Apparently, quite a number of people found this episode too plot-heavy.
I can’t disagree with that sentiment.
Yes, I’m too frustrated to put up a summary despite spending hours capturing screenshots and making numerous rough drafts. Added to that, I lost my drive to write about it since 1) the first episode pleased more of my fanboy senses and 2) I’m still confused by what happened.
Long story short, the animation quality was retained but the plot is geared more for true Type-Moon fans. They have the background information to go along with whereas casual fans would be lost (i.e. me) and probably put off.
Don’t get me wrong. I still love Kara no Kyoukai because Shiki is still interesting. It’s just the part of SHIKI (male persona) within her that is mindboggling, despite being an interesting concept at first.
The murders felt important… but they didn’t really stand out until the end, when Shiki went after Kokuto with her knife. Kokuto still trusts her, since he’s already crazy for her. Even when he walked upon her standing in front of a corpse, he didn’t tell the police.
The picture relates to Episode 3, not Episode 2
Overall, maybe this is one of those episodes that “test” the loyalty of fans, whether or not they’re willing to immerse into the Type-Moon world. Really, nothing is wrong. The music is good, animation was outstanding as usual, and the plot is rich. The problem is… the plot is too rich. My mind entertained the idea that Kara no Kyoukai was a “catch-and-release” kind of show. For example, episode 1 was excellent. Episode 2 was lackluster. Episode 3, with the “bending” girl and Shiki losing her arm, would be excellent. So on and so on. Will it be like that? I don’t know, being uninformed with the visual novels.
If you do plan to watch this, be prepared to be confused.