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Ga-rei... why, oh WHY?!

25 JAN
2012

I just finished reading Ga-rei and I must say I'm totally disappointed. The manga starts of as a decent (though somewhat generic) shounen. Boy meets girl (rather gets run over by her scooter) then boy and girl fight some evil spirits etc. It's that kind of cliche thing, but it's somewhat ok, until...

...it gets extremely cheesy halfway. From there on the plot goes only downwards (and really fast at that). The story doesn't reach the level of crappyness that Kurohime and Medaka Box posses, but it's still bad. Like in Medaka Box, cool moments (characters looking cool or doing something cool) are not enough to make the series enjoyable. One thing I dislike in supernatural series is when the author gives half-a**** explanations of what is going on (especially if, he is using cultural mishmash for those). If a scene makes little sense on it's own (unless it's a mind-f***), that's not really good, but If a scene makes even less sense with an explanation it's really bad. It usually means the author is just pulling stuff from the "usual place". Less often, it means that he made the mistake of explaining stuff (I'm looking at you Star Wars). It's not really easy to describe, but it's a really bad thing to have in a story and it happens a lot in the Ga-rei manga (especially towards the end). The ending of the manga is really rushed, but that's because Ga-rei was canceled (I'm not surprised). So about the ending, as much as I like happy endings this one was crap...

P.S. Matrioshkas being an end bosses in Moscow was a real fail on the author's part.

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