Kyoukai no Kanata: I'll Be Here - Kako hen is the first part of the movie series. This part is a complete recap of the original anime series. It does a good job getting you up to speed as to what happened in the original series and is only dedicated to the events surrounding Kanbara Akihito and Kuriyama Mirai and doesn't indulge in side stories.
This is a really good summary of the original series. No new scenes are used. It reuses the scenes from the original anime to make this summary.
The story of Kanbara Akihito and Kuriyama Mirai is explained. It does not go
into the side stories like with the Nase Family, Inami Sakura and Fujima Miroku.
Since it uses the same scenes, it has no change in art. It's the same KyoAni which you've already seen. The artwork is amazing. Nothing more to say.
Both the opening and the ending are really good songs. They are played near the end of the series.
The opening is played when Kanbara Akihito reaches Kuriyama Mirai when she is fighting Kyoukai no Kanata near the end of the movie.
The ending is played at the end and is a full version. It is played through the credits.
Voice actors are same.
If you haven't seen the original anime and watch this movie only, you'll miss out on many characters. As I said before, this movie focuses on Akihito and Mirai so the other characters get very little to no screen time. The only side character to have some play in this movie is Izumi Nase.
I loved the original anime and I liked watching the summary too. Even though it is a summary, some comedy bits are placed in it. And there are some emotional rides too.
It's a really good summary and for fans of the series, it is a good way to catch up and remember what happened.
Overall, I liked it. A heads-up, in the end of the movie, after the credits, they give a preview of the next part of the movie.
Oh man stay away from this one. I'm not gonna be fancy here, this is more of a quick PSA than an actual review, but I could not stand by and let my fellow MAL users subject themselves to Kyoto animation essentially ripping itself off.
I should say first though that I love the original Kyoukai no Kanata show and Kyoto Animation in general so I'm not really reviewing the show here. Its just that KyoAni can't seem to do well with its show-to-compilation-film adaptations (I'm looking at you too Chuunibyou compilation film, but that's another story for another day). Why they
feel the need to reinvent their existing works is beyond me.
Basically what we have here is the studio taking the original 12 episode series and cramming it into a sparse 120 min feature. The (many) small scenes that develop the characters in the original anime are mostly left out or completely removed in the movie, and the original show already moves blistering fast pace. We are then left with only the major plot events, and little to no context as to what's going on in the story or why we should care for our main dynamic duo.
I personally liked the series because of all the little nuances and goofy side humor that seasoned it, and the somewhat incomprehensible plot stood up for me because of how much I liked the characters.
So don't watch this wrung out version of Kyoukai no Kanata; it's like trying to eat an apple with no juice in it. Instead, watch the original series and give yourself the favor to THEN decide whether you like lolis with death weapons, siscons, 500 iterations of the word "Senpai" and all the other things that make this weird moe action combo meal a fun experience (or not).
The main thing about this movie is that, whilest watching it, it only made sense to me because I watched the original series (twice even because I like it so much).
A lot is left out, and yes, the main plot points are stuffed in there, but they're basically presented without context and a lot doesn't make sense at all if you haven't watched the original series.
I can't quite give a good opinion on the story/art/character development because of this. It just barely contains any that makes sense without the context of the series. Besides that, it occurred to
me that the movie looked like a literal edit of the series. I don't believe they've re-animated anything nor make it fancier (ex. how the Madoka movies were literally the series but with much better animation).
I don't want to completely bash this movie into the ground though, it just needs a little instruction I think?
If you want to watch the movie because you watched the series, hell yeah! The great thing about the movie is that, the series was a while ago. If you want to go into the next movie I suppose you need the base the series/first movie shows otherwise you won't know anything about the world.
So, as a reminder of what exactly the series was about and who these characters were, I think this is a great thing, since you don't need to watch the whole series all over again.
If you want to watch the movie without watching the series first, I can strongly recommend against that. You'll miss out on tons of story and context and I'm sure a lot of things won't make sense to you since there's barely any worldbuilding in this.
I haven't watched the second movie yet, but I'm pretty sure the best way to watch and enjoy Kyoukai no Kanata is to watch the series, the first movie and then the second movie. This way, you won't miss out on anything, and if you are doing a marathon, you can even skip out on the first movie (though I'm not sure if the small fragment after the credits matters, because that IS new, contrary to the rest of the movie).
Either way, I'm not here to dictate people, and this is merely an advice ofcourse. If you enjoyed the series and you just need a thing to remind you what it all was about, this is a pretty great movie, since it takes away the need to watch the full series again.
If you're planning to watch this without having watched the series, I wish you good luck, because there'll be a lot of confusion ahead.
Well this is my first review so lets see how it goes.
Kyoukai no Kanata Movie: I'll Be Here - Kako-hen is part one in a two part movie.
I am going to get straight to the point here... This movie is a recap of the 12 episodes of Kyoukai no Kanata, and if you have watched Kyoukai no Katana series recently, then you had may as well completely skip this movie and watch the second half which is the continuation after the episode 12 equivalent.
Back to the review.
I went into this anime just thinking it would be another addition to the Kyoukai I knew
and loved. For the most part I was disapointed, however I that is not to say I did not enjoy it.
Story - 3
Lets be honest. Compared to the series, this movie tried to cram 12 episodes worth into an hour and 20 minuets, completely omitting half of the series all together. The only reason I could hold the movie story together was my previous knowledge of the series (which I am again going to say is a must to watch).
