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After telling Yuuichi to remember their training, Mai attacks the demon in front of her. She manages to defeat that one fairly quickly and then makes a jump off the wall so that she can slash down on the second one that Yuuichi is fighting. Having succeeding in dealing with those two, Yuuichi realizes that there’s only one demon left, but Mai suddenly grimaces in pain. Upon examination, Yuuichi sees that there are dark spots spreading on Mai’s arms and legs, so he suggests going to the hospital. Mai wants to fight instead, but she does ask for Yuuichi’s help. He carries her up to their normal lunch spot and then stays by her side because she needs him as bait. As she puts her head on his shoulder and closes her eyes, Yuuichi comments on how this is like hide and seek where you wait to be found. Mai remembers that she’s played it before with a friend, but this friend left her. When the two suddenly notice that the final demon is approaching them, Mai jumps at it, but she’s not able to destroy it and instead falls onto the ground. Taking up his wooden sword, Yuuichi tries to fight the demon, and then decides to lead it away.
Yuuichi gets down to a hallway when the weight of the demon collapses the ground and drops Yuuichi onto the floor below. He senses that the demon seems to want to say something to him, but it then makes another attack that knocks Yuuichi out of the window and onto the snowy yard outside. When the demon charges him again, Yuuichi tries to hold his ground, but his sword breaks under the pressure and he gets thrown back. The demon leaps onto him like an animal, but before it can do anything, Mai jumps off of the school’s rooftop and delivers a slash that destroys it. She faints soon afterwards, and when she opens her eyes, the first thing she says is that she wants to eat gyuudon. Yuuichi takes her back into the school where there’s surprisingly little damage, causing him to wonder if it was all an illusion. Since Mai keeps saying that she’s hungry, Yuuichi gives her his coat and goes to buy the food. He feels that from today onward, she should be a normal girl, but when he returns to the classroom with the gyuudon, she has disappeared. He realizes that there could have been another demon left and that everything Mai said was for the sake of letting him go.
As he’s running through the hallways, Yuuichi is hit with an invisible force that pushes him to his knees. The world around him gets distorted until the silhouette of a young girl wearing bunny ears appears in front of him. At first Yuuichi thinks it’s the demon, but when he sees that this girl is actually Mai, the world around him changes into a wheat field. He sees the scene change to Mai talking to her mother about going to a zoo, and sometime later, Mai brought in a large snowball that her mother proceeded to make into a snow rabbit. However, her mother’s health continued to deteriorate until one day Mai’s mother suggested they go to the zoo. They didn’t get far from the hospital when Mai’s mother fell to her knees and needed to rest. She inadvertently fell asleep, but Mai woke her only after making her own zoo out of snow rabbits. Although seeing this made Mai’s mother cry in happiness, it didn’t help her condition. When her mother eventually fell unconscious, Mai had prayed for her mother to get better while holding her hand. Miraculously, her mother got better the next morning.
Mai had a power to heal that got shown to world through a television program, but this also drew a lot of negative attention that forced them to move. A voice had told Mai that someone strong would come who could accept her and her power. This person was a young Yuuichi, and the two kids ended up playing together all the time. During a game of hide and seek in the wheat fields, Yuuichi had noticed that Mai was so small that he couldn’t see her. As a result, he went out and got her bunny ears so that he could find her easier. When she showed him her powers and explained that it was the reason she couldn’t live in her old town, Yuuichi pointed out that it healed her mother, and he felt that someday, she’ll like it. At the end of the summer, Yuuichi told Mai over the phone that he had to go home. A desperate Mai had claimed that she wanted him to come help her protect the fields from demons. She had said that the demons were really there, but Yuuichi never came and the bulldozers started building a school there. This is the school they are in now – the school where Yuuichi met Mai again all these years later.
Yuuichi manages to find Mai in one of the classrooms, but she tells him to leave because she can’t protect him as she is now. He, however, realizes now that there never were any demons because Mai created them from her power. This is why she got hurt each time she defeated one. Her power had been trying to tell him something, and he only understood after there was only one demon left. When she was young, she had made up a lie about demons coming because she didn’t want to lose her friend, and she tried to believe this lie. He knows now that this friend was actually himself since the two of them had met a long time ago. Mai thinks that that boy ran away from her because he was afraid, but Yuuichi explains again that he had to go home because it was the end of summer vacation. However, he did come again the next year to that wheat field, and he didn’t see her. Yuuichi then pulls out the bunny ears that Nayuki gave him and places them on Mai’s head, saying that starting today, she’ll return to being the Mai she was back then. If she accepts her own power, the fighting will end – that’s what the demon was trying to tell him.
Yuuichi then tries to get Mai to smile and tells her that she’s seen a long dream. He feels that she doesn’t have to fight any more and can cast aside her sword, but Mai refuses because she believes that doing so would make her weak and she would trouble Yuuichi and Sayuri. Yuuichi doesn’t care about this and reminds her that he and Sayuri love her. Remembering all the times she had with him, a teary-eyed Mai thanks Yuuichi and then turns the sword to stab her own chest. Not wanting Mai to die, Yuuichi starts crying, but he stops when a voice calls out to him and he finds himself in that wheat field again facing the young Mai. He apologizes to her for coming back so late, but she’s content with the fact that he came. When she tries to make sure that he won’t be going anywhere this time, Yuuichi says that he won’t since they’re friends. After he promises to be her friend and not to be afraid of her, he notices that Mai’s wound closed up. The young Mai says that she can go back now and that Mai will accept her now – she is a fragment of Mai’s power. However, she wants him to call her Hope.
Back in the classroom with the morning light pouring through the window, Mai starts to move a little in Yuuichi’s arms. Urging her to get up, Yuuichi tells Mai that it’s time she woke up from her dream.


