Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 16, 2006 to Feb 5, 2008
24 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 7.821 (scored by 18852 users)
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comedy fantasy shounen supernatural
SynopsisSumimura Yoshimori, a 14-year-old junior high school boy, is a descendant of the Kekkaishi, or an exterminator of monsters. He is vying for the heir to the family with Yukumura Tokine. Tokine is older than him, and she is his childhood friend as well as his rival Kekkaishi. To save people from the crises, and to make himself stronger, Yoshimori fights against monsters at night.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Kekkaishi
Characters & Voice Actors
Kekkaishi is basically one epic siege story. The very fact that its based around protecting one piece of land (conveniently the main protagonists' school) only at night time, is the show's main hook, and it fulfils its interesting potential throughout.
Yoshimori and Tokine, our plucky teens, are charged with the seemingly life-long mission to protect a mystical piece of land with their barrier technique. The ability to create barriers of all shapes and sizes by pointing their fingers and shouting "Ketsu!" and destroying the contents of their CGI boxes with "Metsu!" It’s a very cool and unusual technique and the animation remains consistently good throughout the series, so it never gets old watching the two develop their skills, or to watch Tokine take liberties and use her kekkai to smack Yoshimori in the face.
The manga is written by a female so you can expect some good characterization for Tokine. The two heroes are on an even level for most of the anime, and being that it’s written by a female, the relationship and romance has a more deft touch to it. Sexist observation? Maybe, but I can tell you that I didn’t really roll my eyes or get bored with any of the lovey dovey moments sprinkled throughout Kekkaishi.
Populated by interesting and amusing characters, an epically memorable Taku Iwasaki score, refreshing pacing, and creative action, Kekkaishi is the definition of how a shonen genre anime is meant to be made. It does get a tad derivative towards the end, being unable to escape the tropes of the genre, but its still good fun. Each episode also ends with a great Photoshop-like montage of characters, basically summing up the climax of the last 20 minutes.
The producers even had the grace to just end the adaptation at the end of an arc, rather than overtake the manga or descend into filler hell. It’s a bittersweet compromise but one we should accept and respect. For a show sponsored by McDonalds, you'd think greed would compel them to milk everything out of this show, but they knew when to stop. Whether it was due to Kekkaishi not being as sell-able as Naruto or One Piece for example, I don’t know, but I don’t care when what they leave us with is an anime as excellent as this.
So like I said, Kekkaishi is a kind of siege story, a staple of the action-thriller genre that live-action films occasionally excel at, but anime rarely ever touches. Kekkaishi greets the genre head on with shonen enthusiasm and ends up an entertaining show worth watching. read more
Perfect execution of a unpopular shonen anime. Even though it has a mainstream plot and presentation, it has a soundness of all the elements in the show that so many one shot animes lack.
I could not give the show a 10 for character, since no character stood out like the infamous L, or Light, or Luffy, or many of the other great characters. Even though I was captivated by all the characters, no one stood out. It may be due to the female writer's preference not to bias her character development to only one of the two main characters. Even though it is a male oriented theme overall, she has built a great relationship between the two characters. Their attachment and growth dependence on one another really shows in the later part of the anime.
The story I could only give a 9 because it did not have any shocking twists, nor deep revelations. The show was intended for amazing action, intense adventure, and they even blew the budget on the animation! I meant that last part as a figure of speech. The plot was always entertaining, so I was never for a moment bored, and I was always anxious waiting for the next episode. Excellent themes are hidden within all the episodes. Especially between the common male male female character trinity, just like in Naruto. Also the ominous older brother, and tiresome grandfather play out in some dynamic relationship with Yoshimori. Kekkaishi is as good as Bleach and Naruto at their best. I use those two, since they stories are the most parallel to each other.
The animation was incredibly done. For clearly being an unpopular manga and show, the production was high grade. Limited CG images composited into the shows main scenes. Princess Mononoke was one of the first to do this well, and has been proven to be an incredible advancement for the industry. Over the next 10 years we are going to see much better animation, once show budgets increase as the world turns to a complete global market.
The score is done with great meticulousness for the creation of appeal. The end character montage with a rock rift is such a great way to end each episode. It makes you crave for the next episode. Shows like this that repeatably use the same melodies to lead into scenes really enhance the appeal of the show, instead of forcing some repetitive melody in your head. Animation is nothing without sound. Shows that do not put money into their soundtrack... fail.
The dialogue was great, so my overall enjoyment was superb. The common banter in shonens is a great exemplification of how it is possible to escape from all your problems in a moment. One minute a character is stressed over being weaker than an enemy, the next they are cajoling with their nemesis.
If you want to watch a consistent anime that gives everything you want, just take it all and watch the show. It does not disappoint and delivers in action, with only marginal build up of suspense. The creators of this show analyzed all the popular anime, and formulated a perfect model for a show they wished to produced, then approached the closest show that matched their requirements. Pretty prehistoric method of manga selection, but does it ever make a great animation.
Now its time for me to go back to the pile and search for another show. There is still one more episode to be subbed, but I am already satisfied by the show that is Kekkaishi.
