Friday, December 26, 2008

Ga-Rei Zero (Ended): Brutal

I didn't comment much on this series, because there wasn't much to comment on, until the very end. What's really good about this anime is that the whole series is just a big death trap. It's just so much more exciting to watch when you have no clue who is actually safe from death. Everybody, including those seemingly very important ones, is a potential target of sudden death.

Just like Yozakura Quartet, there is a key decision change of one of the major character caused the story ended the way it did. Since I just finished ranting about how terrible they did in Yozakura Quartet, I'd like to add that Ga-Rei Zero did a much better job with a similar situation. At least you can see why the new decision was made.

Overall, I think they did a superb job on both the layout and the story itself, therefore I'm handing it:

Best Short Season Action/Drama Anime of 2008

(The Best Long Season Action/Drama Anime of 2008 is still held by Shakugan no Shana II)

Final scoreboard (out of 5):

Drama: 4.75 (Quite a lot)
Comedy: 4 (Not its focus, but good enough for what it had)
Action: 4.5 (Very Good)
Art/Animation: 4.75 (Common, but nicely done)
Sound/Music: 5 (Great Theme Song, Great BGM)
Character: 5 (Depth, varity, and lots of death)
Plot: 5 (Cleverly made)
Ending: 4.9 (Bitter Sweet)

Re-watch value: 4 (I think it's still interesting for the second round)

Overall (not average): 4.9 ~ Brutal yet Moving

Recommendation: When I hand an award to an anime, you know the recommendation for that anime would be a "must watch". This is one of the most action packed 12 episode series I've seen lately. So whether you like drama or action, or just want to have some stir in the emotion, you would love this one.

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