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Garo: The Animation is a collective of Japanese anime series based on the Garo tokusatsu drama. The first entry of the series, titled in Japan as Garo: The Carved Seal of Flames (Japanese: 牙狼〈GARO〉-炎の刻印-, Hepburn: Garo -Honō no Kokuin-), premiered in October 2014.[2][3] It was licensed for streaming in North America by Funimation.[4]

Garo: The Animation
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牙狼〈GARO〉
(Garo)
GenreDark fantasy, superhero[1]
Anime television series
Garo: The Carved Seal of Flames
Directed byYūichirō Hayashi
Written byYasuko Kobayashi
Music byMONACA
StudioMAPPA
Licensed by
Original networkTV Tokyo (TXN), Star Channel, Family Gekijo
Original run October 3, 2014 March 27, 2015
Episodes24 + OVA (List of episodes)
Anime television series
Garo: Crimson Moon
Directed byAtsushi Wakabayashi
Written byShō Aikawa
Music byMONACA
StudioMAPPA
Licensed by
Original networkTV Tokyo (TXN), Star Channel, Family Gekijo
Original run October 9, 2015 April 1, 2016
Episodes23 + OVA (List of episodes)
Anime film
Garo: The Fleeting Cherry Blossom
Directed bySatoshi Nishimura
Written byYasuko Kobayashi
Music byRyuichi Takada, MONACA
StudioStudio M2
Studio VOLN
ReleasedOctober 6, 2018 (2018-10-06)
Runtime82 minutes
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A second anime series titled Garo: Crimson Moon (Japanese: 牙狼〈GARO〉-紅蓮ノ月-, Hepburn: GARO -Guren no Tsuki-) premiered in October 2015. This second series, which had a premiere event at the 88th Comiket, features character designs from Masakazu Katsura.[5]

A film sequel of the first series titled Garo: Divine Flame (牙狼〈GARO〉-DIVINE FLAME-) premiered in Japan on May 21, 2016.[6][7]

A third anime series titled Garo: Vanishing Line (牙狼〈GARO〉-VANISHING LINE-) premiered in October 2017.

A film sequel of the second series titled Garo: The Fleeting Cherry Blossom[8] (薄墨桜 -GARO-, Usuzumizakura -GARO-, lit. "Gray Cherry Blossoms: Garo") premiered in Japan on October 6, 2018.[9][10]

Contents

PlotEdit

Garo: The Carved Seal of FlamesEdit

The first series is set in the fictitious Valiante Kingdom (ヴァリアンテ国, Variante-koku), which resembles Spain during the Spanish Inquisition. After the king, under the influence of his advisor Mendoza, launches a witch hunt that endangers both Makai Knights and Makai Alchemists, a Makai Alchemist named Anna is burned at the stake while giving birth to León Luis, who is spirited off by his Makai Knight father Germán Luis to be trained to inherit the title of Golden Knight Garo. Years later, after Valiante is now plagued with Horrors as Mendoza, revealed to be an excommunicated Makai Alchemist, uses them to assert his authority after usurping the throne, the king's son Prince Alfonso seeks out the assistance of Garo to reclaim the throne, but also trains as a Makai Knight to become Gaia the Knight of Defense. The fully grown León returns to the land of his birth at this time to avenge his mother. Both he and Alfonso meet and learn that they are in fact maternal cousins whose grandfather was the previous Garo. Though León was relieved of the Garo title after Mendoza's assumed death for misconduct, Alfonso contends with the surviving Horrors in his kingdom. After casting away his drive for revenge and deciding to become a protector instead, León reclaims his armor and title, and joins forces with his friends to search after Mendoza once it is confirmed that he is still alive.[11][12]

Garo: Divine FlameEdit

Divine Flame movie takes place four years after the events of the first season, Garo: The Carved Seal of Flames. It follows the adventures of León, Alfonso, Ema and Germán as they try to stop a powerful Horror who plans to use Germán's son Roberto as a sacrifice.

