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Ga-Rei-Zero: The Complete Series (Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
on January 28, 2011
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.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on January 26, 2011
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.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on April 28, 2011
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 22, 2012
Yep, almost didn't watch it because it opened with 5 or 6 characters I thought were pretty cool and then proceeded to do something I didn't expect.

In any event, the series is a prequel to a manga series that has concluded (after 12 volumes), and this is the backstory to that manga. You don't need to know the manga (I didn't), to enjoy the story, so definitely recommend this one.

There is mild nudity, could have done without the nude bathing scene and occasionally forced hints at lesbianism, but other than that, solid series, great plot, excellent voice acting, well-animated, and a good combination of both action and the humanity that drives all the characters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 30, 2012
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 9, 2011
I went into Ga Rei Zero not knowing anything about the name, or the series. Starting off with an action packed opening Ga Rei Zero introduces a whole host of characters, with some spectacular sequences and action packed events that set the tone of the show, and tries to ease you into the frantic situation these characters are facing at the time. After of which. after a certain event happens, the anime changes gears and tells the tale of 2 girls, Kagura and Yomi and how things ended up the way they are.

Some people may get turned off by the way the anime changes focus completely after an eye popping opening that literally grabs you and never lets you go, keeping you at the edge of your seat even, but I think its a welcome change of pace.

The story introduces the characters, who they are, what they do, their backstories, and allows you the viewer to experience events as they unfold.

I like the way this anime is downright shocking with some of the stuff it prevents, from one character brutally murdering someone, to crazy events that seem unreal when watching.

For fans of Drama you get plenty of this in the anime.

I found the characters likable when watching, the animation is really good, as is the English dub, and the Japanese audio too.

This anime quite adult with its violence I would say. Keep in mind if you're buying as a gift for a teenager, or a young adult.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 13, 2011
The animation in this show is top notch, and the visuals are engaging. There is lots of relationship going on among the main characters. That said, it is also very depressing. Every episode begins with the question "Will you kill person you love because you love them?" so I am not really giving any spoilers here. They spend the entire series developing the relationships and showing you that the people love one another. Then they have to turn around and chop the others to bits because they are possessed by evil spirits. All the violence happens on screen, so you see a lot of blood, sword cuts, and limbs being cut off. In the end, the person who is causing all this trouble and releasing the evil spirits isn't even caught. I supposed that that leaves the door open for a sequel.

I just looked at the Amazon header at the top of the page for this and it says that it is rated G. Don't believe it. It should be rated R.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 17, 2011
I have to give them credit for beginning this series with a bold stroke that makes you say, what just happened here. While you're still reeling from the sucker punch they take you back in time to introduce the main characters of the story. I thought the character development for the main two characters was really good. Other characters, not so good. But all the while I keep going back to that shocking first episode in my mind, and thinking if they pull off justifying this it would be pretty amazing. Unfortunately, although it was pretty good, I felt the ending didn't come close to balance the previous injustices of the story. I was especially frustrated by the young lead character who seem to take too long to come to the obvious conclusion that would've prevented a couple of needless massacres if she had done so. Okay she's just a teenager but she was raised her entire life for this job so she should've been more prepared for it. Don't get me wrong I actually like this series, and I really cared for the two main characters. In fact my caring for these characters is what made me want the ending to be even more satisfying for them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 11, 2013
The plastic piece that holds the first disc was broke off and the front disc was just loose. I noticed a few scratches from it moving around not secure but nothing some disc repair wont fix. other then that it is ok...
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on July 8, 2014
A beautiful anime series well-done! If I don't like something enough, I won't give it 5 stars. This is a great story of fighting for what's right, betrayal, and terrific action/fantasy in the mix.
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