Sunday, May 26, 2013

D.Gray-Man

I don't recommend this manga to teenagers under 15th years old because there's a lot of violence and disturbing pictures. But aside from that, this manga is really good. Unfortunately the author of this manga (Katsura Hoshino-sensei) often get sick so we'll have to wait for a long time to get update of the story. T^T.



Allen and the other exorcist


Allen as a child with Mana

Basically, D-Gray Man is story about the war between Noah clan and Black Order. The main character is an orphan boy named Allen that abandoned by his parent because his ugly and abnormal left hand. Allen then adopted by Mana Walker, a clown that travel all over the country to entertain people. 

Unfortunately Mana Walker then die in a collision, left Allen alone in despair. In this sad moment came a person known as Professor or Millennium Earl offering his help, said that he could bring Mana Walker back to life with 1 requirement. Allen just have to shout Mana's name to bring his soul back. Since Mana is the only one person that Allen has in this world, he agreed to Millennium Earl's condition. He didn't have any idea that Millennium Earl actually deceived him (and many others) to made a demonic akuma, a sad creature where its source of energy is the sadness and bitterness of a soul. When a soul of someone that has passed away is called back and turn into an akuma, it will be force to kill the one who called the soul to earth and then wear his/her body. It will make any soul will be in despair. Mana really furious because Allen called his soul back to earth that he wounded and cursed Allen's left eye. Suddenly, Allen's left hand change into weapon that kill Mana's akuma. 

To make long story short, it is revealed that Allen was born with a substance call "innocence" that could kill the demonic akuma. Allen then join a group called the Black Order where he and other exorcist use "innocence" to combat "akuma". Actually, the story has been expanded and the war between Noah Clan and Black Order is not as black vs white as it seems. I really love this manga. You could read it here. I usually prefer the manga than anime but this time I love both. It's funny, touching, the story has many layers and the characters are well-developed. Here are some of my favorite character!





Allen Walker


Allen with General Cross Marian

Allen Walker is my most favorite character from this manga. He's kind, generous, very polite, but has darkness inside him. It is revealed later in the story that Allen was a very different person as a child. As an orphan that abandoned by his parent, he has no name, rude, withdrawn, so hesitant to form relationships that he often resorted to insulting people. His only friend was a dog named Allen which happened to be Mana's dog. After the dog died, he take the dog's name as his name and then adopted by Mana Walker. 

After Mana's death and he discover his innocence power, Allen met with General Cross Marian who explained that the only way to save akuma is to exorcise them. Allen subsequently became Cross' disciple and spent the next three years with him before being sent to the Black Order to become an official Exorcist. During this time, Allen was tormented by his master's constant irresponsible behavior and forced into various odd jobs to pay off the debts that General Cross accumulated. This lead the development of another personality, which is called "black" personality by his friends. He learned to play cards and gamble at a very young age to pay Cross's debt. He also learned how to cheat and win through deception and doesn't hesitate to use these tactics whenever necessary. This is a stark contrast to his polite and courteous nature and often surprises his friends, who wouldn't expect such a dark side to Allen. He also possesses circus abilities such as juggling and acrobatics, which he learned from traveling with Mana who was himself a circus clown by trade.




Allen with Timcampy

Allen considers Akuma to be just as important to him as humans, swearing his left arm to saving Akuma and his right to saving humans. His innocence had gone through several development. From Cross to Crown Clown.



Allen's left hand

The first form of his left hand, Cross alpha.

When Allen's synchronization rate exceeds 100%, he is able to transmute his entire left arm into a large broadsword with a cross emblazoned on the faces of the blade called Sword of Exorcism. I really love to see it. His cursed left eye also gone through some development. By the way, due to his parasitic-type anti-akuma weapon, he has a vast appetite and eats lots of food. It later revealed that the 14th, a Noah who betrayed the Earl and was killed for it, implanted his memories into Allen, and the memories will erode him away until he becomes the 14th.

Crown Clown
Kanda Yuu





Kanda Yuu is a second exorcist. He is a handsome (rather pretty actually, with his long hair and such) Japanese Man with foul mood, cold, arrogant, but annoyed very easily by Allen and Lavi. He often call Allen "Moyashi" (beansprout). Kanda had enhanced artificial regeneration so he can recover much faster than any ordinary human. His blood is also enriched with healing power. He's fast and an excellent swordsman. His innocence is a sword called "Mugen" that could create illusion. I think he's pretty cool.


Lavi, Allen and Kanda Yuu


Lavi




Lavi is the successor of Bookman clan but enter the Black Order as an exorcist for the sake of recording the world history. In the end, Lavi develop personal attachment to all of his exorcist friends even though he doesn't suppose to have those kind of feelings. As a bookman, he has to record the world history as an observer and because of that Lavi is fully though reservedly aware of the fact that he might well live to see his "friends" and "comrades" die around him and be expected to move on without showing much of an outward reaction.



Lavi has a fondness to beautiful woman and often said, "Strike!" when he met one. He can actually be very intelligent and insightful and as a bookman he possess eidetic memory.


His innocence is a Hammer that can shrink, grow and extend at Lavi's command. He also uses it as a mode of transportation by standing on the handle and continuously extending it in one direction. The weight increases with its size, but since Lavi is the Accommodator, this weight change does not affect him. His hammer can be use to create fire (Fire seal), lightning (Heaven seal), and control weather (Wood seal). 

Lenalee Lee







Lenalee is a kind, caring young woman who treasures her friends and those she comes to think of as "family" more than anything else in the world. In one battle she lost her long hair when battle with a Level 3 akuma. Her innocence is a pair of shoes called "Dark Boots". It made Lenalee can travel at the speed of sound, walk on the water, create tornado and destruct akuma by her falling technique in which Lenalee's power condenses onto her Dark Boots, meshing them into a morass of blades, carrying an extremely high weight.

There are still so many interesting characters in this manga such as Komui Lee (Lenalee's overprotective older brother and also Black Order's Chief Officer), Miranda Lotto, Arystar Krory III, Timcanpy (Allen's golumn), Lero (Millennium Earl's special Golemn), and many more. Read this manga and see it for yourself! And don't forget to watch the anime too.

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