Episode 18 Discussion - It's that bad. Really.
So where do I begin?
This had the most stereotypical plot ever.
There was no imagination whatsoever. From the moment they went shopping it was REALLY obvious what was going to happen. No plot, no imagination, shitty episode.
THEN there was Rinari.
Not only was she COMPLETELY out-of-character - she abuses Komui multiple times! - her outfit... her OUTFIT... You do not walk through Paris wearing a schoolgirl outfit. Ever. Really, she just looks really dumb, not to mention she has to change into her boots.
Oh, and then there was the akuma! You'll have to see him for yourself; I think Team Rocket had more brain cells than this guy. Two of him, even. Or three. He's really the stupidest thing I've ever seen and only really existed because they needed an akuma somewhere.
Allen has an octopus on his head for the entire episode. Need I say more?
The Komrin jokes are overused and sadly, Komurin III looks suspiciously like a Transformer.
Komui is slightly calm considering the situation. Well, okay, I guess he's in character. Rabi isn't having enough fun and Allen is in-character for the single moment that he isn't yelling at Timcanpy for some reason or another, but that's really about it for character. There is no character development whatsoever.
Did I mention the complete lack of plot whatsoever?
Oh, and the art. The art is just awful, as usual.
When the subbed version comes out, you'll have to tell me if the dialogue is bad, too. Thankfully, I didn't understand any of it; it probably sucked just as badly as everything else (or maybe not; if it's boring that'll be an improvement).
So unless you absolutely must watch every episode of D.Gray-Man, skip this. It's an awful piece of animation, it's a stain on Hoshino-sensei's creation, and it adds nothing to the plot. It's an awful filler that you might find in a boring shoujo manga and... it's lame.