April 5, 2012

Anime Review: Ga-Rei:Zero

Ga-Rei: Zero is the prequel to its manga successor giving fans a back story that leads into the manga series. Here we see the beginning unfold and the mysteries explained. This anime is not for the faint-hearted as it is one big mess.

Ga-Rei: ZeroSynopsis:
"Will you kill someone you love because of love?"

The Japanese Ministry of Defense has an anti-paranormal special forces group called the Supernatural Disaster Prevention Office. They are 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...

This can be considered as one psychological thriller anime as it delves into the mysterious of the mind and how one thought can change a person's life. Mixed in with some monsters into the story adn you get Ga-Rei: Zero. The story is slightly generic as it focuses on the main character and her mission to save her friend. Besides that, the first episode was a complete red herring that seems to have confused many people when they first watch it. Which in turn leads to a retelling of the same event from many different perspectives. The story overall was not bad, but it wasn't excellently told.

The art was well illustrated with nice environments and fluid animations. The characters looked great and the battle scenes were thrilling. It was nice to see some variety in monsters and some nice futuristic warfare from the Defence group.

The voice acting was on above average but nothing much to complain about here. The sound effects were great though for each and every fight scene.

Here comes the interesting part. Characters. They are not what they seems. Basically, it is one big mess and misunderstanding between the characters relationships. Somehow they just don't understand each other, and when its too late, everything falls into one big piece. Hence the opening question, "Will you kill someone you love because of love?" is answered in the final episodes of the anime. After going through all that, you will feel some pity for the main character as she struggles to free her friend from the evilness in the world.

Overall, the anime was enjoyable and dramatic at the same time. It was expected that the ending would happen so it was a less of an impact on me. However, the structure of the story was well told so I still felt some pity for the main character. If you enjoy psychological thrillers with mystery and suspense then this anime is for you.

Not bad and quite interesting. Gets scary at times.

ART: 7
Well illustrated and animated.

Just your average voice acting. Good use of sound effects.

Liked the characters and I felt a connection to them.

Definitely a thrilling anime that kept me 'on my toes'.

Enjoyed it while it lasted.