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Kanon (2006)

Alternative Titles

English: Kanon
Synonyms: Kanon Remake, Kanon 2006
Japanese: カノン (2006)


Type: TV
Episodes: 24
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 6, 2006 to Mar 16, 2007
Premiered: Fall 2006
Broadcast: Fridays at 01:00 (JST)
Producers: Pony Canyon, TBS, Movic
Licensors: ADV Films, Funimation
Studios: Kyoto Animation
Source: Visual novel
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.081 (scored by 106,609 users)
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Ranked: #4702
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Popularity: #474
Members: 203,110
Favorites: 4,348


The two main characters are very similar in their sarcastic tone. The story surrounds the main male lead's interaction with the girls around him. 
report Recommended by neutralizer
also done by Kyoto Animation, and produced by Visual Art's/Key. Looking for sad stories like in Air? Kanon is your answer, but twice as long and just as good. 
report Recommended by kei-clone
If you like Clannad, you definitely have to watch Kanon, since it's the predecessor and a true masterpiece. It's similar in many ways, but it can score with great characters, great comedy, cuteness, tear breaking drama, overflowing happiness and some really really fantastic and intelligent story arcs.  
report Recommended by Forever
Both simular in ways where Rin in (Shuffle!) & Yuuichi (Kanon) recieve alot of attention from the main female characters and have a good comedy side! 
report Recommended by FiiFO
Both are pretty good anime drawn around one boy and both have their fair share of action and drama. Sola has a little more action and kanon has a little more drama. Both like talking about hopes and dreams though.  
report Recommended by Ranivus
In some ways both are very similar, but, at the same time, there are quite a few differences. If you enjoy the dramatical and yet mystical romantic aspect of Kanon, you'll definitely find that in Ef- tale of memories. The difference probably lies in Ef's abstractly artistic animation and split storyline that follows the romance of three separate relationships. 
report Recommended by AegisReborn
kyon's prior gig as yuuishi in a very snowy town that is like an alternate universe to the melancholy of haruhi suzumiya....it seemed so eerily reminiscent. everything was very similar except kyon(yuuishi)...it was the exact same character.  
report Recommended by lchoister
Both shows have a main character who is returning to a town that they lived in as a child, and are both slowly remembering events that happened there when they were children.  
report Recommended by dustbunny2230
It is a story of love and hidden desires all set in school life. It has a similar setting as Kanon where a male protagonist surrounded by a group of girls and each girl has her own story to tell. 
report Recommended by Aniangel
Both Male Main Characters Had A Sad Pasts. Both Are Somehow Trying To Look Forward. And Different Girls Comes In Their Life 
report Recommended by Jesper_Rayne
It has great story, the art is lovely, its also unique, characters are great *but a few in kanon* , but it has great emotional stories. For all characters, and they are both not overly overrated. Unique characters and music. There are also similar things in the story, like disappearing main girls. Secrets that you dont discover till the end. etc. 
report Recommended by kiryustiddies
Both Have Similar Artwork, Story Structure, Music And Are Made By The Same People, Key! 
report Recommended by SpaceHoliday
-Both animes's setting/story goes by an omnibus format, and have small arcs for each heroine that doesn't diverge from the central plot of the story (with the setting intact) 
report Recommended by MagicFlier
If you loved Kanon for its tear jurking story about lost love, pain, and joys along with it. Check out Kimi ga Nozomu Eien.  
report Recommended by burnttoast
Same make of Clannad. All of their work is very sad, and all a Slice of Life. I recommend this even if you dont like this anime. Its just plain fantastic 
report Recommended by Der_duckin
-Self-narrative protagonists -Each girl receives her own arc -Animes adapted from creations by KEY -Drama, romance, comedy, bromance, school life, all along with supernatural tones 
report Recommended by hackrabbits
Both evole around one guy and two or more girls, and about their love for the main character.. both are tear jerkers occasionsly in the series.. 
report Recommended by belldandy2009
Although the girl to one guy ratio is larger in Kanon, they both have a lot of love and drama going on. Suzuka is more realistic in terms of the story and setting. 
report Recommended by xdzzz
Both anime have the common theme of memory loss with dark undertones when the true nature of this amnesia comes to light. Both are powerful stories which leave one with a sense of wonder. 
report Recommended by MarshallM
Steins;Gate, like many other visual novels, follows the same basic story structure as Kanon. A happy comedic first half, a tragic second half, and then a happy ending. Kanon is a far superior anime though, and probably also visual novel, though i will admit to not having read the Steins;Gate VN. 
