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For Aizawa Yuuichi, returning to the town where he spent his childhood has been an unusual affair. Yuuichi, it seems, has forgotten his memories of the past, including encounters with several young ladies who would love nothing more than to see him again. As the days pass, flickers of the past began to surface, revealing more and more of the dark events that once came to be. As the reuniting continues, Yuuichi soon starts to realize that his past may be far more complex than he once believed it to be...


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Anime Name Type Year Relation More Info
Kanon: Kazahana DVD Special 2003 Sequel A special episode only released on a special 'reward' DVD. Kanon: Kazahana is a side story that takes place after the original Kanon series ends.
Kanon (2006) TV 2006 Remake

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Manga Name Year Relation More Info
Kanon (Key) 2000 TBD
Name Role
Youichi OHNISHI Character Design
Naoyuki ITOU Director
Hiroyuki KOUZU Music
Daisuke KAWAKAMI Producer
Mamoru YOKOTA Producer

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The 'girl in the sky' is a legend passed down through the ranks of one special family. Armed with the magical puppet skills he learned from his mother, Yukito Kunisaki follows in her footsteps, traveling from place to place, ever searching for that girl in the sky, ever chasing after that legend. His journeys have led him to a small costal town where he meets a girl that has a peculiar interest in him - could she be the one? As events slowly start to unfold in front of his very eyes, Yukito finds himself amidst a story that spans a thousand summers...

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Air and Kanon are both done in the same animation style. Both are also about a boy who finds a girl who isn't ordinary in an average world.

Both Kanon and Air involve the struggles of a boy and his relationships with those around him. Both main characters are shrouded in mystery throughout the anime, but they attempt to help the girls they come in contact with, even though in some way they are connected to them. Sadness, pain, and joy are present in almost every episode of both; if you enjoyed Kanon you will surely enjoy Air.


The stories are a lot alike. Air has a mysterious side to it, and the characters just want to be happy and be with someone - similar to Kanon!


Yes, I went for the obvious choice...

Air and Kanon quickly broke their way into my heart with beautiful characters and a soul wrenching story. Both shows are based on a past love, long forgotten, and the slow realisation that what is deepest in the heart is right in front of them.

Two of the saddest and most beautiful series I think I have so far watched.


The breath taking art work and beautiful music in the Air series is matched in the Kanon series. These two short series will both draw you in and bring you to tears. They are both heart breaking stories of friendship, love and losing them. Grab a box of tissues and enjoy both of these amazing series.


There he is. New in town, minding his own business... and then he meets her. And suddenly, he has someone to take care of. Mystery, melancholy, interesting plot, well-developed characters and more importantly, heart moving love story... if this is what you've enjoyed the most, then you should probably try recommenden show as well.


Both are by the same studio, both are based on visual novels, and both are absolutely fantastic.

The characters in each have their own intricate backgrounds and personalities, and both have the ability to make you cry.


Kanon and Air have a great story and development, it's even possible to cry. Might change your way of life.



Tomoya Okazaki is a third-year high school student who is generally bored with life and doesn't take his studies, future, or anything else seriously. One day, however, he meets a lonely-looking girl in the school courtyard, Nagisa Furukawa. She explains to him the source of her loneliness: she had missed a lot of the previous school year and thus is repeating her third year; everybody that she knew has already graduated, and she is lonely. Tomoya is rather indifferent at first, but decides that he has nothing better to do and spends increasingly more time helping Nagisa restore the school drama club. As his relationship with Nagisa grows, Tomoya begins to open up to various other people around the school as well...

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If you like Clannad, you'll surely like Kanon. Both series involve the main guy with a large group of girl friends. Not quite a harem anime because the guy is only really interested in one girl romantically. Both series of the same animation studio producing them, high production values, are school slice of life stories, a single character that excels at fighting, extreme amounts of comedy, some sad dramatic parts, crisp and interesting character designs, and a touch of the supernatural. Clannad and Kanon are entertaining whirlwinds of excitement and neither is to be missed.


Both Clannad and Kanon are full of perfect examples of daily life in Japan with their own hint of imagination that touches the heart of all who love life, especially if you are familiar with life in Japan.


Both Clannad and Kanon were created by Key and boast similar visual styles. Also, they both have a central plot that diffuses throughout the entire anime.  They focus on a youth male who has various relationships with the women around him.


