Quick & Dirty
Genre(s): Action, comedy, fantasy, romance, supernatural
Initial Interest: Low
Favorite Character: N/A
Likely to Finish: Never
Yoshimori Sumimura, a 14-year-old junior high school boy, is a Kekkaishi, an exterminator of monsters. He is vying with Tokine Yumikura to be the heir to the Sumimura clan. Tokine is older than he, and she is his childhood friend as well as his rival Kekkaishi. To save people from danger, and to make himself stronger, Yoshimori fights against monsters. (Source: AnimeNewsNetwork)
Kaze saw this series at Wal-Mart and wanted to check it out. I don’t know if I care, that summary is very bland but I can see that there’s plenty of room for this to be awesome. However I do hope they explain how Yukimura can become the heir to the Sumimura clan over Sumimura, otherwise I will never understand.
I fairly well hated every character that was presented in the first 5 episodes. There’s a character in the opening theme that looked cool and I would have liked to have met, but he apparently comes in later and I am unwilling to continue watching to meet a character who may or may not be any better. Mostly the competition here was between Tokine and Yoshimori. Technically neither is a particularly bad character, but I just didn’t like either.
What they did well: There is a lot of potential here for a good plot and there’s plenty of room for the series to get better. The characters seem to have believable motivations.
What they didn’t do well: My biggest problem with this series is that it couldn’t decide it’s genre. When dealing with ghosts and demons you can pick two roads, serious or funny. There is some middle ground of course, you can have a serious show with comedy elements or a comedy show with serious elements. But there’s a delicate ratio between those two things and Kekkaishi missed it. If felt like they meant to go the serious road with a little comedy but instead ended up with something split right down the middle, and I just don’t think that’s workable. Also, if epidode 3 was any indication, this series is going to be predictable. If you watch it and don’t feel like you saw the big reveal coming I’m amazed. Kaze and I both guessed it from the very beginning. Then in 4 they tried so hard to get the happy sappy ending that if felt force, rushed, and pointless. A series like this needs to understand that sometimes bad guys are bad or it can’t survive.