kanon 5

This post will be nothing but spoilers. Spoiler #1? Makoto leaves the toilet seat up after use. Kanon 5.

(64 screenshots… ~uguu~)

Abstract

Yuuichi starts the consolidation of his harem. First the sword girl, then the auuu~ girl, then the sickly girl, then za wurldo!

Notables

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Concerning the complaints that I have been getting over spoilers. One, Kanon is not a plot-driven vehicle. It’s a moe-driven vehicle– hence all the auuu~, guuu~, and other polysyllabic guttural sounds (as well as the sad girls in snow). If you’re watching this for plot, it’s as silly as watching Higurashi for it’s mecha combat. There’s only three important pieces of information central to the story, and I haven’t given any of them away– okay, except for how Mai and Sayuri move to Europe and become lesbians after Yuuichi spurns their threesome to go out on a date with Ayu instead. Knowing stuff like “Nayuki’s father, Yuuichi’s mother, and Ayu’s mother are dead” have no bearing to the plot. Knowing that Lee is Adama’s son isn’t the same as knowing that Tigh eventually kills his wife. Nor do I think that my pointing out, “Hey, pay attention to this!” is a spoiler. It’s just a point-of-interest, and, if they animate it or include it in an next episode preview, I consider it fair game. With that said, here’s a point of interest.

(I am sorry if you think I give away too much, but I think I give away more with the old Muteki Kanban Musume posts, just because the jokes may not have the same impact after reading those posts. I really do not think anything thus far has spoiled the heart of the series– beyond the Mai/Sayuri lesbian European getaway.)

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You see a cute girl alone at night in the school. Based on your experience watching anime, she’s:

(A) A flame haze hunting guzes
(B) Using “alchemy arms” to hunt “homunculus”
(C) Going to reboot the world because you felt up some big-breasted, loli-faced mascot meido
(D) Lookin’ for some lovin’
(E) All of the above

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Big changes from 2002: one, the monsters are now thankfully invisible. Though I was secretly hoping for the Haruhi walking giants to make a reappearance. Two, no more Mai panty shots. You’re sad, as am I. Also, looks like they are not going to animate the side story with the class president since the windows do not break here. Lastly, Mai talks more in the 2002 version. She’s even more taciturn now in Kyoto’s rendition.

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Yet some things stay the same.

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The answer earlier to the multiple choice question earlier? “What was that? I said wait!” “Tada no Flame Haze.”

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Nayuki’s ubercute. Come on Yuuichi– I know you want to join the exclusive “Shiratori Club.” (Now this is a spoiler.)

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Pure Kyon moment when he complains about the lax school security and teases Nayuki about the principal’s desk. If Kyoto went through all this trouble just to insert Kyon for Yuuichi, why not just go all the way and replace Ayu with Mikuru, Kaori with Haruhi, Mai and Sayuri with Tess and Chidori? Then give them mecha, Bonta-kun power suits, and fight against an army of evil incestuous twins. I’d watch that in a cocaine heartbeat.

(Loved Nayuki’s offer of giving Yuuichi a massage. Shiratori showed you the playbook. What’s the problem?)

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Most definitely not in the original 2002 series. Now all we need is a nakkid Itsuki with an Inukami-elephant censor dancing in the background.

(Reminds me of Mr. Diggler as he flexes nakkid in front of a mirror before the pr0n shoots in Boogie Nights. I just hope Yuuichi isn’t pleasuring himself for twenties in a parked truck three years from now.)

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o_o

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O_O

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O_O

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“Since we’re both here and nakkid, why not take a bath together?”

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O_O!!!!!!!! AAAAAHHHHHHHH!

(Genius. This sequence was pure genius by Kyoto. Anytime we can go from uncomfortably male nakkidness to loli with duckies while making me laugh, that’s an accomplishment.)

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Who ordered the side of Tsukuyomi Moon Phase?

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Poor Yuuichi. Not only does he not get to bathe with the loli, looks like he’s not getting a massage from Nayuki either. I have the same scene playing out in my head right now, only it’s Mikuru in the bath, and she’s whimpering. But most definitely not against the idea of the two of them bathing, and right after Kyon makes it into the bath, Haruhi catches them and ends the world.

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Wait, so Yuuichi was taking a warm bath while Makoto was shivering out here, dripping wet, in only a towel? Is this the new setup for Dateline NBC’s “To Catch a Predator”?

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(Yuuichi is a jerk for enjoying his bath while Makoto is freezing out here. Nayuki’s too good for him.)

