Introducing an on-going franchise to a new audience has it hits and misses with an emphasis on miss. The new Black Jack has been getting its fair share of criticism for its apparently awful depiction of the Vietnam War, Sailor Moon Crystal is self-explanatory, and I really don’t think anyone needs me to bring up a certain anime that had an episode about a dude wanting to have sex with the fishes, do they? So what exactly do you have to accomplish to familiarize your everyday schlub with a franchise they know nothing about? Well you can do what Osomatsu-san is doing right now, but how about in terms of familiarizing your everyday schlub in a way that I care about?
You distance yourself from everything but the aesthetics, create a grand scale narrative fueled by characters with personality problems, pace said narrative with insightful and varied episodic stories about the darkness of humanity, choreograph your fight scenes better than Samurai Jack, and sacrifice the animation quality in order to do so…okay maybe that part could have been fixed. What do you get when you do all that? Garo: The Carved Seal of Flames. An epic dark fantasy whose style and scope easily matches its execution. Admittedly it’s not a flawless execution, but Dark Souls isn’t exactly a flawless masterpiece either so don’t let its problems prevent you from appreciating its utter coolness, guys.
And since I’m sure I’ll get comments about it if I don’t address the elephant in the room, no that Crimson Knight iteration we’re getting right now isn’t good, but I pretty much doubt the live-action stuff had a spotless record in regards to its multiple shows either, so I could care less. It’s like complaining about Power Rangers: Lightspeed Rescue not living up to Lost Galaxy.