kyoukai no kanata

The Selfishness of Living in Kyoukai no Kanata

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I.

Can death be sleep, when life is but a dream,
And scenes of bliss pass as a phantom by?
The transient pleasures as a vision seem,
And yet we think the greatest pain’s to die.

II.

How strange it is that man on earth should roam,
And lead a life of woe, but not forsake
His rugged path; nor dare he view alone
His future doom which is but to awake.

-“On Death,” John Keats

Death is naturally something that we, as the living, consciously try to avoid. How many times, while watching the horror movie or science-fiction television series of your choice have you heard a character say something along the lines of, “I want to live, damn it!” when cornered, figuratively staring death in the face? Presumably, we all want to live. Amidst the angst-ridden and dramatic plot of half-demons and teenaged spirit warriors, Kyoukai no Kanata has some intriguing thoughts on death. The primary one being that, regardless of the circumstance, when faced with death, one will always instinctively fight it.

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Beyond the Boundary of Arrogance

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Something stinks about Kyoukai no Kanata, and I love it.

From the very first scene, and opening lines, Kyoukai no Kanata is everything that your delusional teenage self wrote down in your not-so-secret diary to combat your own isolation and awkwardness. It tells its story with the same gravity that you would have given it at that age, with the straightest of faces and the burning desire to impress. Akihito Kanbara is an immortal half-demon – in spite of the his claim that there is nothing special about himself – whose only companion is Mitsuki Nase, the beautiful childhood friend who is also the president of the Literary Club. Cue the incident that changes his life forever, which also involves a cute girl. Oh, and she’s special as well, because she fights demons.

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