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GARO: Makai no Hana
(aka GARO: The Makai Flower) is the fourth season of the Garo series; it is the sequel to Flash Knight and continues after the movie, Demon Dragon of the Blue Cries.

StoryEdit

The story continues after the events of Demon Dragon of the Blue Cries. The Makai Flower follows the adventures of Raiga Saezima, the son of Kouga Saezima and Kaoru Mitsuki. When Raiga was six, Kaoru was taken away by a mysterious dimensional portal and Kouga decided follow through the portal to save his beloved wife. Unfortunately, that was the last Raiga saw of his parents and was raised by Gonza in the new Saezima estate. Raiga decided to carry on the legacy of the Saezima bloodline by becoming the next Golden Knight Garo. However, he had no master and trained on his own. By age 10, Silver Knight Zero became his master and privately trained him to become a full fledged knight.

After much difficult trials, Raiga entered the Hall of Heroes, where the spirits of the previous knights safeguard the armor until the next worthy candidate comes forth. When asking the spirits to succeed his birthright, Raiga was surprised that the spirits denied him; Raiga had to asked for an explanation. It was then the spirits explained there was another person still holding the title of Garo, Kouga. To Raiga's joy, he learned his father is still alive, surviving in another realm. However, Kouga relinquished his title to Raiga, making him the new Garo. In between, a great evil had been awakened.

Long ago, there was once a flower of destruction, Demon Beast Eyrith (aka The Tears of Messiah). To make the evil more manageable, Makai Priests had divided Eyrith into nine smaller Horrors and sealed them into a stone slab. The slab was secretly buried without humanity's knowledge for generations, unfortunately, the slab was discovered by humanity in modern times. Believed nothing more than an ancient relic, it was unearthed and brought to a museum for display, not once knowing the great evil that lies within.

Over a decade into the past, a pregnant priestess was about to be consumed by a Horror. Not willing to allow her daughter to become devoured and/or become an instrument of evil, an unusual phenomenon happened after she sacrificed her life for her child, the baby developed the ability to seal Horrors. The Makai Order was fascinated by the baby as they never seen such unusual and strong magic, that a mother's love would manifest into a child and develop an effective means of containing evil. However, the process couldn't be replicated and the child was deemed too dangerous to interact in society; they decided to make her into a living tool and designated her as Mayuri. With magical safeguards imbued upon her, they had her only awaken in times when unique Horrors were unleashed and it was her duty to help seal them. Once her task is completed, she is returned to slumber until she is called for again.

Several years later, Eiji Busujima (Dark Bone Knight Giru, Senatorial Knight, and platoon leader of the Phantom Knights) lost his lover, Priestess Akari. She was terminally ill, but he was determined to save her. He knew of the legend of Eyrith's abilities to bring back the dead and concocted an ambitious plan to save her. Knowing a spirit can't survive without a body, he thought he saved her by storing Akari's soul into a sleeping magical human tool, Mayuri. With Akari's soul contained, he did the unthinkable: releasing Eyrith's seal. With Eyrith freed along with the Slab Horrors, he intends to capture Eyrith and use Akari's genetic material to help recreate her body. Once Akari's body is remade, he'll use Mayuri to re-attach Akari's soul into her new body and resurrect her.

The broken seal of Eyrith awakened Mayuri. It is her mission to recollect all the missing fragments of the slab and seal them to prevent the Horrors from re-awakening in their dormant state. However, the other reason is that one of the nine Horrors carries the seed of Eyrith. Mayuri has the special ability to seal Horrors in ways not even a knight could; it is her mission to prevent Eyrith from rising. The Makai Senate assigned Raiga to partner with Mayuri in this quest and she has been staying within the Saezima estate to learn more about humanity and help Raiga on his missions. However, the senate added an additional knight to help Raiga, Phantom Knight Kurō. Together, the trio hunts down Horrors and help Mayuri prevent the rise of Eyrith.

As the trio hunts for Eyrith, they actually encountered the seedling in their earlier hunts; Eyrith escaped every time. The seedling has the ability to jump from one Slab Horror to the next, forcing the three to hunt down every Slab Horror until Eyrith has nowhere to go. It was near the end of their hunt that Eiji appeared before them. Crow realized the person who unleashed Eyrith was his own master and he tried to reason with him to turn back; Eiji was not swayed as he's close to bringing back Akari and the two fought as enemies. Unfortunately, Eiji had the advantage as he trained Crow and escaped capture.

Eiji's plan was almost complete, he kidnapped Mayuri and also caught the last Slab Horror. He exposed Eyrith and gave the seedling a locket of her hair, giving Eyrith the ability to clone a new body. The only step left was to help resurrect Eyrith's body to bloom. However, Raiga and Crow wouldn't allow it. Raiga fought against Eiji while Crow worked to free Mayuri. Unfortunately, Mayuri was held within a magical barrier with Eyrith. The seedling was about to take over Mayuri, but Crow offered his body and the seedling accepted his offer as Crow can fly.

