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The D.Gray-man anime and manga series features a cast of characters created by Katsura Hoshino. The series is set at the end of a fictional 19th century during which the Black Order searches for Exorcists, the "Apostles of God" chosen to wield a divine substance called Innocence, as they are the only ones who can destroy Akuma, weapons created by the Millennium Earl from souls of the deceased when humans curse God for the loss of loved ones, and stop the Earl's plan to destroy humanity.
The main character of the series is Allen Walker, a young Exorcist who trained under Exorcist General Cross Marian and is sent to officially join the Black Order. Early in the series, he is sent on missions with fellow Exorcists, on which he meets Yu Kanda, a cold and mysterious swordsman looking for a certain person from his past; the friendly Lenalee Lee, who has been an Exorcist her entire life; and Lavi, the cheerful and energetic future Bookman, chronicler of the secret history of the world. They travel the globe, retrieving the pieces of Innocence scattered during the Great Flood and recruiting new Exorcists while fighting the Earl and his Akuma. However, the Black Order soon learns that the Earl has help in the form of the Clan of Noah, a group of thirteen super-humans who can destroy Innocence and claim to be the true "Apostles of God." Both groups quickly begin searching for the Great Heart, the most powerful Innocence that can strengthen or destroy all the others, to bring an end to the war.
Many characters of the series are taken from Hoshino's previous one-shots, both published and unpublished. She also modeled many characters on her friends and well-known people.
Katsura Hoshino's Zone one shot featured many similar characters, especially characters similar to Allen, the Earl, Lenalee, and General Cross. Many other characters are also "leftovers" from other previous, and sometimes unpublished, works.[vol. 8:40] Allen Walker, the main character from the series, is also based from the previous series's protagonist, who is a girl, but Hoshino changed some of his characteristics to make him look more masculine.[vol. 1:62] In addition, Lavi was meant to be the protagonist of one of her planned series, Book-man.[vol. 4] Other characters such as the Millennium Earl, Lenalee Lee and Komui Lee are based on real people, although Hoshino has not confirmed who those people are. She has mentioned that some of them are famous scientists, while Komui is based on her boss.[vol. 1:112, 152, 172] In Timcanpy's case, his design is based on the silver accessory brand Timcanpi.[vol. 3:124] The character Bak Chan was created with the help of Kaya Kizaki, who wrote the D.Gray-man Reverse novels.[vol. 8:24] Hoshino also commented that she got most of her ideas for the series while asleep in the bath for 6 hours.[vol. 2:81]
Allen Walker (アレン・ウォーカー Aren Wōkā?) is a warm-hearted 15-year-old British Exorcist and the main protagonist of the series.[vol. 1:62] He turned his adoptive father, Mana Walker, into an Akuma (demon), and during this incident, Allen's left eye was cursed, granting him the ability to see the souls of Akuma, and his left arm awoke as an anti-Akuma weapon.[ch. 3] Allen's Parasite-type anti-Akuma weapon is the Crown Clown (神ノ道化 Kuraun Kuraun?, lit. Clown of God).[ch. 85] In its true form, the Crown Clown takes the form of a claw on his left hand and a white, hooded, fur cowl. Allen is also able to transform his left arm into a large sword, which resembles the Millennium Earl's but with inverted colors. He can exorcise evil from anything the sword strikes.[ch. 116,117] Allen is revealed to be the 14th Noah, Nea, and will eventually be taken over by Nea's consciousness and become a Noah.[ch. 136,166] As a result, Allen is placed under suspicion and eventually confined.[ch. 202] He is freed by the Noah causing the Order to revoke his status as an Exorcist and treat him as a Noah, despite the fact he refuses to join the Earl's side.[ch. 204] He vows to refuse help from both the Order and the Noah, but he still considers himself an Exorcist. At the end of Chapter 214 it is shown that he is overtaken by the 14th who had been living in his body for years.[ch. 205] Allen is voiced by Sanae Kobayashi in Japaneseep. 1 and by Todd Haberkorn in English.ep. 1
Yu Kanda (神田ユウ Kanda Yū?) is a Second Exorcist, an artificial body possessing the brain of an Exorcist who died thirty years before the storyline. The Black Order launched the Synthetic Disciple Project nine years before the storyline, hoping that Second Exorcists would be able to synchronize with their original Innocence. Because of the Project, he is physically 19 years old but has only lived nine years. As a side effect, he sees lotus flowers blooming wherever he goes; when there was one flower, he was told that it was an illusion, and since then the flowers have multiplied to cover everything.[ch. 186] So he could survive the synchronization tests, his body was created to heal much more quickly than that of ordinary humans to the point that he can recover from the Akuma's blood virus and regenerate lost limbs.[ch. 190] This ability is connected to a variation of Om tattooed on the left side of his chest.[ch. 16] He is quick-tempered and cold. He openly objects to the fatherly way his master General Tiedoll treats him,[ch. 135] and he and Allen often throw insults and offensive statements at one another.[ch. 5] Kanda refuses to die until he finds a "certain person," who is revealed to be a female Exorcist whose brain was put in fellow Second Exorcist Alma Karma.[ch. 12,198]
Kanda was the second Second Exorcist to awaken. He was initially hostile toward Alma, but the two eventually became friends.[ch. 190] Eventually, Kanda began to remember his past life; because of this he was to be terminated. Alma rescued him. Later, Alma learns the truth about the Second Exoricsts and kills the research staff. Hoping Kanda would die with him, Alma attacks Kanda but Kanda slices Alma to pieces. Alma is later revealed to be alive, and he tries to kill Kanda again. They have a terrible battle and nearly kill each other. It is eventually revealed to Allen that Alma is the woman he is looking for. Kanda finds out after overhearing Alma discussing this with Allen and Allen helps him and Alma run away together. Alma dies shortly after. Kanda's anti-Akuma weapon Mugen (六幻 Lit. Six Illusions?) is an Equipment-type Innocence that takes the form of a Japanese sword.[ch. 186] Mugen is capable of unleashing several techniques, dubbed "illusions".[ch. 10] After battling Alma, Kanda's willingness to return the Order and be an Exorcist causes Mugen to evolve into a Crystal-type weapon. However, he has not forgiven the Order for what it has done to him and Alma and refuses to reveal the location of Alma's body. Kanda is voiced by Takahiro Sakurai in the Japanese version and by Travis Willingham in the English version.ep. 2
