[Anime] Kara No Kyoukai Review

Title: Kara No Kyoukai First Aired: December 1st, 2007 Studio: Ufotable Director: Multiple Rating: 7.0/10 The anime adaptation of Kinoko Nasu’s light novel, Kara No Kyoukai (Boundary of Emptiness or alternatively, Garden of Sinners), demands in its audience some of the rarest, most precious of qualities – a keen eye, a sharp mind and an unwavering attention to … Continue reading [Anime] Kara No Kyoukai Review

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[Anime] Kara No Kyoukai: Epilogue

Considering the dark urban setting and graphic violence that characterized Kara No Kyoukai, the series’ epilogue is oddly serene and almost tranquil. The episode – I would hesitate to even call it a movie – is essentially a long, increasingly abstract conversation between Shiki and Mikiya. Perhaps conversation is a little bit of a misnomer … Continue reading [Anime] Kara No Kyoukai: Epilogue

[Anime] Kara No Kyoukai: Satsujin Kousatsu (Kou) (Murder Speculation 2)

Kara No Kyoukai is, in many ways, an inward facing, introspective work. It focuses on a small set of characters, characters that we grow increasingly familiar with – not quite in a warm, intimate manner since this series doesn’t quite lend itself to that – but enough that we come to learn about their chequered … Continue reading [Anime] Kara No Kyoukai: Satsujin Kousatsu (Kou) (Murder Speculation 2)

[Anime] Kara No Kyoukai: Boukyaku Rokuon (Oblivion Recording)

After all the eventful action and mayhem in the previous Kara No Kyoukai movie, things quiet down in this sixth movie, Boukyaku Rokuon (Oblivion Recording). Well, quiet down is one way of putting it; ‘Oblivion Recording’ is still plenty energetic but after the breakneck action and the developments of the previous movie, ‘Oblivion Recording’ really … Continue reading [Anime] Kara No Kyoukai: Boukyaku Rokuon (Oblivion Recording)

[Anime] Kara No Kyoukai: Mujun Rasen (Paradox Spiral)

Kara No Kyoukai: Mujun Rasen (Paradox Spiral) is an excellent example of movie that is meant to be watched twice. The non-linear narrative would have been reason enough to watch the movie twice but it is far from the only reason to do so. ‘Paradox Spiral’ is jam-packed with action; not just in the sense … Continue reading [Anime] Kara No Kyoukai: Mujun Rasen (Paradox Spiral)

[Anime] Kara No Kyoukai: Garan No Dou (The Hollow Shrine)

A better title for Kara No Kyoukai: Garan No Dou or (The Hollow Shrine) would have been ‘The Re-Birth of Ryougi Shiki’. Shiki has always been a confusing character to say the least; between her inherently morbid visual ability and her multiple personalities (or, as this episode informs us, her compound personalities), she has been … Continue reading [Anime] Kara No Kyoukai: Garan No Dou (The Hollow Shrine)

[Anime] Kara No Kyoukai: Tsuukaku Zanryuu (Remaining Sense of Pain)

Kara No Kyoukai seems hell bent on sending its audience to a darker place with each successive episode. The series opened with the theme of suicide before progressing to murder so it really shouldn’t come as any surprise that this week’s movie opens with sexual assault. The victim and, uncomfortably enough, villain (though antagonist might … Continue reading [Anime] Kara No Kyoukai: Tsuukaku Zanryuu (Remaining Sense of Pain)