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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21  ·  rating details  ·  17,838 ratings  ·  150 reviews
Set in a fictional end of the 19th century England, it's the story of Allen Walker, a 15-year-old boy who roams the Earth in search of Innocence. Washed away to unknown parts of the world after The Great Flood, Innocence is the mysterious substance used to create weapons that obliterate demons known as akuma.

A born exorcist, Walker's primary anti-akuma weapon is the cross
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Paperback, 196 pages
Published May 2nd 2006 by VIZ Media LLC (first published 2004)
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Choco
Dec 03, 2012 Choco rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who will not mind a sucky middle part to get to an awesome later part
Recommended to Choco by: John Egbert
19/09/2012
EDIT 2: I've stopped reading this. I don't know if I'll go back to it. Maybe if Lavi comes back.

EDIT: I'M SORRY. I WAS WRONG. IT'S NOT GETTING BETTER.

As a series, I'd give this a 3.

I started this manga sometime after Fullmetal Alchemist. And... well, I loved that to pieces. I remember thinking at the time that D. Gray-man went right into the plot in a few chapters, and that to me was awesome. Fullmetal Alchemist took a bit of time, it was interesting, but it wasn't until about volume
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Megan
Nov 28, 2013 Megan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Allen Walker is a fifteen year old boy, whose left arm can transform into a weapon. The weapon is a monstrous claw of sorts. It is meant to destroy Akuma. Akuma are machine like monsters that were created by Millennium Earl, the bad guy. Millennium Earl wants to use the Akuma to destroy mankind. Allen has a master, General Cross Marian. Cross tells Allen to become an Exorcist. An exorcist is a person who can kill Akuma. They work for the Black Order, which is an organization that hopes to stop E ...more
Anila
Confession: I have a lot of problems with manga as a medium. It's actually surprising to me when I genuinely get into a manga series, because there are so many obstacles: I find the panels often confusing; it takes me several minutes to get used to reading right to left; I'm continually frustrated by the melodrama which plagues the beginning of most series and the way things are repeated over and over and over and over and over. So I guess my problem with this volume is not really with it, persa ...more
John Egbert
Nov 02, 2011 John Egbert rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: EVERY LIVING BREATHING CREATURE ON THIS EARTH
Recommended to John by: Jillian -always aspiring-
Note: This is half a review of the whole series...so it is very confusing at times...incredibly confusing and I don't stop to explain myself, not once, so continue at your own peril. In fact, no, don't read this because it's actually a pretty bad review I'll probably edit/delete later. Bye!


Screw this. I'm writing this review right now, no more procrastinating for Mello, yup! And after this I'm going to write my review of Hetalia! AND AFTER THAT I WILL WORK ON MY NANOWRIMO NOVEL!

Well, okay, maybe
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Emma Adams
Sooo...this is probably my all-time favourite manga series. Where to start? Well, the story follows Allen Walker, an Exorcist - one of those chosen by a divine substance called Innocence to fight against the sinister Millennium Earl, who steals human souls to make demons known as Akuma. Only Exorcists can fight Akuma and it seems like a futile battle from the outset – the number of Akuma is potentially infinite, whereas the Exorcists are a small group scattered across the globe.

Some of this soun
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Zoe
D.Gray-Man (the author has said that the title has nothing to do with the series - it was picked because it sounded cool) is one of the strangest manga's that I've encountered thus far. It's sort of a cross between a Tim Burton movie, the best of the steampunk/horror genre, with a few elements of Victorian England thrown in. Its art style is just as strange - the characters are drawn in a very specific way; you either love it or hate it.
Onto the plot:
Allen Walker is cursed. He tried to bring h
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Sakura Yue Michaelis
One of those shounen you just know you are going to read more than one volume. It starts already with some action, when two cops enter a church who is supposed to be haunted. The younger cop meets Allen Walker, a boy exorcist. Like most shounen I´ve read so far, he is likeable, and only 15-years-old.

Most of the first volume is about him and the Count. Only in the last couple of chapters we are introduced to the rest of the exorcist. The art is nice and the bad guy is kind of creepy but also fun
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Jody Mena
What an interesting twist of history, mythology and metaphor! The art was interesting, it was very cartoonish in places, but then became very detailed and lovely in others. I normally don't take to that sort of mix, but it really seemed to work in this story, perhaps as an underscore to all the allegory floating around the setting, characters and plot. The concept of this series is fairly gruesome to me, with the akuma slaughtering and wearing the skin of the loved one that brought them back. Ho ...more
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ART SECTION: 8/10
The gothic motif is something worthy of praise, while the rather rough outlines make everything look more grim and scary. Besides that, like almost any other shounen it is full of rather clear-cut good guys and bad guys, dressed in clothes following a motif. So aesthetics aside it plays out as any other of its kind. Still, those decorations around the Gothic world were quite catchy.

