|Phantom Makai Knights|
|Shadow Knights guarding the Barg Pit|
Description & Characteristics
Phantom Makai Knights are a covert group of Makai Knights that operate discretely within the shadows. They are without territory; the knights are allowed to travel across multiple districts to handle special missions while answering only to their leader, Taishi (Ambassador in Japanese). They are tasked to take on some of the hardest missions that require the coordinated efforts of a group of knights. However, the full description of their group is not fully defined due to limited information. Based on observation though, there are notable differences and similarities between regular knights and phantom knights.
Traditionally, a knight is trained between a master and a disciple until the disciple graduates and inherit his master's armor (usually from their father). With the shadow knights, they are trained as a group by a master and senior disciple(s). Unlike other knights, they continue working together as a group and maintain ties to their unit even after completing their training. Befitting to their moniker, shadow knights are also trained in stealth tactics, infiltration, and usage of thrown weapons (including specialized shurikens).
The majority of the members seem to only use makai swords and deploy custom shurikens for combat; it's unclear do all of them have armors though. Only Eiji Busujima (Tashi-leader of the group) and Crow (Eiji's disciple) are known to have makai armors and those armors are titled ones. Assuming all members of Phantom Makai Knights have armors, the title-less members of the group are likely given plain steel armors.
The phantom knights themselves bear no identity nor title. It suggests the knights are a collective of orphans, possibly re-purposed parent-less children within their realm. As a group of title-free knights, their merits aren't acknowledged nor known within the Makai Order. However, there is some confusion about this matter as Taishi, bears a title and is a Senatorial Knight despite no one else in the group has that privilege.
Like any knight, they must purge the darkness out from the weapons they use. Unfortunately, without a purifier (usually provided by the Watch Dogs), they had to use alternative means. The Barg is a makai beast that has the unique ability to seal darkness away. Because of that, knights have to stab the Barg with their blades to cleanse their weapons. Unfortunately, this method of sealing is barbaric as it treats the creature as a tool, not a living being. The creature is watched over by other shadow knights to keep it contained while handling other missions.
For missions, Taishi organizes his group in teams. The senior disciples act as squad leaders over the lesser trained. The shadow knights have no oversight and are given relatively full autonomy over their activities. With Taishi at the helm, it was presumed he can manage a whole division, regulating themselves without scrutiny. Taishi often has his trusted seniors handle the missions while he goes out on his own, only coming back from time to time to check in on their progress. Unlike other knights, the shadow knights rarely answer directly to the watch dogs. Taishi is usually the one taking orders from a watch dog and command his squads accordingly to complete their mission(s).
After the discovery of Taishi's treachery, the fate of the group remains unknown. With Taishi jailed for releasing Eyrith, it was never clarified did the shadow knights ended with him or if it is under new management. It was hinted in Makai Tales that Crow is (temporarily) taking over the leadership of the Phantom Knight Order from his master. Overall, the shadow knights remain mysterious and not all of their methods of doing things are fully clear.
Phantom Makai Knights' origin remained a mystery, but it's presumed that they came to be following the creation of Makai Knight. Even so, they operate differently than typical Makai Knights as they move more discretely within the shadows. Not surprisingly, the current Golden Knight Garo, Raiga Saejima, never heard about them until meeting Crow during events of GARO: The Makai Flower.
Notes & Trivia
- Reflecting their modus operandi (moving in shadows), Titled Armors belonged to Phantom Makai Knights are deliberately designed not to be not as ornate as the others, but nevertheless more intricate than Hagane Armors so they won't be too conspicuous in darkened environments.
- According to Keita Amemiya (via his Twitter) in a possible sequel to Makai no Hana, Crow would have a fellow Shadow Knight named Eiga (影牙, Shadow Fang) as a subordinate.
Articles & References
|Original Series||Chapter of the Black Wolf • Smile • Kiba Side Story • Demon Beast of the Midnight Sun • Red Requiem • Makai Flash Knight • Lament of the Dark Dragon • Ashura • The Tougen Flute • The Makai Flower • Bikū Darkness Slasher • Makai Tales • Saejima Kouga • Moonbow Traveler|
|ZERO Series||Black Blood • Dragon Blood|
|Ryūga-verse Series||The One Who Shines in the Darkness • Gold Storm Flight • Gold Storm • Makai Tales • Fang of God • God's Fang - Jinga • God's Fang - Jinga - Reincarnation|
|Versus Road||Versus Road|
|Anime Series||The Crimson Moon • The Fleeting Cherry Blossom • The Carved Seal of Flames • Divine Flame • Vanishing Line|
|Special Events||Makai no Yakata|
|Novels & Publishings||Mystic Red Trap • Dark Makai Knight Saga • Roar of Steel|
|Subjects||Horrors • Makai Knight • Makai Priest • GARO Characters|
|Media||Golden Knight GARO • Garo Project • Makai Decisive Battle Gaoh • Savior in The Dark|