Kekkai Sensen

Kekkai Sensen


Kekkai Sensen

The story takes place in New York, where a gap has opened up between the Earth and the underworld, and from which creatures from other dimensions emerge. As if this were not enough, the city is isolated from the rest of the world by an impenetrable bubble. And although humans and these beings have shared the same space for years, now there is someone who wants to break this bubble even though a group of superhumans is trying to prevent it.

Based on the manga of the same name by Yasuhiro Nightow (Trigun), Kekkai Sensen, which Wikipedia says is translated into Spanish as "bloody battle front", is an anime released in April 2015, animated by Bones studios under the direction of Rie Matsumoto (Kyousou Giga), consisting of a total of 12 episodes, the last of these, due to a series of delays in production, released three months later than originally planned.

Kekkai Sensen was a series that although in its beginning did not convince me completely, considering that the hype that accompanied him exceeded its virtues, and seeing it as an entertaining series but not much more, in the long run I ended up finding it as one of the most striking works of his season, noted for detaching an unusual charisma that makes you end up loving it to the point of forgetting its shortcomings.

Kekkai Sensen

The series gives us a striking premise, presenting us with an alternate world in which the city of New York, now known as Hellsalem's Lot, through a series of events ended up becoming the meeting point between the earth and the underworld, thus leading to the coexistence between humans and the various series of the underworld, and where a quasi-secret organization called Libra, The story of a young newcomer to the city called Leonardo Watch, owner of "Los Ojos de Dios que Todo Ven" (The Eyes of God that See), who ends up joining Libra, tells us the series of different missions and situations in which he is involved as an agent of the organization.

Now, while the story is not bad, presenting the anime a central plot original not in the manga that is generally quite competent and bearable, the truth is that the way the anime tells the events can be somewhat confusing, being easy to get lost within it and not fully understand why certain events occur, This situation is emphasised by the fact that the rhythm is so unrestrained that you reach the anime at times, and many things can be developed at once without giving you time to think or analyse what is happening on the screen, which, while it prevents you from getting bored, can also end up being somewhat overwhelming.

Luckily, as I mentioned before, Kekkai Sensen covers his shortcomings through an unusual but very successful mix of style and charisma. It is a very entertaining work to watch, full of comedy moments, extremely epic situations and thrilling action, not to mention that the series manages to deliver a cast of characters, Although the main character and a certain group of siblings have not developed much, I suppose that for reasons of time, they give off a lot of personality, and it's a real pleasure to see each of them on screen doing their own thing and interacting with each other.

Visually we are talking about a very competent work, being an anime with an above average animation and a quality level that remains constant most of the time (the last chapter has its faults here and there, but with all the problems it had to get out I am satisfied with just seeing the light there). The character designs are quite attractive and varied, and also the backgrounds and scenarios are very worked, being the same loaded with details that make them a real pleasure to see.

The music is possibly one of the most attractive elements of this work, not only having a relatively extensive and very successful soundtrack, having more than one pleasant tone, including several songs sung, but also the direction of the music within the series is quite well done, sounding the same when they have to do so and helping much to the atmosphere of the scenes. The opening and the ending are not left behind, having for the first a very catchy song performed by Bump of Chicken entitled "Hello, world! while the ending entitled "Sugar Song to Bitter Step" and performed by Unison Square Garden, is possibly one of the best endings of 2015, this in part by the video that accompanies the song, in which we see the different characters of the series dancing on stage.

Kekkai Sensen

In short, a series that although its rhythm can be overwhelming at times, it is definitely a very entertaining and fun to watch, and can make you forget its weaknesses based on pure charisma, which frankly not everyone can achieve. A highly recommended anime if you want to have a good time.

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