Ga-Rei Zero (2008)

I was recommended this anime by a friend. Who had tricked me into thinking this was Yuri.

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I want this more to be of a “warning” post rather than a “review” post (although I guess I can do that too.)

This was recommended to me by a FRIEND who SAID IT WAS YURI. AND TRICKED ME INTO IT. COMPLETELY. 100%.

The story revolves around Kagura and Yomi. Two girls who aren’t biological sisters, but are as close as one. Both work for a supernatural hunting agency. Yomi trained Kagura when she was just a recruit. However, tragedy strikes when Yomi suddenly goes missing. At the exact same time, the Agency is struggling to battle a new, powerful supernatural entity that can summon other supernaturals, as well as a hidden power that greatly affects Yomi.

THIS IS NOT A YURI ANIME. DO NOT WATCH. DO. NOT. WATCH.

So if your “friend” ever recommends this anime to you, YOU PUNCH EM IN THE FACE AND TELL THEM TA GO TA HELL.

However because there is that super sleazy peppero/pocky kiss, I gave it 1 point. (infamous scene below =/)

The rest of this review will mostly contain raging at the non-yuri content as well as perhaps the overall plot.

But I digress, if you can get past the fact that it’s actually NOT YURI. The story isn’t half bad.

Yuri rating: 1/10

Overall rating: 4/10

WARNING. THERE ARE VERY IN DEPTH SPOILERS PAST THIS POINT AS WELL AS CAPS LOCK SCREEMING.

The first three episodes were very intriguing. Now I’d like to point out, the main girl you probably keep staring at’s name is Natsuki Kasuga. She is also a bad ass, motorcycle riding long-haired girl. (Sound familiar)

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Hmmmmmmmmmmm……..

Unfortunately, she doesn’t appear for very long as….well…bad things happen.

The Real storyline happens at Episode 4. From that point on, it’s a flashback into Yomi and Kagura’s life.

As for Yuri, it is suggestive. There is one scene where they “kiss” and I think you’ve all seen the scene on Youtube. It’s the famous pocky/pepporo kiss.

There’s a catch though. Yomi actually has an arranged marriage with the other guy, Izuma, because both have a loyalty to their fathers. Now at first you see him being cheesy and making him blush. Let me type out the face I made, and will continue to make through out this blog post, to convey my displeasure: >=/

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THIS ASSHOLE 😡

Then there’s actually an entire episode devoted to how much they hate each other, and ALMOST change their minds to the arranged marriage, until…

KAGURA DECIDES TO INTERFERE.

>=/

Because they were fighting so much, Kagura decides to make a plan with the agency involved to get them BACK TOGETHER

>=/

Unfortunately, the plan blows up and they fight even more, even declaring as much that they hate each other. At this point, I’m chanting at my screen “break up! Break up! Break up! Break up!”

They were just about to break up when…

KAGURA BUTTS IN. AGAIN.

>>=/

AND THEN THEY RECONCILE AND GET BACK TOGETHER JUST TO CHEER KAGURA UP.

COMMENCE SCREAMING AT SCREEN AND TABLE FLIPPING.

BUT WAIT. IT GETS WORSE.

THEN, KAGURA CONVINCES THEM THAT THE ONLY WAY TO PROVE THEY’VE RECONCILED, THEY MUST KISS.

AND THE GUY SAYS “OK”

FUCK YOU MAN. FUCK YOU. FUCK YOU TO HELL. SERIOUSLY?!?!

OH WAIT, HOPE!

He almost kisses her, BUT THEN SHE FLIPS HIM OVER AND THEY GO BACK TO FIGHTING.

ALL HAIL YOMI!

but then, near the end when she’s undressing, she spots the kit the guy controls by her window, and FOLLOWS IT TO IZUMA.

And then she asks “I wonder if we can keep fighting?” to which he softly replies ” We will. Forever” AND THEN THEY KISS.

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BLLARRRRGGHHHH RUINED MY HOPE.

SHE CRUSHED. MY HOPES. MY DREAMS.

>>=/ AND TT_TT

WHYYYYYYYYYYY?????!!!!!!!!

BREATHE. BREATHE.

Ok.

Now as for story, as to why I gave it 4/10 instead of a flat out 1…well it was an interesting story I’ll give you that. Ending is kind of sad… The concept is interesting, supernatural existence, taking over Yomi’s body and having her friends try to save her. That’s all pretty cool.

I just wish it were Yuri =(

/end rant

But seriously, if someone tells you its Yuri, ITS FUCKING NOT. You can dream all you want but even fanfiction cannot fill this hole.

Yuri Rating: 1/10

Overall Rating: 4/10

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