During the Jump Festa 2016 at the weekend it was revealed the Katsura Hoshino’s D.Gray-man manga series will receive a new TV anime adaptation in 2016. In addition to this, the official website recently launched and revealed a promotional video and the first key visual.
The website and event has revealed that the upcoming anime will have an entirely new cast than the previous 2005 anime. The two cast members that have been revealed are:
- Ayumu Murase (Shouyou Hinata from Haikyuu!!) will voice Allen
- Shinnosuke Tachibana (Tomoe from Kamisama Hajimemashita) as Howard Link
The anime’s website has also revealed that TMS Entertainment (Yowamushi Pedal, Detective Conan) will return to animate the series.
The official website also revealed a new visual for the upcoming series:
D.Gray-man is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Katsura Hoshino. The series tells the story of a boy named Allen Walker, a member of an organization of Exorcists who make use of an ancient substance called Innocence to combat the Millennium Earl and his demonic army of Akuma. Many characters and their designs were adapted from some of Katsura Hoshino’s previous works and drafts, such as Zone.
The manga began serialization in 2004 in the Weekly Shonen Jump magazine, published by Shueisha. It made the transition from a weekly to a monthly series in November 2009, when it began serialization in Jump SQ until December 29, 2012, where the series went on an indefinite hiatus. The series began serialization again on July 17, 2015 in a spin-off magazine of Jump Square, Jump SQ.Crown. There is also a spin-off novel series titled D.Gray-man Reverse, authored by Kaya Kizaki, that explores the history of various characters. As of August 5, 2014, Viz Media has released 24 volumes in the United States. The manga has also been adapted into a 103-episode anime series that aired from October 3, 2006 to September 30, 2008 in Japan. The anime is licensed by Funimation Entertainment in North America. Several related items of merchandise have also been produced.
D.Gray-man synopsis from MAL:
Toward the end of the 19th century, Allen Walker officially joins the organization of Exorcists that destroy the beings known as Akuma; mechanic weapons made by the Millennium Earl with the suffering souls of the dead. Allen has both a cursed eye and an anti-Akuma weapon as an arm, bearing the power of “Innocence,” a gift given to him as an apostle of God. Allen, along with his fellow Exorcists must put a stop to the Millennium Earl’s ultimate plot that could lead to the destruction of the world and all who live on it.