During the battle, Raiga's battle helped Eiji regained his senses. It was then Crow appeared before them, possessed by Eyrith. Eiji realized the damaged he has caused was too late. While Raiga gave chase to Crow, Eiji spent time with Mayuri as he recovered from his injuries. It was while talking to Mayuri that he found out all his actions were for nothing. Akari's soul never transferred over to Mayuri's spiritual container; all of Eiji's efforts was in vain. Now back to the side of light, Eiji wishes to atone for his wrongdoings as his disciple is possessed. However, he was injured and was sidelined; he had to depend on Raiga to save the day.

Eyrith took advantage of Crow's makai armor to help reach to her secret location to bloom. Once at the site, Eyrith grew an entire giant dark stalk. With her powers at her peak, Crow was discarded and Raiga fought against Eyrith, but was overpowered. Unwilling to give up, Raiga continued to battle her until Eyrith captured Garo. Knowing of Garo's weakness, Eyrith expedited Garo's armor time limit and forced the armor to consume Raiga. Turned into a Lost Soul Beast Garo, Eiji arrived and attempted to assist in the matter, but couldn't. Ultimately, it was the sound of Akari's bell that helped reawaken Raiga and he managed to overcome lost soul beast to utilize its raw power to become Light Awakening Garo to defeat Eyrith. While Garo destroyed Eyrith's plant body, Eyrith herself still prevails. With the help of Mayuri's sealing powers, Eyrith was re-sealed back into her slab state and the world was saved. However, things would take an interesting turn.

Mayuri's body have magical safeties imbued upon her to help stabilize her powers, however, Mayuri has learned to love Raiga and the bonds she has formed and doesn't want to forget. However, going against her magical programming risks her life and the people around her. Raiga volunteers to assist in a risky procedure in an attempt to save both her life and her experiences. There were no promises it would work, but Raiga risked it for Mayuri and lifted the magical seals that was hurting her; she was left comatose for days. However, Raiga would check on her daily, believing she'll come back to the living and his faith was rewarded. Upon waking up, Mayuri happily greets Raiga with a bright smile for a blissful reunion.

EpisodesEdit

  1. Fossil
  2. Vermin
  3. Greenhouse
  4. Film
  5. Star Chart
  6. Wind Chime
  7. Mythology
  8. Family
  9. Raising
  10. Dinner Table
  11. Manga
  12. The Power of Words
  13. Rabid
  14. Tranformation
  15. Black Tea
  16. Scream
  17. Boy
  18. Crimson
  19. Musical Suite
  20. Iron Man
  21. Afterimage
  22. Watchdog
  23. Reminiscence
  24. Visitor
  25. Divine Will

Cast & CharactersEdit

  • Masei Nakayama as Raiga Saejima
  • Natsumi Ishibashi as Mayuri
  • Atom Mizuishi as Crow
  • Yukijiro Hotaru as Gonza Kurahashi
  • Sayaka Akimoto as Bikuu
  • Sho Aikawa as Dokujima Eiji
  • Ren Osugi as Shido
  • Asana Mamoru as Makai Priest Jill
  • Hironobu Kageyama as Voice of Zaruba
  • Oozeki Eri as Voice of Madou Tool Olva 

Theme songEdit

  • Opening Theme
    • Garo -Makai no Hana- (牙狼〈GARO〉 -魔戒ノ花-)
      • Composer: Terada Shiho, Kuriyama Yoshichika, Matsuo Yoichi
      • Singer: Endoh Masaaki, Okui Masami, Kitadani Hiroshi
    • Raiga ~Tusk of thunder~ (雷牙~Tusk of thunder~)
      • Lyrics, Composer: Kageyama Hironobu
      • Arranger: Sudou Kenichi
      • Singer: JAM Project
  • Closing Theme
    • Yasashisa no Tsubomi (Bud of Kindness (優しさの蕾))
      • Lyrics, Singer: Faylan
      • Composer: Agematsu Noriyasu (Elements Garden)
      • Arranger: Evan Call (Elements Garden)
    • my memory, your memory
      • Lyrics, Composer: Okui Masami
      • Arranger: Terada Shiho
      • Singer: JAM Project

Notes & TriviaEdit

  • This sequel marks the return of creator Keita Amemiya as the director and writer of this series, after being hiatus for over 2 years since the finale of Garo: Makai Senki.
    • Apparently, this sequel also marks the return of Makoto Ito as the suit actor for Golden Knight Garo. He was a suit actor for several Horrors in Garo: Yami o Terasu Mono last year.

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