Ga-Rei Zero 04

Ga-Rei Zero

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.

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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.

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Skinship BANZAI!

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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.

10 Comments

  1. Myssa Rei Said,

    October 27, 2008 @ 11:04 am

    I can’t say that I approve of the yuri, but I do agree that Ga-Rei Zero is shaping up to be a case of Adaptation Distillation, oh yes. I wonder though, will we see cameos of the other manga characters in the future?

  2. Kairu Ishimaru Said,

    October 27, 2008 @ 12:00 pm

    Woot for fanservice.

  3. luckyhuh? Said,

    October 27, 2008 @ 12:01 pm

    well to tell you the true i still have a great deal of difficulty to reconcile this kagura with that of the manga as well, and about the yuri well somehow it doesn’t botter me like a real one would sence i now is just pure yomi teasing to the max, but yeah some parts of the anime were pure lulz and some were frustrating like kagura being unable to act in critical times, to the harsh punishment by none other than her father, i new she was going to be repriment by some body maybe iwahata or yomi herself but to be frank i didn’t expected to be him giving it, the anime is getting good i must admit lol.

  4. Eldar Said,

    October 27, 2008 @ 2:20 pm

    You know if they went to all the effort to make a prequel to the manga, I hope they at least adapt the manga to an animated format.

  5. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    October 27, 2008 @ 2:30 pm

    I wouldn’t be so sure the manga would be as interesting as it is if were too be adapted in to an animation. First off, the manga is quite very much shounen in genre, albeit lot less shorter and the main lead of the manga takes some time to, er, “grow up”, if you know what I mean.

    One thing that the manga excels at is the humor and over-the-topness of the story at times, and I do think they are doing well on that part as well in the anime.

  6. EvilDevil Said,

    October 27, 2008 @ 4:33 pm

    Yuri yay!!!

  7. Peanutbutter003 Said,

    October 27, 2008 @ 7:10 pm

    Did you mixed up Tsukasa and Misao’s seiyuu? Hehe…

  8. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    October 27, 2008 @ 8:12 pm

    I think I did, damn.

  9. Ryan A Said,

    October 28, 2008 @ 11:35 am

    Awesome episode, watched 1-4 today, and this was particularly my favorite because it shows how Yomi was, so playful, and how reserved Kagura is. Ultimately, we know this doesn’t remain, so this is where we get to see the dynamics along with hopefully some plot on the blue-butterfly master demon, or whatever.

    Definitely looking forward to it, the yuri didn’t really bother me, and neither did the stress on pre-demon Yomi X Kagura’s life before shit hit the fan.

  10. Andrew Said,

    November 12, 2008 @ 12:59 pm

    I’m surprised no one’s yet recalled that not only were Kagura and Yomi also Azumanga Daioh characters, Yomi’s family name on that show was Mizuhara.

    Just a bit of meaningless serendipitous. This is a pretty interesting show so far, and not just because Minori Chihara’s in it. (Yes, I’m somewhat part of the Minorin cult now.)

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