Well, here’s an oldie goldie, finally translated for everyones enjoyment thanks to the hard working chaps at Non Directional Translations.
Kanon had a decent full length anime adaptation in 2006 that covered most of the points of all of the routes (actually, there was also a previous 13 episode adaptation, but it was pretty atrocious). Its pretty well known as the game that propelled KEY into the limelight as a decent game creator much as Tsukihime did the same for TYPE MOON.
Since this, they also did Air and Clannad, both of which are equally well known, as well as a couple of other titles.
But anyway, Kanon starts with the fairly generic ‘guy returns to X town after Y years with limited amnesia conviently forgetting that he totally charmed up Z girls when he himself was a kiddie.’
Bloody players. The lot of them. Nevertheless, though the initial stimulus is exactly groundbreaking, what sets Kanon apart from more generic titles is that it actually establishes some really nice personalities in the girls and buffs up their characters so you appreciate them.
So much so that, despite the fact that I was evidently going to go for the Mai route first, I felt a little sorry leaving behind Makotos pranks and Nayukis Morning Narcolepsy.
Actually, in my case, I should clarify that I ~actually~ have a soft spot for Sayuri and her little ‘Ahaha!’. I mainly went the Mai route to see as much Sayuri as possible, LOL. I guess I like genki girls with third person narration and superhuman cooking skills. In fact, I’m a little dissappointed there isn’t a proper Sayuri route (there’s a little mini-route that explains her third person narration and wrist scar, but thats all). I suppose Kaori gets an even shorter end of the stick though, since you see alot of her early on and yet theres no path (not even a mini-route) for her, only her sister, Shiori.
Also, I have no love for Ayu. Her constant taiyaki theft and stalker like appearances don’t seem cute at all. Well, it does nothing for me, anyway. I guess it floats some peoples boat.
As a game, its also refreshing to see that the choices are not totally devoid of logic. It usually pretty obvious which selection will give you points with X girl or raise flags. Theres nothing more irritating than when a choice between ‘Sweep the Floor’ and ‘Mop the Floor’ has a profound impact on the paths available in a game. Some people will know what I’m referring to. If you don’t, don’t worry.
Kanon has the ‘Huuuuge Eyes’ syndrome in its artwork. You know, those stonkers that take up half the face. Far worse than even typical anime eyes. But oh well, apart from that, its decent art. I can’t but feel a little shortchanged after the amazing special effects that some games, like Chaos;Head and Fate/Stay Night, can generate, but then again, all can be forgiven because the actual game is still up to par.
The music too, was acceptable. Typical, and of course, not on the level of Crescendo’s awesomeness, but decent to the point where I didn’t want to mute it as some games can drive you to do.
Anyway, here’s a whole heap of screencaps of me following Mai’s route. I think I went a little overboard, since I ended up making about 30, of which I’ve already done a serious pruning to get to the less than 20 I’ve got here. There’s probably too much Sayuri. So sue me.
Nayuki’s normal demenour. She’s a tried and tested narcoleptic who develops amazing running skills to compensate.
But you are a thieving wannabe angel girl. I don’t see what the problem is?
As well as its possible to get along with a girl who sleeps 13 hours a day to be refreshed, Kaori…
Yeah, probably. I am a dating game protagonist, after all…
Look who’s talking, fireworks and miso soup bath girl!
Actually, I don’t think the game expressed the same level of fear about Akiko’s jam as the anime managed to. Probably because there was less inane smiling involved.
Please, Sayuri, do that little ‘Ahaha’ again! It melts me at the knees!
Its not that Mai is dense, au contraire, she just has her priorities sorted well.
It was so amazing that even I don’t remember it.
You don’t say? I’m sure some varieties of toads are actually furry as well. Over, you know, the warts and all that.
Uhuh. I have no objection to this statement.
Priceless. Totally worth getting pummeled.
Like I’m going to disobey an order like that when you’re wearing that dress…honestly…
Admittedly, Sayuri seems to have that smiling expression a heck of a lot. Oh well.
I actually didn’t think kimono’s were worn on graduation. Apparently so, here.
Of course, one is screwed completely with Sayuri anyway. You can never marry her. She always speaks in the third person. How is she ever supposed to say ‘I do?’. Frack. (this shot is from the Sayuri mini-route, by the way…hence its placement after Mai’s epilogue…)
Anyways, you should indeed go and play this. Its quite the classic to casually pass up. Ahaha.
Somehow I get the feeling my ‘Ahaha’ would be more of a deadpan chuckle rather than something cute. Remind me to never try that again.
(sigh) Well, hope you enjoyed this little Visual Novel diary. I’ll continue to post them from time to time, so keep tuned.