Best Kara No Kyoukai (The Garden of Sinners) MoviesWith the Kara no Kyoukai (known as The Garden of Sinners in English and as Boundary of Emptiness in Japan and sometimes referred as Rakkyo) collaboration event that began on the NA server of Fate/Grand Order in the middle of February 2018 along with the collaboration event getting a rerun on its original JP server and Crunchyroll adding all 10 movie adaptations of the light novel series to its catalog, I couldn't have found a better time than to make a list about The Garden of Sinners.
To those unfamiliar to this series, The Garden of Sinners is a Japanese light novel series authored by Kinoko Nasu and illustrated by Takashi Takeuchi. The series is one of TYPE-MOON's earliest works, set in an alternate parallel universe to other TYPE-MOON works like Tsukihime and Fate/stay night.
Basically, the plot revolves around a girl named Shiki Ryougi who, after waking up from a two-year coma, discovers a new ability known as the "Mystic Eyes of Death Perception" that allows her to detect vulnerable spots of anything through death seams, almost to the point that she's capable of killing God as long as it is living. Our cold and aloof heroine is then thrust into several murder mysteries in Mifune City, where she works for a small independent agency that tracks down paranormal activity. In the events that unravel, Shiki must uncover these mysteries lying beneath a bigger mystery all while finding her purpose for living.
For this list, we'll be counting down the best Kara no Kyoukai (The Garden of Sinners) movies. Feel free to vote and add to this list.
The Top Ten
I now present to you arguably the most climactic and perhaps most popular installment in the Kara no Kyoukai film series. The fifth movie is both confusing and suspenseful in presentation as two separate stories are split separately before leading up to the final climax. The fifth movie starts out by a boy named Tomoe experiencing himself apparently killing his mother and cutting her guts out after she killed his father. This mesmerizing experience is only further enhanced in mystery when a bystander sees the father dead, yet when he calls on a police officer to investigate the incident, the father seems to be alive and kicking like never before. Back to the plot at hand, Tomoe is seen running from some street gangsters and is eventually cornered by them until Shiki confronts them and scares them off. Shiki then gives company to Tomoe at her residence. However, all seems not normal when it seems Tomoe is experiencing the same day over and over again with different outcomes, even as ...more
Chapter 5 & 7 were the two best movies by a long shot.
In the first movie, Mifune City is left heartbroken as repeated incidents of school girls committing suicide by jumping off the abandoned Fujou building. However, matters get more pressing at hand once Mikiya is affected by this incident and is left unconscious, leaving it up to Shiki to investigate the supernatural entity instigating the suicide incidents. The supposed supernatural entity happens to be a second spiritual body possessed by the terminally ill Kirie Fujou, who killed the school girls in the first place in order to socialize with them in their ghostly forms, but to no avail. Eventually, after losing an arm and replacing it with a prosthetic one, Shiki kicks it into overdrive and slices and dices all the souls of the girls into oblivion, including Kirie's second body. With Kirie calmly confronted by Touko and the suicide incident resolved, the movie ends with Kirie finally ending her own life by jumping off the same building she had the other girls jump off of in order to ...more
And now the third movie introduces us to fan-favorite antagonist Fujino Asagami. Starting by showing the aforementioned character being mercilessly tortured by a group of street gangsters, after being hit by a metal bat, Fujino finally snaps and... well, unleashes her revenge on most of the gangsters by literally snapping them to death. Or should I say bending? (No, not that bending). That same night, Fujino is left stranded in the dark until Mikiya stumbles upon her, treating her nicely by allowing her to stay at his residence and take a shower. In the days to come, it becomes apparent that now Fujino is at large as she takes her inner pain out on those who hurt her and anyone who stands in her way. With her attraction to Mikiya and her dark purple hair, one could almost say she's a prototype Sakura Matou. That said, it's no surprise Shiki is sent down to confront Fujino as it comes down to Mystic Eyes of Death Perception vs Mystic Eyes of Distortion. The two fight to the death in ...more
The second movie now pretty much takes us to Shiki's origin story, as this film explores how Shiki first met Mikiya and got caught up in a series of serial killings that took place in the late 1990's. In addition, we manage to get an idea of what Shiki's two split personalities in one body are like and how they contribute to her role in the story. Caught red-handed covering herself in the blood of the supposed murder victims despite not being the true culprit, Shiki becomes more isolated from Mikiya. Despite this, Mikiya maintains a strong resolve and tries to look out for her, even going as far as to camp out her home every night, whether by falling snow or stormy rain. Eventually, Shiki has had enough of it and decides to kill Mikiya in order to put him out of any further danger she may cause to him. Thankfully, Shiki restrains herself at the last minute and is supposedly ran over by a truck, losing her male personality in the process, but miraculously still surviving the accident, ...more
