D. Gray-Man 14
June 23, 2009
I actually liked this volume quite a bit. I think I’m starting to get the hang of this series. There’s a lot of characters that are running around basically unknown to me, but their identities aren’t all that important, and the story is interesting enough to keep me reading.
At the beginning of this volume, I got to see the Millennium Earl for the first time. I was immensely pleased by him. He seems like a jolly sort of fellow set on overrunning the world in akuma and basically destroying humanity. I think the series would have been better from that perspective, especially given the biblical themes. Can you imagine the family of Noah striving to wipe out humanity by flooding the world again? I’d like to get behind that. Actually, I’m not sure if he’s trying for the flood, but it would be nice if he was. Anyway, not only can I see where he’s going with his villainy, he’s also got a great character design and personality. He’s a gigantic smiling man in a tall hat, and all his speech is super-happy and punctuated with hearts and the like. He’s also, of course, an excellent fighter, and is good at needling Allen into a rage.
But he wasn’t even the best part about this volume. The Ark that the characters have been fighting in during the past several volumes (more like a city in a dimension than a boat) is collapsing, and the Millennium Earl is content to leave the exorcists to disappear in the collapsing dimension. But Allen, being a former Noah under the guidance of the Millennium Earl, is apparently one of two people who can drive these Arks, and he does so by playing the piano. It’s a pretty awesome power to have, and I liked the scene and the repurcussions for it later.
Some of the later parts of the volume lost me a bit (there were a lot of reunions among the characters I wasn’t all that interested in), but I got to see the organization that all the exorcists work for, and they begin to suspect Allen’s Noah-like qualities, so that may go interesting places.
And yeah, the art’s still good. This volume improved my opinion of the series quite a bit, actually.
This was a review copy provided by Viz.