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The Garden of Sinners: recalled out summer. Limited Edition (a J!-ENT Anime on Blu-ray Disc Review)

April 19, 2015 by  



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With the release of “The Garden of Sinners: recalled out summer. Limited Edition”, you are getting a film on Blu-ray that is no doubt, one of the shining gems of 2015 ala anime on Blu-ray. I loved how the film continued on the Shiki and Mikiya storyline especially with the “Extra Chorus” episode. The film is absolutely gorgeous, the storyline is quite exciting and the music soundtrack is fantastic!  For those who have watched the previous films, this eighth film in the movie series is recommended!

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TITLE: The Garden of Sinners: recalled out summer. Limited Edition

YEAR: 2013

DURATION: 130 Minutes

BLU-RAY INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition (1:78:1 Aspect Ratio), Japanese Linear PCM 5.1 and Japanese Linear PCM 2.0, Subtitles: English

COMPANY: Aniplex of America

RATED: Suggested 13 and Up

Release Date: April 21, 2015


 

Originally created by Kinoko Nasu

Directed by Hikaru Kondo

Script by Masaki Hiramatsu

Music by Yuki Kajiura

Original Character Design by Takashi Takeuchi

3D Director: Shintaro Nakamura

Anime Production: ufotable


 Featuring the following voice talent:

Kenichi Suzumura as Mikiya Kokutō

Maaya Sakamoto as Shiki Ryōgi

Takako Honda as Tōko Aosaki

Ayumi Fujimura as Azaka Kokutō

Hiroki Touchi as Daisuke Akimi

Jouji Nakata as Souren Araya

Mamiko Noto as Fujino Asagami

Rie Tanaka as Kirie Fujō

Souichiro Hoshi as Lio Shirazumi

Tetsuya Kakihara as Tomoe Enjō


This Blu-ray set contains two feature films: recalled out summer and recalled out summer -extra chorus-.

recalled out summer
August 1998. At this moment, serial bomber Meruka Kuramitsu is certain of victory. Flip a switch. In the ensuing explosion, Shiki Ryougi’s body will scatter into pieces. Can Shiki survive the battle against this person with precognitive power?

recalled out summer –extra chorus–
Shiki ends up keeping a black cat while Mikiya Kokutou is out of town. Meanwhile, Ririsu Miyasuki, a student of Reien Girls’ Academy, suffers from the loss of her best friend who committed suicide by jumping off the Fujou Building. When she tries to kill herself, she encounters her classmate Asagami Fujino, who has psychokinetic power.


Back in 1998, author Kinoko Nasu created her light novel series “Kara no Kyoukai” (which translates to “Boundary of Emptiness”).

Originally released online and at Comiket, the chapters were republished by Kodansha and in 2007 through 2009 but the series would become more popular courtesy of the game company, Type-Moon, which was co-founded by Nasu and illustrator Takashi Takeuchi.  And the company would go on to create the very popular visual novel series “Fate/stay night”.

ufotable would create a total of seven animated films which would become extremely popular in Japan and would top the Oricon Charts for Blu-ray and DVD sales.

While the “Kara no Kyoukai” film series have been popular in Japan, North America received a special Blu-ray box set release back in 2010, with the US release for all films (plus the compilation film and the TV special) priced at $398.99 at that time.

With the final eighth film (2013) titled “Mirai Fukuin” (which translates to “Future Gospel” being released in the U.S. as “The Garden of Sinners: recalled out summer.” in April 2015.

For those not familiar with “Kara no Kyoukai”/”The Garden of Sinners”, the storyline has revolved around the character of Shiki Ryogi, a girl who possesses the “Mystic Eyes of Death Perception”, an ability which allows her to see the mortality of everything living and non-living.  She has been trained as a demon-hunter and has two personalities, SHIKI (a male) and Shiki (the female).

A traffic accident led to SHIKI being killed, while the female Shiki was comatose for two years.  Shiki now works for an investigator for a powerful sorcerer named Toko Aozaki who owns an agency known as “Garan  no Do”.

She is very close to a young man named Mikiya Kokuto, who is in love with her and a majority of the storyline for the first seven films revolve around Shiki and Mikiya as both must endure many trials and tribulations.  His younger sister, Azaka Kokuto is in love with him and considers Shiki as her rival.

Which now leads us to “The Garden of Sinners: recalled out summer.” (“Miraki Fukuin/Future Gospel”) which takes place in two time periods, 1998 and 2008.

In 1998, we are introduced to Shizune Seo, Azaka’s roommate.  She has the ability to foresee the future and possesses “Prediction”, the ability to suffer the pain of seeing the death of living things twice and also being able to know of subjects that she has no knowledge of.

One day, her “Prediction” kicks in and sees a man about to die in a bomb blast caused by a serial bomber that has been causing problems all over the city.  She tries to warn the man the best she can and meets meets Mikiya Kokutou, who listens to her about her “gut feeling” and listens to her.  This is the first time Mikiya receives a warning about his life in regards to a woman he will meet.

Meanwhile, a serial bomber named Mitsuru Kamekura (aka Meruka Kuramitsu) has the special ability of “Calculation”, he takes actions to ensure a specific future that comes true.  His right eye can foresee the future and his left eye shows him the path to achieve that future.  Because of his ability, he feels his life has not been the same.  So, he became a bomber in order to achieve a future that he can not predict.  Mitsuru is trying to kill Shiki, while she is doing all she can to catch him before any more deaths occur.