report Recommended by arilando
Both have: - A hidden past - Romantic scene - a goal to reach (for the main characters) - Supernatural/special abilities - interesting plot/storyline - highly attractive/addictive to anyone - very touching, some or most series are sad - cute characters :) Both endings are really sweet.  
report Recommended by darkj25
- Both stories revolve around a male main character surrounded by female friends. We get to learn about the girls by the connection the boy has with them. - Both stories start off with a slower and lighter pace and feel to end up with well handled drama - Both animes are in a highschool setting - Some characters are similar by the way they act or their past stories 
report Recommended by flaming-moltres
Both shows illustrate how a guy whose life is going nowhere get exciting due to a girl (or girls). Both shows show said guy doing some pretty ridiculous things for said girl(s). But be aware of (long title)'s strange brother-sister complex. It's not incest, but it gets uncomfortably close a couple of times. 
report Recommended by ziggyopolous
Mushishi and Kanon are definitely dissimilar in a lot of ways, but they share qualities too. for example, the main protagonists in both shows are very quiet and conserved and full of secrets. The two shows have the same sort of absent, airy feel while you watch them as well. Both these shows are some of my absolute favorites, and I enjoyed them thoroughly. If you got a kick out of Mushishi, you will probably like Kanon, and vice versa. I highly recommend both. 
report Recommended by qwedrfs
The protagonists of both anime have something in their pasts that they can't seem to remember, and they met a certain amount of girls in the past who they end up reuniting with in the future. Both anime also have animation that is pleasing to the eyes. 
report Recommended by HidamariSeashore
To me it feels like Bakemonogatari evolved from Kanon. Storywise both anime can be summarized as follows: A guy helps a bunch of girls with supernatural problems. Both male main characters are nice, a little bit saracastic and enjoy making jokes with girls, what leads to interesting dialogs. Also Kanon does many things well, like giving each girl enough time for her story without blending out the others, Bakemonogatari has the more interesting art, the much more interesting girls (sadly the Kanon-girls sometimes seem to be close to be mentally ill) and the more developed dialogs. On the other hand Kanon is much less challenging to watch. Still, if  read more 
report Recommended by MoshiMoshiiih
The story is quite similar , something romantic little enough drama and comedy. 
report Recommended by Bogdan47xDD
I know, Kanon looks like it was made decades ago. (It actually did) but I still watched it for only about 10 times. (There are ones I've watched over 20 times and hitting 30) and Kiznaiver is rather new. Kanon has quite a few dramatic stories and arcs, and Kiznaiver is mainly about *Ahem* Dramatic physical attacks to one another (With a scar). But yeah, watch them both, even though people dislike Kiznaiver, and I don't get why. (Maybe they need to think more to get the story). -Both are dramatic, and heart warming. 
report Recommended by 7Raen7
Multiple girls have their own problems with whom the protagonist helps out in a ''magical'' way  
report Recommended by Interneturk
- similiar winter setting - supernatural elements - harem/romance/school/slice of life/comedy - FMC involved in accident during childhood 
report Recommended by Piromysl
Kanon and Aishen, despite being relatively different, transmit the same premise. Friendship and love that is formed by passing the chapters and the problems that arise as a result of the new beginning of our protagonist. Where every case becomes more dramatic and related about the past of our girls. Despite his indifference, shown interested in these girls, that enter your life, because they are attracted to him in a magical way. He is the help they need to clear their problems and regrets, and hope that they have to achieve their own happiness. The difference is, that Kanon is more dramatic, and Aishen is more  read more 
report Recommended by OtakuNote87
Both anime have the same kind of feel to it, both include main characters that have no memories of the past and both overcome it all in the end. Both have lovely humour and truly interesting character development. 
report Recommended by chibililica
Golden Time and Kanon both have similar drama that will make you teary at times. They both include similar comedy that will make you laugh. They both have two protagonists that have memory loss or "amnesia." I could not stop thinking about Golden Time while watching Kanon because of the similar art styles. Both include similar types of Romance. Lastly they are both light heart'ed and you would love Kanon if you liked Golden Time. 
report Recommended by s1ngles
These two series, both based on VNs, feature similar structures in their attempts to uncover as much of as many of the routes as possible in a very short timeframe (We're talking about a 20 hour VN compared against an 8 hour show, after all). Grisaia has far more "ecchi" elements to it, and much fewer supernatural elements than Kanon, but the viewer who enjoys one would likely enjoy the other. 
report Recommended by Kytrarewn
Both girls in these anime fall for one guy. If you love school romance drama and this anime is for you. and both are definitely worth watching! 
