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Kara no Kyoukai Review: It is possible to contain the urge to kill?

Kara no Kyoukai movies (the garden of sinners anime, Borderline of Emptiness) figure in our list of Top 10 Best Mystery Thriller Anime Series that will blow your mind. But what makes the Garden of sinners anime a great mystery thriller anime?

Keep reading this short Kara no Kyoukai review, which is based on all the movies of the garden of sinners, to get the answer!

Kara no Kyoukai anime story

Kara no Kyoukai shiki

Kara no Kyoukai 1st Stage

Our main protagonist, Ryougi Shiki, is a charming young woman that recently was awaken from a coma. Because of her perplexed memories, she feels a dark void, as if something had died in her.

Once conscious, Shiki finds out that she now has a supernatural power known as “The Mystic Eyes of Death Perception”. This ability lets her watch the “Death line of all things”.

Combining her great fighting skills with her new supernatural power, Ryougi Shiki starts working as a paranormal cases and murders investigator.

Shiki’s eyes know perfectly where to cut an opponent, and how to immobilize him, which leads to a spirit to exorcise, and a magical barrier to deactivate.

By her side, you can always find her loyal friend, Kokutou Mikiya, and Aozaki Touko, a sorceress and exorcist specialized in investigating paranormal incidents.

Kara no Kyoukai 2nd Stage

Ryougi Shiki is a teenage girl who has two personalities:

  • The Ying side that corresponds to a solemn, calm and reserved young woman;
  • The Yang side that corresponds to a talkative and an extrovert young teenage girl who is a killer too.

Shiki’s Yang personality is attracted by death, blood, and have an intense lust to kill. However, her lonely strict training routine was broken by Mikiya, a young man who insists on befriending her.

How Shiki becomes this empty, cold and cruel woman? What happened to her in in between? What are these paranormal cases and murders she and her friends are investigating?

You can find out all the answers you’re looking for in Kara no Kyoukai movies.

It is really tough to talk about the garden of sinners anime, because it is not possible for any Kara no Kyoukai review to explain everything about it without spoiling.

So, instead I will give you some advices and hints before you start watching it.

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Kara no Kyoukai watch order

Kara no Kyoukai watch order

The Kara no Kyoukai movies series is composed of 9 movies. Here is the Kara no Kyoukai watch order according to the MyAnimeList website:

  1. Kara no Kyoukai 1: Fukan Fuukei
  2. Kara-no-Kyoukai 2: Satsujin Kousatsu (Zen)
  3. Kara no Kyoukai 3: Tsuukaku Zanryuu
  4. Kara-no-Kyoukai 4: Garan no Dou
  5. Kara no Kyoukai 5: Mujun Rasen
  6. Kara-no-Kyoukai 6: Boukyaku Rokuon
  7. Kara no Kyoukai 7: Satsujin Kousatsu (Go)
  8. Kara-no-Kyoukai 8: Shuushou
  9. Kara no Kyoukai Movie: Mirai Fukuin

Kara no Kyoukai chronological order

The Kara no Kyoukai chronological order only concerns the first 7 movies, only each movie has a different time.

The first movie shows Shiki as an adult while the second one shows her as a teenage girl.

So, when you watch the first movie, you may think “what the hell is this?”. Don’t worry, the plot will make sense over time, but in the beginning you will be kind of lost.

If you prefer to watch Kara no Kyoukai movies in a chronological order, you can watch it like that:

  1. Kara-no-Kyoukai 2: Satsujin Kousatsu (Zen)
  2. Kara-no-Kyoukai 4: Garan no Dou
  3. Kara-no-Kyoukai 3: Tsuukaku Zanryuu
  4. Kara-no-Kyoukai 1: Fukan Fuukei
  5. Kara-no-Kyoukai 5: Mujun Rasen
  6. Kara-no-Kyoukai 6: Boukyaku Rokuon
  7. Kara-no-Kyoukai 7: Satsujin Kousatsu (Go)
  8. Kara-no-Kyoukai 8: Shuushou
  9. Kara-no-Kyoukai Movie: Mirai Fukuin

The Garden of Sinners: A Complex Story

The garden of sinners movies have a complicated plot to understand, and don’t care to explain everything to the viewers.

Heavy dialogues, paranormal powers, a lot of details and different circumstances are there to connect each movie to the other.

What makes the garden of sinners anime special is its tendency to not give you all the answers, and letting you link by yourself the pieces of puzzle to get the right answers.

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Kara no Kyoukai characters

Kara no Kyoukai characters

Now, let’s see Kara no Kyoukai characters. The garden of sinners anime movies tend to explore people with troubled minds, their dreams, their desires and their fears, and how they deal with paranormal cases.

All the movies focus on three main characters. Aozaki Touko an irresponsible, sexy, liberal and awesome sorceress and exorcist.

Kokutou Mikiya Shiki’s accomplice and friend, is the prototype of the “boring” guy. However, he is the only one who can contain all the killer instinct of Shiki.

Ryougi Shiki, a young woman with a complex personality. She is a pernicious killer while she is human too. Throughout the garden of sinners anime series, we follow her when she is dealing with many dilemmas, dualities and trauma during the whole plot.

Kara no Kyoukai Art & Animation

The Kara no Kyoukai art and animation are done by Studio Ufotable recognized by its mind-blowing animation style, especially during the action sequences.

Ufotable’s fans will surely notice Ufotable’s trademark claymation sequences at the beginning of each film.

The Kara no Kyouai animation is generally very well done, and what may seem like abnormalities in the animating sequence are often part of Ufotable’s unique style.

The garden of sinners anime backgrounds, backdrops, outdoor scenes and indoor scenes are generally outstanding.

The CGI has been almost smoothly included into the garden of sinners anime, and adds to the effect of the action sequences.

Character designs are taken directly from the original designs for the novels by Takeuchi Takashi.

Kara no Kyoukai Music & OST

The Kara no Kyoukai OST are often very clear and well used, attenuating to background noise when necessary.

The OST used during the action sequences are sometimes sharp in comparison to the rest of the movie, whilst the effects used to promote an atmosphere of tension are a little lacking.

Sometimes, the Kara no Kyoukai music lacks a little bit of finesse, but generally serves to intensify the effect of some specific scene, adding a sense of fear in some sequences.

The Garden of Sinners review Conclusion

Kara no Kyoukai movies series is a heavy anime that addresses complex issues and good quality drama. If you’re looking for a typical anime or an anime full of cute girls and stuffs, so the garden of sinners is not for you.

Mannou-Sama

A self-proclaimed otaku who have watched more than 1300 anime and aim to watch more than 2000. Japan and its culture intrigue me. I will be recommending you anime that will add both value and entertainment.

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