FUNimation® Entertainment today officially announces that it has acquired DVD, digital, licensing and broadcast rights to 51 episodes of the anime series D. Gray-Man from Dentsu. Japan’s TV Tokyo has aired the series since 2006.
The D. Gray-Man storyline was adapted from the gothic “D Gray-man” manga series by Katsura Hoshino, first serialized in 2004 in Weekly Shonen Jump. The anime was directed by Nabeshima Osamu and produced by TMS Entertainment.
“D. Gray-Man is not only wildly popular in Japan, it is one of the most anticipated series by U.S. anime fans,” said Gen Fukunaga, president and CEO at FUNimation Entertainment. “Fans have been speculating about this title for years and we are pleased to be the ones to bring it to them.”
About D Gray-man
Allen Walker is a young boy who is a member of The Black Order; a secretive organization whose members are known as Exorcists. The Order’s primary mission is to stop The Millennium Earl, an ancient being who intends to ‘cleanse’ the world by destroying all life on it.
Exorcists are specially chosen humans who are gifted with the ability to control and use Innocence, a divine substance created in ages past to combat the Earl and his minions.
The Millennium Earl is aided in his plans by The Noah Clan, humans who are direct descendants of Noah himself, and commands an army of demonic creatures called Akuma to do his bidding. Since Akuma can impersonate humans and blend in with society, Exorcists are routinely assigned to track down and eliminate them. Allen is the only exorcist able to see through the Akuma’s disguise.
Japan takes center stage in this end of 19th Century set battle between the Millennium Earl and the Exorcists – who have God on their side.
FUNimation Entertainment will release the first volume of the D. Gray-Man anime series in early 2009.