While many of us will probably scream at even the thought of a ghost being near us, freshman Nimura Kensuke just thinks of it as a common everyday thing, seeing as how he has the uncanny ability to see so many of them on a daily basis. Things soon heat up for him when he meets a girl who changes his life from then on. Her name is Kagura, and she has the power to summon a mighty "spirit devourer"—otherwise known as a "Ga-Rei"—called Byakuei. So, what's Nimura to do? Chase down the evil spirits and and have Kagura summon the Ga-Rei to devour them, of course! Now, come feast on their adventures like some ravenous Ga-Rei!
So “Ga-rei” is a story about spirits; ghosts; beasts; beautiful and strong girls and a funny and somewhat too high-and-mighty, perverted main character.
The art is innovative, the story is interesting, though it has some well known ideas presented in a new, amusing way.The fight chapters are not too long or boring. It has a little light love story too.
I especially liked the ideas of “the little cute girl and her pet - the big bad beast connected to her soul” and the main character’s thoughts (exactly what any person in the situation would think )… Although I gave it just 8 for story, the manga is funny and interesting ^^ read more
I came across Ga-Rei wanting to know how the manga panned out after events to the anime adaptation Ga-Rei Zero(prequel to this manga which aired in 2008).
Unfortunately, like an over-hyped Hollywood blockbuster, Ga-Rei had potential to go places in regards to being a manga-worthy favorite, but did not live up to its anime counterpart due to what I thought was a 'rushed' ending.
For those who have not seen the anime, although not a necessary watch as the manga does cover background to some of the characters, I do recommend viewing anyways if you would like to get the emotional feelings that is lacking in the manga.
Ga-Rei is a tale about an 'agency' that takes care of the supernatural in Tokyo. Story-wise, we look at it through the eyes of the protagonist Kensuke Nimura. Although I say protagonist, this is more an outlook to his relationship with the heroine Kagura and how she inducts Kensuke to that agency due to Kensuke being able to see ghosts. Whilst we do have insight to Kensuke, it really is more about Kensuke learning about Kagura's life/past and the agency she works in. Whilst Kensuke has a minor role at the beginning of the story, it's his intake to learn about Kagura and his decisions from there, that pushes him to be the protagonist at the end.
Ga-Rei can be considered as 3 arcs which span through 52 chapters; Yomi arc, Juugondō arc and Naraku arc with each arc providing plot development to an overall ending for the main heroine Kagura. Although I have no complaints on how each arc is portrayed, I do believe that the mangaka could have improved on the concluding ending compared to what we fans received by chapter 52. By the time we were at the last few chapters of Ga-Rei, too many openings were left 'unfinished' and too many side characters which people had read and liked from beginning of the tale were left with no story-ending for themselves for the fans to feel satisfied with.
I've given Ga-Rei a 9 for artwork as I must admit it is spectacularly done well. From beginning to end we are given breath-taking backgrounds and choreographed action scenes which is very pleasing to the eye without wanting to question "what happened there?"
This is where I believe the manga fell short of. While the character's are epic in their own way, I felt the mangaka left too many 'holes' for us to fully comprehend how good this manga could have been. For example, whilst we get a full background of Kensuke and his weaknesses, we are then led to believe due to his "love" he can do a mind-blowing sword-technique with out further explanation. Also, by the 2nd and 3rd arc, we are than exploited to too many characters which left no background or formal introduction which, for people like myself makes me feel somewhat unsatisfied with the over-all story(especially once I got attached to a certain character).
Enjoyment and Over-All: 7
Overall, it could be in my part that I had high expectations due to watching the anime and following it from there, that my review has given this manga a biased rating. Whether you follow my footsteps and take the manga up after watching Ga-Rei Zero, or by just reading it as a stand alone, my only advice is to not come in with too high an expectation or like me, you may feel a little disappointed due to comparing the adaptations.
Like any famous recipe, the secret to a real good story for me(especially manga) is the balance. Ga-Rei came out sweet making you want to 'eat' more from anime to volume 1 but unfortunately due to the unbalance of the overall story and lack of side character conclusions, it left a bittersweet ending. read more
Even though the introduction makes the impression that this manga is an episodic-styled, comedic, and typical ghost-exterminating story, it is really not. Ga-rei really is a plot-intensive (heavily involved in a lot of mysteries of the past), action-packed, and intense light-romance manga.
In fact, I call the broad category of manga that possess the level of intensity in works such as Ga-rei: epicness! Seriously. Just when the protagonist fell into an absolutely despairing situation, Kensuke always does something epic that saves the day. Anyways, that feeling just can’t be put into words…
Another one of the biggest strengths that Ga-rei has is the way it narrates the story. Instead of the usual “third-person” narrative, it uses “first-person” narrative, which is rare in manga. The advantages of latter choice is expressing the protagonist’s thoughts and emotions directly in the manga panels. In this case, Segawa does this extremely well because the sentiments of the protagonist feel real, and his thoughts are what any normal person would think under those situations. Soon, audiences are pulled into Kensuke’s thought, and this is part of what leads to Ga-rei’s epicness.
The art in this manga is also refreshing, although whether I wouldn’t know whether this novelty is a good or bad thing for readers. For me, it is a plus. I liked how the mangaka would draw the lines and curves slightly thicker than others.
For the finishing touch, all good plot-heavy action manga should have some romance between main characters in the mix (the opinion of my teenager self), Ga-rei is no exception. It is not a lovey-dovey romantic tangle. But, you know, the male character saved the female character from absolute death for a few times, and vice versa. Plus, there is a satisfying enough romantic conclusion for the couple. All is well.
I've read all the chapters of the manga and it was wonderful except the ending.... The author should have probably ended it at the first arc...
Kensuke, the main protagonist of the show has been seeing ghosts for his entire life. Because of this, he's a loser and can't get a girlfriend. These people taught he's a wierdo. One day, Kensuke met Kagura by accidentally kissing each other. Later, Kagura transferred school and she insists that they become friends. Kagura finds out that he can also see ghosts and she recruits him to work for the SDCD (Supernatural Disaster Countermeasures Division). This is where they go ghosts hunting together and I'm not going to write any further.
Just like every manga out there, the art is not that great. It's just plain black and white
Kensuke, the main protagonist of the show. He's been seeing ghosts his entire life and this is why he can't get a girlfriend. Kagura, the main character of the show. She works for SDCD and has a spirit beast called Byakuei. There's also a set of suporting characters but I'm going to list them
There's also a set of antagonists. Yomi, Kagura's best friend and step sister. 2 years ago, she was corrupted by the Bane Stone (Sesshouseki) and was killed by Kagura. Later, returning to life as a demonic spirit. Kazuhiro, a young boy who used to be in the agency and responsible for corrupting Yomi.
I really enjoyed reading this manga... What I really enjoyed is the story, characters and the funny moments... The ending however was dissapointing. It felt like the author just wanted to end it.
For the most part, I enjoyed the manga except the ending. It's got a great plot but in my opinion, the anime is better.