Title: D. Gray-Man Vol 16
Author: Katsura Hoshino
May Contain Spoilers
Lenalee is determined to confront a Level Four Akuma that’s out to kill Komui, but her only chance is to reclaim her Innocence and synchronize with it. The Level Four is not inclined to wait around and pursues its mission even against the best efforts of Lavi and Kanda. It’s left to Allen to hold the line, but it soon becomes obvious he has no hope of doing it all by himself!
This one is going to be short and sweet, because I am just not feeling the love for this volume, and I don’t really have much to say about it. There was plenty of fighting, power increases, and personal convictions to protect everyone even it meant sacrificing your life, but it just didn’t grab me this time around. There hasn’t been much plot development for the last few volumes, and all of the non-stop fighting is getting to be tedious now. While I think it is totally cool that Lenalee is willing to give her life to protect her brother and her friends, I want to see something more than her getting a snazzy new pair of shoes to fight in. Sure, they are kick ass and would give Prada a run for the money, but the long drawn out battles need to take a backseat to some story progression, or better yet, character development. I appreciate that Katsura Hoshino even managed to work some zombies in the mix to compete with Lenalee’s shoe fetish, but I am ready for something to happen! Besides everyone trying to pummel the heck out of akuma. The end.
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