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D.Gray-man Manga Gets New TV Anime Series in 2016 With New Cast

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Ayumu Murase, Shinnosuke Tachibana star in new series based on Katsura Hoshino's manga

Sheisha revealed at the Jump Festa event in Chiba on Sunday that Katsura Hoshino's D.Gray-man manga is getting a new TV anime adaptation that will premiere in 2016. Shueisha also launched a website for the new series, which is streaming a promotional video.

The website revealed that Ayumu Murase (Haikyu!!'s Shōyō Hinata, The irregular at magic high school's Shinkurō Kichōji) will play Allen Walker and Shinnosuke Tachibana (Kamisama Kiss' Tomoe, Overlord's Peroroncino) will play Howard Link. Sanae Kobayashi had played Allen in the previous series, and Daisuke Kishio had played Howard.

The website and official Twitter account have also revealed a key visual. The tagline on the key visual reads, "I want to live. Even if I destroy you."

The anime will have a stage program at the Anime Japan 2016 event in Tokyo in March.

The first 103-episode anime series aired from 2006-2008. Funimation released the anime on Blu-ray and DVD in North America.

Hoshino's D.Gray-man manga is set in an alternative fantasy version of the early 20th century and revolves around Allen Walker, a young man who becomes an exorcist for a group called the Black Order. The group attempts to protect mankind from the evil Millennium Earl.

Hoshino originally launched the manga in Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in 2004, but the manga went on hiatus numerous times due to the author's health. The series then resumed in Jump Square magazine in 2009. The manga's latest hiatus had been ongoing since 2013, but the manga resumed in the new Jump Square Crown quarterly magazine when the magazine launched on July 17. Shueisha published the manga's 24th volume in November 2013, and the manga has more than 22.5 million copies in print.

Viz Media is releasing the manga series in English and released the 24th manga volume in August 2014.

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