There is good ecchi comedy and there is bad ecchi comedy. At one point, did you ever wonder when it was best to draw the line in between "funny" and "just plain sick" when it comes to ecchi comedy?
Well, the creators of this atrocious anime did not. I cannot believe Kanokon has a rating above two stars. It's bad. It's really really REALLY bad. It's offensive, it's stupid, it's shallow, it's wrong, and it's dirty. REALLY dirty.You might even feel you need to take a shower after this one and I'll elaborate on why....
Story: The story COULD be interesting. The sad thing is, the anime cares way too much about giant boobs, nudity, molestation, sexual fetishes, and panty shots to pay any attention to the story save for maybe two episodes. But I do regret to say, I kept watching because I wanted to see what was going to happen (and my friend is absolutely enthralled with fox youkai). But they didn't deliver at all. So the story is a fail.
Animation: Kanokon's strongest point but I've seen better. The style used for the characters is insanely cute....which clashes badly since most of them do not act cute.
Sound: Like a lot of bad anime, the opening and ending themes are surprisingly good. I have them both on my MP3 player. I do not remember the background music to be particularly memorable but I don't think it was bad. Nozomu's seiyuu is the best of the bunch with her flat montone voice saying outrageous things. Anytime you laugh, it's probably going to be because of her.
Characters: THIS is where Kanokon really suffers. You thought the story was bad? No, I can deal with a bad story as long as the main characters are likable and relatable. But guess what? They're not.
Kouta who might as well be named "Shota" looks and acts like an eight-year-old boy. He doesn't really have a personality-his main role is to get smashed into Chizuru's grotesquely-sized breasts or become a rape victim every five minutes of his screentime. Because he looks and sounds so young, even the most shotacon of shotacons will be turned off. Believe me when I say I have a fondness for young male characters, but this is just plain DISTURBING.
But since he's so vanilla, Kouta is not the worst character. Oh no, that special place goes to Chizuru, the most unlikable, slutty, selfish bitch I have EVER seen in an ecchi harem. Chizuru insists that she fell in love with Kouta because of his "smell". Yes, his SMELL. And because she "loves him so much" she makes it her life mission to have sex with him literally every single chance she gets to be alone with him. (Although if they're in a public place, that doesn't stop her either.) And he doesn't want to-he's crying and flailing around, going "NO! NO!" but this doesn't matter to her-she just wants to do him whether he likes it or not and that's that. Isn't that so romantic? Isn't that just so touching? That's what love is all about right? RAPE!!
Not only that but Chizuru treats everyone else around her like shit, including her brother who busts his ass to help Chizuru out of bad situations. For a heroine of a ecchi harem series, she's shockingly mean-spirited.
There are three characters in the show that I didn't hate or feel dirty to see on screen. One of them is Nozomu, the wolf-loli. Nozomu is actually a riot, a complete parody of the emotionless, kuudere stereotype...though when you see her, you're going to say "Who put wolf ears on Yuki Nagato!?" because that's essentially her design. The other two are a weasel boy and a shy little frog girl. They are very adorable, especially the girl. And they get about ten minutes of screentime. Lucky us.
Overall: This anime would be better off as just straight-up hentai because that's just how far they push the envelope. In fact, it's hentai without on-screen sex....though they get PRETTY DAMN CLOSE. I do not hate ecchi anime-in fact, some of my favorite ones are ecchi harem because they can be outrageously funny. But with Kanokon's whole "I'm going-to-rape-you-and-you're-going-to-like-it-because-the-script-says-we-have-to-be together" attitude, it just goes too far. In episode 10, they decide to do something so incredibly disgusting to drive me to the point (and many other viewers) of deciding this anime is complete garbage and the worst ecchi "romance" I've ever seen and ChizuruxKouta is the worst ecchi romance "couple" I have ever seen.
So, if you're looking for sweet, sexy protagonists, avoid this. If you're looking for a cute, touching romantic comedy, avoid this. If you're looking for an ecchi harem romance where the writing is fresh, amusing and doesn't treat you like a complete porn-crazed idiot, PLEASE, AVOID THIS LIKE THE PLAGUE.
