Beyond the Boundary - Recommendations

Alt title: Kyoukai no Kanata

If you're looking for anime similar to Beyond the Boundary, you might like these titles.

Noragami

Noragami

Yato, the supposed God of Calamity, is so far down on the Shinto totem pole that he doesn't even have any followers or a shrine to call his own and has to do odd jobs to make ends meet. Worst of all, his aloof and somewhat goofy personality has just cost him his newest partner and best holy weapon. When the down-on-his-luck Yato is saved by an unfortunate soul called Hiyori, he's forced to take on a brand new job - to turn her back into a human and fix her supernatural out-of-body experiences! Can Yato, a Regalia-less, miserly minor god, even attempt such a tall order? And is there more to him than his ridiculousness lets on?

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zerolight zerolight says...

They both have similar stories and ways with the phantoms etc. With the worlds more-so for the afterlife etc are really similar but they do have their differences.

Azukano Azukano says...

Both consist of supernatural themes and contain similar action. Beyond the Boundary and Noragami have crossovers between people and animals as well. So if you like one, then you would definitely like the other.

ZetsubouKaiji ZetsubouKaiji says...

These are both anime about the characters trying to fend off supernatural monster while building relationships and getting to know each other. Both these anime are less concerned with plot than they are about creating their unique worlds where humans live side by side with spirits and monsters and the only thing to protect then are people or gods with super powers. 

While the terms used and setup of each anime might be different with Beyond the Boundary being about humans and Youma and Noragami being about Gods, humans and spirit monsters, both anime use the same style of blending comedy, drama and action. Both anime tend to focus on their characters trying to create a charming cast being revealing the drama they are dealing with. 

The difference is Noragami actually succeeds in having a likable cast that build meaningful relationships with each other, while also building up a world where gods are real even if they're invisible to most humans. Beyond the Boundary fails at doing any of these things, the comedy is poorly timed, the drama falls flat and the characters aren't believable and the world building is sloppy and incomplete. Noragami is the superior anime.

However, if you like this kind of common anime setup then try either of these titles. 

Grach Grach says...

Both Noragami and Kyoukai no Kanata feature a supernatural/fanasy element; in each, the main characters fight spirits while getting to know one another more. In both, the plots advance mostly to better explain the 'human world mixed with the supernatural' idea, along with blending comedy, action, and slight drama.

teribird teribird says...

Both are modern fantasies with an underlying mystery and a well-rounded, interesting cast. The art for both is similar and fantastic as well. Both have cool sword vs demon fight scenes. 

Brad Brad says...

Bother shows follow a group of kids as they attempt to fend off supernataural threats, while building relationships along the way in an often humerous way. The main difference in this regard is thaty Noragami follows a main character who's a god, whereas KnK is more about supernatural schoolkids.

So while they share themes and have similar plots, the way they are executed between shows couldn't be more different. Noragami excells with its charming cast, natural and funny comedy and interesting storyline. KnK on the other hand fails miserably to even time its jokes well, let alone  remembering to make then actually funny. The characters are nothing more than a bunch of annoying tropes designed to look cute, and the plot suffers from both poor writing and poor directing.

So Noragamis is by far and away the superior showhere, but fans of one may feel like the other is worth a look.

JohnWatchAnime JohnWatchAnime says...

beyond the boundary and Noragami are very simular. Both deal with monsters from the afterlife. In both shows some people have to kill those monsters. 

anosora anosora says...

They're different, no doubt, but they have similar plot lines. They both focused on a small group, both main charactesr are supernatural beings of some sort. Where as Noragami tells the tale of a normal human girl being dragged into the spiritual world, everyone in Kyoukai no Kanata is already part of the spiritual world. There are demons to hunt, ayakashi in Noragami and youkai in Kyoukai no Kanata. They're both serious and cute, with great animation. 

pinkchicmagnifique pinkchicmagnifique says...

Very simialr set-up only Noragami is more character driven than story driven. Kyoukai no Kantana is explained a little better, but that characters are not as good as Noragami's characters.

shaimon3 shaimon3 says...

They both deal with the emotional stress of dealing with the supernatural. They both deal with phantoms of a sort, and both are able to balance stressful situations with comedy that is woven in very naturally. The animation is also somewhat similar.

BooksAreMyHarem BooksAreMyHarem says...

I agree. ...................................................................!!!!!!!!!

AlexaSN AlexaSN says...

Noragami and Beyond the Boundary are similar in the fact that they follow the story of a girl and her interaction with a guy and the people around him. Both animes are supernatural and have the aspect of fantasy in them. The MCs in both fight different types of monster throughout the series and have spiritual sort of power. Also another thing they share is that both are quite comical and funny

alexandriella alexandriella says...

