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  • Awesome Music: As expected of a soundtrack composed by Yuki Kajiura. In fact, most Type-Moon fans consider the movies' OST as the best in the franchise. Likewise with the ending themes, performed by Kalafina.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Azaka. Some people find her cute and interesting due to having a Brother–Sister Incest backstory that's given a surprising amount of depth and in-universe justification; others find her personality obnoxious, her incestuousness creepy and pandering to Otaku and Harem Genre enthusiasts, or her role in the overarching story insignificant.
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  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The stop-motion bits at the beginning of each movie imploring viewers to not smoke/make noise/pirate the film/have their phones turned on. It's... er, weird, to say the least.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Fujino Asagami happens to be relatively popular among fans due to her tragic backstory and her cuteness. It also doesn't help to note that her angst is one of the main reasons why she is one of Nasu's favorites. It has gotten to the point where she was featured as a 4* gacha servant in Fate/Grand Order during the Garden of Sinners rerun.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The roles of Lunamaria Hawke and Shinn Asuka on one hand, and Lacus Clyne and Kira Yamato on the other, are basically reversed here. Athrun Zala gets to have a go on both sides.
  • Ho Yay: Lio does get pretty obsessed with Mikiya at times. And there's the fact that he seems to have a little too much fun kissing him with tongue, even if it is to force a drug down his throat.
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  • Les Yay: Between Azaka and Shiki, at least in the sixth movie. Most notably when Azaka pins Shiki to the bed and straddles her while trying to take away a knife.
  • Moe: The sixth movie plays up Azaka's cuteness for all it's worth.
    Smoking is prohibited. Don't burn, be Moe! note 
  • Moral Event Horizon: Cornelius Alba was never an especially sympathetic character, but after he starts parading Touko's head around like a trophy, then torments Mikiya with it and then starts beating an unconscious Mikiya's head into the wall he has to die.
  • Seasonal Rot: The sixth movie is generally agreed to be the worst of all the films due to several factors. Changes include the Enjo Kosai plotline becoming Bowdlerized into drugs (which is glaring considering the third movie did not shy away from depicting Rape as Drama), Base Breaker Azaka becoming a Spotlight-Stealing Squad while the novel's actual focus, Kurogiri, was Demoted to Extra, the removal of Shiki's memory loss subplot, and the plot and connection's to the greater storyline becoming nonsensical due to all the Adaptation Induced Plot Holes produced by the changes and emphasis on Azaka. Even without knowledge of the source material and the changes, Movie Six can be downright confusing with how little information is given on the antagonists and how underdeveloped several ideas and plot points are.
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  • Sequelitis: The first seven movies were planned from the beginning to be one cohesive story and thus are successful with anachronicistic narration, cross-references and distinct aesthetic. Being a later addition to what has already been completed and having brighter color tone, Future Gospel is considered by many as not as good as its predecessors. The gap of four years between release dates doesn't help, and only made ufotable Art Evolution much more noticeable. You would not be surprised to see that discussions about Kara no Kyoukai often leave out the eight movie and the epilogue OVA.
  • Squick:
    • Right about the time we get a close up of Tomoe shoving his thumb through a guy's eye... and then it just keeps going further...
    • Lio from the first minute of the seventh movie, and it doesn't stop there.
  • Star Trek Movie Curse: The movies after the first one fall into this. Remaining Sense of Pain has the most popular antagonist, Paradox Spiral is widely regarded as the best film in the series, and Murder Speculation Part B concludes the arc of Shiki and Mikiya's relationship rather nicely. Murder Speculation Part A and The Hollow Shrine, while not bad movies, are a bit hard to get into due to their anachronistic nature, Oblivion Recording is regarded as the weakest film due to adapting out a lot of and deviating from the chapter's plot, and Future Gospel is often seen as an unnecessary continuation of the story.
  • The Woobie:
    • Asagami Fujino. She goes through so much abuse that even Nasu has taken to calling her Fujino~n.
    • Tomoe Enjou. Araya even mentions that his origin is worthlessness. This includes the fact that he was NOT responsible for awakening Shiki; she merely awoke at that time. His Heroic Sacrifice was a Senseless Sacrifice. The sword might have helped, though. Ironically, it's the fact that he's so worthless that inspires Shiki to fight Souren.
      Shiki: Enjou didn't need to come here, but he will be the reason for your destruction.

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