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  • Acting for Two:
    • In the first anime, Shizuka Ito voiced both Lenalee and Lero. It eventually became Talking to Himself too when both characters interacted in the Noah's Ark arc.
    • Lavi and the Millennium Earl were both originally voiced by Jason Liebrecht. When he was injured due to a motorcycle accident, Todd Haberkorn temporarily filled in for Earl during his appearances in episodes 27-39 while also playing Allen and Chris Patton filled in for Lavi.
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    • Then there is the fact that in Hallow Yutaka Aoyama is voicing both the Millennium Earl and Mana. It might be related to the latest manga reveal though.
  • Cross-Dressing Voices: Allen's Japanese voice actor in the first series is Sanae Kobayashi. In English, it's only played straight with Young Allen, who, in the flashbacks, is voiced by Luci Christian, who also plays Lenalee. It is averted in the present, where Allen is played by Todd Haberkorn.
    • Averted now in the Japanese version of Hallow, since Allen is now voiced by Ayumu Murase.
    • Played straight in the Spanish dub, where Allen is voiced by a female voice actress, just like in the Japanese version. It is also applied in French and Korean dubs.
    • Also Averted. Aside from the English dub, Allen Walker is also voiced by a male voice actor in Filipino and German dubs, whereas Jefferson Utanes and Leonhard Mahlich voiced him in respective language versions.
  • Disowned Adaptation: A Double Subversion with the anime. In a 2016 interview for Hallow, Katsura Hoshino felt that the first anime was so different from her manga, due to TMS Entertainment changing several elements of her original stories. Eight years later, TMS offered to make Hallow, but Hoshino turned it down because she didn't want a repeat of the first anime. Although she got involved as a supervisor, Hoshino later admitted on Instagram that she was disappointed with the changes made to her characters as well as a promotional poster which depicts Allen and Kanda in suggestive poses resembling two people post-coitus.
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  • Doing It for the Art: At this point, after years of hiatuses and with a chapter every 3 months, Hoshino is no longer concerned by cancellation (the Jump SQ Crown/Rise mostly publishes one-shots anyway) and can pretty much do whatever she wants with her series. It's very unlikely that the latest volumes would have veered off so much from a traditional shonen formula if the series had stayed weekly.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • Due his harsh personality, and, especially, for his... curious choice of mustache, Lvellie is often called Hitler by the fans.
    • After it was revealed that the name of the 14th Noah is Nea, fans started to refer as him as Nea Walker, using the surname of his brother Mana. Eventually, it was revealed that his true full name (as well as Mana's one) is Nea D. Campbell.
  • I Knew It!:
    • The Earl has horns. Doubly so for those who read Zone, the oneshot that provided the inspiration for the entire series. Also that he is not his true form.
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    • On a meta example, there were fans that guessed that Hallow would be part of Creator/Funimation's summer simulcast season, despite not releasing the second half of the 2006 series on home video for five years until the legal issues between Funimation and Dentsu were sorted out. Turns out they were right. There were also people thinking that licensing Hallow for simulcast would lead to Funimation licensing the second half of the 2006 series. On June 30, 2016, the company announced just that; the second half of the 2006 series would eventually be released to home video starting October 10, 2017.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes:
    • Only half of the first anime series was broadcasted in Spain, and none of it was ever released in DVD or tape. According to interviews, the entire series was dubbed, but the second half of it never left the company archives and it is unknown if it will ever do.
    • On March 1, 2017, the Japanese home media release of Hallow was cancelled due to various circumstances. Fortunately, the episodes are available for streaming online and Funimation released them on Blu-ray and DVD in North America.
  • No Export for You: This was originally the case with the second half of the 2006 series, due to legal issues with Dentsu. It would take five years for said legal issues to be sorted out before Funimation was finally able to license episodes 52-103.
  • Old Shame: Katsura Hoshino lamented that TMS Entertainment would never be able to adapt the series into an anime again, at least not until she would eventually become the supervisor for Hallow at their insistence.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • In the 2016 series, all the characters in the Japanese version have new voices.
    • In the English dub, when Jason Liebrecht was injured in a motorcycle accident, both of his roles, Lavi and Millennium Earl, were temporarily recast with Chris Patton and Todd Haberkorn (Allen's voice) respectively during their appearances in episodes 27-39.
    • Hallow's dub has Ian Sinclair taking over for Travis Willingham as Kanda due to the latter being mostly in union-only projects after moving to Los Angeles. Froi will also need replacing should he appear, as his original actor Jerry Russell died a few years before Funimation picked up the rest of the series.
  • Playing Against Type: Shizuka Ito is mostly known for voicing sexy and seductive women who are often Ms. Fanservice incarnated, but one of the characters she voices in the anime is Lero... who is a talking umbrella and the biggest Chew Toy of the series. Averted with her performance as Lenalee, as she more or less fills the kind of characters that Ito usually voices.
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  • Role Reprise: In the English dub, virtually everyone from the 2006 series reprised their roles for D.Gray-Man Hallow with a couple exceptions.
  • Screwed by the Lawyers: Eventually subverted. Funimation began arranging plans to release the second half of the 2006 series in North America after releasing the first 51 episodes. However, the release was locked away in 2011 thanks to Dentsu asking Funimation for more money than the company was willing to afford. In June 2016, Funimation announced that it had licensed Hallow as part of the 2016 Summer Simulcast season, as well as the second half of the 2006 series a week later.
  • Screwed by the Network: Aniplex was originally going to release Hallow on Blu-ray and DVD starting in September 2016. Unfortunately, issues with the production quality and Hoshino's disappointment with the season caused the release to be delayed indefinitely at the beginning of that month. By March 2017, Aniplex cancelled the release. Fortunately, Funimation released the series on Blu-ray and DVD in North America.
  • Uncanceled:
    • The first anime series got a sequel almost a decade after the original ended.
    • After fifty-one episodes of the original anime series were released between 2009-2010, the North American English release came to a halt because of legal issues with Dentsu. Funimation would eventually continue their release of the series in 2016, after those issues were resolved.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Todd Haberkorn, also the director of the first half of the 2006 series, knew about the Black Order members being British, and contemplated putting those accents on them. He decided against it because the test recordings made Allen sound harsher and less appealing, and their natural accents would be easier on the actors (this was when they had initially planned to dub the show to the end, like a long-runner).
    • Lavi was originally intended to be main character for a series called "BOOK-MAN", a project which never reached beyond the planning stages. Still, the author wanted to use him and Bookman so they made it into D.Gray-man as side characters instead.
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