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Herald Views: Ga-Rei-Zero


The content of this piece was written during a viewing of the first episode of Ga-Rei-Zero on May 22, 2011. Edits have been made for spelling and grammar, but the rest is completely untouched, and un-edited from its original format.

Giant monsters, zombie ghosts, and psychopathic school girls may not sound like a good time, but they certainly do make for awesome TV!

7:31: Good evening everyone, and welcome to the showblog.

7:31: Tonight, I’ll be covering the action-horror series Ga-Rei Zero.

7:31: Before I begin though, I’d like to get the basics out of the way.

7:32: Directed by Ei Aoki (Fate/Zero, Girls Bravo)

7:32: Character designs by Osamu Horiuchi (Burst Angel, Full Metal Panic!)

7:32: Produced by AIC Spirits (Burn-Up Scramble, Tokyo Majin)

7:32: Created by Hajime Segawa

7:32: Opening theme: Paradise Lost by Minori Chihara

7:33: Closing theme: Yume no Ashioto ga Kikoeru by Kaoru Mizuhara

7:33: Distributed by: .@funimation

7:33: Now, let’s get this party started!

7:34: Opening with a police dispatch in Ikebukuro… already starting fast

7:34: And a car fire

7:34: In come the choppers – and now some guy’s lighting incense at a grave… k?

7:35: He apparently shot the local butterfly salesman, or something. :P

7:35: Enter Natsuki – biker babe who cares about our mystery man, now named Toru.

7:36: Apparently, they’re being dispatched… or on standby – Toru wants blood though.

7:36: So far, they’re doing a good job of building tension

7:37: Shit just got real – cars are imploding at the fire scene

7:37: And it’s caused by invisible zombie monsters – that’s right. Invisible motherfucking zombies

7:38: Lots of gunfire, lots of destruction… so far, this has been almost non-stop action

7:38: “Clear :D” …That was anti-climactic

7:39: Or not – it’s time for the boss monster – GAMERA!

7:39: Oh, and more zombies

7:39: As the humans get lit on fire and killed brutally

7:40: Ohp – human soldiers are dead… Gamera’s eatin’ him ‘_’

7:40: And in comes Toru, like a boss

7:41: Riding a motorcycle, firing double pistols as thumping eurobeat plays in the background – this is just over the top in the most awesome way.

7:41: And apparently, the motorcycle is effective in zombie killing, as Natsuki is showing

7:42: “Spray, spray, and spray some more!” …kay? ‘-‘

7:42: Looks like Gamera’s rampaging again… and Toru & Natsuki will deliver bike justice!

7:42: God damn this is fun.

7:43: And Gamera’s now dead. Happy end :D …except for the dead people

7:43: Now we’re in a board room as the higher-ups talk discuss the unit’s successes

7:43: Commander of Toru and Natsuki – mystery man named Komparu.

7:44: Gotcha – it’s not invisible zombie monsters – it’s ghosts.

7:45: Now we have everyone cleaning up the scene of the crime… or something

7:45: “Led Zeppelin :D” …wut?

7:45: Ain’t no rest for the wicked – another monster outbreak…. Toru’s ready for action, though

7:45: And now we have butterfly man… and eyecatch!

7:46: Mid-show analysis – I can’t say this in many other ways, but… this kicks ass. The action is over the top, the animation is clean…

7:46: And it’s just fun to watch in general so far. In 15 minutes, there’s been 8 people on fire and dozens of stylish kills

7:47: “It’s huge :O” Apparently, Gamera = Kasha

7:47: And Toru’s having another flashback.

7:47: It’s like Vietnam, with butterflies

7:48: They’re discussing how to dispose of the Kasha now

7:48: And our leader steps in with an idea… like a boss

7:48: “It can’t do anything if it’s in the barrier :D” …That barrier’s gon’ break

7:48: In comes Natsuki, with her “SHOMY” helmet

7:49: Looks like she’s the diversion

7:49: Toru and his partner are now there, too

7:50: Looks like Toru took the fun way in. Vertical rappel

7:50: He’s set to snipe

7:50: GO GAMERA! I mean…

7:51: They’re blowing the Levees to give a rush of water, I guess. And, apparently, holy water is made with computers now. Who knew?

7:52: And Gamera’s submerged… Here’s hoping Toru can put a bullet into its weak point for massive damage

7:52: And he’s distracted by a butterfly… MISS!

7:52: Ouch! O_o Natsuki wiped out from that

7:53: Gamera’s dead, though. That’s a bonus… I think

7:53: “I messed up T_T” yes. Yes he did.

7:53: Looks like the cavalry’s arrived, though.

7:53: Mission Accomplished.

7:54: And how do they celebrate a mission? Starbuck’s, apparently

7:54: And another butterfly.

7:54: Followed by… dayam O_o Masaki got his hand sliced off..

7:55: And now he’s dead D:

7:55: As is Kudo ‘-‘

7:55: Thanks to a Category A… AKA, a murderous schoolgirl

7:55: Looks like Mami got headcrabs D: Killed the boss, and herself

7:56: And Natsuki’s been beheaded ‘-‘ wtf

7:56: Damn, this got brutal

7:56: Apparently, Toru’s girlfriend or sister or something became a zombie… and he had to kill her. D: tragedy!

7:56: That explains the flashbacks

7:57: Now… it’s the girl again. And… daaaamn o_o Killed Toru, too

7:57: And credits.

7:57: Verdict: God damn, this is good.

7:58: Constant action, lots of over-the-top choreography, and great music.

7:58: The animation is fantastic and the characters are great… well… when they survive.

7:58: I’m definitely looking forward to seeing more of this!

7:59: Anyway, thanks for tuning in! :) Have a great night, and be sure to check out .@MattB_Showblogs for his take on Princess Tutu!

Ga-Rei-Zero is distributed in America by FUNimation.

The series can be purchased at Right Stuf.

Thanks to FUNimation for providing a review copy!

About the author

Samantha Ferreira

Samantha Ferreira is Anime Herald’s founder and editor-in-chief. A Rhode Island native, Samantha has been an anime fan since 1992, and an active member of the anime press since 2002, when she began working as a reviewer for Anime Dream. She launched Anime Herald in 2010, and continues to oversee its operations to this day. Outside of journalism, Samantha actively studies the history of the North American anime fandom and industry, with a particular focus on the 2000s anime boom and bust. She’s a huge fan of all things Sakura Wars, and maintains series fansite Combat Revue Review when she has free time available. When not in the Anime Herald Discord, Samantha can typically be found on Bluesky.

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