Ga-Rei: Zero Episode 6~ Solo
Minnie: The latest Ga-Rei Zero episode is out and let me say that this is one hell of a ride. Due to the first two episodes with tons of bloodshed, we know that Yomi will change into a bloodthirsty demon in the future. The question is how, why and when? In this episode, she is still same, old Yomi and she’s out hunting Category B Yamabiko with Kagura. However, this episode has more in store than you can imagine… a twist is about to emerge… despite us all knowing the inevitable ending…
The episode starts off with Yomi and Kagura attacking Yamabiko. Yamabiko has this strange ability to copy everything about the other person. Reminds you of Ditto? It did to me. In any case, the first one is taken down quite easily since it was distracted with a one-on-one battle with Kagura. I feel sorry for the creature because it did not expect Yomi to stab it from behind without warning. Have no fear though! It made numerous copies of itself to surround Yomi and Kagura. With Mei’s help, they are able to defeat this vast amount of enemies in no time at all. This is when Mei talks to Yomi about inheriting Rue as being part of the family and how the creature will rot if the user is unqualified to use it. I don’t understand Mei at this point. She seems to be an ally but we all know that is not the case. Though, I must say the way her weapon can be switched from a weapon to an unbrella is pure awesome.
The one thing I hate about summaries is that I can’t give justice to a lot of the scenes. The next scene with Kiri and the leader of the pack is interesting and yet, I don’t want to summarize it. More like I can’t. The highlights of their conversation is that Yomi is treating Kagura too much like a sister and that Kagura can’t kill Category D’s because well, they used to be human and she’s scared. The most interesting part is that despite Kiri offering a spot on the team for Mei, she refuses and chooses to stay as a freelancer. The number of monsters have been growing throughout the place due to an evil concentration of energy. I wonder what that can be.
Yomi’s foster father and Kagura’s real father talk about the responsibilities Kagura must face. Kagura’s father Isayama doesn’t want to put all the responsibilities on her just yet. It might be too much for her to handle at this point in time. Yomi’s father agrees. Meanwhile Kagura is thinking about Mei’s words in regards to responsibility, qualification and such from the previous encounter. Her two friends ask her to swim in which she responds that she cannot swim. They have a little splash attack which ends up with Kagura in the infirmary to have her injury bandaged again. The nurse is curious to how she receives such an injury. Uh oh? I’m surprised the nurse lets her off with accidentally cutting herself with glass. They talk about how the building that have all its window blown out on the news. However, thanks to this, the jamming that would have caused a crisis for everyone is fixed. Kagura is smiling in content now. Another quick lesbian joke and we’re out!
Kiri and her report about new outbreaks and unstable energy. You know the usual. Now, on to more exciting stuff, Yomi and Kagura are at the grocery store. Yomi wants to eat creme croquettes and well, now Kagura has to make it for her. Though, Kagura admits she is very busy and ends up buying frozen ones instead. When it comes to snacks, the two of them are in total agreement. They have a short moment in which Yomi tells Kagura that everything will be all right and that she shouldn’t pay too much attention to Mei’s words. This might be the calm before the storm type of thing. I can sense it coming.
Father and daughter have a lovely conversation about wounds and such. Oh Kagura, not Yomi by the way. While Kagura is bandaging her father’s wounds, he asks her about her own wound. Kagura apologizes to her strict father about being careless and getting herself injured in such a way. Kagura’s father warns her that the time for inheriting Byakuei is coming near and she must be ready for it or else handling it will be impossible. As for his Ga-Rei, the family has inherit it with their souls since forever. That’s the reason why they are able to seal in for this long. The responsibility is not inheriting the beast along but to protect the seal with it. Furthermore, he explains that by releasing the seal on the body, the family inherits the beast powerful enough to take on the evil spirits with no problem. However, once Byakuei becomes one with Kagura’s soul, the beast cannot be unbound by itself. In other words, once Byakuei and Kagura part ways in the future, she will lose her soul and die. Yeah, that’s the twist sort of?
Our lovely gang is once again out in the towns hunting down Category C’s that’s been spreading around there. Unlike the other days, today, these spirits are swarming in one after another on the group. Yomi and Kagura are in two different locations but they are keeping in touch by cell phones. After finishing off her location, Kagura checks for the next one only to widen her eyes in realization that it is none other than her high school. Unfortunately, her two friends are still staying after swimming. They are just done when one of them cut her foot by a hairpin by accident. On their way to the infirmary, they notice a trail of blood that did not belong to either of them. They see a man fall down and die in front of their eyes. Yeah, I’ll be scared out of my wits too. They run for their lives and hide in a locker, hoping the killer won’t find them. As if!
As for Mei, she’s looking for the toughest spirit to fight. I don’t know if she’s overconfident, brave, or stupid. But I believe stupid might be the word when it turns out that Mei is killed in an instant by a white-haired boy that always surrounds himself with blue butterflies. I can tell he doesn’t have a really nice childhood if his closest friends are evil blue butterflies. Plus, I don’t think he’s human. I mean Mei stabs him through the gut pretty hard but he simply pulls the weapon out, allows himself to recover, and kills her without hesitation. He is truly a fearful opponent. He said some pretty bad ass stuff too but I didn’t pay attention. I was too busy staring at his eyes… and shota-ness.
Back to the two hiding high school girls… I don’t know how they did it but they manage to make this scene scary and yet full of lesbian implications. I know I’m not the only one thinking of that when I see those two girls in a tight locker, squeezing against one another. Anyways, two girls are hugging each other out of fear while the murderer is walkings lowly and horribly towards them. Right when they thought they were safe that the killer pass by their locker, the killer starts hitting and slamming the locker straight and right. They are screaming and crying for help. It’s a pretty devastating scene. But we know they can’t just die right? Kagura runs in and saves them but not really. She doesn’t kill the evil spirit right off because well, it’s her Sensei who help bandage her from behind. She’s being possessed. How do you kill a nurse who has been so kind to you?
The answer is: When your nurse controlled by a Category C (I believe) attacks you, you must defend yourself and accidentally kill her. Her two friends I hope see everything and know that it’s not really Kagura’s fault. I mean she’s not alive anymore! Kagura didn’t just run in and assassinate her teacher for the hell of it! I’m praying at this point that her two friends are understanding enough to know who saved them and stay friends with Kagura. Anyways, my conclusion is that this is a pretty dull episode except for that one twist. I don’t like as much as the others but meh, I’m picky. Maybe it’s because all week, I’ve been watching such fantastic episodes that this one just didn’t seem awesome for me. However, I am awaiting for the next episode really badly. Haha. A plus and a minus equal…?
Minnie’s Overall Rating for Episode: 7/10
Minnie’s Anticipation for Next Episode: 9/10