It is because of Nozomu, animation, and the theme songs that I'm giving this piece of crap wanna-be-hentai anime one star instead of just half of a star.
I think there must be a special place in my heart for ecchi romance harem anime - or perhaps any anime that has been cutely drawn with fairly good animation - as I've seen other reviewers disgusted by Kanokon and all it's ecchi (perhaps if taken seriously - sexist) antics.
It's a fairly unique twist (at least from what anime I've seen) for the female to be the more perverse and the one who gets the male into the compromising situations that Kouta finds himself in on day-to-day life with Chizuru and Nozomu. In most anime, it seems that the the male is usually peeping on girls changing even if accidentally, yet here they are almost all too eager to strip down in front of him.
Kouta is a first year student at a school who manages to find himself in on the affectionate end of a fox-spirit Chizuru's stick, and relationships with humans isn't something that is accepted by a number of spirit-clans living in the area, but is something she has no problem with, in public or otherwise. While this might seem like any boy's dream (especially a young boy who is just beginning to delight in the treasure a woman's body can be) Kouta is a fairly shy boy, who could probably said to be trying to act like a perfect gentleman. Along the way with Chizuru trying to bed Kouta, Kouta manages to catch the attentions of Nozomu – a wolf-spirit, and it certainly seems that Kouta switches from being on the receiving end of affection, to being on the receiving end of abuse as Chizuru and Nozumu fight for his heart (usually with him directly between them both).
Chizuru is able to transform from a rather buxom student into her normal appearance; a buxom girl with fox-like ears and a rather bushy tail, which lends itself to to a fair amount of fanservice – not that Chizuru is unable to make sure that an episode goes by where she shoes off her panties of her own accord, of course, and along with the camera angles, this anime certainly gets its fair share of fanservice in per episode.
If you don't like ecchi, this won't be an anime for you. In every episode there is at least some level of nudity (along with the brief occurrence in the opening video), but thanks to well-positioned hair, nothing beyond a lot of flesh is usually seen. There are a number of episodes that do contain nudity, mostly from the waist-up, however given the nature of the show, there is a fair amount of implied nudity in a sexual context, both depicted on screen and not.
As Kouta is fairly young (by my guess between 12 and 14) this could be considered to be a shotacon anime and as Nozumu is of around the same age apparent age, lolicon as well, but as it's ecchi, not hentai, the worst that happens will be breasts revealed. There is little graphic violence; a little amount of fantasy violence in which the character will disappear behind a cloud of smoke and come out looking a little scathed, and a fair amount of swearing in some episodes.
Although one could say that this anime is sexist; with Chizuru having large breasts, and virtually no decency I would actually say the opposite. Chizuru is always the instigator of sexual instances, and is in charge of her sexuality, and Kouta having female friends who are able to talk and joke about sex (to the point of Kouta being labelled as the “Erotic King” thanks to the situations he finds himself in), most of the character relationships are fairly realistic, and it even delves into the kinkier side of sex from time to time. On the flip side of this, we have other characters who are completely devoid of any interesting personality - namely Nozumu who only seems to be included in the anime to be a catalyst for Chizuru (or to push her to do more depraved things to prove her love for Kouta if you prefer to think of it that way).
There are certainly a lot worse animes out there, the creators of Kanokon certainly have skill at creating fairly good relationships between characters, both major and minor – at least for most TV anime. This anime is obviously one that doesn't take itself too seriously, and if you do you will almost certainly end up hating it, but if you let yourself be taken along for the ride, and don't mind and one hell of a lot of sexual situations, then you may actually enjoy this anime. Watching the first episode will pretty much give you a good idea as to what the anime contains whilst still leaving a lot open for discovery.
3.5 / 5 stars.
