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Kekkaishi  
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Description
By night, junior high student Yoshimori Sumimura is a "kekkaishi"--a demon-hunter who specializes in creating magical barriers around his prey. By day, Yoshimori's got some other demons to battle: an addiction to sweets and a seriously crotchety grandfather! Yoshimori's pretty 16-year-old neighbor and childhood friend, Tokine Yukimura, is also a kekkaishi, but their families are feuding over who is the true practitioner of the art.

Won the 52nd Shogakukan Manga Award in the Shounen category.

Type
Manga

Related Series
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Associated Names
結界師
ผู้ผนึกมาร (Thai)
결계사
Kết giới sư
Kekkaishi Ayakashi Hojinden

Groups Scanlating
A-Team
AnySubs
Binktopia
Boredom
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Latest Release(s)
c.345 (end) by A-Team (1261d ago)
c.344 by A-Team (1276d ago)
c.343 by A-Team (1285d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
35 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 13, Chap 121

User Reviews
Kekkaishi by KrisKelvin

Forum
23 topics, 192 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.5 / 10.0 (1384 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.46 / 10.0
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Last Updated
September 7th 2014, 10:46am PST

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Year
2004

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Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
JManga (Defunct)
Viz (35 Volumes - Completed; 3 Omnibuses - Ongoing)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #440 increased(+11)
Monthly Pos #505 decreased(-26)
3 Month Pos #513 increased(+112)
6 Month Pos #533 increased(+19)

List Stats
On 3036 reading lists
On 1155 wish lists
On 2547 completed lists
On 153 unfinished lists
On 394 custom lists

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Forum Posts
Latest Arc [Spoilers] 1161 days, 22 hours, 23 minutes ago
Just started read this. 1256 days, 15 hours, 18 minutes ago
one last chapter.... i think 1260 days, 22 hours, 19 minutes ago
Kekkaishi arcs? 1268 days, 4 hours, 54 minutes ago
mahora sama.... he/her/whatever 1325 days, 0 hours, 6 minutes ago

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well- constructed manga   
Rating: 9.8 / 10.0
by whitespade
July 21st, 2014, 11:06pm
initially, it doesn't look like it, but as you progress along the story, you will see how well constructed and put out all aspect of the plot is. this is not the standard shounen that rambles on any direction, but everything that occur actually have significance for the story.

the mc and his love interest is the standard shounen main type, but with a bit of twist. the mc have a reason to 'protect' instead of the usual 'i see you for 3 sec let me lay my life for you' he knows the other party very well and his interest build up form childhood. the usual childhood/big sister type love interest have a strong and reasonable quality about her, that makes her one of the few girls in shounen manga that can be admired for her own self, not for her association with the mc.

the art is quite interesting in its ordinariness, there is very little flashiness in it with very rounded edges and detailed but muted background. even with the standard face shape, it is amazing how the mangaka able to make everyone separate with each other just by changing the eyes and the hair. i never get confused with one character with another. this is also because they are imbued with individual personality, so you seldom feel deja vu with the different type of friends and rivals.

the ending made me teared up a bit, but on the whole this manga is fun and exciting. such a rich world with varied beings and powers - i would love for stories that use this world as background again, using other characters such as the shikigami, with his polar opposite personality from the mc.

so please read this manga, you will not be disappointed!
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Has it's ups and downs   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by PZcolo
April 2nd, 2014, 5:05am
Great start till the fall of Kuroboro, after that I lost interest considerably both from the story and chars, luckily it gets better again in the final volumes in the escapation of the conflict in the Urakai and the unfolding of Karasumori's story.
Overall it was interesting and it's nice to have a long action story with a proper ending for a change.
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Amazing!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by kekkaishistar
December 30th, 2012, 5:53pm
Kekkaishi follows Yoshimori and Tokine, the two inheritors of the Sumimura and Yukimura families, tasked with the job of protecting the powerful and mysterious land Karasumori. Karasumori has the ability to attract ayakashi or demons and if these ayakashi are neglected, they grow stronger with every second they stay in Karasumori.

The whole series starts off in an episodic manner, every chapter is a fight with the ayakashi, however even in these fights, the characters grow. They mature and learn to improve themselves mentally, as mental strength is the fuel for the Kekkai technique. Yoshimori, initially starts out as a impulsive and ignorant kid, his only goal in mind is to protect his childhood friend. He doesn't care much for his duty to the land nor understands fully the responsibility he's been tasked with. However he changes, he starts to sympathize and connect more with all the characters around him and realizes what he must do in order to truly protect those around him.Tokine, by no means is weak. She is smart, calm and collected and serves as a foil to Yoshimori's brash and reckless nature.

I really loved this manga. Yoshimori's cake loving attitude and quick temper make him a really good source of comedy in this manga. The art, creativity and panel approaches, really set the scene and atmosphere and make the manga really enjoyable. The characters, I felt were all thoroughly developed. We understand why every character takes the actions that he or she takes, and can empathize with them. The characters aren't just "powered up" in their power abilities. Rather, a series of mental trainings and maturity is what leads to growth and true strength in this manga.

A lot of people were complaining about the ending. For me, the ending was fitting to the story, Yellow really did finish it all alright. The ending did have a bitter taste to it, and it seemed as if the goofiness that was in the first half simply vanished during the second half- it was occasionally there, but those instances were just simply too rare. But even so, I think that just ended up intensifying the approach of the end of the story. So I liked the ending too.

... Last updated on April 12th, 2013, 10:35pm
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Good   
Rating: 7.8 / 10.0
by asmageddon
October 29th, 2012, 11:59am
Definitely different from your average shounen manga. I kinda felt that the second half or so was somewhat less enjoyable than the start, but it ends up wrapped nicely.