Lenalee Lee (リナリー・リー Rinarī Rī?) is a 16-year-old Exorcist from China.[vol. 1:172] Her parents were killed by an Akuma when she was very young, and she was forced to become an Exorcist as a child. Because she was separated from her brother Komui, her only remaining family, she repeatedly tried to escape and was restrained. This caused her to hate the Order and Innocence. When Komui joined the Order to be with her, she stopped trying to escape. She now fights for her brother as well as her friends, as she now knows she has a home and family to return to.[ch. 21] Her perception of the "world" consists of her friends and family; whenever one of her friends dies, it seems to her as if a part of her world has been destroyed.[ch. 69] The Dark Boots (黒い靴 Dāku Būtsu?), her Equipment-type anti-Akuma weapon, take the form of a pair of black, knee-high boots that give her the ability to run at high speeds, jump to great heights, walk on water, create whirlwinds and use sound waves as footholds.[ch. 18,48,67] To defeat a Level 3 Akuma, she evoked more power out of the Innocence than she could safely handle, reducing her ability to use her boots as well as her physical mobility. During this state, her Innocence would become a crystal to protect her from harm, a behavior unheard of in Innocence.[ch. 71] This caused the Earl to believe that Lenalee might possess the Great Heart. After, when a Level 4 Akuma attacks the HQ, and many people from it are killed or injured she expresses a desire to willingly become an Exorcist. Accepting her conviction, the Innocence grants her greater power, becoming a never-before-seen evolved Equipment-type, dubbed a Crystal-type. These new Boots are made up of Lenalee's blood and will repair themselves as long as she has blood in her body. When the Dark Boots are in their dormant state, they form two blood-red anklets.[ch. 157] When Kanda and Johnny run away, she and Marie keep their location a secret from Komui. She is voiced by Shizuka Itō in the Japanese version and by Luci Christian in the English version.ep. 2
Lavi (ラビ Rabi?) is a cheerful 18-year-old red-haired Exorcist of mixed heritage. He aims to become a Bookman, a person who records the hidden history of the world, and has been trained from a young age to achieve that goal. Lavi is the 49th alias he assumed after casting away his real name to reach that goal. He works along the Black Order just to be close to the events that must be seen, but slowly becomes more attached to his Black Order friends, and his original Bookman self is constantly being clouded by his growing care for them. In recent chapters, he and Bookman were kidnapped by the Noah Clan and parasites from the Noah were put into Lavi in an attempt to get Bookman to give them information about the 14th Noah. His anti-akuma weapon, simply named Tettsui (鉄槌 Iron Hammer?) and referred to as Ōzuchi Kozuchi (大槌小槌 Big Hammer, Little Hammer?), is capable of growing and extending to undefined sizes and lengths. Although this affects its weight, this does not affect Lavi. The weapon allows him to use "seals" that control several elements of nature. He is voiced by Kenichi Suzumura in Japanese, and in English he is voiced by Jason Liebrecht from episodes 13 to 26 and episode 40 and on, and by Chris Patton in episodes 27 to 39.
The Clan of Noah (ノアの一族 Noa no ichizoku?) are thirteen human descendants of the thirteen original Noah, who are reincarnated from generation to generation.[ch. 20,96,187] A Noah can be identified by a gray skin tone, yellow eyes, black hair (with a few exceptions) and a horizontal line of seven cross-shaped stigmata, referred to as holy marks, across his or her forehead. Like Akuma, they resonate closely with the Dark Matter from which Akuma are born and made, and are adversely affected by Innocence. They do, however, possess the ability to destroy Innocence.[ch. 114] The Noah share an inborn drive to kill Exorcists, but otherwise possess unique will and mindsets. They each possess the characteristics of one of the thirteen original Noah, with some even retaining his or her memories. If their current body is destroyed, they are reincarnated into another, as all humanity is descended from the second to thirteenth Noah. A human becomes a Noah when his or her Noah Memory, which is unique to each Noah, awakens. A Noah's awakening is a painful process. However, most Noah do not allow their human side to be taken over by their inner Noah. Each Noah, except for the Millennium Earl, possesses a name that also doubles as the trait of the Noah he or she represents. The Noah are referred to as Apostles and each has a number. In numerical order, the Noah are: the Millennium Earl, or Adam, Toraido (裁 (トライド) Sai?, Judge), Joido, Dezaiasu, Waizurii, Fiidora (蝕 (フィードラ) Shoku?, Corrosion), Maashiima (恤 (マーシーマ) Shutsu?, Mercy), Raasura, Road, Bondomu (representing the Tenth and Eleventh as one), Rasutoru, and Maitora (能 (マイトラ) Nō?, Ability).
The Millennium Earl (千年伯爵 Sennen Hakushaku?) is the First Disciple and is truly named "Adam"; he is the story's main antagonist and head of the Noah Family. Based on comments in Volume 1 of the manga, it is likely that the Earl is based on the Count of St. Germain. He is a sorcerer from long ago, and he plans to lead the world to its death. He tricks people who mourn for their dead relatives and friends into resurrecting them, turning them into Akuma that he can then control. The only person known to have escaped this fate was Allen Walker, who destroyed the Akuma Mana before it had a chance to take over his body.
The Earl often reminisces about the reason why he did not kill Allen and often curses himself for it..He wants to recruit Allen for the Noah as he carries Nea Walker, the 14th disciple of the Noah within his body. Even though Nea tried killing the Earl several years ago, the Earl wishes to stay close to Nea to the point of ordering Allen's kidnapping. The Earl resembles a grotesque caricature of a Victorian gentleman: a rotund figure in cape and top hat, with a perpetual enormous grin and pince-nez spectacles. He has a set of large horns under his hat. This is merely the form he displays out in the open, however, as his true form looks more like a human wearing a cape and hat. Despite his intentions, he often displays a cheerful attitude, though in his true Noah form he comes across as more confident and malicious.
Road Kamelot (ロード・キャメロット Rōdo Kyamerotto?) is the Ninth Disciple, and is truly named Road (夢 Rōdo?); she represents the "Dreams" of Noah. Despite her early teens appearance, she is referred to as the "oldest" Noah or the "First Child". She is the adopted daughter of Sheril Kamelot and his wife, and she is a niece of Tyki Mikk. She is gifted with the ability to travel dimensions without using Noah's Ark and has shown some use of complete regeneration, telekinesis, and telepathy. Road is also the only Noah capable of programming Noah's Ark because she is the "oldest". Road often acts as a normal teenager, but she has shown signs of sadism. Road stated she hates humans early in the series, but grows an attachment to Allen Walker, to the point where she kisses him upon meeting him. She is voiced by Ai Shimizu in Japanese and Cherami Leigh in English.
