character of Apocryphos was introduced to hint at the Heart, a plot element briefly described in a past storyline which would later reappear. According to Hoshino, the series' main theme was tragedy but she still tried to make it fun.[1] Another theme is grief, as seen in the Millennium Earl's appearance as a tired, middle-aged man.[2] After D.Gray-man's dark narrative, Hoshino plans to write more lighthearted series after it ends.[1]

Anime[edit]

 Standing Japanese man reading a book onstage at a microphone
Japanese voice actor Toshiyuki Morikawa noted that the staff got along well while making the D.Gray-man anime.[16]

During production of the first anime adaptation, the author often visited the TMS Entertainment studio and received requests from voice actors for advice about their characters. Although Hoshino was nervous about talking with the actors, she was surprised by their dedication in practising their characters—particularly Sanae Kobayashi (Allen), Takahiro Sakurai (Kanda), Katsuyuki Konishi (Komui) and Hiroki Tōchi (Cross Marian)—and joked that Lenalee seemed more beautiful after she saw Shizuka Itō's work. Early in production, Hoshino was given an incomplete version of the first opening theme: "Innocent Sorrow" by the Japanese rock band Abingdon Boys School. When she saw the video (with Allen moving for the first time), Hoshino began crying as the staff laughed.[17] Tyki Mikk's voice actor, Toshiyuki Morikawa, remembered the recording sessions for the series as "lively" because of the presence of many popular actors. After the anime wrapped, the actors (who became friends during production) kept in touch.[16]

The anime's sequel was given the subtitle "Hallow", referring to Halloween; the holiday celebrates the "revival of the dead", and TMS Entertainment celebrated the "revival of the D.Gray-man anime series".[12] All the Japanese actors were replaced, with Ayumu Murase voicing Allen and Shinnosuke Tachibana voicing Howard Link;[18] both anime adaptations retained most of Funimation's English-language cast.[19] In the English version Allen was voiced by Todd Haberkorn, who called voicing the character a career highlight.[20]

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 featuring D.Gray-man

Written and drawn by Hoshino, the D.Gray-man manga began its serializion in Shueisha's Weekly Shōnen Jump on May 31, 2004.[21] The series went on hiatus twice, for several weeks each time, when the author was ill.[22][23] In November 2008, Weekly Shōnen Jump announced that Hoshino was again putting the series on hold due to a wrist injury;[24][25] publication resumed on March 9, 2009.[26][27] The series began another hiatus on May 11,[28] reappearing in the seasonal magazine Akamaru Jump on August 17. After its publication in Akamaru Jump, D.Gray-Man resumed serialization on November 4, 2009 in the monthly magazine Jump SQ.[29] The manga began another hiatus on December 29, 2012, and was again serialized on July 17, 2015 in the quarterly Jump SQ.Crown.[30] Individual chapters have been published in tankōbon format by Shueisha. The first complete volume was published on October 9, 2004, followed with 24 more by June 3, 2016.[31][32]

At the 2005 San Diego Comic-Con International, D.Gray-man was licensed for English-language publication in North America by Viz Media.[33] The company published the first collected volume of the series on May 2, 2006 and the 24th volume on August 5, 2014.[34][35] Viz Media reissued the series in a 3-in-1 format, publishing eight 3-volumes-in-1 editions from July 2, 2013 to November 3, 2015.[36][37] Digital versions of the volumes were released by Viz Media from July 9, 2011 to August 5, 2014.[34][35] Madman Entertainment published Viz's 24-volume English edition in Australia and New Zealand[38] from August 10, 2008 to September 10, 2014.[39][40] The manga has been licensed by Chuang Yi in Singapore,[41] Culturecom in Hong Kong,[42] Daewon C.I. in South Korea,[43] Glénat in France and Spain,[25][44] Grupo Editorial Vid in Mexico,[45] Panini Comics in Brazil and Italy,[46][47] Tokyopop in Germany[48] and Tong Li Publishing in Taiwan.[49]

Anime adaptations[edit]