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Glad to see Yuuichi has a y-chromosome– he’s checking out Makoto’s goods.

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Emo facial distortion pantheon here we come!

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Yuuichi can’t sleep after learning from Mai earlier that the world is split between those who are human and those who are torches. Yuuichi wonders when the light of his torch would go out, and will that be before he gets laid?

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I like where this is going… o_o;;

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Why is Yuuichi suddenly being nice to her? He left her nakkid and wet, exposed to both the elements and child predators. It’s like signing Jerome James to $30 million when you already have Eddy Curry staking out the buffet line in the locker room.

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Preferred the slowness of Yuuichi’s reaction to Ayu sitting there having breakfast of 2006, but I like Sleepy Nayuki in the 2002 version. Eventually Yuuichi’s egging on of Ayu to taste Akiko’s jam wins it for the 2006 version. Akiko jam 4tw. And that’s the last of Ayu’s appearance for this episode as Horie Yui runs to the Otome wa Boku voice recording session.

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Uguu~ for good measure.

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Half-awake Nayuki 4tw. Ayu fans, where is your Oharuhi-sama now?

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Though I wanted cuter nonsense phrases out of Nayuki as she wakes up– something like “Fire it!” or “Taberarenai!”

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Yet another Pure Kyon moment. I’m telling you, Kyoto Animation has lost it. I can’t wait for Kyon to replace Sagara now in Continuing on My Own (which if they pass up to remake Phinal Approach, I may go on a seven country kill spree) as he uses his sarcasm to activate the Lambda Driver.

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Oh ho ho with the cousin out of the way, it’s time to play. Notice that ever since Yuuichi started school, he hasn’t made one male friend yet? He has his priorities in order. Then again, back in high school, there was one guy who never had any male friends and always hung around girls. We were very jealous. Until he came out of the closest a few years later that is. The lesson, as always, guys who don’t hang out and watch college football with other guys are either Lance Bass-class gay or Hugh Hufner-class playboy. No in-between.

(Mai? Good choice. She’s the Florida State to Makoto’s Miami of Ohio.)

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Yet another Pure Kyon moment as Yuuichi explains that Mai is confessing to him. Sayuri is a few croûtons shorts of a chicken Caesar salad. Back in 2002, we get a weird plot with a wild dog hunting down Shiori, and Mai rescues them. Shiori, then, tells Yuuichi her last name: Yagami. In either case, Yuuichi gets invited to lunch.

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While they appear similar, there’s a few big differences. First, Mai is Steven Colbert compared to her 2006 version. Second, Sayuri didn’t cook the 2002 lunch, so we’re deprived of Yuuichi’s Pure Kyon moment of “You now qualify to be my bride” until their next lunch. (Actually, scratch that. It’s not a Pure Kyon moment if Yuuichi said it before.) And lastly we don’t get Yuuichi turning into an Monopoly banker handling out food to Mai.

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Mmm… wife qualifications? Reminds me of The Bachelor this season where they have this pseudo prince trying to woo 16 beautiful ladies. My question is this: why in Oharuhi-sama’s name does a good looking prince with millions of dollars need to appear on a game show to find a wife let alone slutty one night stands? I want them to put someone like Train Man on the show instead– all the girls could introduce themselves by posting self-images on 2chan. And to make it more fun, always have at least one girl a Kaede/Shion/Miki-class mental patient.

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Dumb question: didn’t Yuuichi say that school was over? And now it’s lunch? They have four hour schooldays in Japan? Also, if Nayuki was up all night doing homework, how come Yuuichi didn’t? Aren’t they in the same class? As you can see, I’m running out of things to write about.

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Goes from one girl to another– man, he’s a playa. Siesta, here we come! Oh, that’s not Siesta? I’m bummed out.

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Pure K– hehe– Pure Kruz Webber moment. That’s right. Call me “Onii-chan.” (I can’t believe she did. That’s right: her last name? Asahina.)

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Best. Scene. Ever.

“Then go buy me an ‘ero hon’ while you’re at it.”

“About ‘ero hon’, what is it?”

“You don’t know? It’s a magazine aimed at adults, and it’s really exciting to read. It really turns you on.”

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Nowhere as much fun in the original where they had a mystery conversation (because Nayuki was around.)

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Still funny though, even if Nayuki is going catatonic in the background.

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When I was walking around Yokohama last time I was in Japan, they sold these “nikuman” for 200 yen. They were X-Box huge. I prefer the smaller Chinese variety– specifically, the juicy little dragon balls that Mahoro would fetch for Suguru once in a while.

