Garo is an anime that has been adapted from one of the oldest and the coolest story-telling techniques, tokusatsu.
The anime is mostly action-based and has loads of epic battle sequences. The use of different types of weapons, war machinery, and fighting styles are executed with brilliance with the help of beautiful CGI.
The plots are fundamentally based on the good vs. evil ideology and don’t really have a depth to it. However, the action is not mindless, and there are intelligent strategies behind every fight.
If you’re a fan of action, Garo the Animation should definitely have a place in your watch list.
- GARO: The Carved Seal of Flames (2014)
- GARO: The Crimson Moon (2015)
- GARO: Vanishing Line (2017)
- GARO: Divine Flame (2016)
- GARO: The Fleeting Cherry Blossom (2018)
- GARO: The Crimson Moon
- GARO: The Fleeting Cherry Blossom
- GARO: The Carved Seal of Flames
- GARO: Divine Flame
- GARO: Vanishing Line
The recommended order for watching Garo the Animation is the release order. However, you can also watch it in chronological order if you want to since the stories are quite different, and it won’t matter what order you follow.
Do You Have to Watch the Live-Action First?
Garo: The Animation is a spin-off. The basic premise of the anime is based off the live-action. So, you do not have to watch the live-action just for the sake of understanding the anime.
The anime is self-contained and introduces you to its cast as a regular anime.
What is Tokusatsu?
Tokusatsu is a term used for live-action film or television drama that makes heavy use of the special effect. Its origins can be traced back to the 1600s when it was used in classical dance-drama, known as kabuki.
Modern examples of tokusatsu are Garo, Godzilla, Kamen Rider, Power Rangers.
Garo is a very popular tokusatsu and received an anime spin-off due to its immense success.
Is GARO: The Crimson Moon Bad and Skippable?
The Carved Seal of Flames was a huge hit, but with the addition of the Crimson Moon, Garo seemed to have lost all of its lusters.
The second installment was anticipated by many but turned out to be a massive disappointment with a messy plot, bad characters, and generic animation and music. The overall experience is underwhelming and not enjoyable at all, and thus, it’s better if you just skip it.
Vanishing Line, which was the third installment, though, brought the series back to life with amazing visuals and an excellent storyline.
About Garo: The Animation
Garo: The Animation is the name given to the Carved Seal of Flames, the Crimson Moon, and Vanishing Line collectively. They act as anime spin-offs to the original live-action series.
All the three main series revolve around various protagonists getting rid of creatures known as “Horrors” that devour humans. They are the manifestation of negative emotions and the primary antagonists of each installment.
The Carved Seal of Flames takes place in the Valiante Kingdom based in Germany. The protagonist is a 17-year-old knight who inherits a legendary armor and must kill all the monsters so that humanity could lead a peaceful life.
The Crimson Moon revolves around another Golden Knight. She possesses extraordinary powers that can kill the Horrors with the help of the legendary armor.
Vanishing Line follows the journey of a girl named Sophie and a mysterious Knight. After finding a common phrase that links them, they work together to unravel the truth behind the monsters called “Horror” and the disappearance behind Sophie’s brother.