Posted by psgels 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
    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 06:30 AM)
    Watchmen was deemed ‘unadaptable’ for about thirty years, so just getting what Snyder got out of the material is a huge success; it is said that what he did was to write a book version of Ingmar’s Holy Mountain. Watchmen is the only graphic novel to ever win a Hugo award and is easily the most intricate and multilayered Alan Moore comic, so it’s no surprise that it continues to top ‘best comics of all time’ charts to this day.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 06:20 AM)
    I beg to differ. Doctor Manhatten is the most intriguing character of Watchmen and the comic is a giant in ,not only in the comic world, but the history of literature itself. It is a deconstruction of superheros and Dr. M shows how afraid the world would really be when faced with a ‘superman’ and how a creature in such a higher realm of time and perception would show apathy toward humans and their foolish struggles.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 06:15 AM)
    GitS just won’t work. Maybe in a world before the Matrix, but not now with so many elements of it borrowed liberally by so many franchises in various mediums. Scarlet Johansson is decent in roles that fit her. She was enjoyable in Lost In Translation, but race aside she has nothing in common with Kusanagi. This is a travesty and the franchise is dear to me so it especially burns my ass.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 06:10 AM)
    While I am no fan of man of steel, Nolan and Snyder, just about anyone would have a hard time taking a difficult character like superman and making him work on screen.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 06:08 AM)
    Apart from Veidt and Rorshach I could never get into the characters all that much in watchmen. I also found the film overly long and mediocre acted for the larger part. But to each there own. For Alan moores works I always preferred his Miracleman, swamp thing, V for Vendetta stories.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 06:06 AM)
    Nolan can produce the action plus personal and dark story that Alita would need, and he also brings talent such as composer Hans Zimmer and Cinematographer Sally Pfister to the table. Him and Snyder have too much combined integrity to make a mockery out of Alita like Spielberg did with the GitS license.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 06:03 AM)
    Well Snyder has respect for his source materials and that is key in anime-to-film adaptations. Hell I’m a big Watchmen fan and I thought his version was (almost painfully) close to the comic. You’re not going to get that anywhere else in Hollywood. Also the combination of Nolan/Snyder is quite different than them individually.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 05:34 AM)
    And directed it as a co-production with America, using a Japanese cast.
    Yeah…this is impossible…
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    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 05:32 AM)
    The only way a live action ghost in the shell film would work is if Mamoru oshii directed it.
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    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 05:29 AM)
    Wait wait…his Van helsing film is a reboot sorry I confused it with the other one.

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