Anime Spotlight - Beyond the Boundary

by Justin Sevakis,

October, 2013

Key Staff

Director: Taichi Ishidate
    (Episode director on Clannad, Full Metal Panci! The Second Raid, K-ON!)
Series Composition: Jukki Hanada
    (Level E, Nichijou – My Ordinary Life, Princess Jellyfish)
Music: Hikaru Nanase
    (Galaxy Angel, Chrono Crusade)
Animation Production
Kyoto Animation


Do I—look like a normal person?


It all began quite suddenly. Akihito, who appears human but is actually half yōmu with the power to quickly heal himself, sees a freshman girl who appears ready to jump from the school rooftop. The girl, Mirai, who has the ability to manipulate blood, which is unique even among members of the spirit world, continues to fight her isolation. Akihito decides in that moment to save Mirai, but disturbing events soon begin to unfold.


Mirai Kuriyama
VA: Risa Taneda

Height: 152cm
Blood Type: Claims to be O
Birthday: March 31st

The heroine of this work. A Ikaishi (soldier fighting against Yomu) from a line capable of manipulating blood. However, her ability is considered a heresy amongst Ikaishi, and she's kept at a distance. After certain events it became hard for her to deal with yomu, so she lost her source of income, and now she lives in poverty. Her hobbies are bonsai and unpleasant blogs. She's a high school freshman. A girl who manipulates blood.

Akihito Kanbara

Height: 171cm
Blood Type: A
Birthday: October 7th

The protagonist of this story, a half-yomu with immortality. Because he's such a rare being, he's unable to be either a medium or a yomu, leaving him isolated, but he lives his life turning his eyes away from that fact. He really likes glasses, and fashions himself a glasses-lover. Half-yomu

Mitsuki Nase
VA: Minori Chihara

Height: 165cm
Blood Type: AB
Birthday: November 1st

The second child of the Nase family, a well known family of mediums. She's with Akihito to keep an eye on him, but she's actually very worried about Akihito. She's able to talk openly and frankly with Akihito, but her behavior is sadistic by default. She's president of the literature club and a high school sophomore. Sadist.

Hiroomi Nase
VA: Tatsuhisa Suzuki

Height: 178cm
Blood Type: B
Birthday: February 21st

The oldest child of the Nase family, a well known family of mediums, and Mitsuki's older brother. There was an incident between him and Akihito in the past, but now the two of them joke together. He's a big siscon. As a bad side-effect of his spiritual powers, he's very sensitive to cold, and always wears a muffler. He's a high school senior. The man who watches over others.


Mirai Kuriyama
Risa Taneda
Akihito Kanbara
Mitsuki Nase
Minori Chihara
Hiroomi Nase
Tatsuhisa Suzuki


Original Creator
Nagomu Torii
Original Illustrator
Chise Kamoi
(KA Esuma Bunko,
Kyoto Animation)
Taichi Ishidate
Series Composition
Jukki Hanada
Character Design
Miku Kadowaki
Art Director
Mikiko Watanabe
Color Design
Kana Miyata
Accessory Design
Hiroyuki Takahashi
Yomu Design
Seiichi Akitake
Director of Photography
Ryuuta Nakagami
Sound Director
Yota Tsuruoka
Hikaru Nanase
OP Theme “Beyond the Boundary”
Minori Chihara
Animation Production
Kyoto Animation

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