Beyond the Boundary: I’ll Be Here Review

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This weekend I indulged in a double bill of anime movie sequels. Saturday morning I watched the excellent Girls und Panzer der Film and on Sunday I checked out the follow up to Beyond the Boundary – subtitled I’ll Be Here. There are actually two Beyond the Boundary movies, available to buy in the UK via Manga Entertainment’s combo pack, but the focus of this review will be on the one dubbed Future Arc. I see no point in covering the Past Chapter film, as it is one of those horrible recap movies. Why watch an abridged version of the series when you can just enjoy the show instead? Beyond the Boundary is only twelve episodes long, so hardly a huge time investment. The only point of including a recap movie in this bundle is to inflate the DVD’s asking price. For shame!

OVERVIEW

I’ll Be Here takes place one year after the show’s conclusion. With Izumi going AWOL, it falls on her Siscon brother Hiroomi to take control of the Nase clan and assume responsibility for protecting their hometown from evil Youmu. Meanwhile, over in the local high school, immortal hybrid Akihito Kanbara and barrier summoner Mitsuki Nase continue to run the academy’s Literary Club. The club has shrunk in size as former member Mirai Kuriyama is suffering from amnesia, after barely surviving the show’s finale. Don’t feel bad Mirai, I too suffer from memory loss. Whilst watching this movie it soon became apparent that I was struggling to recall key events from the original anime. Who can blame me though, given that it aired four years ago? Maybe I should have watched the recap movie after all!

Although it pains Akihito, that knowledge of their relationship has been purged from Mirai’s mind, he feels it would be best not to remind Mirai of her tragic past. Unaware of her superhuman agility and cursed blood, Mirai can enjoy the life of a regular teenage girl. Ignorance is bliss after all. How long the secret can be kept hidden from Mirai remains to be seen though, as she has become the target of a hooded assailant who controls seemingly indestructible minions. The identity of the attacker is a mystery, as is the race of the servants he commands. Said creatures are too weak to be Youmu, but they can’t be mindless puppets either as they seem to possess a degree of intellect. Can our heroes unmask the villain before he harms Akihito’s favourite bespectacled beauty? Only time will tell.

VERDICT

My rating for Beyond the Boundary: I’ll Be Here is a three out of five. I really enjoyed the series and only declined awarding it full marks due to the inconclusive ending. This movie on the other hand is the complete opposite. I found the story to be mediocre, but on the plus side it does wrap up the franchise in a satisfactory manner. Many elements of the show, which I enjoyed such as the humour and action, are absent from this slow paced flick. The script is heavy on drama and tears, so there aren’t many jokes aside from a scene were Mirai showcases how poor she is at playing tennis. On the action front I thought that the battles were flashy, as you’d expect from a KyoAni production bolstered by a movie budget, but many of the fights are guilty of ending seconds after they begin.

For better or worse Beyond the Boundary: I’ll Be Here is one of those anime movies were conflicts are resolved by characters yelling out their feelings, rather than dishing out a super powered smack down. To quote Mirai, the movie isn’t “unpleasant” to watch, but it didn’t quite live up to the years of anticipation I had for it. Despite my misgivings I would still recommend purchasing the film, if you are a fan of the series, as there is a good payoff for sitting through the motion picture’s ninety minutes. Just like a Marvel movie I strongly advise that you refrain from hitting the eject button until the credits have finished rolling. Paying over a tenner to experience an ending that could easily have been tacked onto the original series is a bit steep, but hey it’s not all bad. The recap movie disc makes for a nice coaster.

14 thoughts on “Beyond the Boundary: I’ll Be Here Review

  1. I hate it when the employ cheap marketing tricks to increase the cost of a dvd. You are so right, why watch a recap when you can see the full series? As for this series: haven’t seen it yet, so adding it to the list again. It seems pretty often that most movies that follow up after Animeseries just seem to fall short of the original. Though there are luckily exceptions to this. I’ve started on Girls und Panzer by the way: loving it so far: truly an amazing and very unique series. 😀

    • Another marketing trick I loathe is when a company releases an expensive special edition and makes buyers wait months for the standard edition to come out. I just want the series. Screw paying extra for a a box containing stuff like postcards or a CD.

      Wow, I didn’t expect my last review to motivate you to watch Girls und Panzer. Glad to hear that you are enjoying the show. It’s lighthearted nature is probably a good palette cleanser for Plastic Memories’ tearful finale.

      • Erm well….erm….I do,like special editions 😅😅😅 Especially when they contain extra neat stuff like cool artbooks or stuff like that. What can I say, I guess I do fall for marketing ploys like that lol 😂😂 Seriously though, I know what you mean. People should just because to buy the things they want at the same time, and not having to wait for months for a release.
        Well:,it did, and I’m glad it did because the show has been awesome so far. It’s definitely lighthearted and I’m currently in the mood for a show like that: so thank you 😀

    • From what I understand, when the anime originally aired the light novel series hadn’t finished – hence the inconclusive ending. Although the movie isn’t as much fun to watch as the series, I appreciate it coming out as it gives the franchise closure.

  2. I hate it when they sneak something rubbish into a bundle package, just so they can increase the price. Happens all the time with book bundles. Now I have a shelf full of rubblish books and don’t have a clue what to do with them.
    Great review. I’ll have to check Beyond the Boundary out.

    • It all comes down to money. Some companies will break up a series into multiple volumes to make more cash. When they have a movie no one is interested in they bundle it with something else to bump up the price.

  3. Wow, it seems like just yesterday you mentioned you need to watch this. I wish I tackled my backlog so quickly!

    But I guess I have to pick this up now. Although personally, I like using old DVDs as Frisbees.

    • Tales of me clearing a backlog quickly are greatly exaggerated. A look at the size of my unfinished video games “pile of shame” is testament to that.

      Frisbee sounds like a good use for old discs. Next time I go the park I’ll be sure to take some old AOL trial CDs for some tossing fun.

  4. Urgh, recap movies. I almost spent money on one once, not knowing better. Figured it out in time to cancel the order, but still. What a waste of money. Hard to keep trust in the industry when they’re pulling things like that.

    • I don’t understand why they don’t use that money to create new content rather than recycle old stuff. Often the movies are impossible to follow, unless you have watched the original, because it is basically a bunch of random scenes edited together.

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