(Still loved the way Yuuichi defused the situation by having Makoto take a whiff of that nikuman.)

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“USO DA!”

I’m giddy. I’m delighted. I’m excited. You guys know me all too well.

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Makoto looks like me after seeing yet another Code Geass fansub hit TT. Still, nikuman served a different purpose in the original series as Yuuichi pissed off Nayuki (!!!) and had to make it up by going on a day-to with her, only Makoto crashes the thing, hence why he sends her off buying pr0n.

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I can see Makoto’s “taking over the world” plan being led astray as she starts reading manga, watching anime, building gun pla, and making still-animation clips starring said gun pla for Youtube.

(If you wanted to get a young teenaged girl addicted to manga, what series would you use? I vote for Full Moon wo Sagashite. I saw like four girls reading various volumes of this last time I was at Border’s looking for the new volume of La Corda d’Oro… uh… I mean Keroro Gunso.)

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This episode is dedicated to all the Makoto fans out there. Enjoy your loli, and watch out for the Dateline NBC crew.

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Needs more boxcutters.

(Still, loved the “USO DA!” Higurashi has completely rewritten the unintentional comedy scale for “USO DA!” I’ll never look at “USO DA!” the same way… just like how I can never look at a baby rattle the same way after Mai Otome.)

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I think Akiko is going to leapfrog Chigusa in the next Anime MILF Power Rankings™. Still, neither can dethrone Aki Hinata. Unless they work together.

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Secret day-to! Mai’s personality seems very different between the two– one is very Yuki-like while the other is more tsundere-like eating machine.

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Pwned.

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“Nii-nii?” With the Higurashi-inspired next episode preview back in Haruhi, I think it’s safe to say that Kyoto may be fans of that series. Maybe that’s why “USO DA!” made it into this episode twice, as well as the Satoshi-kun petting. Though, the real reason? It ain’t Higurashi. It’s a spoiler.

Bonus

Loved the next episode preview. Genius. Pure genius.

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The randomness…
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The flatness…
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The day-to…
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The child labor…
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The reluctantance…
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The booty call…

39 Responses to “kanon 5”

  1. lmao.
    loved the pornobook and bathtub scenes XD
    sooo funny, although not the same… explosively fun mood as SHnY, but the vibe is definately similar.
    awesome blogging jason as always.

  2. I thank you for the lack of spoilers and good writing.

    Also for the:
    > Wait, so Yuuichi was taking a warm bath while Makoto was shivering out here, dripping wet, in only a towel?

    I didn’t notice. Pure genius writing.

  3. waah I accidentally read the first spoiler!

  4. There are just so many adorable moments in this episode, I couldn’t pick a real favorite… hell, even the scene with just Mai holding her chopsticks comtemplating what she’d like to eat.
    Makoto’s definitely shot up to my 2nd most favorite character of this series after this ep though.

    >>>I think Akiko is going to leapfrog Chigusa in the next Anime MILF Power Rankings™. Still, neither can dethrone Aki Hinata. Unless they work together.

    I’d say Akiko herself is already quite enough to stand up to Aki Hinata… though Aki still have a slight advantage over Akiko in terms of hawtness.

  5. Yo Jace. If you haven’t read the upcoming ep titles… better get your animal taunting in now. Come December, your chance will be gone. :-p

  6. Yagami? Light-o’s imouto? Or shi-

  7. Loved the Shana reference in your blog. And I think they’re trying to up Mai and Makoto’s moé factor this time around, since the 2002 version sorta failed with that. I hope they do the same with Nayuki.

    Actually, scratch that. They’ll definitely be able to give our Sleepy Girl In Snow some justice this time around.

  8. >> except for how Mai and Sayuri move to Europe and become lesbians

    You devil! How could you tell them?!

    >> You see a cute girl alone at night in the school. Based on your experience watching anime, she’s:

    (F) Stand user

    >> Nayuki’s ubercute. Come on Yuuichi– I know you want to join the exclusive “Shiratori Club.”

    We can only hope… :(

    >> Yuuichi wonders when the light of his torch would go out, and will that be before he gets laid?

    Now we should have Kaori checking on Kyuuichi’s torch. “Sugoooi~”

    >> Why is Yuuichi suddenly being nice to her? He left her nakkid and wet, exposed to both the elements and child predators.

    Child predators? Inside the house?
    He certainly did left her like that for us to see, sending his regards beyond the fourth wall.

