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Synonyms: A linchpin
Japanese: カナメヲ


Type: ONA
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Nov 4, 2015
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Source: Original
Genres: DramaDrama, Girls LoveGirls Love, RomanceRomance, SupernaturalSupernatural
Duration: 5 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 6.591 (scored by 82158,215 users)
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Ranked: #59252
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #4769
Members: 15,844
Favorites: 50

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A young, unnamed woman, while biking home from the bank she works at, happens upon a weakened tree goddess whose native shrine is being demolished for construction work. She rescues her and brings the goddess home with her. The two form a relationship, but what will happen to the goddess as the construction progresses?


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Jan 11, 2016
If you enjoy eye-opening art, then this just might be an ONA for you.

I personally appreciated the anime's message as it is something that I believe we all forget about in our busy lives. The play between the characters and the underlying metaphors force the viewer to question the world after the short is over.

The music fit the bill. Its mood matched the storyline quite well.

The art was different, but it held its own within the world of the anime and its message.

I highly recommend this small pleasure. While it isn't perfect, I believe any imperfections you seek out only make the message stronger.
Dec 21, 2015
While most people will glance at this and move along, I recommended you stop reading this and spend five minutes with the short before even bothering to read this. It's a little more serious than a lot of people might be expecting; there are some pretty powerful scenes contained within the short.

I quite enjoyed this due to the feeling of brevity it instilled into what happened, though I'm sure a lot of time passed for them, it felt like it happened in a blink of the eye. It felt like I was a being outside the world, seeing a glimpse of something amazing. ...
Oct 19, 2018
Linchpin (n.)

1. A pin placed transversely through an axle to keep a wheel in position.
2. A person or thing regarded as an essential or coordinating element.

While I absolutely despise the pretentious practice of putting definitions at the front of written works, I feel understanding these two definitions is pivotal to grasping the genius behind Kanamewo (AKA “A Linchpin”). Utilizing every last second, rapparu is able to create a passionate and impactful work that speaks on the human condition without shoving its ideas down your throat. I absolutely adore this short and hope that this rambling review can help provide some insight on why I hold it in ...

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