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… – My Anime List
Based on 16 review scores:
Kanon is a great little show, a wonderful, engrossing, and entertaining story. It’s a supernatural mystery of sorts, filled with a cast of very appealing and likeable characters, although it must be said that if you have an intolerance of all things cute and sweet, you may find that Kanon isn’t to your taste. This is a show that revels in cuteness, relishes in tugging at heartstrings, and will do whatever it can to elicit a sympathetic “Aww” from the viewer at every opportunity. It’s by turns funny, witty, charming, and did I mention sweet? And then it rips your heart out, stamps on it for good measure, and sends you reeling into despair, wailing at the unfairness of it all, and leaves you a blubbering wreck, unable to come to terms with the utter emotional calamity that has just occurred.
Highly recommended series, especially for those who wants a story which will/might make you break into tears. For 24 episodes, you’re definitely in for a roller-coaster ride of emotions when watching Kanon.
Kanon, despite being a slice of life, is a real rush of emotions. Because it takes its time to develop the characters and their sense of relationship with the audience, as well as with Yuichi – who I haven’t talked about at all, and really there’s not a lot to say other than I was incredibly surprised with how endearing a character he really is. He’s both a little shit and an amazingly kind person all rolled into one, he’s very similar to Kyosuke from Oreimo. Kanon lets you care for the characters. And that’s smart writing, and that makes Kanon a smart show.
A beautiful romance everyone can enjoy.
Assessing The Anime
Watching Kanon 2006 has done is make me realize just how great Clannad was. Nothing could have hammered that home more perfectly than how an ad for Clannad came on right after the end of episode 24 of Kanon 2006. It was such a swift and timely reminder saying “Hey, Triple_R, what do you think of Clannad now, eh?
Rish Raff Anime Reviews
Kanon offers another emotional adventure from Visual Key, set in a fantastic winter wonderland. Viewers may find the anime off putting due to its tumultuous and overused plot element and slightly unnerving character designs at times.
My Anime List
All in all, this is a lovely anime, a true masterpiece. If you like anime series based on visual novels, you’ll enjoy this. If you haven’t watched any anime series of that kind, watch it anyway, because you’ll love it.
A fine remake that addresses any and all issues the first version had.
Overall, Kanon isn’t bad by far. I liked watching it, but it’s just not that good. There’s nothing outstanding, ground-breaking or awesome about it, but it is definitely a good dark mystery romance series. If you like these sorts of very sad romances, then you’ll like this one, but it’s not going to make you see the light if you hate the genre.
The Nihon Review
Kanon 2006 is inevitably a series with a given audience, but I’d highly recommend it to fans of drama. I’ve always been a fan of the conversion, since it’s been one of the rare proofs that it is possible to have a compelling anime based on a visual novel. This particular adaptation shows that with the right amount of care on the animator’s part, a story like Kanon’s can be very powerful when told in the animated medium.
Ultimately it’s the ending that makes all the difference. I think it’s a wonderful ending that justifies the whole series (though I had to think about it for a while before I was sure of that.)
Its just one of the best animated series ever, absolutely beyond all words… I absolutely recommend it…
HS Media Nerd
I do have a problem with this anime, that problem being the comedy. Yes, at times, it is rather funny, but for the most part it’s basically Yuichi either making fun of the girls (more often than not Ayu) or taking advantage of them (again, mostly Ayu), which made him seem really unlikable at times, which is a huge problem when telling a story. But, when you get right down to it, Kanon 2006 is a great show with fantastic characters that hit every part of your emotional spectrum, the happy and the sad.
Kanon is not about focusing on the plot. More so, it is about adorable girls doing cute things and being moe. The show’s main character Yuuichi is very smug and creates witty dialogue with each of the girls throughout the show. Other than that, Kanon is a high quality production with a darker element for the usual harem anime.
Kanon is a sometimes haunting show with plenty of memorable moments within it, but ultimately it’s a disjointed effort that never quite feels right. From beginning to end the quality waivers constantly and there are far too few instances that stand out enough to make this series universally entertaining. It’s slow and plodding, the plot is full of holes, and towards the end things become something of a mess. I’d say this one is a solid rental though your mileage may vary depending on what you expect from a harem series. If you enjoyed Air you may find something to appreciate about Kanon, though I felt that former was a more cohesive effort.