English: Beyond the Boundary
Synonyms: Beyond the Horizon, Kyokai no Kanata
Status: Currently Airing
Aired: Oct 3, 2013 to Dec 26, 2013
24 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 7.811 (scored by 16981 users)
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SynopsisThe dark fantasy follows a high school sophomore named Akihito Kanbara. Although the boy appears human, he is half youmu and invulnerable to wounds because he can heal quickly. One day, Akihito meets freshman Mirai Kuriyama when it seems she is about to jump from the school rooftop. Mirai is isolated because of her ability to manipulate blood, which is unique even among members of the spirit world. Disturbing events begin to unfold after Akihito saves Mirai.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Kyoukai no Kanata
Other: Kyoto Animation: Megane-hen, Kyoukai no Kanata: Idol Saiban! Mayoi Nagara mo Kimi wo Sabaku Tami
Side story: Kyoukai no Kanata: Mini Theater
Characters & Voice Actors
I started Kyoukai no Kanata and initially dropped it halfway through the third episode. However, having seen people continue to rave about it, I decided to give it a second chance.
Now, having seen 10/13 episodes, I would like to leave a review because I see many people complaining of the same thing that turned me off about KnK in the first place, and I hope to encourage people to keep watching.
The story is the biggestl flaw of Kyoukai no Kanata. By episode 10, it is revealed to be much more complex than the writers let on. While it was a pleasant surprise, it was a bit too much of a surprise. What bugged me the most about Kyoukai no Kanata was the way it would come off as a slice-of-life anime at times while there were much more sinister and dangerous issues at hand. In my opinion, it would have served the anime better if they focused on the serious problems going on, especially since the main plot is so much more interesting than the cuteness of Mirai dressing up.
As expected of KyoAni, the art is just gorgeous. What sets Kyoukai no Kanata apart, for me, is the character designs and action scenes. This is another one of the reasons why I wish the anime focused more on the serious plot--the battles look absolutely incredible. At first, I didn't really enjoy some of the character designs, but they've grown on me and now I can't imagine them any other way.
Just as with the character designs, some of the voices threw me off at first, but eventually I came to adore each character's unique voices. There is one song from the soundtrack that gives me this Harry Potter feel which I don't think I've heard in an anime before. It's really interesting. The sound only gets a 9 because I can't find myself getting into the opening. The ending is great, though.
Again, the times when the focus is on the slice-of-life aspects is what takes away from character development. There is so much more that could have been said and included if they didn't waste time with idol training. Another thing that takes away from it is the length of the anime. With only 13 episodes and a broad range of characters, not every one of them gets developed as much as they could.
That being said, each character has a very distinct personality. Akihito's love for glasses, Hiroumi's sister complex, Mitsuki's directness, Mirai's catchphrase and adorable habits... They all come to change slowly as more and more is revealed. Again, the plot is what drives the character development, so it all comes back to the time wasted on the slice-of-life moments in the anime.
The enjoyment was a little shaky at first which is why I dropped it for a few weeks. However, this was only because I saw very little progression with the plot, and by the time I got to episode 10, I forgave all those lulls in the plot. I really wish they would have woven the main story into the anime more, but oh well. As someone who's extremely picky about art, I had no issues with Kyoukai no Kanata, and I was even amazed at some of the colorful battle scenes, which heightened my enjoyment--a lot.
There are faults in Kyoukai no Kanata, no doubt, but I think that the feeling that an anime leaves you with is more important than the small details. I teared up, I laughed, I gaped in awe. This is an anime worth sticking through, and it isn't a struggle like with some anime. Even the slice-of-life parts were fun.
In short: Stick with this anime. You won't regret it. read more
"Even though I'm immortal, I still feel pain."
Hello fellow Fall Anime viewers, this is my first review of the season and I hope to show some insight on these awesome series that are airing. Before I begin my review, I'd like to give a little spiel:
As you know, we all have slightly different tastes when it comes to anime. There is almost NO way you'll agree with everything I'll say, or maybe none at all. That's awesome, everyone is entitled to their opinion and have the right to defend themselves on what they think. So, all I ask is to take in my info as food for thought, because I don't mean to alter what you think of this show, I just want to give you my perspective (which is almost always a positive one). And lastly, my reviews follow the rating of relevance of genre, how well it's displayed, and the three most important categories: Art, Sound, and Character (Story is something I will not review anymore, I've realized that everyone can get something else from the anime than other people do, so trying to argue the purpose of an anime is useless). I'll also say what I thought in general. The recommended audience will be at the end.
Okay, spiel over, now time to see how Breaking the Boundary fares.
General: I started watching this series hoping to see a slice-of-life, as it's my second favorite genre. And I actually didn't get that, but I got something else. It's a very intense show that is a high-roller in the season's fall line-up. There's nothing more awesome than coming back home in anticipation for the next episode, and this is one of those series that really packs a punch. I'd say that most people should give it a shot.
So, the main genre seems to be slice-of-life (which I disagree with), so looking at the first episode compared to other slice-of-life's, it's...debatable. Hell, it could've just started out as one really unique slice-of-life, but all doubts were erased with the recent episode. It really doesn't fall under this category as a main genre. I mean, sure, you can spin it and say "It's giving you the showcase of Akihito's life, so technically..." yadda yadda, but compared to what we presume is a slice-of-life (Clannad: After Story, Lucky Star), it usually has a tendency to lean on the more normal side of things. Average people. What this series REALLY is, is an action. And if that were it's main genre, it would make a whole world of a difference. B for effort.
