A boy named Yuuichi is moving to a town he lived in seven years ago. However, he doesn't remember anything. When living in this town, he meets a lot of girls, all with tragic stories, and he helps them.
Sure, the concept sounds like just about any other anime based on a visual novel would be. However, despite several other shows of that type, this actually does remarkably well.
Well, to be honest, this show has got to be one of the greater shows I've ever watched, no doubt! The story is just so good it leaves me astonished at times. It starts out as a
pretty normal show of its genre. You're also introduced to several of the girls, but it doesn't touch upon all their stories at once. There's some comedic moments every now and then.
At first it might seem like it's just some slice of life series, but the story progresses a lot from its initial stages, and as you're taken through the individual girls' story arcs, you'll be taken away. It has good a lot of good moments, some romantic, some dramatic. However, just about everything that happens in the story later on will base itself on supernatural elements (mostly miracles), which makes a contrast to the earlier parts of it. That's not really a bad thing though; I at least found it most enjoyable.
The animation in the series is really awesome too; the character designs, details in environments and everything just looks awesome. The lighting which you find in many of the afternoon scenes is pure awesomeness too; it really makes the scenes moody; and very dramatic if that's what the scene is about.
The characters of Kanon is really awesome. The girls' stories are just awesome to behold, and Yuuichi's own background with them is very intriguing, and it ends up making you wanting to know more about it. The main hero, Yuuichi, is also a very interesting character in his own right. To be short about it; they are awesome and you'll love them (at least one or two of them).
The music in this anime is really great as well. There's a lot of nice piano themes, so if you enjoy good piano themes you'll definitely enjoy the music in this series. The show's got some good music aside that too, and the OP and ED themes are magnificent.
There's nothing to say on the sounds aside the music, and the seiyuu do a great job on their roles; the characters' voices are very good.
All in all, this is a lovely anime, a true masterpiece. If you like anime series based on visual novels, you'll enjoy this. If you haven't watched any anime series of that kind, watch it anyway, because you'll love it.
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This was a series that allowed my emotions to run wild. Each of the characters is presented with their own tragic tale of the past. Even the supernatural and fantasy elements are carefully intertwined in the story in such a way that it does not stick out. This is truly an excellent series.
The development starts out rather slow and silly and can get a bit dull. I was on a hiatus with this series for almost half a year before I started watching again. It is set up like a harem series, but it is different from them, which sets it apart from other
harem series. It is not a harem in a story; it is a story with a harem. There is a difference, and Kanon does it extremely well. Look at all the anime out there. Many of them have similar plots, but what makes some better than others? The execution of the story, and this is where Kanon shines. There is a constant air of mystery behind everything: the characters, the setting, the season, and so forth. The story is emotional, dramatic, and even light-hearted at times. With this nice blend, a seemingly simple story of a new boy surrounded by a group of girls becomes a unique tale. The only major problem was that when one of the girl's arc ended, they completely disappeared in another character's arc. This style feels way too much like a visual novel, and lacks blending and character interaction.
There is not much to say about the art and animation when it is done by Kyoto Animations because most of it is a regurgitation of what other fans have already said: absolutely amazing, gorgeous, and stunning. The setting and season of winter are extremely well drawn so that it puts the viewers into that setting. Falling snow has never look so good in an anime until now. It does not just fall; it falls in a way that I could watch it forever. The art style, though it's very clear, colorful and crisp, is a bit generic. The designs are of the eyes, a staple in these types of stories, were a bit too large and I did not like.
Ah, canon, canon, Kanon. There are reasons why this series is called that, and one of the more obvious reasons is the presence of Pachelbel's Canon in D Major. Such a lovely piece, especially for one who has already played it. Besides that, the music complements the mood very nicely. When things get dramatic and sad, it is the music that allows those tears to run free. Although I did not find any one track that stood out for me (except for well, the obvious one) the music was nice and fitting. It would not be a soundtrack that I would listen to without the anime playing though. The voice acting was also very good, although every time Yuuichi opened his mouth, I immediately thought of Kyon. It does not help that those two look uncannily similar.
The characters in this series were a bit generic but that's not necessarily a bad thing with the right development and execution. They did all have their mysteries, problems and development. Every character, from the first time they appear on screen, seems to have a mysterious side. Each of them are different and stands out. And Yuuichi is such an awesome lead. He can be a bit insensitive and playful at times, but he truly is a nice guy and it's not surprising that he's so well liked among the girls. The major downside in this series is the lack of interaction among the girls. Once a girls' story arc is done, they aren't really seen all that much until the end. It would have fleshed out their characters more if they interacted more.
I enjoyed this anime all right; enjoyed it to the point I cried through episodes nonstop. It might have also been the fact that I marathoned three or four episode at once, so the water works just seemed to never stop. There were times where I laughed out loud, times where I cheered (the ending), and many times where I bawled my eyes out.
Overall, I enjoyed this series immensely. It has a touch of everything: drama, comedy, supernatural elements and so forth. I thought it was a very enjoyable series despite its flaws. 8/10
Kanon is the the last of the Kyoto Animation animated Key visual novels that I had to see. Somehow I'd managed to watch all of Clannad, Clannad After Story and Air. While writing staff and directing staff differ slightly with each iteration, there's an incredibly clear singular style between each anime. It's a style that with each series of theirs I watch, and those inspired by its nakige formula such as Ano Hana, I can increasingly see the strings for. Strings that are made from the bloodied remains of mentally deficient little girls killed mercilessly and dangled limply from the fingers of Key writer Jun
Maeda as he coos "who's now the perfect image of a woman, yes you are, yes you are".
Here is the general outline for a Key story arc. First you introduce a little girl. She is supposedly a teenager the same age as our asshole lead male character. However at every single turn we are establishing how childlike they are. They look 6 years old, they act like they’re 6 years old, the male lead constantly treats them like they’re 6 years old and outright tells them they might as well be 6 years old. Each girl has their own little quip that in one girl’s case might as well be her saying “goo goo”.
They are also depicted as fragile and weak and needing your attention. A bunch of them are in the slow process of dying, either through poorly explained illnesses or magical illnesses. They’re emotionally fragile and with each arc fall apart in their own ways. One girl in particular has her own rotary functions and general maturity, what little of it there was, stripped away from her. The reasons for this shift usually comes straight out of the writer’s backsides, such as a character’s mum getting randomly hit by a car because we needed little girls to be more emotionally unstable.
Their emotional instability and life view all appears to come from when the girls were 6 years old (as in actually on this planet for 6 years, not just emotionally 6 years old). The childhood promise is the most powerful force in the world of Kanon, capable of raising the dead and conjuring ghosts. According to the world of Kanon, all relationships are born from before the age of 6 and everyone you meet since then might as well not exist. Nearly all the girls in Kanon are desperately trying to get back to the relationship they had with the male character from when they were 6.
