While Ga-rei Zeroâ€™s storyline follows Kaguraâ€™s maturation, Yomi is the most important character in the show. She is the only character to appear in each of the animeâ€™s episodes and she is the epicenter or instigator of every major event that occurs. While Kagura is a simplistic, one-dimensional character who exists in the anime mainly because she exists in the manga, Yomi is far more complicated and nuanced. She is a dedicated hunter of evil spirits, a confident and expert warrior, a mentor, sister, and surrogate mother to Kagura, the heir to her familyâ€™s legacy and leadership, a ruthless psychopath, a sadistic murderer, a physical and emotional cripple, and a teenaged girl searching for her lifeâ€™s path. Kaguraâ€™s loss of innocence is a core component of the plot, but by the seriesâ€™ end Yomi has tallied the longest butcherâ€™s bill, and has lost so much more than her friend.
With a main cast of at least a half dozen characters, the show has to cover a lot of ground, and consequently tries to pack too much material into twelve episodes. Ga-rei Zero would have been much better served if it had been a 24-episode show. As it is, Yomiâ€™s development seems occassionally arbitrary and, like Kaguraâ€™s evolution, is not always convincing.
This figure is of course the counterpart to Kagura and is produced by MegaHouse in 1/8 scale. Like Kagura, she doesnâ€™t have many detachable parts; her entire right hand can be removed and replaced by an alternate empty hand. Presumably her sword is the Shishiou, her familyâ€™s weapon.
Yomi is looking back over her shoulder, which limits the angles from which she can be displayed. On the plus side, since her gaze is directed downwards, it means that photographs of her face have to be taken at a low angle and thus good pantyshots are very easy to get. Yomiâ€™s school uniform also abets such lechery, as it is agreeably abbreviated.
Like Kagura, paintwork is pretty good. Yomi has a dark color scheme which is executed nicely but isnâ€™t going to raise excitement levels.
Yomiâ€™s face isnâ€™t entirely accurate to the anime; itâ€™s overly broad and her eyes are set wide apart, giving her a cat-like appearance. Sheâ€™s smiling in an enigmatic way, and the sculptor gave her defined lips, of which Iâ€™m of two minds. Her face looks good from some angles and from others, she looks a bit simian. Or extraterrestrial.
I canâ€™t beef about the rest of her body though; sheâ€™s got a great pair of legs.
Iâ€™ve heard some people say that Mio from K-On! resembles Yomi. Being entirely unfamiliar with K-On!, Iâ€™ll leave that argument to those that would know.
Yomiâ€™s base is a rectangle like Kaguraâ€™s, imprinted with part of the showâ€™s tagline. Yomiâ€™s section is printed with a pattern of blue butterflies, the sinister harbingers of evil.
Itâ€™s interesting that the tagline was divided the way it was.
To be honest, I doubt I wouldâ€™ve gotten either of these figures if I were unfamiliar with Ga-rei Zero, but being that I enjoyed the anime a great deal, Iâ€™m pretty happy with both of them. Yomi is one of my favorite characters in anime, a rare example of a complex character who is both good and evil, a true tragic heroine.
I donâ€™t listen to a great deal of anime music, but Ga-rei Zeroâ€™s ending theme is one of my favorites. Itâ€™s a haunting rock song sung by Yomiâ€™s voice actress, and you can listen to it here.