Kanon was one of the first anime that I watched when I started out way back around 2001. It was on every list of “must see anime” and I have a feeling it still is on a lot of lists today. Fast forward to 2006. Kyoto Animation is handling the production of a remake of one of the greatest anime ever! Everyone’s expecting this to be pure win, but is it?
Aizawa Yuuichi is returning to a city he often visited when he was young. He hasn’t been back in 7 years. Like many anime protagonists, he suffers from an acute case of memory loss. Perhaps caused by a traumatic event?
Yuuichi will be attending high school in this town until he graduates. Until then, he’s staying with his cousin Nayuki. Nayuki totally wants to get with Yuuichi, but I don’t think he notices at all. In this episode, Nayuki takes Yuuichi on a tour of the town which incidentally includes cameos from all of the other girls in the anime.
Of course, the most important event of this episode is the meeting between Ayu and Yuuichi. In the course of the first episode, Ayu pretty much wins the “most moe ever award.” Here’s why:
- Ayu totally glomps Yuuichi while running away from the big bad taiyaki man.
- Ayu says “uguu~” like a hundred times
- Ayu refers to herself as “boku.”
- Ayu spins around like a dog chasing its tail trying to see her backpack wings
- In a flashback, Yuuichi thinks Ayu’s name is “Ayu Ayu” and Ayu says “Ayu Ayu janai mon~!”
MOEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! Basically, this anime is made of pure win. I guess I should also note that since I saw the original anime (and don’t have memory loss skills like Yuuichi), I know where the story is going. And it’s good!
The only other thing I think I should mention is the pacing. This anime is really slow. Like nothing happened besides the Ayu stuff. Since this version is getting 2x the episodes of the original, it’ll probably be twice as slow. This doesn’t bother me at all, though. If the anime decides to take a leisurely pace, I’m all for it. I’d really like to see each character’s story told in more depth this time anyway.
The most obvious difference between the old Kanon and the remake is the animation quality/character designs. The animation itself is what you’d expect: really awesome. I’m sure that any second now, a website will pop up with the real life counterparts to the locations found in the anime.
I still have the old episodes on a CD somewhere. Back then the only complaint I had was with the super big cheeks of the characters. They’re still too damn big, but they’re about the same as AIR, which was tolerable. It isn’t like they can totally change the designs, since they’re all based on a game.
The OP fits perfectly with the theme of the anime. Girls eating taiyaki in slow motion? Check. Girls looking sad in the snow? Check. Girls looking wistfully out the window? Check. Pure awesomeness? Check! The ED is slightly less appropriate and has Ayu running in the snow for a minute and a half.
As a special service to my readers, I’ll also include the videos for the OP and ED since my host gives me way too much bandwidth:
Kyoto Animation has taken an awesome anime and somehow made it awesomer. Ayu is just oozing moe. Seriously, I dunno if she was that cute in the first series, but this one is almost coma-inducing with the moeness. I’m yelling “MOEEEE” like an Ouran High School Host Club patron every time Ayu does something.
If you only watch one anime this season, there’s something terribly wrong with you. Get help, and make that one anime Kanon.