Fall 2017 First Impressions: Part 7

Garo: Vanishing Line

I quite liked the first Garo anime, Honoo no Kokuin, but the second one, Guren no Tsuki, was pretty terrible. As for Vanishing Line it, perhaps fortunately, reminds me of neither of the first two anime when it comes to story and setting, though visually it’s somewhat reminiscent of Honoo no Kokuin. It’s set in modern times, and the main character is a very muscular macho man. I’m not a huge fan of machismo in general, though I used to be at one point, but in this case the main character is exaggerated (which you can tell by the size of his motorcycle, and the steak he eats) so much that I find it sort of adorable. At least so far.

Fall 2017 Garo

I’m so hungry…

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Index: Fall 2015 First Impressions

 

  • Part 2

    • Miss Monochrome: The Animation 3, Hacka Doll The Animation, Kagewani
  • Part 3

    • Young Black Jack, Heavy Object, Noragami Aragoto
  • Part 4

    • Shingeki! Kyojin Chuugakkou, Owarimonogatari
  • Part 5

    • Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, One Punch Man
  • Part 6

    • Concrete Revolutio: Choujin Gensou, Comet Lucifer, Komori-san wa Kotowarenai!
  • Part 7

    • Teekyuu 6, Yuru Yuri San☆Hai!, High School Star Musical
  • Part 8

    • Kowabon, Subete ga F ni Naru: The Perfect Insider
  • Part 9

    • Garo: Guren no Tsuki, Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka??, Owari no Seraph: Nagoya Kessen-hen

Fall 2015 First Impressions: Part 9

Garo: Guren no Tsuki

I like her.

As I mentioned in my Season Preview post, I ended up liking the original tokusatsu Garo show more than the first anime adaptation. Now that I’ve seen the first episode of Guren no Tsuki, I can safely say that it reminds me more of the tokusatsu than the first anime. Unfortunately, however, that seems to include the tokusatsu’s issues as well. For the most part, this means that the slice of life comedy scenes are either awkward or annoying, or both, and the acting isn’t particularly impressive(Kintoki in particular is grating both in voice and tone). Zaruba is as amazing as always, though. So, in conclusion, I prefer the parts of the show that are about killing monsters to the parts that are about wasting time on humour.

But, on the bright side, that’s actually the only real problem I have with Guren no Tsuki so far. Now that I’m familiar with the lore, the story doesn’t feel too contrived, and I prefer the Japanese setting to the faux-European fantasy world in the first anime. I also wasn’t too bothered by the CG in the first episode. Sure, it wasn’t impressive, but I liked the heavy filtering more than the really plastic-y look of the first anime, and I think it fit with the art style in general. Not a bad start!

Verdict: Not perfect, but I liked it more than the previous Garo anime, so that’s something.

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