Tyki Mikk (ティキ・ミック Tiki Mikku?) is the Third Disciple and is truly named Joyd (快楽 Jieido?); he represents the "Pleasure" of Noah. He is the younger brother of Sheril Kamelot and the uncle of Road Kamelot. The Earl once mentions that Tyki subconsciously suppresses his Noah. Tyki has two "sides" to his life, one in which he is a carefree Portuguese vagabond, and the other where he is a Noah and seemingly well-known in society. He enjoys living them both, but fears losing the human friends he has. After Allen Walker's failed attempt to exorcise the Noah, the Noah consumes him. The holy marks, which have previously disappeared, are replaced by three marks: a large one at the base of his neck and two smaller ones on his hands. His appearance transforms into that of a demonic knight and later, after his human form returns, a gray skin tone remains. The wounds from the exorcism still continue to hurt him. Tyki has the ability to "choose" what he wants to touch, allowing him to walk on water or air and harmlessly passing through anything (with the exception of Innocence) at will. He can also "reject" the atmosphere, creating a vacuum. Tease (man-eating golems in the shape of butterflies, given as a gift from the Earl) obey him. He's noted to have an appearance similar to that of the 14th Noah, Neah Walker. He is voiced by Toshiyuki Morikawa in Japanese and Brad Hawkins in English.
Jasdero (ジャスデロ Jasudero?) and Devit (デビット Debitto?) were originally one Noah called Jasdevi (ジャスデビ Jasudebi?). They are the Tenth and Eleventh Disciples, truly named Bondomu (絆 Bondomu?); they represent the "Bonds" of Noah. They possess the power of Materialization (実現?), which is used through bullets created by the two thinking simultaneously and then shooting through an identical pair of guns. Their Materialization skills also allow them to create numerous objects. By shooting one another, Devit and Jasdero can merge together and become Jasdevi. They no longer rely on the guns to focus their abilities, instead using their bare hands. Jasdevi's long hair also becomes a weapon and gains new strength from the desire to create "the strongest imagined body". They are voiced by Morikubo Showtaro and Saiga Mitsuki respectively in Japanese. In English, they are voiced by Joel McDonald and Z. Charles Bolton respectively.
Skin Bolic (スキン・ボリック Sukin Borikku?) is a Noah of American descent. Three years ago, he "awoke" as a Noah. He is the Eighth Disciple and is truly named Wrath (怒 Rāsura?); he represents the "Wrath" of Noah, the most potent of all the Noahs' memories. It is mentioned that his Noah's memory controlled him. He is large in stature and has a constant gray skin tone, and his holy marks are always visible lining his forehead. After experiencing the Wrath of Noah and the suffering his ancestors felt at the hands of the Innocence, he decided to never forgive the Exorcists or God. He is killed by Kanda in the Noah's Ark in Edo. Skin's abilities are lightning based. When using his powers, his skin peels, revealing a spiked, golden layer. Because this golem-like body has a high defense and great physical prowess, he relies on brute strength. Although Skin Bolic was killed, the Noah Genes can be reincarnated into another chosen human. In chapter 201, the Earl and Noah are planning to find the new incarnation of Wrath as they launch an all-out assault on the North America branch of the Black Order. He is voiced by Kenta Miyake in Japanese and Sonny Strait in English.
Lulu Bell (ルル・ベル Ruru Beru?) is the Twelfth Disciple truly named Lustul (色(ラストル) Rasutoru?) and representing the Lust of the Noah.[ch. 139,187] Although she was originally intended to appear in the third volume, she is not introduced until much later in the series. Hoshino wanted to draw a blonde Noah, so Lulu Bell was designed to satisfy this. Her initial and final designs do not differ much. When she is in her Noah form, her hair is black, as is typical of the Noah. Lulu Bell possesses the ability of "Form", allowing her to change her body into anything she wishes, including liquids, animals, or the appearance of others.[ch. 138,143] In the anime, she often appears as a cat with a pale stigmata on its forehead.ep. 41 She fails to take the stolen Akuma Egg back from the Order,[ch. 144] and after it is broken during the attempt, she is said to be "weeping bitterly."[ch. 158] She briefly reappears with the awakening of Wisely and the subsequent attacks on the Order.[ch. 187] She is voiced by Arisa Ogasawara in the Japanese versionep.41 and by Monica Rial in English version.ep. 41
Sheril Kamelot (シェリル・キャメロット Sheriru Kyamerotto?) is the adoptive father of Road Kamelot, the elder brother of Tyki Mikk, and the minister of a country. He stays at his estate with his frail wife, Tricia (whom Tyki said he married only to adopt Road). He apparently has an attachment to Road and Tyki and often dotes on them both. Sheril manipulates diplomatic situations, allowing him to declare war, which will lead to the creation of more Akuma. Sheril is similar in appearance to Tyki, as he is also tall and has swept-back hair tied in a ponytail. His power seems to be a form of telekinesis, as he is seen crushing his target's limbs without touching them, and manipulating the movements of the Science department team. It is also seen in the manga that Sheril can also manipulate objects, as he did with the pipes that bound Alma Karma. He is the Fourth Disciple and is truly named "Desires" (欲 Dezaiasu?).
Wisely (ワイズリィー Waizurii?) is the Fifth Disciple, representing Wisdom. Now inhabiting the body originally that of a homeless man, he is the most recently fully reborn Noah. Beyond a long bandanna wrapped around his forehead, his most distinguishing characteristic is a series of eye-shaped emblems decorating his forehead, the largest of which he refers to as the "Demon Eye" (魔眼 Magan?). Using this, he can peer into the hearts and minds of others; any who look into it fall under his influence, and, should he wish, risk having their minds blown apart. Among the Noah, he is the only one of those killed by the 14th in his previous incarnation to still retain his old memories. Fairly laid-back, he is remarked by his siblings as being rather haplessly imprecise, and speaks in an old-fashioned form of Japanese.