    >> I can’t wait for Kyon to replace Sagara now in Continuing on My Own as he uses his sarcasm to activate the Lambda Driver.

    If they are going to do that, then the Arbalest’s console should be changed to a command prompt like this one: YUKI.N>

    >> Notice that ever since Yuuichi started school, he hasn’t made one male friend yet?

    Shame on him. Whenever he is on the same scene as Kitagawa, I become Itsuki for both of them (the two Tomokazu are beyond GAR).

    >> Goes from one girl to another– man, he’s a playa. Siesta, here we come! Oh, that’s not Siesta? I’m bummed out.

    A Yuki-Onna is fine too.

    >> Actually, scratch that. It’s not a Pure Kyon moment if Yuuichi said it before.

    Kyuuichi is quickly proving to be more superior than Kyon. Kyon never was this smooth. When have we seen him properly flirting with Haruhi/Mikuru/Yuki? I can count those with my left-hand fingers.

    >> I’m giddy. I’m delighted. I’m excited. You guys know me all too well.

    Good. The “USO DA!” on this episode kept you from saying Makoto is annoying :)
    Mako-pin needs more love ;_;

    >> If you wanted to get a young teenaged girl addicted to manga, what series would you use?

    I’s.
    No, seriously.

    >> Needs more boxcutters.

    Nahh, more like a cleaver. Boxcutters can only be equipped to Nayuki on this show.

    >> I think Akiko is going to leapfrog Chigusa in the next Anime MILF Power Rankings™.

    Akiko can easily destroy a MILFbot with her Vegetable Launcher, or hurling a truck at it. Even the jam sneak attack is a fair bet.

    >> “Nii-nii?”

    Actually, I think this more like Rika-tan patting Satoko: “Satoko is a good girl!”
    I’m still waiting for Mai’s “Nipa~h”! A man can dream.

    >> Yagami? Light-o’s imouto? Or shi-

    He meant Yagami as in Yagami Hayate :S

  9. >> I think Akiko is going to leapfrog Chigusa in the next Anime MILF Power Rankings™.

    Errr that comment above was meant for Akiko vs. Aki, btw. My bad.

  10. Is it just me, or is Shiori odder this time around? Maybe she just hasn’t had enough screen time yet…

    Fantastic episode and fantastic blogging 3

  11. >> I think Akiko is going to leapfrog Chigusa in the next Anime MILF Power Rankings™.

    Akiko does have strongest attack amongst all mature females, the JAM ATTACK, but Chigusa is too smart for her. As for Chigusa, if they get to make another 26 episode series for Shana where they continue to show Chigusa school one supernatural after another, I think she can attain the top spot.

  12. I also wonder what Chigusa will do to Hecate if she saw Hecate talking to Shana or her son. My prediction is that she will probably convince Hecate to join her son’s Harem and make friends with other members of the harem as well to preserve the quality of the harem.

  13. >>Waterfall says:
    Yagami? Light-o’s imouto? Or shi-

    Next up for KyoAni, Ryuk gets the Kyon treatment in a DEATH NOTE remake. Everyone’s favorite Shinigami cracks wise and self-narrates while being dragged around by a bored, self-obsessed teen with the power of life over death.

    >>Xeifa says:
    I’d say Akiko herself is already quite enough to stand up to Aki Hinata… though Aki still have a slight advantage over Akiko in terms of hawtness.

    Aki Hinata is the Alpha MILF. No other MILF may approach her splendor, although a few may approach her bust size. She has always existed, but has only recently allowed herself to be captured in forms recognizable to us lesser creatures.

    She has allowed herself to be represented in different forms, or avatars, if you will, and they are always moé. In the holy scriptures of the Apostle Kyon alone, she appears four-times: her all-powerful aspect evident in Oharuhi-sama, her all-knowing aspect evident in Yuki, her genki aspect evident in Tsuruya-san, and her adult moé aspect evident in All-Woman Mikuru. Drawings depicting The Holy Apostle “introducing” the MILF aspect to Aki’s four avatars have largely been decried as anathema, but still make for some damn good reading.

    When questioned on that subject, Kyon himself states he was “visiting his cousin up north” at the time, and the Church has taken his words to be canon.

  14. From AnimeSuki,

    Parody Video

    Cheers.

  15. >>Next up for KyoAni, Ryuk gets the Kyon treatment in a DEATH NOTE remake. Everyone’s favorite Shinigami cracks wise and self-narrates while being dragged around by a bored, self-obsessed teen with the power of life over death.

