I started collecting on this movie series way back in 2009 when I imported the Japanese limited edition DVDs of the first five movies (all during the global financial crisis too!). It was hearing that this movie series was a prototype to Tsukihime that sparked my interest in it, and having enjoyed other TYPE-MOON works prior, I was really anticipating on seeing it. Needless to say, I have become a huge fan of it ever since!
My collection for it started off very small with just the Japanese import DVDs and a few scale figures (an early photo of my figure collection here), but over the past few years it has grown quite large when I started buying more and more merchandise, especially most to do with store exclusives limited to only in Japan. I wouldn’t say that I own every merchandise though, but probably a fairly a large chunk. There is a page on my blog where I list every single Kara no Kyoukai item I own (which can be found here) and I plan to update it whenever I get in any new merch for it.
I have been able to fit in the majority of my collection into the glass display cabinet with the exception of posters and wallscrolls (of which I have many as seen in a few photos below). I was also fortunate enough to actually obtain that glass display cabinet for free just when I was starting to lack space in my room to display the collection. Will most likely remove the two small IKEA lights at the top of the display for better ones sometime in the future.
The proudest merchandises in my collection for this would probably be the limited edition Garden of Sinners artbook (containing a complete collection of Takeshi Takeuchi’s artwork for the franchise) and the Tokushima Awa Odori posters that were commissioned for the festival and was not available to buy commercially. The limited edition artbook comes housed in an acrylic glass case with Takeshi’s autograph inside the book. Only 1500 were made and very few people outside of Japan have been able to obtain it, likewise for the Awa Odori posters very few foreigners have been able to obtain those.
There are still a few more items I would like to add to my collection in the future though and some which I have already pre-ordered. One of the items I would like to add would be the original Japanese novels for Garden of Sinners, but my Japanese reading skills is not quite as fluent as my listening and speaking, so maybe once I am competent enough to read fluently then I would look into obtaining those. Things that I have pre-ordered to add to my collection are the ANIPLEX+ exclusive 1/7 scale figure of Ryougi Shiki along with the Japanese 3D blu-ray release of the first film that will be released next year.
And yes, I have two copies of the expensive Japanese limited edition import of the blu-ray boxset as seen in the photos, although one is still in it’s original box packaging kept in storage outside of the glass display cabinet. The box with the warped lid (on the right side in the photos) is used to store small merchandise after receiving the fixed box from Aniplex for one of the copies.
There are still a lot of other merchandise that I didn’t take photos of (clearfiles, pencil boards, postcards, calendars, towels & many others!) simply because I had so many and not enough time…well partly being lazy too😄. Perhaps another time when I next post an update on the collection! Might also look into posting photos of my Shakugan no Shana collection too next year since it’s almost as big as this one!😛
So that’s it for my final post for 2015! Going out on a bang with this (similar to how I first started this blog 4 years ago haha). I hope you all had a great year in 2015 and wish you all a happy new year for 2016!🙂