  • both of the chracters in each anime fights spirits/demons 
  • the setting of the anime are places normal people can't see / go to
  • they both have the same plot style of blending comady drama and action

dayumdazai dayumdazai says...

Supernatural-like shows that have a twist to them. I like both of them because they are lighthearted, but also have a real and somewhat darker underlying story that is able to hook you in and get you connected immediately. 

williab3 williab3 says...

The action scenes are top notch with great characters and lots of heart. Noragami has more heart than action and Beyond the boundary has more action than Noragami

elexandria elexandria says...

Both series have similar concepts and take on similar themes. The main characters are quirky, lovable and entertaining to watch, and the side characters are interesting as well. They explore the idea of supernatural beings and delve into angsty and psychological concepts. Each series has its funny and strange moments, along with its heartwarming and romantic moments. 

hotspot hotspot says...

Both anime involve a setting with supernatural powers, and supernatural entities or spirits. The characters have specific powers unique to them. Both anime have serious and light hearted moments as well... they both have a similar vibe to them.

Jarubakit Jarubakit says...

I just want to agree on this recommendation to help out. Now I'm just filling up hundred characters.

gjthompson gjthompson says...

Both have a mystical fantasy feel, yet modern settings and have a cast of interesting spirits and emons that can be either friend or foe to The main characters.

KatsuraC KatsuraC says...

These shows are very reminiscent of each other. The phantoms (ayakashi) of Noragami are very similar to the youmu of Beyond the boundary. The various abilities the gods' regalia possess are also a lot like the Spirit World Warriors' abilities.            

Fangirl26 Fangirl26 says...

AGH I love this one !! both of these involve the killing of corrupted creatures and saving the ones we care about. YOUR CRAZY IF YOU DONT ENJOY EITHER!!!!

ProxyGecko ProxyGecko says...

They both have supernatural themes but but instead of getting swallowed up by serious situation they add in some comedy to keep the shows lighter.

Maranee Maranee says...

Both anime are about a group of kids with supernatural powers who fight some sort of monsters. They have light headed humour as well as serious moments.  Both are about friendship and have some not that serious adult characters. Also the artstyle is quite similar.

Celine Celine says...

My two favourite animes of all time. These are the ones that really got me into the genre. I love the characters and the plot. I also think the animation is really pretty.

Peaksly Peaksly says...

Both animes have teenagers, school and supernatural themes.They both follow protagonists who have subtle feelings for each other.

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions!

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions!

Rikka Takanashi is a teenage girl who possesses the strongest ocular power known to man: the Tyrant’s Eye. She's currently locked in a fierce war with a shadowy organization, and the fate of the world may hang in the balance with each passing battle... or at least this is what she believes. In actuality, Rikka is merely a normal high school girl afflicted with chuunibyou syndrome, a "disease" that makes one prone to delusional flights of fancy. Meanwhile former chuunibyou sufferer Yuuta Togashi is enrolled at the same school, looking to put his embarrassing junior high exploits behind him. However, when Rikka discovers his past life as the "Dark Flame Master", she uses this to her advantage to include him in all of her wacky schemes! With Rikka’s zany behavior dragging him further and further from normalcy, Yuuta must try to pull her back into the real world – or risk getting sucked into hers!

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Brad Brad says...

With both shows being made by Kyoto Animation the aesthetic similarities between them are obvious from the moment they begin. The character designs follow the same "cutesy with weird legs" designs that most recent KyoAni shows have, their mannerisms are also similar.

And while Kyoukai no Kanata is looking like being a much more serious show than Chuunibyou, the premise in both see's a male character dragged into all sorts of problems by a strange, socially awkward female lead. And while each show has a mix of comedy and drama, it seems liek KnK will be leaning towards the dramatic side more than Chuunibyou ever did, with it instead focusing on comedy more often than not.

It's extremely likely that fans of one will find the other enjoyable.

ZetsubouKaiji ZetsubouKaiji says...

While the plots of these show are quite different with Chuuibyou being a school life comedy and Beyond the Boundary being about hunting supernatural beings, both anime have a lot in common. These are both shows with fluid animation, top notch art, moe character designs, a similar sense of humor and even very similar characters.

Both anime are about a guy getting dragged into various situations by a socially awkward girl. The situations in Beyond the Boundary are more serious and often dangerous, whereas the situations in Chuuibyou are mostly comedic. However, in both anime the socially awkward girl does lead to a lot of comedic social situations for the guy.

