I would go as far as to say that the animu is slightly less shitty, since it changed a particular scene which ruined the series for me.
I stopped reading D.Gray-man when some huge, badly placed cross balancing on a hilariously thin and small chain crushed a nun and everyone blamed God for it. It was too much stupidity for me to take; there's suspension of disbelief and then there's reading complete shit and enjoying it.>>9810852
Seconded, the original DB was pretty good. Also Dr. Slump.