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Kyoto Animation's Beyond the Boundary Gets Web Anime Shorts

posted on by Egan Loo
1st of 3 Idol Trial shorts has Ai & 3 "angels" judging Akihito

The official website for Kyoto Animation's Beyond the Boundary (Kyōkai no Kanata) anime announced on Tuesday that it will stream new animated shorts starting on November 18. There are three Kyōkai no Kanata Idol Saiban! ~Mayoi Nagaramo Kimi o Sabaku-min (Beyond the Boundary Idol Trial! Those Who Judge You Even While Lost) shorts scheduled.

As long as evil is rampant in this world, four "angels" will judge your sins. The first case will be against the defendant Akihito, the "ultimate Meganest," for a charge to be revealed in the short. Presiding Judge Ai Shindō and the other judges will be drawn as cute super-deformed characters in this parallel world story.

The dark fantasy story of the main Beyond the Boundary anime follows a high school second-year student named Akihito Kanbara (KENN). Although the boy appears human, he is half Yōmu and invulnerable to wounds because he can heal quickly. One day, Akihito meets first-year student Mirai Kuriyama (Risa Taneda) when it seems she is about to jump from the school rooftop. Mirai is isolated because of her ability to manipulate blood, which is unique even among the Under World Warriors. Disturbing events begin to unfold after Akihito saves Mirai.

Taichi Ishidate (episodes of Clannad After Story, Hyōka, K-ON) is directing the anime at Kyoto Animation, and Jukki Hanada (Gakuen Alice, Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai!, Steins;Gate) is in charge of the series scripts. Miku Kadowaki (The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, K-ON! movie animation director) is designing the characters.

The anime premiered in Japan last month, and Crunchyroll is streaming the anime into several countries as it airs. Sentai Filmworks also announced last month that it licensed the anime for North America.

Nagomu Torii's original Kyōkai no Kanata light novel received an honorable mention in the novel category of the Kyoto Animation Award program in 2011. The studio released the first volume last year, and the second volume shipped in April.

Images © Nagomu Torii, Kyoto Animation/Beyond the Boundary Production Committee

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