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Added by jenndubya on 30 Jan 2020 09:49
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Garo Watching Guide

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People who added this item 20 Average listal rating (15 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.7
Garo (2005)
First Season | Contains Bonus Episode | Kouga-era
Starting Point Rating: 5/5

The first season and probably the best introduction to the universe as a whole. You should very much start here.

OFFICIALLY LICENSED: While the first half of the season seems to be out of print on Blu-ray, you can still stream the entire thing legally on HiDive.
* The bonus episode, however, is not among the licensed episodes and you will need to look for that elsewhere.
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People who added this item 4 Average listal rating (3 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.2
Season 1 Side-story | Optional Viewing | Kouga-era

While not released directly after the first season, it is a side-story to its final episodes. So it's probably best that you watch this movie first before the other two movies/specials.

OFFICIALLY LICENSED: Available on Blu-ray and also to stream on HiDive.
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2-Part TV Special | Required Viewing | Kouga-era

This TV special takes place not too long after season one, so don't wait too much before watching it.
It also introduces many elements that will be relevant in season two, so you must watch it if you wish to continue.

OFFICIALLY LICENSED: Available on Blu-ray and also to stream on HiDive.
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People who added this item 5 Average listal rating (5 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 5.7
Theatrical Movie | Required Viewing | Kouga-era

This is basically a lead-in to season two, and introduces new characters that will be relevant in that season, so you must watch if you wish to continue.

OFFICIALLY LICENSED: Available on Blu-ray and also to stream on HiDive.
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People who added this item 3 Average listal rating (2 ratings) 9 IMDB Rating 8.6
Second Season | Contains Bonus Episode | Kouga-era

This is the second season of the show proper and final season with Kouga as the main protagonist.

OFFICIALLY LICENSED: Available on Blu-ray and also to stream on HiDive.
* The bonus episode is included on the Blu-ray release.
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People who added this item 4 Average listal rating (2 ratings) 8.5 IMDB Rating 6.6
Theatrical Movie | Kouga-era

This is basically an epilogue to season two, and this adventure is what they are setting up at the end of the season.
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Movie | Side-story to Previous Movie | Kouga-era

This movie happens simultaneous to Soukoku no Maryuu, and the season two characters that you do not see in that movie are probably in this one instead.
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Third Season | Contains Bonus Episode | Ryuuga-era
Starting Point Rating: 3/5

This is the first season to take place in a brand new era (an indeterminate future), and so you could start here, but the story also assumes that you are at least familiar with the already established lore of Garo.
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People who added this item 3 Average listal rating (2 ratings) 9 IMDB Rating 7.2
Mini-series | Spin-off | Kouga-era

This is a spin-off set in the modern day era, so you really should be caught up on the Kouga stuff before jumping in.
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People who added this item 1 Average listal rating (1 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 0
Fourth Season | Raiga-era
Starting Point Rating: 1/5

This is a direct sequel to the Kouga era, taking place only a few decades later and focusing on Kouga's direct successor.
Not a good starting point.
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People who added this item 7 Average listal rating (4 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 6.8
Fifth Season | First Anime | Contains Bonus Episode | Leon-era
Starting Point Rating: 4/5

Another brand new Garo user, this time taking place in a fictional, medieval Europe.
You could start here, particularly if you are more into anime, but it doesn't really do the best job of setting up the lore of Garo like the original season.

OFFICIALLY LICENSED: Available on Blu-ray and also to stream on Funimation, Hulu, and Amazon Prime.
* The bonus episode is not on Hulu or Amazon Prime, and only available to Funimation subscribers, but is on the Blu-ray release.
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People who added this item 2 Average listal rating (1 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 0
Movie + TV Season | Sixth Season | Fifth Live Action | Ryuuga-era


This is the second season in the Ryuuga time period. And so you should have watched the first one before starting this one.

* The movie takes place prior to the season proper and there is also an "episode zero" that is basically just an interview with the creator as he talks about the upcoming season.
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People who added this item 1 Average listal rating (0 ratings) 0 IMDB Rating 5.6
Seventh Season | Second Anime


OFFICIALLY LICENSED: Available on Blu-ray and also to stream on Funimation and Amazon Prime.
People who added this item 1 Average listal rating (1 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 6.3
Movie | Raiga-era


A spin-off movie centered around a character from season four.
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Eighth Season | Sixth Live Action | Anthology Season | Contains Bonus Episode | Kouga, Ryuuga & Raiga-eras


Kouga-era Episodes: 1, 3, 5, 8, 11
Raiga-era Episodes: 3, 6, 8, 9
Ryuuga-era Episodes: 2, 4, 7, 10

Episodes 3 and 8 are two half-episodes with a split focus.
The finale is a combination of all three eras, and the bonus episode (Asura) is a mix of Kouga and Raiga.
People who added this item 4 Average listal rating (3 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 6.4
Movie | Leon-era


A sequel movie to the original anime season. And so you definitely should have already watched that beforehand.

OFFICIALLY LICENSED: Available on Blu-ray and to stream on Funimation and Amazon Prime.
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People who added this item 1 Average listal rating (1 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 0
Spin-off Season | Second Zero Focus | Kouga-era


This is the second spin-off for this character and features other returning characters. You definitely should have watched at least the first two seasons + Black Blood before this for the main character's story arc alone. Makai no Hana and Makai Retsuden are less crucial, but still should be watched beforehand.
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Ninth Season | Third Anime


OFFICIALLY LICENSED: Available on Blu-ray and to stream on Funimation and Amazon Prime.
People who added this item 0 Average listal rating (0 ratings) 0 IMDB Rating 5.5
Movie | Ryuuga-era
People who added this item 0 Average listal rating (0 ratings) 0 IMDB Rating 0
Spin-off Season | Ryuuga-era
People who added this item 0 Average listal rating (0 ratings) 0 IMDB Rating 0
Movie | Crimson Moon-era
Movie | Raiga-era
People who added this item 0 Average listal rating (0 ratings) 0 IMDB Rating 0
Tenth Season | Seventh Live Action

Thinking about getting into Garo but confused on where to start? Well I'm here to help you with that.

For those unaware, Garo is a late-night show in Japan about a man who fights evil by calling on the ancient armor of the Golden Knight Garo. Depending on what season you pick up, you could have one of many different protagonists and the show could be set in one of many time periods.

The show has two separate branches, a live action branch and an anime branch. Both are set in the same universe and one is not an adaptation of the other. While you may have characters from one medium show up in the other, there is not a main protagonist that transcends both.

The first two live action seasons and the three anime seasons are all officially licensed and available on Blu-ray. You can stream live action Garo on HiDive and the anime on Funimation. The others are unfortunately only officially available in Japan, but you can find gracious fans who have translated the rest.

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