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Kagura and Yomi are two girls who have a bond that cannot be broken. While once they fought side by side against the supernatural forces that threaten the planet, fate had something different in store for these star-crossed companions. Yet to understand the present, one must first experience the past – a time before Kagura’s involvement with the Supernatural Disaster Prevention Agency. Always cheery and good-natured to a fault, the young Kagura first meets Yomi when she is invited into her home. Over time, the two battle malicious spirits and grow closer together – but soon, more terrifying foes begin to reveal themselves. A swarm of glowing blue butterflies and a mysterious stone are harbingers of darker things to come, and one thing’s for sure: Kagura and Yomi will never be the same.

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Manga Name Year Relation More Info
Ga-rei 2005 Sequel
Ga-rei - Tsuina no Shou 2008 TBD
Name Role
Osamu HORIUCHI Character Design
Ei AOKI Director
Noriyasu AGEMATSU Music
Hajime SEGAWA Original Manga Creator

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Ga-Rei -Zero- VivisQueen 6/10 Jun 23, 2011

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Ga-Rei -Zero- Varagauzer 5.5/10 Dec 19, 2013
Ga-Rei -Zero- Bestanimeserie 7.5/10 May 9, 2013
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Blood+

Blood+

In world where flesh-eating monsters roam the streets, only one organization has the means to save civilization from annihilation: Red Shield, a specially-organized unit designed to fight these monsters, and the only weapon that can destroy them: Saya. Awakened from a 30-year sleep, Saya is thrust into a modern world which she has no memories of, and is troubled by a past filled only with bloodshed and sadness. With the undying love and support of her family and friends, she struggles to gain the strength to move forward and regain the pieces of her shattered memories.

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luke

Both Ga-Rei and Blood+ feature great swords fighting scenes, great drawing and animation and nice character design and development. Both have a good story that spans across the whole series. This is very important for me, I am bored of amines that do just show a collection of loosely connected fighting scenes and fillers. Also, both series feature attractive female main characters which I do really like in action/adventure animes. Ga-Rei is a bit more scifi and has undead and zombie-like enemies while Blood+ plays in the present time and has vampires and wherewolves.

Omurqi

These two shows are shockingly similar. Both Blood+ and Ga-Rei -Zero- have a leading character who's fighting off supernatural monsters with her sword, because she's been told to do so. If you liked the character development, the action, the drama and the whole supernatural feeling one of these shows had, you will definitely enjoy the other!

n00bl3t

Both Blood+ and Ga-Rei -Zero- share a supernatural theme with female heroines. The sacrifice these heroines make and the tragic tale of their lives, coupled with the common supernatural enemy and utilisation of swords, ensure that if you liked one you will like the other.

KittyEmperor

If you liked one then you'll like the other because both series has a sword wielding main female character who can just about kick anyone elses butt.  In each series the main bad guy has some connection the lead females past in some shape or fasion.  Also both series feature the fact that some branch of the  government is aware of all the things that is happening and try to keep it all covered up.

thereviewer58

Both animes are about a female lead who fight things such as ghosts,demons and vampires. If you like one you will also like the other one :D

MOJ

The female protagonists in both series as well as the animation and fight scenes are beautiful. The storyline also includes monsters and many of the characters in both series share similar traits.

MaraRuizu

These two are both action shows with strong and sometimes surprisingly deep themes of relationships (mostly of the family and friends variations).

The action too, is similar, being mainly 'girl with katana' versus 'monster'.

All in all you'd probably enjoy one if you liked the other.

danryd

Quite honestly, there are too many reasons why if you liked one you'll like the other to list, so here are just a few.

1) Attractive, yet very kickass female lead.

2) Demonic beings being fought, though with more variety on the Ga-Rei Zero end.

