How does this compare to the Toku show?
I was a fan of Garo's first and second live-action series, and found that - while hardly the most well-thought-out world, it had a sense of excitement and danger about itself to make it a hammy adventure series.
What about this anime? Does it hold up to the rest of the series canon?
From what I've seen, it seems to be a completely different take on the series altogether. More like an origin story, actually. Whereas the live-action Garo series took place in modern times, this takes place in a more medieval setting, with mostly European characters as opposed to Asian.
It's still a very good show, though, and I highly recommend it.
Not bad, really. Different by story, but very similar to the live-action as well.