Nea Walker (ネア・ウォー Nea Wōkā?), often referred to as "The 14th" (14番目?), "The Musician" or "The Player", was the extra member of the Noah Family and the younger brother of Mana Walker. He was the only member, other than the Ninth Disciple Road and The Earl, who was able to control the Ark. Before the story's timeline, he gave this power away to a human and ran, betraying the Earl and the Family. He attempted to kill the Earl and to become the new Earl himself, but was killed in return by the Earl, an ending which greatly depressed the Earl. Some time before his death, he told Cross Marian that if Mana was looked after, he would return to him one day. At some time prior to his death, the 14th chose Allen Walker as his next host. He briefly appears in Allen's mind to name himself "Nea", the Noah of Destruction. In later parts of the story, Nea fully possesses Allen for brief moments and wonders about the current situation. It is also revealed that his name is Neah Campbell not Walker as it is said by the Earl who calls his older brother, Mana D. Campbell.
Skulls are the dehumanized servants of the Millennium Earl, and are the antagonistic counterpart of the Black Order's Science Department, specializing in black magic. Humanoid in form, they wear bulky robes and possess skeletal heads. Created through specialized, arcane magics, they were originally humans with exceptional minds, hand-picked by other skulls from human prisoners. Though they are not seen to fight physically, Skulls are extremely durable, readily taking bullets to the head with little visible effect. Sunlight seems to vanquish them, as their bodies turn to sand when exposed to it. Beyond assisting the Earl in producing Akuma cores, they perform a variety of other tasks such as cleaning the Ark and sewing and designing the Earl's clothes, among other forms of manual labor.
Akuma (アクマ?, lit. demon) are a collection of biomechanical weapons made from a mechanized skeletal core housed within a human body. Creating the cores from a colossal "Egg", the Millennium Earl travels the world in pursuit of the right "tragedy" from which he can craft them. Manipulating the grief of the survivors of the recently deceased, he offers the former a chance to restore their beloveds, presenting the Akuma skeleton as a means of restoring the dead. The hopeful cry of the Earl's victims calls the souls of the dead back from beyond, now bound to the Earl's will. Once fully formed, the Akuma hunt and kill human prey in order to "evolve", massing in strength as they grow. The bodies of the initial victim becomes their skin, which they use to hide amongst humans in plain sight. The oil or "blood" they possess contains a powerful virus, rotting any biological matter it spreads into; they very often kill their prey with a barrage of bullets made from this "blood", causing the wounded to crumble to pieces as their body is subsumed by black, star-shaped emblems. All Akuma start off as Level Ones, a simple, spherical machine equipped with an array of cannons, and manifest greater power, intelligence and even specialized abilities as they kill more and more humans, growing more humanoid with each passing level. Though the extent of their evolution is yet undetermined, the most powerful Akuma yet seen has been a Level Four; the souls inside deteriorate further and suffer greater as the evolution progresses. Being composed of Dark Matter, made from the Earl's soul in some way, they can only be fully destroyed by the Innocence, Dark Matter's diametric opposite. While the souls of Akuma survive and move on when destroyed by the Innocence, whenever an Akuma self-destructs or is consumed by another, the soul is consumed by Dark Matter and fades away to nothing.
The Black Order, an "army" of the Vatican and the Pope, extends into every continent, having a branch Headquarters in each and the main Headquarters in Europe. Although every part of the organization is needed to defeat the Millennium Earl, the entire Order is divided into active services and support services. The active services consist of the Generals and Exorcists, while the support services are divided into several smaller sections: Science, Intelligence, Medical, Signal, Security, Diplomatic, and Logistics. Every section is individually managed by a Section Chief, and each branch by a Branch Chief, but the entire organization is directed by a Chief Officer, who is currently Komui Lee. Because of an attack launched by the Noah Lulu Bell on the building, the Headquarters moved from the castle that it inhabited for a century to London. After this move, the Science section is split into 3 sections. The Grand Generals, who are ranked higher than the chief, are rumored to have links to the Vatican, who funds the organization. Often, the Vatican sends agents to observe the Order.
Komui Lee (コムイ・リー Komui Rī?) is the current Supervisor of the Black Order and Lenalee's older brother. Taken from him when her compatibility with the Innocence was determined, Komui joined the Black Order and worked his way to the top in order to be close to Lenalee. Despite being goofy and somewhat of a slacker, he takes the weight of his position very seriously and does everything in his power to protect the Exorcists from their enemies both outside and within the Order. As Supervisor he possesses great authority within the Black Order, collectively commanding the Exorcists and the various Branches of the Order, subservient only to the Great Generals, the Vatican, and certain members of Central. He is very close to, and painfully protective of, his younger sister, willing to bring great suffering to any and all who direct too much attention toward her or cause her any grief. Komui is voiced by Katsuyuki Konishi in Japanese and J. Michael Tatum in English.
Reever Wenham (リーバー・ウェンハム Rībā Wenhamu?) is the section leader of the Black Order headquarter's Science department. He is Australian and is 26 years old. He is a rather comical character but he is protective of coworkers and comrades. Although he often complains about Komui's behavior, Reever still admires him. He specializes in mathematics, chemistry and language. He is voiced by Ryotaro Okiayu in Japanese and Chuck Huber in English.
Having gained power quickly and decisively within the immediacy of the Order's founding, the Rouvelier family possesses many members of great clout and reputation within the Black Order; Malcolm C. Rouvelier (マルコム·C·ルベリエ Marukomu C Ruberie?) stands at their head. An influential member of the Central Office of the Black Order, he was sent by special request of the Vatican to observe and report on the actions of Exorcists as well as their supporters in the wake of the arrival of the Ark. Rouvelier is a tall man with toothbrush mustache who possesses a pervading and intimidating aura. Victory in the war against the Earl is his tantamount concern, and Exorcists are little more than the tools needed to win it. However, he later reveals that he ostracized Allen Walker from the Order so that the 14th can only be controlled by Rouvelier. He wishes to use the 14th so that the humans, not the Order nor the Noah, win the war. He is voiced by Ryūsuke Ōbayashi in Japanese.
Howard Link (ハワード・リンク Hawādo Rinku?), under the command of Rouvelier, is an inspector of Order's Central Office sent to observe and report on the behavior of Allen Walker. He is a member of "Crow (鴉 (Karasu?))", an elite squad under the command of the Central Office, highly trained in combat and refined magics. Armed with a pair of unfolding blades hidden in his coatsleeves, Link is a highly agile fighter possessing great strength and dexterity, practiced in the use of mystical seals that bind targets, generate vortexes and do many other things besides. It was said that he died after the incident with the Apocryphos, but it is revealed that Link is still alive. However, he is unable to remember the incident with the Apocryphos. He is working as Rouvelier's personal Crow and is tasked with winning the 14th trust so that Rouvelier can use the 14th to help the humans, not the Order nor the Noah, win the war. He is voiced by Daisuke Kishio in Japanese. Though polite, he is devoted to his work and to Rouvelier, emulating the latter's fondness for sweets nearly to a fault.