Art - 9
It was great. Vibrant colours and well used cinematic scenes that made you think "My that looks beautiful". The characters are drawn in a style I like and the battle scenes do not hold back.
Sound - 7
Not a great deal to go off here to be honest. I did not notice much sound being used throughout, but when it was used, was clear, crisp and fit the scene perfectly.
Character - 4
I would have loved to put this higher because I know the characters have so much more going for them if you watch the series. But purely based off the movie, you hardly have time to learn about anyone other than your two main protagonists. And even then, you only learn very limited details about them. The movie does not give them enough time to blossom, as it seems to skip weeks or possibly months at a time. (Again due to the fact they crammed 12 episodes into one small movie)
Enjoyment - 5
Only reason I can say I enjoyed this is that it was a refresher as to what the series contained. For someone who has never seen the series before, or has no information about the movie, then I would estimate this score to be much lower than even a 5.
Overall - 6
Only thing I am going to put here is the movie does not do the series justice, and the only reason to watch it is to refresh yourself as to what happened in the series.
The second part of this two part movie however is hopefully going to improve dramatically.
I'll start off by saying that Kyoukai no kanata was and is my absolute favorite anime. And, going into this movie, I knew it was a recap. I decided to watch it anyway because I loved the series so much.
As a movie, it was okay, answered a couple questions and added one or two extra scenes (the second one was at the end after the credits). I recommend watching the series first though because much of what made the anime so great was lost in trying to cram 12 episodes into movie length piece. Also there wasn't enough time for Hiroomi, Mitsuki, Ayaka, Ai, &
Nino-san to be introduced. All of which were kind of important...
So, to get the full experience, watch the whole series first otherwise it appears simply bland. Kyoukai no kanata is my absolute favorite anime too. Watch the series, it's a perfect 10. This recap was just...a 5.
Story: The story is a recap of the episodes, but there is much more depth in the relationships, specifically Akihito and Mirai's. We get to see how much Mirai has struggled through the additional scenes, so it makes the story even more touching. The complexity and emotions of this movie helps you understand how Mirai and Akihito developed feelings for each other.
Art: The art is the same as the episodes, so it's great as always.
Sound: The emotions when the characters speak makes a significant impact on their relationships with each other. The music increases the intensity of scenes when it was required, and the theme
songs depicted the emotions of the characters very well.
Character: Mirai and Akihito's kindness and sincerity are traits that make both of them very likable. The other characters, such as Sakura and Hiromi, serve to be very supportive companions emotionally, and in some cases, on the battlefield.
Enjoyment: As someone who watched the episodes and did not feel an intense enjoyment to the series, I was very surprised to see how much I enjoyed this film. It was remarkable to see a closer perspective to the characters' emotions and thoughts, so it was fulfilling to see the characters experience obstacles, and find their own peace.
Overall: This movie is recommended for everyone who has watched the episodes. If you didn't enjoy the episodes very much like I did, you have even more reason to watch this movie. The movie did a good job at allowing viewers to have a closer look and stronger connection to the characters.
Having just completed the thrilling anime Kyoukai no Kanata, you can imagine my surprise to find that there were two movies related to the series, Kako-hen, the recap movie, and Mirai-hen, the direct sequel. This review will obviously pertain to the former.
Please note that this is not a movie for newcomers who are unaccustomed to the plot of KnK (so for the love of Gilgamesh if this is you, don't watch this).
Despite the original anime's prevalent flaws, my prior enjoyment made me believe that this movie could stand alone or be (dare I say) better than the original if it cut
some of the fan service and irrelevant side arcs. However, I could not have been more wrong. While there is not doubt that Kako-hen is visually appealing (having taken its scenes directly from the original anime), no amount of pretty art/animation can make up for the disaster that occurred when Kyoani compressed a 12 episode anime into a measly 120 minutes.
Right off the bat, I was thrown off when the movie opened by spoiling a reveal that was central to the plot (revealed at the end of the anime). I'll admit that this provided an interesting perspective to the film, but it also removed any of the mystery that was a fundamental part of the original anime's appeal.
By squeezing the original series into 120 minutes, numerous important and informative scenes were altogether cut from this movie, including side character introductions and critical conversations between our two protagonists, Mirai and Akkey. This has resulted in a hodge-podge of events occurring one after another in quick succession, sometimes dropping the viewer in the middle of a scene or conversation or even immediately after an event occurred that had direct implications for the plot (looking at you, Hollow Shadow). Even with my prior knowledge of the story, I felt lost in a whirlwind of events whose impact had been cheapened. It is one thing to cut superfluous dialogue, but when you remove a scene which was the impetus for a subsequent critical conversation or revelation, all the impact and character development is lost.
In terms of the film's sound/OST, I really enjoyed the OP/ED and felt that the effects were crisp and clear. However, much of the film was not accompanied by music and at one point they even added in some jarring screeches for dramatic effect which I found unnecessary and tedious.
Overall, I really like the plot to Kyoukai no Kanata and this movie could have been a really nice addition to the series by cutting out some of the original's moe and cheesy comedy in exchange for a more serious focus on our main couple. However, that opportunity was utterly squandered by the decision to make the movie so short. Therefore, what we are left with is a shell of an otherwise compelling story which was unable to enthrall me past titillating my eyeballs with nice visuals. I would not recommend this film to anyone, especially not a first time viewer of this show. 3/10