YMMV: 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 Bastard hellbent on destroying Kyoukai no Kanata? A strict but loving Parental Substitute to Hiro'omi 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.
    • Possibly averted in I'll Be Here considering she has no memories.
  • Base Breaker: Mirai is considered a bad heroine by many. Her inconsistent attitude and her klutziness being out of place are 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.
    • Opinion on the ending is divided, since many fans are either pleased that the series ended on a happy note, or angry since they percieve Mirai's last minute resurrection as an Ass Pull.
  • 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 can't stand the show.
  • Ho Yay: Hiromi's habit of teasing Akihito can be interpreted as this. Though one has to admit that he is a little too touchy-feely with "Akkey" for it to be merely normal teasing.
    • Episode 7 takes this to a new high when Mirai (while freaking out) speculates who Akihito has in his apartment with him. He vehemently denies any name she says but when Hiroomi's rolls around he doesn't say anything. At all.
      • It may be that he was just tired of her wildly flung accusations, since she had been running through the names of every person they knew before saying Hiroomi's name.
    • 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.
  • 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.
    • Whatever Izumi was up to in the beginning of episode 8.
  • Moe: Mirai and Ai.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • Fujima and Izumi being part youmu.
    • The past event that traumatized Akihito is never explored beyond a brief flashback.
      • Averted as of Episode 0 which reveals what happened aka he nearly killed Hiroomi and is the reason behind those nasty scars on his back.
    • Akihito's mother implies that there's something special about Akihito's birth, but she never explains it.
    • 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.
    • These will probably remain unanswered to those who do not read the light novels, if they've gotten to resolving these plots.
      • The problem is that the anime doesn't actually follow the light novels very closely.
  • Tear Jerker: "Everybody is alone."
    • Episode. 4.
    • Episode 10. OUCH.
  • Win Back the Crowd: There were a lot of viewers who weren't big fans of the series until they saw Episode 10.
  • The Woobie: Mirai.
    • Akihito counts as well.