    Close.. but Ryuk is not a shinigama and the power is not death.
    “COMING SOON.. 2007 Jan 15… MOE NOTE”

  16. I’m almost certainly in the minority here, but I actually prefer Natsumi to Aki. Or Mois. Or Koyuki. There’s such a thing as ‘too big’, y’know? Though with judicious use of that age/de-age gun fun times could be had by all…

  17. I can’t remember Makoto being half this endearing back in 2002. Is this evidence of KyoAni’s prowess or evidence that it takes around 4 years for ones heart to mature and soften enough to truly appreciate loliness?

    As a woman I’m reluctant to admit that it may be 49% the former and 51% the latter.

  18. Fun with out-of-context screenshots…

    A Makoto Is Fine Too

    Cheers.

  19. @Waterfall, quigonkenny, XXX:

    You guys do know that jason probably meant Yagami as in Yagami Hayate from Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha A’s?

  20. I agree … Makoto has gone way up over her 2002 self….I actually place her number 2 behind Ayu now….. Sayuri is a lot cuter this round also….KyoAni is pure win….

  21. >>sagematt Says:
    You guys do know that jason probably meant Yagami as in Yagami Hayate from Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha A’s?

    Well, a KyoAni DEATH NOTE remake starring Kyon as Ryuk is funnier than a KyoAni remake of Nanoha with Kyon as Chrono…

    Wait. Oh, shi–

  22. Not to mention Rotton the Wizard in Black Lagoon. Sugita Tomozuka is sure making the rounds. I can imagine him voicing a role in the next sequel of ‘FMP!’.

    Narf.

  23. Your narration and writing style brighten up my day. Needs more spoilers, such as how Makoto can be an animal in bed

    Oh Shi

  24. If only KyoAni were Higurashi fans. Hopefully there’s a Higurashi 2008 after a hopeful summer Haruhi 2007.

  25. Mmm… I want bao now…

    *trotters off to Clement*

  26. >>>> Actually, scratch that. It’s not a Pure Kyon moment if Yuuichi said it before.

    >>Kyuuichi is quickly proving to be more superior than Kyon. Kyon never was this smooth. When have we seen him properly flirting with Haruhi/Mikuru/Yuki? I can count those with my left-hand fingers.

    Thing is, Kyon was the best possible counterpart to Haruhi (the main focus of the show) and his interplay between the members of the SOS-dan was crucial to the overall ridiculously awesomeness of SHnY.

  27. >>>I can’t wait for Kyon to replace Sagara now in Continuing on My Own (which if they pass up to remake Phinal Approach, I may go on a seven country kill spree) as he uses his sarcasm to activate the Lambda Driver.

    Sagara did already in the last episode. Well, sort of.

  28. >> I agree… Makoto has gone way up over her 2002 self. I actually place her number 2 behind Ayu now.

    YAY! FINALLY SOME LOVING FOR MY MAKO-PIN!!!!

    >> KyoAni is pure win.

    QFT.

    >> Well, a KyoAni DEATH NOTE remake starring Kyon as Ryuk is funnier than a KyoAni remake of Nanoha with Kyon as Chrono

    I take it you still know nothing about “Kyonno”, right? :)

  29. I dunno-WHY DID THEY DO A REMAKE OF KANON ANYWAY? It was fine as it was-seems to be the latest anime thing-remakes-this and Negima-sheesh!

  30. >>>I dunno-WHY DID THEY DO A REMAKE OF KANON ANYWAY? It was fine as it was-seems to be the latest anime thing-remakes-this and Negima-sheesh!

    Well, apparently there was a high demand for KyoAni to remake Kanon after they hit it off well with Air.
    And to say the truth, they’re doing a good job too, you can really see that they’re working hard to make sure it’s as enjoyable (if not more) than the 2002 version.

    And Negima?! is not a remake- it doesn’t count as a remake if you just take the characters and then do whatever the hell you want with them and warp them into a thing of horror more awful than the original TV series (which is already quite bad by itself).

  31. Hmm, Kyuichi thankfully seems to be going a slightly different way from Kyon now, and actually making sarcastic comments, and acting insincerely (loved the porn magazine bit)to other characters now, rather than just narrating it. It felt decidedly strange in Episode 2 where he was just straight Kyon all the way though.

    Of course Mai now appears to be Yuki. Much as I love all the Haruhi crew (especially Yuki) that doesn’t mean I want to see their personalities copied and pasted into another series with a few minor edits.

