This might be the best version of Garo yet. Now granted, I haven't watched any of the prequels, but I'm most certain that fans of the series will say that both this and the original Garo: The Animation (back in 2014) are the pinnacle of the series.
And also one thing to note: The director is a Korean, and is rarely heard of in purely-Japanese production.
Every Garo series pertains to a certain country setting and the aesthetics follow the setting while the formula remains episodic, with the unchanging one being the Makai knight hunting down Horrors.
In this instance, the setting is in the USA, with the
references being that of the motorcycle (I'm damn tempted to call this Ghost Rider: The Animation oops) and the city settings. Sword, a Makai knight, has come to investigate an omen that's happening within the city, with the only clue being of "El Dorado". Meanwhile, Sophie, a girl who claims to be looking for her lost brother, also have the same clue to go by, and forms a team with Sword (Ep 4) to find out the real happenings around.
Sword himself is a playboy at heart, and always give thanks for his boisterous attitude on breasts, but I gotta admit I like that kind of bad-ass character who acts on accord. Zaruba is the Ghost Rider-like motorcycle and Sword's main mode of transport, I'd like to say that they make a formidable team.
Sophie is just an average girl all around, but her potential is yet to be realized (have to see proceeding episodes).
(For this instance, I'm focusing on the main characters instead of the supporting ones if they ever get mentioned during the course of the series (Luke, Gina etc.)
Anyone who's watched MAPPA shows will definitely be shown how they handle the production such as the aesthetics (know that weird camera flipping in Episodes 1-2? That was overwhelming...) but overall nothing to complain about. Art is vibrant for its overall dark premise and animation is not top-notch, but also nothing to squander about.
The one thing I love about MAPPA is that their art and animation quality never gets bad or worse overtime (I do feel Kakegurui is the only exception) and is consistent and good to look at.
Sound is also top-notch (I feel IMO). The OP ("EMG" by JAM Project) was the first OP that I was instantly hooked on, and I absolutely love it to pieces. Not everyone will agree that this is one of JAM Project's good songs, but it is decent at best. The ED is also good but decent at best. The BGM resounds with the action and is good at places as well.
Verdict (after Ep 4):
I have a feeling that most people will overlook this show (looking at the MAL scores) but I do love what this show has to offer. So don't pass this one up too soon, take some time to enjoy it and you won't be disappointed (if you're willing).