Garden of Sinners -recalled out summer- Limited Edition Blu-ray review

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The final movie in the Garden of Sinners trilogy (Kara no Kyōkai), recalled out summer, gets a limited edition Blu-ray treatment from the fine folks at Aniplex USA, and boy have the fans waited for this. The story this time is based on an idea that was never developed into its own book according to the original author, Kinoko Nasu himself. Canonically, this movie takes place between 1st and the 3rd movie. Will this original story have what it takes to be on par with the rest of the movies? If that’s not enough there’s a second OVA bundled in known as recalled out summer -extra chorus-. Let’s find out if it stacks up.

Story (Potential Spoilers ahead)

The first part Moebius Ring (and the latter time-skip half Mobius Link) focuses on two people, Shizune Seo and Meruka Kuramitsu, both of whom possesses the power of precognition. Seo regards her power as a curse that plagues her life with suffering. On the other hand, Maruka embraces his powers and becomes a serial bomber. When he meets Shiki, he vows to kill her in order to protect himself and thanks to his right eye, he can be shown the path to achieve this. Seo finds out with her powers a man who was about to meet his end and tries feverishly to warn him.

In extra chorus, the story of Mana Ryougi takes place 10 years after Kara no Kyoukai and serves as the final epilogue to the trilogy.

Box Content

Pretty standard Aniplex style bonuses that include a well designed packaging, As usual, a collection of postcards from stills and promotional art from the show is included as well. The more interesting bonus item is a 24-page deluxe booklet that details the characters designs and even has interviews with the directors of both recalled out summer and recalled out summer extra chorus. (Which was quite a lengthy read.) Disc extras include the reminders videos that played in Japanese theaters prior to the screenings.

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Video

Probably one of the best things about recalled out summer is that it’s a beautiful movie. There are less intense sequences this time around, but it helped with keeping the animation quality consistent throughout the movie. The master transfers from Aniplex are clean as a whistle practically free of artifacts. Colors and lines both look smooth. There’s a reason that these movies come far and few in between each film. One particularly early scene makes use of some extremely dynamic camera bullet-time movement that must’ve taken a lot of work to do. The details and attention to character animation is really convincing as well. There’s a scene where Seo narrowly avoids hitting a trash can while walking through the hallways. The animation involves her pulling up the skirt and sidestepping. It happens so subtly that it flows extremely well. Animation studio ufotable stepped it up a notch to give the series a well deserved send-off.

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 Audio

As usual, you get a Japanese language track with English subtitles. No English dub here folks. The audio is presented in a both a Linear PCM 5 channel Surround Sound or just a Linear PCM Stereo track. With the surround sound track, you could really hear the echos of the dialogue especially in the garage scene where Shiki confronts Meruka. The ambiance of the show is quite immersive and the sound of moving cars and footsteps help sell the show. Maaya Sakamoto (as Shiki Ryougi) and the rest of the previous cast reprise their roles and the majorty of the show is spoken. The magnificent Yuki Kajiura comes back for one last hurrah and reminds us why she’s one of the best composers in the business. The tracks do very well to compliment the voice acting and animation. Kajiura has always had a thing for violin pieces and summer choke full of it. Popular J-pop group Kalafina comes back once again to sing the theme “Alleluia” and it definitely feels like a song to end a superb series on.

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Final Reaction

The production value of recalled out summer constantly reminds myself how much care ufotable has put into the series over the past 6 years. Back then, they were a company that had only a few animes under their belt. Now, they’re the go to studio for every TYPE-MOON production and they continue to rise the bar in animation. The only gripes I can really say is the series has always been overbearing with its terminology and copious amounts of info dumping on its audiences and recalled out summer is no different. That said, for those that can comprehend the material will enjoy this final chapter of Kara no Kyoukai with pride. Even though it does take place in between Chapters 1 & 3, I would recommend newcomers to start from the beginning with Thanatos. If you can stomach that, the rest will be a joyride.

Rating: 4.5/5

NR 4_5 Atoms - A-

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Disc Spec:

  • Spoken Languages: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Aspect ratio: 16:9 widescreen
  • Episodes: 2 Feature films
    (recalled out summer & recalled out summer -extra chorus-)
  • Number of Disc: 2 BD discs
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