Featured Image Source: 2006 Promotional Image
A dark order of religious members hold exorcist that use the power of innocence and seek out more innocence fragments to create more fighting members to combat a man named The Millenium Earl and his demons.
Back when I was younger, man, D.Gray Man was a great show. However now re-watching all 103 episodes in 2016 in celebration of the sequel anime. I realize how much of a big mess this is truly was.
Writing – Reiko Yoshida (Known For: K-ON)/Original Concept & Story: Katsura Hosino
- Minor Pro: D.Gray Man unlike many Shonen anime actually don’t sexualize their female cast.
- The concept of Catholicism intertwining with these innocence abilities as a dark religious order goes to seek out other innocence fragments for new users to wield to fight against demons.
Directing & Cinematography – Head Director: Osamu Nabeshima (Known For Directing: Yowamushi Pedal) & Co-Director: Nana Harada (Known For Directing: Detective Conan Episodes)
- Especially towards the end of D.Gray Man we see better directing & animation. (E.G: Lavi & Allen’s fight take shots of their whole bodies turning and striking as they run against each other, rather than shots of them as a side scroller (2/4 view) attacking which reduces frame and complex illustrations.) –Credit: Art & Animation Team, & Director-
- The final battle looks and plays out great. A lot of rotating shots of characters interchanging spots in battle. We watch them fully animated and well illustrated as they rotate and turn with each strike. –Credit: Art & Animation Team, & Director-
ART & Animation: TMS ENTERTAINMENT (Known For: Detective Conan)
- The first half of D.Gray Man saw a lot of poor illustrations & stiff battles. However in the other half half we see more frame work in battles, quality illustrations & less frequently do we see dynamic static frames. –Credit: Director & Art/Animation Team-
Directing & Cinematography
- The director chooses a lot of dynamic static frames. Where a character is slashing and a light goes by to show that the character has completed an action with his hair and clothes flying in the wind. Instead of a character completing a strike frame by frame.
- Minor Con: The anime is called D.Gray Man but Allen only uses this power one time.
- The story is always switching between serious and funny, it doesn’t work. It’s not mature enough especially when they are around dangerous enemies. (E.G: The twin gunmen are used in a comical sense when dealing with Marshall Crosses bills. When they are encountered by bill collectors they don’t kill them or shoot them like they should because aren’t they the dangerous Noah family?)
- There are power flaws. (E.G: Allen & Lenalee try so hard to kill Level 3 Akuma but with some effort Lavi & Crowley happen to destroy “three level 3 Akuma” in one strike.)
- None of these characters do anything special, all they fight for is friends. It’s ridiculous when a character is too weak and just a burden but they want to go back and help their friend even if it can cause multiple deaths and they clearly can’t doing anything to help at all.
- Chaoji is an unnecessary character that doesn’t need to be in the story what so ever. Chaoji is your typical character that usually plays the lead role in every anime. The one who cries that he can’t help but for some reason is the chosen one. (Master Tiedoll’s innocence piece somehow manages to fly to Choaji but no one else.) (E.G: He is a normal human that enters an extremely dangerous level 3+ Akuma territory and can barely assist as he has no powers. Somehow he manages to get tied in with the main story and does not die for some reason but many others do in this dream/room arc vs the Noah’s. The reward given to him is just an excuse for him to fit in with the main story. The dialogue writes him so much on the side that he almost sounds like he is inserted in and is barely respond to.)
- There are always big elephants in the room that are hardly or barely acknowledged. (E.G: Allen’s return, Allen’s innocence evolution, Allen’s sword evolution, and Lenalee’s hair.)
- The Noah family are supposed to be the feelings & sins of Noah the biblical figure. But they barely even show it. (E.G: Tyki is supposed to be pleasure but he doesn’t indulge in any vice or anything really differently pleasurable than anyone else. Lulu Bell is lust but she isn’t ever expressed sexually or in anyway erotically as her character theme should.)
- There are way too many unanswered questions by the end of the show. (E.G: What is Kanda’s lotus flower past, Lenalee’s family, Allen’s adoptive father Mana, & more.)
- Some battles wage on forever. A lot longer then they should. It can get boring to watch them do the same thing over & over. Get stronger, enemy gets scared, enemy gets stronger, good guy gets scared and then one will power over the other and basically say “What is this might?!” and die.
- A ton of stories that don’t fuel the main plot line. (E.G: Painter episode, 1st Episode, Pirate Kids, Kanda & Witch, & etc.)
- One of the Noah’s are defeated with a knife that has no innocence in it. When innocence should be the only thing that hurts them. (even if they appear later.)
- Some of The weapons (innocence) are so tacky and cartoonish. They are just basic items tossed in the bunch. (E.G: A big huge hammer, boots, a door bell, & vampire fangs.)
- A character’s death at the last episode is not emotional because we barely ever interact or experience anytime with them.
4/10- D.Okay Man!
+ Directing at the final.
– Art & Animation in the first half.
– Weak story telling.
– Unbalanced characters.
Well the sequel looks great, check it out below!