You get the uncomfortable feeling that the writers believe that the 6 year old mindframe for women is the ideal. Not just so you can comfort them as they slowly die, but from a romantic standpoint too, and whenever you try to strip them off this childlike state the show punishes them for it. Kanon operates on horror movie logic where as soon as a girl displays anything resembling romantic feelings it gets stripped from them. Even if their romantic feelings come from a desire to just be together with someone because they’re lonely, as soon as anything resembling romance happens is when the show starts killing them.
That is this nakige formula. Key aren't the only people who do it, but they’re certainly the most famous. Bring in a female character. Make the male lead belittle her in s’life segments for her immaturity so he can establish his place as above her. Reveal that she may have romantic feelings for her. Then strip the girl of any independence either physically or emotionally and then usually kill her.
Normally a reviewer will say that the worst thing a piece of entertainment’s can do is be boring, but that’s not Kanon’s problem. Certainly it is mind-blowingly boring since practically all the humour and conversations consist of a girl with no mental capacity being told by the main character how stupid she is. But the real reason I hate Kanon so much is the bits after that. The rinse and repeat of taking a little girl, stripping her of all agency and then killing her in order to draw tears from the audience, who invariably fall for it each and every time.
Not that I blame you. The same way I don’t blame people for clicking on buzzfeed clickbait articles on web advertising. They are designed in that insidious way to get you to click on them, and its only once you realise that do you stop supporting this “You Won’t Believe These 8 Ways Miley Cyrus Hates Minecraft Pokemon” headlines by not clicking on them. I know you think Kanon, Clannad and Air are emotional because they made you cry, but punching you in the face and breaking your nose would probably make you cry too. That doesn’t make the punch a 10/10 emotional piece of high entertainment. All they are doing are taking weak creatures and killing them to draw a reaction from you. Stop falling for it. Please.
There is something very wrong with Key. It shows in most of their stories, but nowhere is it as obvious as in Kanon. It is a problem shared throughout the otaku industry, but once again, in Kanon it is more clear than anywhere else.
The problem seems to be a severe emotional immaturity and a nearly pathological fear of women. In Kanon, this influences nearly every female character: They are, through numerous contrivances, designed to be as non-threatening as possible. They are either so retarded that they would have no chance to function in society except by fiat of the writers, or not human, or otherwise
dysfunctional and immature.
The main character, in turn, manages to fumble his way through the story without ever forming any kind of meaningful, human relationship with any of them, never feeling anything deeper for them than the affection one might feel for a pet, or the grief one would feel at the loss of a pet. This is even true in a literal sense for one of the poor girls, who turns out to actually be a pet.
None of it feels real in any way. It is a shallow fantasy, written by emotionally stunted people. It depicts a desire for human contact devoid of any risk of being hurt, or deeply affected in any way. It is really quire disturbing to watch.
The show is, in a purely technical sense, very beautiful - Kyoto Animation are masters at their craft, and the art is wonderful and the direction tight. But the core of the story is rotten, and no amount of dress-up can change that.
Animation - 6
It' the same character design as we've all seen in Air and Clannad. Big, glassy eyes, with proportionately large tears. It's nothing new, but it is polished. Animation wise, it's what we know of from Key. Hair whipping through snow, blades of grass, and orbs of light. No striking animation sequences, or dynamic animation at all except for a fight that Mei gets into, but nothing special.
Sound - 6
Kannon is rife with pseudo-ambient music and music box themes that would make Enya decry the milquetoastness of it all. The opening and ending are forgettably familiar. There
was one good jazzy piano piece that seemed to show up when an obstacle was revealed that was quite good. If only the rest of the music had that charm and added that much texture.
Characters - 4
As has been said these characters are stock. We've seen them all, the sick girl, the loli, the comedy duo, the rich girl, the blond-only-other-guy-in-the-whole-show, the relative with a crush, and on and on. It's all so bland. Mei (quiet girl), gets it right, Yuuichi (the main character) is a weak person that pretends to be strong, hurting everyone around him without a modicum of self awareness. His selfishness disguised as selflessness knows no bounds and no one ever dares to call him out on it. In fact, everyone loves him for it. This phenomena results in the show having no character development for the main character at all. In fact, I only think that one character "develops" and it was just her behavior suddenly changing. Shiori's (sick girl) lack of knowing the name of what's ailing her is the main example of the lack of thought and depth that writers put in characters. Of course, they only want viewers to shed tears, so the most superficial of characters is all that's needed if they can make you cry, right?
Story - 4
Wrong. If Kanon were a horror story, more would make sense, because, just like every other Key series, Kanon systematically tries to murder every focus character in the male protagonists' Messiah Complex wake. Except that they don't even have the ball to stick to a single death in the show; moments later the writing backtracks (once it scored the tears from viewers hearts) and magically brings characters back to life.
If I took this show seriously, I would think that this was some horrible misogynistic fantasy about a boy who is the only person capable of saving all these girls lives within the span of what? Two months? Once Yuuichi has saved the girl of the arc, we don't hear of them ever again until the end when, of course, we have to have the pussy parade to show how much the protagonist has accomplished. Kanon is the worst offender in the Key series of trying to have some pseudo-metaphysical lore intertwine with the plot in that it directly affects these characters in the most mindboggling plot twists. Faith healers, fox spirits, girls with magical wishes? Furthermore, the overall plot development is set aside for the gir of the arc stories so that, by the last four or five episode they try, in futility to make the story work.
To confess, accept and lose someone you love all in the same episode, without any buildup whatsoever, what is that supposed to do? Am I supposed to feel bad? The writing doesn't let characters organically grow with one another in exchange for the "mystery" factor so that, once the leads are together, you ask yourself, What makes her more special than the others?...you forgot about all of these girls, and didn't remember them until it was too late. It's the same with her. Why is she special? Ridiculous.
Enjoyment - 3
So Kanon left a bad taste in my mouth. I actively avoided this show, because I already knew what was going to happen once I read the synopsis, and guess what? I was right. I couldn't even get behind the one character that I should have liked, Jun, because he was so randomly placed, and had little impact on the story. If anything, I had to drop my score of Clannad, because whatever originality I saw in it vaporized the moment I completed this show.
Overall - 4
In the show, the writers try to draw a comparison between Kanon and Pachabel's Canon in D. If only Kanon could be so groundbreaking; instead it comes off as merely derivative and uninspired. It is clear that Kanon was a testing ground of ideas, characters and setting for the more thematically tight (if also anemic) Air and Clannad. Kannon forgoes plot, character, and logical development for trite gimmicks intended for the emotionally immature to shed tears of empathy, leaving the show is thematically vacant and lacking ambition.
Alright I seriously do not like Dramas and sad stories were depressing things go on, but Kanon (2006) is one of the best anime's I have ever seen!
It made me feel all sorts of feelings that I have not felt in quite awhile now.
