I think Shiki's brother is a completely minor character, there's just about no mention of him beyond that line.
As for Keito's character design, well, what I found interesting is that I don't think it was a Type-Moon character design; considering that he's a minor character and it's a visual novel so we never saw what he looks like in the original work. So presumably it was ufotable's design. Yet Ryunnosuke is a Nasu-certified character design (presumably).
Just a thought - in Paradox Spiral, Touko gives Mikiya a pack of cigarettes made by "a Taiwanese craftsman" to keep for her before heading off to face Cornelius and Araya. Is there any explanation for who this person is or why this holds some significance to Touko?
Reading the Records of Oblivion part of the novel again, I only just noticed how long it is. The movie really abridged a lot of the plot, which is kind of a pity.
OTOH, Azaka was adorable when animated. Particularly the part where she used the Shiki doll for target practice.
The Records of Oblivion part is one of my favorite parts of the story, and in my opinion the adaptation didn't do it justice at all. In fact the story barely works anymore.
That, plus it failed to capture certain elements of the characters and the fact that some of the more interesting plot turns didn't make it in at all.
"Nullius addictus iurare in verba magistri, quo me cumque rapit tempestas, deferor hospes."
... No comment on the licking scene? Odd, that usually gets specific mention whenever someone's commenting on Movie 7. But yeah, Leo is a blob of coagulated nightmare fuel dipped in the fondue pot of lost souls and sprinkled with the tears of frightened children.
The licking was creepy, but not in the sense of "Holy shit, how's Shiki ever gonna survive this?" Outright cannibalism freaks me out a lot more, honestly.
But enough of that. It's obvious to me that what Lio truly needs from life is an Epic Meal Time parody.
I only read the novels, but I'd read it in the order it was written, not chronological order. I think even the stuff set chronologically earlier need some of the character and plot bits from the stuff told earlier but set later to fully understand/enjoy them.
"Next week, we eat Akasha."
I'd go with order of release, but only if you have the time to re-watch it and figure out the connections that you missed the first time.
Also, because I haven't fanboy-ed my fair share in recent history... Yuki Kajiura and Kalafina ftw.
edited 31st Jul '12 5:42:27 AM by Pyrite
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I don't know what the exact budget was but as a general rule the per-minute budget for animation goes TV Series < OA Vs < Movies. Some OA Vs fudge that a little since they are unconstrained by run-times so they occasionally sacrifice things like runtime or regular release dates to boost them into a similar level to movie quality.
There are exceptions to this at every level of course.