Review: As if the creators know exactly what the first episode lacks, Murder Speculation (part 1) focuses only on the two leading characters, Shiki and Mikiya, and absolutely nothing else. Plus, Shiki in red dress looks stunning and adorably murderous!
Murder Speculation (part 1) goes back way before the events of Overlooking View when Mikiya first met Shiki in high school and a series of brutal murders plague the town. In this anime, the viewers finally learn more about where Shiki comes from and the shocking truth about her, physically and psychologically. As for Mikiya, we also see much more about him though it does not make him look any less like a fool for always running into trouble. Maybe it’s the love that renders him blind. Stalking a psychologically ill girl is one thing but stalking a psychologically ill murder suspect is a complete different matter. And there were times that I suspect that Mikiya was not entirely normal himself.
The ending of this anime is intentionally interrupted. Part of what really happens is removed and the viewers must carry the big unanswered question for at least a few more episodes before the whole event is revealed.
Ultimately, this episode is still somewhat inconclusive and non-progressive. It is but a snapshot of a long series of events still yet to come but it does its job well in establishing the two main characters and subsequently complementing both the previous and the upcoming episodes. This series is building itself up quite well.
Title: Kara no Kyokai: Murder Speculation (Part 1)
Genre: horror, supernatural, action, romance
Release date: December 29, 2007
Running Time: 58 minutes
Director: Takuya Nonaka
Animated by: ufotable
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