English: Beyond the Boundary
Synonyms: Beyond the Horizon, Kyokai no Kanata
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 3, 2013 to Dec 19, 2013
24 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 7.841 (scored by 85938 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, Kyoukai no Kanata Movie: I'll Be Here - Kako-hen
Side story: Kyoukai no Kanata: Mini Theater
Prequel: Kyoukai no Kanata: Shinonome
Characters & Voice Actors
The Fantasy genre has had its share of great Anime and also really bad ones. I wasn't sure whether I'd like Kyoukai no Kanata or not since it didn't seem to do anything outside the norm. But boy, was I wrong. I actually liked it better than I expected to. Anyways, on to my review.
The story starts with out main character Akihito as he has an unexpected meeting with Mirai, a member of the cursed-clan of the Spirit World Warriors. He subsequently gets stabbed by her. But as he is a half-youmu, he is supposedly immortal. That's all you need to know in order to understand the story.
The story is of the typical fantasy action sort, where the good group of warriors must fight against the supernatural enemies in order to protect the world, simple stuff. The Anime starts off a tad bit slow. The first few episodes or so are very light hearted and focus more on the comedy aspects and a bit less on the action. But then the latter half of the series gets more serious, where most of the episodes are spent on the fight between the Spirit World Warriors and the Youmu. Despite having no originality whatsoever, the story managed to keep me interested in it. It was mostly due to the way the story was told and its pacing. But, the ending could have honestly been better. It wasn't bad in any way, but I disappointed nonetheless.
Animation and Sound:-
The Animation is simply fantastic. Kyoto Animation did a splendid job here. Every single character is nicely animated with distinct traits. The action scenes in particular were mind-blowing. In short, the Anime's a visual treat guaranteed to appeal to everyone.
The OST is also great. There were different kinds of music for each situation, be it funny, emotional, intense and whatnot. The OP was somewhat generic for me though. But the ED made up for it. Simply loved it.
The Anime's strong suit is definitely its characters. The interaction between them is definitely the best part of the Anime. Akihito as a main character is very likable. He has a fetish for glasses, which was funny. He also has a sense of morality, which is showcased in some instances in the Anime. Mirai's more than just a typical cute character, which the first few episodes made me believe. She has a decent backstory and is also a great fighter as well.
As for the supporting cast, I'll start with Hiromi. He seems like the cool, cold-hearted character at first but that's far from the truth. He also has a huge sister complex. That combined with Akihito's glasses fetish made for some hilarious moments. But he is also a badass, which is shown multiple times throughout the show. Hiromi's little sister Mitsuki is somewhat underdeveloped though. Sure, her responses to both Akihito and Hiromi's respective comments regarding their fetishes were nice and all, but in the end, I didn't really feel much for her. As for the rest, they aren't exactly worth mentioning.
Enjoyment and Overall:-
I enjoyed the Anime for what it was worth. It had a great blend of action, comedy, emotional moments which made it worthwhile. Despite the somewhat lackluster story, the experience on a whole makes me recommend this. So in short, watch it without giving much thought to the story. read more
Damn, I feel like one of the few people who really really loves Kyoukai no Kanata on this damn site. I guess it's explaining time because as I really really like it I want it to have a halfway decent review. (especially since most of these seem written from a bias perspective from someone who only watched the first 3 episodes.
Kyuokai is not perfect, but it makes up for a lot of its flaws with gorgeous animation good laughs and a completely enjoyable ride the whole way through. The story of KnK definitely isn't original in the slightest to start off. Like everyone is saying supernatural girl meets immortal boy and they fall in love, and while people may whine that unoriginality just leads to a total shit fest I think that if something works and is enjoyable that's what matters the most, and while originality is always a plus (like in SnK's case) it is not necessary for a good anime.
Where KnK shines is in it's art and it truly is breathtaking. There are so many scenes that evoke emotions beautifully and really just make it an artistic masterpiece in it's own right. It's one of those anime that could be absolutely terrible and the art alone could save it. Luckily the rest is not terrible it's all at least acceptable.
The character's and character development are also high points in this anime. The characters all interact very realistically even if they are reused tropes. The animations of the characters face in a particular scene helps portray the emotions in that respective character in a very real well that leaves it so that there is no need for talking and there is a lot of silence in this anime that leaves the watcher to just look at the beautiful scenery which is where KnK shines the most and it definitely knows it does. The characters also develop so well having episodes where characters slowly become closer to each other instead of leaving it to be implied and that's a very good thing. (Funny enough a lot of people see these episodes as "filler" episodes, I do not agree, but maybe I'm just more optimistic and think Kyoani is smarter than that)
Another very enjoyable aspect of KnK is the level of mysticism it portrays and even if it is an overused overarching story it does a very good job at not feeling stale in the slightest. I believe it does this best through the soundtrack which is absolutely stunning and great to listen to.