Its a must watch anime for anyone who is into the whole depression state Anime's, or even if you are not! This Anime is that great!
• Story - I rated the story a 9 because I thought that the fantasy thing was the only part holding it back. Although it still was a good part to have demons and miracles, but
i did love how everything was put together from his memories that he forgot seven years back. It is on borderline with 10 though.
• Art - The Art was a 10 for me, It is has incredible graphics that will not let you down. Its perfect, the surroundings look amazing and the city is like it was real! I have nothing negative to say about the graphics and Art.
• Sound - The sound for this Anime has earned a 10. I absolutely loved the sounds and music this Anime had to offer. Again, nothing bad to say about in the category. You will not be disappointed.
• Character - The Characters in this anime are seriously a 10. The characters in this Anime are all unique in their own ways and not to mention cute. very nice and yet again nothing horrible to say here.
• Enjoyment - this Anime deserves a 10 because I completly enjoyed this anime, even though it had sad, happy, angry, scary moments. This has to have been one of my most enjoyed Anime's I have ever watched before.
• Overall - The overall score i gave this anime is seriously a 10. It deserved this score because of how much i loved it and I thought everything about it was just incredible!
This is by far one of the most moving, heart-wrenching, and dramatic anime series I have ever watched. It's earned a special place in my heart and I will undoubtedly buy the DVDs as well. Everything from the story, the characters, settings and re-occuring themes within Kanon reverberate with passion and drama; a kind of quality that is hardly ever seen in most anime, yet not only have they accomplished such a feat but have raised the bar for everyone else wanting to make a lasting and memorable masterpiece.
Themes of lost love, death, sickness, and the supernatural constantly propel the story forward for
all of the characters, and heightened moments of tension between the male lead and the female characters create an unmatched and unrivaled level of drama with deep backstories and development.
As the story pulls you into the world of Kanon, the anime presents itself in an almost mundane, slice-of-life approach that helps you to get associated with the characters. After the setting and theme has been established, you begin to feel for these characters and to sympathize with them as the story begins to delve more into their past and what kind of stories relate to them. Then the story makes a huge and unpredictable plot twist that turns Kanon into a nonstop rollercoaster ride that will have you glued to your seat until the very last episode.
Each of the characters have amazingly unique and original storyline arcs , and at least one (if not all of them) is going to be a guaranteed tear jerker. What's more impressive is how each story arc ties itself together into a main story making it feel extremely cohesive and smooth rather than disconjoined and random.
As per KEY's style of storytelling, the anime is heavily prevalent with storybook-style lore and magic. This type of theme can be noticed in other types of anime in the same genre, however the means by which they use this setting along with the amazing characters and unique story help elevate the experience further rather than dampen it.
If you are into any form of romantic dramas, or are looking for something refreshingly unique, or something that will make you cry, or if you just want to simply enjoy a breathtakingly moving story that will leave a lasting impression on you, Kanon is a must watch if not a must BUY.
This is by far the best storyline i have seen out of all the anime i have seen. The unique side stories between the female protagonists were deeply touching and even made my cry on every single one. Unlike a lot of anime it really showed the slice of life side of things, it hinted a minority of fantasy which was revealed fairly early on into the story. I'm going to give this a 10.
I must say that a good storyline and excellent artwork is rare to find in any anime, but in Kanon they got those two just right, not too realistic, not
too cartoony, but a perfect balance in my eyes. The movement of the characters themselves were a very good pointer but the main attraction to the artwork would have to be the environmental side of things, the scenery of the forest, the city and everything else were just fantastic. 10 for this aswell.
Both the opening and ending themes to this anime were good, as the story progressed and more and more information about the characters were revealed the songs seemed to be more touching, as the video to it showed clips of the characters in actions, somehow reminding me of their stories. The voice actors chosen for this were just right. Aya especially, her voice was so cute and fit the character most impressively from the rest. Another 10 for this also.
From my previous points you can probably already tell what i'm going to say.. the characters were brilliantly done, and the anime would be 100% ruined without any of them in. Each and every character were different in their own way, and fitted the character setting and stories behind them. I'd have to say Mai was a personal favourite, as she was brilliantly done. Another 10 for this aswell.
The enjoyment factor of this anime was amazing, some bits of it were funny, whilst others were deeply heart-touching. I liked this element of the anime, as it's totally different from anything i've ever seen (I don't think i've cried like that for a very long time). So i'd have to give this a 10, as it's my favourite anime yet, and until another 'Miracle' happens, it will always stay to be as far as i'm concerned.
So overall i'd have to give this anime a 10/10. Theres not much more i can say apart from if you haven't watched this, i definately suggest it. It's more realistic than any other anime, with a hint of fantasy which works very well mixed in it.
For an amazing anime it had way too many flaws. I loved the characters, the story behind them and the emotions conveyed throughout the entirety of the anime. But to be honest with you there was a lot of wrong with this anime, such as how a lot of the things introduced in this anime made no sense and it was clear that the writers didn't want it to.
Makoto's story arc has to be the one I love the most. She was a great character to begin with and just like Kaori she actually felt like a normal girl, but that slowly changed for better
and for worse. We also had involvement of a character named Amano where her role was to help guide Yuuichi on how to deal with the problem that was facing Makoto and Yuuichi, as she had experienced this 'miracle' before.
After Yuuichi had learnt the truth, Makoto became more and more child-like, in the sense of an innocent child. She lost the ability to use her hands properly and slowly lost her ability to speak; she could only say "Auu~" after that. Because of this Yuuichi had to spend more time with her making her happy and showing her that he'll never leave again. During those moments, the events that followed and the music that was playing worked so well together making us adore her even more. As the viewer, we already know she is going to die so having these scenes only make the departure more depressing. Not only that but twice has the Makoto survived a fever and a sleep which brings us a sense of hope, false hope.
Even though I cried because of this arc, the other arcs didn't do much to me. It was all because this arc had me invested and actually made sense. Ignoring the fact that she is one of the children who are Youko, this felt very realistic.
I will not go over any of the major flaws, mostly because this will end up being a rant but partly because I forgot most of them as I've seen it done too much in other anime.
For a modernised '90s artwork, it looks amazing. I watched a few minutes of the '02 version of the anime and found that it was quite hard to watch, and the girls looked a lot more human in this version. Might I add Yuuichi had a complete redraw while the girls were simply updated. The backgrounds were beautiful but wasn't anything special. As I mentioned above, the background music is always working well with what is appearing on-screen and it was able to easily bring more emotion out of me as well as sounding pretty good. Also the OP and ED suited this anime very well, it showed that it was a generic love story with no real goal.
Overall, I loved the show and most of the characters as well as being interested in them, but the complexity of this anime can only go so far, however being the analytical person I am (even if I don't type them down) the flaws ruin it for me.
