Not exactly Utena-level, but it’ll do.
Kanata is sort of like what would happen if Seiji Kishi directed a KyoAni anime. The actual premise is great and there are moments when the story truly shines, particularly in the second half when the “Beyond the Boundary” arc takes place. Unfortunately it also has some terrible tonal shifts where the characters do out-of-place comedy during a serious situation, more often than not robbing the tension at the wrong time. The second half improves on this, but unfortunately not to the point that it goes away.
But when it does work, it’s pretty damn cool. There’s a bunch of ridiculousness being thrown into the whole thing just so that it’s just not your generic urban fantasy thing like I’ve heard some people claim it is. The matter-of-fact way the whole setting is taken. The fact that Mirai is actually a secret assassin who was planning to kill Akihito from the beginning because of the powers he held. That episode. Some of the out-of-place jokes are legitimately funny.
But none of those events compare to the awesome hilarity of…
…the apocalypse being caused by a machine hooked to a beater car.
Trust me it works a lot better in the show than it looks.