Kara no Kyoukai

December 9, 2009

I had gotten a hold of this anime and it is one of the most well animated series I have seen for a long time. The animation is so crisp and beautiful, the character designs really shine when using this animation style even though the designs itself are rather simple. Shiki the female lead has interesting style though, red leather jacket on top of a kimono is a bizarre mix of east and west; not to mention her somewhat convoluted characterization as a split personality murderer who was to succeed her family.

The music is equally as beautiful and haunting since it is mostly composed by Yuki Kajiura, the brainchild behind FictionJunction and her new lovechild Kalafina who sings the music for Kara no Kyoukai. I am a major fan of Kajiura and the music really suits the series which makes me an instant convert even though the plot is a bit confusing.

I really liked Tsukihime and was surprised that Kara no Kyoukai is set in the same world, since Tsukihime was the first anime I had seen that was based from a Type-Moon franchise. I am slowly making my way through the series, but am missing the 7th and final episode. I guess I will have to wait til the DVD gets subbed.

In other news, I received RahXephon in the mail the other day and will be watching it again once I get through Kara no Kyoukai. I am mainly interested in the special features, but having a hard copy of one of my favourite animes would be great since somebody has my spindle and not returned it.

Addendum: just watched the 5th movie and I just have to say that the animation is absofuckinglutely gorgeous, especially the action scenes and you can clearly see that they did not skimp at all on production values at all. I don’t care if the movie is somewhat of a mindfuck since the animation makes up for it in awesome.


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