Animenewsnetwork - GARO THE ANIMATION has always had a weakness in assuming prior familiarity with the GARO franchise. If this anime is your first contact with the GARO universe, it's up to you to go out and research how the Makai Order works in any capacity other than their commitment to protecting the innocent. For a non-Japanese audience, this problem is exacerbated by the fact that very little GARO is available. I'm already vague on what the Watchdog Centers even are, and now we're facing some scheming between them and Mendoza? It's as if Attack on Titan never went into detail about the Titans before embarking on the war against them. Fortunately, this episode's emotional through-line is strong enough to overcome the vague plotting.