Ga-Rei Zero: Enticing!

If you like the following movies:  Kill Bill, Resident Evil, Shinobi, and The Lord of the Rings, and you want to see a good mixture of elements from these movies in a 12-episode anime, then watch Ga-Rei Zero!  Ga-Rei Zero involves two close friends, Yomi and Kagura, who consider each other a sister, but are not blood-related.

Yomi and Kagura

Yomi is older than Kagura, and mentors her in being a warrior against supernatural evil beings.  Calling themselves exorcists, Yomi and Kagura work for the Supernatural Disaster Countermeasures Division (SDCD) of the Ministry of the Environment.  They are experts in eliminating supernatural zombies and monsters through some very fancy samurai swordmanship.  While the younger Kagura becomes better and better throughout the series, we are left in suspense throughout the entire series wondering how Yomi started on the good side then went rogue and became an agent of evil.

SDCD members, Noriyuki, Nobu twins, Kazuki, and Kagura

Kazuki with machine-gun suitcases. Remember Desperado?

Mariachi's from Desperado. Remember the machine gun guitar cases and the rocket launcher?

The series reminds me of Kill Bill because of the swordsmanship and schoolgirl fetishism:  similar to Gogo Yubari in Kill Bill, the schoolgirl-dressed henchwoman at Lucy Liu’s side, both Yomi and Kagura are dressed in their school uniforms throughout the entire series.

Gogo Yubari from Kill Bill

Ga-Rei Zero reminds me of Resident Evil because of the zombies and nasty monsters that SDCD fights against.  There are many gory scenes throughout the series, and fortunately, most scenes are shown in Hitchcock style:  you see the blood spatter, but you don’t see the point of contact.

Mei reminds me of the characters in Shinobi:  Heart Under Blade.  Mei is dressed in long cloth, has pink hair, and carries a big blade.  She also is shown beautifully against the moon in the background, similar to Kouga Gennosuke’s flying into the air at night with the moon in the background.

Mei, with the moon in the background

Finally, Ga Rei Zero reminds me of the ring in The Lord of the Rings:  just like the Ring magnifies a person’s evil emotions, the death stones that the evil boy Kazuhiro keeps bring out the worst of the dark sides of two characters (you’ll have to watch the series to find out who).

Kazuhiro, keeper of the death stones to rule them all?

For the two characters who are affected by the death stones, would they have done the same things had they not been affected by the stones?


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