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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 7 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

User Reviews
Kekkaishi by KrisKelvin

23 topics, 192 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.5 / 10.0 (1525 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.46 / 10.0
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Last Updated
March 12th 2018, 10:47am PST



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

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Weekly Pos #462 increased(+91)
Monthly Pos #713 decreased(-7)
3 Month Pos #779 decreased(-413)
6 Month Pos #361 increased(+158)
Year Pos #592 increased(+86)

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Forum Posts
Latest Arc [Spoilers] over 6 years ago
Just started read this. over 6 years ago
one last chapter.... i think over 6 years ago
Kekkaishi arcs? over 6 years ago
mahora sama.... he/her/whatever over 7 years ago

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Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by panos
March 24th, 2011, 11:50pm
Plot:Very interesting and original in it's own way.Basically sth like a hyper upgrade of Inuyasha.Starts a bit slow but unfolds better as time goes by.Sometimes it's a little perplexed without any particular reason though.

Character development:The characters are developed pretty nicely and considering the fact that you will meet more than 60 different characters there is a good management of them.But most of them are your typical shounen ones so no originality here.Also i don't like the shounen syndrome where the protagonist doesn't dirty his hands.What i mean is that Yoshimori is the guy who wants to protect everything but doesn't have the power to do so.So when the situation is sink or swim (when he is dealing with half ayakashi or humans) and knows the risk that if he doesn't kill them sth worst will happen,someone else pops up and does the cleaning job done.Or that some bad guys get away when they can be apprehended.I would rather the series had Masamori, his elder brother as the protagonist who is someone similar to the flame alchemist from FMA rather than the moron Yoshimori.But that's never gonna change.Fighting shounen will and always have a teenage student as a lead character with a million flaws so as the story progresses he gets over them little by little, and not a conscious person.Masamori and Mudou definitely the best 2 characters of the story.

Artwork:Well...Average.Not too detailed on the characteristics of the faces take Yukimura for example.The scenery is ok but also sth not very impressive.But i don't care much since i read manga for the story and not for their artwork.

Be prepared though.This series has a lot of chapters and is a little slow at first.
Also sth tells me that after 342 chapter the ending will suck.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
So instead of ending this stupid curse as the god of 339/15 stated now more characters have to needlessly be sacrificed like Yoshimori's mother 342/18 (although never liked her).The story goes for another moronic shounen ending.If they could plead that God why didn't they ask him to destroy Karasumori in the first place.It's like the whole story crumbles and 340+ chapters were in vain!The mother missed for 10 years,people died at Karasumori,lives where changed and many students were put at risk.Let me guess,the founder will also go unpunished right?

PS: Boo boo boo boo.The ending felt like a waste of time, bad,rushed and inconsistent (meaning the last 10 chapters or so which makes sense if you also read the spoiler above).I felt like I wasted my time reading the whole manga.

... Last updated on May 25th, 2011, 4:33am
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Very Good   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by whistlebird
January 23rd, 2011, 12:35am
I can see why some would not like it (my sisters judge it because they don't like the art and the way the heroes start out fighting with "boxes") but I think this is definitely one of the better series out there. It does start out really slow and it can occasionally be a little stupid but as the series goes on it gets much more complex and interesting. The characters really flesh out and become human and the villains become less flat. The morally gray areas of politics are also introduced. What I like the best is that the characters do find out more unique ways of using these "boxes" and change their form, specialty, strength, etc, and their ability to use them diverges. The main character is funny and yes, naturally strong though he can't get his head in the game at first,
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
and although I don't particularly like Yoshimori's brother, he's intriguing and I can understand his jealousy. I also love the Urukai characters he commands. Especially Sen and... what's-his-name, the amiable (usually) vampire with the squinty eyes and the kid with the paper bag over his head, lol.
So yes, it's exciting, with a good plot, many loveable characters, and I even liked the ending, which for me is pretty rare.

... Last updated on May 30th, 2011, 5:42pm
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One of the best original series   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by KrisKelvin
December 8th, 2010, 12:04pm
I think the manga is quite original and interesting enough to pull us in with so many intriguing plots and arcs. Every part of it just makes some development to the characters, and the readers can also see the running idea of Kekkaishi. The artwork isn't much of premise and sometimes the inner side of some characters is chilling down my spine (namely Masamori), but I think overall the progression is good. Compared to its peers in the same category, the manga delivers the same ecstasy but I personally found this bit better with its constant dark atmosphere and unpredictable conclusion. And I like it best when the scanlators are on the job, no offense.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by enaikelt
September 15th, 2010, 9:35pm
I'm not sure why people don't like the slow start. I quite enjoyed it. That said, I hope Kekkaishi comes to an end sometime. It would be very nice to have a good ending to this awesome series.

The only problems I had with it were that Yoshimori spends about the first half being a blundering doof, and the second half being really too powerful for his own good. Especially in the anime, where his tendency to fall over and screw up seems to be somehow magnified a couple hundred times, despite having transcribed right from the manga. However, it's mostly overlookable in the manga.

... Last updated on September 18th, 2010, 10:07pm
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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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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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Really, REALLY SLOW start, but it gets better later on.   
Rating: 7.5 / 10.0
by Samken
February 1st, 2010, 1:40am
Kekkaishi is a really interesting series with a really interesting premise. It´s really unpopular compared to others shounen series (Fairy Tail, One Piece, Naruto and Bleach comes to mind) because of it's SLOW start, but it gets really good later on. IF you can struggle the early volumes, you'll not get disappointed.
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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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well, someone's gotta play devil's advocate, I suppose   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Harimau
December 19th, 2009, 7:50am
but, having said that, really, you should just disregard what wako944 has said, since he couldn't be more wrong. kekkaishi is far deeper and far better than that. of course he'd make such a narrow minded judgment, having only read 26 chapters, and others before me have mentioned that kekkaishi starts slow, but you know i'm not saying that despite only reading 26 chapters he's not entitled to not enjoy it, since that's merely his experience. but to mislead others, that's what i can't stand for.

... Last updated on December 19th, 2009, 7:52am
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Rating: N/A
by wako944
December 16th, 2009, 1:35am
Wow, I don't quite know where to begin. After hearing all these good things about this manga and reading 16 chapters, I have to say that I am extremely disappointed. For the first five chapters, I was beyond bored but, I somehow managed to muscle my way through, hoping to see what made this series so appealing to others. But, to no avail. Ten chapters later, the story is still bland and repetitive.

Let me summarize what EVERY single chapter has been thus far:

1. Yoshimori, the male lead, pesters his secret crush (who is extremely cliche: childhood friend, next door neighbor, perfect student, idol of many male students, etc...) on the way to school.

2. Yoshimori sleeps in class, the teacher annoys him to open his book but he doesn't care. The author then uses his classmates to spit out a page or two of nonsensical dialogue and then the school day ends.

3. Both the main characters fight the monsters. Monsters are poorly designed and fights could not be blander because the heroes use the same attacks/skills EVERY SINGLE TIME (rasengan, anyone?).

4. Male lead goes home to sleep or make a castle made of cake or candy. (Apparently, it's the main character's passion/dream to make a castle of candy.)

5. Yoshimori wakes up to his stupid grandfather who is annoying, they fight over breakfast.

6. Repeat.

If you're looking for a plotless manga that has poor character design and uses Japanese religion/spirits as a base, then this manga is for you.

... Last updated on December 16th, 2009, 1:46am
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