Kyoukai no Kanata ~ Review
“An epic tale of epic proportions and epic awesomeness!!”
It’s not often we come across a series that is unexpectededly fantastic than what we initially percieved it to be. It’s a rare gift that we can sometimes recieve from the anime world. Well, this series that I’m about to introduce to you all just so happens to be one of those anime series. Although it may look like something average, it definitely far from it!
Kyoukai no Kanata (translated as Beyond the Boundary) revolves around Kanbara Akihito, as he one day discovers a girl at the school roof one evening. When he goes up to inspect, he meets a cute girl in glasses. Having a glasses fetish, Akihito commences to talk to the girl but is then stabs by a strange sword made of blood. However, she is caught off when she realises that Akihito is immortal, as he is a rare breed of human and Youmu; a supernatural being that walk the earth. The girl in glasses is Kuriyama Mirai, a Spirit World Warrier who hunts Youmu’s and is after Akihito’s head. As the two converse and connect, they are faced with a Youmu so great that if failed, can potentially destroy the world and everything around it.
The series is known for its perfect blend of pure action and pure comedy
The series contains 12 episodes (+3 OVA’s) that aired during the Fall 2013 Anime Season (October 2013 – December 2013). The series is based on an ongoing light novel series written by Torii Nagomu and illustrated by Kamoi Tomoyo. The series is animated Kyoto Animation, who are best known for creating such masterpieces as Clannad After Story, The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi and Lucky Star.
The series contains some well known voice actoes and actresses who play a vital role in this series includng Taneda Risa who voices Kuriyama Mirai (and is also known as the voices of Watanabe Saki from Shinsekai Yori and Xenovia from Highschool DxD New), KENN who voices Kanbara Akihito (and is also known as the voices of Tsukishima Jinbei from Mushibugyou and Kuroki Anji from Samurai Flamenco) and Chihara Minori who voices Nase Mizuki (and is also known as the voices of Nagato Yuki from The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi and Natsume Aya from Tenjyou Tenge).
The definite highlight that made this series stand out for me (and for many others alike) is the mind-blowing animation by our old friend Kyoto Animation; if you’re going to watch a series animated by KyoAni – whether it be slice-of-life, comedy, action, horror, whatever – you know that it’s going to have animations that will be engraved in your blown mind. This series is the first proper action series done by KyoAni and you can see how skilled they are at the art. But overall, this series was very interesting; it turned out to be a lot more complex than was initially percieved and the characters were loveable. My personal favourite aspect of this series was the execution of the comedy sections (priceless jokes fantastically executed). So hats off to Torii Nagomu for writing this amazing series and hats off to KyoAni for doing what is expected of them… that being, “pure awesomeness”!
The Final Judgement:
Recommendation Level: 5/5 – Highly Recommended
Final Score: 8/10