Garouden: The Way of the Lone Wolf 2024 / Painfully cringe tough-guy anime about martial arts


Sweet heavens, this is cringe. Starting with that edgy, dated intro sequence with the hardcore track. It isn’t accurate to say that there’s a lot of cringe writing because that’s just the default here, with a lot of the material being ‘you won’t believe how strong I am.’ The elaborate fight sequences are full of heavy blows like a button-mashing game and it’s where the show shines, but any semblance of story feels like incidental world-building for a tough guy anime. Maybe the kindest thing to say about it, apart from it promoting martial arts, is the fact that it’s generic enough that you won’t have to remember anything about it afterwards if you don’t want to.

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