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Ga-Rei-Zero: The Complete Series [Blu-ray + DVD]

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Ga Rei Zero (2008) is a dark, supernatural adventure, based on a manga by Hajime Segawa. Fate and heredity dictate that teenager Kagura Tsuchimiya must become a Vanquisher, a member of an elite core dedicated to fighting supernatural monsters that menace Tokyo. During their training, she and Yomi Isayama adopt each other as sisters, sharing secrets and Pocky Sticks. But Yomi is seduced by a mysterious boy who offers her a "Bane Stone," an enchanted gem that increases her powers but devours her soul. Inevitably, she and Kagura must meet in a duel only one can survive. Although the tone, theme, and characters in Ga Rei Zero recall numerous other anime series, the story is hopelessly muddled and badly told. It's difficult to keep track of the cast, as the filmmakers keep offing characters they've just introduced: Ga Rei Zero has a body count approaching Hellsing's. Kagura, who fusses and whines, even when her life is threatened, is hardly an endearing character, and Yomi looks and sounds like someone from Anime Central Casting. After 12 episodes, the audience has no idea who the evil boy with the Bane Stones is, why he's always surrounded by blue butterflies, or why he's out to cause so much trouble. With no sequel on the horizon, viewers may never find out. (Rated TV MA: graphic violence, violence against women, grotesque imagery, nudity, tobacco use) --Charles Solomon

(1. Above AOI, 2. Expression of Hatred, 3. The Times of the Chance Encounter, 4. The Cause of the Duty, 5. Obstinate Feelings, 6. Beautiful Enemy, 7. Chains of Blame, 8. Whereabouts of Revenge, 9. Spiral of Sin, 10. The Other Side of Tragedy, 11. Turmoil of Fates, 12. Yearning Prayer)


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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Would have made a better movie March 27 2012
Format:Blu-ray
This is absolutely not worth the amount of money being charged for it. $45 for 12 episodes is ridiculous. That said I will say the series itself is alright though there's so many loose ends that it is more frustrating than exciting. After I watched it I thought it would have made an amazing movie but since it's a series it just loses a lot of the effect they were going for. It's too bad it could have been great.
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars short and sweet Jan. 27 2011
By Jeff - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I watched this show a while back when it appeared on hulu and overall was very impressed. I went into this knowing absolutly nothing about the original source material and what I found was a concise and satisfying storyline with excellent animation. Like all anime this show does contain some elements that are a little outlandish, one scene in particular towards the end of the series was completely ridiculous, but this aspect is kept to an absolute minimum. Where Garie Zeros really hits is in the emotional impact of the of the bonds formed between the two main charcters and the horrible realities of the events surrounding them. Although the conclusion becomes obvious before the end arrives, and some holes are left open leading into the manga, this is easily one of the most streamlined stories I have encountered in recent history. In short this is a good show for anyone looking for a show that delivers both intense action and a excellent character devolpment without the commitment of a long series held down by filler and other useless side material.
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Star Action & Friendship Anime Jan. 25 2011
By seven - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Blu-ray
Note: This is a review of the anime series and not this particular package deal, because it was written before the deal was available for purchase.

This anime series is a prelude the the storyline of Ga-Rei. It offers solid action, friendship development, character complexity/development, animation quality, and emotional impact. Its soundtrack did not particularly stand out as well as the voice acting. The 3-dimensional animation seems quite poor for the current standards (there is not much of this). There are 12 episodes total and all are normal TV episode length. Warning that the first two episodes are nearly all action, but the third episode begins the main story. The ending to the anime is very predictable due to it being a prelude to Ga-Rei and due to the manor in which the anime presents itself. Overall this anime is for people who are interested in seeing an action packed story of the friendship between two sisters.

Reviewer note: Yumi, who is one of the main characters in this anime, is one of my personal favorite anime characters of all time.
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Action, Comedy and Sisterly Love April 28 2011
By Kimberly Turner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Blu-ray
I really didn't know what to expect from this series. I hadn't heard much about it, only the little clips I stumbled across on youtube. I had thought at first that it was a Yuri, so I avoided it. (Just not my thing.) It wasn't until I read a couple of reviews that I realized that it wasn't.