Many people are shit talking the story in KnK and I believe that while it is partially justified it also partially isn't because KnK isn't linear. There isn't one story and it seems to fly by very fluidly instead of feeling like there is X arc then X arc it just feels like it passes very nicely. The pacing feels nice and it's overall just very enjoyable to get through.
In the end KnK is enjoyable, the art is great and the characters and story feel to flow very well. There are flaws and those are not to be ignored; however, it is DEFINITELY not nearly as bad as people like to think it is. You will laugh, you will cry, and you will feel satisfied at the end of it. read more
Both series deal with spirits and youkai and the exorcism of them but Noragami is perhaps more entertaining
Both are about spiritual powers, youkai etc. and in many parts of both series you'll find lots of familiarity. Perhaps Yato's social awkwardness is nothing aganist Akihito's pervert self, but in any case both of them are quite entertaining. Kyoukai is has more dark side story compared to Noragami thought.
Noragami and Kyoukai no Kanata are supernatural theme series involving spirits and apparitions. The main characters gets themselves involved in a variety of ways that changes their lives while helping others.
Throughout both series, there's internal struggles explored regarding the main characters, in particular with their pasts that are reflected by flashback scenes. At the apex of the story, these internal struggles manifest and brings out feelings that are reflected by our characters' reactions.
There's a small cast of characters with strange interactions between them. Expect comedy, drama, and action.
both have similar story, with spirit fighting and super powers
These are really similar anime. Only a handful of people can see the supernatural events and monsters. The characters fight against evil. The story setting and characters are more interesting.
Both series are about a 'boundary' between two realms/worlds, where evil spirits are coming into the real world. Both have protagonists that have superhuman powers (Yato and Mirai) that are funny characters who are hiding an important issue, and both have a 'normal' friend (Hiyori and and Akihito) who try and lead them in the right direction, morally.
Both main character got terrible past story. Fight against supernatural creature to get money.
the art and general theme of the plot are very similar.
they both have hints of comedy, but mainly deal with fighting youkai, etc.
Both have supernatural themes regarding fighting of spirits, I found both beautiful and soulful with emotional ties. Highly recommend both series.
Though obviosuly different in many ways, they do share significant similarities. For example, both give off the same fantasy vibe, and they both involve a character that gets caught up in something to do with the supernatural.
Both series have supernatural elements, but more than that they have the same elegant and sincere approach to deep inside of human soul. Both made me smile and cry at the same time.
Both animes have spirits where only a handful of people can see them.
Both main characters have "bad" pasts.
Both deal with a term they call a "boundary"
Both have a supernatural theme where they fight spirits.
Both are comedic in some ways.
Both have a romantic feel that's not totally canon at first but seems like it might be.
Noragami and Kyoukai No Kanata resemble each other a lot. If you like one of them then you will like the other one for sure!
1. At the beginning of both series the female protagonists are saved by the male protagonists
2. Both center around exorcising spirits called youmu and ayakashi that attacks humans
3. In Noragami they use shinki/divine instrument while in Kyoukai No Kanata they use blood sword, youmu etc to fight against these spirits
4. In Noragami shinkis can create a barrier "Boundary (Kyoukai)" and in Kyoukai No Kanata they create "Glaciate Barriers" that prevents youmu and ayakashi from coming past it
5. In both of the anime there are some characters that come forward to save the protagonists because they also helped them in the past
6. The episode 9 of Noragami and episode 4 of Kyoukai No Kanata are a lot similar. In these episodes Yukine and Akihito were locked up in cages of borderlines in order to purify their souls and go back to their old normal self
7. Both of them has plenty of humor. Their genres are almost same: Fantasy, Comedy, Action, Supernatural, Romance. Though Kyoukai No Kanata is dark fantasy
But then again while having similar story lines both of these shows have their own aspects. Noragami is great for it's sound track and character development and Kyoukai No Kanata follows it's own story
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.
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, just like the series themselves. In specific, that would be the fact that Chuunibyou tends to focus purely on the romantic comedy with a slight touch of harem, while Kyoukai no Kanata is a tad less intensive on that matter, but rather emphasizes the supernatural activity.
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
-The art has been produced by the House of KyoAni (Kyoto Animation) Hence, it is very similar.
-A Moeblob doing random stuffs of cuteness~
Opening Theme"Kyoukai no Kanata (境界の彼方)" by Minori Chihara
Ending Theme"Daisy" by STEREO DIVE FOUNDATION
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