Tokyo ESP #01 — Ga-Rei Zero 0.5

July 11th, 2014


Apparently this is our theme for the day.

I don’t know what the deal is with Nobunaga Concerto. If not for them announcing the broadcast would be delayed 20 minutes today, I’d doubt it even existed. It should have been out a while ago, but is still MIA. I’ve got stuff to do though, so it’ll have to wait for a while, assuming it exists at all.


So… I had known this was written by the same guy as Ga-Rei Zero, but I hadn’t realized that it’d be a prequel. Or maybe an alternate dimension set like… months before GR0 but with psychics running around everywhere? Yomi and Whose-Her-Face are the first characters that pop up even. And like Ga-Rei Zero, the promotional stuff seems to have been a complete lie. Remember the orange suited characters in it that facehuggers and Yomi murdered the hell out of in the first episode? They’re back too, although don’t get chopped into hamburgers and eaten by facehuggers this time, just fight Nightcrawler Swordsgirl.

It’s incredibly reminiscient of Ga-Rei Zero’s first episode for the most part, without the slaughter at the end, which was the defining scene really. Instead of monsters, it’s psychic terrorists going nuts on the city. The budget’s strong, but I would have preferred a little more focus on the action scenes to really make them wowing. Give me some highs to point at and go “This right here. This is what was great,” guys. Like GR’s opening episode, it also doesn’t give a whole lot of focus on the characters, who I just assume are the kind of boringish people at the end with powers saving people from a bomb. I’m fine with the lack of exposition, especially for an opening episode, but it does need a lot more focus and structure going forward. Given the pedigree, I’m relatively confident it’ll have that, but you don’t come out of this episode with much more than “psychics and terrorists and stuff exploding!” There’s also the chance that again, 75% of the show will be a flashback with a completely different set of characters than were here. Who knows?

It’s a hell of a lot more serious than I expected, especially when it was advertising itself as a show about a girl chasing a magic penguin (seriously, I think I count one character in its promo image that I saw in the episode, and certainly not the samurai luchador), but I can’t say I didn’t like what I saw. It does need to settle down onto a set of characters as the main protagonists/antagonists, and it lacks the hook at the end of its predecessor, but GR was a solid action show for the most part and I wouldn’t mind a similar show in a more X-Men vein at all. 

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10 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • ZakuAbumi says:

    Yomi and the other Ga-Rei Zero characters were on one of the promo arts so I’m not _that_ surprised but I have vague memories of the first chapter being nothing like this.

    • Aroduc says:

      Now that I know to look for them, I see them stuffed way at the back on the right side of the promo image, but who’s looking for a couple plain girls when there’s a samurai luchador flexing over hippos and a penguin in the foreground?

  • Anon says:

    Bad ESPler vs Good ESPler, both not loved from Normal Peoples.. Where did i saw it lately?

    Ah… X-Men… Well strip X-men to the core without their Heroes, and you have this here…

    And a bit of Zettai Karen Children, where B.A.B.E.L+P.A.N.D.R.A fight against Phantom (Manga)

  • Kadi says:

    Seems to be a sequel to the series the Ga-Rei manga author started after Ga-Rei… and the Ga-Rei (and Zero) people have no reason whatsoever to be here. That being said, the action is fun and well-executed for JP standards. I might actually be able to kill some time with this. Unless my brain dies from all the pathos and the show being so full of itself. Those “Yay, White Girl!” – “Nay White Girl” scenes were too much…

  • adamus says:

    First of all it has no connection to ga-rei (story wise), just similar faces (same author after all). Other than that i’m suprised, cuz this is not the start of the series (at least the manga doesn’t start with this).

  • The Phantom says:

    What? No rocks fall everyone dies? Yea that was indeed the defining scene, regardless this looks strong, hopefully with wont degenerate into a lesbic melodrama, and will remain strong on the action.

    • Kadi says:

      Excessive melodrama is bad, but… Lesbians > Mask guy. Dark Rinka (Black Girl!) x Kobushi! Dem shower scenes…

      (Also, I was wrong earlier, it’s no sequel, it just started later than I knew. Their choice to start in the middle kinda increased my interest though. Or… we might just get the events up to that point before they’re resolved, as in Ga-Rei Zero. Which would be… disappointing.)

      Still no idea what the Ga-Rei Zero “stars” and stars are doing there.

  • Fhoenix says:

    It will either have to be a flashback with the same characters or a timeskip with other characters. Since anime started dead in the center of the manga, right before the timeskip.

    Also I count at least eleven characters out of the promo image in this episode. Samurai luchador is in the Diet building, so we’ll see him soon. Hippo was from one of the previous arks, so… yep, there are going to be flashbacks.