Review: First of all, this episode is much shorter than the others but, to my utter surprise, it gives out so much vital information regarding Shiki and Touko along with a glimpse of the truth that tides all the past events together.
The Hollow Shrine takes place immediately after the end of the second episode in which Shiki is somehow injured and becomes unconscious. It reveals how Shiki acquires her special sight and its ability along with Shiki’s evolution from being a split personality girl to being the very awesome assassin I have come to love. What’s more, the viewers also learns a lot more about Touko, though it isn’t too unexpected to find that she is actually a Magi.
The Hollow Shrine is a bridging episode. It connects the second with the first and third episodes and it also hints that all the seemingly separated murder cases are all manipulated by one mysterious person. The visual in this episode deals heavily with surreal situations happening in Shiki’s mind and it is beautiful to look at.
Conclusion: There’s no doubt that The Hollow Shrine is a very essential episode for the series overall but it does not leave much impact for me. I think this is but a stepping stone to something much greater.
Title: Kara no Kyokai: The Hollow Shrine
Genre: horror, supernatural, action, romance
Release date: May 24, 2008
Running Time: 50 minutes
Director: Shinichi Takiguchi
Animated by: ufotable
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