Let’s review Ufotable‘s Kara no Kyoukai 6: Boukyaku Rokuon (The Garden of sinners Chapter 6: Oblivion Recording – Kara no Kyoukai: The Garden of Sinners Movie 6 – Borderline of Emptiness: Oblivion Recording -The Garden of Sinners: Fairy Tale), based on the Light Novel by Type-Moon.
I have talked about the first five Kara no Kyoukai movies already, you can check them below:
- Kara no Kyoukai 1: Fukan Fuukei
- Kara-no-Kyoukai 2: Satsujin Kousatsu (Zen)
- Kara no Kyoukai 3: Tsuukaku Zanryuu
- Kara-no-Kyoukai 4: Garan no Dou
- Kara no Kyoukai 5: Mujun Rasen
Previously, in the Garden of Sinners anime series, Mikiya Kokutou collapsed on a couch because he likes dolls, and got left to rot in the Kara no Kyoukai episode 1 and there is much more silliness.
The Garden of Sinners Chapter 2 went back in time to Mikiya Kokutou and Ryougi Shiki’s first meeting, and the ingenious mystery surrounding it. This movie was surprisingly good.
In the Kara no Kyoukai 3rd Movie, a group of gangsters who raped a teenage girl, are being justifiably killed by their victim, and our main protagonists (Shiki & Mikiya) decided to step in and put an end to it.
In the Garden of Sinners Chapter 4, the story focus on Shiki’s psychology and an existential crisis.
The Kara no Kyoukai Movie 5 gave us a mystery involving an apartment complex and magic.
Now, let’s jump in to look at Kara no Kyoukai 6: Boukyaku Rokuon.
Kara no Kyoukai 6: Boukyaku Rokuon Information
- Alternative Titles: the Garden of sinners Chapter 6: Oblivion Recording – Kara no Kyoukai: The Garden of Sinners Movie 6 – Borderline of Emptiness: Oblivion Recording – The Garden of Sinners: Fairy Tale
- Type: Movie
- Episodes: 1
- Status: Finished Airing
- Aired: Dec 20, 2008
- Producers: Notes
- Licensors: Aniplex of America
- Studios: Ufotable
- Source: Light novel
- Genres: Action, Mystery, Thriller, Romance, Supernatural
- Duration: 59 min.
- Rating: R – 17+ (violence & profanity)
Kara no Kyoukai 6: Boukyaku Rokuon Review
Kara no Kyoukai 6: Boukyaku Rokuon Story
Kara no Kyoukai 6 starts at a boarding school where Mikiya’s sister, Azaka Kokutou is thinking about the forbidden manner she feels about her brother. Fortunately, the story doesn’t focus on that aspect all that much.
We got an explanation about how Azaka has been studying magic under Touko’s mentorship and has been sent to the school to find out the truth behind an odd incident where magic faeries seem to be robbing people’s memories and may have been behind the death of some students.
Shiki Ryougi was sent to assist Azaka since her supernatural power gives her the ability to see things that Azaka can’t.
What kinds of threats will they face, and how will they surmount them? Things become worse with the hatred Azaka has towards Shiki, whom she considers her rival in love because her brother loves Shiki in a way that he doesn’t love her.
Let’s start with the story issues of the Kara no Kyoukai 6. The major one is Azaka’s feelings towards Mikiya. Fortunately, Kara no Kyoukai 6 does treat the situation like it’s something creepy and screwed up and it does not focus too much on it.
However, there is a pretty substantial amount of time spent on flashbacks that serve the only purpose of helping explain why Azaka has this scary brother complex, and I think it’s just annoying.
In fact, this incest sub-plot ultimately does nothing, and it doesn’t need to be an element at all for the Garden of sinners Movie 6 to work.
Its only role is to give a reason for the hatred between Azaka and Shiki, but that hatred itself does basically nothing. There’s a brief stretch where they were arguing, but it never really affects their ability to proceed as a team.
On the positive side, the investigation itself is pretty intriguing. In the beginning, it looks like the resolution is going to be kind of evident, but there is more to it than meets the eye.
Kara no Kyoukai 6: Boukyaku Rokuon Characters
The main protagonists of Kara no Kyoukai 6 are Azaka and Shiki. Shiki remains a good character and you get a good sense of her personality in this Garden of Sinners Chapter 6.
Unfortunately, the problem with this Kara no Kyoukai Movie 6 is Azaka. Her personality is pretty much defined by her brother complex and her being generally commandeering.
She is now just an insipid, unpleasant character and having her as such a big part of the Kara no Kyoukai movie 6 does damage it.
The antagonists are kind of interesting and fleshed out in this Garden of Sinners Movie 6. They could have been given more depth, but given the length of the movie, they are quite decent.
Kara no Kyoukai 6: Boukyaku Rokuon Animation & Artwork
Kara no Kyoukai 6 animation and artwork are spectacular as usual. The backgrounds look really beautiful. The battle scenes are intense and somewhat surreal.
Like many other Kara no Kyoukai movies, there are some intense and upsetting images. And, like the rest of the franchise, the characters are well drawn, but their designs are pretty standard.
Kara no Kyoukai 6: Boukyaku Rokuon Music & OST
Kara no Kyoukai 6: Boukyaku Rokuon music and OST are really well done.
Kara no Kyoukai 6: Boukyaku Rokuon Overall
Kara no Kyoukai 6 ((The Garden of sinners Chapter 6: Oblivion Recording – Kara no Kyoukai: The Garden of Sinners Movie 6 – Borderline of Emptiness: Oblivion Recording -The Garden of Sinners: Fairy Tale) takes a strong story idea with some compelling elements and weakens it with an unnecessary incest sub-plot and over-used flashbacks.
The film itself is still pretty decent given how much it does well, but it’s not one of the best Kara no Kyoukai movies by any means.