Kyoukai no Kanata: Shinonome

Beyond the Boundary: Daybreak

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Alternative Titles

English: Beyond the Boundary: Daybreak
Synonyms: Beyond the Horizon: Daybreak
Japanese: 境界の彼方 #0「東雲」


Type: Special
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 2, 2014
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: Sentai Filmworks
Studios: Kyoto Animation
Source: Light novel
Genres: FantasyFantasy, Slice of LifeSlice of Life, SupernaturalSupernatural
Duration: 23 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.651 (scored by 5438654,386 users)
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Ranked: #11782
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Popularity: #1477
Members: 108,417
Favorites: 58

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Taking place three years before the TV series, episode zero follows Hiroomi Nase's mission to subdue the infamous half-human, half-youmu Akihito Kanbara. Curious about the mission, Hiroomi's little sister, Mitsuki, tags along with him, and the siblings meet Akihito for the first time. However, they soon discover that they aren't the only ones seeking out Akihito, and thus begins the story of Kyoukai no Kanata.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Chihara, Minori
Theme Song Performance
Theme Song Performance
Ayres, Christopher
ADR Director
Kadowaki, Miku
Character Design


Opening Theme

"Kyoukai no Kanata (境界の彼方)" by Minori Chihara

Ending Theme


Jul 16, 2014
peachgale (All reviews)
This OVA was definitely something I didn't know I needed until it was given to me. It's action-packed, serious, with the occasional "onii-chan!" to fill the empty spaces. It feels like the first arch of the anime all over again, lacking the unneeded fanservice that accompanied the episodes after the Hollow Shadow. I myself, was ecstatic.
The OVA really delves into Akihito's past before the series, making up for the backstory that he had, but never touched on, in the anime. But what it really revolves around is Akihito's dream in the beginning of episode 2 of the anime, tying itself in at that point. read more
Jul 17, 2014
Novelaer (All reviews)
"W-what's the matter, aniki?"

That's when Hiroomi realized that his little sister has entered her rebellious stage.

Okay, as we all know, Kyoukai no Kanata was definitely a good anime. It had its proper amount of fanservice, action, drama and even some touching romance between kouhai and senpai. This OVA is exactly the same.

The difference between the parent story and this OVA is that Hiroomi plays the lead role and we discover how his relationship with Akihiko began. It also explains the somehow vague beginning of the parent story.

The art was as captivating as ever. Kyoto Animation keeps up the good work of providing us with good read more
Aug 14, 2016
TeejSSX16 (All reviews)
Basically the backstory of how all the main characters in Kyoukai no Kanata met. This may be the prequel to the series story wise but I would watch Kyoukai no Kanata first. Everything will make much more sense in this if you watch the main series first. Plus some of this may be considered spoilers to events in Kyoukai no Kanata.

The story mainly focuses on the Nase family, Hiroomi and Mitsuki in particular, and how they become involved with Kanbara. The majority of the other main characters from Kyoukai no Kanata are in this special as well.

I always enjoy seeing backstories for characters, and this read more

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