Minamoto no Yorimitsu, better known as Raikou (雷吼, Raikō), is the main protagonist of GARO: The Crimson Moon. He is a Makai Knight inheriting the title and armor of Garo, the Golden Knight.

Personality & Character

Raikou is shown to be somewhat impulsive and naive, though deeply devoted to his duty as a Makai Knight to slay Horrors and protect people.

Skills & Abilities

  • Makai Knight Training: It's unknown to the extent of Raikou's training, presumably before his exile he was trained by warriors loyal to the Minamoto Clan.

Tools & Weapons

  • Garoken (牙狼剣 Garōken, Fanged Wolf Sword): A sword wielded by all Golden Knights. In normal conditions when Raikou possesses the sword, the Sword of Garo appears to be a plain light short katana.
  • Garo Armor: Donning the armor of Garo the Golden Knight, Raiko possesses all the strengths and weaknesses of his predecessors, excluding the armor's 99.9-second time limit, as he already assumed the Lost Soul Beast Form at an early age and overcame the form in the past.


Prior to events of the series, Yorimitsu was exiled from his home at a young age in a bid to have the Garo armor pass to his half-brother Yorinobu, therefore putting the Golden Knight in the hands of the corrupt aristocrats. But the title of Garo ended up with Yorimitsu and he wandered the wilderness before he was found by the Makai Priestess Seimei in his armor's Lost Soul Beast form while covered in Horrors. Though Seimei manages to free Raikou while placing a seal on Zaruba to prevent the Makai Knight from using his armor without her permission, Raikou lost all memory of his life before being found by the Makai Priestess but gradually remembers his old life.

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