3)Heavy in the drama/darkness so iif you like anime that will hit you deep, you found them.

phoniefly

Both have female leads which i love in anime being a female i like to be able to place myself into a female character and watch it like i'm that character. They both have a lot of action with blood and gore everyone. Also they kinda have twisty theme to them like a dark theme. If you enjoyed watching either one of theses i would definetly recommd watching the other if you have not they are both great animes

Elfen Lied

Elfen Lied

For Kouta and Yuka, finding the bloody naked young girl on the beach would change their lives forever, for better or for worse. Unable to speak or function as a normal human being, she is named Nyu by the duo, and taken into their home in an effort to save her. But what neither teenager knows is that this innocent young girl is actually a killing machine -- an experiment gone terribly wrong -- and it is only a matter of time before the murderer in her awakens again...

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mepps1

Also a drama intensed psychological gore filled anime. There are several parallel philosophical themes too. It's scattered with some very touching moments and some funny ones too. The music for GRZ is also very beautiful but not as poignant as EL. GRZ is a fantasy based anime centering around exocism but the main reason I think someone who liked EL would like GRZ because it focuses in on the interplay between 2 or 3 major characters and the trials that test their relationships which may also include the very nature of one of the characters.

brocko

If you liked the action, violence, gore and the tragic story behind either Elfen Lied or Ga Rei Zero then you'd probably enjoy the other for much of the same reason. 

Character relationships and the ensuing drama/tragedy are the major driving forces of both shows. Strong impressions will be left by at least one of them if not both works.

eaper

Each of these series are graphic and violent in nature but manage to have a strong drama underneath. The visuals and soundtracks for each of these series are also very good.

MugiwaraMarius

While Ga Rei Zero and Elfen Lied are both very dark and violent, they also spend a lot of time developing the relationships between the key characters. Both shows have great character development and  it is interesting to watch the evolving relationships between the characters.

Both shows also feature great if different soundtracks.

thepgo

Both deal with supernatural powers in a very violent way, with lots of blood and flying limbs falling through the screen. Stories are dramatic, and intertwine violent scenes, where female protagonist is goes mad, with lighter slice-of-life moments.

AksGOTTaAK

Both seris have kick ass female leads, great action, humor, and blood everywhere but dont let that detract form how great these seris are they also have a bit of romance and just this ability to hook you in. I would highly recommend either to a fan of action with the right blend of comedy, not too much to make you fell like your watching crap but enough to keep it from being bleek.

Bestanimeserie

Both shows have an sad story and both of them have gore moments altough Elfen Lied is the more gory one. they also both have their action moments and have a shocking first episode, if you enjoy a sad tale or action show that have more than violance, you will enjoy both these shows.

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Darker Than Black - Kuro no Keiyakusha

Darker Than Black - Kuro no Keiyakusha

A giant wall looms over Tokyo, shielding the city from a dangerous otherworld called the 'Hell's Gate'. Within the city, things are no less terrifying because Contractors, psychopathic killers with phenomenal powers, have started to appear. These killers are compelled to pay a price every time they use their powers, often in the form of a meaningless or painful task. As their deadly habits rack up a gruesome death toll, Kirihara Misaki and her team from the Foreign Affairs Public Security struggle to solve the cases and bring the Contractors under control. Their task is further confounded by the interference of a masked individual they title Messier Code BK201, a man with abilities that allow him to fight and defeat the Contractors. Who is this BK201? How can the Contractors be stopped permanently? And what does the appearance of the Hell's Gate mean for the people of Tokyo?

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Innocency

Both Gai-Rei and Darker Than Black have a dark atmosphere and have a neo-noir kind of setting, yet both series have funny and uplifting moments to even things out. The characters are very interesting, as well as the plot they're thrown into. The plots for both aren't afraid to include scenes of shocking tragedy, and at the same time, plot points of new beginnings. Plot twists, character development, and gradual story revelation make these two series very compelling.

eaper

These series both do a great job taking the super natural, integrating action, an interesting plot, drama, and humor into great shows.

MugiwaraMarius

Ga-Rei-Zero and Darker than Black both tell very dark stories, but they also have good comedic moments that break up the gloomy atmosphere. They also both have a lot of really cool fast paced action and fights.

KittyEmperor

If you liked one then you'll like the other because both series deal with people who have supernatural gifts and the governments that try to keep it all a secret from everyday people.  Both series rely heavily on the plot as well as strong characters to keep the plot interesting and making the viewer want to watch the next episode.  Both series for the most part stick to a darker story and only occasionly having parts that would be considered humorous.

