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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

User Reviews
Kekkaishi by KrisKelvin

23 topics, 192 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.5 / 10.0 (1524 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.46 / 10.0
 28% (425 votes)
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 5% (72 votes)
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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)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #532 increased(+19)
Monthly Pos #674 increased(+32)
3 Month Pos #771 decreased(-405)
6 Month Pos #351 increased(+168)
Year Pos #584 increased(+94)

List Stats
On 3087 reading lists
On 1317 wish lists
On 2989 completed lists
On 168 unfinished lists
On 487 custom 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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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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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Azari02
October 26th, 2009, 2:37am
Although it start slow its really great. I really love the unique fighting system which despite some people said actually IS IMAGINATIVE... And I do acknowledge as someone said it doesn't variate from the plain system UNTIL the later 200+ chapters, then his powers get even cooler and more interesting. I have never seen a fighting system similar and setting wise the author puts the extra effort to making an elaborate unique world of magic and ghostly powers etc. that really captured my attention. I also enjoy how at first the main character isn't that special and then he truly works for his power and THEN it is revealed what makes him special... plus the side plots and things going on behind the scenes add a nice touch to the story. This is my favortie action/adventure/shounen
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by bludvein
September 20th, 2009, 11:36am
I had a hard time getting into this at first. So much so that the first time I attempted reading i gave up within the first 15 chapters.

However, some time later i decided id give it another go because of its high rating, and boy am I glad i did. It starts off slow so you have to stick with it, but once it starts moving you can get hooked easy.

Read it.
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Rating: N/A
by dreamer00013
August 17th, 2009, 4:27pm
i feel like there has been nearly next to zero progress at all.....
but hey, there were some cool scenes! (not many though)
the art is average....the characters boring and the usual, to make it short: Don't start this.
It's not interesting at all and I can't understand why people give this at best more than 8 points.
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Rating: N/A
by elementcharm
July 28th, 2009, 9:35am
My first attempt at reading this left me bored and it felt like a chore reading it. I heard such good things about this that i forced my way though the beginning.

Yes it did get better enough to hold my interest but after 200 chapters it almost feels as if nothings happened. I cant recall any major plot twist or arc to move the main plot along. 200 chapters seem to have been spent powering the main character up with compaired to most in this manga he is still really weak. Dispite this everyone is saying how much untapped power he has...its be over 200 chapters lets get it moving.

Overall thus far it has been rather bland for me but it seems to be picking up so im gonna hold my breath.
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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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This manga sucks.   
Rating: N/A
by kiron216
May 28th, 2009, 11:41pm
One of the most unimaginative overrated, bland tasteless mangas out there. I will never understand other peoples fascination with it. The main character kills demons with shrinking boxes of spiritual energy and even the latest chapters fail to show any variation in the combat system. The main character is straight out of a final fantasy (talentless with no distinguishing features) and the story stands out as much as the artwork and the characters. I'm being generous by giving it a 7.

... Last updated on May 28th, 2009, 11:42pm
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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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A good series in itself, definitely worth looking into.   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by arrha
May 16th, 2009, 1:32am
I can't make comparisons but I think this is a good manga in itself.

I am a fan of Kekkaishi. It doesn't bother me that it hasn't attracted that much attention unlike other shounen series. Its just that I get turned off easily by the popular series and I tend to find them overrated when I do get around to reading them. I like this manga's pacing, giving you just enough without disclosing it all at once. I like that when I finally read the latest scanlated chapter, I am beside myself with impatience for the next chapter to be released and when I finally get to read the next chapter, I feel that the wait (for it to be released) is totally worth it. I also like the clean art, I am not really a fan of messy manga art where you can't easily identify the next dialogue is. Character-wise, I really like Yoshimori (which I consider is an important factor since the success of a shounen series lies I think partially in the likability of the main character. e.g. Luffy, Naruto etc.) I also like that while this manga focuses on the family as one of the power structures which an individual is subjected into, it also at the same time depicts Yoshimori's (Tokine's as well but more Yoshimori) family as different and perhaps more heartwarming. I like it when the manga goes into flashbacks of the everyday family interactions especially between Yoshimori and his brothers. Anyway, to conclude, this manga showcases a good storyline and art, and I think because of this it deserves a 9.

... Last updated on May 16th, 2009, 1:32am
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Love me some Kekkaishi   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by kirabook
January 22nd, 2009, 8:53pm
I'm so glad this is getting attention now. I remember when there were only like 100 on the reading list *tear* Anyway, as most people has already stated I'm sure, this is a very unique shounen, or for me anyway. Although I like the pretty boy main characters, I feel Yoshimori represents, "Just because I can be bad@$$ doesn't mean i have to be the hottest character in the whole manga." But sometimes... I do wish he was cuter and had more of a unique trait besides his bad need of a haircut that makes him more noticeable. By my rating, I'm sure you can tell that I love it and can state 50 more interesting things about it, but I'll summarize it with GREAT.

... Last updated on February 19th, 2009, 6:23pm
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