the Garden of sinners Blu-ray Disc Box (

By:Chris Beveridge
Review Date: Monday, December 13, 2010
Release Date: Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Spanning four years, the Garden of sinners introduce us to a conflicted young woman who has a murderer in her, a young man that loves her, a magus who thinks she can use both of them and another magus who wants to reset the world. The seven features move back and forth in time to tell a complicated, haunting and beautiful tale of people trying to discover exactly what it is that they want out of life and even if they can have a life with the burdens they're saddled with.

What They Say
After spending two years in a coma due to a traffic accident, Shiki Ryougi awakens with amnesia. In turn, however, she finds that she has also obtained the "Mystic Eyes of Death Perception," with which she can see the invisible lines of mortality that hold every living and non-living thing together. Working for a small independent agency, Shiki attempts to unravel the baffling mystery behind a series of abnormal, horrifying incidents, but do they foreshadow something even more tragic and ominous?

Things are not what they appear to be on the surface, but what dark revelations lie underneath? Shiki must tackle supernatural incidents with her special abilities while searching for a reason to live.

Please Note: Our reviews of this set are being done via checkdiscs. While the final release is expected to essentially be the same, there are chances for minor improvements or other changes along the way. No packaging was provided for this review. We've reviewed each chapter individually in the content section below. 






The Review!

Chapter 1: Thanatos. (Overlooking View)

Chapter 2: …and nothing heart.
(Murder Speculation Part A)

Chapter 3: ever cry, never life. (Remaining Sense of Pain)

Chapter 4: garan-no-dou. (The Hollow Shrine)

Chapter 5: Paradox Paradigm

Chapter 6: Fairy Tale. (Oblivion Recording)

Chapter 7: ……not nothing heart.
(Murder Speculation Part B) 

In Summary:
I had gone into this series of films with no real expectations but had some hesitation over it because I've had such varied luck with Type-Moon shows before and still look at Tsukihime as a show that I wanted to enjoy but wasn't able to overall. With the Garden of sinners, we can see full out exactly just how powerfully moving they can be in creating something with such beautiful visuals that become such an intricate part of the story itself. There's so many aspects to this series that unfold in the look of it all and the backgrounds in relation to the mood that for that reason alone it's entirely worth several repeat viewings. When you add in the story that's made wonderfully complicated because of how it goes back and forth and introduces several key flashbacks at times that suddenly let the pieces of the puzzle click and it becomes incredibly re-watchable. There are few shows that really grab me as much as this one did and certainly not across seven features that have a combined run time of just under nine hours. This is a brilliant piece of work that looks absolutely stunning here and is very powerful with its soundtrack. There are very few shows that I truly walk away from and say are a "must see" property, but the Garden of sinners is just that.

Japanese PCM 5.1 Language, English Subtitles, Japanese SubtitlesIncludes 8 Blu-ray discs (7 film discs + 1 bonus disc): Total length of more than 640 minutesthe Garden of sinners: the Final Chapter: A new, never-before-seen bonus chapter created exclusively for Blu-ray Disc Box!the Garden of sinners: Remix - Gate of Seventh Heaven- (approx. 60 min.) Highlighted scenes from each movie with music by fan-favorite composer Yuki Kajiura (performed by Kalafina)Special Program "Retracing All Seven Chapters of the Garden of sinners" (50 min.) which originally aired on TV in JapanDeluxe Visual Chronicle Book: Staff interviews, ALL key visuals, illustrations from each movie, artwork for DVD packagesExclusive for the North American release: a separate booklet of just English translations of the Japanese text from the Deluxe Visual Chronicle Book!New cover art exclusively drawn by Co-creator/Artist TAKASHI TAKEUCHI, who envisioned the series original character concepts and designs.

Review Equipment

Sony KDS-R70XBR2 70" LCoS 1080P HDTV, Sony PlayStation3 Blu-ray player via HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.


Mania Grade: A+
Age Rating: 13 and Up
Region: A - N. America, S. America, East Asia
Released By: Aniplex USA
MSRP: 598.98
Running time: 640+
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen
Disc Resolution: 1080p
Disc Encoding: H.264/AVC
Series: the Garden of sinners