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Garo episode 1 – Sculpted chibi male butts

vlcsnap-2014-10-06-17h08m23s97This is the season of the naked male arses. Mappa started us off with Bahamut ending with a fine piece of dude backside. Even the Fruits de la Harem VN adaptation, which otherwise had more pantyshots than plot points, showed us a full shot of some guy bottom. Then Garo came in, not only with a regular shot of manly rear ends, but even of a chibi ass. Truly we live in a glorious age of anime.

Oh right, Garo. Yeah it was pretty good.

Garo - 01 - Large 27With its hardcore violence and sex, Garo is wearing its STRAIGHT FROM JAPAN TOTALLY UNEXPECTED NOT KIDS STUFF hat quite proudly. We have a witch being burnt at the stake, a man being tied to two crazed horses and being pulled apart, some pretty obvious hints towards prisoner rape, and plenty of other scenes of people getting stabbed all up in this shit. It does a good job of accurately getting across how this society has dehumanised witches and magic users, even if it’s a bit too metal to take entirely seriously. Then there’s tits and blowjobs after that just to really jam home how hardcore all this stuff is. Also before some doofus who has recently replaced his brain with a mouldy sandwich asks, this is different from Cross Ange because the intent of the dehumanisation of the oppressed is not supposed to be something we masturbate to.

This is all set up for a story about the lost child of a witch and his adopted scrounger father who both have fancy CG battle outfits that cosplayers around the world will win contests by dressing up in them because boy are they elaborate. In general I like the animation a lot. The character designs are nicely stylised in a way that reminds me of Casshern Sins, and between this and Rage of Bahamut, Mappa are making a mockery of the rest of the anime world with how well integrated their CG animation is. The fight scenes actually look cool with those hyper-detailed battle suits. I’m rather less keen on the monster design, but hopefully that was a once off.

Garo - 01 - Large 30It’s certainly not as good as Rage of Bahamut, since I might as well compare the only two good anime of this season. It doesn’t have the levity to proceedings Bahamut manages to get in with its humour, which makes Garo appear a little bit silly with how metal it is. But just because I laughed at some of its actions doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy what story they were presenting. It’s entertaining and well animated with enough of a unique style to make it stick out from the crowd. I can totally see it stick its foot in its mouth at least once before its over. Something doesn’t try this hard to be edgy without totally missing the mark at least once. But for now it’s quite a bit of fun.

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  1. HaremSuxLol
    Posted October 7, 2014 at 5:30 pm | Permalink

    Seriously, MAPPA is probably one of two studios whose CGI doesn’t look like a bad PS2 cutscene.

    And speaking of CGI integration, does anyone else remember the CGI bananas from Tiger and Bunny?

  2. Erif
    Posted October 7, 2014 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

    Didn’t like Blade Works?

    • Scamp
      Posted October 7, 2014 at 10:21 pm | Permalink

      Nope. Boring as hell, full of redundant dialogue, the first 20 minutes or so were completely unnecessary, cool fight scene surrounded by nothing but boring talking heads, and apparently learned nothing from the mistakes made my Fate/Zero.

  3. Posted October 8, 2014 at 1:57 am | Permalink

    Haha, it’s like the live-action version, except without the cheesy dialogue and the subpar acting. They clearly spend at least 50% of the budget on the CG sequences.
    Glad to hear they kept the original gore and dark content.

  4. Nagisa33
    Posted October 8, 2014 at 3:09 am | Permalink

    This was the first thing I thought when I saw the lion-clad warrior take a halberd to the face, walk into fire, and then swiftly ride on his horse like it was a surfboard.

    This series is off to a great start. Again, the CGI worked well here but this time it’s used for both main characters instead of background objects like in their other series. They did a great job with it too as it seems to emphasize the characters’ prowess and power. Besides that, the art style was baller, unique OP included.

    I’m looking forward to more GARo, more fiery lion battles, and hopefully more butts.

  5. Shinmaru
    Posted October 8, 2014 at 4:45 am | Permalink

    This is a very nice looking show I have no interest in watching past this first episode.

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