Kanon (2006) is a great Supernatural, Romance, Comedy, Drama about a boy named Yuichi Aizawa who goes to live with his cousin and aunt after not visiting them for 7 years. For some reason he has he has blocked of a part of his memories from 7 years ago but he begins to recall some of his memories, as meets some familiar faces.
This is a very well-written story which starts off developing at a leisurely pace, only introducing the characters and their surroundings. It isn't until a couple episodes in when the true story surfaces, with its intriguing plot. There's only one overall plot which
can only be described in three words, "Dreams, Miracles & Memories" and it's really how this all has affected the different girls that the male protagonist, Yuichi Aizawa, has encountered. It's really interesting because you never know what to expect since all the girls emit a sweet aroma of mystery.
The characters of this anime are a major aspect to the story and because it is based on a visual novel, then there are a lot of cute girls. Although just like similar anime series like "Air" you can expect the girls to have the typical personalities however they are each well developed in their own way. It is really just the male protagonist that stands out from the rest and it's thanks to the performance his voice actor that Yuichi is brought to life, through his emotions and witty comments.
Just like any "Kyoto Animation" production, the animation is beautifully perfect and cannot be topped. If you've seen "Air", "The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya" or "Full Metal Panic – TSR" then you'll know what to expect; cute well-drawn girls, dynamic environments and fluid movements. The music is also something that helps the show, with some nice sweet melodies that go well with every situation.
Overall this has to be one of the best romance anime series, based on a visual novel, because even with a weak plot the stories were still amazing. This anime is mostly full of cute and hilarious moments but in between all that there's plenty of tear-jerking drama, romance and even action to be satisfied with.
I recommend this series to anyone who loves Kyoto Animation productions, or isn't afraid to show their emotions because you'll need a box of tissues for this series.
Kanon(2006) will give you a warm feeling, but the lack of character's depth and the slow story can make you turn away from it.
Note: I'll stop saying Kanon(2006) and say Kanon instead, you get the point.
The story in Kanon is based around a guy related with girls. Somehow this guy suffers from amnesia, which I never knew why. He can't remember any of the past relations he had with them seven years ago. What stroked me the most is that for a 24 episodes show, it was slow. If you're not a fan of stories that graduate so slowly that you don't know where it's
getting, and then Kanon is probably something you won't watch. However, Kanon like any other series from Key has this little touch of magic that gives you a warm feeling, so it's not a useless story after all. As for Key animations, they are probably good at shiting you with the reality of life, Kanon is no exception there. Sadly, the way Kanon is told, you would never get the build up of a strong relationship between characters, except between Mai and Yuuichi. Mai is probably the only female lead who doesn't "disappear". In summary, the story is light, nothing outstanding but nothing too bad.
What is probably mostly annoying in the art are the girls. They all look innocent, have the same small mouth, the same face and the huge eyes. I'll tell you now, I'm not a fan of the huge eyes, and in this term, Kanon delivers. You love them? Go watch Kanon now. Still, I loved the backgrounds, the city of snow, the lighting. If you forget the characters, I’d probably give art a 9.5/10.
What do you get with innocent looking girls? Yes, you mostly get an annoying voice cast. I probably got tired of " UGUUUUUUUU" after the 10th time(which I believe was the first episode). As for the music, it goes well with the mood. Listening to Kanon music would probably make you depressive. IT IS a depressive show after all.
As I said in my introduction, Kanon strongly lack in character's depth. What I mean by "lack", I totally mean that the characters are flat. Not only the girls all look innocent, they actually act innocent for most of them. Their characteristic makes the show hard to watch, as there is not enough. However, they all have this mysterious and secret past that will hold you on watching the show only for the reason of knowing it. I'll give a thumbs to Key for this, now that's what I call marketing. Anyway, the show didn't have a strong variation of characters, that's why someone would probably think they're all the same.
After all these mix of good and bad things, I can say that I actually enjoyed Kanon more than I hated it. Yes, the long moments of silence, the slow story and the flat characters is what I hated it, but you'd still get this mix of sad and happy feeling after watching it. Like most of key's animations, Kanon is a form of relaxation. You won't get any suspense, strong drama, big tragedies, but you'll feel relaxed.
A bit disappointing, but not bad. (BTW, There are a few spoilers)
Everyone seemed to have a really good opinion of Kanon 2006, so I expected the most out of it. I was left a bit dissatisfied, but was entertained nonetheless.
I had a totally different idea about it before I started watching it. I thought it was going to be an anime about normal, run-of-the-mill anime people, but this is KyoAni after all. There were times when my jaw would just drop and my shoulders would shrug, connoting I didn’t understand some details, but I did pick up its essence in the end. It was almost
like a roller coaster ride for me, except when it went down it didn’t go so low. It had a lot of good points too; believe me when I say I got teary eyed during the last 2 episodes.
It also bothered me how quickly the characters would adapt to their current situation. They would cross paths with a fox which turned into a human, the spirit of a girl in comatose, a girl battling her own demons and many other weird characters, and yet they would immerse themselves in their daily lives as if nothing happened. It is anime world, after all.
Despite their individual eccentricities, the characters were actually likable. I sympathize with the girls, and I even feared that another one would disappear after Makoto. Makoto was my favorite, I especially found her to be cute when she started to lose her human self, then Shiori, then Mai. Kyon, no, Yuiichi was also a very interesting character. He’s mostly responsible for every chuckle and cackle I would make each episode, it’s almost like TMoHS all over again.
Now that I mentioned Kyon, how great is it to have Tomokazu Sugita on board? He’s my favorite male seiyuu so far, being part of 2 other series I like, namely Honey and Clover and TMoHS of course. There’s also the cameo of Maaya Sakamoto, my favorite female seiyuu, which made this anime sweeter for me – although she did portray a character I hated at first. Yui Horie is another name that got me. Shall we say ~uguu? Let’s add an ~auu, ~nyuu and ~ahaha to that as well.
Animation is just top notch, and this is one of the most notable differences between the original Kanon and Kanon 2006. Kanon 2006 looked much more detailed (but not in a way that will strain your eyes), the characters were revamped and the backgrounds were very stunning. Plus there’s the CG too. The CG was just breathtaking – it complimented the scenes very well, and it was of high quality.
I wish I can say I like the music, but I found it a bit too dreary for me. Sometimes I felt like falling asleep to the opening song. I’m not saying I hate it, I did find myself singing along whenever the OP/ED would start playing, but I wish the music was something that I liked more. The feel was very dramatic, the kind you would see in really sad shojo anime, but in a way, it does fit the theme of the anime. Also, I find that the music is well made, but again, it’s not for me. Props for using Disney’s Sleeping Beauty theme in episode 12. It’s one of my favorite Disney songs.
Don’t you just love when there’s little to none fanservice? I think the only hint of fan service I found was in the first episode, when Nayuki was changing her clothes. I’m sure there were more, but they were probably not too vulgar that I didn’t notice. It’s quite surprising, actually. My initial thought was that Kanon 2006 would be one of those typical harem anime series, but again, it’s KyoAni after all.
