The Garden of Sinners

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The Garden of Sinners
Cover of the first The Garden of Sinners novel.
(Kara no Kyōkai)
GenreDark fantasy[1]
Light novel
Written byKinoko Nasu
Illustrated byTakashi Takeuchi
Published byType-Moon (original creator)
Kodansha (commercial publisher)
Original runOctober 1998August 1999
Volumes2 (2004 printing)
3 (2007–2008 printing) + 2 short stories (List of volumes)
Anime film series
Directed by
  • Ei Aoki (ep. 1)
    Takuya Nonaka (ep. 2)
    Mitsuru Obunai (ep. 3)
    Teiichi Takiguchi (ep. 4)
    Takayuki Hirao (ep. 5)
    Takahiro Miura (ep. 6)
    Shinsuke Takizawa (ep. 7)
    Tomonori Sudou (ep. 8)
Produced byHikaru Kondo
Atsuhiro Iwakami
Takashi Takeuchi
Written byMasaki Hiramatsu (ep. 1–7)
Akira Hiyama (ep. 8)
Music byYuki Kajiura
Licensed by
Released December 1, 2007 September 28, 2013
45-121 minutes
  • 50 minutes (ep. 1)
    59 minutes (ep. 2)
    57 minutes (ep. 3)
    45 minutes (ep. 4)
    113 minutes (ep. 5)
    58 minutes (ep. 6)
    121 minutes (ep. 7)
    88 minutes (ep. 8)
Anime film
Gate of 7th Heaven
Directed byVarious
Produced byHikaru Kondo
Atsuhiro Iwakami
Takashi Takeuchi
Written byMasaki Hiramatsu
Music byYuki Kajiura
Licensed by
Madman Entertainment
Aniplex of America
MVM Films
ReleasedMarch 14, 2009
Runtime61 minutes
Original video animation
Directed byHikaru Kondo
Produced byHikaru Kondo
Atsuhiro Iwakami
Takashi Takeuchi
Written byMasaki Hiramatsu
Music byYuki Kajiura
Licensed by
Madman Entertainment
Aniplex of America
MVM Films
ReleasedFebruary 2, 2011
Runtime33 minutes
Anime television series
Kara no Kyoukai
(TV edition)
Directed byVarious
Produced byToukubo Eita
Ishikawa Takaki
Kodama Yoshie
Written byMasaki Hiramatsu
Music byYuki Kajiura
Original networkTokyo MX, NicoNico, BS11, Bandai Channel, Asahi Broadcasting Corporation, Animax
Original run July 6, 2013 September 28, 2013
Anime film
Future Gospel: Extra Chorus
Directed byTomonori Sudou
Produced byHikaru Kondo
Atsuhiro Iwakami
Takashi Takeuchi
Written byAkira Hiyama
Music byYuki Kajiura
Licensed by
Madman Entertainment
Aniplex of America
ReleasedSeptember 28, 2013
Runtime32 minutes
Written byTenkuu Sphere
Published byKodansha
Original runSeptember 15, 2010 – present

The Garden of Sinners, known in Japan as Kara no Kyoukai (空の境界, Kara no Kyōkai, lit. "Boundary of Emptiness") sometimes referred to as Rakkyo (らっきょ), is a Japanese light novel series, written by Kinoko Nasu and illustrated by Takashi Takeuchi. Originally released as a series of chapters released independently online or at Comiket between October 1998 and August 1999, the chapters were later republished by Kodansha into two volumes in 2004, and again in three volumes between 2007 and 2008.

Ufotable produced a series of seven anime films based on the series between 2007 and 2009 and also produced an original video animation episode in 2011. A final anime film was produced and released in 2013. A manga adaptation illustrated by Sphere Tenku started serialization in September 2010 in Seikaisha's online magazine Saizensen.


Story and setting[edit]

Set in Japan predominantly during the late 1990s, The Garden of Sinners follows the story of Shiki Ryougi (両儀式, Ryōgi Shiki), a teenage girl raised as a demon hunter who acquired the "Mystic Eyes of Death Perception" after surviving a fatal accident. It also chronicles Mikiya Kokutou's unwavering efforts to get closer to her when they were still high school students and their adventures later on in dealing with supernatural cases as investigators for Touko Aozaki's detective agency, Garan no Dou.

