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[[caption-width-right:300:[[TragicHero Yomi]] and [[BreakTheCutie Kagura]]]]

->''"Will you kill someone you love, because of love?"''
-->--The show's ArcWords

This anime series is a {{Prequel}} to the manga, ''Manga/GaRei''. It depicts the life of Yomi before her [[StartOfDarkness fall to evil]], and her strong sisterly bond to Kagura. The two girls' relationship is the central focus of the story, emphasizing why Kagura's heart often wavers while fighting Yomi throughout the course of the original manga. Its tone is considerably different from that of the manga, making the anime more {{Seinen}} than {{Shonen}}. The show is probably most notable for throwing off viewers with its first two episodes by [[DecoyProtagonist killing everyone off]]. The focus is instead on Yomi, making a character who was originally a rather average villain into a highly sympathetic, tragic heroine.

Licensed by Creator/{{Funimation}} in August 2010 and released to DVD and Blu-Ray in April 2011.
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!!Tropes employed by this series are:
* AbsurdlySharpBlade
* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: [[TruthInTelevision True]], it's called Metropolitan Area Outer Underground Discharge Channel, a.k.a. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G-Cans_project G-cans project]]. Its main function is to keep Tokyo metropolitan area's sewage system from overflowing during rainy season, by storing excessive rainwater in those giant underground chambers.
* ActionGirl: Yomi and Kagura
* AnAesop
* {{Aesoptinum}}: The Bane Stones.
* AndIMustScream: [[spoiler:Yomi's vocal chords were destroyed by Mitogawa in episode 9, and she can't defend herself against accusations of May's death. Not that she could have otherwise, since she did indeed kill her.]]
** [[spoiler:Although she could have legitimately argued for extenuating circumstances, what with the whole murder, fraud, and Slave To Evil thing that her enemy had going on]].
* AnyoneCanDie: '''''SWEET JESUS!'''''
** [[spoiler:The squad in the promotional posters are dead ''by the end of the first episode''.]]
** [[spoiler:May, first thought to be a major rival to Yomi, gets killed 2 episodes after being properly introduced... then she is revived as a puppet of evil, only to get KilledOffForReal another 2 episodes later. Turns out her spot in the opening was justified.]]
** [[spoiler:Kazuki... couldn't even properly show off his briefcases in an important fight.]]
** [[spoiler:Ah heck, almost every supporting character with a cool weapon or fighting style gets killed off in his or her first big battle.]]
** [[spoiler:And of course, Yomi herself, arguably the main protagonist of the whole show. She at least made it all the way to the final episode, though.]]
* ArtifactOfDeath: The only way for its wielder to part with Byakuei is through death. And they don't live long either, because Byakuei constantly saps its master's physical and spiritual strength. This doesn't seem to be the case with Ranguren.
* AsLongAsThereIsEvil: Vital to the BigBad's schemes.
* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler:Yomi's uncle.]]
* TheAtoner: Ayame, although it's not revealed until much later. In the finale (and manga), Noriyuki become some sort of this.
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler: Yomi returns as an evil spirit in the ''Manga/GaRei'' manga.]]
** Even more than that; look on the ''Manga/GaRei'' page under [[spoiler: SplitPersonality]].
* BackToBackBadasses: Yomi and Kagura.
* BarbieDollAnatomy: Averted in that one bath scene.
* BecauseDestinySaysSo: Kagura can't escape inheriting Byakuei.
* BelligerentSexualTension: Yomi and Noriyuki.
* BenevolentBoss: Ayame Zinguji.
** {{Office}} dynamics exist.
* BerserkerTears: Kagura letting rip with Byakuei against a horde of Category Ds at the climax to episode 12.
* {{BFG}}: The Nabuu brothers.
* BigDamnHeroes: Kagura's father. ''Twice''.
* BigSisterMentor: Yomi.
* BittersweetEnding: So bitter, it borders on DownerEnding!
* BodyHorror
* BrainwashedAndCrazy
* BrandX: Yomi plays on a "Dreambox" (Sega Dreamcast).
