Kara no Kyoukai: The Garden of Sinners
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Kara no Kyoukai: The Garden of Sinners

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Synonyms: Rakkyo, Boundry of Emptiness, The Borderline of Emptiness
Japanese: 空の境界 the Garden of sinners


Volumes: 2
Chapters: 10
Status: Finished
Published: Oct , 1998 to Aug , 1999
Genres: DementiaDementia, DemonsDemons, MysteryMystery, FantasyFantasy, HorrorHorror, MagicMagic, SchoolSchool, SupernaturalSupernatural, PsychologicalPsychological, DoujinshiDoujinshi
Authors: Type-Moon (Story & Art), Nasu, Kinoko (Story), Takeuchi, Takashi (Art)
Serialization: None


Score: 8.511 (scored by 22062,206 users)
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Ranked: N/A2
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Popularity: #1138
Members: 11,600
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Light NovelType-Moon (Story & Art), Nasu, Kinoko (Story), Takeuchi, Takashi (Art)
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A teenage girl, who possesses the "Mystic Eyes of Death Perception," a supernatural ability that allows the user to see the "death" of everything in existence and kill the object by destroying its "origin." She recently recovered from a two-year coma caused by a traffic accident. Prior to the traffic accident, she originally had two personalities, a male personality named Shiki (織), and the original female personality Shiki (式). Children born into the Ryougi family are generally male and are raised with two personalities, so the male personality is customarily called the "yang" personality, while the female is called the "yin" personality. It is easy to tell which Shiki is speaking at a given time because they both have a distinct style of speaking, most notably that the female Shiki refers to herself with the pronoun watashi (私), while male Shiki refers to himself as ore (俺). After waking from her coma, Shiki discovers that she can no longer feel the male Shiki's presence and assumes that he died because of the accident. She also feels a detachment from her memories before the accident, and while she knows she is Shiki, she does not feel that she is. In the hopes of regaining herself and the "dead" Shiki, she puts on a cold facade that somewhat resembles the male Shiki's and tries to act as the female Shiki did. Touko understands the sense of detachment Shiki feels, but considers the current Shiki a third, new personality.

The series is regarded as being set in the same world as another TYPE-MOON series, Tsukihime, with Aoko Aozaki's sister Touko Aozaki being featured in this series and the protagonist of the series, Shiki Ryougi, possessing the same abilities as Tsukihime's protagonist, Shiki Tohno.

(Source: Wikipedia)


Del Rey Manga announced in 2009 that they would be releasing the Kara no Kyoukai novels in English. However, the publisher went defunct before this could happen. The series has been published in Polish by Kotori since in April 2017.

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Mar 24, 2015
bleachsai (All reviews)
Have you ever been so elated about a decision that you made which brought you an indescribable elation and great fruition to you?
Well, I, for once felt that joy when I opted to read the novel of Kara no Kyoukai (KnK) rather than watching the movie series first. Right after I read the novel, I watched the films (obviously, the animation just blew me away) and then the thought came to me that if I had watched the films first, then I could not have understood almost the entire story behind each and every incident that occurred in that world.

Story & Storytelling (9/10): read more
Jun 16, 2019
SupremeLord (All reviews)
A couple of months ago, I reviewed the first Kara No Kyoukai movie. It’s the first time I started to feel comfortable with my reviews, as I am not the most proud of my earlier works. While I do feel I could’ve done a better job, I am otherwise mostly satisfied with it and all reviews that come after it. But now, it is time to bring this all full circle, as there is one more piece of Kara No Kyoukai media I need to cover. That of course, being the original Light Novel that started it all: Kara No Kyoukai: The Garden Of Sinners.

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Jan 27, 2021
cupcake847 (All reviews)
(i watched the anime, so i'll review it on here since it's all of the movie chapters in one)

Garden of Sinners is on my top 10 best anime list of all time. Let me explain

Story, Characters, and Enjoyment: 10/10
The story is extremely great, and the dark atmosphere is there. It focuses on the journey of our main character, Ryougi Shiki, who is a broken woman, and also a crazy sociopath who loves to kill and has no one but herself. She has a unique ability called "Mystic Eyes of Death Perception", which allows her to see the lines of death of all things. She got read more

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