D. Gray-man Hallow Episode 1: [The Fourteenth][First Impressions]
I’ve been waiting for this day.
I’ve really been waiting for too long
BUT THE DAY FINALLY CAME!
D GRAY MAN IS BACK!
The one fainting is me, when I remember Allen and how beautiful he is.
The episode opens with the battle of chapter 169 I believe, after a little flashback scene with Timcampy. It’s the occasion for everyone to meet again with the Black Order’s exorcists on a mission and to witness how much they’ve changed since last time. Of course the most noticeable change is Link who grew up to be a beautiful bishounen without anyone noticing. For the unlucky souls who forgot, this is Link before:
I don’t know about you but either way, Link is selling me dreams. Different kinds of dreams I’ll admit but still (and I’m not even talking about that booty shot of him in the Opening, bless our souls)
BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY:
MA BOY LAVIII
I guess my icon speaks for itself, I love Allen, with all my heart.
If you ever talk shit about him, I’ll find you and things will ensue.
I’m dead serious.
Anyway, sorry for Caps lock, it’s the hype talking, I’ll try to contain myself… I’m super happy to see all of them but mostly Allen and Lavi, whom presence should be enjoyed as much as we can since he’s not getting much screen time lately.
Also… Lavi is hot, he’s really is hot… I mean he was hot since the beginning, but… yeah… fiiiiiou, I don’t know about you but those summer nights are going to get a lot warmer than I expected… and that won’t be the global warming’s fault this time. I swear, this dude is the incarnation of sin, a beautiful one though… really beautiful…
*AHEM* It was quite a bloody battle If you ask me. I don’t recall seing guts and blood in the previous anime. Oh well, I like blood so that’s not a issue for me. So after they’ve won the battle against the Akumas and secured the Innocence, the focus jumps back in time. We now see our exorcist gang discovering for the first time the new Head quarters of the Black Order after its destruction by the last Akuma attack. So yeah, they actually decided to adapt those chapters in a strange order and thus they made some little changes in this episode. Overall it works pretty fine so I won’t complain.
They also added a nice little recap summing up the basic plot of the series. I say “basic plot” because for those who thought D.Gray-Man was still “Allen, along with his fellow Exorcists must put a stop to the Millennium Earl’s ultimate plot that could lead to the destruction of the world and all who live on it.” I’m sorry to disappoint you but it’s not that easy anymore. I don’t think I even understand what D.Gray-Man is about now… I just know I like it… very much.
Right after, it’s the entrance of Lveille who’s doing a great job at being a dick, as usual. He restrains Allen with those weird little magic spell papers and hop, we don’t really have time to waste, let’s meet with Cross Marian. The latter basically explains that the fourteenth, who betrayed the Noah clan years ago, was Mana’s brother who was also Allen’s adoptive father. Oh yeah and Allen is hosting the Fourteenth’s personality. So inside his body, he basically has the soul of his uncle? It’s complicated? AHAHAHA, this is just getting started.
The Flashback of Allen and Mana was so cute. It’s funny to see that Allen was so different back then but yet still adorable as hell.
What makes me soooo sad, hearing Cross’s explanation, is the fact that Allen doesn’t know if Mana liked him for who he was or because he was the Fourteenth’s host, and of course now, there’s no way to know… And also the fact that despite that, Allen decided to believe in Mana… AAAAAAAAAAAAH ALLLLEEEN WHY ARE YOU SUFFERING SO MUCH?! WHY IS EVERYONE SUFFERING?! WE NEED TO PROTECT ALLEN! WE ACTUALLY NEED TO PROTECT ALL OF THEM!
Hey you know what? It’s only episode 1 and I already feel the pain, which means it’s good…
It’s good, give me more pain.
I’m used to it now.
Because the Fourteenth’s goal was to kill the Millenium Earl, Lvielle thinks of using Allen to achieve the same end. Since their goals are similar, why not using that kid as a tool? Great idea right? Oh Lviell, I hate you, but I love hating you at the same time. After Douchy Lvielle being a douche, and Cross Marian being kind of an asshole, the episode ends with a cliffhanger on Cross’s death. I guess it was expected, that’s a nice way to end the episode in my opinion.
Charibo’s First Impression:
D. Gray-man was one of the first works that got me into mango reading with Full Metal Alchemist and Death Note, and consequently one of the reasons of my fall into the animu trashdom. I remember reading it when I was twelve and worshiping it like it was the best mango ever created
and it still is. I tried to get my two brothers into the D.Gray-man hell, one of them liked it, the other one isn’t my brother anymore. Yo, I even changed my icon to embrace Allen’s glory, that’s how dedicated I am!
All this to say that when the announcement of Hallow came, my inner fangirl woke up from 6 years of sleep and now I’m freaking ready for this! I want this to be good. But is it really? Is this long awaited adaptation going to live up to our expectations? We had a quite a long time to fantasize about it, so are our dreams going to be crushed or will we slowly fall with delight into the pain and despair that D.Gray-man brings?
The visuals of the Opening sequence are good, I like the song too but together… Heh… I think I need time to get used to it. But my favorite Noah dork Wisely is as beautiful as ever in it so I’ll let it slide. On the other hand the ending is a perfect win for me. I swear I almost cried when I saw the pictures with Kanda and Alma… Freaking hell, this is going to be painful….
The Seiyuus are fine, Lenalee’s voice is maybe a bit too high pitched but I think I can get used to it. As for the background music I don’t really know, I haven’t noticed any memorable tracks so I’m waiting to hear more. GIVE ME SOME AMAZING SOUNDTRACK ANIMU! I’m waiting.
As for the Art style… HEH… umm… Yeah, I don’t really like it… There’s no way the anime art style could live up to the Hoshino sensei’s drawings but yeah… I think I still prefer the old anime art style, here everything is a bit too colorful for the dark and gloomy universe that D. Gray-Man is supposed to be. But I give them the benefit of the doubt tho, maybe things will get more dark as the pain is increasing. But Lenalee was wayyyy more prettier in the older version… Just sayin’ (and she’s not the only one).
However, I’m sorry but to me, the animation is pretty bad… The faces in the background are a weird, the characters in movement are meh. The funny faces of Allen, which I absolutely love in the manga, are okay I guess, it could have been a lot better though. So yeah, the Art is a bit sloppy and that’s such a shame!
Now, one of my main worries, aside from the Art style is the pacing. From what I saw on the PV and Opening I guess they are going to stop after the Alma Arc, which is quite a shame since I wanted to see the next Arc with Neah adapted. But eh, I prefer them to focus on a little amount of episodes and to give us some good stuff rather than rushing tings. And even so, I’m a bit pessimistic on that one too. 13 episodes seems a bit… too short? Good luck fitting Cross’s disappearance, Timothy’s encounter and the Alma Arc in 13 episodes. I doubt they are going to manage to fit everything without rushing it… Oh well, we’ll see.
So overall it was a nice first episode, my only disappointment is the animation and art style. I think I kind of expected it, when I saw the first trailers I had some doubts about the animation quality and I was quite right. I guess I was hoping a miracle and sadly it did not happen. So let’s pray for the drawings to get better. However, because it’s the first episode, the hype is too strong and I’m too excited to be pessimistic. For the moment I’m just happy D.Gray-Man is back. So let’s keep the bad things aside for a little while and let’s enjoy the greatness that D.Gray-man is.
Possibility of Watching: You bet I am!
Possibility of Blogging: My body is ready