Ok im not gonna in to terrible detail i just want to list somethings that i read in other reviews that either strongly disagreed or agreed with. I definitely felt that some of the reviews were to harsh. here we go,
1. (Chizuru to love Kota without any development) it maybe true for Chizuru not to have any love development but thats because she already loves him deeply since the first episode and would do anything for him. Kouta on the other hand needed sometime he likes more and more, throughout each episode, even snapping out of the love potion when nozumou tries to get him to drink it.
2.(Forced love) After she confess that she is in love with kouta and accidently expose that she is diety she offers him that if Kouta wants her to, she will leave the school and disappear, and never speak or bother him again, if thats what he wants.
Also not to mention When Kouta is under the spell of the love potion, He demands Chizuru to leave him and Nozumou alone, and she does
3(a huge conflict in the families accepting that a fox spirit can truly be in love with a human)
I do think that would have probably made a better story, that actually sounds it would go perfectly well if they made a season 2.
4.(very typical of ecchi genre) Sort of but instead you got the girl who is sexually crazed and confident and the boy is the shy one. kinda of nice of a change
5(Chizuru purely just wants sex,) Yes it is true that she does want sex but thats not all, LIke in episode 7 and several other occasions she has repeately said she wants a life and a family with kouta, she tries to learn how to cook just for him, and she wants him to be happy and more bold.
(Chizuru is a slut) I dont see how anybody could possibly see that. there is not a single episode where it shows that she is slut. The only person she shows any type of sexual attention to is Kouta and thats it and she could not make it anymore clear that she wants kouta and only kouta. Even when she gets hit on by Nozumuo's brother, she turns him down immediately and clinches to kouta telling Nozoumou's brother that she is only for Kouta. She doesnt flirt with other guys or has a multiple partners also not to mentio girls can be just as dirty as guys can be in real life and there is nothing wrong with that
But I would say that this anime is not for everyone and it is understandable if people do not like it. But if you look past ecchiness there is a story,. There is enough information for you to follow in the last two episodes if the ecchiness is to much for you. also not to mentio girls can be just as dirty as guys can be
This is a love story about some girl called Chizuru who like this boy called Kota but here is the the plot twist, Chizuru is a fox spirit. And here is another plot twist there are more of those girls who wants to to get Kota for themselves, oh wow, and here we have a fanservice kingdom of every fox spirit girl trying to get this boy........and in the end Kota admits his love to Chizuru.
Anything adapted from light novels is pure bullshit, this is no exception.
This has got to be one of the worst pieces of shit I have ever seen in my life, I thought the inital idea of the fox spirit was cleaver but other than that, the story was lacking bad. The first problem here is that there is no "love" to begin with, the plot is automatically fixed for Chizuru to love Kota without any development to that stage, we just have to accept that, we get a very vague idea as to probably why she does love him, the love she has is forced it is just so boring to watch.
Let's go to the moment of tension, Nozumo some girl no one cares about tries to steal Kota's heart...........*enter fanservice* I probably dont need to explain anything further than that.
But this anime has some good morals to it, Kota throughout the series takes a while to accept Chizuru this shows a bit of personality in his character, but it can never be realistic, i mean this girl is literaly offering herself to you and you back off.... *haaaaaa gayyyyyyyyy*
Poorly drawn characters nothing that is pleasing to watch, everyone looks like paper with colours.
The most well animated thing in this anime was Chizuru's breasts, they were wobbling all over the place.
The voice acting felt too scripted, it felt as though they were just reading with almost no emotion at all. The opening and ending themes were ok, but nothing fancy (or good for that matter)
Forced love, ultimate climax is fanservice, in fact that was the entire point of this anime, fanservice, that is the only buildup, its because of these things I should give the characters a score of 0, but i was nice I gave it a 1 because Kota did hesitate to accept Chizuru for a while.
Bullshit, don't waste your time over this. You know what would have made this anime good, if there had been a huge conflict in the families accepting that a fox spirit can truly be in love with a human and I mean huge conflicts with drastic outcomes, I would have been interested, but noooooo they need fanservice to keep all those lonely guys out there fapping.
