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Ga-Rei: Zero

Alternative Titles

English: Ga-Rei-Zero
Synonyms: Garei: Zero
Japanese: 喰霊–零–


Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 6, 2008 to Dec 22, 2008
Premiered: Fall 2008
Broadcast: Mondays at 00:00 (JST)
Licensors: Funimation
Studios: AIC Spirits, Asread
Source: Manga
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 7.691 (scored by 77,896 users)
1 indicates a weighted score. Please note that 'Not yet aired' titles are excluded.
Ranked: #11432
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #537
Members: 184,416
Favorites: 2,018


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. 
report Recommended by lapisdragon
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. 
report Recommended by tigerz
Both are full of action, and have a great story. There's a strong relationship between the 2 main characters, you can almost say they really love each other. Yuri-like, but it's not yuri at all. The character development in both these anime will make you cry. They both have a strong first and second episode, followed by one of the most sad endings. If you liked the one, you'll definitely like the other. 
report Recommended by Samu-tan
Both share a similar plot, where two girls build up a very close relationship, and then one of them becomes a bit naughty. Yuri fans should love both of these series. 
report Recommended by Kyon97
Similar storyline about the hunting of evil spirits and corpses that brings about death and decay to the land. The female lead in Shikabane is very similar to Yomi in Ga-Rei Zero, both in personality and skill. 
report Recommended by jaxu3878
Supernatural dark-themed catfight with casualties. The timing of event is so well done you will be surprised and can't wait-until-next-week. Kickass combat keep you glued to your seat when the next-week finally comes. Entire lesbian casts keep you sealed to your seat once more when the next next episode come. And finally when the next next next week come once again, here come explicit confession of lesbianship on air, which once more stick you to your seat. Short summary? Explicit Yuri (lesbian) attitudes, beautiful combat sequences, girls politic presented unlike your average Sex and the City catfight, great screenplay, and well timed stories will keep  read more 
report Recommended by lapisdragon
Girl with a Sword fighting off evil monster that attack humankind, struggling with the truth and loved ones around her. In my eyes its almost exactly like Ga-Rei: Zero. You could almost call them sisters. 
report Recommended by kahzi
Both series focus around a couple of people who have a strong friendship bond and would do anything to help each other until something or someone else interferes, with the resulting actions causing an immediate shift from strong friendship to hatred. Not to mention both series also start with the end and then show the events leading up to what happened at the start. Originally written by Seasonreaper.... http://myanimelist.net/forum/?topicid=58150&pages=1&show=0#msg2469841 
report Recommended by Strife91
it has the same feel to it...with organizations and fight scenes...not to mention the supernatural powers 
report Recommended by lyza
Both about Exorcist Both main characters have a katana as a weapon Both side characters have different and unique weapons  
report Recommended by ReadReadRead
Lots of Hardcore females committing brazen acts of murder. Tons of Blood, Violence, and Action.  
report Recommended by DollaHolla
Both begin with the ending, and the whole story afterward is a sort of flashback. Similar concept: a secret organization fighting against monsters, a team composed by two girls which have a friends-enemies relationship, lots of deaths and sad moments, due the troubled mind of the protagonists. 
report Recommended by SanzuNoKawa
Surprised no one already recommended this anime. Similarities include gratuitous violence, strong overly attractive female leads, zombies and the like. A must see if you like HS of the dead. 
report Recommended by paulitocao
Both are action packed dramas with gore, deep plots twists, and lead characters fighting off demons with powerful hend held weapons. 
report Recommended by EtherealMerc
Both have spiritual ability to fight off youkai/youma and fight with some level of a sword. Also both belong to some tribe/group that trains and has spiritual power. 
report Recommended by lovelydeath
Both anime are dark, tragic tales revolving around warriors who find themselves struggling to abandon compassion in order to become more efficient fighters while at the same time clutching onto the few people they still love. The protagonists in both anime also end up having to face a dilemma in which they have to choose between duty and love. Finally, both anime serve as preludes to series that end up being much more lighthearted in tone than what you saw in said preludes. 
report Recommended by Uriel1988
Both have great animation, good soundtrack (although Ga-Rei Zero's sounds more techno-ish, and Tokyo Majin's leans more toward Rob Zombie-esque metal) and overall same mystic vibe. 
report Recommended by BlackRicePoutine
There is the use of Familiars, both include exorcising creatures. 
