I usually don’t watch animes that I had seen before. However, I do admit there are animes out there that I hadn’t fully watch. One of those was Ga-Rei Zero.
Ga-Rei Zero was in some ways, special to me as I fairly enjoyed reading the sequel manga, Ga-Rei. The manga is special to me as it was one of the first series I actually finished reading through and through. And until now, I am still hoping for that anime adaptation.
Anyway, back to the prequel.
Ga-Rei Zero was an anime I breezily watch as I pretty much know the outcome of it already. However, I recently got in to the mood on watching it fully.
So yeah, here we are.
In Japan, there exists a government agency known as the Supernatural Disaster Countermeasures Division (SDCD), whose duty is to protect the citizens from creatures unseen. They are able to dispatch these monsters swiftly and without alerting the general public. But currently, they face a different challenge: the betrayal of one of their own.
After the death of her mother several years ago, Kagura Tsuchimiya has been fostered by the Isayama family and forms a close sister-like bond with their daughter Yomi. The two become inseparable, and together they work for the SDCD as highly skilled exorcists. However, as the stress and consequences of their sacred duty weigh on them both, and family politics come into play, Kagura and Yomi begin to slowly drift apart. One of them grows earnestly into her role as an exorcist, and the other heads down a dark path from which there may be no redemption… (MAL)
Oh man, I didn’t expect this series to hit me so hard.
As a person who is already a fan of the main series, Ga-Rei, I’m pretty much acquainted to its world setting and it’s characters. It made me want to reread the main series manga again.
Anyway, the story of the series focused on Yome’s and Kaguya’s relationship. We got to see how their relationship bloomed from friends to sisters to enemies. It also focused on their individual struggles with their insecurities and their growth to become who they were in “present” time. And bruh, this series wrecked me.
Kaguya had always been a favorite character of mine in the main series because of personality. So seeing her old self was quite a refresher. I mean, you’ll definitely understand why she became so jaded in the main series, she’d seen and witnessed a lot.
However, she wasn’t my favorite character in this prequel.
One of the best highlights of the series was seeing the growth and downfall of Yomi. She was such a great character, her demise was so painfully beautiful. At first, I couldn’t understand why she became the villain of her own story, but after the needed backstory was expressed, everything was inevitable. Her downfall was needed to make Kaguya strong.
As a viewer and fan of the series, knowing that doesn’t ease the pain I see. It was so hard to watch to a point I actually stopped watching to give myself time to breathe for the inevitable.
The last battle was really good though I did want more action. Which brings us to its first glaring negative point. The animation of this anime is sooo bland.
You guys might notice its art similarities to its sister series, Tokyo ESP, but this series was worse.
I guess the anime couldn’t stand the test of time.
Its mediocre animation was awfully obvious during its fight scenes, it always feels like it lacks punch and grit.
It’s a shame.
The story was really good but with mediocre animation, it will never stand out.
Overall though, I could still say I enjoyed watching this series. I am biased so my reaction is understandable.
The anime is really good, even better than Tokyo ESP, but as I said above, its animation is not really appealing so I do understand if some of you guys won’t even give this one try.
But I do hope that you guys do. And if you did, don’t forget to try the main manga too.
It was weird seeing a snippet of Ga-rei at the end of the anime, like it’s a teaser. But yeah, no anime for the main series.
That is all for now guys.
I will try to update again tomorrow.
This has been Will Sirius and thanks for reading.