Posted by psgels on 25 July 2008 with categories: Anime Reviews, Kara no Kyoukai


The third movie of The Garden of Sinners takes place between the first and the second. It continues the tradition of the second movie by shedding light on the unanswered questions that the first movie left behind, as it shows another stage in Shiki and Mikiya’s life. The story is about yet another string of mysterious gruesome murders, but despite this, it was the best movie of Kara no Kyoukai yet in my opinion.

The antagonist for this movie is the biggest reason for this. This movie really looks into the question: “what could someone drive to commit these gruesome murders?” And it comes up with a fascinating character study with a bit of supernatural elements here and there. Shiki and Mikiya also benefit from the second movie, which fleshed out their characters a bit, so they too make this a highly enjoyable movie.

There are a couple of bugs in the storyline, though. I’m not sure whether it was a good idea to have the major antagonist turn out to be a friend of Mikiya, of all people. It makes no sense, could have easily be omitted without affecting the rest of the movie and the movie can’t seem to decide what kind of relationship the two exactly have. It feels like some sort of cheap plot-device, especially for such a short 50-minute movie. The ending is also a bit of a downer-ending, with its Deus ex Machina-ish plot twist.

The plot feels a bit weird, but nevertheless the characters keep improving with every movie. It’ll be interesting to see this trend continue for the rest of the seven movies of the Garden of Sinners. Remaining Sense of Pain isn’t the most visually stunning instalment of Kara no Kyoukai, and the mystery isn’t as impressive as in chapter 1, but it makes up for this with great and solid characters.

Storytelling: 7/10
Characters: 9/10
Production-Values: 9/10
Setting: 8/10

4 Responses

  1. Avatar L.A says:

    I can’t really understand this whole thing about Kara no Kyoukai…
    The only thing in my mind is that Shiki must go to jail or die, so as Fujino, and maybe Mikiya too

  2. Avatar FlameStrike says:

    Wtf why does Shiki have to go to jail? SPOILER!: If you’ve read the novel you’d know that she has never killed anyone, and that Mikiya was right all along.

    About the Fujino liking Mikiya thing, I think in the novel it was just some random sempai. Fujino contacted Azaka to get Mikiya to help her find him or something x.x;

  3. Avatar mulligan says:

    I cannot honestly say I enjoyed the three movies so far. I am sure there’s a great deal of backstory to the plot presented in the movies, but as I’ve never read the novel itself, they are difficult to follow. There’s a great deal of emphasis on unexplained phenomena clairoyance-watnot, atmosphere, and the idea of pain in all three. But there’s too many holes left for the audience to *guess* their own conclusion.

    Big fan of unconventional storylines, solid groundwork and beautiful, interesting animation (i.e. Kaiba). But this one’s not my cuppa I have to admit :)

  4. Avatar Leander says:

    I may only find peace of mind if “Keita Minato” dies…
    But I just don’t want it to end “that way…”

    (I’ll make him suffer…)hearing him beg for his miserable life makes me wanna puke my disgust!

    I’ll take pleasure while hearing the scream of agony…
    then finally…he perished.

    I’m still longing for it till now…
    (I’m so wanna crush them faces…)

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