This is set in an alternate universe to Tsukihime and Fate/stay night; in which it serves as the prototype for both series as well as introducing many of the concepts prevalent within the latter two.[2] In particular the main protagonist, Shiki Ryougi, possesses similar abilities as Tsukihime's protagonist, Shiki Tohno. Aoko Aozaki's sister, Touko Aozaki, is also featured and briefly mentioned in Tsukihime.

As one of Kinoko Nasu's earliest works, it introduces some of the most fundamental concepts in the universe of Type-Moon's works, including souls, the Akashic Record/Root, Counter Force, Magic, Magecraft, and Mystic Eyes.[3]

Both the light novel and the films are depicted in anachronical order with each chapter/film serving as part of one collective narrative.[citation needed]

Real-world release order Name of work Chronological order
1 Overlooking View 5
2 A Study in Murder – Part 1 1
3 Remaining Sense of Pain 3
4 The Hollow Shrine 2
5 Paradox Spiral 6
6 Oblivion Recording 7
7 A Study in Murder – Part 2 8
8 Epilogue 9
9 Future Gospel 4[a] and 11[b]
10 Future Gospel: Extra Chorus 3.5, 5.5 and 6.5
11 Final Record 10


The series deals with the paranormal and tackles mature topics such as suicide, rape, patricide, incest and murder.[3] Its lore and story draws inspiration from various religious philosophies and psychological concepts such as multiple personalities; the Anima and animus; the nature of sin; life, death and reincarnation; and the Paradoxical nature of the Taiji.[3]

Main characters[edit]

Shiki Ryougi (両儀式, Ryōgi Shiki) is a teenaged girl, who possesses the "Mystic Eyes of Death Perception".

Mikiya Kokutou (黒桐幹也, Kokutō Mikiya) is Shiki's love interest and later husband who, two years previously, made a promise to attend college with Shiki.

Azaka Kokutou (黒桐鮮花, Kokutō Azaka) is Mikiya's younger sister who is in love with him. She becomes an apprentice of Tōko due to her rivalry against Shiki and is talented in ignition sorcery.

Touko Aozaki (蒼崎橙子, Aozaki Tōko), appearing as a puppet maker, Touko is actually a powerful sorceress.


Light novels[edit]

The Garden of Sinners originated in October 1998 as a series of five chapters released online on Nasu and Takeuchi's dōjin-based website, Takebōki (竹箒), with its final two chapters being released at Comiket 56 in August 1999. Nasu and Takeuchi later formed Type-Moon, and in 2001, featured the first four chapters of the book on their 2001 Tsukihime bonus disk, Tsukihime Plus-Disk, which saw The Garden of Sinners gain significant popularity, leading it to be released as a dōjinshi publication at Comiket 61 on December 30, 2001. On August 6, 2004, Kodansha released the series as a commercial publication, which enjoyed immense popularity, with 5,000 limited-edition versions of the novel being sold almost immediately upon release. Both editions of The Garden of Sinners altogether sold more than 700,000 copies.[4] A chapter, Final Record, was distributed as a bonus for viewers of the Future Gospel film.[5]

Del Rey Manga announced the English publication of the light novel series. This was confirmed in the first volume of Del Rey's Faust released on August 19, 2008.[6] However, Del Rey became defunct before it could happen.

No. Japanese release date Japanese ISBN
1 November 15, 2007978-4-06-275892-5
  • 1/ "Overlooking View" (俯瞰風景, Fukan Fūkei) Thanatos.
  • 2/ "A Study in Murder – Part 1" (殺人考察(前), Satsujin Kōsatsu (Zen)) ...and nothing heart.
  • 3/ "Remaining Sense of Pain" (痛覚残留, Tsūkaku Zanryū) ever cry, never life.
2 December 14, 2007978-4-06-275920-5
  • 4/ "The Hollow Shrine" (伽藍の洞, Garan no Dō) garan-no-dou.
  • "Intermission" (境界式, Kyōkai Shiki)
  • 5/ "Paradox Spiral" (矛盾螺旋, Mujun Rasen) Paradox Paradigm.
3 January 16, 2008978-4-06-275946-5
  • 6/ "Oblivion Recording" (忘却録音, Bōkyaku Rokuon) Fairy Tale.
  • 7/ "A Study in Murder – Part 2" (殺人考察(後), Satsujin Kōsatsu (Go)) …not nothing heart.
  • "Epilogue" (終章/空の境界, Owari Shō / Kara no Kyōkai) Boundary of Emptiness.

