Kouta has girl troubles of the supernatural sort. For some reason, he keeps attracting the attention (and affections) of animal spirits!
Having spent most of his life in the country, Kouta is understandably nervous when he moves in with his grandma to attend a high school in the big city. He hoped to make a good impression, but having Chizuru, a beautiful fox spirit, hanging off his arm didn't seem to be the sort of image he wanted to have. She's not alone in her love for Kouta, either. Nozomu, a wolf spirit, as well as other youkai have their sights set on the hapless country boy.
Kanokon never gave me a boring moment to think about why I am watching this. First off, this is a "love it, or hate it" anime. Those who can withstand the ecchiness will love it, else they'll find it very annoying or to some extend even disgusting (repulsive is the word I am getting at...). It is plainly obvious that the anime is targeting the MALE audience. Yes girls, this anime is NOT FOR YOU! With that in mind, we'll proceed with the review.
This is perhaps THE closest anime to hentai you can ever find (well, lets just say it is at least on par
to the well know fan service friendly Ikkitousen series). The ecchiness of Kanokon is beyond imagination! Though the rating states "Mild Nudity", I think it is more appropriate for it to say "Heavy Nudity" (especially after watching episode 7).
For a 12 episode long anime, the story is bit on the slow side at the beginning. Though I understand that some episodes were needed for character development. It is nice on one hand that the producer managed to wrap things up with various couples in the show, but there were still mysteries left unresolved. The most notable one is the mystery behind the young girl with the teddy bear. Perhaps they will cover that in the manga (if it’s not already been covered), or perhaps there’ll be a 2nd season for Kanokon, we’ll wait and see.
The artwork was a bit weird for me at first (mainly the eyes and the cheeks…they look really “cartoon-ish”), but after getting used to it, the animation quality is actually quite nice.
Nothing particular to comment on regarding the sound (though the opening is quite good for the show). Characters are all very lively (though not always in a believable way).
Overall, the anime is very very enjoyable if you are planning on watching ecchi anime to begin with. But for those who are in fact intending to watch hentai, then you might be disappointed (well perhaps you can try the DVD specials, those are known for intense fan service).
Lastly, I would like to praise the director for doing a job well done. He has so cleverly made an anime just bordering the 17+/18+ line. I can’t imagine watching this on prime time anime channels here in my country.
I really feel like I need a shower and a delousing after watching this show. Kanokon manages to be one of the most perverted and in many ways disturbing things I have ever watched. It’s fortunate that it was short, because I doubt that I could have finished it had it been any longer.
Kanokon basically doesn’t have a story. A weak an uninteresting boy starts his year at a new high school where he is inexplicably besieged by hot girls. Standard echii anime fare here. The problem is nothing interesting ever happens. Kouta tries to avoid the affections of
all the girls throwing themselves at him and the girls just keep trying, getting more and more outrageous as the series unfolds. There is some comedy to be found though. Kanokon does have its moments, if you can suspend your disbelief over Kouta and his lack of manliness. The interactions between Chizuru and all her rivals for his affections are pretty funny. Though after a while even this becomes less funny after you see the same joke for the tenth time.
The thing that bothered me the most however was the characters. Well one in particular.. Kouta. Why are all these girls throwing themselves at a weak, boring, underdeveloped boy who looks like he should be entering the 3rd grade instead of being in High School. High School? Really? Seeing this boy get molested episode after episode made me want to call the police more than it made me laugh. Chizuru and Nozomu are really the only highlights of the show from a character aspect. They are the only ones who are genuinely funny or even slightly interesting. However the fox/wolf spirit aspect of the pair are never properly developed and seem to have been added solely to bridge the time in between Kouta's next molestation.
Visually Kanokon looks great. Despite Chizuru's gravity defying measurements she is still pretty adorable as are the other girls. Again Kouta takes points away because of the way he looks. The voice acting is really good and it does save the series in some respects. Though not even one of my favorites Mamiko Noto could make me like Kouta. The music is also very strong.
If you are a diehard harem fan and love fan service, loli's, fox-spirits, hentai, and huge breasts smothering small children this is your show! Anyone else should preserve the IQ points you will lose watching it.
Holy crap, it's finally over! The anime of my dreadful loathing! This anime was just so bad, I HAD to write a review on it.