report Recommended by Jay_Zedd
Both series focus around a couple of people who have a strong friendship bond and would do anything to help each other until something or someone else interferes, with the resulting actions causing an immediate shift from best friends to enemies. Not to mention both series also start with the end and then show the events leading up to what happened at the start. Originally written by Seasonreaper.... http://myanimelist.net/forum/?topicid=58150&pages=1&show=0#msg2469841 
report Recommended by Strife91
Shares the same director, and are both prequels that tells you about the tragedies that occurred to the main characters before the event of the original series. Great animation, story, and heart-wrenching moments. 
report Recommended by lolzteez
Don't throw away sheath if you want to return alive. Vice versa. Probably Miyamoto Musashi would say this against "him". To kill people is sign of preparedness. They don't deserve to have sword to person who have not prepared for. Both are describing men or girls who fight for the people to be protected. Extremely samurai type and fencer type. Nanashi fights for Kotarou, Kagura Tsuchimiya fights for Yomi Isayama. So-called, Man and Boy, Girl and Woman. Style and Theme are similar. As previously stated. Stranger is more realistic. Ga-Rei has many supernatural battle. Depiction is quite stunning, bloody. But it does't excess that much. It has been moderately adjusted. Stranger  read more 
report Recommended by Xnovazero
The first two episodes and the last few of Ga-Rei are VERY similar to Straight Jacket. Both government sponsored and outlaw groups fighting demons that used to be human. Ga-Rei, however, has significantly more light-hearted-ness to it in the middle episodes.  
report Recommended by Amberleh
They both have close-knit groups fighting to save the world as well as very tragic undertones, such as broken trust and betrayal. Both have a dark atmosphere and underground organizations of sorts. Annd to add icing to the cake, Yomi bears a striking physical resembelance to Arashi, while Kagura seems very much like Yuzuriha both in personality and looks, as well as age and pocky-loving. 
report Recommended by Amberleh
Both are about paranormal activity in Japan. 
report Recommended by Sunia39
At first glance you may think they are totally different but both series are a nice mix of drama, action, fantasy, comedy and a bit of romance. Also, both are shows where every single chapter is important for the story and both are masterpieces in my opinion. Ga-Rei Zero has much less episodes, though 
report Recommended by NeverMeltIce
Both are сonnected with evil spirits and hunting them 
report Recommended by Entony
I binge watched all of Ga-Rei: Zero in a single day, and while I was watching I thought about how much it has in common with the movie series The Garden of Sinners, from the supernatural elements evoking mystery and horror, and how these affect the people dealing with them. Furthermore, both of the series' sets of protagonists handle these supernatural cases in a criminal justice sort of way as their jobs. While I felt Kyoukai handled some of the philosophical elements with more depth, due in part to the longer runtime, I loved both and would highly recommend them! 
report Recommended by TheFlyingOrange
Ga-Rei and Zombie-Loan have similarities by hunting spiritual stuffs 
report Recommended by k3v00
Both anime have a large focus on action and go about investigating the opinions and relationships of their cast, while the plot involves an organisation hunting down supernatural disturbances. The Towa no Quon series differs with an X-men-like feel to as the plot investigates the theme of prejudice against the humans who have awaken with supernatural abilities, as an organisation attempts to hunt down and eliminate what they see as threats, while the opposing side attempts to save and keep these people from harm. While Ga-Rei: Zero differs with the cast hunting down and eliminating supernatural creatures, while it also goes to showcase the complex relationship  read more 
report Recommended by Akoram
A bait-and-switch first episode (first two episodes in TE's case) and the fact that anyone can die in the gritty setting is in both series. Both have an alien (not in the extraterrestrial sense) force that humans fight against but MLA: TE obviously goes in a different direction with the mecha/mecha and mecha/alien combat while GR: Z is human/supernatural combat. 
report Recommended by Lieutori
In a way, I feel that both series are a bit related to each other. Both series has two prominent female characters as the main characters. In addition, they possesses supernatural abilities of their will. Both series has a mystery like feeling to them along with drama, action, and some thriller like endings. Both series also holds secrets regarding one of the main female characters as a prominent plot device. 
report Recommended by Stark700
Similar premise, cute girls fighting demonic monsters in modern Japan while working for a government agency. So far Toji no Miko is cuter and less gorey but faster paced. 
report Recommended by Umbrage
The animation style is the same if not identical Some of the characters in Ga rei zero are in tokyo ESP and vice versa The two animes take place in the same world at roughly the same time There is a lot of violence in both along with the depressing themes that you would see in Ga rei zero Overall these two anime feel very similar so if you like on you would also like the other. 