Despite one being a comedy both anime have well animated fight sequences. In Chuuibyou these fights are all in the character's heads whereas in Beyond the Boundry the fights are real.

Despite the differences in plot and tone of the show these show share a ton of styistic similarities and if you liked one then you should check out the other.

carmine01 carmine01 says...

They have a realy good animation beside the Beyond the Boundary they have a realy interesting dark story,after all the specialist from this anime is the graphic of the animation from kyoto animation that's we know they alway's put some's moe2(cute) thing was being mixed with a great action and a great supernatural combination that's can make you feel a new great experience from this anime, and for another one that's Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai! they have a good animation too but the different is just from the stories in this anime make some good stories like K-on! but still can't beat the sensation of K-on! i think,but that we know the good between love stories and the club is realy more to be cool one . . .

Rastamepas Rastamepas says...

Need a new dose of KyoAni animation and character design? Don't look any farther. Both of these shows have your vary similiar cutesy KyoAni character design with a pretty decent background of art and animation that goes along with it. While both tend to have similiarities in art and design they are very different in regards to story.

Beyond the Boundary tends to focus more of supernatural and action while Chuunibyou tends to be more comedy and fantasy based. Both have a male lead who is randomly pulled into situations by the female lead. While Beyond the Boundary tends to be a little more serious Chuunibyou has a more comedic approach to them

Chances are if you like classic KyoAni looks and a fantasy/supernatural story you'll like both of these anime.

Azukano Azukano says...

The female protagonists are fairly similar based off their character structure as someone that is different from most. They are taken in by a mature male who watches over them, making sure they are able to adjust to life the right way. So the characters are fairly similar. Both are animated by Kyoto Animation, so the art style is really similar and the atmosphere as well. So if you liked one, you will surely love the other.

YuiYui YuiYui says...

To start off both are made by the same studio so have quite a similar style of art. Both include a main female character who is above normal in a way and a male who is trying to control the female lead...also both animes have a group of main characters which is pretty similar. Quite a bit of each are based in a school, even though beyond the boundary is more about the fantasy. Anyway both are really good in storyline, characters and drama!

theocatsman theocatsman says...

Both shows share similarities in both animation and storytelling, with each of the characters having a more dramatic reasoning behind all of the silly shenanigans that they get into. Both pull at your heartstrings near the end of the series and leave you wanting more. They are both beautiful and endearing succinctly told stories. 

megalith megalith says...

If Chuunibyou took itself seriously, it would be more Kyoukai no Kanata. Rikka and Mirai are at similar levels of moe-ness, and Rikka's "power" seems to be awfully similar to Mirai's. Yuta also seems quite similiar to Akihito in appearance and laidback, but occasionally inconvenienced personalities. The romance between the two pairs has surprising parallels in its execution: warm, charming, and feel-good, even when exposed to the presence of a mini-harem.

AnimeSpaceBR AnimeSpaceBR says...

  • Two of my favorite anime, two true masterpieces made by Kyoto Animation, without doubt more than recommending to all these two magnificent works 💕😉💘 !! 

Blue Exorcist

Blue Exorcist

Rin Okumura is a seemingly ordinary boy living at the Southern Cross Boys' Monastery. One day, however, Rin encounters a boy who has been possessed by a demon. Amidst the struggle, he not only awakens latent powers sealed within him, but also learns that he is the son of Satan! No longer able to stay under the protection of the church and with his very existence straddling the line between human and demon, Rin decides to fight against his parentage and joins the True Cross Order as an exorcist. Now, the teen must attend the True Cross Academy and begin special exorcist training alongside his new comrades all while keeping his identity a secret; but can the son of Satan really become a true exorcist?

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GrayShadow GrayShadow says...

both animes focus on the trubles of a half demon who sufferes from his demon side, which tends to go berserk.and both protagonists end up being targeted by some kind of organisation.the animation-style is pretty similar, even though Kyoukai no kanata uses newer technic which makes watching it an experience.the quantity of humor is also quite similar, though KnK won't use as much comic relieve. instead the drama and action is focused on some more.

Aniad Aniad says...

Both series involve demons and are full of actoin. The demons are quite alike in a lot of ways, they are scarry draw and evil. I hope you will watch them both!

teribird teribird says...

Both have 'cursed' main characters, fights against demons, morally ambiguous demons, great fights, fantastic animation, and a stellar OST.

YuiYui YuiYui says...

Both anime feature a teenager who is curse with the hardship of being a half demon and it is about their life with these hardships. How they get through these problems and things like that, as well as who they meet. Both have a huge fantasy element and both are mainly based around some sort of a school. As well as this both stories is detailed and I say if you enjoyed Blue Exorcist you should like Beyond the Boundary and the other way round.

shaimon3 shaimon3 says...

