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‘D.Gray-man’ is obligated to live up to the expectations of both the fans and the hype they created around the series. After 8 years of absence, viewers hope that the anticipation will be met with a season that will blow their minds off.
My credits to all the TMS Entertainment team: This was a fantastic episode.
The episode starts with last week’s cliffhanger: General Cross is, probably, assassinated and his body is taken away. The writers use this opportunity to deepen the main story that will probably run throughout the series. Cross’s murder might be an inside job; Allen’s comrades are ordered to kill him when and if the Fourteenth awakens; Allen tells his team that he is perfectly fine with that order and that he will make sure it doesn’t come to that. If you ask me, these are solid foundations for a very interesting plot.
The second part runs incredibly smoothly. No unneeded scenes, no superfluous information: our team is at the Louvre museum in Paris in search of an Innocence. The much needed comedic scene was followed by some boob-grabbing fan-service, leading to an all-out battle against three powerful Akuma.
The episode once again ends in a cliffhanger. Something tells me that this is going to be the standard for the whole season.
The World: Anime stopped being a Japanese exclusive long ago. There are references and scenes inspired from nearly everywhere on our planet. On this episode, the main action takes place in Paris. We see the Louvre Museum, listen to a bit of French-inspired musical scores, and see a few signs in the French language. It’s important for fantasy shows to get little details like these right because they add to its credibility and increase the viewer’s enjoyment. How many things do you know about Paris and the Louvre? Maybe it’s time for a Google search.
Morality: This episode’s Innocence is held by a child who is doing bad things for a good cause. Such morally gray areas convey strong emotions and can be used to start some heated debates. They also provide some depth to the character.
Coming of Age: A very important theme in many anime, maturity is used to provide a stepping stone between previous states to the one the writers intended for the character. (Don’t wonder. Just see the episode and you’ll see what I mean)
Heroism: I was really pleased to see Link in full action in this episode. He is the proof that power comes not only from Innocence but from training as well. Seeing a mere human standing his ground in relation to the Exorcists was refreshing.
I always like how anime use alternative words for Episode. I am glad to see the Night in ‘D-Grayman’.
I must confess something: Sometimes I skip the intro in anime. I love reading the credit, but sometimes I feel like I am wasting valuable time. After all I can always go to YouTube and watch it again, right?
Well, I make a vow right now to never skip an opening or ending again. I feel like I owe it to the creators to at least read some of the names. Like a tribute to all the people who are working really hard to bring us the otaku entertainment we all love and cherish.
Why am I telling you all this? Because this opening is really awesome. The theme song from Lenny Code Fiction called ‘Key – Bring it on, My Destiny’ blends incredibly well with the animation. All the right chords on all the right moments, if you know what I mean.
*Manga.Tokyo Awesome Status*
Don’t forget that this is just a review. This is by no means an objective look at the technicalities of the episode. I am sure that many people care about them as well and are trying to find and critique on them.
Here we try to see the positive side on everything. That’s why I instead focus on how the episode made me feel and what I got out of it.
What did you get out of it? Did you like it? Let me know in the comments below.
NEXT TIME: Night 3, “It’ll Be Fine If I Wash My Face”
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