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Garo Makai Senki 04 released

Post by takenoko » Tue Nov 01, 2011 8:35 pm

So I didn't really care for this episode. It smacks of filler, which is accentuated by Rei's appearance at the end of the last episode, but not this episode. Was that all that they said to each other after not seeing each other in all these years? What did they talk about after sharing chests?

Anyway, there were just too many dumb moments. Like Kouga had nothing to gain by revealing that Ririka was cheating, it just got her trapped by the Horror. Isn't he supposed to be a good guy? Plus the plan to get himself captured on purpose seemed really dumb. The Horror could have just said no and left him trapped. And the Horror knows which card he uses for his dimension thing. Is he really so stupid that he'd let Kouga near those card trapping his victims? A story just isn't fun to watch where the plot devices depend on everyone being an idiot for the story to occur (see Star Wars prequels criticism)

At least we got to see some guest stars. There's Murakami (is it?) who was Kaixa in Faiz and that other guy in Cutie Honey the Live. There's that nerdy guy who was a guest in Kiva and various other toku shows as well as the Densha Otoko movie. And there's that girl who was the guest star in the first episode of Cutie Honey the Live. I wonder what the deal was with her and Daisuke. I checked and the names are different from Cutie Honey. Something about how she acts all sweet but mistreats men made me think they were similar characters.

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Holy crap, is that Jinno from W?

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Post by Catastrophe » Tue Nov 01, 2011 8:43 pm

Yeah is was Mirakami. I had to double take a bit because of the beard.

This plot just reeks of unoriginal writing. The poker game for soul thing was done back in 1988 in JoJo's Bizarre adventure, and probably before that as well. The writer for this episode must have really been up to SFA.

*Checks writer for episode*

*Turns out to be Inoue*

*Insert Kagami MFW reaction*

Well. It explains a lot. The lead writers only did episodes 1 and 2, and apparently are doing 6-8, so I expect the reason why 3 and 4 (and possibly 5 to come) may be a bit... well...shit below the traditional GARO plot levels.

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Re: Garo Makai Senki 04 released

Post by Lunagel » Tue Nov 01, 2011 8:57 pm

God damn, if a straight flush is "beginner's luck" then Kouga needs to go to Vegas! As an occasional poker player, can I just say that those hands were pretty damn unbelievable, but then again, everyone loves to see a royal flush no matter if the chances are 1 in 649,739.

Lol Kaixa has a goatee.

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Post by neonblue2 » Wed Nov 02, 2011 4:03 am

Damn, Kusaka. You go on and on about how Orphnoch are evil and then you become a Horror? What's wrong with you? :D

If only Rei had appeared in this episode. They could have had a reunion and tried to kill each other like the good ol' days.

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Post by Catastrophe » Wed Nov 02, 2011 1:02 pm

Playing bar chess maybe?

One of the 2003 SHT openings had the two of them playing chess, checkers or Shogi. I can't find the link anymore on youtube but it was pretty funny.

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Re: Garo Makai Senki 04 released

Post by PHurricane » Wed Nov 02, 2011 3:53 pm

No episode can be completely bad where Kaixa gets beaten up and killed.

I wonder if it's going to be a running gag of Makai Senki to put Kouga in situations you wouldn't expect to see him in. Kind of amusing, but it does get old when you stop to think about how odd a scenario is with Kouga thrown into the middle of it.

I'm guessing Rei is just a guest star. Probably won't have more than a few minutes every couple episodes, until maybe the last episode, when it's time to confront the mysterious tattoo artist. Just a guess.

Even though they're not in the episode for long, the moments between Kaoru and Gonza are adorable. Kaoru's activities during the credits, and the glimpse at the pages of her story, are also very neat.

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Re: Garo Makai Senki 04 released

Post by DrinkItDown » Wed Nov 02, 2011 5:11 pm

*shrug* I guess its another episode that I liked, just like the last. The show just started, it's not time to delve into heavy plot yet. I like these regular Horror of the week episodes.
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Re: Garo Makai Senki 04 released

Post by Devil D » Wed Nov 02, 2011 5:19 pm

Yeah, I miss the times when he would come in and say "Hey! I am going to kill you for no reason" and our hero would be like "Yo moma!" And then they would have an epic battle, and then for dinner one of them kills a horror and then they are like "same time next week?"

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Re: Garo Makai Senki 04 released

Post by Alessar » Wed Nov 02, 2011 5:50 pm

I liked it. I thought it was a fun episode. I think it was a certain amount of catchup for new viewers.

I liked it showed Kouga was about to sit down and play cards with Kaoru and Gonza, he's really defrosted since the first series. Then, it was actually pretty funny when it showed he was such a fish out of water he didn't know anything about poker. You could just put thought bubbles on Grace-sama and Leo that he was that uh, dedicated to is knightly lifestyle. And, of course for the benefit of any new viewers it's been made absolutely clear that Kaoru is the most important thing in the world to him, even if they're not smooching every second.

I think he turned Ririka in not only because she was cheating (thus offending his honor) but also because he needed to make sure she wasn't using magic (and thus the horror). He also probably wasn't expecting individual cells on the other side of the barrier/gate, so I'll chalk that up to cockiness.

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Re: Garo Makai Senki 04 released

Post by chronoxiong » Wed Nov 02, 2011 10:15 pm

I thought this episode was cool. It kept me interested and wanted to know who was the Horror too. But of course, it turned out to be Kaixa. He's always the villain. Lol...It never gets old to keep seeing him get beat in whatever he appears whether it's Faiz, Cutie Honey, or Garo. Whenever I see these high powered Poker hands in TV/movies, I always find it to be fake because it hardly happens in real life. Oh well though, it does help make for interesting situations. I thought the chick who kept cheating was cute. I also thought all the other chicks in the background were hot too. What a way to get me distracted from the poker action. Haha...
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Re: Garo Makai Senki 04 released

Post by DrowningFishy » Thu Nov 03, 2011 10:55 pm

Well, that was easy as hell to figure out who the Horror was. Though sadly his role wasn't as "flamboyant" as I am used to. Kaoru and the ol' man made me laugh. Kouga well, ::shrugs:: he seems to be the flat tire in this series. Is it sad that i am saying Kouga's role in this series now bores the hell out of me and kind of annoys me?

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Post by Catastrophe » Sat Nov 05, 2011 10:12 pm

I like the branching out with Kouga. Driving a car, wearing proper clothes this episode (although they mysteriously change back after he finishes the battle). I like what they did with this episode, even if it was obviously done to save the budget.

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Re: Garo Makai Senki 04 released

Post by dancercotillion » Sun Nov 06, 2011 2:21 pm

I think Kouga's suit was overtop his bondage gear and the Garo armour burned it off. That's the most logical explanation.
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Re: Garo Makai Senki 04 released

Post by Devil D » Mon Nov 07, 2011 7:21 am

i liked the noir-esque feel to this episode. It had a good mystery, a good fight, and a great atmosphere. I have noticed though that lately the final battles lack that sense of intensity but Kouga slicing his way through the minions was pretty awesome.

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Re: Garo Makai Senki 04 released

Post by m4rc0 » Thu Nov 17, 2011 4:41 am

Garo: Cassino Royale. Kouga's plan wasn't very smart and there wasn't a lot of fights, but i kinda liked the episode.

Garo's MOTW episodes are always nice.

LOL @ awkward silence when Kouga says he can't play poker.

And it's always nice to see Kaixa getting beat up.

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