TFC pulled out all the stops promoting Garo Red Requiem, Keita Amemiya’s upcoming 3D film adaptation of his 2005 tokusatsu television series at this year’s Tokyo International Anime Fair. In addition to setting up life-sized Makai Knights for the event, 3D glasses were handed out and a teaser trailer was screened in a special 3D theater set up in Tohokushinsha’s booth. Luckily for those of us on the other side of the world, it was later uploaded to the film’s newly-revamped official website.
Red Requiem will pretty much maintain the theme of the original series, but with a few additions. One of those additions is a new character named Rekka played by Mary Matsuyama. Earlier today, Matsuyama spoke at the film’s news conference at TAF2010 and explained how her 8 years in ballet and rhythmic gymnastics helped her prepare for the intense action scenes including combat and wirework, although she admitted it was a challenge getting used to the pain and soreness.
The story involves a group called the Makai Knights who have secretly defended humanity for centuries by fighting demonic manifestations called “Horrors”. Chief among them is Kouga Saejima (Ryosei Konishi), a knight who holds the title of Garo and has the ability to transform into an incredibly powerful golden armored warrior for a short period of time. However, as long as there is wickedness in the world, there will always be more Horrors to purge. When seven new “Apostle Horrors” descend into the terrestrial world, Kouga Saejima accepts a mission to hunt them down and exterminate them. A few days later, their trail leads Kouga to a port town where he happens to cross paths with Makai Priests Akaza (Yosuke Saito), Shiguto (Masahiro Kuranuki), and Rekka. It seems inevitable that the four of them will need to team up to face such a powerful enemy, but Rekka inexplicably decides to take the Apostle Horrors on by herself…
“Garo Red Requiem” will be released in Japan later this year.