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D.Gray-man, Vol. 1: Opening [Kindle Edition]

Katsura Hoshino
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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A born exorcist, Walker's primary anti-akuma weapon is the cross that's embossed on his red, disfigured left hand, which contains Innocence. But not only does Walker destroy akuma, he sees the akuma hiding inside a person's soul! Together with his fellow exorcists fighting under the command of the Black Order, Walker leads the battle against the Millennium Earl, the evil being out to destroy mankind.

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About the Author

Born in 1980, Shiga Prefecture native Katsura Hoshino's hit manga series D.Gray-man has been serialized in Weekly SHONEN JUMP since 2004. His first series, Continue, first appeared in Weekly SHONEN JUMP in 2003.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 202614 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media: SHONEN JUMP ADVANCED; Shonen Jump Advanced Manga Ed edition (9 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #311,447 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars D-Gray Man 29 May 2007
I bought this manga because it was recommended by a friend, and I'm really glad I did.

For ages I haven't really been interested in any manga I've seen because to me it's all looked and sounded like something I've already read. But D-Gray Man has lifted me from this manga rut and it's been a really good read. The storyline and characters are developed well and the art is a refreshing mix of beautiful, funny and macabre. I recommend this for the true horror/adventure fan- and ANY manga fan.

I only wish I wasn't so quick at reading manga... because now I have to wait for all the future volumes to come out. They're also sold for a fantastic price on this site and you'd do best to buy them in a bunch or perhaps one with another lot of items to take advantage of the price.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Promising Manga ^^ 22 May 2006
D.Gray-Man is set in a fictional 19th century and follows Allen Walker, a young exorcist charged with the destruction of 'akuma', creatures created with a mechanical body and a human soul, which prey on mankind under the orders of the Millennium Earl. As an exorcist, Allen is compatible with 'Innocence' which gives him an anti-akuma weapon, in this case, his deformed left hand, which allows him to kill akuma.

In the first volume, Allen is searching for the headquarters of the 'Dark Religious Organisation', the group of exorcists who fight the Millennium Earl, under the instructions of his teacher, also a member of the Organisation. Along the way, he encounters an Akuma which is killing people in a church and a young boy who has started his own akuma patrol.

I had heard promising things about this manga from friends who had read it in Japanese, and it doesn't disappoint. In many ways, it reminds me of Fullmetal Alchemist, and so far the plot seems quite gripping. The Millennium Earl is a rather creepy and disturbing villain while the akuma are both scary and rather pitiful. Allen makes a cute hero, and seems quite innocent. The art is lovely, neither too plain or too ornate, with nice details. I did find some of the plot quite scary, especially the akuma bullets which transmit a virus which quickly kills living things, and the akuma themselves are draw to look very unnerving.

Overall, so far, D.Gray-Man seems to have a good plot and interesting characters. I'd definately recommend it to people looking for a new manga series to follow.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Earl's enemy 23 April 2008
If Tim Burton were ever to attempt a steampunk horror story, then I imagine the results would be something like "D.Gray-man."

And the first volume of this gothic, deeply quirky manga series attempts just that kind of atmosphere. It starts off relatively strongly with an "akuma of the week" storyline, though it remains a bit slow-moving. But Hoshino Katsura's story really blossoms as our likable, haunted hero begins his new life among other exorcists.

Two cops are investigating an old abandoned church when they meet a strange boy with a deformed hand, Allen Walker. After one is killed, he manages to save Officer Moa from an akuma -- an enslaved human soul who is under the control of the evil Millennium Earl, a demon who is trying to destroy God. When Allen is placed under house arrest in Moa's home, he reveals that the akuma is nearby... and very familiar to Moa.

In another town, Allen finds a young boy named John, who is obsessed with defeating akuma and the Earl. Allen tries to warn him off, but John won't be dissuaded -- until he is lured into one of the Earl's traps, and Allen must rescue him. But even more shocking is the revelation of how Allen first encountered the Earl -- and why he is so obsessed with defeating the Earl.

