Review: This episode is simply breath taking. For a moment, I thought this is the end because everything the previous four movies have laid out seems to be reaching its peak in this episode; The action is mind-blowing, the villains are revealed, all the main characters have to get through their most difficult obstacles yet and finally transform into greater being. Like I said, it feels like a climax, a fantastic one.
In Paradox Spiral, the story is divided into two arcs. The first focuses on Shiki who meets Tomoe, a boy who is running away from his crime of murdering his own parents. Persuaded by Shiki, they go back to Tomoe’s apartment complex and run into the culprit. Shiki is captured. In the second arc, Mikiya and Touko go to that apartment complex to save Shiki and to defeat the evil magi behind everything.
Like other episodes, the story about the apartment complex is just unpredictable and very imaginative. The brilliant premise is further magnified by smart, mind-spinning script and editing. Paradox Spiral tells the story backward then forward and switches back and forth. It is such a compelling experience.
The animation quality remains as good as its predecessors but Paradox Spiral presents the best action sequences so far. I almost forgot to breathe during the scene in which Shiki fights a group of undead with her knife wearing her snow white kimono.
Conclusion: Paradox Spiral is a great movie with fully established characters, witty script and state of the art production. It seems like Kara no Kyokai has just reached its own pinnacle of greatness. This episode sets the bar so high for its followers and that the only thing I’m worried about.
Title: Kara no Kyokai: Paradox Spiral
Genre: horror, supernatural, action, romance
Release date: August 16, 2008
Running Time: 115 minutes
Director: Takayuki Hirao
Animated by: ufotable
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