Short stories[edit]

No. Title Japanese release date Japanese ISBN
1Future Gospel
(未来福音, Mirai Fukuin ) recalled out summer.
Comiket 74, August 16, 2008 (doujin)
November 11, 2011 (Kodansha)
2Final Record
(終末録音, Shūmatsu Rokuon) the Garden of Oblivion.
September 28, 2013 (Future Gospel film bonus)
January 30, 2018 (Kodansha hardcover)


A manga adaptation of the novel series written and illustrated by Tenkuu Sphere is currently being serialized in Saizensen web magazine since September 15, 2010. The original writer Kinoko Nasu and artist Takashi Takeuchi supervised the work. The tankobon volumes are published by Kodansha.

No. Japanese release date Japanese ISBN
1 November 11, 2011978-4-06-369501-4
2 July 10, 2012978-4-06-369506-9
3 July 10, 2013978-4-06-369508-3
4 September 10, 2014978-4-06-369517-5
5 August 11, 2015978-4-06-369534-2
6 July 22, 2016978-4-06-369554-0
7 September 9, 2017978-4-06-369582-3
8 August 11, 2018978-4-06-512000-2
9 August 1, 2019978-4-06-516695-6
10 June 12, 2020978-4-06-520433-7
11 April 28, 2022978-4-06-527758-4

Drama CD[edit]

On August 9, 2002, a drama CD written by Ōmori Rice (大森ごはん) based on the Overlooking View chapter was released.[7]

Anime films[edit]

The series was adapted into an anime film series, divided into seven chapters, which were animated by the studio ufotable.[8] The films are released in achronological order. The first chapter, titled Overlooking View (俯瞰風景, Fukan Fūkei), premiered across Japanese theaters on December 1, 2007, with the second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh chapters, Murder Speculation – Part 1 (殺人考察(前), Satsujin Kōsatsu (Zen)), Remaining Sense of Pain (痛覚残留, Tsūkaku Zanryū), The Hollow Shrine (伽藍の洞, Garan no Dō), Paradox Spiral (矛盾螺旋, Mujun Rasen), Oblivion Recording (忘却録音, Bōkyaku Rokuon), Murder Speculation – Part 2 (殺人考察(後), Satsujin Kōsatsu (Go)) being released soon after on December 29, 2007, followed by January 26, 2008, May 24, 2008, August 16, 2008, December 20, 2008, and August 8, 2009, respectively. A compilation film of the first six films with some new footage was released on March 14, 2009, in preparation for the release of the final seventh film. In connection with the film's release, the novels were once again reprinted, as three volumes with new illustrations.[9] A North American premiere of the fifth chapter was held on May 22, 2009, at the Anime Boston convention.[10]

The series was released on Blu-ray with a new chapter, Gekijō-ban Kara no Kyōkai Shūshō: Kara no Kyōkai, in Japanese with English subtitles.[11] A DVD of the said chapter was released on February 2, 2011.[11] Aniplex of America released the imported Blu-ray box set on February 8, 2011.[12][13] The box was immediately sold out and has not been reissued since.[14] However, the individual films were available for rent on the PlayStation Network until mid-2012. A new limited edition DVD boxset was released in late 2012.[15] Likewise, Madman Entertainment released a limited edition DVD boxset in October 2013.[16]

3D conversion of The Garden of Sinners first movie called Overlooking View 3D (空の境界 俯瞰風景 3D, Kara no Kyōkai: Fukan Fuukei 3D) was released in July 2013.