* BreakoutCharacter: [[spoiler: Yomi. Went from a minor villain killed off early in manga to no consequence to the star of the vastly more popular prequel anime so much so that she was resurrected in the manga. Kagura also received more prominence afterward]].
* BreatherEpisode: Arguably Episode 5, which solely concerns Kagura's plan to get engaged couple Yomi and Nori to like each other. It is nearly all comedic in nature. Also, the relaxing moments where everything seems to be going well for the main characters before [[spoiler:the murder of Yomi's father, the point where everything in the series gets worse.]]
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Master Michael.
* ButterflyOfDeathAndRebirth: They're obviously ''evil''.
* CallingYourAttacks: The Ga-Reis are commanded much like Pokemon.
* CarFu: Motorcycle with holy treads, anyone?
** And then there's that spectacularly awesome wheelchair...
* CartesianKarma: Yomi goes through this, with her going berserk and only having Kagura to stop her. In the anime it ends tragically.
** The entire concept of Bane Stone victims often plays into this.
* CastingGag: Funimation cast many of their ''most popular'' voice actors to play the five Agency squad members in Episode 01 ''only''. [[spoiler:Why Episode 01 only? ....because they all get killed off! Could be a bit of dark humor on Funimation's part.]]
* CensorSteam: In the Japanese broadcast, this was done ridiculously with [[spoiler: Kazuki's death at Yomi's hands]]. Averted in the DVD version.
* {{Cliffhanger}}
* CoolBigSis: Yomi and May.
* CoolSword: Swords made by Master Michael, but especially Michael 13. It uses shotgun shells to increase the power of its swing.
* DarkestHour
* TheDarkSide: Anyone who works with [[spoiler:Bane Stones]] are vulnerable to this.
* DeadStarWalking: [[spoiler: The squad from episode 1.]]
* DealWithTheDevil
* DecoyProtagonist: Interestingly enough, [[spoiler:the apparent villain becomes the actual protagonist after killing the decoys in the first episode]].
** To put it more accurately, there is not just a DecoyProtagonist, [[spoiler: there is a Decoy ''Cast'']].
* DespairEventHorizon: Led to Yomi's FaceHeelTurn.
* DiabolusExMachina: This series can be called DiabolusExMachina: The Anime.
* DisturbedDoves: In the opening.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: [[spoiler: During the final episode, when Yomi stabs Kagura.]]
** Not to mention [[spoiler: Mitogawa's]] scene with Yomi in the hospital in episode 9, which [[SarcasmMode totally doesn't look like rape whatsoever]].
* DoomedByCanon: Since this is a prequel, there's quite a high body count.
* TheDragon: When someone falls to the lure of the Bane Stones.
** Benevolent version: Kiri Nikaido, secretary of Ayame Zinguji.
* DudeWheresMyReward: Evil Yomi. They're good reasons for her FaceHeelTurn.
* EpisodeZeroTheBeginning
* EtTuBrute
* EverybodysDeadDave
* {{Expy}}: Natsuki Kasuga, a badass, black haired biker girl. Certainly doesn't sound like a character from ''Manga/MaiHime'' [[SarcasmMode at all]]...
** Don't forget that she's paired with a guy who wields duel pistols.
** Slightly more tenuous are the similarities between Yomi and Arashi from ''Manga/{{X1999}}'' [[spoiler: or more a fusion of her and Fuuma, especially when later developments in Ga-Rei are taken into account]].
* EyesAlwaysShut: Kagura's father.
* EyeScream: [[spoiler:Yomi and Iwahata both lose an eye by the end.]]
* EvolvingCredits: An extremely symbolic one starting episode 9. [[spoiler: Kagura doesn't catch up with Yomi. Yomi doesn't look back; she keeps walking.]]
* FaceHeelTurn: Yomi, and since this a prequel, [[StartOfDarkness we get to witness her fall]].
* FanDisservice: The fanservice in episode 9 can be pretty {{squick}}y due to the context.
