See the Lines of Mortality as the Anime ‘Garden of Sinners’ Gets a Deluxe DVD Release

The supernatural thriller from animation studio Ufotable (Fate/Zero, Gyo) is coming to DVD in an eight-disc set collecting the complete set of films from Aniplex.

The series, based on the manga by Kinoko Nasu and artist Takashi Takeuchi, follows traffic accident survivor Shiki Ryougi, who recovers from a coma only to discover that she’s now cursed/blessed with “Mystic Eyes of Death Perception.” This gift allows her to perceive “invisible lines of mortality that hold every living and non-living thing together.” Our heroine uses this talent to piece together some dark mystery at the heart of the world that may threaten calamity for everyone.

The story is broken into eight animated features which were released in Japan between 2008 and 2009 (you can find their synopses below).

Chapter 1: Thanatos (Overlooking View)
September, 1998
In the city where Shiki lives, something triggers a spate of mysterious schoolgirl suicides. The connection between the girls who’ve leapt to their deaths is unclear, although all of them have jumped from the Fujou Building, a skyscraper scheduled to be demolished.

Chapter 2: …And Nothing Heart (Murder Speculation Part A)
1995
Mikiya Kokutou meets a girl who has a mysterious gaze and falls in love with her. That April, he’s reunited with her at his high school entrance ceremony. The girl’s name is Shiki Ryougi. Meanwhile, the city has been rattled by a series of bizarre murders. There are no known links between victims, and the motive is unclear. An astonishing secret awaits Mikiya, but he doesn’t find out until three years later…

Chapter 3: Ever Cry, Never Life (Remaining Sense of Pain)
July 1998
One night, Mikiya helps a girl lying doubled over with stomach pains. Around that time, a number of dismembered bodies are found throughout the city. The murder victims are torn apart so badly that they don’t seem like the work of a human.

Chapter 4: Garan no Dou (The Hollow Shrine)
June 1998
After spending two years in a coma caused by a traffic accident, Shiki Ryougi awakens with amnesia. She is visited by Touko Aozaki, a wizard and proprietor of a studio called Garan no Dou. Shiki has lost not only the memory of her accident, but also any real sense that she’s even alive. Strange, enigmatic beings begin to attack her…

Chapter 5: Paradox Paradigm
November 1998
Shiki meets a boy named Tomoe Enjou, a runaway who claims to be a murderer. Shiki allows Tomoe to use her apartment as his hideout, but one day, Tomoe sees his mother whom he’s sure he’s killed.

Chapter 6: Fairy Tale (Oblivion Recording)
January 1999
Apprentice mage Azaka Kokutou, Mikiya’s younger sister, has been ordered by her mentor, Touko Aozaki, to investigate a certain incident in which fairies steal the memories of students at Azaka’s school, Reien Academy. Azaka launches an investigation with the help of Shiki.

Chapter 7: …Not Nothing Heart (Murder Speculation Part B)
February 1999
Shiki awakes from her coma and starts to live a new life. Meanwhile, a series of murders are occurring after four years of silence. The incidents remind her of a murderous impulse hidden inside her soul. While Shiki searches for a suspect, Mikiya also starts an investigation of his own.

Chapter 8: The Final Chapter
March, 1999
Mikiya Kokutou meets “Shiki Ryougi” again at the same place where he met her for the first time four years ago…

Aniplex is releasing the collection through anime seller Right Stuf, and including a 36-page booklet, a set of 14 postcards illustrated by Takashi Takeuchi and Tomonori Sudo, with “Theater Pre-show Reminder” Videos and Trailers on the discs. The set is going for $149.98.

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