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Anime Feature: Kanon (2006), #Anitwitwatches Special

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I recently participated in an event on Twitter called #Anitwitwatches in which Jon of Jon Spencer Reviews, hosts.

I had always wanted to join the event for a long time, but my work and other stuff prevents me to do it. Good thing I was able to insert it recently, though I wasn’t as consistent as I expect myself to be.

Still, I really enjoyed doing the event, and I will keep on doing it…as long as I am interested in the animes featured at the event. Heh.

Anyway, I am not here only to talk about #Anitwitwatches, but I will be sharing my thoughts about the anime recently featured on the event, Kanon (2006).

If you guys had been reading my blogs since the beginning, then you guys know about my love for Kanon, both the 2002 & 2006 versions.

Kanon was one of the first animes that made me cry a lot. Since then, the story stuck with me even now. That’s why, when this anime was chosen for #Anitwitwatches, I immediately joined.

Was it better as I remembered?

Is it still one of my favorites?

Well, we will see about that.

As a young child, Aizawa Yuuichi had often visited his cousin in the city; however, something drastic happened to keep him away for seven long years. Now, Yuuichi returns, his memories of those days are simply gone.

Settling into the wintry town, Yuuichi comes across several young girls, all of whom are connected to his past. As he befriends them and continues to interact with them, the long forgotten memories from his childhood begin to resurface… (MAL)

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Rewatching Kanon gave me a lot of wonderful and nostalgic feels. It reminded me why I fell in love with this anime in the first place. From start to finish, I couldn’t stop smiling while watching the show, well, except during the heart-wrenching moments, those made me cry. Lol.

However, my watching wasn’t as smooth as I wanted it to be. Other than me having an inconsistent time in watching, I realized how much I had also forgotten about a lot of stuff about the anime. Yeah, I adore the anime to death and vividly remember the overall story, but I underestimate how weak my memory was. I could barely remember 3 out of the 5 girls’ story arcs. I’m so sorry Nayuki, Mai, & Shiori.

That’s why I am thankful for this rewatch as it was able to help me refresh everything.

Speaking of story arcs, let me talk about the overall plot of the anime.

As this anime was based on a visual novel, Kanon follows the typical cliche premise. It’s about a guy coming back to a town he used to visit before and meets 5 girls who, in some ways, have an impact on his life. To be honest, I pretty much lost count as to how many animes I watched with this kind of premise. Still, Kanon stands out over the others for its compelling and heart-tugging story arcs and the amazing art and animation done by the one and only, Kyoto Animation.

Each story arc was written well. The anime was able to feature the girls properly and did their arcs justice. How were they able to pull this off?

While focusing on a specific arc, they were also starting to left clues and crumbs for future arcs, which keeps the viewers on their toes. That’s why the transition from one arc to another seemed really smooth and the story is not compromised too much. Whoever the director and the one who did the storyboarding, kudos to you.

Now, out of the arcs, which was my favorite?

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If you guys had been following me on my Twitter, where I shared my thoughts on the anime, I expressed my love for Makoto and Ayu’s arc, cuz both are my best girls. But now, I love Ayu’s more. No hate on Makoto’s arc, but I do prefer the 2002 version of the arc more, I dunno why. Even though 2002 version was bad (visually), the way they delivered Makoto’s arc tugs my heartstrings more. Still, I do love Makoto’s arc in this 2006 version.

I love Ayu’s arc the most because of its story itself. Yeah, she’s the main girl, and we can say she got the privilege of time, as her crumbs and hints started from the beginning, but her story itself was really compelling to me. Waiting for someone that long, her strong will and determination are commendable.¬†However, I do have issues with how Ayu and Yuichi’s relationship worked, but I’ll discuss that later.

Now for my least favorite arc, it’s Mai’s. Don’t get me wrong, I love Mai. She’s an interesting character, but her arc didn’t resonate with me. The supernatural elements of it felt out of place for me.

Now, about Yuichi and his relationships with everyone, I really like his relationship with Nayuki’s the most. Theirs is the most natural and well developed compared to others. I guess, it’s understandable that it’s hard to develop each and every relationship in the anime, but KyoAni tried, and I commend them for that. I do want to comment about Yuichi and Ayu’s relationship. When they were kids, they were really cute, so I understand if they are each other’s puppy love. But the current relationship is a bit one-sided. Ayu is clearly in love with Yuichi, but he’s a bit divided. That’s why when it was time for Ayu’s arc, his random surge of feelings for Ayu was a bit sudden and forced for me. I already noticed this before, years ago, but I forgot. I am a bit frustrated by this, but it’s the story so we can’t really do much about it.

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Now for the animation, I love it. This is a classic KyoAni animation and I love it very much. It amazes me how fluid the animation is even though this anime was really more than a decade ago. The amount of effort they put into this is tremendous, I mean, this anime is even visually better compared to the majority of the current new animes.

For the OST, oh man, such a nostalgic trip. Each track being played fits well with the feel and theme of this anime. Listening to the OP and ED was really nice too as it’s been awhile. Uuuuwwwaaaa, damn, I miss this anime.

I think one of the things that didn’t age well with this anime would be the jokes, it doesn’t hit that much anymore. Yeah, some were funny, but others were meh. There were also jokes that were funny at the beginning but became meh later on because it became too much.

Other than that, everything else was good.

Overall, Kanon still remains one of my beloved animes. Maybe the impact on me is not as strong as before, but it has a special place in my heart so I can’t really drop it.

I would definitely recommend this to anyone who wants to watch a feel-good romance anime. Watching this is a fun ride, and definitely worth it.

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