Continuing from where the second movie left off, the fourth movie takes us to right after Shiki's accident as she is transported to a hospital. Left in almost critical condition, Mikiya worries deeply for her as she recovers from her coma for almost two years. Over the course of those two years to the end, Shiki has both lost and gained something as a result of her accident. Thanks to the severe blow dealt to her head by the incoming truck, Shiki has now lost her male personality, leaving only her female personality alone as she copes with it through putting on a cold facade. On the other hand, Shiki has mysteriously awakened an unknown power in what would later be known as the Mystic Eyes of Death Perception. Unfortunately, Shiki is all but excited with this newfound ability, as she initially sees it as a curse to her since she can now see how people can die just by detecting their weak spots. Thus, Touko introduces herself to Shiki for the first time as a magus posing under the ...more
Excluding the epilogue and the extra movies, the seventh movie is the last release order installment in the film series. In this final installment, the seventh movie catches up on the events of the second and fourth movies as the same murders that happened in 1995 are happening again four years later in the year 1999. This draws both Shiki's and Mikiya's attention, and more so with Shiki, as she manages to find the true culprit of both murders in the form of a student turned serial killer beast Lio Shirazumi. With Lio's taunts and murderous intent, Shiki has only one thing on her mind but to kill him. Despite Lio's nature and atrocities, Mikiya comes to understand Lio in a personal conversation with him as he learns how one single rejection by Shiki sent Lio into a downward spiral of darkness as he took out his rage on some bar patrons at an arcade and accidentally killed one of them prior to having to eat the corpse. Of course, Souren has a part in this and encourages Lio to embrace ...more
Well, here goes. The sixth movie in the film series, and apparently the most divisive one as well. Here, Mikiya's sister Azaka finally gets a movie to herself as we get to see her be an apprentice of Touko and take on a mystery of her own when her school is caught in a series of incidents involving fairies mesmerizing female students and subjecting them to danger. While Shiki does tag along for the ride, it's mostly Azaka's time to shine as her Day in the Limelight gives us how she came to develop her... incestuous attraction to her brother Mikiya and how she wishes to impress him. Especially since she's not very fond of Shiki. That said, while Shiki is off doing her own thing when she confronts a man named Satsuki Kurogiri sent by Souren Araya to help her remember her male personality and memories, Azaka manages to break down with her dancing fists of fury as she confronts the true culprit of the incidents in the form of the chairwoman of the student committee Misaya Ouji. ...more
As a little tie-in, Mirai Fukuin (also known as Future Gospel in English) acts as two halves of short stories (Mobius Ring and Mobius Link) told from the perspectives of three future seers. Mobius Ring first takes us to Azaka's classmate Shizune Seo, who is apparently born with a power to see into the future, yet is supposedly unable to change the fate set in stone. However, things change for the better when she one day meets Mikiya and saves a bystander from getting run over by a truck. As Shizune and Mikiya converse with each other in a cafe regarding her ability and the history behind it, Shizune eventually learns to accept and embrace her ability as something that can change the future for the better instead of having it set in stone as she believed it to be before. Meanwhile, a young bomber named Mitsuru Kamekura causes trouble in Mifune City as he sets off bombs at major locations for a living, as he is granted with the ability to see into the future and be able to change it ...more
As this is the epilogue, I'll keep things short for this description. Basically, after the events of the seventh and final movie, Mikiya with a non-functioning eye is seen walking down the road on a snowy day just like the same snowy day where he first met Shiki, complete with her in the same white kimono as well. Most of the epilogue then treats us to some philosophical conversation as the audience is either left thought-provoked or entirely bored with the epilogue. Regardless, the falling snow does make the epilogue at least beautiful enough to watch through. Eventually, Shiki tells Mikiya about a third personality she harbored, one that transcends her male and female personality. As in one that's essentially an incarnation of a goddess of the void herself. After supposedly healing Mikiya's leg or something else, Shiki in her third personality then says farewell to him as she expects to meet him again tomorrow after that snowy night.
Nothing too major here with the side stories, but the Extra Chorus part of Mirai Fukuin is a pretty fun watch if you're willing to go the extra mile to watch every single bit of Kara no Kyoukai content. The first side story is basically Shiki having to take care of a black cat Mikiya found at a pet shelter. Strangely enough, Shiki and the cat have a lot of common with each other with their cold and aloof attitudes and their affection for Mikiya. Eventually, while the cat is sent to a new owner, it eventually comes back to Mikiya since it has grown too attached to him, prompting Mikiya to happily have it be cared for at his home residence. But the real juicy stuff comes in the second and final side story, where Ririsu Miyazuki, a friend of one of the suicide victims at the Fujou building, meets Fujino Asagami, now blind as a result of the events of the third movie. One night, when Ririsu attempts to commit suicide with a box-cutter, she stumbles upon Fujino again, who she now learns ...more