Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 6, 2008 to Dec 22, 2008
23 min. per episode
R+ - Mild Nudity
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Synopsis"Will you kill someone you love because of love?"
The Japanese Ministry of Defense has an anti-paranormal special forces group called the Supernatural Disaster Prevention Office. They are the ones responsible to protect Japanese soil and its people from supernatural and paranormal events. However, things didn't go so well in one of their missions...
This series is a prequel to the manga series, Ga-Rei.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Ga-Rei
Characters & Voice Actors
*Powerful opening episode plus a strong ending makes Ga-Rei Zero a definite must see for action fans.*
“Will you kill someone you love because of love?”
Those who have already seen Ga-Rei Zero (GRZ) are probably sick of reading the quote above, but it is nonetheless an effective quote to advertise for GRZ. I still remember what initially caught my interest in GRZ, it was the amazing trailer. Boy, how misleading it was …
Don’t get me wrong, Ga-Rei Zero is quite fabulous indeed. The synopsis may sound generic, but the technique used to present the story that will eventually lead into Ga-Rei (manga) is what makes this gem a success in this recessional era. The excitement level of GRZ can be described by a simple parabolic function (think of the letter “U”), though the initial point stands out a lot more than the ending. This is analogous to say you drop a ball from great height and watch it fall down and slowly climb back up. But no matter how hard it tries, in the end it cannot go back to the initial height.
The plot of GRZ is extremely well thought out and well executed to say the least. Given the length of the series it is a very enthralling little show. Demon hunting may be the first thing come to mind after reading the simple summary of the anime. But what lies beneath that outer layer is the fragile little thing known as friendship and what happens to it when that treasure betrays oneself; that is the true moral of the story. Please keep in mind that GRZ is simply the prequel to the actual story in Ga-Rei (manga) thus you may find some unsatisfactory conclusion with regards to certain people or certain things.
Giant CG rolling dinosaurs on fire seem unnecessary but they served their purpose. The way some of the dramatic scenes were animated could have used a little more work. For instance it is possible to create a more nauseating scene by using a more unique camera angle/position rather than attempting to semi censor the scene with dull lifeless angles. On a more positive note, the animation quality is pretty consistent throughout the series and the characters themselves look great, especially when compared to the drawings in the manga. The battle animations are perhaps the most notable positive feature to the show. Fluid dynamic animation plus smooth scene to scene transitions also helped make GRZ one of the better animated shows of the season. It is evident that a lot of effort has been put into the show by the animation crew, even the backgrounds in each scene is very detailed.
As should be expected from an action oriented anime, the music is very outstanding. From the OP to battle BGM to ED, they all suit their theme well. The OP was nominated by fans as one of the top ten 2008 anime OP. Voicing-wise, Minori Chinhara was great playing as Kagura, and the unrecognizable voice change for the OP just makes it all the better. While there are not many superstar level seiyu (ie. award winners), it seems all characters received a suitable voice for themselves thus you will unlikely to have to clean your ears after watching each episode.
Unlike most single season anime, GRZ is not one where you should marathon through in a day. It is as if Ei Aoki (director of GRZ) just had an uncontrollable diarrhea. He literally dumps all the nasty stuff at you right from the start. You are bound to be confused after the first two episodes. Take it easy, we have all been through that stage. It will be tempting to keep on watching, but take my advice if you want to retain some sanity; stop there and think about what happened so far as things will go downhill from here.
If you don’t quite enjoy watching flying limbs or spurting blood, I suggest you stick to the TV release as they censored the “ugly” stuff in most cases. I also don’t recommend fans of Natsuki Kuga from Mai-HiME (or Natsuki Kruger in Mai Otome) to watch this as there is a certain someone here by the name of Natsuki Kasuga who also happens to be a motorbike chick with strong connection to dual wielding pistols. Though the difference here is how minor a role she plays and the cruel fate that awaits her.
One thing that I didn’t enjoy about GRZ is the sudden appearance of cheesy RPG-like weapons after episode one. Bullet shooting suitcase? Metal drill knuckle? Outrageous combat wheelchair? None of that were in the trailer! And none of those were anywhere near as exciting as the hot motorbike or the dual pistols. Now that I think about it, I feel like I got trolled by the trailer. Anyway, aside from the opening episode I wouldn’t call GRZ particular “groundbreaking”, but it is unquestionably one of the best (if not THE best) action anime for the fall season of 2008. read more
This review is technically spoiler free, but if the names, Yomi or Kagura, are unfamiliar to you, I would suggest watching the first two episodes before reading any of the reviews.
Admittedly, when I first read the show's description (which purposely reads generic), I didn't think the show was going to be that good. So when I gave it a shot, the first episode certainly drew my attention, but I expected once the shocking cliffhangers wore off it’d be a pretty generic, demon-hunting, hero-coming-of-age shounen.
Man, I was dead wrong. GRZ turned out to be biggest surprise of the fall season, and one of the best damn shows I’ve seen, hands down.
Story/Characters: GRZ has a simple story at its heart. The whole demon hunting setting is really just a conveniently action/guro-friendly wrapper for the real story: The making and the breakdown of a strong friendship. What makes the show so powerful is the great job the writers did in exploring and developing the relationship between Kagura and Yomi – that’s when the show really starts to become something special.
Unfortunately, the short 12 episode season doesn’t allow them to provide much background on the other characters and also leaves some loose plot ends hanging (which is probably to be expected, since it’s a prequel to the Ga-rei manga).
