Synonyms: Kanon: The Real Feelings of the Other Side of the Smiling Face
Japanese: Kanon ホントの想いは笑顔の向こう側に
Published: Jun 29, 2006 to Oct 20, 2007
Score: 7.571 (scored by 285 users)
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SynopsisThe second manga, under the main title Kanon was adapted from the visual novel version that preceded it, and was illustrated by Kensha Shimotsuki. The first bound volume was released in Japan on April 1, 2007 and focused on Nayuki's story. There are four chapters in volume two, one for each of the other heroines not featuring in volume one, starting with Makoto's thirty-eight-page chapter, followed by Mai's with eighteen pages, Shiori's with twenty, and finally Ayu's with forty-eight pages.
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What makes this manga stand out from any of the previous Kanon adaptations to date? Well given the cover of the manga, the answer is quite obvious. However, we have all been fooled in the past!
Not today my friends, for this manga is almost a standalone version of the Kanon series. The arcs of the girls go beyond that of the original visual novel, there are even some parts where the story is different altogether. Needless to say, it is highly recommended to have some knowledge of the Kanon-verse before reading this manga.
Now of course that's not the real reason as to why this manga is different. Kanon's own Minase Nayuki finally gets her own story arc told in full! That's right folks, the perpetually shafted Kanon character finally gets her own story out in the limelight! Not just an entire arc my friends, but an entire volume as well (out of two volumes).
I'm quite disappointed as to the relative obscurity of such a great Kanon adaptation/alternate universe. Given that there have been numerous adaptations in the past, I dare say that this even rivals the adaptation by Kyoto Animation.
During the writing of this review, only the Nayuki arc has been partially translated. Because this review is also shameless self-advertising, please feel free to visit my profile and grab the download links from there. I hope that after reading the scanlated version, you the reader can appreciate such a well crafted story; especially to a character who has always been overshadowed by that accursed ~uguu girl. read more
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