D. Gray-man Vol. #05 (Mania.com)
Review Date: Wednesday, September 05, 2007
Release Date: Tuesday, May 01, 2007
Translated by:Toshifumi Yoshida
Adapted by:Lance Caselman
What They Say
The battle against Arystar Krory and Eliade continues. With Allen's eye once again healed and operational, the truth begins to be revealed. Allen's companion Lavi realizes that Arystar may not actually be a vampire but something else entirely. By the end of the battle at Krory Castle, Allen and Lavi find themselves with an unexpected companion for their journey.
The battle with Arystar and Eliade comes to a close. After which Allen and Lavi catch up to Lenalee and Bookman to continue the search for General Cross, bringing with them a new traveling companion. Meanwhile, the Millennium Earl and the Noah Clan have escalated the battles and the exorcists are taking heavy losses in the fighting all over the globe.
D.Gray-Man has been getting better and better as the manga goes along. In the very first volume, some of the story elements seemed derivative and the title could have faded into the background of the genre. However, D.Gray-Man has only improved as the story has progressed and developed its own unique identity. As the previous skirmishes with akuma and the Millennium Earl give way to all out war the story gets darker and more serious as the stakes are ever higher. There are still moments of light-hearted comedy, but the battles to come are always in the background giving the series a more well-rounded feel.
The original Japanese sound effects have been removed completely and replaced with English equivalents, something that I personally dislike and prefer the original Japanese effects left in with translations. The English sound effects are well done, but for those that prefer the original Japanese effects it does detract from the volume. Also, I'm fairly certain that the name of the Arystar Krory character is supposed to be a reference to Aleister Crowley so that name translation felt awkward to me, though I grew used to it with time.
With the full scale assault by the Millennium Earl and the Noah Clan, the mystery of the evolving curse of Allen's eye, and the search for General Cross the series has a good solid base now and a lot of potential from here on out. It'll be up to future volumes to see if Katsura can capitalize on the good solid start D.Gray-Man has going for it.
Mania Grade: A
Art Rating: A
Packaging Rating: B+
Text/Translatin Rating: B-
Age Rating: 13 & Up
Released By: Viz Media
Orientation: Right to Left
Series: D. Gray-man