In June 2006, Shueisha announced that the D.Gray-man manga would be adapted as an anime.[50] Its first episodes were directed by Osamu Nabeshima and produced by Dentsu, TMS Entertainment, Aniplex and TV Tokyo. TMS Entertainment produced the animation, and Aniplex the music. The episodes began airing on October 3, 2006 in Japan on TV Tokyo.[51] The anime's 51-episode first season, known as the "1st stage", ended on September 25, 2007.[52][53] The 52-episode "2nd stage" (second season) began on October 2, 2007 and ended on September 30, 2008, for a two-season total of 103 episodes.[54][55] All episodes were released by Aniplex on 26 DVDs from February 7, 2007 to March 4, 2009.[56][57]

The English-language version of the first 51 episodes was licensed by Funimation in May 2008,[58] and released in North America on DVD from March 31, 2009 to January 5, 2010.[59][60] The anime made its North American television debut on the Funimation Channel in September 2010.[61] The first 51 episodes were released on four DVDs by Madman Entertainment from August 19, 2009 to May 13, 2010,[62][63][64] and a DVD box set was released on June 6, 2012.[65] In the United Kingdom, Manga Entertainment released the first season in four parts from February 22 to October 18, 2010.[66][67] A box set was released on December 6, 2010,[68] but the second season was not licensed since Funimation did not dub it.[69] On June 30, 2016, it was announced that Funimation had acquired the rights to the anime's second season.[70]

A second TV anime series was announced at Shueisha's 2016 Jump Festa event.[71] 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.[72][73] It began airing on TV Tokyo on July 4, 2016, and ended on September 26, 2016.[74] It was also broadcast on Animax Asia.[75] The home media release of Hallow has been delayed; no reason for the delay or new release date has been provided.[76]

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.[77] 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.[78] 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.[79]

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.[80] 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.[81]

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.[82] 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.[83][84] 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.[85][86] Allen also appears as a support-only character in the fighting game J-Stars Victory VS.[87]

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.[88] 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.[89] 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.[90]

There have also been multiple guidebooks. The D.Gray-man Official Fanbook: Gray Ark was released June 4, 2008.[91] On September 4, 2008, the TV Animation D.Gray-man Official Visual Collection: Clown Art was released.[92] Three "omnibus special" books were released on November 13, 2009, December 11, 2009, and January 15, 2010.[93][94][95] They were followed by an illustrated book titled D.Gray-man Illustrations Noche on February 4, 2010;[96] 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.[97] 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").[98]

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,[99][100] 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.[101][102] Following volumes also made became Japan's bestselling volumes during their release.[103][104][105][106] As of October 2016, the complete series had over 22.5 million copies in circulation in Japan.[107]

Volumes from Viz's English publication of the series have been featured on best-selling manga rankings in the New York Times[108][109] and Nielsen BookScan.[110][111] In its Summer 2008 and Q3 2008 lists, ICv2 ranked D.Gray-man as the 15th top manga property for North American sales.[112][113] For 2009 and 2010, the series was North America's best shonen property and best manga in general.[114][115] In ICv2's Top 25 Manga, it was listed as the 24th and 23rd manga property of North America in 2011 and 2012 respectively.[116][117]

Zassosha's manga magazine Puff ranked the series as the seventh best long story manga of 2006.[118] 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.[119] The anime DVDs have also been popular, reaching high positions on several Japanese animation DVD rankings from 2007 through 2009,[120][121][122] while the series itself was featured once on the list of the most watched anime of the week.[123] Additionally, the novel adaptions were well received – the second being the third best-selling novel in Japan in 2006.[124] The characters' popularities have also led to multiple cosplay based on merchandising.[125][126][127]

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.[128] 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.[129] 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.[130] 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.[131] 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.[132] 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.[133]

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.[134] 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.[135][136] Beveridge and Erkael from Manga News were impressed by Kanda's past due to it dark nature.[136][137] 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.[138]

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".[139] Douresseaux called Hoshino a "wonderful visualist" and commented that her "highly stylish" art resembled the works of Joe Madureira, Kelley Jones, and Chris Bachalo.[140][141] 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".[140][141] 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.[132]

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.[58] 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.[142] 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.[143] 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.[144][145] 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.[146] Criticism of the series focused on lack of entertaining story arcs as Leathers felt the potential lacking.[147] Brienza's review was more negative as the writer summed it up as a poor adaptation of the original manga.[148] 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.[149]

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.[150][151] 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.[152] 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.[153] 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.[154][155] 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.[155]

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