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Gzerble

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Kara no Kyoukai Movie 3: Tsuukaku Zanryuu is definitely better than the first two movies in the series. The animation is superb if retaining the faults of the earlier installations. The sound is solid all around. The plot is a bit shock-value oriented (explicit sexual abuse, gore), and is overall quite pedestrian in the landscape of modern anime (it doesn't revel in the brutality yet the violence isn't particularly necessary). That being said, the movie is overall an enjoyable experience.

As opposed to the earlier installations, this piece is quite self contained (though there are references to other movies in the series), which gives it a profound edge over the first two. Movie is in the name, and a movie is what it is (well, mostly). Still, there are problems with the art (a lot of still shots that are just scrolled, parts of shots that are completely static, etc) that don't allow this to reach technical perfection in a way I'd like a movie to have.

Perhaps I've grown familiar with the characters and premise and can now enjoy this a bit more. Perhaps I am starting to view it as a series. Still, I think that as a movie, as opposed to the first two, this holds up much better and manages to be greater than a sum of its parts.

Writing (Story and Characters):

It is not that I dislike shock value. Hell, at times I find it awesome. But when a movie has disturbing and brutal scenes, I would like for them to be important or just the whole point of it. Unfortunately, this is the major downfall of Kara no Kyoukai Movie 3: Tsuukaku Zanryuu. Cutting out the rape and gore would have pretty much changed very little. Still, I'm going to give an added point for a sex scene in something that is just that: one scene. Usually anime chooses either complete chastity (on and off screen) or devolves into pornography. This is not the case here.

The "mystery" in and of itself is a rather minor plot point. We learn of the most of the backstory of the "antagonist" through reports (a major literary no-no), and we don't really see detective work doing anything to aid hunting her down. But Kara no Kyoukai Movie 3: Tsuukaku Zanryuu is, like the other installations, about the main characters. There is a disconnect between the main plot and the character development, but less of one than you'd expect considering that they are given roughly equal time.

Overall, the writing here isn't as bad as the first film, but worse than the second. Finally we get a sense of continuity, which makes up for the fact that there is a hidden assumption here that we have watched other things in the franchise to drive home the ending. That being said, even without prior knowledge, this manages to be rather self-contained.

Art (Animation and Sound):

Every single frame is wonderful. There is plenty of detail and some amazing scenery at times. The rain is well done overall (though it usually just covers underlying layers rather than distorting them), and the lighting is rather inspired at times. The choice of sound direction is subdued and in the background; the effects are seemless, the music doesn't try and steal the show. Overall, this is film quality, just what you'd expect from something that has "movie" in the title.

Kara no Kyoukai Movie 3: Tsuukaku Zanryuu is artistically sound. There is some interesting cinematography, careful choice of backgrounds, and overall it just works. The voice acting is good, and doesn't try to be over the top too much. The underlying theme of "bending" is hinted at through the use of bridges and other subtle tricks - which is intelligent and powerful even if you don't really notice it.

My personal take is that while the art is good, there is very clever use of restraint. It makes the gore stand out, and while at times disturbing (the rape scene), overall it is the strong point of Kara no Kyoukai Movie 3: Tsuukaku Zanryuu. It is not quite an exercise in perfection, but it does stand out.

Overall:

This is a movie worth watching. It might help watching the others in the series, and if you've seen the earlier installations, it is definitely worth your time to continue. It gave me a taste for more of the series, and didn't leave me frustrated with anything in particular. It would have been great had there been added focus on the detective work, and this had been a feature length film (an extra 30-40 minutes), but all in all it is quite good.

6.5/10 story
9/10 animation
8/10 sound
7.5/10 characters
8.2/10 overall

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