Oh and by the way, they use these cool barriers called Kekkai, which act as shields, and can perform a type of volume combustion, which they then consume as a form of garbage collection/religious burial for ayakashi (ghosts/demons), and they even play on the idea of encapsulating dimensions, and also about dimension construction. I said the show had no deep revelations, but it does use some damn cool archetypes. read more
There is more than one similarity within these two series. The biggest one is the life of the two main charachters. In the morning Yoshimori (Kekkaishi) and Rikuo (Nurarihyon no Mago) they going to school having a normal life with their friends, classic Slice of Life anime, but when the Sun goes down they both become a different persons they both chosen ones - so to say, and they are not sure at the beginning are they fit to inherit they grandfathers place! They both protect humans although Rikuo is 1/4 demon!
The fighting, comedy and tension is mutual in both anime's. So there is no mistake, you will definitely like both anime's if you like demons/spirits action!
Basically the same genre and fighting of power spirits/monsters. Both with great fighting scenes and art work pretty much the same.
Put simply, both series share a very similar atmosphere. They also have the same style of implementation, and the same type of villains.
Strong is the bond between those two series.
• both are shonen series with main genres as supernatural and action
• both main charas are the teenagers whose destiny is to inherit their grandfathers' rank; they both through the story will grow up and slowly accept and embrace this fate
• an ulterior important point to mention is that both anime adaptations are faithful to the manga story (can't be said the same thing of many other series out there) and both start out with a slow pace: for NNM is the first season, for Kekkaishi is around the first half of the serie; but after that everything begins to make sense and having a very good pace, from whom the action genre comes. Still both anime (NNM s2 and Kekkaishi's last episode) end up after a precise arc who is a firm point in the storyline of the manga. Trustful adaptations are always a very good thing.
• both stories deal with ancient japanese legendary creatures: Ayakashi and Youkais.
• both of the protagonists have quite original powers and way to fight (Rikuo has the Matoi, while Yoshimori has the Kekkai)
If you liked one of those, especially due to its interesting and creative story, you might really love the another as well!
Both series are highly recommended ;3
Shounen's that focus on atmosphere, while still having great action.
In both series, the main male protagonist may seem normal but he has a secret and possesses supernatural powers. Both contain shounen battle style themes and involves spirits/demons as adversaries. They also take place in a school life setting where they have friends ensuring drama and comedy.
The main male protagonist also inherits a title and strive to carry out a legacy with the help of his friends and family. Both series contains creatures based off of Japanese lore and in general has similar feelings.
Well they both are the heir to something that has to do with demons. They both fight demons in their spare time, and both are centered around a young boy who doesn't for the most part want anything to do with becoming the heir.
Both have ayakashi and the protaganists have ayakashi familiars. Other similar areas can also be found if you watch ^^
Both is about these kids who fight ayakashi. Both yoshimaru and masahiro have great latent spiritual powers. Also, they both have some kind of companion, yoshimori has a dog ayakashi and masahiro has some kind of rabbit thingy..
Both are about a young boy with great latent power who fights against devil. Similarity: 3*
In both anime the story evolve around a young boy who in the begining is not willing and strong enough to fight evil spirits.
Both of them need to defend a land in one case a sacred land in other the capitol.
Also both of them over the day have school/job that they need to attend, and the nigth is they duty to be exterminator of monsters.
They make friends along the way and familiy also helps them out.
Comedy is present in both anime, which is good, and the music in them is also excellent!
Well maybe the main difference is the time setting.
Also waiting for second season for both, because the manga/novel is still ongoing and there is a chance for good sequel!
Both anime are about young (and by extension, not-so-experienced) "priest" (for a lack of a better word) dealing with supernatural beings.
The main diffrence is that Kekkaishi is made in modern times, while the Shounen Onmyouji tells the story happening in a distant past (but more or less in our own world).
Both these series have a young male protagonist who is training in the handling and banishing of demons. Thus the action sequences and character-growth have a very similiar flavor. Many of the fight sequences of both series take place at night, when the main character is on watch for ayakashi or other monsters.
The main difference between the two is setting, as Kekkaishi takes place in the present, and Shounen Onmyouji takes place in the Heian era. But if you like the feel of one, I think you'll like the other as well.
Both are about exorcising ayakashi, and the main characters both have ayakashi familiars. There is also slight romance in both.
Opening Theme"Sha la la –Ayakashi NIGHT–" by Saeka Uura
Ending Theme#1: "Akai Ito (赤い糸)" by Koshi Inaba (eps 1-15, 38, 40, 48, 52)
#2: "Sekaijyuu Doko wo Sagashitemo (世界中どこを探しても)" by Aiko Kitahara (eps 16-23, 39, 44, 51)
#3: "My Mirai (マイミライ)" by Saeka Uura (eps 24-30, 41, 46, 49)
#4: "Kyuukei Jikan Juppun (休憩時間10分)" by Saeka Uura (eps 31-37, 42-43, 45, 47, 50)
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