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D.Gray-man, Vol. 1

(D.Gray-man #1)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  27,465 ratings  ·  317 reviews
AKUMAとは『機械』と『魂』と『悲劇』を材料に造まれる悲しき悪性兵器。そのAKUMAを製造し世界の終焉を目論む「千年伯爵」に対抗するため、神の十字架を左手に持つエクソシスト・アレンの戦いが始まる!!
Paperback, 196 pages
Published May 2nd 2006 by VIZ Media LLC (first published October 4th 2004)
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Magdalen
Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
The plot? Interesting.
The drawings? Pretty good.
The characters? Great!

The story is dark, mysterious and gothic may I add. I have watched some of the anime though never quite from the beginning till the end, more like random episodes and I liked it so i decided to pick the manga. I really fancy it so far. I hope it doesn't take a downfall.
Natalia
Dec 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was pretty good. I definitely enjoyed "D.Gray-man" waaay more than I thought I would.
Caroline  (A Reader From Venus)
I'll fully review this later but damn, it was good.
Nocturnalux
There was a time when D.Gray Man was all the rage. An often cheap but still compelling anime adaptation that aired between 2006-2008 brought a lot of attention to Hoshino-sensei and for a while the franchise was immensely popular. But after a long hiatus (due to a bizarre health crisis in the mangaka's life that may be addressed at a later point) the furor died out and by the time a sequel to the anime rolled by in 2016 it went by almost unheeded.

This is quite unfortunate as this is a solid sho
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John Egbert
May 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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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Kogiopsis
Oct 22, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Zoe
Jul 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
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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Megan
Nov 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Selena
Rereading the first volume after having followed this series for more than a decade is a bit of a trip.

So much stuff was in this first volume that never gets addressed again, but while the details have definitely changed over the years (or have they?), the premise remains constant.

Allen Walker is an exorcist with a hand that becomes a weapon to defeat monsters called "Akuma." This first volume is him traveling to join up with The Black Order, a group devoted to destroying Akuma, defeating the Mi
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Greg Markwardt
Sep 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Read this one a long time ago but decided to give the series another go since I never finished it. Let’s see how far I make it this time. Volume 1 introduces the characters and plot nicely. Very gothic and creepy art style with a grim story to tell. Allen and the crew are all very stylish and Lenalee is hot.

Read 9/12/20
Kyle Lindholm
Sep 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
(Rating for entire series thusfar)
This series is a lot like spaghetti, in that it's a tangled mess of loose ends. But man do I love spaghetti.
Mehsi
Ah yes, I still love this series, I know I saw about 50 episodes of it long time ago, and also read some volumes of the manga, but I never finished. This was just so good. Happy to see Allen again.

I decided to re-read this one, I didn’t really want to start a big book right before my vacation, and also all the books I really wanted to read are now boxed up and ready for my vacation (yes, I am writing this review before my vacation starts).

In this one we first meet with Allen, we find out about
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Phee
Jun 16, 2020 added it
Shelves: read-in-2020
I got far too attached to Allen Walker when I watched the anime. So obviously I needed to start the manga. He is such a precious boy. I forgot how little he and Timcampy were at the beginning.
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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Bradley
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
I think this series was incredibly popular while I was in high school. Late to the show.

Popular in my day? It could run popular now. The enemies, called Akuma, are literally a physical manifestation of the darkness in one’s heart. The souls need help when coming back to this world unwillingly and that’s where our villain, the Millenium Earl, comes in. It’s described in several ways and in different ways which makes it foolproof even when it might not seem completely aligned…For instance it’s
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Aurora Dimitre
Jun 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: june-2015
~3.5 Stars~

I found this in a used/new bookstore in Bangor, Maine, and I decided, well - I watched the first episode of the anime forever ago and I remember it wasn't too bad, so... why not? Turned out it was a good idea, because I ended up running out of books on the way back to ND, and also because... it wasn't bad!

As far as I can tell, this is a fairly popular manga series. Or at least, it was back when I was first getting into manga and mostly just reading Bleach. Either way, I can pretty muc
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Amy
Jul 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga, shonen, 2016-reads
I took some time to get used to its artwork. The magic system looks familiar actually, having a weapon planted on the main character, Allen's body, and he was cursed. Another very typical shounen manga, but I'm intrigued with its execution, heard great things about it and the series is continued by the mangaka after a few years, that's rare. This gave me some fullmetal alchemist vibe tbh, but I don't mind if the artwork and plot get better after this. Hope to read more of this soon! 3 stars!
Sesana
Mar 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, comics, monsters
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.
Ella
Dec 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Starting this manga. I've heard amazing things about this from my friends. It's really interesting so far.
Sandra
Aug 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
"Exorcists...those possessed by the gods...they exist to destroy the ominous evils that rise from the darkness."

Disappearances at a church catch the interest of Mou and Charles who bring two policemen with them, advancing into the abandoned church to find out the explanation for all the weird occurrences.

The plot thickens when the four come to realise they are not alone, as a 15-year-old boy explains the church is inhabited by an Akuma.

Enter Allen Walker, escorted into the police station under s
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James DeSantis
Jul 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Did this come out around same time as Full Metal Alchemist? Because the tone/character design reminds me of it a lot!

So we have these demons who live inside people's bodies and use them to feed on people. It's nothing new. And we have a guy who decides to be a exorcist. Seen it all before. However, the tone, design, and overall pacing works well int his manga. I was instantly enjoying the main character and was actually shocked how fast certain characters died or were taken out. I believe that
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Julie (Manga Maniac Cafe)
3 stars

I liked this a little better than the last time I read it, in 2006. I still found the 1st volume distastefully gross. The info dumping was also annoying, which I don't remember noticing the last time. And finally, the action scenes are really hard for me to follow, and I'm not sure why. Maybe because I find Allen's weaponized hand so silly and weird looking.
Marianina
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
I didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would. Art was good but I'm not really into the plot nor the atmosphere. We didn't see much of the characters in the first volume so I don't have an opinion on this aspect. Won't be continuing it for now.
☺Trish
Jul 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Ambivalent about continuing with D. Gray-Man. Interesting intro to a new-to-me shonen manga. I am just not sure that it is my cup of tea.
Not too surprising given that my all-time favorite manga is Fruits Basket!
Mersadys
Aug 20, 2020 rated it liked it
this doesn't really explain how Allen came to be cursed. like at all
gabi
Mar 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga
Hmmm... I have this feeling that this is going to get really good. I like it!!!
Anakurin
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My favourite manga, everything in it is amazing 10/10.
Petros
Dec 04, 2011 rated it it was ok
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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Daichi Ishii
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It was really good! I learned that when we judge something, we have to think about it from various aspect. We face to situation which we recognize someone as a bad person because of their bad behavior but sometimes they have some reasons why they took bad behavior. This story has a lot of sad scene that somebody’s important parson is killed but it was fun.
MissAnnThrope
Feb 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
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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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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