I'm really feeling it!

The Introduction: Kyoukai no Kanata otherwise known as Beyond the Boundary was a show about two ill fated young people, with burdens placed on their shoulders well beyond their means. In a sense it was like Romeo and Juliet, but with a much more anime/science fiction twist to it. Kyoukai is set in a world where demon-esque Youmu roam the world and humans with special abilities known as Spirit Warriors hunt them down to keep the rest of humanity safe. Mirai Kuriyama is a special spirit warrior from a cursed bloodline that allows her to manipulate her own blood as a weapon. Akihito Kanbara is half youmu, half human. Which makes him immortal. This has never been seen before, Mirai consequently has been sent to destroy Akihito. The relationship between Mirai and Akihito, is what this show is all about. Whew! That intro's longer than what I'm used to for these.

The Fabulous: Oh so much. It's wonderfully animated, seriously this show has some of the best animation I've ever seen in action. I've long wished for a Kyo-Ani produced action show and this series provided in spades, the colors are vivid and the action oh so fluid. The music is fantastic (especially the idol scene, I adore that episode). It adds to the feel of the show and blends into the background, which is great. The thing that I like the most about the show is the chemistry between Mirai and Akihito, they play off of each other so well. There's one other thing that I wanted to say about this show that's utterly fabulous that more shows need to take note of. They do world building by dropping the viewer right into it, expecting them to learn what's going on without spending valuable episode time with dull exposition about what's going on, it's a classic example of showing, not telling.


The Meh: While I really enjoyed this show to death, there are a few things that were just kinda disappointing. Some of the side characters were just kind of ignored for a larger part of the story. I believe it's because they lacked the episode allotment to give them more depth, but it was a bit sad, I liked Hiromi's sister and she was Akihito's friend and given a good chunk of time during the early episodes and then just kind of pushed to the side. Mirai's childhood "friend" Sakura suffers the same fate. Some of the episodes after the first four, mainly episodes five and six, move away from the main storyline and focus on side stories, both of which are enjoyable (six especially) but they do kill some of the momentum the series was feeling after the jaw dropping emotional punch to the kidneys that episode four was.

The Unfabulous or as Mirai would say "How Unpleasant": The one serious flaw the series had was that it never properly explained the motive of one of it's villains, it gave you a vague idea of what he was on about, but really never gave him a clear purpose. Truly he wasn't the main enemy, but it would have been nice to have a little more clarity to this character. I won't say who he is because I don't want to spoil anything for you, but man when he starts explaining things in the final episode, it truly doesn't make things much clearer for the viewer.


The Conclusion: This show was fabulous. It's as Akihito would say a "bespectacled beauty" and it's my pick of the season for a quality anime. I give it 4 out of 5 trains. (I wish I could give it 4.5 trains, but that's not how the rating system works!)

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