A TV series conversion of the seven films was broadcast From July to September 2013. This reconstructed the story in chronological order rather than the order of release and did not include Chapter 5, Paradox Spiral, and Chapter 6, Oblivion Recording.

An eighth film, Future Gospel (空の境界 未来福音, Kara no Kyōkai: Mirai Fukuin), was released in September 2013 and had grossed US$1,710,413 by October 20.[17] Aniplex of America has released Future Gospel (now subtitled -recalled out summer-) and Future Gospel – Extra Chorus on Blu-ray in late April 2015.[18] Aniplex has also released the Japanese import of all 7 Kara no Kyoukai movie on Blu-ray in November 2015.

Each of the theme songs to the film series are performed by Kalafina, a project formed by Yuki Kajiura. Outside of the ones for Future Gospel, they were found on their album Seventh Heaven.

The Final Record chapter currently has no plans to be animated.


Other films[edit]

# Title Director Original release date
Remix"Gate of Seventh Heaven"Various directorsMarch 14, 2009 (2009-03-14)

Timeline: August 1995 – January 1999

This remix collection extracts the key themes and scenes from the first six movies. The hour-long film is organized in chronological order, beginning from the 2nd movie, then the 4th, 3rd, 1st, 5th, and 6th. It's a mixture of primarily existing scenes and some new ones.
OVA"Epilogue"Hikaru KondoFebruary 8, 2011 (2011-02-08)

Timeline: March 1999

Mikiya finds Shiki in the same place he first met her, this time in the snow. They talk, and during the discussion, Mikiya finds out that he is talking to Shiki Ryogi, the shell, or archetype, of Shiki. She explains that her origin is nothingness, and she is somehow tied to the Spiral of Origin. Because of her emptiness, she desired no interaction with the world, creating the personalities of SHIKI and Shiki. She also explains that she is the reason that Shiki still has murderous impulses, not SHIKI. She then asks Mikiya what he wishes for (principally, healing his wounds from Shirazumi), as she has the power to grant it from her connection to the Spiral of Origin, but he desires nothing. He is content as he is and does not wish to be extraordinary. They talk at length about humanity and the soul, and she says she will "sleep," likely forever. However, as she departs, she says that such a thought is "silly" as she knows she will see him tomorrow. Mikiya, now standing alone, walks home. Chronologically, the events that occur in Epilogue are the ninth in the series timeline.
Short–film"Future Gospel: Extra Chorus"
"Mirai Fukuin – Extra Chorus" (未来福音 EXTRA CHORUS)
Tomonori SudouSeptember 28, 2013 (2013-09-28)

Timeline: 1998

Side stories. Adaptation of the manga by Takashi Takeuchi. Premiered and sold with Future Gospel. A compilation of short stories occurring in-between the original chapters: "Feline" after Remaining Sense of Pain, "Daylight" after Overlooking View, and "Say Grace" after Paradox Spiral.

Theme songs[edit]

Film themes
Title Composition, Arrangement and Lyrics Performance Type
"Oblivious" Yuki Kajiura Kalafina Ending theme (Overlooking View)
"You Turn into Light" (君が光に変えて行く, Kimi ga Hikari ni Kaete Iku) Yuki Kajiura Kalafina Ending theme (A Study in Murder – Part 1)
"Scars" (傷跡, Kizuato) Yuki Kajiura Kalafina Ending theme (Remaining Sense of Pain)
"Aria" Yuki Kajiura Kalafina Ending theme (The Hollow Shrine)
"Sprinter" Yuki Kajiura Kalafina Ending theme (Paradox Spiral)
"Fairytale" Yuki Kajiura Kalafina Ending theme (Oblivion Recording)
"Seventh Heaven" Yuki Kajiura Kalafina Ending theme (A Study in Murder – Part 2)
"Snow Falling" Yuki Kajiura Kalafina Ending theme (Epilogue)
"Alleluia" Yuki Kajiura Kalafina Ending theme (Future Gospel)
"dolce" Yuki Kajiura Kalafina Ending theme (Future Gospel – Extra Chorus)


  1. ^ During the events of Möbius Ring
  2. ^ During the events of Möbius Link
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