For making a viable remake, I’d give Kanon 2006 a perfect 10. For entertaining me? I’d say 7-8ish.
I’ve never been extremely fond of the whole slice of life/drama series in anime. From where I stand they seem like boring, by-the-book series that never go anywhere, do anything, and have a main character that is as interesting as a window curtain. This in mind, when I go into such series, there’s a certain bit of apprehension, or dread if you will, cause I know that it will be about 50% walking around at school and 45% drama that has no substance.
This doesn’t mean I’ve never enjoyed a slice-of-life(Clannad, SNAFU, School Days(joking)) but when I first looked at Kanon, I
just felt the urge to laugh. A series based of a Key Visual Novel adapted by Kyoto Animation, that has 5 equally adorable girls on the cover? Right, think I got this. There’s going to be some boring bloke who has some reason to be new to the setting, there’s going to be one girl who has the personality and emotional capacity of a certain Evangelion character, there’s going to be another girl who looks and acts about 5, and the entire cast has some kind of dark past or trauma that will rear its ugly head by the end of the series. Granted, I did get that, but it’s not as straight forward as it seems.
Lets begin with our protagonist: Yuichi Aizawa, the teenager who has just moved back to a city where he spent like two weeks staying with his aunt and cousin, in order to go to school there. He actually pretty normal, but the one thing he has going for him is massive snark. He reminds me vividly of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya’s Kyon, only without the ability to occasionally keep his mouth shut. He always seems to have something to say about everyone and everything, and this wit is what drives the shows comedy. It’s actually pretty funny too, and that’s good, cause bland comedy and repetition get along like a toe and hangnail. Despite this, Yuichi proves multiple times that he actually cares a lot for other people, and will do anything for anybody who thinks needs his help. I really like his character, and he makes a great protagonist for the show.
Next up is our “main girl” Ayu Tsukimiya, the aforementioned 5yr old looking girl. She tends to be in the center of whatever is happening, acting like a sidekick for Yuichi and helping him with his problems. Since the show follows an ark format, this allows her to be always in the background while we concentrate on a certain girl, but always in the show. This builds a lot to her, and is crucial for the show’s final ark, which just so happens to be about her. She’s an eccentric and overly optimistic girl, but of course she has a dark past that shapes why she acts the way she does. Actually she’s not quite as well rounded as some of the other characters on the show, but she’s clearly the one the show wants to focus on. It’s like being told to watch grass grow while a giant panda is floating in the sky behind you, firing gamma rays from its mouth. Yes I cared what happened to her by the end, but I can’t help but feel that might be due more of the time I spent watching her than actually character likability and complexity.
The rest of the supporting cast is ridiculously strong, each with their own backstory and screen time. While I can’t talk about them all, keep watch for the Misaki sisters, who probably had the best developed ark in the show, Makato Sawatari, an unassumingly complex girl whose arc came the closest to making me shed a tear, and Minase Nayuki, Yuichi’s cousin, who is really hard to wake up in the morning. I’m glad the show was able to build such strong characters, since the plot certainly isn’t going to get of its ass and help forward the narrative is it? Character driven is something you could use to describe Kanon, and in my book, that’s a good thing.
Now the biggest problem I have with these kind of shows usually is the way they handle drama. What I hate, and what these shows usually do, is put drama in there for the sake of it. For example, I’ll cry because a puppy died, yes, but it actually takes a good show for me to cry because I liked that puppy. I knew its motivations and personality; its fears and dreams, and I can see how it all built up to the event. See what I mean? It’s easy to have a tragic backstory, but it’s harder to make the viewer truly care. Luckily, with Kanon they avoid this problem, and whatever empathy or sadness I felt for the characters, it was because they were well built, not for the sake of it. While some characters lack true depth, I really don’t have a problem with any of them.
If there’s one thing I didn’t lack how the show handled, it was the supernatural part of it. It just seemed like something thrown in there to increase the drama; because apart from when it was important to the plot, everything is typical slice-of-life. Now, the supernatural elements were OK in a anime like Clannad because they were used sparingly, just enough to give the show a sense of wonder(besides from that bullsh*t ending) but in Kanon they don’t seem to really have a reason for it. OK Kanon, the fox girl I can buy, but by the time demons and ghosts are showing up, my tolerance is waning. If they wanted a supernatural theme, just make it an integral part of the show, not a catalyst for drama escalation! But I digress.
The music for Kanon is really quite average. While it provides really nice ambience for the series, especially during the emotional bits, nothing here really is worth listening to on your own. As for animation, Kyoto Animation did a fantastic job. While character design in nothing of the beaten track(though that is probably more the visual novels fault more than Kyoto Ani’s) the animation is lovely and high quality, as expected from this certain production studio.
While not great, Kanon is still well worth your time if you’re looking for a character driven drama. It’s emotional, funny, and if you’re suffering from a void from finishing your new favorite slice-of-life, probably one of the first things you should pick up. I didn’t cover everything, like the lack of cohesion between the story arcs, or the amount of convenience that Yuichi would meet all these girls and make such a big impact that they would remember him like a decade later all in the span of this one visit to his aunt, but I’m not going to fixate on it too much. It’s good, you should watch it, and if you don’t have a soul as black and dead as I do, you might just shed a tear or two. Till next time.
Final Verdict: 7(.5)/10
P.S: So wait, she just recovered from that illness at the end without any explanation? Oh, nevermind.
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Watching Kanon among all the hentai game adaptations like being dragged to your grandma's dance party being shocked that it ain't bad.
Erotic visual novels... or Hentai games are they're better known, are not exactly Shakespearean work. They typically feature some hopeless wuss boy, with way too much porno magazines under his bed and and a nose that donates vast amounts of blood whenever he seems some cleavage that's vaguely PG-13.
And yet, for some unfathomable reason, this same hopeless guy would not only the object to sexual desire for a hot girl of every archetype, but also the school teacher (who happens to have
very large breasts), and his kid sister (who looks like they'll only hit puberty in the year 2099). Needless to say, Anime adaptations of such visual novels are generally not aimed for the Oscars.
Kanon, while not perfect, is an unexpected gem that breaks all such traditions.
Sure, there's still a guy, Yuuichi, surrounded by many cute adoring girls. But for once, this is guy that actually *deserves* to be adored. The dialogue in Kanon oozes with charm, and Yuuichi is the master at cynical humour. Mix this with a dash of selflessness, and you've got a guy that you can actually see girls getting attracted to. For once, for the guys out there, this is probably one the only harem animes might improve your interactions with the opposite gender when you watch it.
This, combined with stunning visuals, a slow but serene soundtrack, a cast of memorable female characters, each with a story that can potentially bring out a tear, makes Kanon reign supreme as the king of animes featuring 5 different beautiful women adoring one man.
