I’ve just finished Kara no Kyoukai Movie 4 and, wow, as expected of TYPE- Moon, truly a great movie!
Shiki with long hair is freakin’ hot.
Hope they’ll make a figurine out of this.
One main feature about TYPE-Moon productions is the surreal, subtly romantic – yet solemn — ambience. This is most evident in Kara no Kyoukai when compared to their other production. Indeed, I’m really awestruck by the overall feel of the movie. For a show that has blood and violence, Kara no Kyoukai successfully managed to maintain an air of class and style, a great fusion of such example of juxtaposition since I’ve often found that anime that feature copious amount of blood spills tend to appear rather crude. The way the scenes were choreographed, blend with the art style, along with the scripting for the dialogue done in the similar like of theatrical works and the music orchestrated all perfectly combine to produce that said ambience – mildly poetic, stylish and yet with a dash of darkness of supernatural elements. A dark yet not eerie feel.TYPE- Moon certainly knows how to make a good story about fantasy and magic.
The concept itself is also pretty unique and intriguing; a heroine who has the ability to destroy the “concept” (or “essence”) of things. The fact that this rather vague description (or rather, the ability to even conquer objects and subjects without definite forms, like for example, how Shiki destroys the “concept” of “noise” in the theater in the beginning of the movie) of her ability helps to add another veil of mystery, surrealistic imagery to the overall aesthetics.
The result: despite being a movie heavily driven by dialogue (in which the actions scenes were only less than 10 minutes of this 46 minutes film), I was hooked onto the show; I didn’t feel bored watching it.