July 1998: One night, Mikiya helps a girl lying doubled over with stomach pains. Around that time, a number of dismembered bodies are found throughout the city. The murder victims are torn apart so badly that they don't seem like the work of a human.
Sometimes you have to take a step back in order to make any progress, and in a sense that's exactly what happens with the third installment of Kara no Kyoukai ~The Garden of Sinners~. After Satsujin Kosatsu Part 1 viewers may have been under the impression that the franchise would progress in a way that would allow for a degree of linearity with the development of the characters, but it seems like TYPE-MOON have their own agenda, and they're sticking to it.
Set a mere two months after the events in the first movie, Tsuukaku Zanryuu (Remaining Sense of Pain), focuses on a young girl named Asagami Fujino, and begins with quite a brutal scene in an abandoned underground bar. Through seemingly random chance Fujino meets Kokutou Mikiya, who finds her huddled in an alleyway and takes care of her for a night, only to find her gone the next morning. Meanwhile, there is a report of a gruesome murder, and Aozaki Touko asks Ryougi Shiki to capture the suspected perpetrator. Shiki sets out to find the culprit, but doesn't check any background information as she believes they will try to kill each other when they meet.
The strange thing about Tsuukaku Zanryuu is that even though there is a degree of predictability to certain events, the plot only really makes sense in hindsight. The events in this episode may initially seem disjointed and without reason, but this is actually a pretty interesting method of storytelling as it requires a degree of intuivity from the viewer. That said, there is a slightly aimless quality to the storyline at certain points which can slow proceedings down to almost a crawl, but the plot is quick to pick up the pace and the latter half of the movie moves along at a fair clip.
The art and animation in this installment are actually a step up for Ufotable. Given the quality they've shown in the previous two outings it's difficult to believe that they could actually outdo themselves, but they've managed it with their efforts here. The animation is top-notch throughout, and the various action sequences are superbly detailed without suffering any major loss in quality. The CG is rendered and integrated very well, and is almost indistinguishable from the traditional animation in many sequences.
The character designs haven't really changed much from the first movie where two of the leads and Touko are concerned, the only difference being an increase in the variety of expressions for both Shiki and Kokutou. Unfortunately it seems as though there has been a step backwards when it comes to the design of Fujino, and while she may appear to be a fairly well realised character, there is an impassive quality to her features which is sometimes at odds with her speech or actions.
The voice actors are, once again, extremely good. Suzumura Kenichi (Kokutou Mikiya), hasn't had much of a chance to shine thus far in the series, but several scenes in this episode allows him to show some of his quality. Sakamoto Maaya once again brings out the best in Shiki, and it's surprising how much she has settled into the role of the "psychogirl". There's also a very good performance from Noto Mamiko in the role of Fujino, which is ironic as it's her ability to act that highlights the issues with the character design.
The effects are pretty good throughout the movie, but like Satsujin Kousatsu Part 1 there are occasions where the noises and music clash, and this can be a little harder on the eardrums than before due to the action based nature of this episode. That said, the overall quality and choreography is a step up from the previous two installments, and some efforts have been made to resolve the niggling issues with timing that have pestered the series thus far. This also applies to the background music which, like before, follows the usual themes of sombre and dramatic, and it seems as though the tracks are more suited to their purpose in Tsukakuu Zanryuu, but that may be due to the new pieces on offer rather than any inherent improvement.
It should come as no surprise though, that the one area where the movie falls down is with the characters. Fujino is fairly well realised on the whole, and possesses a surprising amount of depth thanks to some great acting and very good scripting. The problem is that while Shiki and Kokutou receive some new development, it's not nearly enough to satisfy viewers and fans. There continues to be little to no justification for their actions throughout the narrative, and while there is an effort to garner audience participation in order to make the story work, this does not automatically mean that viewers are willing to fill in the blanks where the characters are concerned. In addition to this there is a distinct lack of Touko in this episode, and her presence in this movie is relegated to bit parts, which seems a little odd as she is an integral part of both the lead character's stories, so one would assume that the series would allow more screentime so that the audience would get a better perspective on her.
Even with that flaw though, this is still a highly enjoyable addition to the series. The action sequences are enough to satisfy any junkie of the genre, and fans of Kara no Kyoukai will be pleased to see some different sides to Shiki and Kokutou.
