#SundayReview Kyoukai No Kanata!

Frankie Av

This week I’ve watched the supernatural anime Kyoukai No Kanata, also known as Beyond the Boundary. It follows a young girl named Mirari who is the sole survivor of a clan of demon exterminators. The clan had a talent of being able to manipulate their blood in to weapons, therefore Mirari is a shunned child from a cursed clan.

The story begins with Mirari standing on top of the school roof. A teenage boy– Akihito–sees her, thinks she is about to jump, then runs to the roof to save her. But Mirari attacks him and forces her blood sword through his chest. He does not die as Akihito is a half demon as well as immortal. Despite this, Mirari continually attacks him every day, even though Akihito tells her despite being immortal, he still feels pain. Even though she continually tries to kill him,  the pair become friends with Akihito even helping Mirari to kill demons in order to earn money.

The story is a strange one, with moments of sheer cheesiness, but the entire anime is absolutely gorgeous. It is mostly made with pastel colours, the drawings are just beautiful, the animation, flawless. The soundtrack is well suited and often makes scenes even more beautiful.

Like I say, there is a little strangeness to it. For example, Akihito is a bit of a pervert when it comes to “bespectacled beauties” and falls for Mirari as she wears glasses. He and another lad, Hiroomi, often fawn over their own weird fetish fantasies of the girls around them. There is also Mirari’s part-time job, where she poses for slightly  risqué photos taken to order by a local Demon. Nevertheless, Kyoukai No Kanata is an anime which has to be seen.

It is sweet, funny, beautiful, cringe-worthy, super-cute and a pleasure to watch. There is one episode where Mirari, Akhitio and others take on what appears to be a perverted fruit demon. They perform a song as a group in order to defeat it and I found it hilarious, especially when it becomes apparent that Mirari can’t sing well! I burst out laughing at that part!

At only twelve episodes long with two movies (the first a recap of the series) and a few extras on the bluray edition, Kyoukai No Kanata is an anime you can watch over a lazy weekend, or fully watch within a few days. I highly recommend it!

F.R. Donaldson lives in scenic Scotland. She is the author of the psychological sci-fi MALEVOLENCE

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About oneofthedragons

Samantha K. Balk and F. R. Donaldson met on An Archive of Our Own, one of the many fanfiction sites online, when Sam asked Frankie to illustrate the fanfiction that would one day lead to Sam's first novel. They've been friends ever since! This blog was created as a way to share the oftentimes difficult journey any new author experiences on the uncomfortable quest of an introvert for attention to his or her most personal work. It is meant to remind you that authors don't just appear fully fledged like a George R. R. Martin, that all of us start out unsure and feeling inadequate. Feel free to ask us anything. Sam: sammykaye9@gmail.com Frankie: reluctant.fraggle@gmail.com

Posted on July 24, 2016, in #SundayReview, Frankeh Updates, Updates and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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