Sunday, June 16, 2013

Ga-Rei: Zero Review

Ga-Rei: Zero 


I've been a bit curios about this series for quite some time, even more so recently because I've been reading a manga who wrote the manga series this anime is a prequel to. And, well, this show was quite an interesting find...

Synopsis


The Japanese Ministry of Defense has an anti-paranormal special forces group called the Paranormal Disaster Countermeasure Headquarters. They're the ones responsible to protect Japanese soil and its people from supernatural and paranormal events. However, things didn't go so well in one of their missions, which leads to intervention by the Ministry of Enviroment's Supernatural Disaster Countermeasures Division after the PDCH has sustained large numbers of casualties battling demons.


The Visuals


The visuals in this series were very nice and detailed. Though the heads on some of the characters looked a bit unbalanced with their necks to me(mainly the females, didn't find that problem with the males). But the settings, the creatures, the gore all looked really good (well, the gore looked so good it was hard to look at).








The Soundtrack


The music in this series sounded almost like music you would hear in a movie, it's that good. It adds to the tension, the melancholy, whatever mood they're trying to portray works even better with the music.




The Characters


There were an array of characters in this series. Some cool, some funny, some dry, and some that just generally pissed me off. Overall, a pretty good cast. There were some characters I just couldn't love or hate, like the most popular character in this series, Yomi. Part of me liked and pitied her while another part of me just couldn't justify her actions. 







Favorite Characters


Noriyuki Izuna

He made me laugh the most out of anybody in this series. He also seems like a genuinely nice guy, even if he's a bit of a pervert. I especially liked his relationship with Yomi, and their little quarrels.






Nabuu Brothers

Twins being voiced by Norio Wakamoto. Also, their speech is very simple, and that, combined with the voice of Norio Wakamoto, is a dynamite combination. I just wished they had more lines.





Least Favorite Characters


Yuu Isayama

It seemed to me, every time I saw him, that all he cared about was his family's inheritance. He didn't give a damn about his brother, or his adoptive niece, all he cared about was the damn money.






Mei Isayama

With her, it's a bit different than with her father. She just seemed way too uppity with the way she carried herself. Well, you can say that everything she did was pretty much the calmest bitch behavior I've ever seen. 








The Story


Our main characters are exorcists. They have to exorcise spirits that bring taint and misfortune upon the world. Sometimes this means having to kill people you know, sometimes even friends or family. It may seem like a depressing series, but it has plenty of light-hearted and comedic moments in it. It also tends to keep you at the edge of your seat at times, it can get quite exciting.







Overall


This was a great series, I'm glad I gave it a shot. I do recommend it, but let me advise you on one thing: skip the first episode. You're introduced to a whole set of characters who do not have any speaking appearances later in the series, and they all (SPOILER) die by the end of the episode anyway.

Story - 8/10
Characters - 7/10
Music - 9/10
Voice Acting - 8/10
Visuals - 8/10

Overall - 8/10

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