* {{Fanservice}}
* FearfulSymmetry: Also MonsterClown.
* FirstKiss: Averted hilariously when Kagura tells Nori and Yomi to make up by kissing. Nori agrees to it, but Yomi responds by throwing him instead.
* FlashBack
* FourIsDeath: First episode: [[spoiler:4th Squadron all killed off.]]
* FullFrontalAssault [[spoiler: Evil Yomi in episode 10.]]
* FuroScene
* GoodEyesEvilEyes: Kind of. Kagura does sport some noticeable TaremeEyes, while Yomi has distinctive TsurimeEyes
* GoOutWithASmile: [[spoiler: Yomi]]
* GoryDiscretionShot: [[spoiler: Nurse Misuzu's death.]]
** Also, Yomi stabbing [[spoiler: May]] in the face, but just barely.
* HandicappedBadass: Being confined to a wheelchair doesn't prevent Ayame from [[spoiler: putting up a good fight against Yomi.]]
* HeroicBSOD: Kagura got lite-version of this [[spoiler: after she's forced to kill the school nurse, whom she's fond of]]. Toru never recovers fully from this [[spoiler:and this eventually led to his demise, as nightmarish flashbacks come haunting him at the most unfortunate moment]].
* HowWeGotHere: Whole series variation after the first two episodes.
* ICannotSelfTerminate: [[spoiler:Yomi in Episode 11.]]
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Most of the squad members are this way, with various levels of determination.
* IHaveTheHighGround
* IJustWantToBeNormal: Kagura laments at Yomi how they couldn't be just like normal sisters. [[spoiler:Repeated in the final battle when Kagura has to kill Yomi.]]
* ImmuneToBullets: Category-B and above. Even if the bullets are spiritually-powered.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: [[spoiler:What Yomi realized in her final moment in life is that she only wishes to protect Kagura. Also a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming.]]
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler:Kazuhiro, May, Yomi, Kiri...]]
* ImprobableWeaponUser:
** When Yomi's spirit katana is out of order she has to choose a replacement weapon among: A spirit iron (as in, ironing your clothes), a spirit chainsaw, a spirit jackhammer and a spirit boiler. She decides to use the iron -- although the chainsaw [[ChainsawGood would have been much more awesome]], she didn't think it was practical.
** A sword that can launch from its sheathe at the press of a trigger. Can also be linked to its sheathe via chain so it can swing through enemies and come back to the user. Has the slightly more mundane use of making its cutting force even higher at the press of a button due to pressurized air in the sheathe. [[spoiler:Gets upgraded to be able to increase its cutting force with ''shotgun shells'']]
** Briefcase. DualWielding Briefcases.
*** ''Machine-gun'' Briefcases...
*** ...with CD Players for sacred mantras!
** Bike that engraves sacred runes on the street with its wheels.
** ThisIsADrill. Or rather two drills dual-wielded. Two RocketPunch drills.
** [[spoiler:A combat wheelchair with miniguns, blades and sacred wheels, which can engrave sacred runes on the street.]]
** [[spoiler:You forgot a minigun prosthetic leg]].
* InstantRunes
* InvisibleToNormals: The reason why Seekers technology had to be developed.
* JustEatHim: Byakuei's primary attack.
* KaijuDefenseForce: The [=JSDF=] mans the Paranormal Disaster Countermeasure Headquarters as an anti-paranormal/supernatural task force. It's said most of its assets were integrated to the Supernatural Disaster Countermeasures Division after the events of Zero.
* KamehameHadoken: Ranguren's primary attack.
* KarmaHoudini: Pretty much the opposite of DoomedByCanon. [[spoiler: Mitogawa being a character in the manga means he gets off scot free until then. Fortunately, [[KarmaHoudiniWarranty his warranty expires in the manga proper.]]]]
* KatanasAreJustBetter: Only the sword users have been seen to OHKO Category Bs...
* KickThemWhileTheyAreDown: When it seems like the worst things imaginable are happening to Yomi, even ''worse'' things happen just an episode later.