They both deal with the emotional stress of dealing with the supernatural. They both deal with phantoms of a sort, and both are able to balance stressful situations with comedy that is woven in very naturally. The animation is also somewhat similar.

Myriad Colors Phantom World

Myriad Colors Phantom World

In the near future, monstrous creatures called “phantoms” descend upon the world. Haruhiko Ichijou is a student at Hosea Academy, along with Mai Kawakami, Reina Izumi, and Koito Minase, three girls who fight these creatures. High school life proceeds as normal until a certain incident reveals the truth of their world to them.

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Noiraude Noiraude says...

Same studio, same ambiance, same themes: beautiful animation of KyoAni with magic and powers in some alternative world.

hotspot hotspot says...

Both anime involve the supernatural, and the characters who have special abilities they can use to fight off the spiritual beings. They both have their serious and light hearted comedy moments... Along with Noragami, I feel they all have a similar vibe to them.

TheBookNerd TheBookNerd says...

Welcome to two different worlds of Phantom Fighting! 

Based in school environments, high schoolers join forces to fight Phantoms and keep the human world safe.

AikoSuzuki2002 AikoSuzuki2002 says...

They both have very well developed characters with a bit of history in both anime.

They both have the fantasy element but Beyond the Boundary has a touch of romance as well. They both are set in high school, and both have a phantom element. The comedy is also quite heartwarming.

Shakugan no Shana

Shakugan no Shana

Sakai Yuuji thought he was a normal high school student, until one fateful day when time stopped. Watching in horror, he witnesses a monster devouring the "frozen" people around him; but luckily for Yuuji, he is saved by a sword-wielding red-headed girl that calls herself a "Flame Haze". The girl informs him that he has been dead for some time now and that his current self is merely a replacement for the human that he used be while alive. He is, she says, merely a torch whose life will come to an end when the blue flame in his chest ceases to burn. After this rude awakening, Yuuji realizes that he is able to see the flames of life in other "torches"; and after discovering that a friend of his is also a torch -- and her life is burning out faster than his – he gains the courage to live out the rest of his life with meaning. Will Yuuji be able to find his place in the world before he ceases to exist?

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Grach Grach says...

It may sound like an odd recommendation, but there are similarities with one another. Not only do both feature a slight hint of romance between two characters who are thrust into a world that is fairly "new" to the both of them, they also feature a female lead who uses a special/unusual weapon to fight magical beings. Add to the fact that they both have a bit of school/daily life.

If you liked one, you may like other!

Gavia Gavia says...

Both are fantasy action series with plenty of sword fighting.

In both shows there is a lot of focus on romance, and with a (slightly) tsundere female protagonist. There is similarities between the other characters as well.

Beyond that, both have slice-of-life elements.

If you enjoyed one you should watch the other.

Daichi19 Daichi19 says...

They both feature a cute female main character who's also a badass. This female character is totally against liking our male protagonist at first, but of course that changes. THey have a similar supernatural feel, with "bad guys" who aren't all exactly bad (Denizens, example Lamies)

Kekkaishi

Kekkaishi

Sumimura Yoshimori is a Kekkaishi – an inheritor of the power to battle demons, using barriers called kekkai. His family is charged with protecting the grounds of Karasumori high school, a building which magnifies the power of demons who enter it. Helping him are his spirit-wolf companion Madarao, and next door-neighbor Yukimura Tokine, the daughter of a rival clan. Years ago, Tokine was injured protecting Yoshimori, and now he is determined to become strong enough to keep her from being hurt again. Of course, he'd rather bake his exquisite cakes than have to fight demons at all, but fate has something else in store! As a shadowy demon organization moves to steal Karasumori's power, can Yoshimori overcome legions of demons, a centuries-old family rivalry, and a grandfather who just can't understand his love for baking?

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ZetsubouKaiji ZetsubouKaiji says...

These are both anime where powers have been passed down through generations to the characters that now have to fight supernatural creatures to protect those around them. Both these anime mix school life comedy with action. They also both have a protagonist that is reluctant about fighting the supernatural for their own reasons.

Kekkashi is longer than Beyond the Boundary is also a lot more shounen in tone with all the cliches that go with that genre. Beyond the Boundary is a typical Kyoto Animation style anime with moe character designs, slick animation and high quality artwork. However, if you want an anime that mixes high school students living their daily lives with some comedy and a lot of action then try both of these titles. 

kunekoeyes kunekoeyes says...

