An akuma is a soul which has been brought back to life through sadness and despair with the powers of Millenium Earl. Their mission is to terrorize the earth and all who dwell within it. The Black Order is a group of Exorcists that have sworn to cleanse the souls of the akuma, and collect the substance known as "innocence". This powerful substance can be used as an anti-akuma weapon, and ultimately can help destroy the evil Millenium Earl. Allen Walker is a young Exorcist who has the ability to tell who is human and who is an akuma with the help of his cursed eye. Together with the Black Order, Allen must find all 109 pieces of innocence to protect the world and defeat Earl.
On the eve of nobleman Oz Bezarius's fifteenth birthday, he and his loved ones gather to celebrate in a coming-of-age ceremony. But after Oz steps under a long-stopped clock and the hands finally move once more - thus fulfilling a mysterious prophecy - he is violently thrown into the legendary prison known as the Abyss by three cloaked intruders. Existing in another dimension, the Abyss is home to lifeforms born within its walls known as Chains; these beings can only live in the real world if they make contracts with humans, binding their power to the person's body. However, there's a catch - in time, the human will be overcome by the Chain's power and then thrown into the deepest level of the Abyss. When Oz wakes up in the Abyss he is quickly attacked by hungry Chains, only to be saved by one named Alice - a Chain who appeared just before he was thrown into the prison. Together, the two make a contract and return to the real world, where they are enlisted into the Pandora organization - a group researching both the Abyss and the trio that threw Oz into it. Along with members of Pandora, the duo searches to find Alice's lost memory fragments that are scattered throughout the world, to discover the secrets of the Abyss, and to determine if there's a way their contract can be broken without killing either Oz or Alice.
D.Gray-Man and Pandora Hearts invoke the exact same kind of atmosphere of twisted childhood themes warped with plenty of fantasy and action. In both the premise is almost identical: people on the brink of despair seal deals with supernatural creatures that are supposed to help but that turn out to destroy those who summon them. More, the main characters are involved in the conflict via personal issues and with the help of a vaguely religious-like organization. The band of friends that gather around the hero is another common feature of these better than average shonen titles.
When I first started watching Pandora Hearts, D.Gray-man came to mind. Both of these animes are about fighting supernatural creatures from the abyss and have a really dark atmosphere that might creep out some of you. The twisted "childish"-like art is just scary sometimes. In both Pandora Hearts and D.Gray-man the main protagonists are involved with what appears to be a religious-like organizations, in D.Gray its the Black Orden and in Pandora Hearts its the Pandora, which helps the main characters along the way, but also have their own selfish goals. Both Allen and Oz have a supernatural powers, which they improve throught the episodes to protect their closest ones and find their own path.
After witnessing a rare summer snow with his friends, Kusaka Yuu begins to develop supernatural abilities. Years afterwards, he finds himself the target of powerful beings, and learns that his powers are due to the "ayakashi," parasitic organisms that grant special abilities in exchange for a portion of the host's life force. The conflict turns treacherous as Yuu’s friends’ lives also become threatened, and he learns the truth behind the loss of his dear friend, Izumi. Will Yuu free himself from the ayakashi, or will he succumb to the temptation of power?
In the present, mankind lives in an era named the Dark Century, a time filled with fear due to the actions of the Vandels. These domineering tormentors rule with an iron fist, bringing death and despair to mankind. But in the midst of the terror, there is one thing the Vandels fear: the Vandel Busters. Enter Beet, a young boy whose only dream is to grow up to be the greatest Buster of them all. Join our hero as he journeys to join the Zenon Warriors and destroy the Vandels. With the help of friends and a little luck, Beet might be able to put a stop to the Dark Century, once and for all!
Sometimes action based shows take themseves a little too seriously. One of the best things about D.Gray Man and Beet is that a lot of it is tongue in cheek humour. For a show to be able to take the mickey out of itself, and poke fun at an entire genre makes a nice change from the usual serious fighting taking place.
The main protagonists are btoh strong, and work hard to become even stronger and defeat the evil plague to have infected the planet. They have weapons powered by their heart and spirit, that grow stronger as they do. Seeing the characters fail, only to come back stronger is something that will have you bouncing back for more.
Fans of one will love the other.
In world where flesh-eating monsters roam the streets, only one organization has the means to save civilization from annihilation: Red Shield, a specially-organized unit designed to fight these monsters, and the only weapon that can destroy them: Saya. Awakened from a 30-year sleep, Saya is thrust into a modern world which she has no memories of, and is troubled by a past filled only with bloodshed and sadness. With the undying love and support of her family and friends, she struggles to gain the strength to move forward and regain the pieces of her shattered memories.
Both Blood+ and D.Gray-man have about the same style: they are both dark and are about killing demons, although Blood+ is about vampires and D.Gray-man isn't. Another difference is that D.Gray-man has a bit of humour, which isn't bad at all. If you liked FMA or D.Gray-man, then you will like the other. =)
In 2010, the Britannian Empire enslaved Japan using powerful mecha known as Knightmares; in the aftermath Japan was renamed Area 11, and its people began a hard and terrible existence. Lelouch, a Britannian student living in Area 11, has grown up hating the Empire and everything it stands for. One day, in the middle of a terrorist attack, Lelouch meets a mysterious girl who grants him the ability to control minds. Can he use his new power to fight for freedom, or will his hatred twist his good intentions into mindless acts of vengeance?
If you enjoyed D.Gray-Man then you will most likely enjoy Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion as well. Each has their moments of comedic relief and also the dark side of human nature between the protaganist and antagonist. Though Code Geass and D.Gray-Man take place in different times and location, there are still some similiarities between the two as both each has a special ability linked with their eyes and both face great enemies such as The Earl in D.Gray-Man, and The Emperor of Britannia Charles Di Britannia. All in all, both are awesome to watch with excellent animaton quality and an awesome plot line with some surprising twist and a goal to be reached with the help of their allies and friends to strive toward their destinies.