Kanamewo

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Alternative Titles

Synonyms: A linchpin
Japanese: カナメヲ

Information

Type: ONA
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Nov 4, 2015
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: None found, add some
Source: Original
Genres: RomanceRomance, SupernaturalSupernatural, DramaDrama, Shoujo AiShoujo Ai
Duration: 5 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older

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Score: 6.731 (scored by 59715,971 users)
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Ranked: #47172
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Popularity: #4473
Members: 11,462
Favorites: 52
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Synopsis

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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Rapparu
Director, Key Animation


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Jan 11, 2016
ryukhyuk (All reviews)
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
Gelate (All reviews)
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. read more
Oct 19, 2018
CureEtude (All reviews)
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 read more
Feb 26, 2020
Krunchyman (All reviews)
After watching Kanamewo two times, its nihilistic theme is rather banal compared to the likes of NGE, Texhnolyze, Berserk, or even Kiki's Delivery Service. I understand that people feel lost in the Age of Reason due to the 'Death' of God. But the impact would have resonated with greater effect, if say, the main girl had an aspiration to affirm her "Denial of Death." A failing/failed 'immortality project' would have destroyed the symbolic belief structure she used to 'transcend' reality, bringing her back to earth and giving justification for her indifference towards life. This would, eventually, raise the dilemma of why read more

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