Set in an alternate New York City, now dubbed as Hellsalem’s Lot, where a breach from a parallel world creates a bubble around the former city, Leonardo Watch joins a secret organization called Libra, a group of superhumans who helps prevent disasters within the streets that are filled with destruction, chaos, and monsters, in search of finding an answer to curing her sister’s blindness after a terrible incident. Leonardo goes through his everyday life in Hellsalem’s Lot, coping with struggles, losses, and relationships.
The story of Kekkai Sensen is a solid fantasy. It was after all based off Yasuhiro Nightow, the author of “Trigun”, latest works. For a couple first few episodes, Kekkai Sensen just seems like a normal seinin type of show, but as you keep watching it, there are lots of themes of valuing family members and friendships. This was clearly shown through the actions of William and Mary Macbeth, twins within the series that played a significant work. Leonardo is also shown to care deeply for his friends in Libra as well as his sister, since he is trying to find a cure for her eyesight and paralysis
Kekkai Sensen’s animation was superb. It was one of the shows that really caught my attention back when I was watching it during the spring season this year. Bones, who worked on Fullmetal Alchemist and Space Dandy, really put some effort this time. Bahi JD, the key animator, played the fighting sequences smooth, and nothing really felt cut out or distorted. Takashi Hashimoto, who has worked with the Evangelion series and most recently, Assassination Classroom, was the leading animation director. The opening and ending scenes were also very memorable due to how unique they were.
If there’s one thing that really caught my attention when I first watched Kekkai Sensen, was it gorgeous soundtrack. Rie Matsumoto, the sound director AND the lead director, really knew what track to use for each specific scene. For the tracks themselves, there was lots of jazz tracks which fit perfectly with the story, and lots of American influenced tracks as well. All in all, Taisei Iwasaki, music for Kekkai Sensen, delivered perfectly with all of his tracks perfectly complementing every scene and every moment of the anime.
It's a really great show. Great soundtrack, great animation studio and staff, and great story, what else could you ask for? If you’ve seen stuff like Cowboy Bebop (there’s a review for it here on Tacotaku), Baccano, or Durarara, you’ll definitely fall in love with Kekkai Sensen since they’re all so similar.
Review by: Noah