The idea of combining Japanese folklore of yokai and monsters with a modern setting and the element of teenagers with superpowers fighting them isn’t new. Beyond the Boundary is an attempt at this concept by KyoAni with a hybrid fantasy/romance story. One that, despite some initial promise, fails to deliver. Although the action scenes are plentiful enough, the poor characterization and execution of the concept stretch the series into mediocrity from the get-go.
However, with gorgeous art and intense fight scenes as expected of KyoAni, the series provides a great visual experience for those who like a lot of action and a serene atmosphere. Beyond the Boundary balances light comedy with some seriousness in the later episodes. While it doesn’t reach the levels of necessity like some other series you may have seen, it offers more than ample entertainment value with a few well-executed concepts. Just don’t take the plot too seriously.
If you are thinking of giving the Beyond the Boundary anime series a try, here’s a guide to help you watch it in the correct order.
Beyond the Boundary (Kyoukai no Kanata) Watch Order:
1. Beyond the Boundary
Alternate Title: Kyoukai no Kanata
2. Beyond the Boundary: Daybreak
Alternate Title: Kyoukai no Kanata: Shinonome
3. Beyond the Boundary: I’ll Be Here – Future
Alternate Title: Kyoukai no Kanata Movie 2: I’ll Be Here – Mirai-hen
Episodes: 1 (Movie)
Beyond the Boundary is a fantasy slice-of-life anime series adapted from the light novel series of the same name, written by Nagomu Torii and illustrated by Tomoyo Kamoi.
Synopsis: Youmu are manifestations of negative human emotions. Highschooler Akihito Kanbara, who looks like a teenager, is a half-human and half Youmu. He is invulnerable to wounds because he can heal quickly. Mirai Kuriyama is a Spirit World warrior that fights Youmu and can employ her blood as a weapon. When she discovers that Akihitois is Youmu, she immediately plunges onto him with her blood weapon only to realize that Akihito is an immortal being.
She still tries her best to kill Akihito multiple times, only to fail miserably. Eventually, Akihito invites Mirai to join the Literary Club, where there are two more powerful Spirit World warriors, Hiroomi and Mitsuki Nase. Mirai, a beginner warrior, learns more about Youmu at the Literary Club. As the group’s bond strengthens, a powerful Youmu approaches that may soon turn their life into a fight for survival.