Both involve some sort of romance and then after everyone is happy. something sad happens to make the happiness go away. If you like drama and sad animes you would love both shows. The artwork is very similar as well because i believe there by the same company. In any case they are both really good and i highly recommend them both.


they have the same style of drawing, the characters are somewhat like each other, and most of all, they are both under the same studio.

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Kimi ga Nozomu Eien

Kimi ga Nozomu Eien

Narumi Takayuki is a normal high school student with a crush on Mitsuki, the school's swim star -- that is, until he receives a profession of love from his friend Haruka. But amidst the beautiful budding relationship, tragedy strikes when an accident occurs, turning Narumi’s life upside-down. Kimi ga Nozomu Eien is a compelling drama about one man, and the choices he must make for love.

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Think of KgNE as a far more mature, realistic look at a love triangle. Throw in the fact that it has real drama, 3-dimensional characters that you empathize with, and a gripping pace. KgNE is truly the best of its genre, and thus, if you liked Kanon, you'd certainly enjoy this.
Just as Kanon, KgNE is a very dramatic anime which certainly has quite a few depressing moments as well. However KgNE is more realistic (it doesn't have the magical component Kanon has) and is centered around a single triangle relationship opposed to kanon set of relations. However the drama presented is very similar. KgNE is simply the best and certainly most realistic 'dramatic romance' anime out there and should appeal to any Kanon fan without doubt.
Don't be turned off by the fact that both are H-games turned into anime. The drama in both series is touching and you feel for the characters.

Kanon and Rumbling Hearts involve how everything changes concerning love and relationships for the characters in the series. Both are very dramatic anime with a mature outlook on life, although Kanon has a more fanciful approach to it.

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Da Capo

Da Capo

On an island where cherry blossoms bloom all year-round, love seems to always be in the air. It is in this magical atmosphere that Asakura Junnichi lives, and when he dreams he travels to the dreams of others, rather than have any of his own. In everyday high-school life, he is accompanied by his adopted sister, Nemu, and an eclectic group of friends including a j-pop idol-in-the-making and a girl they knew from their childhood. Promises, and magic, and love -- Junnichi seems to dream about every girl he knows, but which girl dreams of him...?

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These anime's are frightingly similar in many ways. Both shows are centered around a single boy and his relations to several girls in his (school) environment. As the series progresses these relationships are dealt with one by one but the main relation surfaces and starts taking the front stage. They're beautiful stories of a blooming love but they also have a tragic, depressing side to them, they both have some very strong, emotional episodes. Both anime also have a slight touch of magic present, but it's not a dominant feature and thus doesn't disturb the realism of the shows. Kanon starts out pretty serious right away while Da Capo has a rather light-hearted, comedic start. Da Capo's second half is dead-serious however.

I was reminded of Kanon when I watching Da Capo, for some reason, I viewed each character as a representative of some animal in both animes. In that, each character had a personality of some animal such as Nemu (Da Capo) reminded me of a cat; Sakura, a bunny; Mai (Kanon), a wolf; and Sayuri, a hamster. An evident connection though, is that the cast of characters follow similar personalities, and both anime have a supernatural element. Things get quite dramatic later on when you don't suspect it. Kanon dwelled deep into characters and gave quite an impression with its story at the end. Da Capo has beautiful colours and character design.

Da Capo Second Season

Da Capo Second Season

Hatsune-Jima, a city once known for their everlasting Cherry Blossom Tree, is devastated after the tree’s destruction. In this city lives Junichi, a local Hatsune-Jime student who is struggling through school after Nemu left him to attend university. Things change for Junichi on one stormy night when a mysterious girl named Aisia arrives at his doorstep, looking for a master magician who can teach her the trade. As Aisia uncovers more about the past of Hatsune-Jima, will the past tragedy repeat itself once more?

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This is a difficult recommendation to write without spilling into spoiler land, but the fact is that both Kanon, and Da Capo Second Season deal with loss and acceptance in very similar ways, except in reverse chronological order. Both series have very blatant plot devices and a very strong undercurrent of romance. The reason I would recommend De Capo second Season over De Capo in relation to Kanon is that the characters in De Capo Second Season are less whimsical and flighty, and therefore carry a deeper emotional charge which is much closer to Kanon's out of the box shrink-wrapped with tears goodness.


There is the same type of feel to each of the characters in Kanon and Da Capo and each involve a high school setting. The series goes through how the characters learn and develop from each other and basically just being able to mature into a better person.