Finally, Allen arrives at the Exorcist Headquarters to introduce himself as an official exorcist. But things don't go very smoothly -- the exorcists turn out to be a bunch of weirdos, governed by a mad genius and a strange alien creature. But they also have great knowledge -- Allen finds out just what "innocence" is, and why the exorcists are racing to find it...
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Rewinding City 15 July 2010
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This third volume of the `D.Gray-Man' manga sees Alan and Lenalee investigating a city that keeps repeating the same day over and over again. During their investigation they come across a woman who appears to be unaffected by the phenomena as well as Akuma and a strange girl who are also looking for the innocence that is the source of the distortion.

I did really enjoy this volume as it introduces two of my favourite characters from the series Miranda Lotto and Road Kamelot. Miranda is a funny character who is also quite sympathetic and Road is creepily brilliant as well. This volume had some nice artwork and also has a small amount of gore which was very nicely done. On the downside the action is good rather than great and the series still hasn't got the meat of its plot yet. Other than this though this third volume of `D.Gray-Man' is was a very entertaining read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great Characters but Plotting Meh 2 Jan. 2014
Vol. 4: Lavi and Allen's main mission here is to protect a village from a vampire, but something isn't what it seems. Some cool new characters are introduced but we're left not knowing quite where everyone stands and a major fight is about to erupt. keeps the plot and action rolling but a bit messy plotwise. (3/5)

Vol. 5: Again I'm finding the plot a bit all over the place but I'm certainly enjoying the characters in this manga. The vampire episode is finished off on the first half of this volume and has a very interesting conclusion! The second half brings back the Earl and a new charismatic bad guy then we get into some plotting that jumps around and I found hard to follow but there is some great art here and some cool disturbing images. I'm enjoying the read but it isn't a page-turner for me. I'm really glad to be reading this as a 3-in-1 as I don't know if single volumes would have held my interest as much. (3/5)

Vol. 6: I think the art in this series is amazing. Not the people, but the backgrounds, creatures and the artists use of shading is beautiful. This volume flies into action and keeps up non-stop throughout the whole book. The story revolves around a character (we don't know) but is an old friend of the others who has betrayed the Innocence and is being destroyed. Our main characters are out to save him. Then the book ends on a cliffhanger note as Allen meets up with the bad guy from the last volume, Tyki Mikk. (3/5)

I'm going to admit that I find this story somewhat hard to follow the overall plot. My 13yo loves it, though! When I asked him if he liked D.Gray-Man he said "Yes! It is so intense!" So I got him to explain to me what was the main idea going on here after I'd finished this book. LOL. Still not a page-turner for me, but this last cliffhanger has me interested and a bit freaked to get on with the next volume.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Addicted
mind blowing drawings, epic plot - a MUST READ
Published 4 months ago by John Biondini
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
The D.Gray-Man story finally picks up
Published 4 months ago by Andrew Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Every thing i wanted and came really quickley
Published 4 months ago by Kurt Meats
5.0 out of 5 stars :3 Happy with it
So Happy! Volumes 4-6 of the manga, D.Gray-man. A great story with entertaining characters. Quite gothic.
Published 11 months ago by Joanna Rachael Gowdy
5.0 out of 5 stars a good book
loved the anime and started the manga, a really good book, shame about the paper being thinner in the 3 in 1 novels that the conventional novels.
Published 13 months ago by Tomas perkins
4.0 out of 5 stars good read!
yeah starts off where no. 1 ended & is fun, really well put together, I would recommend it even to my mum!
Published on 18 Jun. 2013 by musag
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
It's great, it arrived in great condition, clean pages all intact and not a rip/ tear anywhere, the only issue I had was that the lovely shiny cover had a large Whsmiths sale... Read more
Published on 30 May 2013 by Aishah
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
i love this series and i'm really glad that i can now read it when ever and where ever i like :)
Published on 17 May 2013 by Emma Bradley
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Published on 17 Mar. 2013 by 1
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