Kanon (TV 2/2006)
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The Opening theme and Ending theme to this anime are the same ones used in the original PC Game that the anime is based on.
The colors white and red in the anime are symbolic; white is the color of cold, winter, and stasis; red the color of warmth, springtime and change. They are the colors of the two headbands Ayu wears. Springtime-loving Makoto wears only red ribbons.
As a very interesting fact, Yuuichi and Kyon (from SHnY) have got the same seat in their respective classrooms, -next to the window, second from behind- (It can be seen along Kanon and in SHnY [Chapter 2 00:13:10]). Since Kanon 2006 and Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu have been objects of a lot comparisons, mainly because the amazing resemblance between both of them and both characters were interpreted by the same voice actor, I think it is a curious coincidence.
On episode 14, where Nayuki randomly says "By the way, I can eat carrots too!", that was a line taken out of a game from back when Key was known as "Tactics". This game was ONE ~Kagayaku Kisetsu E~, and the line was first said by Misaki Kawana.
The music played is also found in the movie called "Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death (True)²" played as the ending theme.
The name of the cafe they go frequently is "Hyakkaya", which is also the name of the publishing company.
you may have noticed that nayuki's clock that she gave Yuuichi was very peculiar in this anime as the pink cat voice recorder alarm, in 2002 edition it was a kirobi (green frog) and in the manga it was a hampster, all which did the same thing
in kanon almost every female character represents a specific type of food. Nayuki is strawberry sundae, Shiori is packaged ice cream, Ayu is tayaki, Makoto is niku pan, Mai is octopus weigners, Sayuri is sushi, Akiko is non sweet yellow glowing jam, with the sole exception of the loner kaori
Kouda Mariko (voice actress for Nayuki) & Minase Nayuki bears the same characteristic, that is allergic to cats.
In keeping with the title "Kanon", all 24 episodes contain a type of musical composition as part of their titles such as overture, waltz, symphony and finale.
In ep 13, during the flashback, Mai and Sayuri are not wearing the correct uniforms. the flashback takes place during their freshman years, yet they are wearing seinior year outfits (blue instead of dark green)
In episode 1, when Yuuichi and Nayuki was about to cross the street, an advertisement bus passed by. On that bus has the picture of the peach juice Misuzu drinks in another Key series, Air TV.
The cafe Yuuichi and Ayu escaped to after colliding into each other in Episode 1 had a fitting ambient music playing in the background - Johann Pachelbel's Canon in D.
Shiori is actually first seen in Episode 1 at 9:36. She can be seen walking with her mother as Nayuki and Yuuichi walks by them near the hospital.
In Episode 02, just after Kaori sees Yuuichi lost in the school, Yuuichi talks to himself. This is a homage to Kyon's first-person view narrations from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. The only difference with Yuuichi is that he actually talks his thought out loud, as evident when Kaori asks him why he was describing the situation.
In episode 4, Yuuichi helps Akiko in carrying rice she bought in the Niinuma Rice and Liquor Shop. That's the exact same store found in Air TV where Yukito helps a lady in carrying rice as well.
In episode 6 where Yuuichi and Ayu went to the movies, a movie poster of which Ayu freaked out depicted a girl upside down with the moon on the left of her. That's actually a homage of the visual novel called MOON developed by Tactics of which its promo poster had the same setup. In fact this visual novel was actually created by original core staff who make up Key today.
In episode 13 when Sayuri and Yuuichi are looking at the stuffed animals, at the left of the giant anteater doll are the dolls of the sloth and a brown Potato plushie. Both of those appeared in Air TV though Potato in Air TV is originally white.
The last scene in Episode 15, where Yuuichi held Mai on the ground inside the classroom, resembles a scene in Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya where Kyon did the same for Yuki Nagato. Mai and Yuki have share similar personalities, namely being quiet yet very strong. Yuuichi and Kyon share the same voice actor: Tomokazu Sugita, and both series are directed by Tatsuya Ishihara.
In Episode 17, around 13:00, there's a blonde girl with two hair-antennae earing curry rice. She's Key-chan (or Kii-chan, japanese きぃちゃん, actually from 麻宮姫里, Asamiya Kisato), the Key official mascot character (along withe her little sister Kuu-chan (くぅちゃん, 麻宮空, Asamiya Kuu) , who could be the other girl sitting in front of her). Also, Jun Kitagawa (Yuiichi's male classmate) was first designed as an orlder brother for Kii and Kuu
In episode 23, when Yuiichi goes to look for food, next to the meat buns, there is the peach milk Misuzu drinks from Air TV.
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