D. Gray-Man 12
February 24, 2009
I get this series and Claymore easily confused. Both are darker Shounen Jump series, so I think it’s just a matter of me sitting down and sampling both in order to keep them straight in my head.
I don’t think I will ever confuse anything for D. Gray-Man again, though. It uses a lot of biblical symbols, as far as a great flood and Noah’s ark and all that, and the Exorcists who are slaying the demons are all apparently agents of God. Parallels to the bible are nonexistent story-wise as far as I can tell, but the thought is there all the same.
The idea that the series is set in 19th century England during a flood, with the character’s trying to escape a sinking ark crawling with Noah clan members, is pretty fascinating. I’m not sure if the entire series take place aboard the ark, but it would be pretty cool if that were the case. Something tells me it isn’t though.
Past the basic premise, everything else seems pretty well in tune with a shounen action manga. The characters leave a fight that carried over from last volume to go to the next. Their opponent seems to be an old friend. Two fights go on at once, and the main character reveals that his “innocence,” the weapon everyone is using, is special. It looks like the opponent is going to win, and he gets Allen Walker down twice, but thankfully Allen powers up in the middle of battle and is saved. He might actually be some sort of messiah, which is just shocking.
The fighting and stereotypical shounen plot points put me off a bit, but I was interested enough to read a little bit about the beginning of the series to find out what was going on. I also like the art a lot for it’s strong use of blacks and the character designs and style in general. I’d probably love it if I started at the beginning of the series, especially since I’m a sucker for demon transformations. I might keep reading a couple volumes from here just to see how things go and if I can get to like the characters, because this wasn’t a good place to jump in, I think. I definitely like what I see though, moreso than a couple of the other random series I’ve been sampling lately.
This was a review copy provided by Viz.