|30th review starts with a much awaited disappointment||1 out of 1 user found this review helpful.|
Well, this is M again, been only a little bit since my last Korra review, but this was a simple one. For my 30 review I wanted to do something interesting and review an animated movie that I had intended to watch before I was even a review and never got to, this being Kara no Kyoukai: Overlooking View the first (in terms of release) of the Kara no Kyoukai series. Years ago I heard the soft melody from this series and become very much infatuated with the soundtrack. From there I put it on my list for so long setting it aside for more relevant things in my life. Well I waited so long to see Kara no Kyouhai but before I can tell you if it’s good let me tell you what it is.
Billed straight from the start as a philosophical mystery movie Kyouhai seems to be on paper perfect for me as a whole, This specific movie deals with multiple suicides off a building in what I assume was Tokyo, the main character is a emotionless..woman? Shiki Ryougi as for everything else in the story it is…vague. Historically “philosophy” in anime is often confused with “Vagueness” I know normally I wait with my criticism, but I feel like this is an important thing to discuss, I consider myself somewhat versed in philosophy, I’ve spent time reading works from Plato to Descartes, from Aristotle to Musashi Miyamoto with that background I feel comfortable saying I know what philosophical discussion is and just being vague and overly complex over nonsense does not make for meaningful exploration into the nature of the human soul it makes for vague and asinine discussion.
Already I’m starting off with a bad taste in my mouth, Kyouhai is a failure in terms of a mystery, In my Another review, I discussed my terms for what makes a mystery, Kyouhai’s first movie has no establishment of rules and no contextual clues as to why and how this world works why characters are even doing anything their doing, I’m not a huge fan of endless exposition or hours of establishing shots, but this movie has no real exposition, or sense of progression, no answers as to what and why mostly because everything can be left unexplained because “f@#k you magic” and that’s not good enough, Another has a spiritual things in it but it has rules and establishment to give it some focus and understanding. The philosophical pandering is rather irritating to say the very least, I’ve never heard so much talking yet nothing being actually said, even when its relevant its often obvious and uninteresting metaphor, metaphors being the laziest of all philosophy.
My strong distaste for the plot really colors this movie for me but it doesn’t destroy what brought me here in the first place, the score is still beautiful and is even more so in context to the story it presented and while the plot was practically hiding from me it’s not unlikeable and more so the style is quiet enjoyable in terms of a visual experience, its art is dark yes, but not empty, and the quality is extremely high. It’s great in almost all other accessory facets. In a way it’s a fantastic anime movie just its core is hollowed out and empty like a massive creator in a beautiful forest.
All in All Kyouhai is a complete disappointment it’s not spectacularly bad, and hopefully the future movies which I do intend to see will be of a much improved story telling style. I still see a lot of potential in Kyouhai but it’s still empty without more to the core I feel like I’m being too harsh because there is a lot I like about the first Kyouhai movie but until I see it I’m giving it a high 2.5 doll arms out of 5.