Posted on 2 June 2008 with categories: Anime Reviews, Kara no Kyoukai


Ah, I finally got the chance to watch this one. If I recall correctly, The Garden of Sinners 01 is the first part of a series of seven movies, based on short stories by the creators of Fate/Stay Night and Tsukihime, produced by the Ufotable that did Manabi Straight and Tales of Symphonia. After watching the 45-minute long first part, I’m eager for the next ones, because It had quite a few good points.

It’s rare to see a mystery-movie nowadays, since most of them focus on either action or drama. The Garden of Sinners deals with the topic of suicide and adds a supernatural touch to it, and the result works quite well. A lot of effort has gone into the dialogue, and it ends up meaningful and thought-provoking, but the real highlight of this movie is without a doubt the gorgeous graphics. Ufotable received a big budget to work with, and they knew exactly how to use it. Yuki Kajiura’s soundtrack may not be among the best of her work, but it still manages to make The Garden of Sinners into a feast for the senses.

The storytelling is a bit sloppy, though. We hardly learn anything about the main characters: where did Shiki’s l33t-powers come from? How did the boy lose his consciousness? How did Shiki lose her arm? What kind of job does she do anyway? Why is she the only one who goes after the string of suicides? All questions that remain unanswered, and I hope that the next movies will at least answer the most basic ones, and give some much-needed background to the characters. At this point, I found it hard to sympathize with them, because I knew hardly anything about them.

And there is of course the matter of Haagen Dasz. The pizza hut references in Code Geass and Darker than Black is one thing, but these commercials always knew how to stay in the background. In the Garden of Sinners, a bunch of pointless scenes are wasted, simply because they only focus on a bunch of packs of Haagen Dasz.

Still, overall this movie made good use of its limited time to deliver a solid enough mystery-story. Now let’s see what the other movies will have in store.

12 Responses

  1. clara's buddy says:

    this is kind of written like Baccano!, the time line’s out of order in all 7 arcs. for example, the explanation for shiki’s arm would be in the 3rd movie. the second arc comes out this month so please keep blogging this :)

  2. Deranged says:

    In the original book, it was as withholding with information as the movie, it wasn’t until later chapters (later movies) that we got to learn more about the characters. The story was all out of order as it will probably be for the movies.

    And also, Hagen Daz was in the original… the large amounts of water bottles (forgot which brand) was new though.

  3. miden says:

    ooh i cant wait for the 2nd part. saw the frist part a month back or so. i liked it, thoguh there were alot of unexplained things like of the such

  4. Archer says:

    i like that they did not introduce many things in the first movie,that added to the mystery of this movie but the questions will be answered in the later movies we can notice from the preview of the 2nd movie that they will start to reveal bit by bit the information we need

    also the animation was just perfect,i just loved the graphics,effects used when Shiki jumps from one rooftop to another,overall i loved the dark tone used for the animation in this movie

  5. CHoux says:

    Deranges was right, the ice cream was there from the very beginning.
    “where did Shiki’s l33t-powers come from? How did the boy lose his consciousness? How did Shiki lose her arm? What kind of job does she do anyway? Why is she the only one who goes after the string of suicides?”
    the first will be revealed in 3 more movies, he lost consciousness because the girl in the hospital tried to take him away. Shiki dosen’t have a job, she only did something because the guy was involved. She was probably the only one who knew about it’s supernatural background and bothered to do something about it. There’s also another probably reason but I won’t spoil anything for anyone.

    Anyway, I loved the movie(not as much as the book though) and can’t wauit for more.

  6. sak says:

    You are occasionally hey not doing illegal download alone when DVD is bought.

  7. Kurisu says:

    Even if it was in the original story, I rather doubt they’d publish a DVD without at least permission from the brand owner. It’s only reasonable to assume sponsorship if some brand is explicitely mentioned especially if there never was a need to.

