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GARO: Vanishing Line (牙狼〈GARO〉-VANISHING LINE-) is a Japanese original anime television series produced by MAPPA. It premiered on October 2017. The anime is a part of the GARO franchise and the third animated entry after GARO: Carved Seal of Flames and GARO: Crimson Moon.

In Russell City, a prosperous American city based on New York City, an omen that threatens to shake its world begins to move within it. A man named Sword is the first to hear the first stirrings of the plot, and throws himself into a shadow war in order to expose it. His only clue is the key word "El Dorado." He meets Sophie, a girl searching for her missing older brother who has only left her with the same words: "El Dorado." With Sword having also lost his younger sister in the past, both are drawn together by the words, and work together to find out its meaning.

GARO: Vanishing Line provides examples of:

  • 2D Visuals, 3D Effects: The armors, like the previous seasons. Sword's motorcycle is also realized through this method while Gina's car flip-flops between 2D and 3D.
  • Action Girl: Most Garo shows feature a female Makai alchemist who can kick ass with the best of them, and Gina is no exception.
  • Animation Bump: Episodes 8 and 17 are of much higher quality than the other episodes. The opening animations as well, as mentioned below.
  • Arc Words: "El Dorado"
  • Art Shift: The opening animations by Science SARU's Abel Gongora are done up in a sketchier and more fluid Deliberately Monochrome art style.
  • Big Bad: The villain behind everything is the 'King' of El Dorado.
  • Continuity Cameo: A shadowed Garm appears in Sword's flashback in episode 16 at the diner, pretty much confirming it to be the modern incarnation of the original's Watchdog Centre.
  • Cool Bike: Sword drives a kick-ass Zaruba themed motorcycle.
  • Cool Car: Gina's is a heavily decorated muscle car not only capable of nitro boost. But also has a retractable turret installed in the back.
  • Designated Girl Fight: No real shock that Gina's final opponent is the fallen Alchemist Queen, the only female member of the baddies. The trope is played with slightly, though - as a high-ranking Horror, Queen is tough enough that it’s usually two of the heroes’ job to take her on, and Gina has to team up with Luke to weaken her before their final duel.
  • Double Standard Rape: Female on Male: When women are preyed upon or objectified, it's obviously portrayed as creepy, yet when Sword finds himself unwillingly used as bait to distract a very horny, old, and overweight woman, his constant disgust is played as a joke even as she's pushing him onto the bed and straddling his naked body.
  • Fallen Hero: The Dark Knight a.k.a. Christopher, Luke's father, a former Makai Knight who became obsessed with gaining power until he ultimately fell to evil and killed his own wife as his first act.
  • The Friends Who Never Hang: Despite both of them working with Sword often, Luke and Gina have little in the way of dialogue with one another.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: Sword has a tendency to fight with his fists, saving his sword and the GARO armor for emergencies.
  • Gratuitous English: Going with the American based setting.
  • The Gunslinger: Luke, using the 2 guns his dead alchemist mother had.
  • Missing Mom: Luke's to be specific.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Sophie's brother Martin turned out to be this, believing the cyberworld of El Dorado that he was helping to create would better the world rather than trap the souls of people and provide food for horrors, and that's besides being the actual host of the King himself.
    • Sophie herself becomes one, as her learning the truth about El Dorado and her brother's role in its creation, are enough to convince her that she needs to kill an unsuspecting Martin, thus breaking his will to the point that he succumbs to King's influence.
  • World of Buxom: With few exceptions (E.g. Sophie) the women in this series all have very large breasts.