report Recommended by columna1
Both shows have a very similar feeling with high-school-age girls (with similar designs) fighting in similar urban settings. They fight against unknown forces and are trying to restore balance and save people. Both are seinen and have plenty of drama between the main characters and the groups they work for. 
report Recommended by Asfaria
Both have people who can summon demons to fight as well as plenty of death. They also have similar settings taking place mostly in cites. 
report Recommended by Asfaria
-Both stories revolve a team of specialists who deal with baddies -Both follow the development of a rookie girl in the team -Both follow the same plot direction as far as characters go -Both have pretty good action scenes -Both have characters you get attached to -Both have a really dark atmosphere 
report Recommended by Mercsin
Quite similar in theme actually, humans appointed by their government to fight against paranormals as if they're the only ones who could do it. Also the feel of both anime are the same. 
report Recommended by NotAeryl
Teenage girl soldiers lose everything and find themselves confronting a loved one as the enemy. Both shows feature misleading first episodes, strong character arcs, and brutal battles where anyone can die. Both also feature occasional bouts of gratuitous nudity and shallow yuri fanservice, which may be a minor bonus or a minor annoyance, depending on taste. 
report Recommended by q_3
good violence 
report Recommended by Setron510
Both series are really amazing and worth watching. For those who have seen or are familiar with Naruto, Ga-Rei has a similar character relationship as Naruto and Sasuke where these two kids develop a close bond like brothers (in Ga-Rei its sisters) and one turns against the other, forcing one to kill the other. Other than that, there is a lot of fighting and action.  
report Recommended by AileeGrimmie
Both are surprisingly dark anime that juxtapose the lives of normal teenage girls and putting them in brutal fights and situations no one should ever be a part of. The action is great and fluid in both and leave viewers with food for thought at the end.  
report Recommended by Protaku
Could be Black Bullet Season 2! Jokes.. Immediately during episode 1 it felt like I'm watching Black Bullet. Not to mention a Yomi (Ga Rei Zero) could mind as well be Kisara in the future due to how black bullet made her look like an evil person during the end of Black Bullet. Similar : - Demonic Monsters (Stage 1,2,3, etc) with demonic sounds - Groups fighting against them as a team - Girls with Swords - Yomi=Future Kisara?!(They look soo alike and pretty sure I can fool people by saying Yomi is Kisara 3 years down the road when she turns "evil" if you will) - Mysterious shady guy. Differences : -  read more 
report Recommended by slicetherice
Both of these animes have two female characters as the main characters. They are also relatively close. 
report Recommended by Spankdatmonkey
Both have large secret government organisations as the protagonists trying to defend the world against strange beings. Both are tragic as many things go wrong and each look at the main characters inner flaws and subsequent conquering (Yomi’s inner resentment of Kagura and shinji’s cowerdice). Both of these are extremely well made stories with a great mix of action and plot. 
report Recommended by Malcavic
Both series involve exorcists dealing with evil with a female as the main protagonist. However, Ghost Hunt takes a more traditional approach as opposed to fighting evil with swords, etc. But both are great series for supernatural suspense and action. 
report Recommended by killbethy
Ga-rei is more bloody and violent, while KNS is more romance, but the two share a plot of action/supernatural, where the main girl fights with a sword against evil spirits/demons.  
report Recommended by Orulyon
In both series the protagonists have a deep bond with each other, there are no humorous or funny scenes, the art is alike and both of them are telling the struggle against the inevitable fate (cast by family quarrel). [Unlike RxJ, it has some gore like Blood+]. 
report Recommended by DaiOni
Both contain two strong female protagonists with a strong bond, are highly skilled for combat fighting (high action), end up fighting against one another, and they're both pretty gory animes. Kagura also closely resembles one of the main female characters in Noir Certain tracks/songs are also similar with the siren-like voices.  
report Recommended by EveningRain
This anime is also about the organization, which fights with evil spirits and kills daemons. 
report Recommended by Einvera
They both screw with you right from the get-go. Where Ga-Rei becomes somewhat normal after the first two episodes, Higurashi just keeps it up all the way to the finish line without ever stopping. 
report Recommended by ddrcrono
If you are new to anime, a.k.a. "I watched Naruto and now I'm a big fan of anime" you won't see much similarity in this. But if you know certain term such as shoujo-ai or yuri you will know what i'm talking about. My guess is that 99% of people on this web know it. So if you don't, why are you even here? If you want to turn back now is the time. The two shows are similar because they are imagination-enhancing to men and leses. The dependent girl and her best friend is another common scenario suitable for yuri relationship to take place. Both  read more 
report Recommended by lapisdragon
Both involves hunting supernatural beings in an ultramodern city. Both GA-rei and Karas has outstanding animation. If you enjoy non-stop gun and blade-wielding action, you will probably like the two series. Warning that both series have a rather twisted plot that is hard to grasp at first.  
