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  • TV-PG
  • 2006
  • 4 Seasons
  • 7.5  (538)

Kekkaishi is an animated television series that originally premiered in Japan in 2006, and was later released in Canada on YTV in 2008. The show is based on the Shonen Jump manga series created by Yellow Tanabe. The English dubbed version of the show stars Grant George, Vic Mignogna, and Laura Bailey. Kekkaishi ran until 2011 with a total of 52 episodes.

The show follows the adventures of two teenage kekkaishi or "barrier masters". The main protagonist is Yoshimori Sumimura, a shy, introverted high school student who is destined to succeed his grandfather as a kekkaishi. The other protagonist is Tokine Yukimura, a diligent and serious kekkaishi who is also Yoshimori's childhood friend and rival.

Kekkaishi revolves around the idea of a secret world of spirits and demons that coexist alongside humans, but cannot be seen by them. Yoshimori and Tokine are tasked with protecting their neighborhood, Karasumori, which is a mystical land with powerful spiritual energy that attracts demon attacks.

The kekkaishi are able to create barriers that keep the demons trapped within the area they wish to protect. These barriers are constructed using special talismans and hand gestures. To maintain their barriers, the kekkaishi must "reinforce" them regularly by adding layers of energized paper that only they can see. The show also features an intricate system of powers and abilities unique to each kekkaishi which are continually upgraded as the characters level up.

The show also follows the lives of the two young kekkaishi as they balance their duties with their everyday lives as high school students. Yoshimori is a bit of a slacker in his studies but has a passion for baking cakes. He is often chastised by his stern brother, Masamori, who is also a kekkaishi, for not taking his responsibilities seriously enough. Meanwhile, Tokine is a model student with a strict upbringing, but hides her feelings for Yoshimori behind their rivalry as kekkaishi.

Throughout the series, Yoshimori and Tokine face countless challenges, both in their duties as kekkaishi and in their personal lives. They encounter a variety of demons, including powerful ones that threaten to breach their barriers and invade the real world. They also meet other kekkashis from other clans and regions, some of whom become their allies while others become their rivals.

Overall, Kekkaishi is a fun and action-packed series that explores the theme of balance between duty and personal life. It has a unique approach to the spirit world and features exciting battles between demons and kekkaishi. The characters are well-developed and relatable, with complex backstories and motivations that keep audiences engaged. The animation and fight scenes are top-notch and will keep viewers on the edge of their seats. If you're a fan of anime and supernatural shows, Kekkaishi is definitely worth checking out.

Kekkaishi is a series that is currently running and has 4 seasons (77 episodes). The series first aired on October 16, 2006.

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The Final Battle!
50. The Final Battle!
June 4, 2011
Tokine is finally reunited with Yoshimori in Kokuboro, but without any time to waste, Yoshimori immediately goes into battle to settle his revenge with Kaguro. During the fight, Kaguro finally reveals his past.
The End of Kokuboro
49. The End of Kokuboro
May 28, 2011
Getting separated from Sen, Tokine runs into Aihi who does not attack her on sight. Instead, she shares her past about how long ago she enjoyed spending time with a human who was not afraid of her. Listening in on the conversation secretly and annoyed by her memories, Kaguro proceeds to attack Aihi, gravely wounding her in the process.
Yoshimori and Kaguro
48. Yoshimori and Kaguro
May 21, 2011
As the final showdown between Yoshimori and Kaguro continues, Sen enters the battle haphazardly to help Yoshimori. Sensing that Sen is in danger, Yoshimori instinctively unleashes his Zekkai. Although Kaguro is defeated, Yoshimori loses consciousness in the process, trapping both Sen and himself within his very own Zekkai. Although Masamori and the others arrive, they are left helpless. Running out of time, Tokine makes a rash decision.
Byaku and Matsudo
47. Byaku and Matsudo
May 14, 2011
Byaku and Matsudo's grudge begins with the death of Byaku's wife Lisa. For fifty years, Matsudo had been looking for Byaku to fulfill a promise...
Through The Maze
46. Through The Maze
May 7, 2011
For the time being, Yoshimori chooses to rescue Sen rather than battle Kaguro. As he searches for Sen, he unknowingly meets with the Princess, who bestows upon him the power to find his way through the castle maze. Meanwhile, Tokine defeats Koshu, one of the Kokuboro's primary leaders.
Kokuboro's Hostage
45. Kokuboro's Hostage
April 30, 2011
Back at the Kokuboro, Yoshimori is threatened with the life of Sen unless he follows Byaku's orders, but he still refuses. As Yoshimori is slowly being tortured in order to bend his will to do the Kokuboro's bidding, Matsudo appears.
The Battle of Karasumori
44. The Battle of Karasumori
April 23, 2011
While Masamori and his Night Troops mount a defense against the second coming of the Kokuboro, Yoshimori allows himself to be captured by Shion to be led back to Kaguro. Amidst the chaos, Tokine follows him, not knowing that Sen was captured as well.
Where to Watch Kekkaishi
Kekkaishi is available for streaming on the YTV website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Kekkaishi on demand at Amazon Prime.
  • Premiere Date
    October 16, 2006
  • IMDB Rating
    7.5  (538)