After the end of Makai Flash Knight, The One Who Shines in the Darkness series was created. Originally explained as story in the future, where Kouga no longer wields the Garo armor, it was later stated in Makai Tales that events featuring Ryūga Dōgai was actually in an alternate universe parallel to that of Saejima family's universe. It is a world where Kouga never existed and the previous golden knight had died, using his life and the armor's power to stop a great evil. After the Golden Knight died, the armor lost its golden shine and there was no knight to succeed him as the next Garo. This is where the story begins, Ryūga succeeding as the new Garo and then going rogue. Although much about the realm is similar to the original universe, the Horrors' lore is slightly different. The knights are mainly governed by priests, have a different hierarchy of power in their order, and the priests utilize advanced magical technology to help them combat horrors on par with knights. While Watch Dogs do exist, they aren't as proliferate and often rely on the priests to delegate their missions. Orders Document exists, but with more convenient forms of communication, it's only used in formal and less urgent orders. The most defining moment that clearly separates the universe was when Makai Priestess Rekka and Rian met and realized the Garos they supported have different wielders.
- The One Who Shines in the Darkness
- Gold Storm Flight
- Makai Tales
- Fang of God
- Fang of God: JINGA
- Fang of God: JINGA - Reincarnation
Alternate Universe or Alternate Future?
The status of whether the Ryūga-verse is set in the future or in an alternate universe neighboring Saejima's own is still a debated issue; with the alternate timeline being a popular fan-theory; the only thing that has been confirmed from official sources is that The One Who Shines in the Darkness takes place in the 2200's. Translation errors and differences of the Makai Tales episode featuring a team-up between Rekka and Rian into English have not helped this matter, as depending on the preferred translator either 'time' or 'world' were used simultaneously to refer to dialogue about the 'place' and 'period' by which both of the respective characters belonged to. This is not helped by the episode in question as the team-up was facilitated through the actions of the Horror Eyrith, whose ability to affect time is confirmed in The Makai Flower to not be able to affect alternate universes at all, but only the timeline she exists within. To date there has been no official confirmation concerning the relation between the Ryuga-content and the Saejima timeline.
Taking into the account of noticeable differences in established lore between Original Universe and Ryūga-verse below however, the possibility of Ryūga-verse series truly set in a reality parallel to that of Saejima family's home universe is much more likely:
|Origins of Soul Metal||Unknown||Originated from Zedom's seeds.|
|Garo Armor||Obtains a temporary upgrade through the feelings and spiritual powers of others, its golden shine is purely cosmetic.||Its powers are tied to its golden shine and its upgrades may be reused.|
|Makai Armors||Have time limits which result in Lost Soul Beast transformations, can summon Madōbas||Have neither shown the time limit or the ability to summon Madōbas.|
|Watch Dogs||Mostly passive, strict, possessing lack of empathy, and origins remained a mystery.||Suggestively non-exist until Gold Storm Flight where they are revealed to be more approachable and even willing to assist their Knights and Priest if deemed necessary. Confirmed to be veteran Makai Priests.|
The most crucial aspect of Garo franchise that supported this but greatly overlooked by fans is Zaji himself. To elaborate this further, Zaji is an immortal monster born from collective Inga of Horrors slain by bearers of Garo, and thus will do anything to destroy Golden Knights if it means using their loved ones. Zaji made it clear that he doesn't discriminate between bearers of Garo title regardless of WHERE they are and WHEN they come from, as he was able to sense the light of Garo within others (Rekka and Rian respectively), even when they came from different times and realities. In addition, Zaji possessed power over space which allows him to create pocket dimensions where he has greater advantage over his opponents along with the ability to travel between realities, coupled with Eyrith's power over time could've explained the team up. As such, it can be inferred that that the real reason of this debate may lie with Zaji's status as most underrated character in Garo franchise as a whole, with most fans dismissed him as ordinary Horror and therefore insignificant monster-of-the-week.
Notes & Trivia
- Despite official sources' statement that the first entry of Ryūga-verse series, The One Who Shines in the Darkness, takes place in the distant future (2200's), the entire setting of this continuity is mostly similar with that of early 21th Century Era akin to Original Series instead of actual futuristic/cyberpunk world akin to Blade Runner or Shadowrun series it suggested. This issue is further exacerbated in the events of Fang of God: JINGA at which the said universe's civilization remained unchanged even after considerable time gap between the latter and Fang of God (which estimated to be decades). A plausible explanation of this could be budget constraints, which even more evident in JINGA.
Articles & References
- Makai Tales Episode 12
|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|