Monday, January 15, 2007

Anime Kip is Currently Watching: Kanon

Since my last post generated such a buzz, I thought I would mention another anime I am watching.

Kanon II or Kanon Remake is a second attempt at a 2003 TV series based on a popular dating-like sim released only in Japan.

The series derives its name from the musical piece Pachelbel's Canon in D. And like the song, at first the series is very unassuming, but soon evolves into a drama, or maybe I should say melodrama, of action and plot twists, and it quickly jumps right out of its initial genre and becomes something entirely different! The series is funnier than many series I've seen but sure packs a lot of serious moments.

If you watched the first Kanon you may enjoy this one. The series is extended from thirteen to fifty-two episodes and the animation has changed... a lot! The series still centers around Yuuichi, as he settles into a new high school in a town he used to often come to many years ago, and all the people he meets who may help him remember his clouded past in this town he just cannot remember.

The production company for this anime is the same as Air and Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. In fact the main character not only looks like Kyon from Suzumiya, it is also the same voice actor and they have the same mannerisims. It kinda reminds me of Tsubasa, how it's like a cross-dimension of some of the characters from these various animes.

Don't worry about not finding this series on YouTube or elsewhere like Uninhabited Planet Survival, this series just started in Japan and each new episode arrives once a week. So far there are fifteen episodes translated and more are on the way!

Here is the 2002 series (ep. 1 pt. 1):

And the remake (ep. 1 pt. 1):


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