Alas, poor Sister… we hardly knew ye. But can you believe it? After seven weeks, Garo – Vanishing Line is finally getting underway. I am honestly a little bummed to see the nun die. In order to protect the orphans — they’re practically her children now — she was so ready to throwdown against a Horror despite being nothing more than a mere human. Unlike the Garo Knights and Alchemists, she has no special powers. She’s just a badass nun who knows martial arts, and in the end, it was of little help. Her opponent could’ve transformed into a full-fledged Horror at any moment to finish her off, but instead, it chose to play with its food. What a classic bad guy mistake. So when I saw the woman impaled through the shoulders, I thought she still had a chance to see those kids again. If you’re not going to finish her off now, then this is surely the golden opportunity for Sword to show up in the nick of time and save the day, right? I mean, c’mon, what will the orphans do without her? But no, the anime still kills her off. Her blood is then sadistically splattered across Sophie’s face, which is going to take a few therapy sessions in her adult years to fix. But more than anything, if Garo never addresses the orphans’ fate, I’m going to be sorely disappointed. But we’ll wait and see. For now, we finally have an actual villain to contend with.
The rest of the episode drops enough tantalizing clues about the plot to keep us wondering. Sword takes the latest case very personally as soon as he hears the name El Dorado. It’s enough to make him scream at Sophie. If he realizes that this whole situation is too dangerous for the girl, then why even tolerate her hanging around the diner in the first place? Then again, Sword was never meant to be infallible. I still think he needs more to his character. Right now, it’s a bit two dimensional. Victims are being lured to El Dorado with promises of happiness. Not riches, but happiness. Nevertheless, it has a king, and every king needs a knight. Enter the Dark Knight. The Horror of the week is tasked with the job of supplying El Dorado with a steady stream of humans. Some humans are high-grade, so they are good for… what, exactly? Supporting El Dorado? We’ll find out later. Others, like the orphans, are apparently good for nothing more than food. Still, it’s interesting to see that the Horror of the week is actually not working in concert the Dark Knight. Rather, our new villain is here for Sophie and Sophie alone. King’s order, he says. What makes her so special? Luke pulls the trigger without warning, but the Dark Knight wouldn’t be much of a villain if he died so soon. There’s obviously bad blood between the two. Maybe the Dark Knight is responsible for the death of Luke’s mother.
I can’t help but wonder if we really needed to wait this long to finally get the major plot developments we had always wanted. After all, why bother introducing Gina so early on in the story if she’s not even going to participate in this week’s festivities? The Dark Knight still could’ve waited till week seven to get his proper introduction, but the previous six episodes suffered by being so disconnected from each other. The Horror of the week format does Garo no favors. It would’ve been nice if El Dorado had served as a greater threat than just something that kept being name-dropped over and over. Plus, if you’re going to kill the nun off like this, why not flesh out her character a little more? It’s by no means guaranteed that she will no longer show up again, but even so, her death lacked a bit of emotional impact. Sophie is absolutely devastated, but can you really say the same for the audience? I only feel bad for the kids… In any case, this week’s episode is alright by itself. It’s light on character development, but a little heavier on action and overall tension. The Dark Knight is obviously not someone to mess with. He even murders an entire police department to get the information he needs. Still, this is yet another major incident that the show will have to address, and I’m not sure some memory-wiping rain will suffice. You can’t kill that many people and just hand-wave it off. Well, we’ll see in seven days, won’t we?