TV review by
Matt Springer, Common Sense Media
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Mild anime that's light on action and heavy on talking.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 14 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Characters demonstrate positive traits such as respect for elders, making difficult choices in stressful situations to help others, and navigating complex problems in a positive way.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Like many protagonists in anime series, the heroes in the show demonstrate generic positive traits such as loyalty to family and friends and bravery in the face of danger.


While most violence is clearly fantasy, the results can ocassionally result in very bloody injuries.


While there is no marketing or branding within the show, the series itself acts as a promotion for a line of manga volumes available in English translations in North America.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this anime series may bore younger children as the scripting relies heavily on long dialogue scenes to convey the plot rather than dynamic character action. While the battles between good and evil on the series do involve mostly broad fantasy violence, there are also occasional moments that are unexpectedly bloody, though not necessarily graphic or detailed -- a body covered in blood after being defeated, for example. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 9 and 13-year-old Written byVeryProudParent June 6, 2011

My 13-year-old son is obsessed with this show; 8-year-old is bored.

This show does contain violence and a confusing plot, but the minute my 13-year-old saw it, he fell in love. My 8-year-old just says "What..." and usu... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old November 14, 2016

Kinda violent but still really good!

Similar to the Naruto anime, Kekkaishi can be quite violent at times just like the anime and manga Naruto. There is some blood and lots of fighting. This game d... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byPhyate October 27, 2016

Really Common Sense

Its a great show. Common sense does not know what it is talking about. This is one of the best animes ive seen and ive seen 24 animes. If you love this anime y... Continue reading

What's the story?

KEKKAISHI follows Sumimura Yoshimori and Yumikura Tokine, two junior high kids who act as protectors of the land of Karasumori, where supernatural creatures are irresistibly drawn. Both are descendants of Kekkaishi, or an exterminator of monsters. The two vie against each other to be heir to the family throne even as they battle monsters together to defend their land.

Is it any good?

As the tidal wave of anime series has swept across the country from Japan over the past decade, it's brought a completely new style of animation and storytelling. In most important ways, anime series like Kekkaishi are just as fantastical and escapist as childrens' cartoons have always been, even if they don't have nearly the educational value of many younger-kid-targeted shows. At the same time, the heroes of many anime are themselves younger kids, making these series as much about viewers identifying with the heroes as they are about viewers vicariously enjoying the thrills of fantasy adventure.

Which is a roundabout way of saying that it seems as though most anime is as impenetrable to adults today as shows like Transformers must have seemed to our parents, or Howdy Doody may have seemed to theirs. Having said that, Kekkaishi specifically seems more talky and slowly-paced than other contemporary anime series; the fantastical elements are there, but the stories get bogged down in the minutiae of the relationships and mythology.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about fantasy violence versus real violence. How does it feel to watch imaginary monsters hurting people as compared to watching people hurt each other?

  • Kekkaishi is an animated series originally produced for Japanese audiences. What are some of the cultural differences between the life of a school-age child in Japan versus the life of a child in the U.S.?

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