NiFe Ryougi Shiki

Kara No Kyoukai (Garden of Sinners)
Type: NiFe
Development: Suppressed/Contentious Fe

The series is very atmospheric. It is the most realistic anime I’ve encountered. The causality of the ‘universe’ is entirely linear and an accurate representation of modern Japan. This atmosphere is Ni/Se, very strongly so. The sensational detail invested into the artwork, the amount of delicate care invested in making sequences and events flow in the ‘obvious-next-causality’ is phenomenal. There is little randomness (though there’s mystery, which is a different thing) in flow. The emotional tone is also that of suppressed/ignored Fe.

Ryougi Shiki, the main character, is an NiFe; one with suppressed Fe. In other ways it is also how an NiFe would portray themselves in ideal form. However, it is not very far at all from the potential truth. The makers of this series had a truly real understanding of the psychology of the NiFe, and depicted it quite well -via metaphor and magic. The “Mystic Eyes of Death Perception” are a metaphor for Ni piercing eyes, and not just an Ni-lead, but an NiFe with negative-Fe “misanthropy“. The way Ni operates is via seeing the probable next causality from the literal present, as such to them there may be a strong sense of seeing the inevitability of the unfolding of reality. If this is applied to Fe, they may see the inevitable destruction of humans/societie(s). Many NiFe can become bitter due to this vision; their own inescapable perception. As depicted in the series by Shiki’s attempts to pluck out her eyes. Yet they cannot not see reality through their dimly tinted eyes.

The series deals with a lot of Se themes. There is rape, loss of ability to feel pain, martial arts, murder, drug abuse and so forth. It explores the sort of things a polar-Se might explore, via the abstract Ni avenue. But what is most interesting to me is the split personality of Shiki. As I will/have explained elsewhere, Fe is innately bipolar. Not necessarily neurotically so, but it can cause precisely this sort of sense of opposed personalities existing within oneself. This is due to Fe’s light/dark nature. In the series the divide is given more of a literal representation, but it is nonetheless the way the polarity of Fe can be experienced in NiFe as well as other Fe types.

Shiki tries hard to be dispassionate, largely because her passion (Fe) is dangerous. The neutralization she has and the disconnect from people is a defensive mechanism. Curiously though, the character Koktou is the representation of a Ti-heavy Alpha who is innocently dispassionate without needing to suppress anything. In this, he shows Shiki something she admires in him – the ability to truly be neutral, whereas she wishes she could be but isn’t at core. Kokutou isn’t properly depicted, though, and is more of an incomplete representation of a Ti-lead.

The concepts of reaching the Origin, the stillness and death of Nothingness, are very Zen concepts that are at core Ti, but depicted as somewhat Ni-Ti in this series. The sort of stillness described in zen buddhism and many eastern philosophies is the approach of Ti uses toward absolute knowledge. As Ti is innately dead, both detached from the world (inactive) and detached from the self-bias (logical), the NiFe may recognize this part within themselves and formulate this sort of philosophy.

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