October 5th, 2008

Which, strangely, was not the most interesting part.

New Season Disclaimer:

I’ll make a post for almost all new series (barring sequels) with a wrap-up and bullet point opinion of each once the premier week is over. Remember that these are just my kneejerk reactions to the first 20 minutes of shows, many of which in genres that I don’t even particularly like, but I do believe in giving every new series at least an episode to interest me.


Well, Ga-Rei certainly wins the award for the most unique episode of the new season, which is really no small task considering Kemeko around. At the end of this episode, the entire cast has been ambushed and seemingly killed, or at the very least, carved up quite a bit. I’m not entirely certain where they’re going to go from here… to show the past that they flashed back to a couple times that would lead up to this point, or start with one or some of the survivors from the slaughter and go on from there. At the very least, it’s got me interested to at least find out what the hell this show is actually going to be about.

I could have done without the GIANT CG ROLLING DINOSAUR ON FIRE, but otherwise, production values were solid enough. I’ll even go so far as to say that they were pretty good. The music really stood out and made this feel like the introduction to an RPG through the entire thing. There was even an insert song during the initial encounter with the GIANT CG ROLLING DINOSAUR ON FIRE. Natsuki rolling around on her motorcycle to kick the little grunts around was definitely the highlight. I also knew that nothing good was going to happen to the cute little girl in a ribbon doing recon, but I expected it about 5 episodes down the line. I didn’t expect her to be grabbed by a facehugger and then shoot herself in the head in the first episode.

So, all in all, I’m very impressed. Sundays are looking like a pretty light day anyway (aside fro me probably moving ZKC coverage to them), so even though the show looks quite a bit more serious than what I usually like to follow, I really am excited to see where they’re going to go now that the entire cast has been sliced up. No OP or ED this episode, just a credit roll at the end.

Posted in Ga-Rei Zero | 12 Comments »

12 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • Arakan7 says:

    Oh wow, I did NOT think that they were making Ga-Rei into an anime. Yeah, this is a prequel of sorts to what happened in the manga for it (at least that what I interpret this to be). I’m in shock still but it appears that the original story has been altered; might very well be a different Ga-Rei from the manga story. Ah well, 2nd episode will confirm it for me. :)

  • Aroduc says:

    No, it’s been confirmed as an original story seperate from the manga for some time.

  • Totali says:

    Zelda Ocarina third second boss.

    Poor cute biker girl….poor cute insane girl with fucking brain or something attached to her head…

    Hello, hot sword girl who likes slicing things up!

  • passer-by says:

    Is it just me or does that girl with the sword in the last picture look like wats-her-name. You know the one in the manga who was the first big boss? That girl who was like an older sister to kagura(main chara of manga)? Ya. Her.

  • Kadian1364 says:


    Birth of a new meme?

  • serenade_beta says:

    At comment 4:

    Yes, it seems the anime is using the character designs of the villain from the manga for the villains here.

    At comment 5:


  • Anonymous says:

    Show sounds darker than I expected, though I did very little research. Not to say I can’t stand lighter shows, but honestly my first impression of this show was it was going to be a Bleach clone, I’m quite pleased it’s not.

  • Xelloss says:

    Seems to me that “the GIANT CG ROLLING DINOSAUR ON FIRE” thing was taken from zelda ocarina of time. I was like O_o wait a tik..

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