Garo: Crimson MoonEdit

Crimson Moon is set in Japan during the Heian period, and features fictionalized versions of many Japanese historical figures. This time, Garo is a young Japanese man named Raikou who cannot properly summon the Garo armor himself, and instead relies on his companion, a female Makai Alchemist named Seimei, whose Makai magic allows him to become Garo to fight the Horrors infesting Heian-kyō. They are accompanied by a young boy named Kintoki who wishes to follow in Raikou's footsteps. Their journey pits them against the evil Ashiya Douman, a fallen Makai Alchemist who summons Horrors to do his bidding. They are later accompanied in their fight by Fujiwara no Yasusuke, who becomes the bearer of the armor of Zanga the White Lotus Knight.

Garo: Vanishing LineEdit

Vanishing Line is set during modern era in the fictitious Russell City, a prosperous American city based on New York City. This time, the bearer of Golden Knight Garo is a muscular man named Sword. He is the first to hear the first stirrings of the plot, and throws himself into a shadow war in order to expose it. His only clue is the key word "El Dorado." He meets Sophia Heness, a young girl searching for her missing older brother who has only left her with the same words: "El Dorado." With Sword having also lost his younger sister in the past, both are drawn together by the words, and work together to find out its meaning.

AnimeEdit

Audio dramaEdit

A four-episode audio drama series features a crossover between the three anime series.

  1. Crimson Thunder (紅雷, Kōrai): An episode focusing on Sophie, Ema Guzmán, and Seimei.
  2. Fate (宿命, Shukumei): An episode focusing on Sword and Raikou.
  3. Inner Darkness (心闇, Shin'en): An episode focusing on Luke, León Luis, and Fujiwara no Yasusuke.
  4. Gold (黄金, Ōgon): An episode focusing on León Luis, Raikou, and Sword.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Eisenbeis, Richard (October 6, 2015). "Your Complete Fall 2015 Anime Guide". Kotaku. Retrieved August 29, 2018.
  2. ^ "「牙狼<GARO>」アニメ化決定 劇場映画、TVシリーズなど新作企画続々発表 | アニメ!アニメ!". Animeanime.jp. 2013-11-24. Retrieved 2013-11-25.
  3. ^ "人気特撮シリーズ『牙狼<GARO>』2014年以降の新ラインアップ発表! - CNET Japan". Japan.cnet.com. 2013-11-25. Retrieved 2013-11-25.
  4. ^ "Funimation Streams Gonna be the Twin-Tails!!, Ushinawareta Mirai o Motomete, Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai, Garo, Bahamut, Donten ni Warau, Lord Marksman & Vanadis". Anime News Network. 2014-10-03.
  5. ^ "<牙狼>テレビアニメ第2弾「紅蓮ノ月」制作へ メインキャラクターデザインに桂正和". Yahoo! Japan. 2015-08-07. Retrieved 2015-08-15.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Garo Anime Film's Teaser, Story, Visual, Title, Spring Release Unveiled". Anime News Network. 2015-11-23. Retrieved 2016-01-18.
  7. ^ Komatsu, Mikikazu (2016-03-19). ""Garo Movie: Divine Flame" Set Release Day on May 21". Crunchyroll. Retrieved 2016-03-19.
  8. ^ "Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair 2018 to be held on September 15-16". 2018-09-07. Retrieved 2018-11-01.
  9. ^ "Garo Anime Film Reveals Cast, Staff, Title, Fall Opening". Anime News Network. 2018-03-23. Retrieved 2018-03-23.
  10. ^ "Usuzumizakura -Garo- Anime Film Reveals Trailer, October 6 Debut, More Cast, Theme Song Artist, Visual". Anime News Network. 2018-09-07. Retrieved 2018-09-07.
  11. ^ "Garo Anime's Main Cast Announced". Anime News Network. 2014-08-13. Retrieved 2014-08-16.
  12. ^ "2014年秋放送予定のTVアニメ『牙狼〈GARO〉-炎の刻印-』、メインキャストが浪川大輔・堀内賢雄らに決定。9月18日... | moca". Moca-news.net. Retrieved 2014-08-16.

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