Kanokon was obviously made with horny sex craving boys as its audience. You want fanservice? It has fanservice. You want naked chicks? This anime has it. In fact, this anime goes over-the-top borderline with its sexual innuendos, activities and visual eye candy. The main character, Kouta, is stalked by two girls, both being what men usually crave. The ready-and-willing big-breasted pretty girl, and the ready-and-willing breast-less loli character. Both want sex from him, and will do anything to do
it. To sum it up, this anime is probably the closest you'll get to a hentai without it actually being a hentai.
The story was mediocre, at best. I loved the whole 'demons and spirits mingle with the humans', thing, but that's about where it ended. The arc with the little loli-girl and her Nue partner was the closest this series got to an actual plot, and was probably the only part of the series I really enjoyed, since it mildly turned away from the ecchi to focus on action and combat. The fact that two girls follow and want to bed one boy who looks like he should be in grade-school was enough to turn me off. I'm a girl, and I love my shota, but this is just unbelievably unrealistic to a very fine degree.
This is where the anime really shines. The art is undeniably some of the best in the anime released this spring, and I probably won't forget the beauty of Kanokon's style anytime soon. To be honest, it was probably the art that made me stick with and endure the show to the last episode. Even I have to admit that the animation remained smooth throughout the entire series. Maybe when animating the males it fell slightly, but when doesn't that happen when you're watching an ecchi or harem anime? The Art would have gotten a perfect 10 if it wasn't for my lingering thoughts that the animation was made like this solely to tune up the ecchi.
Not really much to say here. The only really great point of the sound is the voice-acting. Of course, to most that's the whole deal right? I don't really remember the music that much, so that goes to show that it wasn't all too good in my opinion. Yeah.... this is all I can really say about the sound.
The characters were decent enough. I didn't really like the fact that poor little Kouta's called 'the ero-king' by all the girls and is put down by that, even though it wasn't his fault. Of course, that seems to be the fate of all boys in harem and ecchi animes. Even if a face-plant into the nearest rack was an accident, it's ALWAYS the boy's fault. Poor, poor boys. There were only three characters that succeeded in putting a smile on my face whenever they were onscreen. And that's Tayura, and the twins Ai and Ren.
Is it over yeeeet?
This anime had me checking my player's episode length to see how much longer I had to suffer through another episode of boobs, sex and girls that want sex. I was so bored through most of the episodes I would pause about every eight minutes to go see what was happening elsewhere on the net. Yes. It was THAT good.
Overall? Don't watch it unless you're a boy that gets off on this kind of stuff. Or a girl that can tolerate this anime that greatly degrades women.
First of all, hide this anime from anyone you live with. Unless they like hentai too.
Yes indeed, this is THE closest thing to hentai you will probably ever see in an anime. It's nuts. But what's underneath all the fanservice, you ask? Well, a mediocre storyline, I'm sorry to say. This anime focuses all it's energy on the fanserivce (like the manga does, so no surprise there). Let's jump right in.
It's really not that inventive; the whole story feels like a setup so that Kouta can get into ecchi situations. Two spirit girls start liking him, a bunch of random crap happens. No real
movement of the story, but what can you expect...
The whole anime I was extremely annoyed at how young Kouta looks. That's like 10 years old, man! OH well... besides that, the eye styles for the anime were new and kinda cool for a change. The rest was just mediocre
Nothing special, nothing at all in fact. You never really see what Kouta thinks about anything else, same goes for the other characters. I would've liked to see more of the principal, that guy cracked me up. Besides that, everyones mind is filled with 75% fanserice...
This one really depends on who watches it. If you enjoy fanservice, then 10/10. If you hate it, then realize this anime is fanserice, and walk away now. that would give this a 3/10. This combined with some actually genuinely funny moments are what make up Kanokon. I actually laughed out loud at some parts, but if you're only looking for comedy, you'll have to brave the storm of fanservice or walk away. I would suggest the latter. For me, however, this was an enjoyable series.
I almost always take enjoyment to be the main influence of my overall, because it should be. This anime is not about a good story, or well developed characters. It's essentially about fanservice, and although that was enjoyable at the time, it really wears off, to be honest. I walked away from Kenshin thinking "YES, now THAT was a true anime!" I walked away from Kanokon tihnking "why didnt I spend this time to rewatch the first 12 episodes of Kenshin?" At the time it was enjoyable, though, so give it a try if you like fanservice.