Today, I’m continuing with my catch-up of Kanon for AniTwitWatches. If you’d like more information, please check out my original post here, which also shares my somewhat spoilery musings on episodes one through nine of the series.
This time around I shall be chatting about my thoughts and reactions as I watch episodes ten through thirteen. Since everything seems to be taking a serious and solidly emotional turn, I decided to finish catching up in smaller batches rather than the massive ten episode binge I had originally planned. Similar to the previous write-up, I’ll be talking about the episodes as I watch them, so if my mutterings feel a bit random or all over the place that is why! If you haven’t watched Kanon, then I recommend you proceed cautiously as shall be discussing story spoilers. Thank you.
Episode ten was exactly what I expected it to be yesterday after I wrapped up episode nine. We watch as Yūichi tries very hard to fulfil all of Makoto’s wishes before her demise. It was difficult to see all the characters trying to be strong for the young girl yet feeling their own bouts of grief and helplessness. The music was totally the requiem that is indicated via the segment’s title as well, which further contributed to its highly sombre vibe.
This segment made me feel like it’d be the perfect precursor to a finale, so given that there are fourteen episodes left in the series, I’m not too sure of what’s going to happen moving forward. A part of me believes that the tale will take a happy twist and Makoto will somehow come back to join everyone, especially if Yūichi makes some sort of intense wish from the depth of his heart. Then again, if that does occur, it’d feel far too convenient and I’m afraid it will make me enjoy the anime—its sadness and all—much less than I have been thus far.
Beyond those ponderings, I liked everything else about episode ten. It was an understated portrayal of dealing with loss and the evocative traits were well balanced. My own personal connection to what was happening to Makoto definitely impacted me on an intimate level, but I managed to hold myself together surprisingly well. I think from a storytelling standpoint, this was my favourite instalment yet.
In episode eleven, everyone tries to get back to normal living as much as they can. Even Makoto’s kitty, Piro, has returned to the family (thank freaking goodness). The loss of Makoto is still affecting the family (although not affecting Yūichi as heavily as I anticipated), as is expected. Most of this segment felt like a transition phase, moving us along from one arc into the next one. For example, Ayu is staying with Yūichi and his family until her own returns from vacation.
I can’t help but wonder if all the girls that this family takes in are some sort of supernatural beings with some intense baggage or fucked up life situations. Makoto turned out to be a lonely fox and she made a strange noise that indicated she wasn’t as she initially seemed. Ayu has her own funky little phrase she likes to mutter and her family being on vacation felt super convenient here, so I can’t help but wonder if she’s another animal or maybe even a ghost? Although, I think my favourite part was towards the end of the episode where some kind of invisible being fluttered through the school hallway at night where Mai keeps watch for demons, more so considering that Yūichi saw the flutter too.
Stranger and stranger this show seems to be getting. I’m not sure why I said that like Yoda… Nonetheless, after Makoto’s arc, I’m not thinking about what is to come with too much energy. Instead, I’m just going to let the tale carry me forward along with it, randomness and unexpected shenanigans and all. I think that shall be the best way for me to get the safest experience out of watching this anime.
In episodes twelve and thirteen, Yūichi gets more of his memories back, then the school has a fancy shmancy ball and demons attack, after which Mai gets into trouble at school.
My main thought during these segments was that Mai is probably my favourite character out of the series, her and Nayuki’s mum whom I think is very adorable and kind. She (Mai) looked so beautiful at the ball and it was neat to see her interactions with Yūichi. I think their platonic chemistry is excellent and I’m enjoying the way their friendship is formulating. Everything else in these episodes, however, just feels pretty chaotic. The demons feel like such a strange addition to the series and the prospect of all of Yūichi’s love interests inevitably dying also sucks. At least, I’m suspicious of that last bit as all signs seem to be pointing to that eventual outcome.
What began as an evocative wholesome-esque anime with tragic elements now feels somewhat like a bit of a mess—which tends to be typical of adaptations of harem/reverse harem visual novels I’ve noticed—and somewhat of trauma porn. I’m concerned that Yūichi hasn’t properly grieved the death of Makoto yet, and if he does in fact get slapped with another agonising loss, I’m wondering if it will show him falling apart or just swallowing it like some funky fact of life and moving onwards. If the latter happens, I’m going to be quite ticked as it’s so outrageously unrealistic… not that this anime is going for too much realism as it is.
Anyhoo, that does it for my musings on Kanon segments ten through thirteen. The next chunk I’ll be tackling is fourteen through eighteen, which I hope to have posted tomorrow afternoon!
If you’re interested in watching this series, it is available for streaming on Funimation, in both dubbed and subbed versions.