Garo: Honoo no Kokuin is a fantasy anime about witch hunt and demons. It has a vile feeling to it, where corruption and sin reigns. It is an atmosphere which I love and therefore I had no problem falling right into the story from the get go. I was able to overlook the sub-par art style which showed really little facial detail, I was also able to forgive the rather weird voice actor selection (some voices seemed way off for the stature of their characters). Unfortunately, by the end of the episode I realized that the show wouldn’t be as much about demon and corruption, but would be about something much more standard, which is a glorious hero who defeat evils and kill demons.
It was pretty obvious from the very beginning that the story we were presented was bended and the whole truth was not present, but I really hoped that the main characters would be the demons, not the other way around. I really don’t care to have yet one more show about heroic knights vanquishing demons. The universe and story for Garo seem pretty solid, there is complexity, there is a good atmosphere, there is a story to be had. I mostly have problem with the show because I’m sick of the genre more than anything else.
I must say I am getting rather sick of powerful men in armor saving the kingdom, the demons where cool and all, the characters looked fun and interesting, but I’ve been watching those kind of stories for too long and it just doesn’t interest me anymore, I need a break…sorry Garo it is not you, it is me.
I say this but, I also believe Garo the Carved Sealed Flame simply doesn’t have a high enough production value to struck me as watchable, I do say that I’m sick of the genre, but I would have watched it anyway if it looked a bit more poignant or if there was some major part of the production that stood out. Right now even the CG animated battle scene seem a bit choppy, it just kind of ruin the only small chances the show had to enter my heart.
I will not be watching or covering this show this season, if you are a fan of fantasy and demon you can give this show a try, it is definitively not bad, it is simply not a masterpiece.
ZeroGhj signing off