Oh, it’s this time of the season again. Shows are starting to end left and right. And the first one to take its final bow is Kyoukai no Kanata.
I’ve really enjoyed this show. Honest. It did fail to deliver what I’ve been expecting it to accomplish but still, the overall result is quite satisfying. Okay, I take that the ending is somewhat lacklustre but the whole ride is still fun.
Beyond the Boundary is one of the shows that I’ve been looking forward to before the start of this season. It’s from one of my favorite studios, Kyoto Animation, that is well known for their great visuals, character designs and animation.
I think the first half suffered from identity crisis. It was tagged as “dark fantasy” so I was expecting some “creepy” and “eerie” atmosphere. I didn’t get that though. It tried to blend comedy and slice of life to the show, which is not bad if it was not overdone. They focused more on the humour and cutesy side of the story. However, by the time the second half came, I’d like to think that episode 10 gives justice on how they executed the first half because it covers up some things that are actually happening in the background during those times.
By the second half of the show, things got a bit more interesting. In here, I was finally offered the things that I was expecting for a show like Kyoukai no Kanata. It finally felt more fantasy-ish with more fight scenes and mysteries to offer. It was definitely better than the first half but merits must be given to the latter for making me care for some of the characters. However, there are some times that the comedy is SO OUT OF PLACE that it was sapping the enjoyment that I’m feeling on some episodes.
My major problem with this show is that, Beyond the Boundary left me in the dark. I know that some things are better off unknown, I know that, but it wouldn’t hurt to explain a little bit about the show’s universe, the nature and mechanisms of their powers and the likes. AND TALK ABOUT THAT ENDING!
Okay, so I’m one of the many who thinks that KnK’s ending is “unpleasant”. The “ending” before that “ending” would’ve been better because – tragedy, hello? The parting actually made me tear up a little, I mean, gosh after that brilliant episodes, 10 and 11, I finally cared about their love towards each other. Giving us some tragic ending would’ve been better than doing “that” and leaving more things unanswered.
ANYWAY, the characters are at least likeable. Though some lacks the development they deserved and the main casts are somewhat “weak”, I can still care about them. Hiroomi is definitely the BEST character of the show. I mean, he’s a fab! Watch the last episode of KnK shorts and you’ll know what I mean. Akihito is also funny, especially with his antics with Hiroomi. And as expected, SHIPS!
There are also some characters that I would like to have some importance to the plot but never got the chance to have one. Like Nina-san and Ai. They seem like… just there. Ai is an anime original character though, so I kind of understand. She got a lot of appearance in the anime shorts so that’s okay. Mitsuki is also a disappointment for me. Though she definitely has the personality, I expected some “BANG” with her character.
The music of this show is also great. The OP and ED song and sequence are one of my favourites this season!
Overall, I enjoyed those 12-week ride with Kyoukai no Kanata. I think I’m one of the few. Though the show could’ve been better, I can’t do anything about that anymore but to accept what was offered. If there will be another season, with lots of untied things to settle, I’ll definitely be watching that again. That’s because it’s one of the shows that offered one of the greatest moments in anime this season – that IDOL episode!