Bak Chang (バク・チャン Baku Chan?) is a 29-year-old Chinese descendant of a German wizard who was one of the founders of the Black Order. He is also the leader of the Black Order's Asia Branch, a post also occupied by his great-grandfather. Like Komui, he is a man completely aware of his duties and will follow God's will strictly. He is able to use spells that control the structure of the building because of his great-grandfather's seal and his bloodline. Acting as the director of the branch, he is a cold and very responsible leader; however, he is actually very caring toward others. Nine years ago, the Chan and Epstein families were forced to participate in the Synthetic Disciple Project, which created Exorcists referred to as Second Exorcists. As Kanda was created from this project, Bak is severely sorry and worries the creation of Third Exorcists might offend him. He also has a close relationship with Fo. He is the son of Edgar, the former assistant head of Asia Branch, and Twi Chan, the former head of Asia Branch. Edgar may have acted as a father figure to both Alma and Kanda. Due to various unfortunate circumstances, Edgar and Twi are later killed by Alma during his rampage. When Bak Chan was 20 years old, he and Noise Marie met Kanda, albeit briefly. He has a stalker-like infatuation on Lenalee, as seen by a folder of photos of her he carries everywhere with him. When questioned (and later blackmailed) about it by Allen, he broke out in hives. He is voiced by Shin-ichiro Miki in Japanese.
Fo (フォー Fō?) is the guardian deity of the Black Order's Asian Branch, sealed by Bak's great-grandfather. The branch is protected by a barrier created by Fo, the "entrance". Although she is not a human, she often takes on a humanoid form. She shares a strong bond with Bak, but loves to tease him. She can manipulate her form to change her hands into blade-like weapons or to copy someone's appearance. She is also capable of communicating telepathically with others. Although she shows a "tough-love" attitude to others, she is a very caring individual. She helped train Allen to try to get his Innocence to activate. Nine years ago, she was seen carrying Edgar's body to Twi's after the rampage and was reflecting on Twi's instructions not to protect everyone, as that was what the Research Facility Team wanted. Fo is voiced by Miina Tominaga in Japanese.
Exorcists (エクソシスト Ekusoshisuto?), also known as "Accommodators", are chosen by each piece of the divine substance Innocence (イノセンス Inosensu?). This allows them to control it in its weaponized form, the anti-akuma weapon. Their job includes defeating the Akuma and searching the world for the scattered Innocence. They receive daily orders from the chief, although they are normally placed under one of the General's command. With Allen joining the Order, there were 19 Exorcists. Since then, 7 have died and 4 have joined, creating a total of 16 living Exorcists. The Innocence grants each Exorcist a unique, supernatural ability. They are usually categorized into two types of Exorcists, depending on the form their anti-akuma weapon takes and how they are invoked. An Equipment-type Exorcist controls an Innocence that is "restrained" by a weapon form. Parasite-type Exorcists are a rare type of Exorcists who control the Innocence in an unaltered form with their bodies. When invoked, their weapon usually appears as a human body part, but is actually composed of a different cellular structure. Parasite-type Exorcists can manipulate their weapon through emotion. Because the Innocence is not physically in contact with its Equipment-type Accommodator, the Exorcist cannot control the weapon as well as a Parasitic-type can. However, a Equipment-type Accommodator will live much longer than a Parasite-type for the Innocence's power shortens their lifespan through inhabiting the same body. There is a new, third type of Exorcist: the Crystal-type. Lenalee Lee and Kanda Yu are the only known members of this group. In this type, the Innocence takes a metallic form created from the Exorcist's blood. Although the Innocence can be controlled through emotions like a Parasite-type, no part of the user's body is altered; instead, the Innocence resides in the crystals making up the metallic substance.
In addition to those Exorcists chosen by Innocence, there are Exorcists referred to as Second Exorcists and Third Exorcists. The Second Exorcists were created nine years ago as part of the Synthetic Disciple Project, forced upon the Chan and Epstein families by Central; they are created by transplanting the brains of deceased Exorcists into new, artificial bodies, in hopes of re-synchronizing the Innocence. Yu Kanda and Alma Karma are the only known members of this group. Using a piece of the original Akuma Egg, members of the Black Order also created the Third Exorcists. The Third Exorcists are fused with dark matter to become partially Akuma themselves; they gain mutated arms that can absorb and destroy Akuma.
Hevlaska (ヘブラスカ Heburasuka?) is the Accomodator for the Innocence Cube and has been such before the Black Order's establishment over one hundred years ago. She is completely enveloped by her Innocence, which seems to be indefinitely invoked. She is able to "probe" inside an Exorcist's body through tentacles to touch an Innocence and determine its synchronization rate and hidden potential.[ch. 6] She can use this to determine if an Innocence still has an Accomodator.[ch. 171] Any Innocence recovered from missions are kept in her body, which has 109 holes, one for each Innocence, until an Accommodator is found.[ch. 18] Hevlaska's prophesies are said to be usually correct.[ch. 6] She is voiced by Yuko Kaida in the Japanese version and by Wendy Powell in the English version.ep. 2
Miranda Lotto (ミランダ・ロットー Miranda Rottō?) is a 25-year-old German woman whose clock caused time to rewind in her town after she unknowingly connected with the Innocence inside it. She often feels inferior and useless and has been fired from over one hundred jobs. This contributes to her chronic depression. With the help of Allen and Lenalee, she became determined to be a useful Exorcist, and has become more self-confident and capable; she is still, however, a very nervous and jittery person. Her anti-akuma weapon, the Time Record (刻盤?), is located on her right arm. It allows her to stop or reverse time in an area for a short while, causing any object to revert to its original status; however, any damage the object suffered before and during the reversed time will affect the object once the technique is stopped. She is also unable to resurrect the dead, due to the fact that her Innocence cannot erase time. She is voiced by Megumi Toyoguchi in Japanese and Colleen Clinkenbeard in English.
Bookman (ブックマン Bukkuman?) is an old man who records the hidden history of the world along with his apprentice, Lavi. He comes from the Bookman clan and does not have a name, simply introducing himself as "Bookman". He refers to Allen as "The Destroyer of Time" as according to Hevlaska's prophecy and because he believes Allen is the only one who can defeat the Millennium Earl. Bookman also believes a "Bookman" does not put himself on the front line. He allies himself with the Black Order merely to be close to events that must be witnessed and recorded. His anti-akuma weapon, a myriad of acupuncture needles with which he can attack and traverse the battlefield, is called Heavenly Compass (天針?). Bookman is also skilled in acupuncture healing techniques. He is voiced by Takeshi Aono in Japanese and R Bruce Elliott in English.
