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Book Title: D.Gray-man 1|
The author of the book: Katsura Hoshino
ISBN 13: 9784088736914
Edition: 集英社 (Shueisha)
Date of issue: October 4th 2004
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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 not exactly in that order. I'll probably procrastinate and loaf around for a long time. And then I'll read more of Homestruck and complain about how long it is. Yup.
But, regardless, let's get on with this review, shall we?
Okay, D Gray Man. What can I say? I LOVE D GRAY MAN. It is and will always be my favorite manga, but even I have to admit it has it's flaws.
Although I for one was drawn in this volume from the very beginning and could not put it down (Come on guys! Allen had a cat in this volume! A CAATTTS!) I can see how it may be...dull...to others.
(Inner trollish Mello: WUT HOW COUDL U SAY THINGS LIEK DAT ABOUT D GRAY MANN?!)
Because, inner trollish Mello, I am sensible Mello and I can see that even my favorite series has flaws.
For instance, many compare D Gray Man to Fullmetal Alchemist. At first I didn't really see the similarities. lol, I mean we're talking about this guy:
Versus this guy:
However...as time progressed I began to see the similarities...
Allen and Edward...
...both have fucked up arms...
...both have fucked up arms as result of parent's deaths...
...both have crazy as shit mechanics (look, Komui, I love you, but you are clearly crazy)...
...both have dead parents...
...both have tried to resurrect dead parents only for it to end up HOLY CRAP TOTALLY WRONG...
...both are criminally short...
...and are picked on constantly for this...
...and always take offense at being picked on constantly for this...
Yeah, well, I won't go on and on. The point is that on the surface...D Gray Man may not seem...terribly original.
BUT BUT BUT BUT BUT
Okay, look, that's just on the surface. I personally didn't mind the severe lack of...plot...*cringes* (I really don't want to say lack of plot, because that's not entirely it, but...) because I fell in love (no, not literally) with Allen (yes, okay, literally).
Really, D Gray Man as a whole has never been strong with plot...well, except for the place we're at the series as I type this sentence. Hoshino is a master storyteller, at least at the moment, in fact she's always been a master storyteller, she's just not all that fantastic with the plot in the middle. But that was fine, at least for me, because I loved the characters so much I was willing to read anything about them.
Basically...yeah, okay, you read this volume and no...it's not all that spectacular. But later it starts to develop more clearly, we are introduced to major characters, the plot thickens (well, uh, I would hold my horses on that one, but...) and everything picks up! But just not here. Here Hoshino introduced us to all of the terms she'd be using (Akuma, Excorcist, Innocence...something else?) and that was kind of a mistake. She needed a stronger way to pull in readers. But that's not the point. Well, actually it is.
ARGH WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO TO CONVINCE YOU TO READ D GRAY MAN!
I can't seem to say anything that doesn't come out sounding overtly critical of it!
Okay, you know what, let me tell you my reasons for sticking with D Gray Man all this time, maybe that will help?
The team dynamic Hoshino uses!
It's flawless! Well, maybe I shouldn't say that just incase there is a flaw I figure out sometime in the future. But right now I will say it: it's flawless! I love everyone on the team, nobody's lagging anyone else behind unlike on the Naruto team where there was always annoying Sakura, and, uh, IT'S A GOOD TEAM DYNAMIC OKAY?
...I suck, terribly.
But let's move on from that depressing tidbit of the day!
Uh...wait...wrong picture ._.'
Sorry Krory, but you're not exactly the reason I kept reading, sorry to say...I love Krory too, really, but...no.
*makes small choking sound*
W-wait! Let me explain!
Firstly, let me just say that no, I am not a yaoi fangirl. Seriously. It's just, well, Laven is my one true pairing. IT'S PRACTICALLY CANON, AND I AM A CANON PURIST SO DON'T TAKE THAT LIGHTLY. I don't believe in throwing two people together just for the sake of it, but LavixAllen works. It just does! I mean, for chrissakes, they are all over each other half the time! And what about that hug, and-and...*mumbles*
Okay...so I am in this partly for my pairing.
...you'll never read it now, will you?
Look, it's not just that. I feel that the world building is weird, but once again it just works. The Exorcists, I love all of them. Lenalee isn't treated as a second class citizen (she's the girl of the team). Although some would argue that she's just fanservice because of her skirt, well, no. She actually has a personality that's visible, and hey, there is actually a halfway excuse for the skirt? (To be able to use her magical boots (please, please, don't ask me about that -_-') she needs as much leg space as possible.)
But, well, let me tell you something else...it's the powers.
All the powers, villains and heroes, are very, very confusing. Only if you're naive like me will you try to argue that they make sense, and as you can see not even I try and argue that they make sense. I won't even try to explain it here, in fact, just do a wiki search and save both of us the trouble. All I can say is that at least nobody's incredibly over powered by anyone else. Their power levels are always kept in check, and that's relief.
Uhhh...I think I may have went off point for the eighth or so time.
I'll end this review now.
TL;DR: THIS VOLUME MAY NOT SEEM LIKE MUCH BUT IT GETS BETTER AND THEN IT GETS A LITTLE WORSE AND THEN IT GETS A HELL OF A LOT BETTER AGAIN AND YOU BECOME ADDICTED. LIKE ME. DA END.
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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 manga series Continue and is known for her work, D.Gray-man, which began serialization in Shueisha's Weekly Shōnen Jump in May 2004.
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