Kara no Kyoukai #1: Fukan Fuukei

The first episode of Kara no Kyoukai is basically this…

Shiki: I found him first!!! He’s mine!!! Die, bitch!!!
Kirie: NOOOO!!! He’s mine!!! Die, bitch!!!
Shiki: *Activate robotic arm hax*
Kirie: T_T Guess I’ll drop myself dead from a building.

Give my honey back, bitch!

In other words, a supernatural catfight. Not that I have complaints about this. It’s wonderfully rendered and animated. I’m also quite fixated with Shiki. She’s quite and cool, but very much a tsundere, and a cute one at that. It’s the way she uses the Haagen-Dazs as the excuse to keep Mikiya with her, and the “urusai.” Ufotable adds the scene where Shiki walks alone in the rain while Mikiya’s telephone message plays in the background, showing just how much she loves him. Aww…

Urusai! Urusai! Urusai!

How do I live without you…

Hey, but isn’t Kara no Kyoukai supposed to be heavy and intellectual? It has the psychological observation about the impact of vision on the mind and the I-can-feel-so-alive-when-I-am-about-to-die logic of Fujou Kirie. But, unlike when I read the translation at Baka-Tsuki before watching the movie, these stuffs didn’t catch my attention like the scene where Shiki reveals her pantsu while eating strawberry Haagen-Dazs.


Why? I guess it’s because the movie’s visualization doesn’t agree with mine. When Touko talks about vision of the large world, I think about the view you see from Tokyo Tower, but what the movie shows is pretty cramped: the rooftop occupies more thant 60% of the screen, and the glowing of the sky destroys the sense of expansiveness.

This shot below doesn’t do a good job either: it does not represent an overlooking view. Everybody feels natural seeing the vast sky because he knows he’s still grounded. 

I think this one is close to what I have in mind, but we only have 5 seconds of it.

When Fujou Kirie talks about “the flash she felt when she was pierced in the heart,” we see her calmly pushes the elevator button instead of a flashback. We hear her calm, melancholic voice accompanied by a sleep inducing background music instead of heartbeats
or more menacing music.

In conclusion, the visuals do not help pronounce the text. It’s as if the director is trying to have the visuals tell other stories when the seiyuus read those long passages. The result was that I paid more attention to the beautiful images than to the tedious monologues. It’s a shame, really, because the explanation of how things happen, not the description of what happens, makes the novel interesting.

But, yeah, I still like the movie ‘coz it lets me see how cute Shiki is. The shot below speaks it all.

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