[Rumor/Speculation] – Kara no Kyokai anime?!

I visit The Beast’s Lair boards quite often, and a thread made by Evospace caught my attention as I was skimming through the forum. The latest Newtype issue (a popular anime magazine in Japan) contained a picture of Ryogi Shiki, the main heroine of the popular Type-Moon novel, Kara no Kyokai. In addition to the picture, there’s apparently a pinup poster scheduled for the next Newtype magazine issue! Seeing as how Newtype is an anime magazine, this has obviously got me a bit excited to think that there may be a possibility of Kara no Kyokai being animated.

Those that aren’t familiar with Kara no Kyokai but have been delving into the Type-Moon world can liken it to Tsukihime, as Kara no Kyokai is a 900 page book that was written by Nasu prior to the Tsukihime visual novel. The main character has the same first name as Tsukihime’s Shiki Tohno/Nanaya, and also shares the exact same abilities (Eyes of Death Perception), although Shiki Ryogi’s proficiency with the ability is far higher than Tohno or even Nanaya’s skill ever reaches during the Tsukihime novel with the Eyes of Death. Aside from that, Kara no Kyokai and Tsukihime take place in the same world as each other, and the novel makes many references to Tsukihime characters and events. For example, we learn that Shiki Tohno’s glasses that were given to him by Aoko in Tsukihime was in fact stolen from Aoko’s sister, Aozaki Tohko.


Ryogi Shiki, the main heroine of Kara no Kyokai.

Opposed to Tsukihime’s Shiki who is outgoing and thoughtful, Kara no Kyokai’s Ryogi Shiki is cold and tends to keep to herself. The Ryogi family attempted to create Human beings that exceeded normal Humans, and to accomplish this, they trained their children in various martial arts and fencing, and also made them split their personalities. They believed that by using this method, one personality could be an expert in one subject while the other could be master other subjects. Shiki was no exception to this, and she had a masculine and feminine side that switched places with each other (ref: Moonlit World). A car accident causes Shiki to fall into a deep coma, and when she awoke from it, she had gained the “Eyes of Death Perception” ability, although she believed that her masculine personality side had died during the accident. For those unfamiliar with the Type-Moon world, users of the Eyes of Death Perception are able to see the “lines of deaths” on every object that has a concept of death. By cutting these lines, the user is able to perform extrodinary feats such as breaking down a stone wall with a mere knife. When used on a living creature, the user is able to sever nerves and limbs easily by cutting the lines of his target. More experienced and skilled users such as Nanaya can also see the “dot” of death on their target, and by piercing this dot, the user can permanently erase something’s actual existance.

Whereas Nanaya/Tohno Shiki needs to “comprehend” and understand the target before he can see the actual dot of death and pierce it (ie: during his fight with Nrvnqsr Chaos, Shiki couldn’t see Nero’s dot of death until Nero stupidly explains his 666 beasts ability to Arcueid which Shiki overhears), Ryogi in her 3rd personality needs no such information to accomplish her goals. The main difference between Tsukihime Shiki and KnK Shiki’s however, is that Nanaya/Tohno seems to kill “existance”, while Ryogi more or less kills the origin of her target. It is believed that because of this, Ryogi has a fairly harder time when she needs to cut inanimate objects. It’s also interesting to note that Ryogi Shiki does not in fact possess the ability to see the dots of death. Once one gains the Eyes of Death, the lines and dots of death are forever seen by the user, and the only way for them to turn their ability “off” is via death or by wearing glasses imbued with the Mystic Eye Sealing Mahou (The type that Shiki Tohno and Rider from Fate/Stay Night wears). Confused? My head hurts.
(Note: I myself am not 100% sure if the information that I put up above is entirely correct, KnK is some confusing stuffz!)

Ok, so that ended up being waaaaay longer than I had expected. Please excuse the mess of grammar my ramblings have no doubt created – I’ll go through it again later today with a revision after my classes O_O. As always, this is merely a rumor, so you should take it with a grain of salt. I can only hope that the rumor turns out to be true though. Those of you that are interested in learning more about the Type-Moon universe should check out Fuyuki City as it is perhaps the largest and most comprehensive English archive of the Nasuverse.

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9 Responses to “[Rumor/Speculation] – Kara no Kyokai anime?!”

  1. NAOMI » Blog Archive » TYPE-MOON Gold Rush Says:

    […] Kara no Kyokai anime? Apparently it was mentioned a page on NewType and will be discussed later alongside Fate/stay night in the next issue. Fingers crossed again… […]

  2. Cory Says:

    I don't watch ANIME.
    I want to know why people like it.. or what's cool with it.
    I might want to try watching it someday,
    what can you recommend?

  3. yui sheato Says:

    i think its true because ive seen alot of stuff on it at least i hope its true

  4. book_geek Says:

    I’m a Type-Moon Fan too!!! But I can’t seem to get my hands on the novel… Ooohhh 900 pages… it would take a while…

  5. Sa Says:

    Fuck you Cory.

  6. Sa Says:

    >_> LOL

  7. Earl Says:

    Well, it’s great if it becomes real don’t you think?…

  8. Ratio Says:

    Ok, I’ve just watched Kara no Kyokai and I really think that some people are overrating it. Here’s my criteria for judging it so:

    Artwork: Top notch, 3-d graphics are beautifully placed and implemented; however, there are some scenes that were “under the budget” such as the scene where Shiki was eating the ice cream. It’s minor though and would hardly change anyone’s judgment unless you were looking for discrepancies in the anime. 5/5

    Music: Well done, music and sounds suits the scenes. Two words: hauntingly beautiful. 5/5

    Story: Ok, this is where the problem lies. The development of the story and background is so bad that I wouldn’t recommend anyone watching this movie without reading the novel (YOU WILL GET LOST BY JUST WATCHING IT). The creators of the anime make it seem that the one’s who will be watching the movie are people who have read the novel so its development isn’t too great. The storyline overall is pretty decent. Nothing fancy or outrageous as Fate Stay, everything is down to earth (characters’ personality, setting etc.) and quite realistic (I like Seinen). 3/5

    Philosophy: Just as all of Type-Moon’s other works, they tend to throw in random sayings and philosophical outlooks without delving much into it thus digging their own grave and making their characters seem like rambling old men. Seriously, throughout the movie, you have characters constantly overstating the float, flight and fall imagery without giving much substance. I don’t know if Type-Moon is just trying to make their anime cool by adding in these things, but it just feels so out of place without any back-up statements. 2/5

    Overall, yes it’s a good anime a cool one at that BUT people just need to look deeper than that. This anime lacks just lack substance.

  9. Ben Says:

    I seem to fall asleep even -trying- to read Ryogi’s novel(Perhaps because it doesn’t start off at all interesting). But I note that its just an extremely general jerk fest from people’s reactions. In my opinion, KNK should have remained hidden like the prototype it is. All its caused is a bunch of ‘Ryogi Vs. Nanaya gooooo’.

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