D.Gray-man is another one of the shounen anime out this season. I guess it’s supposed to be one of the more popular series. Death Note, another shounen anime, actually ended up looking pretty good. Can D.Gray-man escape the lameness that most shounen shows exhibit?
Allen Walker is a young exorcist whose job is to destroy the “akuma” threat to humanity. Akuma is the Japanese word for “demon,” but in this context they’re like half machine half soul killing machines. Apparently there’s a stupid looking fat guy named The Earl of Millennium who is trying to destroy humankind with these akuma.
The first episode has Allen saving a hot British policewoman from the akuma threat. The policewoman wants to investigate the disappearances tourists that have been reported in the old abandoned church. Her investigation ends up costing the lives of just about the entire police force! Allen just happens to be in the area and destroys the akuma with just one hand. Mind you, it’s a gigantic robo-hand, but yeah…
To me, the premise of this anime is just stupid. So there’s an evil “Earl of Millennium” who wants to destroy humanity for no good reason? And somehow akuma can be created just by having an emo guy whine about his life? I understand that stuff might be explained in future episodes, but this is just lame…
D.Gray-man seems more like the antithesis to Death Note. Whereas Death Note has some actual thinking going on, D.Gray-man asks you to forego all that and let your brain cells die. While I can appreciate mindless fun, D.Gray-man is asking too little in terms of rational thought.
The character designs are not too bad. Allen has the cool kid with gray hair look. That policewoman is hot, though I bet she’ll never appear in the anime again. The Earl of Millennium is way too stupid looking to take seriously. If the designers were trying to make a snack food mascot, that’s fine. Evil incarnate? Not so much.
The animation seemed fairly good. I appreciate that fact that they went into super deformed mode a few times. This isn’t enough to save the series, though.
The OP and ED are both your typical J-Rock shounen anime songs. The OP is actually pretty catchy. The ED is really unique. They’re both good; unfortunately the anime isn’t.
D.Gray-man is just stupid. If you value any kind of logic or thinking in your plot, I suggest you avoid this anime like the plague. I’d suggest something like Death Note as a remedy to this kind of dumb anime.