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Genres: Shounen, Action, Supernatural
Author: Yellow Tanabe
Artist: Yellow Tanabe
Publication: Shōnen Sunday
Start Date: February 18, 2004
End Date: On-going
Number of chapters at review: 157 scanned
Number of chapters read by reviewer: 157
General Overview: Two Kekkaishi protect Karasomori, the land where a powerful lord died hundreds of years ago, from the Ayakashi (demons) who arrive every night to receive power from the land.
Category Ratings: (1-10 scale)
I really like the art. The main character's designs is unique, and the art as a whole has just the right amount of detail. Fights are definitely a high point because we get really good views of the techniques used, as opposed to something like Air Gear where attention is lavished on certain moves.
The plot centers around Karasumori, the land the school is built on, and where a lord who had a special power died 500 years ago. His death immersed the land with a power that is so attractive to the demons because the more time they spend there, the more they evolve and the faster they heal. Throughout the series the plot focuses on various demons attempting to gain power from Karasumori, and we also get the history of the characters and the land. The plot does become deeper as some of the smarter demons form an organization to take over Karasumori, and we find that the Kekkaishi have 'allies' with their own powers and organization. The plot seems to be getting deeper, and some of the complaints that I earlier had are probably gone with Yoshimori taking on a greater role outside of Karusomori. Still this may only be temporary.
I still agree with my earlier view that the characters are well made. Yoshimori is unique in his amazing level of laziness, and a lot of the humor in the story comes from that. Tokine is your typical smart female sidekick, but I have no problem with that. I wish that we got a better look at the characters of the Urakai though, and even though I like the fact that Yellow can kill of a character, he/she might want to let us get to know the character better before they die.
I was probably wrong when I said Kekkaishi had no theme. It does and it focuses on Yoshimori's wish to protect Tokine from further harm. Of course I also think this is pretty weird considering the fact that Tokine seems more capable of protecting herself than Yoshimori. Do we really need another manga where the guy has this desire to protect the girl who doesn't need protecting. It would be a lot cooler if Yoshimori wasn't so shortsighted. He also wants to protect the town, but that isn't really an important part of the story, and we really don't get to meet the citizens to care enough about protecting them.
Kekkaishi definitely has a different flow than other shounen fighting mangas, yet it also sticks to tradition in certain areas. As I said in my earlier review, the skills used by the Kekkaishi are simple and well thought out. It definitely makes for good fights where you have to use your brain.
Kekkaishi is definitely a manga worth reading, and provides a relief from the other major shonen titles with it's relaxed plot. I still can't say whether or not the plot will get deeper, which I hope it does, or else things will get pretty boring. Still, I recommend this manga to fans of the other major shonen fighting mangas.
Last edited by CupofDice; May 05, 2008 at 08:32 PM.
Just a little note the girl's name is Tokine, Madarao is the ghost dog who helps Yoshimori.
great review... though for me art point should be 7.5 because its simple and the emotion is not very well described ( i am talking about complexity XD).. but the monster in Kekkaishi is pretty good ... i like it... and its unique
hmm but that a bit harsh on theme point
Okay Overall this manga deserve 7.5 point from me
you should read this manga ...
thanks for the great review
Last edited by Obxist; January 13, 2008 at 05:34 AM.
@Obxist- I really like it simple. You can focus more on the characters and their actions. With Oh! Great the background tends to overwhelm the characters a lot.
oh yeah i forgot to review the monster.... edit my simple review up there
Can we talk about the anime here? cause if we can we need a petition to get the translated episodes atleast once a week. An episode gets translated like once a month. A kekkaishi fan like me is needs to advance. I too think this should be atleast top five or top ten. I dont know of monters but if he does....Wooowhooooo. uggh excuse me. But anyway Yoroshiku group is way too slow.
though i havent see any kekkaishi topic..
Well, this is a good opportunity to make one then
I totally disagree with everything said.
i think the main char does have a goal. he wants to seal up Karasumori, i think that's wat it's called. he's trying to find ways to do so or get stronger so he can. also, luffy's goal is trying to become the world greatest pirate, but the story is usually watever falls into his lap, like yoshi.
ps i love one piece.
Yeah, but that is hardly some heroic save the world goal we see in other protagonists, which is why I think Kekkaishi falls short of the greatness it could be. Not to mention that it could get pretty repetitive, though I think Yellow has avoided that for now with the relaxed pacing, and by focusing on other things in the life of Yoshi (besides protecting Karasumori).
Last edited by CupofDice; January 29, 2008 at 08:04 PM.
Please only make a "judgement call" when you've read up to the most recent chapter: 199.
I'm only stopping myself from going into a rant here -_-
Second, everyone has a bias. Your response to my review WAS bias. Every review in this section is bias because we all have our favorite mangas, and we will inevitably compare the one we are reviewing to them, which is often unfair to the one being reviewed. The question is biased in what way? You can't say I lied about Kekkaishi having no major theme up to the point where I have read it as of chapter 134. No story of bonds like Naruto, the importance of nakama like One Piece. That criticism does not mean that the theme running through Naruto or other shounen mangas is a good one (how Naruto cares for Sasuke and wants to 'save' him gets on my last nerve). Instead of criticizing me for saying that Kekkaishi has no major theme, how about you tell me what that theme is, and maybe I will give it some thought and change my score if you are correct.
Third, I do indeed read a lot of fighting shounen type manga. How is that a negative when reviewing a shounen manga?
PS- I hope I didn't sound offensive, since I have no quams about a good healthy manga debate. Cheers.
Last edited by CupofDice; February 02, 2008 at 02:17 PM.
Take the series discussion elsewhere, or write an opposing review. Reviews are always biased; part of the price we pay for being human is that we can't be totally objective. Just because someone disagrees with you does not make them wrong. For what it's worth, I am current with the Japanese releases and I still can see Cup's point.
Constructive and specific criticism is welcome; tearing on someone because they disagree with you isn't.