STORY SECTION: 4/10

The initial chapters are marvelous and really attract your attention. It is ab
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Kristy Buzbee
Aug 14, 2008 Kristy Buzbee rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Melanie
Shelves: graphic-novel
I've put off trying this series for a while, and finally got the first volume off Manga Takeout because it's so popular - I needed to familiarize myself with it so I could get some merch for resale!

That being said, it's very good. This first volume is a little weird and is clearly just introductory, as any first volume is in a series with a lot of complex plotline and backstory. I am getting some very Fullmetal Alchemist vibes from it, and I think it has the potential to be just as good.

It's set
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Michelle E.
A re-read. One question I always have is that since Exorcists are also called priests, does it mean they can't (view spoiler)? General Cross (view spoiler), Kanda (view spoiler), and Lavi (view spoiler). But just because (view spoiler), it's not the same as being O ...more
Natalie
D Gray Man is awesome. The typical story of good vs. evil with a bit of innocence and akuma fighting one another just for the sake of the 'heart'.

The characters and action are pretty fun and memorable. The comedy is pretty good as well but it does get a little more serious after volume 9/10. Miranda is my favorite character. She is just awesome and I just absolutely love her development. Her personality is still the same but she has gone so far that I just adore her.

The villains are pretty awes
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Lavinyaa Pash
WHAT THE HELL?

I loved the anime. The anime opened my eyes to the darker animes without all those magical girls and etcetera. And it was so good.

But back to the manga, D.Gray-man is a dangerous world and you must take care because you can easily get sucked in. And that is bad because when sucha a series is over, you are also dead.

I will for sure read the series, but not now. I do not want to know the world (though I know what's happening, almost, by heart) each time I read a manga volume. I want
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Samantha Kuenzi
In fictional 19th century there is evil hidden behind the scenes but to the main character Allen Walker,a fifteen year old boy, his job is to dig deep through this “evil” to obtain a material known as the innocence. The “evil” is better known as Akuma demons that are brought into the world by the “maker” more commonly known as the Millennium Earl. The “maker” being a demon like god who is looking to destroy the world. The “maker” preys on vulnerable people who have just lost a loved one and tell ...more
Jessica
I actually came across this series by chance and I'm so glad I did. This is by far my fav anime/manga. The show is currently in hiatus but it ends, for now, in a tollerable way. You can continue the story through the manga though because it is still ongoing. I have become extremely attached to these characters to the point of borderline obsession. Comedy, action, drama, suspence.....what's not to love? Exorcists fighting demons or (Akuma) for the good of mankind. 10 stars for this one
Sesana
Simply not for me. The story, the characters, the setting, the art... None of it enough to get me even vaguely interested. It's not terrible (hence two stars instead of one) but neither was it good enough to get me to do more than reluctantly drag myself through the first volume.
Paul Mirek
Almost clawed its way to a 4 through sheer imagination and a more cinematic art style than I've seen in recent manga (heavy use of blacks, wide shots, etc.), but a few things have me cautious. The Millennium Earl's akuma weapons are somewhat visually reminiscent Clive Barker's Cenobites, but real horror doesn't lend itself too well to the shonen genre tropes. In addition, some character designs had me cringing (check out John's housekeeper in chapter 3), so we'll have to see if that continues. S ...more
Maxine Mary Nicholson
My absolute favourite manga. All I can say is that it is one of the best and that it is definitely worth a read, especially if you want action rather than endless romance.
Veronica Morfi
LOVED IT! It's so cool to re-read this now that I know what will happen next. Katsura Hoshino has really planned out everything :)
Khrystina
I don't think this requires an explanation. I really liked it. That's all there is to it. :D
inga
Aug 27, 2013 inga rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Lovers of shounen manga
Recommended to inga by: The Sister (who recommended most of the manga I read to me)
This review covers the whole series, and is therefore full of spoilers. I recommend not reading my review if you haven't read most of the series yet.

