The Horror of Humanity in Garo: The Carved Seal of Flames

This is an excellent article on Garo, which was probably the hardest anime for me to cut from my watch list. The author points out what makes it unique among other stories in the tokusatsu genre.

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Where there is light, shadows lurk and fear reigns…yet by the blade of Knights, mankind was given hope.

-Opening line to Garo TV series

This fall’s been shaping up to be a very good season for anime.  While popular sequels to franchises like Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works and Psycho-Pass are certainly carrying the mainstream wave, Garo: The Carved Seal of Flames (Honoo no Kokuin) has been a hit, pleasantly adding a much needed spark of diversity in a market swollen with hyperactive moe girls, uninspired shonen fights, and cookie-cutter harems.

Not that the tale that Garo tells is anything original.

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