Both series have demon hunters that collaborate with either full or 1/2 demon to defeat out of control demons. Kekkaishi is more drama based, while Beyond the Boundary has a stronger humor base.

Both series have main characters that lost an imortant person in their line of work. The male lead character needs help from their friends on the rare occurace they loose control of their powers. 

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

The eccentric Suzumiya Haruhi wants nothing more than to meet aliens, time travelers and espers… but she’ll have to settle for the everyday Kyon instead! Along with the mysterious Itsuki and the vacant Mikuru, the duo forms the SOS Brigade – a club whose mission is to discover the mysteries of the world. Armed with a razor sharp wit and a skill for manipulation, Haruhi will stop at nothing to have fun at all costs, even at the expense of Mikuru’s dignity!

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Riyo Riyo says...

Both anime are set around a school club and feature different characters with supernatural abilities. The male main character is the center of narration, while a cute girl is the center of the plot. Plus, there is a huge tension between those two.

tennis101101 tennis101101 says...

Both of these animes have school clubs. They also both have one really out going character who has the over exciting character. Also that there is some one who likes the main girl character for the way that she is. 

Deadman Wonderland

Deadman Wonderland

Middle school student Ganta Igarashi witnessed the slaughter of his entire class by the mysterious 'Red Man', and as the only survivor, he was labeled a mass murderer and sentenced to death. Now an inmate at the privately-owned prison and ‘amusement park' known as Deadman Wonderland, Ganta must try to survive in a place where inmates are the main attraction in brutal gladiator-style games. At the same time, he must attempt to uncover the truth behind the ‘Red Man', his mysterious childhood friend Shiro, and why he was the only survivor that bloody day.

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Wolfine152 Wolfine152 says...

If you liked the manipulation of blood as a weapon in Beyond the Boundary then Deadman Wonderland is a must watch. both these shows are EXTREMELY emotional and will have you bawling your eyes out! Deadman Wonderland is more shounen and Beyond the Boundary is more shoujo but.. if for some bizzare reason your first thought after finishing the beyond the boundary series was "Kuriyama's power was pretty cool..." watch Deadman Wonderland.

Ryuju Ryuju says...

The only thing that reminds me to this anime is, that in both animes are people who can transform their blood into weapons

Nanana's Buried Treasure

Nanana's Buried Treasure

Disowned by his father, Juugo Yama has run away from home to the island of Nanae. He begins to live by himself, only to discover his room is haunted by the ghost of Nanana Ryugajo. She was murdered ten years ago, and her killer must be found before she can rest in peace. Before her death, Nanana collected things from all over the world and hid them throughout the island. Using the mysterious powers of these hidden items, they should be able to find the culprit. As Juugo begins his hunt for her collection, however, he discovers he's not the only person searching.

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HasseRovdjur HasseRovdjur says...

Both anime are supernatural stories focused around a guy in highschool that finds that his life has changed with the introduction of a female character: in Nanana, Juugo discovers that he will be co-habitating with Nanana's ghost, whereas Akihito has his life turned upside down when Mirai tries to kill him.

They both also feature flashy animation, a pretty quirky cast of characters and a mix of action and comedy. I think fans of either show would like the other one.

ZetsubouKaiji ZetsubouKaiji says...

If you like anime with a large cast of quirky characters and unpredictable plot twists then both of these anime should fit the bill. Both these shows are about a guy getting dragged into the affairs of a female and trying to help straighten them out. These are both shows with mysteries at their center and other smaller mysteries that pop up along the way to the answer to the central mystery. Both of these shows include lots of comedy with the more dramatic segments.

Both of these shows have some flashy animation and artstyles, but Beyond the Boundary is the more action heavy of the two.

Nanana is more dependant on plot twists to keep the audience interested whereas Beyond the Boundary is mostly content to keep it's major twists for the very end of the series. However, the shows are similar enough in tone that if you enjoyed one then you should check out the other. 

Tokyo ESP

Tokyo ESP

Rinka is a financially struggling high school girl living with her single father in Tokyo. One day, while going home from school, she sees a penguin flying in the sky towards the Tokyo Sky Tree. She chases after it only to find fish swimming in the air! One of the fish goes through Rinka and causes her to pass out. She wakes up to find that she has developed the ability to slip through solid objects..

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chad28 chad28 says...

Tokyo ESP and Beyond the Boundary (Kyoukai no Kanata), both have:

- strong female lead;

- supernatural beings that share the world with humans;

- a focus on supernatural action.

I think that if you liked one you'll probably like the other.

Celine Celine says...

Both are really decent Supernatural anime. The characters are well-developed and I enjoyed both shows quite a bit.