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In the beginning of Tokyo ESP, Kagura is waiting for Yomi somewhere.
Is Tokyo ESP a continuation to Ga-Rei?

Kagura and Yomi

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    Both Tokyo ESP and Ga-Rei manga was created by Segawa Hajime. They are both probably co-existing in the same world. Not a proven answer, so left it in the comment instead. – josephting Jul 12 '14 at 7:55
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The comment by josephting got it mostly right. Ga-Rei and Tokyo ESP are both manga by Segawa Hajime (Ga-Rei: Zero also shares script writer Takayama Katsuhiko with the Tokyo ESP anime). Showing Kagura and Yomi (and later two other characters from Ga:Rei Zero) was likely intended as a throwback reference to Ga-Rei. I guess from a practical standpoint, it would serve to alert people who otherwise weren't paying attention to such things that they're by the same author.

However, Ga-Rei and Tokyo ESP are pretty clearly not in the same universe. It should be enough that the mangaka has never indicated anything to the contrary, but there are also in-universe reasons why they can't be. For obvious reasons, if it were, it would necessarily happen before Ga-Rei: Zero. But in the Ga-Rei universe, ordinary people weren't aware of all the supernatural phenomena. In fact, in the opening of the first episode, they order a media blackout as per "Section 3B of Form 12". In contrast, in Tokyo ESP, ESP users are generally known to the public well before the first episode (specifically, in chapter 12). In addition, the events of Tokyo ESP simply don't fit on the Ga-Rei timeline, since we know essentially the full backstory of the characters and there's nothing remotely like what happens in Tokyo ESP, nor do any ESP users show up anywhere in Ga-Rei. Barring some major retconning, we can safely say that these aren't the same universe.

In the manga, the scenes with characters from Ga-Rei don't happen. In fact, very little of what happened in episode 1 is in the manga at all. What did happen is in chapters 22 and 23. Kagura and Yomi haven't appeared at all in the manga as far as I've read (chapter 30). However, the series is no stranger to cameos. We'll certainly be seeing some of (spoilers) this guy and likely quite a few others. With that in mind, Ga-Rei cameos aren't particularly out of place here, but they won't be playing any big role.

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  • The two series were put together in the same universe in Tokyo ESP x Ga-rei - Shadow Walker, which got published earlier in the same year the Tokyo ESP anime was airing. – Gao Sep 9 '16 at 8:31
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Seeing as some characters reappearing in Tokyo ESP that don't appear in Ga-Rei-Zero anymore, i suppose the events in Tokyo ESP happen before Ga-Rei-Zero. But this is only what i think from watching Ga-Rei-Zero and the first episode of Tokyo ESP.

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    If you were to watch the rest of Tokyo ESP, you would find that there isn't really anything that points to Ga-Rei and Tokyo ESP taking place in the same universe. (Not that I recommend watching the rest of Tokyo ESP; it was not what I would call enthralling.) – senshin Nov 2 '14 at 1:17
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I believe that its not related but the group in orange that fought the teleporting girl are clearly the exact same group that got murdered in the very beginning of ga-rei

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    can you show why answer is correct with proper citation and explanation. – mirroroftruth Sep 6 '14 at 5:07

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