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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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User Rating
Average: 8.5 / 10.0 (1522 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.46 / 10.0
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Last Updated
November 15th 2017, 8:56pm PST



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

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #489 decreased(-11)
Monthly Pos #692 increased(+31)
3 Month Pos #345 increased(+14)
6 Month Pos #492 increased(+326)
Year Pos #581 increased(+97)

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On 3088 reading lists
On 1308 wish lists
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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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It's a good shonen   
Rating: 9.6 / 10.0
by achyif
January 5th, 2017, 1:29pm
Carefully crafted, well-paced, and thought-out plot with reasonable and interesting characters and enjoyable fights. Has tropes but they are handled very well and therefore it never becomes cliched. I definitely recommend this series (and Tanabe Yellow's other works) if you like shonen.

... Last updated on January 5th, 2017, 1:30pm
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great series   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by sakirol
December 8th, 2015, 1:00pm
Solid plotline from start to finish with an actual ending. Interesting story. Plot twists and turns, but the mangaka managed to keep the integrity of the story intact. One thing though is that the story doesn't focus on the MC in battles.
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It's a Nice Ride   
Rating: 9.6 / 10.0
by monkry
October 10th, 2014, 5:19am
I choose Kekkaishi to be read first because of tragedy tag. I really like it smile Haha, I really like how Yoshimori desperately trying to protect Tokine. Yoshimori really developed from the start, so was Tokine. How the land mysteries started to be revealed... And I love all the character.

And that ending... I still wanna know,
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what those 2 family doing from there on? Because the power is something that they had, now after the land they should protect ain't there anymore, for what they used the power? Helping Urakai or what?

I love how she ended it for Tokine and Yoshimori tho, judging from how they were all the series, that's the most suitable end, that's just so like them smile

The most heartbreaking part is in the end where
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Yoshimori made a clone of Gen... That part really broke my heart even more than Gen's death scene...

Anyway, it's just like Asmageddon said below, I really didn't regret had tried reading Kekkaishi :')
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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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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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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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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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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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