report Recommended by wakka9ca
I find that Yomi and Ai have alot in common in their personalities, how they feel about their companions, and also having their destiny taken over by something incredibly evil but yet having some power in stopping it in a way. Hate leads to no good. 
report Recommended by skyfox66
They both have a similar premise. If you've watched one, you can expect to have the same feeling at the end of episode 1 of either series. In other words: don't get attached. A lot of blood, gratuitous flesh-flying-everywhere action, weird monsters, and oddly placed fanservice that didn't feel quite right being shoe-horned in, but it's there. 
report Recommended by 4kicks
It involves evil spirits and summons as well. The down side is, the plot may not be as fantastic as Ga Rei Zero 
report Recommended by hisokaomi
The story in both anime revolves around teenage girls who live their stereotypical highschool lives full of yuri tendencies and word jokes, all the while fighting evil monsters which seem to flood both worlds for no apparent reason. The most striking similarity between the two shows is the use of spiritual beasts in battle, known as Ga-Rei in Ga-Rei Zero, and Childs in Mai-HiME. The twist in both stories is that soon, things start to get serious - main characters start to die, friends battle to the death and angst ensues. On top of these similarities, Ga-Rei also seems to rip some characters completely from  read more 
report Recommended by PBz0r
They both include interesting supernatural elements and beings, also there's a lot of fantasy. 
report Recommended by Grega
Both involve exorcists fighting against akuma/demons. Also the main antagonists in the two series are similar, both causing the disturbance of peace by producing/exciting akuma/demons. 
report Recommended by stickymochi
Ga Rei is like F/SN drama, romans and they are both fantasy. I hope that they who watched Fate would like Ga Rei ^^ 
report Recommended by KuFeL
The tension between yomi and kagura really reminds me of Naruto and Sasuke, especially the fight at the end, which in both animes the characters fight because of their love and care towards each other. The storyline isn't similar at all though, so you won't feel too bored watching one after the other.  
report Recommended by howardlee
In both series we watch the road stories where the good main characters was turn into the merciless villains. 
report Recommended by Rogi5
I love this two for the same reasons, the chbaracters and the story, are rough and sweet in the same time 
report Recommended by Rikka-yomi
if you watched angel beats you like for garanty ga-rei:zero their is also a sad story in both action, supernatrual and comedy so their almost the same 
report Recommended by 9nl0dutch
Both are about people, who fights ith evil spirits. Both have two main heroins who were close for a long time(you even could find some yuri allusions) but became rivals because of influance of some evil supernatural being. In both begining of the story are 3 series, while 1 and 2 includes later developments  
report Recommended by Nachtwandler_21
At first, both these animes have a similar drama component: in order to do their duty main characters have to kill their loved ones, however in Ga-Rei Zero drama is payed more atention to and is more deep than in DTB. Both these series deal with organisations exterminating threats to the mankind (ghosts in GRZ case and contractors in DTB case). Sure thing there are mystical powers and supernatural abilities included. Also, you will feel painfully sorry for main characters whichever you watch. In case you watched DTB only because of action and fights, it's unlikely you will like GRZ. There is action (actually,  read more 
report Recommended by lotrus28
Both of these anime are similar that to them there is a theme of fighting arts. Accordingly similar technics (liberation of mythical essences, etc.). The main characters in them - girls. At all not having thoroughbred relationship the main characters all equally become the friend for the friend as sisters. And in desire to protect the favourite and dear person, heroines will go on everything even if it will cost it of a life...  
report Recommended by Die_Mann
While Shakugan no Shana is less serious than Ga-rei Zero, they both deal with the concept of keeping balance to the world by eliminating the beings that throw it off. In both, there are instances where personal feelings get in the way of duty and responsibility. 
report Recommended by TheShamelessMiko
Arika and Nina have the same type of relationship with Kagura and Yomi respectively. First friends, then enemies. Both animes have the same amount of bad assery, comedy, and wonderful art. The fighting scenes are both commendable and gets you pumped up! 
report Recommended by Noehlina
Art and atmosphere looks similar. 
report Recommended by Jigoku_Enma_Ai
sick humor, crazy tastes unpredictible plot. 
report Recommended by merandill