Ga-Rei -Zero- (喰霊 -零-) is an anime adaptation and prequel of the Ga-Rei manga series. It is directed by Aoki Ei and animated by AIC Spirits and Asread. It aired from October 5, 2008 to December 21, 2008.
As a prequel story, Ga-Rei -Zero- is set before the events of the manga, following Tsuchimiya Kagura and Isayama Yomi, swordswomen and heiresses from a long line of Japanese exorcist families. Both girls suffered a personal tragedy in their lives, yet they develop a strong sister-like bond. As both of them grow up, they both must overcome their weaknesses, accepting being the daughters of exorcists and following their families tradition. Yet tragedy will befall both of them which will turn these two “sisters” into bitter enemies.
The Japanese Ministry of Defense has an anti-paranormal special forces group called the Paranormal Disaster Countermeasure Headquarters. They’re the ones responsible to protect Japanese soil and its people from supernatural and paranormal events. However, things didn’t go so well in one of their missions, which leads to intervention by the Ministry of Enviroment’s Supernatural Disaster Countermeasures Division after the PDCH has sustained large numbers of casualties.
The opening theme, “Paradise Lost”, was performed by Chihara Minori while the ending theme, “Yume no Ashioto ga Kikoeru” was performed by Mizuhara Kaoru.
Enjoy both the opening and ending full themes below!