All in all, Kekkaishi is most definitely a manga that you won't regret reading.
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Great, great, and great   
Rating: 9.8 / 10.0
by Suxinn
July 10th, 2012, 4:59am
The ending was great. I thought it really suited the overall feel of this manga.

And, now that I have got that off my chest, I would just like to say that Kekkaishi is definitely, without a doubt, one of my favorite shounen mangas. The plot is original and unique, though still with that quality of spirit and energy that make shounens, well, shounens. What really sets this manga apart, though, is its characters.

All of the characters are unique, with their own distinctive personality, all the while having a "down-to-earth" quality that is more realistic than typical shounens. (Apparently, Yellow Tanabe created characters by making them foils of each other. A pretty neat way to do so, I think.) And, none of the major characters are static characters. All of them steadily change and develop as the plot continues. Really, Yoshimori, Tokine, Masamori... all of them experience some truly fantastic growth that aren't just limited to them powering up physically or what have you.

Oh, and, as for the plot, it truly begins to take off after the Gen arc, so if you can hold out until then, you'll definitely be rewarded.
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Unsatisfied...   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Egg Tart
September 9th, 2011, 1:45am
The concept of the story was really interesting and I thoroughly enjoyed reading the story...at least until the end. Almost all of the characters were likeable and most of them were developed well. The author gave each character their own problems and used them to facilitate the character development of the main character.

However, near the end the author just dropped the ball... The final sealing and everything just really put me off. With the ending it seemed like the entire development of Yoshimori pitying Karusamori and attempting to find an alternate resolution was wasted. Yoshimori's pity was such a defining part of his character and personality yet in the end it was all wasted.

The whole coupling with Tokine was never a major part of the plot and it didn't bother me so much that they weren't defined as a couple in the end of the story. I actually felt that it was an appropriate end for them because the love between them was never really developed and a sudden jump into a relationship would have made me question whether it was just a forced ending to pander to the readers' wishes.

Though the plot falls off near the end the entire development of the story was both interesting and entertaining. I would recommend it but be prepared for a bit of an unsatisfying ending.

... Last updated on September 9th, 2011, 1:46am
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Kekkaishi   
Rating: N/A
by Lonesnipa
June 16th, 2011, 9:09am
I found this to be an excellent manga. It kept me interested the whole way, and I found the plot easy to follow, with layers of stuff that you could look into. I saw a lot of comments ragging on the ending and I seriously do not understand that. The ending was quite acceptable considering how the story worked. People who complain about the ending clearly invested too much into the story and should realise there are no perfect endings, and that while the main characters did only get 3 pages, considering that the side cast was just as important, it made sense that they got space as well.
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WHAT!?!?!?   
Rating: N/A
by ss4chris
May 29th, 2011, 3:12pm
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Is this seriously the ending of kekkaishi?!?!? cuz if so why even make create it if you're going to make a horrible ending ??? THere was no confession of love between yoshimori and tokine... Yoshimori's drive throughout the whole series was tokine and this is how they ended it ??? ? THe last page of 21 is kinda a tease also... Yoshimori's confession? TOkine's response.... where is this? no where to be seen.. is there a missing page or something? another chapter or is this really the ending of kekkaishi? cuz if so doesnt it make you feel what a load of crap reading all this to see if the 2 would be together and this is the ending we get? >.>
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For now   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by dragon695
May 29th, 2011, 11:39am
I don't usually like to rate just moments after finishing, but this was another one of those mangas that you can't put down. Unfortunately, it has many shortcomings, especially towards the end. I, too, feel like ending was a bit of a let down. I don't care about the coupling issue, I am speaking of the so-called resolution to everything. It made it seem like everything that had been built up in the previous chapters was for nothing. Further, when writing science fiction/fantasy, it is essential that you establish rules for the unnatural. Yet, at the end, the rules were simply tossed out the window for the sake of drama. The problem with this approach is it breaks the suspension of disbelief. Why did Yoshimori not simply resurrect Gen and bring him into the real world? He certainly had the power to do so before the sealing. What could actually stop Yoshimori from using his power to re-enter the new Karasumori? If not Yoshimori, then Tokine certainly could have, she had the ability to breach any kekkai. Those really bugged me, and were not adequately explained. Another issue is that the story simply got too convoluted after Yoshimori started the mu training. Don't get me wrong, I love stories involving strategy and politics, but it just seemed like the intrigue in this story lacked focus and direction. I don't blame Tanabe completely, since it is strongly hinted in the author notes and the omake that her hands were forced by the editor. You could tell she was not happy about the whole Gen plot direction and purposely tried to insert a near clone later on in the story. One can easily deduce that either she was cajoled to go in that direction. Hell, it even is said in one of the contests that Gen was the character she liked most. It is not unexpected, since I have always suspected that the editorial oversight at SS was extremely heavy handed. I wonder what the series might have been like if she was given more artistic freedom? Would gen be allowed to actually state he did not feel attraction to women? Would a more satisfying ending have been allowed to develop? Yes, it seems like I demand a lot, but it is quite disappointing to see a wonderful idea for a story not live up to its fullest potential. Don't get me wrong, this is far from being a bad manga. Even with my complaints, I would still say it is a good read.
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it was ighttt   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by RamonE15
May 26th, 2011, 1:08pm
The ending was okay.. but a kiss would have been even better.. it was clear that she said yes to his not so direct confession... but i get the feeling it was not complete.. im talking about the ending..
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