What it turned out to be was a wonderful and bittersweet story that combines action, humor and love, and love in it's different forms. The beautiful sisterly relationship between Yomi and Kagura, the romantic love and also the love for family.

The animation is fantastic. Beautiful artwork with fluid motions. Less 'freeze frames' during the action scenes than you would see in older anime. You actually get to see the fighting rather than a character brandishing a sword with a fierce look on their face, the frame freezing and then seeing the defeated 'baddy' on the ground.

I watched the dub version of this, and it is probably one of the best I've seen. I was especially impressed with the performance of Kagura's VA. She did a brilliant job. Especially in the last episode. It's an extremely emotional episode and she did beautifully showing the myriad of emotions that the character goes through. (Though she was amazing, the rest of the VAs gave top notch performances as well.)

Overall, a wonderful series. Action, love, comedy... You'll find all of it in this series. Definitely worth your time and money.

Oh and a warning. I believe it says there is only "mild nudity". That isn't precisely true. The two girls bath together and there is full nudity. It is brief though, and nothing offensive.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A demonic tale of warrior sisters torn apart, but told with about as much intrigue as Darth Vader vs. Obi Wan Kenobi with skirts Dec 25 2013
By Coulter Rail - Published on Amazon.com
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Ga Rei Zero was a pleasant surprise. It's a story about an elite unit of evil spirit vanquishers. They are the classic motley crew of anime cool. There are the twins with big guns, the guy with drills on his hands, a machinegun-suitcases wielding smack talker, the ladies man with killer ferrets, and our fem fatale, katana drawing duet.

This series tries to follow in the vein of "Berserk", where the story starts at the end, we see some tragic affairs, and then the rest of narrative focuses on how we got there.

The animation is above what I expected as the action is well choreographed with very few gimmicks and shortcuts. The violence is there in all its scarlet glory, but is not excessive. The characters are fun and almost deep.

Where this show falls short of 4 stars, is in the concept it's trying to champion. "Berserk" left almost all of the puzzle pieces a mystery so that uncovering the past was rewarding at every turn, and the relationships were highly detailed. The final event also left a punch to the heart that was surprising, horrific, and nothing short of a Shakespearean level tragedy. Ga Rei Zero shows you the betrayal and decimation of the team at the hands of Yomi in the first two episodes. Even going back to the beginning, the audience already knows that we're on a journey to see the two friends fight to the death.

We're expected to be satisfied examining the glue formed between Yomi and blameless Kagura. Don't get me wrong, it's there, but the creators weren't very creative in showing why they're so close beyond some quick "You're my sister" declarations and shared sob stories. To follow that standard "forming of a bound" is Yomi's turn to darkness which is about as deep as what George Lucas did with Vader. A little anger here, accepting the use of some dark power there and where done. Fight to death!

All in all, you know where this is going from start to finish. This is a good story, good animation, and has some likable characters, but is predictable and leaves nothing to the imagination. This is still a safe buy and an entertaining viewing experience. The best news is that it's gone under the radar and hasn't received a lot of support from American audiences so it's a perfect candidate for S.A.V.E.

If it slips to S.A.V.E. it will be one of the best titles they have. It's nowhere close to groundbreaking but I would recommend it without hesitation to most. This is a good, solid show that doesn't over stay its welcome. Ga Rei Zero is a safe bet. Enjoy!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Grief it's sad! Sept. 30 2012
By KevinB - Published on Amazon.com
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The city of Tokyo is under attack by monsters. That's no surprise, isn't it always. Fortunately there are 2 hot young ladies that won't stand for it. Kagura and Yomi both come from families with enormous responsibilities. Battling evil with their spiritual powers. They form a bond of sisterhood and live to protect each other from the evil lurking in the darkness. But a light that shines so brightly attracts attention of a dark shadow. Immense tragedy befalls the 2 sisters and destroys their lives. I was really upset over the awful things that happen to them. But I was impressed by strength of their love. I really enjoyed watching Ga-Rei-Zero but Good Grief it's sad.
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