report Recommended by bloody_Venus55
-Both animes's setting/story goes by an omnibus format, and have small arcs for each heroine that doesn't diverge from the central plot of the story (with the setting intact) 
report Recommended by MagicFlier
Same show different animation studios. Main character keeps in check with his supernatural harem. However the Kanon girls are unable to measure up in both the brains and body departments. 
report Recommended by gray
Sure, Mizuiro is an obscure 2 ep OVA that no one really watches or likes, but does that mean it isn't good? While it certainly isn't a masterpiece (which, in my opinion, Kanon was), it's not a half-bad show considering it's length, and it's worth a watch if you're into the visual novel adaptation genre. 
report Recommended by _eternal
They're both harems with a touch of supernatural and the main characters are just lovable assholes. The greatest similarity between them are the opening scenes, where "a certain character" talks about their dreams. If you liked Da Capo II Second Season, I would totally recommend Kanon 2006 since it is basically better in every way. (Ex: character development, animation style, story telling, etc) 
report Recommended by CkretAznMan
Both stories involved a genuine male character coming to a new setting, making new friends, and learning new things about them. The male character in both are virtuous displaying many noteworthy attributes and are generally surrounded by many cute girls. Both stories involve an array of characters that are unique and lovable. The connection with and affection we develop for each of the individual characters is what makes both of these anime great. 
report Recommended by AegisReborn
Its not so similar... but in those two animeis there area cute strange girls with one boy, and the endings is little similar too. I enjoied kanon more but those two animeis are very nice, i recomended :) 
report Recommended by Syaoran-kun
Both anime deal with sad stories, but have plenty of funny moments too. Hanbun no Tsuki ga Noboru Sora is similar to the arc of Kanon centered around Shiori, for they are both about a girl with a fatal disease. Coincidentally, the action of both series takes place during winter and the main character is a guy called Yuuichi.  
report Recommended by Sii_Kei
If you like one, you will definitely like the other. Although they both are very different artificially, on a more fundamental level they are very similar. They both excel at bringing you to a different world and creating unique experiences. The male leads are both strong, admirable, and popular with the ladies. The female leads are both quirky and fun. Music is an important component for both animes although more so for Nodame. However, you feel the same kind of joy, sadness, and passion when you watch them both. 
report Recommended by tigerz
The story is actually similar, which the male lead met many different cute girls and coincidentally live with them. 
report Recommended by nagase
This is rather similar in terms of the love and harem kinda theme, with one main male protaginist, surrounded by a number of cute girls who all have feelings for him. except unlike Ai yori aoshi, Kanon, is about a boy who doesn't remember his past, and moves to a town where he had forgetton about. Kanon like Ai yori has lots of lovey dovey scenes, but unlike ai yori aoshi kanon, is a tearjearker, which is suprisngly the reason why alot of people love it, the comedy in both animes differ, the characters also differ but are fun to watch. 
report Recommended by shintai88
-Both animes's setting/story goes by an omnibus format, and have small arcs that can either or not be diverging from the central plot of the story (with the setting intact) -Both can be considered BUT IS. NOT. a harem, since the anime concentrates on one heroine to the next. 
report Recommended by MagicFlier
here are the reasons why you should watch it:- LEAD (AYU) RESEMBLES SAKURA >both say super cute words like HOEE and UGHUUU! >both have a kind, long haired, weird best friend, who lives with her only mum. >both have mean 'oni-chan' who is kind of a player! ( as he in a love relation with younger,older ,unreal, magical, blood related people ) >both lost there mum at a young age. >both have a winged 'plush toy' very important to them >both wear red hair accessory and winged bags > both are HELL afraid of ghosts. >both the voice actresses have a SUPER cute voice! >'hope' plays an important role in the series. >HAIRSTYLES MATCH! THEY ARE  read more 
report Recommended by ichibannkudo
Childhood friends and lost memories and more. 
report Recommended by -kassy-
-Both animes's setting/story goes by an omnibus format, and have small arcs that can either or not be diverging from the central plot of the story (with the setting intact) 
report Recommended by MagicFlier
-Both animes's setting/story goes by an omnibus format, and have small arcs for each heroine that doesn't diverge from the central plot of the story (with the setting intact) 
report Recommended by MagicFlier
Both High school animes but Kanon (2006) varient is able to one up this anime by story because the series makes you want to watch from begining to end 
report Recommended by Setsuna200
-Both animes's setting/story goes by an omnibus format, and have small arcs that can either or not be diverging from the central plot of the story (with the setting intact) -Both can be considered BUT IS. NOT. a harem, since the anime concentrates on one heroine to the next.  
report Recommended by MagicFlier
5 Centimeters per Second leaves the watcher with a deep sense of heartache, and Kanon can repair that. Kanon is nothing short of amazing. 
report Recommended by Brine