This 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.
With 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.
It’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.