Beyond the Boundary | Review: Ep. 2

All Style, No Substance

vlc 2013-10-09 23-52-53-39I am honestly not sure Kyoto Animation knows what they want to do with Beyond the Boundary.

On one hand, they seem to want to make a serious supernatural action show, but instead they pace it like a slow drama with characters that won’t show signs of any emotion or interest in their surroundings. I had problems with this last week and I have even more of a problem with it this week.

The episode picks up where we last left Akihito and Mirai and them taking care of the Youmu in Mirai’s apartment. As the episode continues on we meet more characters involved with the Spirit World Warriors and start fleshing out how the world around our lead roles is structured. While there are some neat ideas to things presented, it falls in the same trap as the stuff from last week in that it’s all just dull and lifeless.

vlc 2013-10-09 23-51-23-38When Beyond the Boundary does action, it’s amazing. When it wants to be pretty, it’s amazing. But as soon as anyone starts talking or try to present any drama, it falls apart. The characters are without any depth or emotion and just follow whatever archetype they belong to to the core. Which would be fine if it was entertaining at all outside of the flashy stuff, but it’s not, not even the actual jokes are funny because there’s no joy in the show.

vlc 2013-10-09 23-59-14-36I don’t want to get into spoilers, but towards the end of this episode the show pulled out a stupidly old plot-twist that I have a feeling will not be dealt with well.

I could be wrong, but it just seems to be more piling on with old ideas that KyoAni found in their attic. And like I said in last week’s review, it’s okay to not innovate and just make a show with old ideas, as long as you make it entertaining. This show is not entertaining, this show is dead and dull.

Pretty as hell though, I won’t deny that. This is probably the best looking show of the season on a technical level without contest. I will also praise the opening theme song that I didn’t care for last week as it really did grow on me this week. I really wish I could give the show any praise beyond the superficial presentation, because that’s pointless when you’ve got nothing else to show for it.

It’s boring. It’s schizophrenic in tone and genre. But oh boy, it’s really really pretty to look at.

Episode Rating: 2/5 – Maybe Free! did kill KyoAni.

Series Available on Crunchyroll

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