Continuing my reviews of Kara no Kyoukai movies (the Garden of sinners anime series), we are going to deal with Kara no Kyoukai 4: Garan no Dou (the Garden of sinners Chapter 4: The Hollow Shrine – Kara no Kyoukai: The Garden of Sinners Movie 4 – Borderline of Emptiness: The Hollow Shrine – The Garden of Sinners: garan-no-dou).
Let’s get on with this Kara no Kyoukai 4 review.
Kara no Kyoukai 4: Garan no Dou Information
- Alternative Title: the Garden of sinners Chapter 4: The Hollow Shrine – Kara no Kyoukai: The Garden of Sinners Movie 4 – Borderline of Emptiness: The Hollow Shrine – The Garden of Sinners: garan-no-dou
- Type: Movie
- Episodes: 1
- Status: Finished Airing
- Aired: May 24, 2008
- Producers: Notes
- Licensors: Aniplex of America
- Studios: Ufotable
- Source: Light novel
- Genres: Action, Mystery, Supernatural, Thriller, Drama
- Duration: 46 minutes
- Rating: R – 17+ (violence & profanity)
Kara no Kyoukai 4: Garan no Dou Story
In June 1998, Shiki Ryougi has been in a coma for two years. One day, she wakes up. But she is no longer the same: her eyes see lines on people and things. Traumatized by this supernatural power called “The Mystic Eyes of Death Perception”, and by her accident, she no longer wants to live, she darkens and refuses to communicate.
Aozaki Touko, a speech-language pathologist in charge of helping Shiki with her mutism, is the only person who can communicate with her.
The story starts directly after the end of the Kara no Kyoukai movie 2.
Kara no Kyoukai 4: Garan no Dou Review
Unlike the first three movies (Overlooking View – A Study in Murder Part 1 – Remaining Sense of Pain), Kara no Kyoukai 4: Garan no Dou is unexpectedly straightforward in that the focus is merely on Shiki Ryougi.
The plot pace allows viewers to easily assimilate the significant information, and this makes a nice change of pace from previous movies. However, the oversimplified nature of the plot means that the show is a tiny bit predictable.
With that being said, the main purpose of Kara no Kyoukai movie 4 is to offer viewers an insight into one of the franchise’s most mysterious characters: Shiki Ryougi.
The Garden of sinners Chapter 4: The Hollow Shrine does dip into some complex topics though, but rather than use them as a mean to drive the story forward, these flirtings scenes serve to offer insight into the intellect and soul of Shiki, something which has been missing for quite a while.
Kara no Kyoukai 4: Garan no Dou Animation & Artwork
Ufotable have once again done an excellent job with the animation and the artwork. The hospital surroundings have a fittingly clinical feel to them which are amazingly adaptive as when the story takes a gloomier turn.
The characters are depicted at quite a unique stage given that Kara no Kyoukai 4: Garan no Dou covers the two-year period between movie 2 and movie 3, and the viewers are given the rare opportunity of seeing them physically age over one episode. The slight changes in Kokutou and Shiki’s design are slight, but they are noticeable.
As for the animation, the action sequences are well executed and Kara no Kyoukai 4: Garan no Dou features some very fluid motions.
In addition, the visual effects are appropriately brief when necessary, and the CGI integration fits in to the whole rather greatly.
Kara no Kyoukai 4: Garan no Dou Music & OST
Kara no Kyoukai 4: Garan no Dou also features some highly atmospheric background music that offers ranging from hauntingly melancholy to chorally dramatic.
The audio effects are intense and clear, and it’s nice to see that efforts have been made to rectify the overwhelming nature of the various sounds that sometimes tainted the previous movies.
Kara no Kyoukai 4: Garan no Dou Characters
One of the strengths of the Kara no Kyoukai movies has been the quality of the acting, and in that respect this Garden of sinners chapter 4 has many things to offer.
After much waiting and many pretty banal appearances in the Kara no Kyoukai series, the author finally added some character to the role of Aozaki Touko, and she does it very well.
Now many viewers believe that the second movie features the best development in the movie series, and while the characters do receive a good degree of definition in that episode, Kara no Kyoukai 4 is at least equal, but from a totally different angle.
The Garden of sinners chapter 4 offers viewers the opportunity to see a more complex side of Shiki than any of the previous movies, and allows some of her true potential as a character to shine through.
With that being said, Kokutou is relegated to bit parts, but this is counterbalanced by the fact that much needed characterisation is given to Aozaki Touko.
Kara no Kyoukai 4: Garan no Dou Overall
To conclude, if you like mystery, thriller, psychological anime and obscure gore things, you had seen the other chapter and you don’t understand the plot very much, I really recommend you to watch this Kara no Kyoukai movie 4.
One should also remember that this is simply the midway point in the series, so questions will undoubtedly remain about certain aspects of the story, and it remains to be seen if they will be answered in future movies.