Um, wow. This is um… something a little different then what I have ever seen before. I give the show props for an idea, but an extremely lousy way of making that idea bare fruit. The story feels shallow, the execution is bland, the English voices are a mess, the animation is just standard fan fair. I would of loved if they got into the physiological aspects of a man turning into a women a bit, but they don’t. They just pussyfoot around like it’s a teenage drama. I know it is one but with a concept this interesting, I wish it could have been better done.
Hazumu really freaken sounds and acts like a girl! It doesn’t seem like there is any freaken difference to him being male or female. I do think its somewhat Ironic that when he first sees the ‘star’ coming straight at him, he wishes to be manlier and yet he was turned into a woman. And then after he’s a woman, he accepts it rather fast to the point of saying that nothing really changed. (Kurai: “WHAT THE FUCK!? How can he act like nothing changed at all! When you turn me, I freaken hate it!”) All the characters act really stupid and it’s hard for me to even feel for any of them at all. His parents are the worst to because they just are way to excitable. (Akuma: “Excitable? Her Dad a big fat pervert!” Angel: “Alright, ya, I’m trying to make things better then they are.” ) They look at her as if nothing happened at all and start treating him like a girl the day she gets back home. Everyone around her acts as though she should know exactly how to be a women when she doesn’t know the first thing about it. It pisses me off slightly in that aspect because none of the characters seem to think how she feels. If we really get right down to it, it wouldn’t make any difference weather she turned into a girl on her own with a operation or with space aliens. In fact, it would be better if it was a operation then alien because then it would be more believable.
Tomari was doing nothing for him when he was a guy it seems, and treated him like a child that needed protection all the time. It makes me wonder if she is the one that’s the reason that he never became a manlier guy. The whole second episode was pretty much Tomari saying don’t do this, don’t do that and don’t act like a man but she does it rather harshly. We do get into the physiological aspects of her dealing with a friend that changed into a guy but it sometimes feels bland.
Yasuna on the other hand is awkward. It’s almost like she can’t see any men at all and only a hazy look to them when she can. I’m not sure what the hell they did that for because they could of just as easy say she was into girls instead and it would be so much better. It would of actually been closer to a real life story.
This is more of the story that centers around everyone around Hazumu rather then Hazumu herself. We only learn about everyone else and their feelings, and only a little bit of Hazumu’s thoughts and feelings in the first part. When we do learn about Hazumu’s feelings, it feels a bit to late, as we have to go through a lot of crap to get there. Sadly, every single character falls for Hazumu, which makes the damn thing a harem anime.
I have problems when Aliens look exactly like the humans without much difference to them. I also have big problems with the fact that the aliens crash into him, turn him into a woman, and then just leave him to the world. They pretty much do nothing to help him. And when they do show up, they just make things even worse for her. She ends up having a ‘clone’ of herself. (Akuma: “That’s a clone? She doesn’t look like her at all for crying out loud! We look closer then they do and we are just twins!”) Yes… clone… with light pink hair that will not stop hanging on her.
The animation is really based for the fan service. We have a lot of naked shots of girls changing and just doing random stuff. It’s pretty standard and just basic. Many times, they seem to cop out and not even draw the background of go for the close up on the faces. They also do the fucken close ups on the breasts and body too which make me smack my head into the wall.
I have problems with the English voice. Male Hazumu sounds so much like a girl that I see no difference in him being male or female. Tomari sounds more like a boy then he does as a guy! Everyone else sounds so much like a whiny little girl that it just bothers me a lot. The script is so cheesy that I just want to smack the writer. No really, its really really bad! The words sound so much like the person is just reading lines without any feeling what so ever. Even when they do have emotion, it sounds forced. It’s also done rather close to the translation so it feels really choppy. People keep saying ‘it is’ instead of ‘it’s’ and all this other problems. I just want it to end! Though the voices do get a little better (more on the lines that I had to get used to it for necessity rather then it being good) like around the 5th episode, it feels a little late.