Reviews

Kanon (2002) IMDb

Subject

A boy returns to a winter city in Japan 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.

Commentary

A romantic drama, of the tragic strain of supernatural non-haram harem bishoujo, based on a game. The character design is bad, the acting is good and much of the tragedy is reasonably well done. Bittersweet coziness with a lot of love.

animation fiction Japanese production moving picture series

Sequel:

“Kanon Kazahana” (2003) IMDb

Subject

A follow-up episode featuring 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.

animation fiction Japanese production moving picture