And there lies Kanon's more problem... at its heart, it is still an adaptation of a hentai game. In these games, a player would make decisions, and end up with one girl. Once the girl's decided, there's very little interaction with any other. The anime adaptation attempts to details the story of every girl, and thus comes across as being a little disjointed.
Whenever the story of one girl ends, she mysteriously vanishes from the series, as if the director fired the actor on the spot. What's more, with every girl pouring their heart out for Yuuichi, and squealing at the chance for a date, you would think that they'd get a little upset when he ends up with someone else. I'm not talking about school days here, but everyone getting along happily like 5 overly cute puppies around their master is a little far stretched.
Despite this gripe, which in fairness, us hard to avoid. Kannon delivers. Not only is this the cream of hentai game adaptations, its also an hentai game adaptation that you can use to introduce a girl to anime, without them making up excuses like having to go dancing with their grandma the next time you meet.
Kanon (2006) is one of the most beloved shoujo anime of all time; fans describe it as a touching, devastatingly sad storyline with memorable characters that make for a "life-changing" experience. It is highly regarded as a masterpiece that could make just about anyone cry. Well, long story short, Kanon didn't even come close to fulfilling that criteria for me thanks to one simple reason; nothing in this anime is relatable, believable, or genuine by any stretch of the imagination. This show demonstrates a complete misunderstanding of the very fundamental nature of human relationships, most notably the concept love. Rather then spilt this
review into story, characters, sound, and art, I'm just going to go straight for why I didn't like this anime:
The first problem is the characters. I don't know why the writer felt the need to write the female characters in such a way, but they are all the intellectual equivalents of a severely mentally handicapped person. Two of them in particular are so inept and immature that they literally cannot function as human beings without significant amounts of help. It gets so bad that at one point, one of the girls needs the protagonist, Yuuichi, to f*cking FEED her. Seriously. FEED her.
If you are unable to realize why that is a major problem, I'll go ahead and tell you: it's a major problem because this unrealistic sense of dependence and immaturity prevents Yuuichi from ever forming a normal, human relationship with any of the characters! The affection that Yuuichi develops for the other characters is comparable to the feelings you might have for a dog or cat; certainly not a human being (that turns out to be shockingly accurate for one character, haha). None of the connections between the characters feel meaningful or emotional in anyway because of how obnoxiously unrealistic the females are. Only one of them does not fall into this trap, and that one is a cardboard cut-out Yuki Nagato/Rei Ayanami clone who is completely devoid of any personality what so ever.
The second problem is the plot twists/major plot events. Kanon continued with it's theme of being unrealistic and unrelatable by drawing all of it's "sad" and "emotional" plot twists from sudden, tragic events that don't actually happen in real life! I can't go into detail about what these "twists" are, but lets just say they are poorly explained, they come out of nowhere, and they are completely fictional/supernatural.
Again, if you are unable to understand why this is a problem, I will explain again: If you are going to attempt to tell a love story or a story about friendship with the goal of making people sad because a tragic event happens, that only works if the tragic event is something believable that the viewer can relate to their real life! The reason that tragic moments in anime like the final story arc of Clannad: After Story worked and were legitimately sad was because the characters were relatable and the tragedies/plot twists that occurred were realistic and could actually happen! You actually were forced to sympathize with the characters because the relationships between them were real (for the most part), their environment was real, and their emotions were believable. Why couldn't Kanon have gone down that road? Instead, it simply relies on a bunch of supernatural crap that makes no sense and is more frustrating then it is sad. People can't sympathize with something that is not explained and not relatable to their lives in someway (unless they are just looking for a mindless excuse to cry).
Kanon does have its redeeming qualities I suppose, particularly the artwork. The animation in Kanon is stunning at times, but I'm not crazy bout the character design. I know that anime characters are supposed to have big eyes, but Kanon's female characters have heads that are about 50% eye. That is a bit absurd. The music was good, but not great. The OP is horrible, for example. Above average animation and music is simply not enough to save an anime from disturbingly horrible characters (Yuuichi is alright I guess) and poor writing decisions. I don't see the appeal of this anime.
These are dangerous words, and the answer that may follow them is even more dangerous. Sometimes people say it carelessly and wont be able to keep that promise, specially kids, since they still don't know the impact some words might have.
This is the main focus of Kanon. Things that happened on the past and haven't been forgotten. Promises that were done, and haven't been kept.
It's a unusual but still very interesting theme, that fits perfectly with the style of drama-romance Key/Visual Art's have. For those who aren't familiar with their visual novels and anime adaptations yet, Kanon would be a nice start.
It's above the average VisualNovel adaptations you usually find. Of course, just like any other anime adapted from a VN, it does follow that concept of dividing the story into "arcs" one for each character, however, Kanon did this is such a unique way that the story flows naturally making the storyline clean and easy to follow. It isn't slow paced neither rushed, and may be a little depressing but nothing like a roller-coaster of emotions. A soft and beautiful tale, that may move some to tears and others not.
This time, MAL did a really nice job in the summary for this series, I don't have much to add. It's concise and leaves that curiosity on the air. In order to not be repetitive I'll just do a brief introduction of it.
Yuiichi is an average high-school boy who just arrived at a countryside town where always snows. He used to go there a lot when he was little, and he would always stay in his cousin's house. However, due to some issues that he doesn't remember very well himself, he stopped going there. Now, after these long years he returned to this city, and while the days go by he will start to remember some things and some people from his past.
Being Key's 'winter' project it is interesting to find the symbolism into some elements of the story. Why a city where it is always snowing? What emotions can we attach to winter, sadness maybe? Melancholy? Nostalgia? Those metaphors are all around the series, mixes in light "supernatural" and "fantasy" elements.
Just like that, each of the characters also have an symbolism attached to them. Most of them represent stereotypes of common anime series. The shy girl, the tsundere, the funny and friendly guy... Even though, as many may thing, they are not plain characters. These stereotypes are attached to them but what the anime wants to show is that people can, and will, eventually change. Along the series, lots of episodes are focused solely on character development and this is one of the strongest points of Kanon. It differs from most of the romance series, where only the main characters actually have some development.
Something nice to point out, is that this series from KyoAni is already a remake from an anime of 2002. Then, you might ask, "why should I watch this one rather then the first?".
The answer I'd give is pretty simple:
Both are based on the same VisualNovel so, despite minor differences and some changes on the ending, the story is the same. KyoAni could learn from the mistakes Toei Animation did, and improved the script, just like with a higher budget and a new technology they could go further on the animation, sound and artwork.
This wasn't the first time they did an anime adaptation of a Key's VN, and the previously projects turned out really well, so, If I were you, I'd bet my chips on this one.
Like that, the artwork and the soundtrack were a joy of sidekicks.
