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The Perfect Villain: Why Griffith Did Everything Right

Griffith did nothing wrong. Please don’t sacrifice me to the God Hand just yet, I’m not here to justify the inexcusable nor reduce everything to the powers of fate and causality. Neither would do justice to one of manga and anime’s most compelling villains. I’d rather approach the argument from the opposite side to make the case for why Griffith did everything right and explore how Kentaro Miura created the perfect villain both thematically and as a human foil for his… Continue Reading →

D.Gray-man Hallow, Episode 13 – Season Finale

No matter what happens, I’ll always be an Exorcist. When Allen said goodbye to Lenalee, his words were a promise to not surrender to fate. Refusing to resign himself to the tragic ending he was prophesied, he vowed to hold on to his identity, no matter the odds. In true shonen hero fashion, a strong enough belief in himself would surely prevail over whatever the world might throw his way. That is, if it weren’t for Katsura Hoshino filing D.Gray-man under the tragedy… Continue Reading →

D.Gray-man Hallow, Episode 12

He always puts others first. He gets hurt trying to save others from their sorrow! To Lenalee, the proof of Allen’s virtue and loyalty as an Exorcist is just a critical flaw in Tyki’s eyes. Allen embraces his destiny as an Exorcist despite the not remotely unambiguous nature of Innocence, and Allen rejects his Noah memory even if it obviously connects Nea to Mana. Allen has no idea who he is, so he compensates by trying to save everyone else,… Continue Reading →

D.Gray-man Hallow, Episode 11

Since the cliffhanger ending of the first episode and his ominous disappearance in episode two, one of D.Gray-man Hallow‘s big questions has always been: Whatever happened to Cross Marian? Now we finally (seem to) know. With memory-altering powers as part of Apocryphos’s terrifying skill set, I suppose there is still some room left to hope for Cross being only temporarily deceased. Telling the good guys apart from the bad had turned into a challenge before the Cardinal’s introduction. With him… Continue Reading →

D.Gray-man Hallow, Episode 10

Not knowing is scary, isn’t it? Alma is dead. Seeing Mugen covered in rust, Kanda is at least as dead as Cross Marian. Lavi and Bookman have been taken prisoner by the Noah, with Lavi likely facing torture and Chaozii in critical condition thanks to a nasty Noah parasite infection. The Third Exorcists are still nothing more than pawns, now in the hands of the Millennium Earl. Allen has been imprisoned by the Order, which is also debating torture as… Continue Reading →

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