Talking about this little story which is happening after all the eight movies, it’s nothing that similar compared to the main story. This special’s story is divided into two side stories.
The first one is about a black cat and how the two well-known main characters Shiki and Mikiya try to find a home and owner for it. Precisely Mikiya is trying it, while Shiki is taking care of the cat, though she isn’t that happy about it. The interesting thing about this whole story is how Shiki understands the cat’s attachment to Mikiya, while he doesn’t. The cat waits all day long just to see him until the end of the day. This side story has a quiet and peaceful atmosphere. Its happening is set in a calm and beautiful night on New Year's Eve and a few days during the last month of summer.
The second side story is a little more intense. It follows the story after the first movie and the main female victim/villain from the third movie with an untold story between two girls named Andou Yuuko and Miyazuki-san. They were best friends and had a special kind of view of the World. They wanted to take their lives so that they could be happy in the afterlife. But they got into a fight and the outcome of the whole story is that one of them died before the other one. The remaining one has yet to encounter Asagami Fujino.
The art of The Garden of Sinners is what makes the anime outstanding and remarkable. Ufotable, a Japanese animation studio popular for its slight and beautiful art, made our eyes shine again. It seems to me like they maintain the innocence and purity of anime adding strong and bright colours, but also show the impure, cruel and dirty side adding dark and vague colours.
The final result of that would be that a blood soaked white rose in a dim room, while the clean and red colour is still dripping from the petals looks totally amazing.
This fact about the art, hasn’t changed for this special either.
This is one great and awesome component of the whole The Garden of Sinners serial. The music plays in the background during serious and sad moments, or during epic fights. What I especially loved is the timing of the music. A slight and calm beginning and a hard break during the key moments is what made me have goosebumps. Each of the theme songs to the series is performed by Kalafina and composed by Yuki Kajiura.
Yuki Kajiura, as one of the most popular producers, has made music for several popular anime series, such as Fate/Zero, Sword Art Online, Puella Magi Madoka Magica or Tsubasa Chronicle. She’s also the one who formed the band Kalafina, which stands out for its style of singing. It has some characteristics of opera and classical music combined with modern pop. The band is different and what makes this band so special is their uniqueness.
Ultimately, I have to admit that this is the one thing I missed in this special.
Another interesting feature are the characters of The Garden of Sinners. Each one of them is different and has a strong personality, a personal view of life/death and a unique way of thinking.
All the characters that have appeared in this special aren’t unknown, except for the two girls in the second side story with Asagami Fujino. They all go to the same school and that’s how they know each other. Asagami Fujino, a character from the third movie, has this time an interesting role. The twisted victim/villain becomes this time a saviour. In her own strange and weird way, Fujino helped her school friend to regain her consciousness and made her realise how much her life is important.
Although The Garden of Sinners has an interesting way of sarcastic enjoyment and a different view of what is funny, I quite enjoyed this special. But if I have to compare it to the other parts, this one has only one small portion of it.
Speaking generally about The Garden of Sinners or Kara no Kyoukai, this anime is one of those that left a trace on my mind. When I heard of this anime for the first time, the first thing that has aroused my interest for it, was its name. I automatically started to imagine what kind of anime this could be and after full eight movies and many great reviews from other users later, I decided to write something about Kara no Kyoukai: Mirai Fukuin - Extra Chorus.
This special is something that could have been a part of one of the movies, or rather it would have been better that way. It isn't bad, but looking at it separately, it isn't as good as the other movies.
All in all, I did not waste my time watching it.