Arystar Krory III (アレイスター・クロウリー三世 Areisutā Kurōrī Sansei?) is a 28-year-old Romanian man who was mistakenly identified as a vampire by nearby villagers because his Innocence caused him to instinctively attack people (which were actually Akuma). He lived in seclusion with a woman he loved named Eliade. He later discovered she was an Akuma, and after a vicious battle that resulted in him killing her, he fell into a deep despair. In the manga, Krory tries to kill himself by irritating his grandfather's carnivorous flowers and trying to get them to eat him. Allen then tells him to become an Exorcist so Eliade would not have needlessly died. He becomes an Exorcist, though he continuously thinks of Eliade and mourns her death. Krory has a Parasite-type Innocence that activates with the help of akuma blood, giving him temporary superhuman strength. His anti-akuma weapon allows him to break down the poison in the akuma's blood and control his own blood, and the blood of others to an extent. This grants him increased strength, speed, and regenerative abilities, as well as the ability to create a mannequin of blood and harden blood on his fingers until they become claw-like. He often uses them in a vampire-like fashion, sucking the blood from the Akuma. In the same fashion, he can extract the akuma's blood virus from those infected with it. He is immune to the poison to an extent, but if he has no strength, it is hard for his Innocence to break down the poison. His personality changes dramatically when his Innocence is activated; unactivated, he is very meek and naïve, but when activated, he gains a cocky and brash attitude. For years, Krory believed that his vampire-like powers were a form of punishment left by his grandfather, for wanting to leave the family castle. Krory is modeled after Aleister Crowley, an English occultist and writer. He is voiced by Mitsuo Iwata in Japanese and Eric Vale in English.
Noise Marie (ノイズ・マリ Noizu Mari?) is a 29-year old Exorcist who was trained under General Tiedoll. His anti-akuma weapon, Noel Organon (聖人ノ詩篇?), grants him incredible hearing; because of this, he wears headphones that filter out excess sound. The weapon also allows for offense by forming strings used to capture a victim and conduct music that paralyzes Akuma. He is very close to Kanda (usually calming him down), saying that Kanda had "saved" him. This was later revealed in the flashback to Kanda's memories with Alma Karma: using his regenerative blood, Kanda had accidentally healed Marie's head wound, and dragged him out through an air vent to avoid being experimented on.
Noise sees how Allen and Kanda are similar (to Allen's dismay) and that they are "so deep in darkness" that he has no idea about how to pull them out of it. He is voiced by Yanada Kiyoyuki in Japanese and Ray Gestaut in English.
Daisya Barry (デイシャ・バリー Deisha Barī) was from Bodrum, a seasidetown and port in Turkey. A fan of soccer, his affection and skill for the sport shone through in his fighting style, his Innocence taking the form of a hollow ball he kicked around. As a child, he was the oldest brother of several siblings. Since his parents were merchants, he was often tasked either with helping the shop or watching his brothers and sisters. In spite of loving his family, he craved something more adventurous which was his main reason for deciding to be an Exorcist. Daisya's innocence is called Charity bell. Daisya was a student of General Froi Tiedoll who found Daisya in his hometown. Daisya was rebellious and rude as a child and fervently denied all interest in being a exorcist until eventually after his town was attacked by demons and he saw how cool general Tiedoll looked he decided he would like to try and left home. Before he left he used his soccer ball to kick down the doorbell his family used at their house saying it was the only thing in that house he was fond of besides his deadbeat father, nagging mother, two annoying brothers, and his crybaby sister. In episode 38 Daisya, Kanda, and Marie all fight off akuma in Barcelona,Spain where general Teidoll said he would be. Daisya ran into Tyki Mykk and provoked him when he felt suspicious about Tyki Mykk's identity as a mere human. Tyki Mykk destroys Daisya's Innocence before he dies and uses Teez to kill him. His body is later seen hung upside down from a lamp post by chains, his arms held out by his sides, so his body is position similar to an upside-down cross. Upon hearing of his death, Froi Tiedoll weeps openly and burns a sketch of Daisya's hometown as a tribute. Tiedoll claims Daisya had a good heart, even if he did use his Charity Bell to break his glasses. A trademark to recognize Daisya would be two tear drop shaped lines that end at sharp points made with purple makeup right below his eyes. his anime debut is episode 34, and his manga debut is chapter 30. He is voiced by Yanaka Hiroshi in Japanese and Justin Cook in English.
Suman Dark (スーマン・ダーク Sūman Dāku?) originally joined the Black Order five years before the storyline to pay for his daughter's medical fees. He is from Germany. After being sent on a mission to find General Sokaro, his teammates Chaker Rabon and Kazanna Reed are killed by Tyki Mikk. Their deaths frighten Suman, who does not want to die; he therefore gives away the locations of his comrades in exchange for his own life. Suman is judged by his Innocence for this and becomes a Fallen One (咎落ち Togaochi?), causing the Innocence to constantly deteriorate his body. Allen attempts to remove the Innocence from Suman's body, but succeeds too late. This results in the death of Suman's mind. However, his body is destroyed by the Tease butterflies that Tyki Mikk had implanted in his body earlier, in exchange for not killing him earlier. Suman had a Parasite-type anti-akuma weapon, which took the form of a gem-like stone near his thumb. It is currently in the possession of the Black Order. He is voiced by Gôda Hozumi in Japanese and Robert McCollum in English.
