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Kara no Kyoukai 5: Mujun Rasen

Alternative Titles

English: the Garden of sinners Chapter 5: Paradox Paradigm
Synonyms: Kara no Kyoukai: The Garden of Sinners Movie 5, Borderline of Emptiness: Paradox Spiral
Japanese: 劇場版 空の境界 the Garden of sinners 第五章『矛盾螺旋』


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Aug 16, 2008
Producers: Notes
Licensors: Aniplex of America
Studios: ufotable
Source: Light novel
Duration: 1 hr. 54 min.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 8.711 (scored by 54,879 users)
Ranked: #382
Popularity: #445
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November 1998: Shiki meets a boy named Tomoe Enjou, a runaway who claims to be a murderer. Shiki allows Tomoe to use her apartment as his hideout, but one day, Tomoe sees his mother whom he's sure he's killed.

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Aozaki, Touko
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Kokutou, Mikiya
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Araya, Souren
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Nakata, Jouji
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Iwakami, Atsuhiro
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Kondou, Hikaru
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Hirao, Takayuki
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Obunai, Mitsuru
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Episode Director, Assistant Animation Director, Key Animation

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Feb 6, 2009
Kara no Kyoukai review Part 5

Wow. I have to say that this movie is enough to leave one speechless at times, and for a variety of reasons.

The fifth installment of the Kara no Kyoukai series, Mujun Rasen (Paradox Spiral), is somewhat of a departure from the previous four outings not just in terms of its running time (almost two hours), but also in terms of art direction and story.

Set around two months after Fukan Fuukei, the tale begins with a disjointed sequence of events that are gradually cleared up as the movie continues. The story itself centres around a boy named Enjou Tomoe, who is read more
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Feb 1, 2009
*Some of the review got deleted... wtf? I'll try rewriting a little, but I can't guarantee success.

OK, so this is version 3 of my KnK 5 review after watching the movie for the second time and getting part of my first review deleted. The full summary part has been taken off to keep the size down (I spent a lot of time on that too). I will be more in-depth and critical this time around. Before you read this review or watch the movie, make sure you've watched the first 4 KnK movies. Scores are based on 2nd time around. Comments and private messages are read more
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Apr 19, 2013
The Garden Of Sinners Movie 5.

After having watched the four prequels of the series and finishing the fifth just now, I will write this review based on the information we have up to now for the characters, storyline and so on. Not for what this series could be or how the adaptation should have been either.
Also, this is my first actual review, so I hope I will end up being helpful to those reading this.

Ok, let's begin! I'll seperate this into 5 parts.

First off; The story. 9/10

The 5th part of the series does not fail to deliver yet another storyline that will not confuse the read more
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Nov 10, 2014
Overall: 9

This is a great film that I can recommend to almost any anime watcher, even those who have yet to see any of the other Kara no Kyoukai movies. Mujun Rasen (Paradox Spiral) has a lot of "popcorn" action and suspense while still being fully immersed in Kara no Kyoukai's dark world. Be sure to watch it on Blu-ray quality video.

Story: 8

The story is much faster paced than the first four movies, which was sorely needed. One fault of the Nasuverse (the deep and underlying mythos of Fate, Tsukihime, and KnK) is that some concepts (such as the "counter-force") are hard to grasp, read more
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