    Still we got some more Shiori, and she seems to be her own :)

  32. Akiko an anime MILF?

    http://suezen.cool.ne.jp/hutari.htm

    Say it isn’t so!~

  33. It would be better if you linked to the main site. ^^;

    All the Kanon-related materials are in the sidebar on the right.

    Casual Warning: Some of the pages contain spoilers.

    Cheers.

  34. Random Photoshop from AnimeSuki.

    Cheers.

  35. I think Kyoto Animation should’ve animated CLANNAD or Planetarian; I’m sure it would’ve found an audience…

    That aside, I think the makers are trying too hard to be “faithful” to the game – which presents some obvious limitations when it comes to music, progression of scenes, and plotting. We’re 5 episodes into the series and Yuuichi has yet to develop any meaningful relationships with any of the girls, and none of them seem to be able to communicate with him at the same level or challenge him in any way. Another problem is that Yuuichi comes across as a sarcastic, condescending know-it-all who is basically bulletproof – at least in my opinion.

    I understand that time is needed for proper character development and setting of moods, and the makers are spending a lot of time on this. The problem is that this time is not used efficiently. Even in a 24-episode anime, you need to firmly establish unique personalities within 1-2 episodes, and further development can only take place once you have a proper foundation. Kanon has done a less than stellar job in this aspect so far… but one can always hope that the makers will regain footing once we get into the main drama.

  36. >> http://suezen.cool.ne.jp/hutari.htm

    キタ━━━━━━(゚∀゚)━━━━━━!!

    >> Random Photoshop from AnimeSuki

    OMG Kyuuichi is Spiderman?! He’s broken the barrier of GAR!

    (Though I recall seeing that shop on 4chan first…)

    >> I think Kyoto Animation should’ve animated CLANNAD or Planetarian

    CLANNAD will soon get a movie, and Planetarian wouldn’t get more than a few short OVAs.

    >> That aside, I think the makers are trying too hard to be “faithful” to the game – which presents some obvious limitations

    Limitations?
    Music: Proper use of the game soundtrack (which I love), and also some cool remixes here and there. Spotless.

    Progression of Scenes: So far, so good. Everything flows accordingly.

    Plotting: How can an almost faithful match to the original plot be a limitation? What has happened to shows which have deranged from their original plots? “Welcome to the NHK”? “Negima!?”? How about those shows which have skipped entire plot points (Higurashi)? I don’t think they fare that well against this remake.

    Heck, this isn’t even a 1:1 copy, the original game sure had a kinda witty Yuuichi, but it was no Kyon.

    >> Another problem is that Yuuichi comes across as a sarcastic, condescending know-it-all who is basically bulletproof

    All the more reason to like him. But don’t worry, he’ll soon crash against the crude reality.

    >> Even in a 24-episode anime, you need to firmly establish unique personalities within 1-2 episodes, and further development can only take place once you have a proper foundation. Kanon has done a less than stellar job in this aspect so far…

    I can see your point, but there is not much personality to establish when we are talking about anime prototypes. Even then, KyoAni has been slowly but steadily setting the actors of this play on the right place, and it won’t be much longer until the whole plot kicks in.

    And why would I care about all of this if I’m watching something that I’m loving so much that I download it from 3 different fansubs (one of a different language even) only to have an excuse to watch the same episode 3 times, and that still won’t satisfy my craving for more?

    As Jason already remarked: This is not a plot-driven vehicle, this is a moe-driven vehicle. I’ll just keep on enjoying what I’m getting, the plot can wait.

  37. I completely understand your point; if you find the girls cute, you will enjoy Kanon. If not, you might be left scratching your head.

    I think this might be due to a generation gap… I grew up watching heroines like Candy Candy, Anne of Green Gables, the 4 sisters in Little Women, and Sarah Crewe (Little Princess). No question I am looking for very different qualities from little girls and prefer imaginative, active girls to the “sad girl in snow”.

    As for heroes I tend to prefer those that have some real weakness, yet find a way to overcome them – for example, I found Yukito (AIR) to be a much more sympathetic (and better developed) than Kyuuichi, though they shared some similar characteristics. You can tell that Yukito is going through some real pain, and looking for a purpose in life – which causes him to be somewhat sarcastic at times. I simply don’t sense that from Kyuuichi; he seems to be toying with all the girls just for the fun of it.

    But I suppose I should enjoy for Kanon for what it is, instead of criticizing it for what it isn’t. Nevertheless, I am truly looking forward to seeing Yuuichi crash – HARD. He elicits way too many bad memories from my high school and college days.

  38. I’m waiting for Sugita Tomozuka’s take on Bullet, myself.

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