D. Gray-man Hallow – 02-03

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Wow, Persona 5 is looking pretty good!

I feel like it’s been a while since I’ve tried to blog a long running manga/anime franchise, but I’m going to give it another go, I guess.

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Cross Marian’s death was pretty suspicious, even though the episode seemed to forget about it pretty quickly. What’s interesting though was how the director knew it was someone above him that carried it out without notifying him. The Generals seemed pretty important and powerful, so being able to do all of this must call for a lot of power (both politically and in actual strength). Everything new that seems to be introduced about the Order seems to have some sort of secret. Like with the new unit in the Order that could somehow bypass an Akuma barrier and absorb attacks into their arms. Sure the war is harsh, but creating human monsters isn’t commonly the best way to go about things in anime.

But for now, at least Allen’s spot within the Order seems less precarious. Sure, the Exorcists have orders to kill the 14th if he’s going to be a threat, but it seems like this hasn’t diminished anyone’s trust in Allen too much (the director doesn’t count). Everyone seems to be treating him the same, and Allen seems okay with them killing him if that’s what the situation calls for.

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…Though of course, in the most recent episode, the 14th came out anyways. The Level 4 Akuma recognized it, as well as Crown Clown. Since Crown Clown only cuts evil things, does that mean that Nea is recognized as such? Or is it just because he’s a Noah? In either case, who knows where Allen’s consciousness was during that time, but Kanda seems to have brought Allen back for now. The Noah seemed to have some kind of reaction to Nea, and they’ve been pretty quiet in these first few episodes, so it should be interesting to see what happens if they actually meet.

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I guess there’s another good reason why picking up the plot here is a good idea. Since Timothy learning about his Innocence is a good ease back into the story. It’s like how the beginning of D. Gray-man involved Allen travelling around, finding people with strange abilities, encountering Akuma, and then recruiting the new person into the Black Order. Of course, there are new elements like Akuma levelling up, and the introduction of the Crows, but for the most part these past two episodes felt very reminiscent of how the plot first began.

Aside from being an interesting new power as opposed to another weapon, Timothy’s Innocence should be pretty useful to the Order too. He’s limited to taking over Level 2 Akuma for now, but once he gets stronger, he should be a really powerful asset. The main characters struggle with Level 4 Akuma even now, so if Timothy could control them well, he could do a lot of damage in battle. Especially since he seems able to use whatever the Akuma’s special ability is. Of course, having his body left behind is a bit of a liability, but the Innocence itself can move it, and there’s probably some kind of strategies that they could use to minimize the threat of something happening.

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The whole story with Timothy and the orphanage was touching. …Though it’s very convenient plot-wise that the Akuma decided to attack then, as opposed to if Timothy had refused and the Order had decided to leave for the day or something. What better to display the threats that might attack than said threats actually attacking. Of course, they probably could have explained the Akuma thing sooner, which might have been a convincing reason why he should join them. But then that might have ruined the tension of Timothy not wanting to leave his surrogate family behind.

It’s nice that D. Gray-man hasn’t lost it’s sense of humour. There were funny bits, but they didn’t seem too intrusive in the fight scenes. Plus the first episode was pretty devoid of humour, so hopefully that means that the anime adaptation will be serious when it needs to be. I forget a lot of the jokes and such from the manga (seeing how they’re more than likely just taking the jokes straight from there), but I remember them not being too intrusive. As for how the rest of the episodes went, it’s interesting to see Timothy’s ability actually animated. Back when I read these chapters, I remember not really acknowledging Timothy’s Innocence’s potential (probably because the manga was just coming out of hiatus again and I was far more interested in the whole 14th thing), but seeing it again, it could be really useful. Though the story is going to focus more on Kanda from what I remember…


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7 Responses to “D. Gray-man Hallow – 02-03”

  1. BlackBriar says:

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  2. BlackBriar says:

    Wow, Persona 5 is looking pretty good!

    So you’re saying there’s a crossover? 😉

  3. BlackBriar says:

    Good follow-ups and quite the useful ability Timothy’s gained despite it being forced upon by him his unknowing douchebag father. Even as a novice, having the kind of power would seem unfair to anyone antagonizing him. So he’ll definitely become a thorn in the side when he’s officially mastered it. Yeah, having his vulnerable body out in the open is a serious drawback. Therefore, to be professional, a secure hiding place has to be planned in advance before deciding to engage in possessing any enemies. The ability itself is reminiscent and similar to that of the select characters in Kakumeiki Valvrave. Same drawback. The one difference is they had to bite into their targets like vampires in order to take them over.

    Surprisingly, Timothy is a bright and reasonable kid. Mainly because of his decision to willingly join the Order without being coerced and lucky for him, he’ll be accompanied by a familiar face from the orphanage. He did strike the Order a low blow with his conditions, having them pay off everything involved in his thefts, supporting the orphans and then some. If that’s not extortion, I don’t know what is.

    Not much to say on the lead Allen so far. A troubling concern to acknowledge compared to all I’ve brought up about Timothy. To me, other than having the shounen trait of naïveté, he’s like a blank canvas. And if the sword that wasn’t supposed to hurt him actually is, then it’s undoubtedly a bad sign.

    • Karakuri says:

      Admittedly, the previous arcs of the series did a better job at characterizing Allen than anything that’s really happening now. The anime is about at the 18th volume of the manga at this point, so a ton has happened.

      Though that being said, I think I like Timothy a lot better now than when I read about him in the manga. Mostly because I’m not waiting for the plot to advance after a long hiatus.

  4. zztop says:

    Some character designs kind of look like they were reused for Valvrave the Liberator.

    Like how with the bandanna on, Timothy looks like Q-Vier’s younger, brattier cousin. Or how the red-robed exorcists look like the Magius with an upgraded wardrobe.

    • Karakuri says:

      Ah, that’s really true! I didn’t even notice haha. I guess that just comes with having the same character designer behind them.

    • BlackBriar says:

      You forgot to mention how similar Timothy’s possession power is to that of the Magius. The one difference is he doesn’t need to bite into his targets.

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