Hey, Deviantart. This is HeartlessHunter13, or HH13 for short, and . . . I'm not technically back. So, for a long time now, you won't be seeing any art or writings from me. I apologize greatly to the people who I owe stuff. I'm terrible with deadlines and making promises. However, be assured, I do want to complete them. I just get stocked up with stuff I don't want to deal with, but then I have to. So, again, I apologize.
Now, as you can tell from the title . . . or not, you're questioning, what's this journal about? This entry is not important. Not exactly a rant or anything, but something I found out before even watching said event happen. In other words, SPOILERS. People who are watching the GARO anime, this contains spoilers for today's (12/19/14) episode. I spoil myself on a daily basis, although I don't usual do that for this particular franchise. However, bad habit of looking in anime episode list summary and such before even watching is my thing. So, again, this contains spoilers. Stop right here. Wait until the actual episode airs and then you may commence and feelings you had for this episode. Okay? Okay.
Time and time again, we the fans (of anything) have those moments in a show, game, etc, where an event happens that makes you go "WTF?" Case in point of what I found out through wikipedia for GARO the Animation.
Now for those who don't know GARO, let me try to explain. GARO is a horror, action tokusatsu that aired in Japan around 2004/2005. The live action series centers around the main character who wields the armor GARO to fight creatures of darkness known as Horros. The community he's part of to face these Horrors is the Makai Order. His rank, or role for that matter, is Makai Knight, which in turn there are other Makai Knights. The supporters of the Makai Knights are Makai Priests. This drama for at least 6-7 years was focused on Kouga Saezima, the holder of GARO. Eventually, after many movies and spin-offs, in 2013/2014 the armor GARO is now held by Kouga's son, Raiga Saezima in his own series called Makai no Hana. While this show was happening, the development of a first time animation of GARO was in the works. The big difference between the animation and the live action was the universe/continuity. The animation and the live action would have zero connections with each other. Basically, within the anime, no reference to the drama would be made. Same concepts, but not any people you would recognize from the drama in the anime besides the titular armor, GARO.
The GARO anime centers around the current holder of GARO, Leon Luis. Within this world, Leon's people, Makai Knights and Makai Priests (although they are now called Makai Alchemists), are condemned to the witch hunt. Or as wikipedia puts this as similar to the Spanish Inquisition. Leon was born while his mother, Anna was burning at the stake. Luckily, his father, German (holder of the title Zoro) was able to save him. Though Leon holds the title of GARO, he unfortunately has some sort of curse that makes him go berserk almost consuming him in flames. This curse of flames may or may not have been due to being born while being almost burned along with his mother. However, this doesn't help that this berserk mode seems to increase whenever flashbacks of his mother burning happen.
We also meet the ones responsible and not exactly responsible for the witch hunt. Our main antagonist is Mendoza. Not only was he once a Makai Alchemist, he's the one who orchestrated the witch hunt through the king during the time when Leon's mother was condemned to burn. Our other protagonist is the king's son, Alfonso in which we learned that his family has some sort of connection to the Knight of Light. This Knight of Light bares resemblance to GARO. We find out that the connection is due to Alfonso's mother, who was the sister of Anna, Leon's mother. This makes Alfonso and Leon cousins.
Eventually, Mendoza is able to usurp the throne due to making the king sick and blaming the continuing sickness (through poisoning) on Alfonso's mother. Now, Alfonso is on the run to find the Knight of Light and take back his throne. Along the way, Alfonso meets a Makai Knight and gained the armor Gaia from this knight after he died.
I know I'm typing a lot and along the way I'm not making any sense, but try to keep up. Also, you're asking, "Okay, I'm reading all of this, but what's the biggest FU in this?"
Think about it; Anna and Alfonso's mother were part of the GARO line. I forgot to mention that only boys can become Makai Knights while females can only take the role of being a Makai Priest/Alchemist. Anna and Alfonso's mother were the only children of the previous GARO (their father). So, the heritage of GARO was passed over their generation. Since they both had boys, either one of those boys could have inherited GARO.
Then you ask, "But wait a moment? Didn't you type that Leon (the main character) is the current holder of GARO while Alfonso already has the armor GAIA?"
I did; this is where one of the biggest FUs I've ever seen comes in. During a fight with Mendoza, Leon unfortunately goes berserk and turns into a corrupted, monster version of GARO. Alfonso was able to disengage the armor from Leon ONLY TO BE ACCEPTED AS THE NEW WEARER OF GARO. Let me repeat that; Alfonso was able to disengage the armor from Leon ONLY TO BE ACCEPTED AS THE NEW WEARER OF GARO. That means, LEON JUST GOT DISOWNED BY GARO. He's not longer the wearer . . . that sucks. You hold one of the mightiest titles of Makai society then suddenly, it's ripped away from you. That's a big FU especially since Leon was brought up to take the title GARO. BIG FU.
And I know you're probably saying, "That can't be the end. From what I see on wikipedia, they're still pretty far away until the season concludes." True; I'm still guessing they're going to the 25 episode mark, but seriously, this is an FU to Leon, especially since he wasn't only brought up to take the title GARO, he's the main character then suddenly his cousins takes it. That will really break him besides remembering of how his mother died. I know that he will get the armor back eventually (again, main character can't lose this easily), but this is one of the biggest FUs I've ever seen.