Chaoji Han (チャオジー・ハン Chaojī Han?) is a crew-member of a ship helping the Exorcists to Japan and is one of surviving shipmates after the ship is lost to sea after an Akuma attack.[ch. 77] He is later discovered to be an Accomadator, and he happily becomes an Exorcist under General Tiedoll to avenge those he lost at the hands of the Earl.[ch. 135] He was raised by Anita, a supporter of the Black Order, after his mother was killed by an Akuma and he becomes extremely loyal to Anita and the crew of her ship; he develops an extreme hatred of all Noah and Akuma after their deaths, going so far as to accuse Allen of being evil for sparing the life of Tyki Mikk.[ch. 123,126] After Allen leaves the Order, he cannot understand why the other Exorcists have trouble accepting Allen's departure and states that he will fight Allen himself.[ch. 207] His Equipment-type anti-Akuma weapon is called the Arm of Baptism (洗礼ノ腕輪?) that grants him superhuman strength.[ch. 126,134] It appears as a pair of gloves with buttons on each knuckle and cloth-like extensions at the wrists.[ch. 207] When uninvoked, it takes the form of two linked bracelets at his left wrist.[ch. 134] He is voiced by Miyano Mamoru in Japanese.ep. 73
Timothy Hearst (ティモシー・ハースト Timoshii Haasuto?) is a 9-year-old boy who is able to take over the bodies of other people due to a ball found in his forehead. This ball appeared after his father, a jewel thief, made him swallow a stolen jewel. He uses his ability to steal treasures from the people and museums of Paris under the moniker "Phantom Thief G" in an attempt to help fund the orphanage he lives in. After a stressful encounter involving a close friend and an Akuma, his Innocence awakens and discovers that he has the power of Divine Possession (憑神 Tsukikami?). Using this power, he is able to take possession of an Akuma, and transform into another form after the possession has taken place. While he is possessing the Akuma, he has access to all of its abilities. The spirit of the Innocence, a sentient entity that resides within the jewel of his Innocence, also appears. The spirit devours the spirit of the possessed Akuma, who has been pushed out of the body. The Innocence's spirit, or "second", takes a form from Timothy's mind and has chosen Timothy's image of his future self. Only Timothy can see the spirit and the spirit can possess Timothy's body while he is not using it. Timothy's synchronization rate increases each time he uses his Innocence. Once he leaves the body of the Akuma, the Innocence purifies the body and the body disappears. After an Akuma attack on the orphanage, he joins the Black Order to protect the children and his teacher from the Akuma. Before he joins, Timothy asks the Black Order to pay the damage that he has caused as Phantom Thief G, much to Komui's distress. After joining the Black Order, he becomes Klaud Nine's apprentice.
Generals are immensely powerful Exorcists whose synchronization rate with their Innocence has exceeded 100%. They do not take orders from the chief, instead taking orders from the Grand Generals, who are ranked even higher than they are. In the beginning of the series, there are 5 Generals: Cross Marian, Kevin Yeegar, Froi Tiedoll, Klaud Nine, and Winters Sokaro. Every Exorcist is placed under the command of a General. It is a General's job to find and recruit new Exorcists; because of this, each General carries several pieces of Innocence, and they are often away traveling for long periods of time. When the Earl begins his search for the Great Heart of the Innocence, he attacks the Generals, thinking that they are the best candidates to hold the Heart. This leads to the death of the oldest and most experienced General, Kevin Yeegar. After his death, teams of Exorcists are sent to protect the Generals and bring them back to headquarters. Klaud Nine and Winters Sokaro return, but Cross Marian and Froi Tiedoll continue their missions with the aid of their Exorcist teams. During a mission to bring Cross to headquarters, Allen exceeds the 100% synchronization rate with his Innocence; although the Generals are aware of this, Allen does not become a General. Eventually, Tiedoll and Cross return to headquarters. Cross Marian is no longer the accommodator for his Innocence and, subsequently, a General has disappeared.
Four years ago, Cross Marian (クロス・マリアン Kurosu Marian?), after receiving his orders, ceased communication with the Black Order until recently, when he was shown to have infiltrated Noah's Ark. However, his return was short lived, as he disappeared from his room in the Black Order's new HQ, in which there were signs of an attack; his Innocence was left behind, and it was noted that was the last anyone has seen of him again. In chapter 203, it is suggested that the Cardinal was involved in Cross's disappearance. Cross is Allen's master, a sorcerer, scientist, and a very powerful General. He is a demanding individual who is hard to please, and has been described as a womanizer by most. Cross has the unique ability to convert Akuma and make them work under his orders. He is the only General whose actions have caused concern to the Earl. Before his suspected death, the 14th Noah told Cross to look after Mana Walker, as the 14th will return to him one day. He was once the only Exorcist to have control of two anti-akuma weapons. Judgment (断罪者?), his Equipment-type anti-akuma weapon, takes the form of a revolver. Cross is able to fire several bullets in rapid succession with no need to reload. These bullets will not cease until they hit their target. However, he is no longer the accommodator for Judgment. Cross is also able to use magic to control the corpse of an Exorcist named Maria, allowing him to use her Parasitic-type anti-akuma weapon. Her defensive ability uses her song to create illusions that can conceal the presence of others. She (or Cross) can also use her song to control the person's movements by affecting their brain waves. The use of magic to control Maria's anti-akuma weapon is considered unorthodox and forbidden by the Black Order. He is voiced by Hiroki Touchi in Japanese and Christopher Sabat in English.
Froi Tiedoll (フロイ・ティエドール Furoi Tiedōru?) is a former artist who is loyal to his work and fatherly toward his disciples. The Maker of Eden (メーカー・オブ・エデン?), his anti-akuma weapon, takes the form of a crucifix and a rod, a spiritual chisel. The crucifix drives the chisel into the ground, creating dust from which a creature (more than one if needed) can be created. Another ability of his Innocence is to create an orb-like light around Tiedoll, that destroys any Akuma it comes into contact with; this has only been shown two times, both when only he and an Akuma are in battle. He can also create a forest of thorns to defend, known as the Embracing Garden. He is voiced by Hashi Takaya in Japanese and Jerry Russell in English.
Klaud Nine (クラウド・ナイン Kuraudo Nain?) is the only female General. Formerly an animal trainer in a circus, she seems to be a kind and gentle woman, as she is seen weeping for Sol Galen, Tina Spark, and Gwen Frere who were killed searching for her. Lau Shimin (ラウ・シーミン?) is Klaud's Parasitic-type anti-Akuma weapon that takes the form of a little monkey usually seen riding on her shoulder. It is the first sentient Innocence shown in the series. When invoked, it transforms into a monster that attacks with balls of energy that form at its fists. She is voiced by Katsuki Masako in Japanese.
Winters Sokaro (ウィンターズ・ソカロ Wintāzu Sokaro?) is shown to be a harsh, violent man who wears a hard leather (almost metal-like) mask over his head. He is a former Death Row inmate. Unlike most of the other Generals, he seems to have little regard for his Exorcist team. His anti-akuma weapon, Madness (神狂い?), appears as two spiked half-rings attached to his shoulders. When invoked, he creates a complete circle out of them, causing two enormous blades to materialize on either side of the ring. Sokaro uses Madness as a powerful close-combat weapon, usually spinning the blades at high speed, creating a massive buzz saw. He can spin the blades at a very high speed, super-heating them, and throw them at his enemies to melt and slice them. He is voiced by Wakamoto Norio in Japanese.
