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February 18, 2012

Anime Review: Kanon (2006)

A nice emotional story about a guy that goes back to his home town after been away for seven years whilst searching his lost memories of what happened in the past. It is a deep, sad story that will keep you occupied for many hours.

Kanon (2006)Synopsis:
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...

Review:
So, I'm not much of a big fan of sad stories, but once in a while is good for me. Kanon hits the right emotional spot that brings about finding lost memories and reliving in the past. The story is full of deep meaning and soul searching about the lives of the characters. Right from the start, you are unaware of the situation the main protagonist is in, but after encountering some many flashbacks, you start to realize the truth bit by bit. All I can say is that, this anime really touches on the reality of childhood friends that have drifted apart after growing up. This anime can bring lots of memories personally and it really touches the heart.

The art was beautifully illustrated in every way possible. The characters were detailed, the environments clearly stood out and the animations were fluid. The art style really suited the feeling and mood brought out by this anime.

Voice acting was perfect, not once will you get annoyed by a character. The soundtracks were nicely composed and was appropriate to the anime. I just realized how important the sound was during those really emotional scenes.

The characters at first seemed a bit out of place, but you will come to realize that they all have their own unique story and background. From the moment you first meet the character to the end, you will have totally different opinions about them. I was quite astonished at the change of personalities and predicaments of each of the characters.

Overall, this is one well composed anime from any angle you view at it. You have to watch this anime for its interesting story, beautifully illustrated art and unique cast.

STORY: 8
Interesting story with many different twists and turns. However, the ending is unexpected and quite different from what you would initially think.


ART: 9
Really well animated art. Every aspect was of high quality. No frame rate drops or jagged edges.


SOUND: 9
Soundtracks were well sited for the many emotional scenes scattered throughout this anime. Voice acting was perfect.


CHARACTER: 8
Unexpected stories from the many characters in this anime.


ENJOYMENT: 8
Hey, its emotional yet funny in some places. The humour however, does not take away the seriousness from this anime.


OVERALL: 8
A high 8 from me. It is really well animated and told. I would have liked it if there was more in-depth answers about some questions that were unanswered in the anime.