But all that’s forgivable, because everything is really all just a foil to Kagura and Yomi in the end. The dynamic between the two drives the whole show. The comedy, the action, the drama and ultimately, the tragedy – everything – hinges on how much you come to like their characters and relationship.
Art: The battle scenes were well-animated and ranged from stylistic to quick and brutal, which despite the fantastic setting, made the show feel more realistic. The character designs were streamlined and attractive, with particular attention paid to Kagura and Yomi's cuteness/hotness. The monster designs were pretty generic, but they make up for it by making the mythical creatures, Ranguren and Byakuei, look appropriately fierce and majestic.
Sound: The producers of GRZ took some bold sound design chances - such as forgoing the OP/ED in the initial episode - that helped to amp up the show's atmosphere. The music also stood out throughout the series, especially during the battle scenes: ranging from a rock/techno mix during the exciting, stylistic battles, to the haunting and emotional, vocal-driven arrangement during the final battle. It always seemed to hit the right chord. Voice work was very good with special kudos due to Kaoru Mizuhara (Misao in Lucky Star) and Minori Chihara (Yuki Nagato in TMoHS), as Yomi and Kagura, doing excellent jobs in roles that I wouldn’t have expected from them.
Enjoyment/Overall: If you're looking for a well-written, action-oriented show (admittedly, not for the squeamish) with really strong character development, I highly recommend GRZ.
Hopefully this review was helpful to you. (Positive/negative) feedback is always appreciated. Thanks! read more
One girl snap at her best friend for absolutely no good reason. Then they fight. Relationship-wise, both can be implied as shoujo-ai.
I heard all the times that maiden heart work in mysterious ways. Positively looking this two shows just portray it to the extreme.
Ga-rei zero do include why the fight is unavoidable in an interesting non-chronological fashion. BRS however is written in the way that assume audience know everything, making the show sort of a fan fare.
Two similar pairs of girls become friends and end up fighting each other. Both have slice-of-life elements (far more so in BRS) and seem quite slow paced at the beginning.
In both, two girls start off as pretty close friends and end up fighing against each other. In both, the friends who turn evil share the same name, Yomi.
Both have dark music and nice fighting scenes.
Both contain supernatural & slice of life elements but Ga-Rei Zero is much more tragic and dramatic.
both protagonist are struggling with Yomi :D
Both about a strong bond between girls, but they should fight each other against their will. In both one girl is ready to do anything to save other.
But Ga-Rei is much more heartbreak.
quite similar in the style of the story.
In both shows we have two main heroins who become very close friends during the series and very fast but sadly in the end they become enemies who are forced to fight each other.
Also how ironically it wouldn't sound, one of the heroins is called Yomi in both series and in both of them she ends up falling into darkness.
The difference is that Ga-Rei Zero is much more dramatic and most importantly it gives a clear explanation of what is happening in comparison to Black★Rock Shooter. I definitely recommend to watch it.
Both shows are about two best friends end up fighting each other. Another thing is that one of the main girl in both shows share the same name Yomi.
The way the story flow is very similar. At first, it show two girls fighting scenes and then flash back to the point they first meet each other and how their relationship grow , how conflicts begin . After that it back to the fighting scenes to the end.
Both have a storyline where the 2 main characters become very close friends but later one of them turns evil and the other one has to kill her. And coincidently in both animes the one that turns evil is a girl called Yomi
Best friends who have to fight each other. In both shows those girls are very similar, one bright and full of life and always nice to others, not willing to hurt anyone, and the other serious and kind of noble, but because of this she doesn't have a lot of friends. They become very close, like sisters, but the second one eventually turns evil, and her friend has to make a very hard choice, not willing to fight her but being forced to.
Both anime involves the beginning friendship of two girls but eventually turns into violent involving action, drama, and conflicts. Even two of these main characters in the series have identical first names.
Friendship turns sour through unfortunate circumstances and their destinies intertwine in both series.
Just by watching the very first episode of Elfen Lied and Ga - Rei - Zero you will see why I said these seem similar. The graphic violence, female leads, ecchi scenes, supernatural powers, and special force teams. They share the same feel and seem to have good twists. Elfen Lied was a masterpiece so I expect a lot from this one.
Both fall under the horror/action genre and contain extreme violence with female lead characters who have supernatural powers. Elfen Lied is more ecchi (contains nudity) and comedic (in a good way) than Ga-Rei -Zero-, but did I mention that they both have a shocking first episode?
Both have similar themes and styles to them. Ga Rei Zero has less blatant fanservice but both are equally as interesting. Two of the best anti-hero's I've seen for a while.
First of all drama is the main factor in both series so they are very sad.
Both series have gore moments, but Elfen Lied has it to bigger extend. The main heroins have it hard and you just have to feel sorry for them.
Obviously we have action involvement as well.
And another thing is that both series are short.
Both involve a gory story that has heavy emotional content and very tragic events. If you enjoy a sad tale then both will make your day.
Both shows feature strong female leads and they both go through a similar internal struggle.
The themes of love and hate are huge in both of these shows. People battling their emotions and coming to understand each other. The idea of the power of hate vs the power of love is the core of both these shows. Both shows feel very similar and both are extremely moving. If you love action shows for more than just the violence, these shows are for you.
Opening Theme"Paradise Lost" by Minori Chihara (eps 4-11)
Ending Theme#1: "Yume no Ashioto ga Kikoeru (夢の足音が聞こえる)" by Kaoru Mizuhara (eps 2, 4-11)
#2: "Paradise Lost" by Minori Chihara (eps 3, 12)
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