Yuri supernatural action anime, Ga-Rei Zero continues to lay the awesome more and more, juggling breathtaking action with superior visuals and spiced up with much welcome yuri-yuri fanservice.
The plot still hasn’t gone down on the reasons why Yomi turned bad, and instead focuses on Kagura as she slowly takes on the responsibilities of a spirit exterminator, although she’s still unable to deal with humanoid-looking evil spirits. Quite an oft-used character trope really, so her character development isn’t as enjoyable as I hoped to be. Perhaps I’m used to her manga incarnation where she’s already fully accepted her role and has no qualms on differentiating between the living and the dead.
A memorable character and a number of other stuff from the manga appears this episode too, further strengthening the links between the anime and the manga. The character is none other than swordsmith Micheal, who designed Kagura’s sword and much of the agency’s weapons including a number of really unorthodox ones such as that iron “knuckle”, Douglas 28 and the inventory is even enhanced more in the anime with chainsaws, drills and even a FREAKING BOILER. And I thought the knuckle was pretty weird enough already.
Seriously, I wonder who in the Agency uses that.
Iwahata’s sexual orientation is also included in the episode, hillariously, and he seems to have an interest for Shirais– I mean, Kazuki. I really couldn’t stifle my laughs at that point.
Now, on the *ahem* Kagura x Yomi relationship… damn, they’re really going to the nines for the implied yuri… more like, it’s pretty damned confirmed already. I mean, there’s not only the kiss, but the bathroom scene, damn the BLINDING LIGHT OF MORALITY CENSORSHIP, is pretty much well… yeah. I also can’t believe they included a tentacle scene of Yomi too, wow.
Just in case the yuri isn’t enough….
The show also finally gets a proper OP and ED now, like a whole month in to the running and I believe it’s one of the anime titles in recent times to have them so late in the show. The OP sequence is quite nice and I have a better impression of Paradise Lost now. There’s also a lot of Yomi x Kagura in it too, lol. The ED is pretty simple though, and focuses on Yomi. The song is actually by
Kaori Fukuhara (it’s) Kaoru Mizuhara (dammit, *shoots self*) and she can sing a lot better than I expected, really.
Well, so far so good. Ga-Rei Zero is shaping up to be quite a legendary title, if episodes like this keep up. It will probably also be quite an awesome sample of how adaptations can be done and even surpass the original source material while keeping as much of it as possible.