I used to like D.Gray-Man an awful lot. I used to ship Allen and Lenalee. I used to marvel at the beautiful way D.Gray-Man is drawn. I used to cheer for Allen in his fights. I used to cry when D.Gray-Man got sad. I used to have a crush on Allen. I used to wait eagerly for the release of the next volume. I used to spend hours thinking about the plot
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MissAnnThrope
22 February 2013

Rating: * * 1/2

D.Gray-Man: Opening, Vol. 1 starts off with a bang, but by the end of the volume it sort of fizzled out. The concept initially sounded intriguing, but the more I read on the more I kept thinking of Bleach. The akuma remind me of the tortured souls of the Hollows, and Allen Walker's curse seems similar to Ichigo's Soul Reaper powers. Some parts even brought to mind Blue Exorcist, which also has a Hogwarts-type school for exorcists. There's even a Snitch-like guide.

T
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Gwen
Jul 28, 2011 Gwen rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: manga
I'm just going to write one review for this series, it's too much of a hassle to write/rate each one, but it is amazingly good. I love the art work here, and the story is so engaging, especially as it goes one, that I can't help but be drawn in. I have forgone sleep, studying, and food reading this series because the world Hoshino-san created trumped the one I was living in. I love the characters, Allen reminds me of Edward from Fullmetal Alchemist at times, but they all are people I would love ...more
Kereesa
D.Gray-Man (I have no idea where the title comes from) is shonen manga reminescent of Kubo's Bleach series and the steampunk world of Full Metal Alchemist. Following our hero, Allen, an exorcist in a world where demons, akumas, are created by an evil being known as the Millenium Earl as he must fight these evil beings before they and Millenium Earl take the souls of others. Using bits and pieces of biblical mythology, 19th century steampunk elements, and a captivating cast and storyline, D.Gray- ...more
Nick
May 13, 2008 Nick rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: manga
Overall Rating: B-
Synopsis: The plot revolves around Allen Walker, an Exorcist, in the end of the 19th century Europe. Allen is a member of the Dark Order, a group of Exorcists connected with the Vatican. Their mission is to stop The Millennium Earl, an evil ghoul intending to cleanse the world by destroying all the humans in the manner of Noah's great flood. In the first volume, we get some back story, learn that exorcists kick ass, have a clubhouse, and don't play well with others.

D. Gray-man
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V Mignon
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John C.
Hoshino, Katsura. (2004) D.Gray-Man:Opening, Vol.1. California Viz Media, llc. (208pp).

Have you ever wondered if there was a way to bring your loved ones back from the dead? Well in the 19th century England it is not a good thing. When someone you really love dies Millenium Earl comes to you and asks you if you really want to bring them back from the dead. Once you agree, Millenium Earl brings back the evil soul of the loved one, who then kills you and morphs into your skin so humans dont know y
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Holly Letson
When I got 9 volumes of DGM a couple months ago, I was happy, excited, and curious. I was also a smidgen doubtful as well. I had never watched or read any of the series, and was not sure that it would be something I liked. And, I had found V1-V10, except for V5, so I knew I'd need to get scanslations for that volume, and I'm not sure how different those will be from the Viz SJA volumes. But, I did enjoy the story in this volume, and will enjoy continuing this series.
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Michelle
This is a series I grew up with in school. I'm an adult now, but back when this first came out in the US (I can still remember the day I found this first book in the store, picking it up and looking through it, oh mann!!!!) I absolutely loved it. The concept was very... well, unique? I couldn't stop reading these books! Even though I wasn't religious I did see the religious side as attractive to this series, in a fantasy loving way. I hope I'm making some sense! It's really hard to explain. It's ...more
steven XD
D-gray man volume 1. Akuma, monsters born from dead souls mistakenly recalled by their loved ones to the living world, are the weapons of the Millenium Earl, who is intent on the destruction of the world. Allen Walker has been cursed with an anti-Akuma weapon as his left arm and an eye that sees the former soul of the Akuma since his youth. He is also one of the few who contain "Innocence", a substance that allows him to kill Akuma and fight the Earl. With these powers, he joins the Black Priest ...more
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星野 桂

Katsura Hoshino ((星野 桂 Hoshino Katsura) was born on April 21, 1980, in Shiga Prefecture, Japan, as the younger of fraternal twin girls and the second of three children. She drew her first manga at twenty-one. In 1998, Hoshino moved to Tokyo. She dreamed of bringing her mother to the city and was able to in 2006.

She made her debut with her comics in July 2003 with the publication of her first m
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