All the light/filters effects KyoAni have in their arsenal made of artwork one of the strongest supporters for the story. This, allied with a diverse selection of piano pieces -sometimes in a cheerful mood and sometimes in a dark and sadder tone- with also a strong opening increases the emotional factor the story carries.
Being I one of those people who gives a lot of value for this two topics, it is great when I can say honestly in a review that the anime managed to blend all of them very well.
No complains here.
Even though, Kanon does have some broken strings and loose ends.
One of the biggest problems studios face while adapting a VN to anime is how will they write the ending. In the Visual Novel you have lots of alternative endings, each for a character or situation. During the anime producers could choose into animating all routes but when it comes to an end it needs to be decided which one will be "the one". They could select one or merge them all but always considering the pace of the story.
Here is where Kanon messes up a bit with the great story that was developed so far. Close to the end it becomes really slow paced, in a way someone with a small attention spam would soon find it boring. Just for in the last couple of episodes, finish in a incredibly fast mood. It suddenly switch from a calm pace to a very rushed final episode, making all that storyline that was elaborated throughout the whole series be obfuscated by an predicable ending. Leaving for you just that bad taste of "what? Oh. It's over."
Besides, Kanon do strikes again even in that messed ending.
It doesn't try to impose emotions or feels on you like some other dramas when it comes to emotional scenes. The scenes flows naturally with a clear OST that isn't forceful which is great because this way you don't loose the focus.
Sometimes, people like refer to Kanon as "Clannad's OVA" or "Clannad little sister".
While it is funny to say that, you must be very careful if you will make an assumption like that. It is not something nice to say for someone who is new to anime, because that person won't get what you're trying to say and will loose his/her interest in this series.
Both animes do share some characteristics. The setting of the story is similar and also some characters. As you would expect from two stories that share the same author. However, I would say Clannad is a romance with drama, while Kanon is a drama with romance. Both for those with strong hearts!
Overall, it is a story everyone should watch. And watch open minded, appreciating the ideals the story is trying to share.
Just a end-of-review curiosity, The series name comes from the title of an composition by a german baroque composer called Pachelbel. Pachelbel's Kanon. ("Canon/Kanon" stands for a style, where a main melody is followed by several "imitations" of it, like if it is being repeated, just with crescendos and tempo variations).
Reminds the series opening?
Coincidentally or not, another famous baroque arrangement is named "-Air- on the G string" another Key's title.
As always, thank you for your time! ...And yes. We all agree this kind of eroge-adapted harem is kinda cliché. But what can you do? They are also addicting as fuck!
There is most likely typos, but please try to overlook them.
What lies before us here is an unique anime which is sure to leave deep marks in your heart, and make you create emotions you didn't know you even possessed.
The Anime Kanon 2006 is an adaption of a visual novel with the same name created by the company key.
Although I haven't played the game, I can mention that it was created in 1999. This means that you shouldn't by any means compare this anime to the other adaptions of key's works (Clannad, Air & Little Busters) as Kanon was created earlier than the beforementioned. (Especially
on things such as character design, personality and plot in general)
I gave the story a straight 10/10 grade. The different arcs within this series is perfectly entwined together and goes by extremely smoothly. The plotline of the show circles around the protagonist "Yuuichi", who travels back to his cousin's town, which he used to visit in his childhood years. The story is brought forward by the past being more and more unraveled, while Yuuichi creates deeper relationships with the heroines of the story. The supernatural aspects of the story enhances the mysterious mood which the anime tries to create.
By the end of the anime you will gasp and think how everything fit together. The rewatch value of this show is very high, as you might need some time to assemble all the pieces together.
As for character art, that's something entirely subjective. Even though you might prefer smaller eyes or more mature looking characters, I can objectively conclude that the characters are drawn very detailed. The hair and clothes have a lot of small details which enrichens the visual experience. The animation is very fluid, and the backgrounds fits the mood perfectly. If you watch the show in 1080p your eyes might have an experience of euphoria.
The music in Kanon is made by the Jun Maeda. He is known for composing key's music and his works are in the highest tier.
A majority of the music consists of many calming and sad tunes which is mainly performed on piano, while some is using music box. Different ambient and semi-jazzy tracks is also featured. For music lovers such as myself this grade weights pretty hard, and the music is absolutely remarkable.
The OP and ED is very captivating, where the OP is more on the sad side while the ED creates a more positive mood. While the show is overall pretty tearshredding, the ED helps you to maintain a feeling of hope.
On my part this weights the most when I'm rating anime. The protagonist is Kanon is a lighthearted person which is incredibly easy to like.
As for the heroines of the story, they are all extremely unique. Most of the heroines in the anime is rather mysterious, and very likeable overall. The character developement is brought forward very nicely, and the relationship between the characters is given a lot of thought on beforehand. The wide range of personalities and distinctiv behaviors of the characters in the series creates a lot of variety, and I can ensure you that you're gonna love at least 2 or 3 of the characters in the story.
When I first watched the show in 2012 I hadn't shed a tear for many years. After completing the series I broke down in a hour of constantly crying. That was the feeling of fulfillment I had. The show sure made a great impact on me, and my life ended up being changed.
As for who that will enjoy this show, I dare to say that it fits for everyone.(above 14~ years, as the show is rather complex) The show features thrilling moments, a lot of sad moments and moments where you will sit in you chair and smile like an idiot for minutes.
The romance in the series is remarkable compared to other series in the "harem" genre and also generally. Although the show is not tagged as a slice of life, I would say that it also fulfills your needs of getting a close view on the characters daily life. The series will satisfy mystery lovers to the degreed that you might not sit on the chair and wonder who the murder is, but rather figuring out how everything is put together.
By giving 10 in all the other categories, one can easily figure out that the final rating will be 10/10. The anime is of extremely high quality and everyone should have it in their shelf collection. For me the hours I used to watch the show was the most appreciated hours before the screen of all time. (at least if we take in mind TV shows and everything being displayed on the TV)
I hope this review was helpful, I'm not experienced with writing reviews and this was my first go.
I appreciate feedback on stuff that could've been done better. I might have been unclear on some parts and I apologise for that.
"It's called a miracle because it never happens." - Misaka Shiori
This review could contain some spoilers if you have not watched Clannad.
Kanon (2006) or Kanon for short, as a whole is a riveting story, but it left me wanting a bit more, no, I don't mean it in a good way. I'll explain it soon.
Story: You have Yuuichi Aizawa, who returns to a city he used to visit after being gone for several years. He lives with his cousin Nayuki, and goes to school with her. As soon as he transfers to her school, that's when things begin to ravel, and he recollects his past.
I won't explain much because I'm afraid I might spoil, but the synopsis is there for you. The story is a very entertaining one if you're a fan of drama and romance. The episodes are set up nicely, leaving you wanting to watch the next one. Don't let the cliches early in the series drive you away, as the rest of the series can change your mind about it. Keep in mind that this series has 'Supernatural' as one of the genres, so try not to judge this with realism. This may be slow paced for some people, but comparing this to Clannad (which you should not fully compare it to), the story runs at a much quicker pace.
