D. Gray-Man (1/ongoing)
Viz Media – Shonen Jump
I don’t really read shounen series. I prefer shoujo and its sappy romances but once in a while a nice change is always appreciated.
D. Gray-man is a story about an orphan teenager, Allen Walker who travel to places in search for Akuma to vanquish. Akuma are malevolent creatures. They are machines with human souls and created with a “dark matter”. When a grieving human makes a pact with the Millenium Earl to bring the soul(s) of a certain loved one, an Akuma is created.. But Akuma aren’t exactly human being but instead they are “weapon” of Millenium Earl to bring death to the world.
Volume one of D. Gray-man is alright. I like the idea of the exorcists and the various differences they have. Allen Walker is an ok lead, he’s interesting enough. I like that he’s the “special” case exorcist but then he’s the main character so he’s bound to possess somethin. I still doubt the existence of the Millenium Earl, he isn’t explained here yet.
The last chapter is good enough to reel me into checking the next volume. As to most shounen genre, you have to give credit for its originality. It’s much easier to create an original plot than shojo series but then again most shounen either falls to tournament styles or opponent of the arc with a much stronger one after the last pattern.
I like that this series is set somewhere in the 19th century European time. Its atmospheric art reminds me of Tegami Bachi (Letter Bee). But its comedic reliefs are unfortunately not funny. It tries to lighten up sometimes but fails miserably. I also find it annoying that the Millenium Earl talks as if he’s a perky shojo heroine, lol.
So yeah its an ok read. Shounen is not my cup of tea so don’t take my ramblings deter you away from the series as I heard this is one of the best selling series in Japan. I don’t know about its current status but it used to anyway..