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Title (English) Kanon
Title (Japanese) Kanon
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Fantasy Novel

Notes Toei Movic #MABP 7001, 22 minutes, 4:3 aspect ratio, 2800 Yen.
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Synopsis Teenaged Yuichi returns to a town where he lived seven years before. He goes to stay with a family (including his cousin Nayuki) that he knew as a child, and runs into two girls who he also knew seven years before.
Review This . was the first episode of "Kanon" - Toei Movic #MABP 7001, 22 minutes, 4:3 aspect ratio, 2800 Yen. Along with the DVD came a trading card and small metal book mark, both with the character Ayu featured on them. The DVD also contained a short film of the voice actors recording some of the scenes. ( Which was by far the most lively part of the entire disc.)
"Kanon" is based upon a date-sim, and I'm not a date-sim player (nor much of a computer game player of any sort nowadays), so I went into the episode cold, with no expectations nor background in the story or characters. My "success" rate with such shows is mixed - for example, I liked "Comic Party" and "Sister Princess", but I disliked "To Heart". Also, if you consider other non-date-sim-origin "cute girl" shows, I also disliked "Tenshi ni Shippo" and "Boys Be". When I analyze my reasons for liking some of these quite similar shows and disliking others, it comes down to a good extent to how I "relate" to the lead character much more than how much I like the various girls, who are often essentially interchangeable between the series.
Well, the first episode of "Kanon" falls in with the second group of "cute girl" shows as far as I'm concerned. The episode is a very slow set up of the main plot - the return of teenaged Yuichi to a town where he lived seven years before. He goes to stay with a family that he knew as a child, and runs into two girls who he also knew seven years before. Nayuki (whose family is taking in Yuichi) and Ayu.
Nothing much really happens in the episode, it is structured and paced just like an rpg - the girls show up, ask some questions, do a couple of things, then run off. It's like watching a demo of a game. While I was watching for something different or unique, and not finding anything, I idly speculated that they could have had Nayuki's mom hit on Yuichi, considering how young-looking she was drawn, and how she was reacting to Yuichi. ( That would certainly be consistent with other recent anime like "Mahoromatic" or "Onegai Teacher".)
I didn't care for the character designs, which were very minimalist - similar to the worst aspects of the character designs in the later episodes of the "Mamotte Shugogetten" OAVs. I also can't remember any of the music from the show. So all-in-all, I couldn't find any reason to go off and continue to spend money on the later episodes of "Kanon". I suspect that the folks who liked the game may well like the anime, as well might folks who like really laid-back date-sim style "boy has to choose the right girl" shows. But if you are looking for anything out of the ordinary, "Kanon" is not the place to find it.
(Dave Baranyi)

I found this pleasant enough to watch, but you should be warned that within hours I was struggling to remember any details that would distinguish this from other anime romantic dramas that I saw the same weekend. (GC)

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Episodes 13
Release
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Date 2002 Jan 30
Production Visual Art's/Key, Toei Animation
Broadcaster Fuji Television
Animation Toei Animation
References & Help Look up the latest data on this title at:
Richard Llewellyn's Animated Divots, or
Anime News Network (see Encyclopedia section) ,
or in "The Anime Encyclopedia" (Clements & McCarthy, Stone Bridge Press, 2001).
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