May 05, 2011

Finishing Ga-Rei Zero

The Librarian and I watched another six episodes of Ga-Rei Zero tonight, which means we finished the entire series in two sittings.  For us, that's a record... and it says something about how much she liked it.  After Ep10, she asked what time it was, and how many episodes were left.  Despite having to be at work early, she said roll 'em.  I knew there was a reason I liked The Librarian.

Funimation did a decent job with the translation, near as I can tell.  I think I prefer the fansubs I first watched, though to be honest that might just be because it's the one I saw first.  Even having said that, I think "Bane Stone" isn't as ominous as "Death Stone."  Calling the baddies "ghosts" and "phantoms" works, I suppose, but seems... clumsy.  Worst of all, though, is that the people who fight the baddies are termed "Vanquishers," as opposed to "exorcists."  That's just poor.  It might be a literally correct translation, but it's dumb.

I haven't listened to the dub yet, though I suspect I will fairly soon.  Nor have I watched any of the extras, and there Funimation gets bonus points.  They put the extras on a separate DVD from the show, which is 12 episodes on two discs.  While I'd prefer four episodes per DVD, I can't complain about the visual quality that we've got... everything is sharp, well-defined, and the colors are quite a bit better than the fansubs that are out there.  The version I got is the "special" one, that also includes the entire series on Blu-Ray.  As I have no BD player, I can't comment on their quality. 

So Ga-Rei Zero, the package, contains five discs (three DVD, 2 BD) total... and a lot of fun.  Obviously I like the series, otherwise I never would have done those writeups (or bought the DVDs!), but I was a little surprised at how much I enjoyed watching it again.  I might have to revise its position in my Favorite Anime Of All Time list, from "Honorable Mention" to a numbered position.  I think I was unfair when I said that the series "just isn't that good."  It's no classic, true, but it's well worth the six hours you'll spend watching it.  And really, isn't that all you can ask for?

Posted by: Wonderduck at 09:56 PM | Comments (2) | Add Comment
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1 But what about the most important question - did you and The Librarian share a Pokey stick?

Posted by: Siergen at May 06, 2011 06:55 PM (TaNW9)

2 She likes strawberry.

Posted by: Wonderduck at May 06, 2011 09:43 PM (n0k6M)

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