MaraRuizu

Both are about secret agencies focused on the supernatural. Moreover, both contain action scenes, a similar dark tone and some plot twists.

If you like one you should check out the other.

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Gungrave

Gungrave

Brandon Heat and Harry MacDowel were best friends who lived by the law of the street, until one day they picked a fight with the wrong people and their life of freedom was suddenly taken away. With no one to turn to and nowhere to run, the choice to join Millenion, the city's most powerful syndicate, seemed like an offer they couldn't refuse. Now, amidst heartache, tragedy, and utmost betrayal, Brandon must take up the gun and help Harry climb the ranks of Millenion to succeed, in order to protect the people he loves, even if it means killing countless others in the process.

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Uriel1988

Both series start off in such a way that the viewer doesn't really have an idea of what exactly is going on; after which a flashback starts that lasts for a large part of the series and details the events leading up to the situation shown to the viewer in the first episode (first two episodes in Ga-Rei-Zero's case). Both series also happen to revolve around a deep friendship between two people that somehow took a turn for the worse, the how and why also being revealed over the course of the story.

adriande2

I would recommend that you watch Gungrave if you liked Ga Rei Zero and vice-versa. Both series start out with a flash-forward explaining that they are enemies at the time. You later learn that they use to be very close friends in both series and in some way they were betrayed by their own friend without knowing it first. They are also similar in a way that the main characters have to deal with death and fight undead-like monsters. I definitely recommend that if you liked one of these anime you should watch the other.

Szwagier

Both are a stories about two close friends, that in some point turn against each other. While their motives are essentially different, the result is pretty much the same.

Both shows use In medias res formula (starting from the middle of the story, then showing the past, and finally ending it all in the finale).

Both show deal with the supernatural powers, that alter the course of the plot greatly.

DeathCrunch

Incridibley similarm in terms of structure, plot and backstory.

A couple of impossible to understand episodes at the start and cuts to flashbacks for half a series to clue you in.

Backstorys involve the same surrogate-family like bond of friendship being shattered.

Plenty of cannon-fodder hell-creatures being decimated in either series.

VivisQueen

Two best friends start off supporting each other and then grow into enemies because of terrible circumstances they can't control. Ga Rei: Zero does it well, but Gungrave does it much, much better. It also has a weak demon theme, although the monsters' origins are more grounded in sci-fi than horror/fantasy. Mostly, the show tries to stick to a very human mobster story in a gritty city full of people with desperate ambitions and only guns to realise them. Definitely worth checking out next.

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My-Hime

My-Hime

Guided by a star only they can see, a group of maidens known as HiMEs have begun to gather at Fuuka Academy. These young women have been endowed with dangerous supernatural powers that they can use to their heart's content, but there's a price: to wield them, they must put their most important thing on the line. Now, in the midst of school work and friendships, they find themselves caught in the midst of strange conspiracies seemingly related to the terrifying monsters that attack them. Is the power of the HiMEs strong enough to save themselves and the ones they love?

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Omurqi

Supernatural beings and powers play a big part in both series. The main character will face painful choices related to this along the way in both series, and must decide to follow her personal beliefs or do what is "the right thing to do." In both shows relationships between the characters plays a very large part in the plot. Ga-Rei -Zero- is like a darker and heavier version of My-Hime and contains more explicit violence (although not as bad as seen in many other series with the horror tag). If you liked the one, give the other a try.

eaper

These series both center around female leads and has them go down a similar path of hardships. Also, each of these shows center around the super natural.

MugiwaraMarius

Gai-Rei Zero and My-Hime feature female leads that must find a way to balance personal lives while dealing with the supernatural. Both shows feature fantastical creatures battling for dominace. However what really make these shows so similar is the difficult choices and sacrifices the characters have to make.  

MaraRuizu

Both of these are dark shows about women who fight monsters. They also contain a lot of focus on the relationships and silliness of everyday life that makes fighting worth it. All in all they are quite similar.