Now, bring on the trumpets and the fourth installment.
Well here we have it, this is it; the third movie of the Kara no Kyoukai series. And as I have mentioned in my other reviews as well this movie is based on the Japanese novel series, authored by Kinoko Nasu and illustrated by Takashi Takeuchi. This movie is also probably the most anticipated movie by Type-Moon fans.
Well anyway onto this review.
Warning: Their are spoilers within this review, so please watch the movie first if you don't wish to be spoiled.
Story - 9
Well first off the story in the third movie, in my opinion, is much better than the second and first. The story in this one is a stand-alone story, like the first movie, and its pretty much understandable by itself. Definitely some twists and turns in this one and keeps you on your toes. Some parts are more understandable if you've seen the first two before this one and explains somethings that appeared in the first movie.
Art - 10
As always the visuals in this series is just outstanding. The special effects were just done beautifully and the background with excellent dark tones that fit this supernatural series. And as always the murder scenes made so gruesomely and lifelike. Again, excellent.
Sound - 8
Not much change in this category. Pretty much the same as the first two movies. Still good bgm for its supernatural and suspense theme. I thought the theme song "Kizuato" was alright as well.
Character - 9
Ok now the third movie definitely improved in this category. Not in character development, but more background info. It also introduced a very interesting character in this story by the name of Fujino Asagami and her ability; whom you'll feel pity for or not. This movie also explains Shiki's ability known as Mystic Eyes of Death Perception, which has been unexplained since the first movie, but still doesnt reveal how she got them though.
Enjoyment - 9
Well all I can say is that, if you've at least watched this series since the first movie then you'll probably be blown away by this one. Alot more action than the others, though its more towards the end of the movie. And how the story unfolds til the end you might be shocked. Not to mention this movie explains some things from the first one. And like the first two, murder scenes are still explicit. I should also mention that their's also nudity in the scenes where it shows Fujino getting violated (although those guys did deserve to die).
Overall - 9
All I can say, even from an average anime viewer's point of view, that this movie is the best movie of the three movies released so far. The action scenes is definitely great and the animation is excellent as always. Overall the movie itself is excellent, with flaws here and their. Definitely a great movie of the supernatural.
Actually if you only saw this movie, you'll probably still enjoy it, but if you've seen the first two movies before this one, then you'll probably be blown away by this one as Ive mentioned before. So its recommended to watch Fukan Fuukei first, Satsujin Kousatsu (Part 1) second and this one third to truly enjoy this series.
So an average anime viewer should definitely watch as well as you TYPE-moon fans out there.read more
This is part 3 of the KnK series
This is by far the most disturbing movie in the KnK series. Mostly because of the scene immediately showed after I started the movie.
The story of KnK 3 now takes place 2 months before the events of the 1st KnK. I was actually hoping for the 3rd movie to move forward after the events of KnK but I guess we'll be getting more prequels.
One night, while Mikiya is walking, he found a girl lying on the ground and complains of a stomach pain. Mikiya decides to help her. Around the same time, a bunch of murdered victims with twisted bodies have been found throughout the city.
The story, in my opinion, is somewhat better than the previous 2 but not that significant. It's more darker and edgy than the previous 2 movies. You saw the R+ rating right? Yea, they're not joking. The previous movies had an R rating but this one had an R+. I was wondering why then I saw the first 2 minutes of the movie and similar scenes later on in the movie. The storytelling is pretty straightforward if you actually listen and it's starting to connect the dots to KnK 1. I'm still somewhat confused as to how this will all connect to the rest of the movie but I'm not going to complain yet until I've seen all the KnK movies.
The Animation is exactly the same as the previous 2 movies which is already a perfect and visually stunning animation.
Soundtrack is mostly the same as the previous 2 movies which I thought were great. Some new background themes were used and they're pretty decent. Another new ED theme song is used and again, was sung by Kalafina named Kizuato. I think it's a good ED theme song but I still like the ED theme song used in the first movie. The voice actress for Fujino did a great job with her character. It fits the girl that is not in pain and is in pain later on in the movie. Most VA's are exactly the same so my opinions on them still stands.
