Kanon (2002 IMDb)

Categorization

Romantic drama. Tragic, supernatural harem bishoujo.

Subject

Modern Japan. A boy returns to a winter city after a seven-year absence. He enters high school and meets various girls, many of whom seem somehow connected to the boy, who does not remember their past meetings. Sad histories are uncovered and there is much love.

Commentary

Bad character design. Good acting, and much of the tragedy is reasonably well done. Bittersweet coziness. Game-based.

Japanese production animation series

Sequel:

Kanon Kazahana (2003 IMDb)

Categorization

Follow-up episode.

Subject

Features all the girls, including Makoto, demonstrating that the bitter sweetness of the original is in many ways hollow.

Commentary

More up-beat. The title apparently refers to snow brought by spring winds.

Japanese production animation movie