In 2008,  we are greeted to a story ten years in the future.  Mitsuru now works for Shiki, the head of the Ryougi family.  He also creates picture books that he wrote and published and is enjoyed by Mana Ryougi, the daughter of Shiki and Mikiya.  He is given a mission in which he and Mana must go and find an old street fortune teller.

Also, included is the “Extra Chorus” short OVA that revolves around side stories.


VIDEO:

“The Garden of Sinners: recalled out summer.” is presented in 1080p High Definition. For the most part, animation is very good with backgrounds that are detailed, lighting is done very well and at times quite vibrant.  I did notice moments scenes with a few artifacts, such as scenes with Mikiya and Shizune Seo at a diner and the artifacts creeping up in the windows.  But other than that, the film is well-detailed for its art backgrounds and the film looks fantastic in HD!

AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

“The Garden of Sinners: recalled out summer.” is presented in Japanese Linear PCM 5.1 surround and Linear PCM stereo.  Dialogue and the film’s musical soundtrack are crystal clear through the front and center channels.  While there are scenes with action sequences and explosions galore, the soundtrack manages to also incorporate ambiance such as a scene with Shiki walking through a parking garage and more, that can be heard through the surround channels.

Subtitles are in English.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Movie: -Rebellion Limited Edition” comes with a slipcase, six postcards and a 24-page booklet featuring staff interview with director Tomonori Sudo x “Extra Chorus” director Ei Aoki, art settings, artwork and more.


“The Garden of Sinners: recalled out summer.” is one of the shining gems of 2015 for anime on Blu-ray releases but it’s also a release that I recommend but a recommendation that doesn’t come quite easily.

With the release of the Blu-ray box set, there was a thought that the movies would be individually released.  With seven films, there is quite a bit of story that revolves around the characters of Shiki and Mikiya, but also more detail on Shiki’s abilities and where Mikiya fits in to the dynamics between both characters.  But also background on where the two work.

Unfortunately, the films are only available as a Blu-ray box set which currently costs around $500, so there is a big chance that many people may have not seen the previous movies leading to this eight film “The Garden of Sinners: recalled out summer.”.

And that would be a shame!  Because “The Garden of Sinners: recalled out summer.” is a wonderful animated film for those who have followed the film series.

One of the reasons why watching the film series is worth watching is because of its riveting storyline which involves Shiki and her investigation work leading her to take on other dangerous individuals but most importantly the growing romantic yet deadly storyline between Shiki and Mikiya, despite him knowing her true nature, he still loves her unconditionally, while she cares about him, yet wants to kill him at the same time.

With that being said, for those who have never watched the film series, the fact is that you’re going to be lost watching this eight film.

Now, is it possible to watch and enjoy it without watching the previous films, possibly.  But you are also missing out on so much!

With this eight film, we are introduced to Shizune Seo, a person who can see the death of people or animals twice and she doesn’t know how she should go about her abilities until she meets Mikiya.

Meanwhile, both Shiki and Mikiya are working together to find a serial bomber who has a special ability involving the ability to foresee the future and also find out what path he must take to ensure that future.

So, this leads to a cat and mouse, action-packed storyline between Shiki and Mitsuru Kamekura.

The story then fast forwards ten years later and it involves an older Mitsuru and the child of Shiki and Mikiya, a girl named Mana.

While the two stories are connected, there is no doubt that the storyline revolving around Mana will bring more questions on what happened to mom and dad and why Mana has certain feelings towards her parents in such a way, but also why Mitsuru is working for Shiki.

The “Extra Chorus” side story episode also deals with Shiki and Mikiya but also a story that deals with the suicides that was discussed in the first “Kara no Kyoukai” film.

And because of these characters and their actions,  it’s important to have knowledge of the previous films and that’s why, starting off with this eighth film may not be a great idea.

As for the Blu-ray release, you get a cool 24-page booklet, postcards and a slipcase.  The film looks vibrant and the artwork is detailed, especially the gorgeous backgrounds, while the lossless audio is crisp and clear.

As the “Kara no Kyoukai” films are among the most popular films released on Blu-ray in Japan and has earned its following globally, with the release of “The Garden of Sinners: recalled out summer. Limited Edition”, you are getting a film on Blu-ray that is no doubt, one of the shining gems of 2015 ala anime on Blu-ray.  I loved how the film continued on the Shiki and Mikiya storyline especially with the “Extra Chorus” episode.

The film is absolutely gorgeous, the storyline is quite exciting and the music soundtrack is fantastic!

With that being said, if you watched and even owned the previous box set, then I highly recommend the film.  But if you haven’t seen the previous seven films, unless your intention is to purchase the Blu-ray box set soon, I would not recommend that one should start their viewing of “The Garden of Sinners” with this eighth film.  The storyline is a culmination of what had taken place in the first seven films and you would enjoy this film even more if you did know the background of characters, Shiki and Mikiya.  So, one can only hope that possibly Aniplex considers releasing the films separately or release two films or three films on Blu-ray.

Overall, “The Garden of Sinners: recalled out summer. Limited Edition” is highly recommended!  But I do recommend everyone who is interested in watching this animated film, if you haven’t yet, to watch the previous seven films first, as the emotional payoff is much more enjoyable if you have.






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