Mana Walker (マナ・ウォーカー Mana Wōkā?) is Allen's adoptive father, a traveling clown[ch. 137] who adopted Allen on Christmas Day.[vol. 1:62] Over time, Allen formed a very strong bond with Mana, though had initially been annoyed with him. Eventually, Mana died of a carriage accident and Allen turned him into an Akuma. Mana sliced through Allen's left eye, cursing him and marking it with a pentacle. He was quickly destroyed by Allen's awakened anti-akuma weapon. He is allegedly the older brother of the 14th Noah, Nea Walker. Mana also taught Allen the "notes" on the 14th's music score.[ch. 166] According to Cross, Mana began to lose his grip on reality by the time Allen was adopted, undermining Allen's belief that Mana truly loved him, instead of loving the Noah that Allen possessed. He is voiced by Fumihiko Tachiki in Japanese,ep. 25 and in English he is voiced by Mark Stoddard in episode twoep. 2 and Charlie Campbell from episode six onward.ep. 7 His name was later to be revealed to be Mana D. Campbell and probably changed it to Mana Walker in a attempt to hide from the Earl.
Lero (レロ Rero?) is the Earl's golem, which appears as a pink umbrella with a small, talking jack-o-lantern at its tip. It is usually talking excitedly or screaming, adding its name to the end of almost every sentence. When used by Earl, it works as a Mary Poppins style flying umbrella. It is very loyal to the Earl. Road often takes Lero against its will, and in her usage it acts as a witch's broom or a regular umbrella.[ch. 20,23,24] Lero also safeguards the Earl's sword[ch. 89] Lero has also been used as a beacon to summon Akuma, to magically transport several Exorcists aboard the Ark, and to keep watch over some of the Noah.[ch. 4] It is voiced by Shizuka Itō in the Japaneseep. 9 and by Monica Rial in the English.ep. 9
Eliade (エリアーデ Eriāde?) was a Level 2 Akuma. She was a beautiful woman as a human and became obsessed with beauty and shopping once she evolved from her Level 1 form. Although her beauty let her become a popular woman, her Akuma nature always made her feel ugly. Even so, she felt incomplete and wanted to love someone else, but as an Akuma, she believed that was impossible for her. After some time, she met Krory and was the only person to live with him in his castle. He later kills her after learning she was an Akuma. Before her death, Eliade said she wanted to love Arystar Krory. Eliade wanted to believe that Krory was a vampire and always told him so because she did not want to feel alone. She could produce bubbles that absorb all the water inside the victim's body. She is voiced by Maya Okamoto in Japanese and Brina Palencia in English.
Alma Karma (アルマ·カルマ Aruma Karuma?) is one of two Second Exorcists successfully created during the Artificial Disciple Program carried out by the Chan and Epstain families nine years ago. He was the first of his generation of Second Exorcists to awaken and was overjoyed when Yu Kanda also awakened. Alma was an upbeat but emotional child and was good friends with Kanda, although Kanda was initially hostile toward him.[ch. 190] Upon learning that Kanda was to be "terminated" for regaining his memories, he knocked out the attendants and escaped with Kanda. He was able to truly bond with his Innocence in an attempt to save Kanda; however, he learns that as a Second Disciple, he possesses the brain of an Exorcist killed in battle and his brain is that of the female Exorcist Kanda loved. After learning the truth about himself, he kills the scientists working on the project. He also attacks Kanda, hoping to die with him and end their suffering as Second Exorcists. However Kanda refuses and cuts Alma to pieces. Alma is later sewn back together and kept barely alive somewhere in the North American branch of the Black Order. Central uses him to house the shard of the Akuma egg recovered by Howard Link and creates Third Exorcists from special cells produced by his body. Alma is awakened by the Noah, and his hatred for the Order and the shard of the Akuma egg transform him into an Akuma. Angry at Kanda for not dying with him, Alma attacks Kanda again and the pair nearly succeed in destroying one another, Alma being mortally injured in the battle. However, Allen interrupts them, discovers the truth about Alma and is able to reveal this to Kanda. Alma and Kanda reconcile and Allen then helps the dying Alma and Kanda escape from the Order and Noah. Alma dies shortly after and Kanda refuses to reveal the location of Alma's body to the Order.
The Apocryphos (隠されし者(アポクリフォス) Apokurifosu?, lit. "The Hidden One") is an autonomous, sentient Innocence that possesses a humanoid form. It is the guardian of the Heart, the central Innocence whose existence maintains the others, and seems to know what the Heart is "feeling".[ch. 202,203] It also refers to itself as the "Grim Reaper of the Noah" because its body and powers are the polar opposite of those of the Noah. Because it is the Heart's guardian, the Noah have been searching for the Apocryphos for seven-thousand years because it is known to stay close to the Heart, the Noah's target.[ch. 204] The Apocryphos can appear as a normal human being and is disguised as an unnamed Cardinal of the Church visiting the Black Order. It can assimilate other Innocence and use the Innocence to locate Exorcists;[ch. 205] It also seems to possess telepathic abilities and can render people unconscious and erase their memories. Many of its abilities have a feather-life motif.[ch. 203] It is also very quick and powerful and can easily outmaneuver Crow member Howard Link and Noah Tyki Mikk.[ch. 203,204] The Apocryphos seems to have murdered Cross Marian with the General's own anti-Akuma weapon and later attempts to assimilate Allen Walker.[ch. 208] However, Allen escapes, and the Apocryphos chases him for three months.
Several type of merchandise bear the likeness of the series' cast. Clothing and full cosplay costumes have been released. Plush dolls, key chains, and figurines are also available. Many characters are also featured on trading cards from the several D.Gray-man Trading Card Game decks.
The D.Gray-man characters were praised by A.E. Sparrow of IGN in his review of the first volume. He said that "Walker is a solid hero with a dark past, the Millenium [sic] Earl is a menacing villain you'll love to hate" and the supporting cast shows enough potential to hold interest into future volumes. However, he compared the series' antagonist to three of Batman's villains and stated "Batman should consider litigation, but even he'd have problems" facing the Earl. Carlo Santos of Anime News Network was not as positive believing that the story was kept from its full potential due to "generic character designs". He also stated that because the action scenes are thrown together without a change of pace or mood, the readers never get to know the secondary characters better. anime show