Welcome to my 6th ‘Abandoned’ post and of course, my usual disclaimer that I might come back to these one day!
- Ga-Rei: Zero (2008)
During my slump the other month (when I was having a lot of trouble finishing things) I started and abandoned various anime and Ga-Rei: Zero was one of them.
I’ve seen (or attempted) a fair few shows in the supernatural genre of late and this one had a few interesting things that I hadn’t seen heaps of times before, and visually I certainly had no complaints… but it made a classic storytelling ‘error’ as I see it.
I understand that the style of error I’m eventually going to mention is usually played as a twist but it had a secondary effect for me, which was to make me stop watching.
Basically, between episode 1 and episode 2, Ga-Rei: Zero changes the cast of characters completely. Suddenly, I had to meet a whole heap of new folks and do the work of finding reasons to care about them – and instead, I just didn’t and ended up moving on to a different show.
Maybe if I wasn’t in a slump I might have kept going… but I didn’t have the energy to watch (basically) two versions of Episode 1 back to back.
2. Ghost in the Shell: SAC 2045 (2020)
Gave this a shot the other day but I couldn’t get on board with the visual style. Cool to hear original cast members back for the voices however 🙂
Ultimately, I didn’t see enough to have much of a response re: storyline or anything else about this series, and I could probably come back to this one day, just to see more and give myself a chance to form a real opinion. For now, it’s pushed down a bit on my list.
3. El Cazador de la Bruja (2009)
The ‘girls with guns’ sub-category is one of my favourites and the setting was great so I think I’ll give this a shot again one day for sure, but since I tried El Cazador during my slump, I wasn’t able to finish the first episode.
It felt like it was taking a bit too long to kick off and in a way, that’s probably not true, but again, mid-slump I was only able to finish things that immediately and deeply hooked me from the opening few minutes.
3 thoughts on “Abandoned #6 (Ga-Rei: Zero, Ghost in the Shell: SAC 2045 & El Cazador de la Bruja)”
I had mixed feeling about watching that new GITS anime. That CGI design looks so weird on those characters. I heard about Ga-Rei Zero and El Cazador, but never saw them. When I was in high school, I had a girls with guns phase and one show involved something from the creators of El Cazador…Noir.
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I’ve definitely left GITS in my list on Netflix but other things are more engaging to me lately – but I’m finding it hard to just cast it aside. Maybe I’ll enjoy it more if I give it another chance one day 🙂
Yes! ‘Noir’ I definitely enjoyed for the most part, might watch it again this year
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Sure thing. I don’t blame you for feeling that way. I’ve seen multiple installments of GITS in my life, so there’s a curiosity to how it would play out. At least it looks like it has more potential than the Scarlett Johansson remake.
Awesome! I figured you may have seen Noir at some point. That would be a fun series to watch again. I remember liking the action and the theme song was super catchy.