Garo – Vanishing Line #01 — Boobs on Boobs

October 6th, 2017


A WHOLE monster of boobs.


That's a bit more like it… I think. After Garo's last awful animated outing in Feudal Japan, we move to the modern era where things have apparently gotten weird in the land of Garo, and that's putting it lightly. A man that's one third human, one third refrigerator, and one third popped collar fights monsters, occasionally ones made out of nothing but breasts, before running off to have sex with prostitutes. Unlike Dies Irae, Mappa actually has a budget, and nothing can't be punched through cars, or twist its head around in a circle. It still suffers from the usual Garo thing, where it's always just biding its time until the CGI transformation so the monster can be one-shot, but at least it's not slouching when it comes to punching boob monsters in the tits.

It's also as blissfully brief with the exposition about "monsters exist, I kill them" as it is ignorant of the size of steaks, french fries, and the effects of physics on breasts. Sword's a larger than life action hero, confident in kicking ass and dealing with both women and children, and there's no real angst to be found just yet. Solid music is helping fill the space too, better than the pointless chatter that so many other shows this season have opted for instead. The weakest link is probably the mascot girl who doesn't really add much to the episode except rape overtures. I do wish the fight scenes were a little less chaotic. It's not quite as bad as close-up shakey cam, but I like a bit of a wider angle so that I can actually tell what's going on and appreciate the choreography. Then again, it's half CGI anyway, so maybe ignorance is bliss.

It's a solid intro episode full of genuine action, and light on plot or drama. Everything is over the top, and so far, they're running with it pretty well thus far. Hopefully it'll continue in the same vein. I'm too jaded to expect it'll fix the traditional Garo issues, but hopefully it won't fall prey to the ones that tore up that last western medieval version.

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5 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • abc says:

    A bit of Cowboy Beebop vibe.. or this is intended to hit the western Fans

  • Anonymous says:

    im getting the feeling the mc will be killed and replaced, he is too competent

  • Sol says:

    Meh, it’s Garo. It’ll probably all turn to shit midway through. Not gonna waste my time.

  • Neclord X says:

    This is the kind of anime we deserve.

  • kenuran says:

    This is more of what i would think of for a “turn your brain off” type of action show. Sets up the setting naturally and keeps the exposition to a minimum so the stage is set for the actual action to take over when it needs to. Keeps things as simple as the main character’s name. Then again, there has been other action shows that had nice enough first episodes then became a slog to watch as it went on. Rokka no Yuusha comes to mind.

    When i watched the Garo anime that took place in medieval times, I always wondered what it would have been like if German was the main character instead of mopey old Leon. This show seems so far, seems at least to be somewhat the answer to that question.