1 new character were introduced for this movie named Fujino. Fujino is a high school student that is insensitive to pain. In another words, she can't feel pain. For whatever reason, the show has somehow successfully made me feel empathy for Fujino. She's a psychopathic killer, I know, but if you see what she just went through then you somehow get this weird feeling that you justify her actions. The movie not only focused on Fujino but on Shiki too. We learn more about her like how and why she despises Fujino's killings even though Fujino is a rape victim, more about her magic eye, the fact that Shiki kills not because she enjoys it but because she had to.
My enjoyment rating still stays the same like the other 2 previous movies. 3 movies in and there's still nothing that makes me think that this is better than the previous movies or makes me go "wow".
The 3rd movie of the KnK series is not better or worse than the first and second movie but it's still a great movie overall. You just gotta watch out for the rape scene. 4th movie, here I come.read more
Welcome to the end of film festival week. As promised, we're going to look at Kara No Kyoukai 3: Tsuukaku Zanryuu. Which is also the third film chronologically. Hey, they got one out of four in the right spot. I just hope it's more like the second film (first chronologically) than it is the first (fourth chronologically.) Let's take a look at KnK 3 and find out.
We open the story with a scene of a woman being raped... Isn't that a bit too serious of a scene to open with? This is the type of content you want to give your audience time to brace for, not just put it in from the get go. We need time to brace ourselves, Movie. We then switch ahead a bit and find out that most of the rapists have been killed off screen. A fate that should be suffered by all sexual predators. Preferably with a lot of pain involved. Touko's agency is hired to find the killer who, it turns out, is their victim, Fujino. And no, that's not a spoiler. It's revealed almost right away. Someone give that girl a medal and a puppy. Meanwhile, Keita is approached to find the last surviving rapist who doesn't deserve an actual name so I'll just call him Scum but Fujino is looking for him as well. They should just hand him over to her, but they decide to protect him in spite of his confessed crimes because... murder is bad even when it's well deserved and entirely justified. Yeah, I'm not buying it. But there's more to this scenario than a justified revenge killing spree and it could mean disaster. Okay, let's look at the positives and negatives. I'll start with the negatives because, in this case, there are fewer of them. One issue with the film is the pacing. Although, unlike the first two, this one doesn't have a bunch of slow stretches. It's just overly hectic. They introduce a lot of story elements which they either rush through or leave unfinished. They just try to cram too much in. That leads to my biggest issue. Scum never has to go through any sort of punishment, at least none that you see. Which really ticks me off. They aren't going to vivisect him? Disembowel him? Quarter him? We don't even get to see him maimed a little. They could've at least sent him to prison where he would hopefully get shanked and die of tetanus. Now we move on to the positives. This has quite a bit of disturbing content but, in spite of the impression I may have given, it is handled pretty well. Yeah, the opening sets a very dark tone and it could've easily led to some huge problems if they'd tried to, say, inject humour into later scenes, but they avoid that. The moral questions they bring up are pretty poignant. Even if some of us already have a strong opinion on them. I also like the way that Touko, Shiki, and Mikiya are inclined to sympathise with Fujino, albeit in different ways and that the event that leads to her climactic clash with Fujino is somewhat separate from the original case.
One thing that's a little odd about KnK 3 is that the antagonist, Fujino, comes off as the most sympathetic character around. If you don't feel sorry for her there's something wrong with you. This isn't to say that our three major protagonists aren't well handled. They all have a good sense of personality in this. Mikiya especially comes off really well. Like the other films, the side characters in this are pretty shallow, but the main characters do carry things effectively so it's not a major issue. This is also the first film that's given you a sense of Touko's personality which does have some interesting elements to it.
The art remains incredibly well done. With really detailed backgrounds and objects. The character art is still the weak link being well done, but kind of standard.
This film, like the last one, has really good voice acting. Noto Mamiko, Suzumura Kenichi and Honda Takako in particular give strong performances. Although there really isn't a weak link. The music is used to add to the atmosphere and works quite well.
The yuri factor is a 1/10. There's no yuri in this.
KnK 3 is a dark and disturbing film. It is certainly not for everyone and you should probably skip it if you're a sensitive sort. However, it is a pretty well done film and, if you can handle the content, it is an interesting work with some layers to it. That being said, it does have some pretty serious faults and I didn't like it as much as the second film overall. I give it a 6/10.read more