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: 7.831 (scored by 17323 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
Yet again, KyoAni brings us a wonderful piece of animation. However, how much does that actually help if everything else is simply boring?
Kyoukai no Kanata is pretty simple. It shows us some high school students that posses and control various supernatural powers. They use these supernatural powers in order to kill Youmu, which are considered monsters, forcing them to transform into smaller gems. After the 'kill' is completed, they can sell these gems off to various collectors that later do with them as they please.
That's pretty much all there is to the whole story. Besides the top-animated supernatural scenes, various character-connecting scenes also try to steal our attention, but that just doesn't quite work out if the characters are boring in the first place. I won't say the characters are mainstream, but they are just so calm for most of the time and don't really bring any sort of special atmosphere to the series.
Comparing these characters with the ones from Hyouka, where they are also calm and aren't energetic if no special actions happen, the ones from Hyouka have a special focus and we get attached to them. The main male lead has his personality, even if it's meant to be lame, as well the main female lead being energetic. However, in Kyoukai no Kanata, Akihito, the main male lead is just some guy that could easily be mistaken for a random supporting character. He doesn't shine, he doesn't make us root for him too much, and so on. Although the main attraction was meant to be the main female lead, our shy megane girl Mirai, she doesn't work out that well either. Besides being shy and pumping out the moe for a specific type of watchers, that's all there is to her.
The sound quite fits and follows up with the animation. Since KyoAni is at work, we are mainly focused on the visual display before anything else, and the sound does not disturb it. It blends in nicely and by that contributes to the overall whole of various effects. That brings us to the main point: The visual and sound effects are done splendidly, amazingly even. However, the effects should only be the spice. What should matter is a good story, which unfortunately, Kyoukai no Kanata is not quite successful at delivering.
Usually, we tend to quite enjoy various series around, even if their quality is quite low. Well, Kyoukai no Kanata is quite the opposite. Although some quality is clearly seen, we just can't reach out to any kind of enjoyment the series are possibly trying to share. 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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