D. Gray-Man 13
April 29, 2009
I kinda liked the last volume of this series, but unfortunately, having read none of the others, this volume sort of left me in the lurch. There are two extended fight scenes that take up the entire book.
The first deals with Lavi. Apparently Lavi is waging a psychological battle in his dreams with Road, and his body is being commanded to hurt/kill Allen and the other characters. So Allen takes a beating while trying to find some non-lethal way of stopping Lavi, and Lavi goes through some flashbacks and stuff in his head while he battles himself/Road. Now, I suspect these internal scenes are supposed to tell you a lot about Lavi becoming a Bookman, but without context and explanation, they unfortunately made no sense to me.
After this is dealt with, the characters try to flee the Ark before it disappears (?), but then are attacked by the enemy they defeated last volume. They all struggle against him until the very end of the volume, and then are saved by the random appearance of a fairly powerful character. I… think I liked what was going on in these fight scenes, but again, I know nothing about this series, so a lot of it is both visually confusing and just… there are a lot of fighting techniques that look cool, but… I just have no idea what was going on.
I think my time was more than made up for in the bonus pages. It was a fairly typical “what goes on in the studio”-type deal… except the segment was drawn in a non-cartoony style, and featured the author fully naked with a cowboy hat and stars for nipples. This was not commented on by anyone in the studio. I wasn’t sure what to think of this, other than that’s the most genius author portrait ever. EDIT: Even better, Katsura Hoshino is a woman. The bonus comic portrays her as a man.
This was a review copy provided by Viz.