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Sypnosis: 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
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...
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Memory is a person's way of recording the most important to the most
inane moments of their life without ever setting it down tangibly.
Perhaps because of this, a person's way of handling these fragile
reminders of things long gone is flawed as these records are subject to
one of the most powerful tools ever known to mankind: the mind.
Recollection can be difficult when the mind does not comply.
Recollection can even be false, if the mind so chooses--we can take an
event of the past and change it in our memories; blocking things out,
erasing them or transforming them into something else. Trying to
work with memories is like opening a book to a random page, and seeing
that half the words have been scratched out, blurred, and that there's
writing in it that was not part of the original. But you will read it.
Is there much of a choice? That's all there is left, after all.
Kanon's Yuuichi comes to terms that for his life to go forwards, he
must go backwards and remember things that his memories have long
forgotten. His mind has done him a terrible ill--it has forgotten a
great amount, many important things and many important people. He moves
to a snowy city to live permanently with an aunt and cousin he used to
visit, his last trip being punctuated with a seven year gap. On his
arrival, the way memories can sweep in unexpectedly and swallow you up,
Yuuchi finds himself enveloped in the lives of several young women,
remembering various promises he made, and a lot more promises he had
broken with the clouding of his past.
Kanon (2006) is an excellent series.
With deep character relationships, a solid storyline that certainly
presents one intriguing tale to the next, very good art and equally
good sound, it's hard not to have a good time watching this anime. And
not to mention, it's quite the tearjerker as well, depending on your
sensitivity. Certainly a lot of, if not every, story arc has a deep,
bittersweet, emotional sock to the stomach.
Following a forgotten memory is like trying to scramble down a vaguely
familiar path, searching and chasing after something you can barely
grasp. But you know that deep down, you've been there before, and that
even if you can't remember where you are or where you're going, a part
of you will take you where you need to be the most.
Kanon (2006) is a wonderful anime that gives us one young man's attempts to grasp once more all that which he has lost