** One scene in Episode 9 in particular stands out as a nasty example of this. [[spoiler: Yomi has been left crippled and mute by the injuries she suffered confronting Mitogawa, and Noriyuki's father decides to break off his son's arranged marriage with her because of this. So he visits Yomi in hospital to tell her that. To his credit, he doesn't seem completely ignorant of her distress, and even more or less tells her that she can blame him, but one still gets the impression the task was made much easier by the fact she couldn't say anything.]]
* KillEmAll: [[spoiler: The show might as well be called Ga-Rei: Yomi Kills Everyone.]]
* KillTheOnesYouLove: The ArcWords. [[spoiler: Because Kagura loves Yomi, she kills her after her FaceHeelTurn. Easier said than done.]]
* KissingDiscretionShot: Whenever Yomi and Noriyuki kiss.
* LifeEnergy: Bane Stones provide its users with power to defy death for some time. However, its Japanese name Sesshouseki means "Death Stone" and will eventually sap the users of their life force, turning them into phantoms.
* LightFeminineAndDarkFeminine: Kagura and Yomi.
* LikeABadassOutOfHell: Evil Yomi.
* LudicrousGibs
* LoveTriangle: A rather odd one. Yomi and Kagura like each other. Kagura also sees Noriyuki as a big brother. He cares for Kagura (probably not romantically). Yomi and Noriyuki aren't exactly getting along with each other but are engaged and do seem to show some interest in each other. Kagura wants them to make the engagement work, because she's idealistic.
* MachoCamp: Master Michael, or at least he acts it. Iwahata is open about it.
* MagicFromTechnology: Generating holy water by filtering sewage through special resonance devices. Also the mass-produced Seeker technology of the Defense Ministry.
** Don't forget the briefcases, which destroy demons via implanted CD players which recite holy mantras.
* MagicSkirt
* ManipulativeBastard: Mitogawa.
** May was on the path to being one, [[spoiler:but it goes out the window once she's possessed by the Bane Stone -- she wanted to be the next heir, but not in the way she did]].
* MarshmallowHell: Yomi greets Kagura once with this.
* TheMenInBlack: Practically everyone who fights the evil spirits. Subverted in that most people understand what they're doing and just accept who they are.
* MentorArchetype: Yomi teaches Kagura the way of the Vanquishers.
* MineralMacGuffin: The Bane Stones.
* MirrorMatch: Echoer type spirits.
* MissionControl
* {{Mons}}: The titular Ga-Reis.
* MoreThanMindControl
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: [[spoiler: Bane Stone]] victims do this when they regain control temporarily. [[spoiler: Mitogawa either did it willingly or has been overridden too long for this to happen to ''him''.]]
* NightOfTheLivingMooks: Category Ds.
* NorioWakamoto: The Nabuu brothers, falling squarely in his "not serious" category.
* NotUsingTheZedWord: No one ever calls the former humans "zombies".
* OneHundredAndEight: [[spoiler: Yomi got pierced by Mitogawa's 108 iron needles. She got better. Or not.]]
* OneSteveLimit: Subverted with the Nabuu brothers, both of which are named Nabuu.
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: [[spoiler: Kagura finally gains the resolve to kill Yomi once and for all.]]
* OperationJealousy: Kagura and the rest of the squad use Kiri to seduce Nori in order to get Yomi jealous and the two spend more time together. It works, but not the way Kagura had intended.
* PerfectlyArrangedMarriage: Yomi and Noriyuki.
* PersonalSpaceInvader: The head-grabbing variety.
* PillarOfLight
* PowerCrystal: The Bane Stones.
* PowerLevels: The categories for spirits.
* ThePowerOfLove: [[spoiler: Yomi's love for Kagura is what allows her to be killed by Kagura as her greatest desire was to protect Kagura.]]
* PowerPerversionPotential: Noriyuki's pipe foxes are ''meant'' for spying.
* {{Prequel}}: To the manga.
* PurpleEyes: Yomi.
