Funimation brought out the two halves of the GARO: Vanishing Line series back in 2018 and we learned last month that they had planned a complete collection under their Essentials banner for March 10th, 2020. That’s now taken a change where it’s been rescheduled to an April 14th, 2020 debut but everything else looks to remain the same. It’ll be priced at $34.98 for the 600-minute two-cour run and include the clean opening and closing sequences as extras.
The work comes from director Seong-Hu Park based on the series composition by Kiyoko Yoshimura. Takashi Okazaki is on board with the original character designs. Studio MAPPA will be handling the animation for it.
The Japanese cast includes Tomokazu Seki as Sword, Rie Kugimiya as Sophie, Nobunaga Shimazaki as Luke, Ami Koshimizu as Gina, Daisuke Namikawa as Knight, Romi Park as Queen, Kenyuu Horiuchi as Bishop, Chiaki Takahashi as Waitress Chiaki, Takaya Hashi as Fei Long, Ayahi Takagaki as Mei Fang, Yuuka Misaki as Miia, and Hironobu Kageyama as Zaruba.
The English language dub had Caitlin Glass serving as the ADR director with J. Michael Tatum handling the scripts. The main cast includes T. Axelrod as Sword, Madeleine Morris as Sophie, David Matranga as Luke, Barry Yandell as Zaruba, Felecia Angelle as Waitress, Garret Storms as Ricardo, and Garret Storms and Chris Guerrero as Ricardo Horror.
The opening theme song for the first half is “EMG” as performed by JAM Project while Masami Okui will perform the ending theme song “Sofia.” With the second half, Shuhei Kita performed “Howling Sword” as the opening song and Chihhiro Yonekura performed “Promise” as the ending theme song.
Plot Concept: In a prosperous city named Russell 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 woman 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.