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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.


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Associated Names
Kết Giới Sư
Kekkaishi Ayakashi Hojinden

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Latest Release(s)
c.345 (end) by A-Team over 6 years ago
c.344 by A-Team over 6 years ago
c.343 by A-Team over 6 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
35 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

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

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Kekkaishi by KrisKelvin

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Average: 8.5 / 10.0 (1524 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.46 / 10.0
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March 12th 2018, 10:47am PST



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Viz (35 Volumes - Completed; 3 Omnibuses - Ongoing)

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Latest Arc [Spoilers] over 6 years ago
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one last chapter.... i think over 6 years ago
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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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NEVER misjudge this one   
Rating: N/A
by FacistHalfNerd
March 27th, 2010, 3:24am
Yes, I understand that it may be a bit slow at the start and only picks up after 50 chapters. However, if you have the patience for it, just read it through, and it would be paid off.

The real story starts at around chapter 50, and many readers who have not read the other 250 (and counting) chapters find it boring, overrated, etc. BUT! Don't EVER judge a book by its cover, even if it is 50 chapters long. Personally, I feel that this series deserves as much compliment as the other top series.
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Why are female mangakas so good at writing shounen?   
Rating: N/A
by Lally
May 22nd, 2009, 5:50am
For me, this is one of, if not the best, ongoing shounen series. Sure, you get the old shounen themes of fighting demons (aka ayakashi), protecting friends/family etc, but Kekkaishi goes far beyond that. What makes it stand out in such a crowded genre is the sheer imaginativeness. Tanabe-sensei has devised a fighting system which is complex and well-considered. It is original yet simple to understand. It's not just a tired rehash of spell-casting/summoning and you can tell Tanabe-sensei has put a lot of thought into how she can make the most of the fighting system she has invented.

Another reason why Kekkaishi is head and shoulders above most other ongoing shounen is that there is an undercurrent of subtle politics. Power struggles and issues of trust are portrayed so well that younger readers should have little difficulty understanding, but adults can also enjoy it too.

Since it is a shounen series, it is inevitable that cliches will crop up. Kekkaishi does not escape them. One of the most disappointing aspects is the Gen story (about volume 9 or 10) where the series is reduced to a typical shounen friendship-or-power storyline.

However, quibbles aside, the pros about Kekkaishi far outweigh the cons. The characters are all likeable (the main girl, Tokine is not an annoying whiner) and you feel like the story moves along with every volume rather than relying on episodes or filler.

All in all, it is most definitely worth a read, even if you're not a shounen fan.
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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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go get em tiger!!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by mu2020
December 22nd, 2009, 7:03am
that is true tiger...
@wako: don't consider yourself a big holy judge if you only manage to read 3 vol of the manga...
and you might not get this:
their ability is only one "to manipulate space", but if you do have imagination in you, then their ability is limitless... making space, destroying it and whatever that is in it, fixing things, walking trough wall, make arrows, make a hole inside your opponent's body, distorting space around you, rejecting everything, fixing up space, make a worm hole like thingy that connect two dimension. and many more... but the greatest of all is: become a god of your own space where your rule is so absolute to the point where if you want to even the dead is back alive.

... Last updated on December 22nd, 2009, 7:06am
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Pretty good   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by SiLNeT
May 5th, 2011, 6:33pm
Despite what everyone says, I don't think it was very rushed. They built up towards the ending 20'ish chapters before (which is pretty much a whole volume or two {?}), and a few chapters before the last, it was clear what Yoshimori's role was. All you gotta do is actually read what the characters say to each other.

It took a bit of a dark turn near the end, but as far as mangas about youkai, ayakashi, and spiritual powers go, it was a pretty mature finale. Pretty depressing in some ways, but good all the same.

As for anyone who really doesn't know how Yoshimori and Tokine's relationship turns out, honestly, just read between the lines. Hell, even the side-comment that u have to read vertically gives out a huge hint. It's not that hard if you actually read into it a bit:
Spoiler (highlight to view)
Yoshimori says he wants to be an architect and build a house for him and Tokine to live in. The sensible deduction would be a house for them to live in together as a couple. Tokine responds that he'll have to know math in order to be an architect, and she'll teach him that math as it coincides with her own future plans. Seriously, she may as well have come out and said 'I Do'.

Granted, it kinda sucks that the main characters only got about 3 pages, but it pretty much wrapped up any unclear feelings between them.

Not the greatest final chapter, but it was decently planned ending overall, compared to many shounen endings out there. Just gotta pay attention to the foreshadowing.
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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 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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Exceeds Harry Potter by a lot...   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by jamievalero
May 31st, 2009, 8:00am
Magic co-existing with the real world in a hidden sort of way -- this is the sort of twist in fantasy storytelling that made Harry Potter an initially engaging read. Though the first books were interesting, the latter Harry Potter books started falling apart when grown-up politics began intruding in the story.

So far, Kekkaishi deals with the politics of its grown-ups gingerly and with great sensitivity. How much easier it would be if the antagonists of the story just grabbed absolute power quickly and for its own sake! The story takes great pains to show how absolute power corrupts, and how its protagonists must contemplate the meaning of their actions, tempering the exercise of their strength through its ethical use and most importantly: by sharing the consequences of their actions with the people they care -- family, friends, allies, and the immediate community.

I don't think it is accidental in the later unfolding of the story that the most irresponsible users of power in Kekkaishi are those unbound by traditional ties of family and friendship. It also helps that there are genuine moments of humor and intimacy between characters in the story. These and many more plot elements makes this manga series a solid 10 in my opinion.

... Last updated on June 24th, 2009, 5:45am
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Gets better and better, soon it'd be one of the best   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by spikoy
August 7th, 2010, 2:30pm
Kekkaishi starts off rather feebly, with a cliche shounen cast of characters and settings. It almost seems to be a bastard child of Bleach until after the 100 chapter mark, when the Kokuburou Arc comes to an end and so does the "Monster of the Week" chapters. That is the turning point of Kekkaishi as the cast and world expands beautifully and transforms from a shounen cliche into an truly interesting manga.

The longer it runs the better it gets, if you find the weak beginning hard to follow you can always watch the anime as a slightly more bearable shortcut since it covers the manga until Vol 12. Despite its weak start it steadily improves as the chapters increase: the art, the plot and the characters all improve and develop so don't be too hasty in judging it.

Honestly I consider Kekkaishi to be the one of the best examples of the shounen cliche done right.
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Starts slow but gets better   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by yuri999
November 27th, 2009, 10:35am
Sure the character is pretty typical shonen (ala ichigo and naruto) but somehow even with all the supernatural elements, this series seems realistic. The guy is quite likeable and lead female protagonist is also the same cliche smart childhood friend but you can't help but root for Yoshimori getting Tokine even tho she is 2 years older than him lol... their care for each other grows slowly but its quite noticeable that she is sort of beginning to accept him more and.... lets not spoil it any further bigrazz
Oh, and his mother & elder brother dynamic rocks. READ THIS NAO!
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