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All My Rage: Kyoukai no Kanata

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Hi everybody! My name is Protagonist and this is All My Rage. If I ever get around to doing more of these little articles, know that they are exclusively reserved for me complaining about things that really grind my gears, so if you cannot stand negativity in any form, I cannot recommend reading this. If you like reading someone criticize certain aspects of things he likes or dislikes with actual reasons behind those criticisms, then I think you'll enjoy this. Now that the intro's out of the way, onto the actual substance!

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For those of you who have not seen the show, or for those who have not read it yet, I recommend that you go and read Fyst's Fabulous Fyst Review on Kyoukai no Kanata, located here.

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For starters, I would like to say that I did not hate Kyoukai no Kanata. I actually really enjoyed it, and I would recommend it to anybody who asked me about it. I have to give that recommendation with a warning, unfortunately, because there are a couple of aspects of the show that I really disliked, and one that inspired me to write this.

1. Too many characters were brushed off to the side

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Fyst touched upon this in his review, but I want to elaborate on it more because it bugged the crap out of me. Admittedly, there was a pretty large cast for a 12 episode show, but come on. Sakura was a major plot point early on and then... poof. The same can be said for Shizuku, Miroku, and pretty much every other character outside of Mirai and Akihito. Mitsuki and Hiromi had more screen time than all of the other side characters, but I was left wanting to know more about them too, which is a shame because Hiromi was my favorite character. I would also like to note that the villain gets a pathetic amount of screen time and his motivations are totally unclear, which is something Fyst also pointed out. There are plenty of other shows that give their side characters a decent amount of screen time. Strike the Blood sucks(pun intended), but it manages to give screen time to the characters that aren't even harem members or potential harem members, like Yaze and Nagisa. Kids on the Slope also only had 12 episodes, but even the stupid Beatles wannabe got enough screen time for me to know some of his back story and habits. It's a problem when I have to look up the names of characters in a show I just finished in order to write something, especially if that show only has 12 episodes.

2. There were some plot and story issues
***WARNING, SPOILERS AHEAD! If you haven't seen the show yet just read the point's title, assume I know what I'm talking about and move on!

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The story wasn't awful, but there were some gaping plot holes that I just could not ignore. There were a couple of small ones not worth mentioning, but the two that really bugged me were Akihito's existence and how Mirai survived fighting Beyond the Boundary for three months. I get that the Mirai fighting Beyond the Boundary wasn't real or whatever, but it was wailing on her pretty dang hard when Akihito broke in. This issue could easily have been cleared up with like two sentences of explanation, but there is none. The same goes for Akihito's existence. What in the hell did his mom have sex with in order for him to have that youmu inside of him? I feel like there was not nearly enough explanation for such a major plot point, and I honestly would have taken any BS mumbo jumbo because even that would have been better than what I got.

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3. The ending made me want to throw a brick through my monitor
***WARNING, SPOILERS AHEAD! If you haven't seen the show yet just read the point's title, assume I know what I'm talking about and move on!

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The last two episodes were absolutely ridiculous. Seriously. So much stuff was flung at me that I didn't know what to do with myself. Miroku was somehow powering up Beyond the Boundary with a freaking car attached to the lance gun thing that Sakura had early in the show, then he went on and gave an explanation as to why he was trying to kill everyone with Beyond the Boundary that made no sense, before starting a fight with Izumi that had so much repressed sexual desire(mainly from Miroku) that Freud turned over in his grave when the episode was created. Then Izumi and Miroku revealed that they had youmu inside them, with absolutely no explanation as to why. Can anyone explain why Izumi straight up disappeared? I don't know if I missed something, but... she just disappeared. There's more, but I probably sound like a broken record now, so let's move on.

Akihito defeating Beyond the Boundary didn't really make sense, but I won't complain about that because it was a pretty typical anime protagonist victory.

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Even after all the ridiculousness that went down in the last two episodes I thought I could forgive the show. It looked like Mirai died after the touching moment she shared with Akihito after the big battle, and the scenes after that had the perfect amount of melancholy for me. I like sad endings because they feel more real to me than the sappy endings in which everyone miraculously survives and lives happily ever after, so before the final scene I thought I was going to have a more positive opinion of the ending. Alas, that was not the case. Instead, Mirai was brought back to life for absolutely no reason. I felt like I got smacked across the face when that happened, because there was absolutely no explanation for it. I am extremely disappointed with how Kyoukai no Kanata ended, because it would have been so much more human and emotional had Mirai stayed dead. I would not have minded it as much if Mirai had not died in the first place and returned to the real world with Akihito, but I find the ending so ridiculous that it's almost insulting. I am not a child and I do not need all of my stories to end like a damn Disney movie.

The Final Verdict

Overall, Kyoukai no Kanata is not a bad show, although after reading this it might seem like I hate it. The flaws I pointed out may piss me off, but I still enjoyed the show as a whole.

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I give Kyoukai no Kanata a final score of 73/100. All of the positive qualities that Fyst listed saved the show and made its flaws less apparent, but the flaws are still there, which is why it gets a C from me.

Thank you for reading, and if your opinion differs from mine, feel free to leave a comment saying why. If you're feeling super motivated, write a full post on why you disagree with me!

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Also, any constructive feedback is appreciated. I would like to write more of these, and maybe some similar posts, so if I can do anything to improve I want to do it.

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