Ahhh, this is what really got me. The supernatural aspect is freaking sweet. The whole "cursed blood" thing is one of the most spectacular things I find in this anime. She has a corrosive blood that can formulate into a solid sword and then de-materialize at will? AWESOME. There's nothing I like more than to see some sweet action in new unique forms. The concept of Youmu and the Spirit Soldiers is still faint, yes, but I see them coming, and I can't wait until it hits us hard.
In all, the slice-of-life and supernatural genres should be sub-genres. They are much less relevant than action (not as much supernatural, though)
Is it a sin to not give Kyoto a perfect score in animation? It sure is. Nothing to explain here. Let the marvel that is Kyoto Animation sink into your eye sockets and have a fiesta full of colors and awesome scenery.
Voice Acting: 8/10
The voice acting in this series is a bit...underdeveloped? I don't know the word to describe it better than that. Don't get me wrong, the voice acting isn't bad by any means, it's just that in some scenes, the voice acting doesn't really match up with the expressions of the characters or the voices stay at the same level. Hopefully they'll fix it along the way.
Musical Score: 9/10
The OP is a generic opening. Don't worry too much about it. On the other hand, the soundtrack (ESPECIALLY in episode 4), kind of kicks ass. When things get intense, and all I hear is this epic medley of orchestral instruments, I get fired up. And when there's a melancholic scene and a piano is playing, I get sad. And when things are hustlin-and-bustlin and the music's all flip-floppity and boop-boppity, I feel pretty damn boop-boppity. What I'm trying to say is that the music fits it's scenes marvelously, and enhances my overall enjoyment of this series.
I like good main characters. Unfortunately, I feel like most main characters fall short behind the side characters. That sucks. Breaking the Boundary doesn't suck. It definitely has a presence of a solid main character in Akihito, who is actually somewhat fun to watch and is also somewhat relatable ( especially if you're immortal. You guys would be good friends). Mirai is also an awesome, sporadic main character that gets her stuff done and decides to screw with her Senpai. All in all, It's fun to watch these characters interact and build relationships with each other (if you can just meet a person and then freely run around with a materialized blood sword to stab your Senpai for giggles, then props to you).
I like this series a lot and I like where it's going. I plan to follow this series to the sweet or bitter end, and smile, laugh, and become sorrowful along with it. It's a very solid series that I think most people should give a chance. I recommend an audience that loves action or anything somewhat aloof and intense.
"Do I look like a normal person?" read more
Both Rika and Mirai have similar personality and character design. Also Yuuta and Akihito are drawn to our lovely female protagonist. In Chuunibyou: our main female and friends are chuunibyou or 8th grade syndrome aka Delusion of Grandeur. They are able to create imaginative battle sequences which we see throughout the series. In Kyoukai no Kanata: everyone has some sort of supernatural powers within them. Both series retain the comedy and drama atmosphere. Kyoto Animation is the same studio for both Chuunibyou, Kyoukai no Kanata and many other series. I would recommend you check out their other works.
Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai! is very similar to Kyoukai no Kanata.
Though the story-line is quite different (Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions) is a school life comedy and (Beyond the Boundary) is about hunting supernatural beings both anime have some similarities.
These shows have fluid animation, similar sense of humor and even similar characters.
Both anime are about a guy getting dragged into various situations by a socially awkward girl. The situations in Beyond the Boundary are more serious and often dangerous, whereas the situations in Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai! are based mostly on comedy.
Despite the differences in plot these shows are very similar. Though they are quite different, both shows have the same atmosphere and both are really enjoyable.
The fake 8th grader syndrome fantasy delusions that Rikka has in Chuunibyou are very similar in style (both being made by Kyoto Animation) to the real fights in Kyoukai no Kanata. Both have similar male and female protagonists where the male protagonist is pulled into problems by the female protagonist who won't leave him alone. They also have both a mix of comedy and drama, but from what I've seen of KnK so far, it has more drama than comedy while Chu2 is more of an even mix.
Both of these deal with comedy and supernatural action (but for Chuunibyou it's just Illusion) . Each of them are also produced by KyoAni
The animation is beautifully done by KyoAni both times. We are introduced to two similar shy main female leads in both series, although they are quite different between each other on some specific focuses.
while chunninbyou's supernatural side is fake, KnK has it real
both of the anime is created by KyoAni, so it has the same visual art overall, and it's marvelous too
Bakemonogatari and Kyoukai no Kanata (Beyond the Boundary) are series with supernatural themes involving the events of the main characters. The events behind both series are bizarre as the main male protagonist finds himself dealing with various supernatural creatures.
The main protagonist also seems to have immortality with gifted powers.
There's a sense of mystery going on as well regarding the origins of the characters.
The beginning has to do with catching a falling girl, both characters have some magnificent ability, action and stuff.
both show has the same genre, although bakemonogatari has more complex story plot, while KnK has simple, yet moe-esque story. both show have a superbly good art (as we expected from shaft and kyoani) and good op/ed too
The main protagonists are both immortal and have to deal with the supernatural. There are also very similar scenes in both animes' first episodes.
Opening Theme"Kyoukai no Kanata (境界の彼方)" by Minori Chihara
Ending Theme"Daisy" by STEREO DIVE FOUNDATION
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