Thursday, August 15, 2013

牙狼〈GARO〉~闇を照らす者~: Failing to meet expectations

南里 美希 has become the sole reason why I'm still watching 牙狼〈GARO〉~闇を照らす者~. The plot is all but broken and it's aggravating because it had so much potential and it chose to throw away 2 seasons of established background stories.

First episode sets us up with a new protagonist, along with 2 new lead characters who are also Makai Knights. There was so much potential to show the rivalry between each distinctively different character, but nothing done to establish them. Nearly 20 episodes in and I've never seen anyone of them kick ass. Even when they finally teamed up, there was no emotions between them. 

Not intending to make this a long post, but I really hate the fact that all the transformations and fight scenes are totally done in CG. It's not too bad if they are good, but I really detest the low frame rates and awkward animations. Seasons 1 and 2, although it was obvious they were using rubber suits, had much better plot and fight scenes and the Makai Knights looked really awesome while kicking ass. The short stories in season 2 were great and had depth in characters and plot. Here, it's a mess. I thought Garo going blind (see above pic) was going to be cool but they didn't even try and show how bad his eyes were damaged in human form. 

Well, at least they have Rian. That's the one positive thing I have for the show right now.

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