  8. niea says:

    Hey, guys.
    Just a clarification for its timeline.
    1st movie = 4th
    2nd = 1st
    3rd = 3rd
    4th = 2nd
    5th = 5th
    6th = 6th
    So, it is recommended to watch this movie in order of 2nd->4th->3rd->1st->5th->6th.
    I’ll wait for the release of at least 3rd movie before I start watching this series ;) It’s because we’re not sure when the DVD for the 4th movie will be released.

  9. PhuzyBuny says:

    So, Kara no Kyoukai 2 is out and subbed by gg & TakaJun…are you going to blog it? Please do!

  10. Windy says:

    Do you know if the seven movies have already been released? I have only heard about three of them . Do you know when the others will be released then? Please let me know. Thanks.

  11. Bakodo says:

    To answer the previous post, the first three movies are out in Japan on DVD, and on the web with subs. Movie four showed in theaters a month or two ago, and movie five is going to show in theaters in August. No idea on six or seven, though. It was about a five month turnaround to get from the first three movies in theaters to DVDs, so I bet we’ll be able to see four, five, and maybe the others around the end of this year.

  12. Japaneseprints says:

    1) Shiki’s powers (mystic eye of death perception) enabling her to see death by slashing according to the red lines only she can see. Her powers and duo personality were inherited from her family who likely possessed similar powers ( explained in movie 2 ).

    2) Mikiya lost consciousness because he bumped into Kirie Fujou. The girl who is bed-ridden and her origin (powers) ables her to control people with an out of body experience. Thus, taken in by Mikiya’s natural good hearted natured soul, she decides to control him.

    3) After awaking from a 5 years coma, Shiki finally comes to grasp of her awoken origin (mystic eye of death perception). Aozaki Touko who is a magician investigating paranormal murders and sucides decides to employs Shiki and help her develop her origin. (explained in movie 4)

    Hope all this will clear up ur doubts. This is not a typical anime of simple plot. It requires your undivided attention to be able to understand everything including the layers between.

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  • Bam
    (Thursday, Aug 28. 2014 07:13 AM)
    I even watched Kill Your Darlings just for it being a rendition of early Beatnik history. It was meh tho; a little thin on substance but heavy on the pretentiousness which seems ironic given the postmodernism of the people it tries to depict.
  • K-Off
    (Thursday, Aug 28. 2014 07:12 AM)
    Emma, I have a feeling you’d enjoy Ginsberg’s works; they often criticize materialism, sexual repression, conformity, etc. I recommend his epic “Howl” first.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Aug 28. 2014 07:11 AM)
    I saw a biography film called kill your darlings about William S Burroughs.I have alot I mean as a writer ALOT of respect for him.
  • Bam
    (Thursday, Aug 28. 2014 07:10 AM)
    @Emma: ooooh Beatnik literature, now you’re speaking my language. Read the synopsis, sounds interesting.
    The sheer amount of intriguing recommendations is getting out of hand quite frankly lol
    I need to form a spreadsheet of them before some good ones get forgotten.
  • K-Off
    (Thursday, Aug 28. 2014 07:09 AM)
    @Bam Ah, well, my bad then.
  • K-Off
    (Thursday, Aug 28. 2014 07:09 AM)
    Yes, the Beat generation. Allen Ginsburg is a personal favorite.
  • Bam
    (Thursday, Aug 28. 2014 07:07 AM)
    @K-off: it was mate :)
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Aug 28. 2014 07:04 AM)
    Getting the feeling Bam you’d like a novel by William S Burroughs called Naked lunch.
  • Anon
    (Thursday, Aug 28. 2014 07:01 AM)
    Factoid: the literary Romance movement is derived at it’s core from the Roman language. Which is why French, Spanish, etc, are considered romance languages.
  • K-Off
    (Thursday, Aug 28. 2014 06:51 AM)
    Unless that was a joke. I’m very tired right now m8,so I’m kind of pissy.

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