YMMV / Beyond the Boundary
aka: Kyoukai No Kanata

  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Izumi. Does she really have Nagatsuki City's best interests at heart, or is she just a power hungry Manipulative Bitch hellbent on destroying Kyoukai no Kanata? A strict but loving Parental Substitute to Hiroomi and Mitsuki, or a horrible one for nearly getting her brother killed? Was she against Mirai wanting to sacrifice herself to stop it and try save Akihito, or was she glad to rid herself of two powerful threats with one stone? And so on.
    • Yayoi Kanbara. A harmless Bunny-Ears Lawyer just trying to make her son happy, or a terrible mother with hidden motives of her own?
  • Ass Pull: Some people accuse Mirai's resurrection at the end of the series to be this, as it happens suddenly and with very little explanation.
    • Averted in I'll Be Here considering she has no memories. Akihito also mentions it must've been one last act of defiance by Beyond The Boundary, or a necessary sacrifice for Mirai to come back to life. Possibly both.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Mirai is considered a bad heroine by some, with her inconsistent attitude and her klutziness being out of place cited as the main factors. On the other hand, others find her portrayal a refreshing protagonist who doesn't fall into one of the many expies common to anime. Though many from the first side were cleared after episode 10 (see Rescued from the Scrappy Heap below).
  • Broken Base:
    • Opinion on the ending is divided, since many fans are either pleased that the series ended on a happy note, or angry since they perceive Mirai's last minute resurrection as an Ass Pull.
    • The I'll Be Here - Mirai-Hen movie is another breaking point. Many people enjoyed it, and it was widely felt as bringing back the quality to the show that was believed having been lost by the ending of the series (see Win Back the Crowd below), but people would have liked to see explained the Ass Pull of the anime's ending, as the film basically pushes forward the plot without giving a clue of why it happened.
      • And then is the debate about whether the reveal of Miroku and Izumi's yomu nature explained as being possessed by a special kind of youmu. While some think it was adequate and interesting, other would have preferred a less "mundane" explanation.
  • Counterpart Comparison:
    • Ninomiya shares a few traits with Tsunade, a heavy drinker with earth-shattering strength who fights effortlessly without weapons by choice.
    • Fujima can be compared to Yuuki Terumi. He's a Soft-Spoken Sadist who works for a seemingly benevolent organisation with a goal that revolves around obtaining an incredibly powerful force For the Evulz, who even happens to use attacks similar to Terumi's (however whereas Terumi uses snake chains, Miroku uses worm-like energy blasts). Luckily he's not a tenth as unpleasant as Terumi.
    • Izumi shares a few similarities with Mikasa Ackerman in terms of general appearance and preferred fighting style with two blades.
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: Initially the Literature Club are only together because they are forced to be in order to hold off the titular Eldritch Abomination sleeping within Akihito, not because they like each other. However, starting from The Fireworks at the Festival of Episode 5 they bond through the common ground of being loners and outsiders in a sea of humanity. They continue to bond and become friends during Episode 6, and by the finale of I'll Be Here, their friendship is as warm and true as one between a family.
  • Ending Aversion: Most fans agree that the series as a whole is at least So Okay, It's Average, but the ending of the final episode left a sour taste in many fans' mouths.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Ai is widely liked even by people who aren't fans of the show.
  • He's Just Hiding: A popular feeling some fans have towards Miroku Fujima since the sequel film, as it didn't explicitly show him as gone for good, and some have theorized the mummified corpse isn't actually his and possibly leaves his fate to future installment.
  • Ho Yay: Hiroomi's habit of teasing Akihito can be interpreted as this.
    • Episode 7 when Mirai (while freaking out) speculates who Akihito has in his apartment with him. He denies any name she says but when Hiroomi's rolls around he doesn't say anything.
    • Akihito jokes Hiroomi is falling in love with him, when he worries about how the Calm will affect Akkey in episode 8.
    • In episode 9 Hiroomi seems to be the only one who actually puts an effort into saving Akihito from being killed by Mirai. He goes as far as to yell at Izumi while he is usually very quiet around her.
    • Episode 0 has a few more. Hiroomi and Akihito start out fighting, then bicker like they've known each other for years and then they vehemently try to protect each other. For extra subtext, Akihito is wearing a shirt that seems to say "ass" in that scene.
  • "Holy Shit!" Quotient: Episode 4. What the hell.
    • After the Breather Episode that is episode 6, it steadily climbs, until it goes full throttle for the last ones.
  • Les Yay:
    • Episode 5 focuses mostly on Mirai and Mitsuki hanging out together. It should be noted that the entire time she was with her, Mitsuki was blushing. Also, this.
    • The Mini Theater shorts take the Mitsuki/Mirai Ship Tease Up to Eleven, with Mitsuki constantly referring to Mirai as "cute", and at least two episodes end with the girls going out on a "date" together.
    • In I'll Be Here, Mitsuki seems more heartbroken over Mirai's amnesia than Akihito is.
    • The ending scene of I'll Be Here, when Mitsuki excitedly runs towards Mirai (who now has her memories restored) with tears in her eyes. Mitsuki then proceeds to glomp her and lovingly press her forehead against Mirai's while hugging her tightly. KyoAni wasn't even trying to be subtle with this one.
    • In episode 8, Izumi gets up close and personal with her secretary as she prepares to test a barrier on her.
  • Moe: Mirai and Ai.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: The noise Yayoi makes after being kicked by Sakura.
  • Narm: Episode 12. After Mirai vanishes, Akihito lunges for her ring, the only thing that's left of her. After a moment, he lets out a very corny-sounding yell as he tumbles down. Needless to say it kind of ruined the Tearjerker moment just a few seconds before.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: There were a lot of viewers who weren't big fans of Mirai. And then they watched Episode 10.
  • Squick: In Episode 7, we get a short scene of Hiroomi cutting out a picture of his sister's face and placing it over the picture of a idol singer's body.
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel: Even with its varied flaws, the I'll be Here - Mirai-Hen movie is considered this towards the series.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: There are many plot points (some introduced in the last episode!) that go unresolved or are never explored in depth. Examples include:
    • Fujima's motivations for wanting to destroy the world. It's handwaved in the movie, but fans still wanted a less mundane explanation.
    • Akihito's mother implies that there's something special about Akihito's birth, but she never explains it.
      • Hinted at in the movie, when Yayoi claims to be the gatekeeper between the human world and the spirit world and was apparently close friends with Mirai's mother. It's possible she may have willingly become a vessel for Beyond the Boundary.
      • Despite this, by the time the movie ends it's still unclear exactly what Yayoi Kanbara's role is and whether her claim of being the gatekeeper between the two worlds is even true or not.
    • What exactly the Spirit World Warriors Society is, why they are supposedly opposed to the Nase clan, and whether they were supporting Fujima or if he was a rogue agent.
    • The identity of the old man in the cave under the Nase Clan mansion.
    • These will probably remain unanswered to those who do not read the light novels if they've gotten to resolving these plots, as the anime doesn't actually follow the light novels very closely.
  • Win Back the Crowd: There were a lot of viewers who weren't big fans of the series until they saw Episode 10.
    • Post-series, Episode 0 and I'll be Here - Mirai-Hen has gone a ways in addressing complaints about the main show. Including providing a much needed explanation behind the backstory of Akihito's traumatic dream and the incident where he nearly killed Hiroomi, following up on the Broken Base ending and expanding upon Mirai's resurrection, and resolving the romantic plot between Akihito and Mirai.
  • The Woobie:
    • Mirai.
    • Akihito counts as well.

Alternative Title(s): Kyoukai No Kanata

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