The live-action superhero series Garo has had a major (likely pachinko-fueled) revival in the last few years. Garo’s a Makai Knight, a Kamen Rider-like superhero. The show borrows the structure of a kids’ hero show, but the contents are a little darker, the hero not exactly brooding but definitely not an easygoing guy. Monster-killing is literally one’s job in this world, and he is a professional.
With two new TV seasons and various movies and specials just in the last few years, a lot of Garo work is getting made.. and now Garo’s moving into animation with the new series Honoo no Kokuin (Seal of Flames).
A new trailer was shown at a recent Garo event, showing the new bearer of the Garo armor. Perhaps it’s stylistic, but he looks like a teen, much younger than the grown 20-something men of the live-action series. The next scenes show a Makai Knight armor that doesn’t appear to be the golden wolf Garo, looking to have rescued and swaddled a child from flames. A mystery has been established: clearly that was the goal.
Yasuko Kobayashi writes: she’s had a long career writing tokusatsu TV shows, including an episode of Garo. Animator Yuichiro Hayashi gets his first shot at the director’s seat, and Mappa animates. This could be interesting.
Animeanime, ANN (translation)