* RazorFloss
* RedemptionEqualsDeath
* RedEyesTakeWarning: May.
* RedOniBlueOni: Subverted: Yomi [[spoiler:and May]] who control the red monster Ranguren is calm. Kagura who controls the white monster Byakuei is prone to panicking.
* RedShirt: ''Anyone'' can be a RedShirt in this show.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: [[spoiler: May at Yomi, which is reversed once May reveals she killed Yomi's father]]. Complete with matching insert song.
* SecondEpisodeIntroduction: Everyone on the Supernatural Disaster Countermeasures Division Team except for Yomi.
* ShellShockedSenior: Toru.
* ShootTheDog: Part of a Vanquisher's job.
* ShrinesAndTemples
* SlaveMooks: Category Ds [[spoiler:and Bane Stone users]] all count. [[spoiler:With the latter, see also ThisIsYourBrainOnEvil. If it could send Yomi that crazy, even May must have had a kind side somewhere.]]
* SleepCute: Yomi and Kagura, starting in the opening sequence.
* TheSquad: ''Two'' squads.
* StarCrossedLovers: Noriyuki was banned from seeing Yomi after the latter is crippled. Then everything went FromBadToWorse.
* StartOfDarkness: This anime is all about Yomi's.
* StraightGay: Iwahata.
* StrikeMeDownWithAllOfYourHatred: [[spoiler: May goads Yomi into doing this, before regaining her consciousness/sanity back, then tries to plead with her not to do it. However, considering that May attacked and later told Yomi she killed Yomi's dad out of jealousy of her, it's not surprising that Yomi follows through with May's taunt.]]
* SurvivalMantra: It's a Vanquisher's duty to dispose of spirits that defile the natural order, it's a Vanquisher's duty to dispose of spirits that defile the natural order, it's a Vanquisher's duty to dispose of spirits that defile the natural order...
* SwissArmyWeapon: The other end of May's retractable naginata also contains an... umbrella.
* TakeUpMySword: Both Kagura and Yomi were being groomed for this, and the entire anime is an extended example. Yomi's adopted father hoped for a peaceful retirement and succession; after a DoubleSubversion, Yomi did inherit the sword. Kagura's father expected to fight to his last breath, so it was played straight when the time came.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill
* ThisIsYourBrainOnEvil: [[spoiler: The Bane Stone does this to anyone who gets caught by its 'pure' form. Yomi managing to break past it in the end counts as a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming.]]
* TragicBromance: Kagura and Yomi, a RareFemaleExample.
* TragicHero: The final fate of those who wield Ga-Rei, but especially Yomi.
** See [[http://yomi.ghost-lights.org/info_tragic.php here]] for a closer examination of Yomi as a tragic hero.
* TraumaInducedAmnesia: [[spoiler:Kiri]] reverts to the personality of a little girl after getting stabbed in the gut by [[spoiler:Yomi]].
* {{Tsundere}}: Yomi and Noriyuki, a rare Tsundere couple.
* UnstoppableRage: [[spoiler:Yomi's reaction when May told her that she killed Yomi's foster father, and tortured him in the progress.]]
* VasquezAlwaysDies: [[spoiler:Yomi. Poor Yomi.]]
* TheWarRoom
* WeHaveReserves
* WhamEpisode: [[spoiler: How many shows have one of these for their ''very first episode?'']]
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman
* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue: The last episode of the anime flashes forward to the manga timeline.
* WhiteHairBlackHeart: Mitogawa.
* WildMan: Master Michael. To stay close with nature, he refuses to wear clothes except for fundoshi. [[{{Squick}} Even when he visits the city.]]
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: [[spoiler: Yomi]], at least at ''some'' point during her StartOfDarkness.
* YourHeadAsplode: The safest way to kill Category D.
* YouShallNotPass: [[spoiler:In the final battle, Iwahata and the remaining Nabuu fight the mooks so that Kagura can concentrate on Yomi.]]
* ZenSurvivor: Ayame.
* ZettaiRyouiki: Natsuki, in the first episode.
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