Comparing to Clannad: I think Clannad is more popular than Kanon, so more people probably have watched that first. Keep in mind that Clannad was aired a couple of months after Kanon was done, so the similarities between the two are very high. The plot between the two are not 100% identical, but this being a Key visual novel adaptation, well I'm not saying anymore. What I'm saying is you shouldn't compare those two thinking it's the absolute same thing. The difference I can say about Kanon is that the drama and conflict isn't as forced as After Story.
Character: The development between Yuuichi and the other characters was pretty good, but I think could have been improved on some characters. However, it's just enough to make you know a lot about them, know their relationships between the main character, and understand their feelings. The conflict and drama of Kanon really hit you hard, and that's what kept me interested in this series.
Sound: To start Kanon, Last Regrets is played as the opening, which I think is really fitting to the series and is a great song in general. However, the soundtrack is the real thing. Some of the tracks are from the visual novel, but everything is fitting throughout. Oh yeah, Canon in D.
Art: The art is comparable to Air, and looks almost identical to Clannad (e.g. Ayu looks a lot like Fuko), but nonetheless, the animations are just as good.
Enjoyment/Overall: Kanon (2006) was a really enjoyable series to watch. The drama keeps you glued to your seat, and also makes you tear up in many moments. Though it left me wanting more, and supernatural elements playing a role, I was very satisfied with series, and would recommend it to anyone.
Overall Rating: 9
Warning:My reviews contain high doses of black humor,naughty language and some other shit.
Oh yes yes yes...Another over-fuckin-rated anime..After having watched Air i seriously thought that this was gonna be one and the same..And i wasn't far off..
First off..I watched the original before this and i thought it was like watching my 99 yr old granny masturbate.It scarred me for life.Animation was shit,story was shit,characters were shit,every single thing about Kanon was an absolute pile of dog mess..
And what they did with this remake?They made it better by making it even worse..Let me explain..The original even though it was wayyyyyyyy too rushed it had some important
details i would like to watch in this one..But i didn't..They took every good thing from the original and threw it out of the window..Not that there were any good points to start with...Especially when u take into account that they force feed you the drama burger..After the introductory first,let's say 7 eps i think,everything is a freakin ride to despair land..It even has a sign "please drive through our village only when full with antidepressants".
This is basically at heart a harem anime..This means that it has Moe school girls that dig the MC but the MC is a big hairy pussy and can't decide who to bone unlike,say,every real school kid who would have fucked the shit outta them..What made me hate this show was the cutesy overload crap.They ditch every aspect of decent storytelling,drama,internal conflict just to put in their place all the noises the girls make when u punch them in the fez.
So let's see all the characters...The MC has amnesia..It is explained later but in such a way that it's like sitting there in your face mocking you for being such a massive idiot watching this shit.All the other characters are ONLY girls and only serve the purpose of dating him and then die a miserable death.That's all they're for..Basically meat waiting to be fucked and tossed dead in the curb.Most of them die or have some disease and are supposed to die but then by miracle they don't because the love of the MC made their incurable disease go away or one is a ghost of a girl in coma...NOT DEAD!!!IN A COMA...Makes sense?Even his cousin likes him...And just when u think he's gonna give her some cousin candy...Guess what...He goes after the coma girl who is still drooling after the 7 year sleep.
I seriously believe that the show had nothing to start with..The made it lengthier to explain things that aren't explained in any way at all..They just drag the whole thing just to fit all the frickin "AGUUUU" and "AUUUU" and all this cutesy moe crappoli..On one episode only i thought that one girl didn't know Japanese and just made sounds...A whole episode full of AGUUUUU...Oh give me a break..This is the epitome of a good anime?Really people?
Animation this time round was good...Not bad not great just good enough and consistent.The acting was fine,although all the little “cute” sounds(UGUUUUUUUUUU)got overwhelmingly annoying at times.
To sum up..It is horrible..The plot and characters actions defy all logic.I bet u any money that those who watch these sugary bullcrap anime just fantasize that they are the series protagonist and fuck every living breathing thing in a 20 mile radius just for breakfast.
WOW...was my first reaction when I finished watching Kanon. IMO this is one of the BEST drama/romance animes you can watch. With amazing animation quality, incredible and touching storyline, the dynamic Key/Kyoto duo, and a bunch of super moe characters, Kanon 2006 quickly took a spot as one of my top animes and my reasons for it are:
Story: Just like previous Key/KyoAni production Air, Kanon was mainly divided into different arcs for the different girls and each took a set number of episodes to unfold, each one bringing some sort of tragic or mysterious chain of events on our main character. I obviously have arcs
that I liked more than others but as a whole when you put Kanon's stories together you realize that you have just witnessed an amazing show with one of the most touching stories you can find out there. I dont wanna sound manly or anything but I have never cried while watching an anime, but Kanon 2006 has come the closest ever to making me cry for an animated character, while watching I would start to get teary eyed at the most sensitive moments and for that Kanon has a special place in me. I rounded down but my original score would be 9.4/10
Art: With Kanon Kyoto Animation once again proved that they are kings of animation and production quality. All characters in Kanon were just amazingly well drawn and their animation were fluent and you could hardly ever see a scene where the animation would drop. Being in a city of snow, the colours of Kanon were not as bright and impressive as Air but that does not mean Kanon looked bad, all the colours used in Kanon were also bright and the show as a whole was really pretty to look at. The score of 10 stands and for a good reason.
Sound: I never really pay that much attention to sound when I watch animes but the musical backgrounds in Kanon mixed with the tragic events result in some of the most touching moments I've seen.
Character: When it comes to characters Kanon has plenty to choose from, with 5 main heroines and plenty of side characters Kanon is not lacking in this department. And did I mention every single one of them are just WAY TO CUTE! Kyoto has done a really great job at drawing them all and every one of them comes with a different personality resulting in the main character acting completely different towards each of them. Also since Kanon is a 24 episode series they had more time to introduce and develop each character more than in Air's 12 ep series (ep 13 does not count). The resulting mix gives you a show where you can really get emotionally attached to a character and when seeing their stories unfold you actually feel bad/good for them when an event occurs.
Enjoyment: Despite having been depressed by this show's story many times, I can easily say that Kanon 2006 has been one of my favourite anime and I still rewatch some moments if I need some sadness in my life O_o
Overall the second Key/Kyoto anime has been an incredible one and it shows that when you mix Key's amazing storytelling with Kyoto's amazing animation, the end result is an anime that will amaze you with the story and will drawn you in with their looks. Kanon 2006 is definitely a show that no one should miss even if you do not like the drama/romance shows, this is one of the few shows I've given a 10/10 it's that good.