Wow, this episode was amazing in every single way. Mai’s story is sad enough that I almost got teary eyed, but not quite. Maybe I would have if Mai had actually died, but fortunately she didn’t. Actually, I felt that the really moving moment was when Mai showed her dying mother all the snow bunnies that she made. The animation level this episode was also incredible. Never mind all the flashy effects from battling against the demons, I thought it was pretty cool seeing them animate a time lapse like the one in this episode. And of course, they seemed to use all the right background songs at all the right places.
Although I expressed similar sentiments in the write-up of an earlier episode, but I have to say again that things make so much more sense once the entire arc finishes completely. I now finally understand what the demons are, why Mai was protecting the school, and why the demons were after Yuuichi. In a way, this type of storytelling is very engaging and addicting because you’re always left questioning what’s going on until the end.
Fortunately, there’s still Shiori’s, Nayuki’s, and Ayu’s stories left with 11 more episodes to go. Given that Nayuki and Ayu would be last, Shiori’s story would logically be next, and that’s what the preview seems to indicate too.

January 11, 2007 at 3:34 pm
  • January 11, 2007 at 3:40 pmRai

    MAI?! MAI!!!!!

  • January 11, 2007 at 3:46 pmAishiteru

    Little Mai with bunny ears is so cute :)

  • January 11, 2007 at 3:50 pmbadger11

    Ah jeez, am I going to need a towel? Again

  • January 11, 2007 at 3:52 pmFodica

    Noooooo!! Mai-tan!

  • January 11, 2007 at 4:06 pmNekozama

    just finished watching the raw and omg this might be better thant Makoto’s ending, sooo sad WAAA MAAAIIII (tho bunny ears Mai version is quite cute ^^)

  • January 11, 2007 at 4:13 pmVexx

    I’m really not sure I should have looked at this….. (I really hope I’m not seeing what I think I’m seeing) …. … …… I think I’ll avoid any forum discussion til I see it myself.

  • January 11, 2007 at 4:14 pmAvisch

    Oh no……is Mai going….I don’t see her in the preview.

  • January 11, 2007 at 4:23 pmkerem

    hey omni ? what about mai in the end ? dont tell me she is dead :(.

    if so im definitely commite suicide

  • January 11, 2007 at 4:55 pmloplop

    All most as sad as episode 10 . . . .

  • January 11, 2007 at 4:55 pmsi gila

    if mai is dead …
    then we cant hear ahaha from sayuri anymore ..!!

  • January 11, 2007 at 5:12 pmLikkun

    Ahh, they did a nice job with this. Now I’m wondering how well they’re going to follow through. This was definitely one of the more dramatic parts of Mai’s story. It’s all going according to plan though.

  • January 11, 2007 at 5:18 pmRai

    omg..i never realized that…sayuri laughs is so cute

  • January 11, 2007 at 5:26 pmmutio

    Ok calm down. In the game Show Spoiler ▼

    Of course I don’t know if KyoAni made it the same way.
    Review of the game: http://www.visual-novels.net/vn/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=115&Itemid=29

    Btw Omni, some pics are messed up again (using firefox).

  • January 11, 2007 at 5:32 pmmango

    o_O it looks like she commited suicide…

  • January 11, 2007 at 5:46 pmOmni

    Btw Omni, some pics are messed up again (using firefox).
    I’m using Firefox too, and everything works perfectly for me.

  • January 11, 2007 at 5:53 pmJairo

    For me works fine with FireFox too… and about Mai, just wait till the RAW or SUBS..

  • January 11, 2007 at 5:55 pmdukemon


  • January 11, 2007 at 6:07 pmqwertypoiuy

    i dont watch kanon but i feel i should but is it better or shuffle

  • January 11, 2007 at 6:25 pmanimer123

    it looks pretty sad~~~

  • January 11, 2007 at 6:26 pmanimer123

    it looks pretty sad

  • January 11, 2007 at 6:29 pmanimer123

    sad sad sad

  • January 11, 2007 at 6:57 pmVexx

    qwertypoiuy … that’s about like asking if Miyazaki’s Totoro is better than Clutch Cargo — Shuffle is C grade at best. Check out Kanon. Its not a harem anime in the usual sense … more of a tragic mystery.

  • January 11, 2007 at 7:22 pmcbhl

    This episode worries me…

    http://randomc.net/image/Kanon/Kanon – 15 – Large 29.jpg

  • January 11, 2007 at 7:26 pmhellionz

    OMG!!! MAI!!

  • January 11, 2007 at 7:27 pmKaito

    ZOMG, did Mai do Seppuku? ;_;

  • January 11, 2007 at 7:48 pmNigredo

    for the love of God, WHAT the HELL happened ? :D

  • January 11, 2007 at 8:43 pmHypernova

    In the last shot did Mai just bled white!?!?

  • January 11, 2007 at 8:55 pmAznSoulBoy

    Omg? It wasnt the same as the first Kanon O.O.

    I hope she didnt do what I think.

  • January 11, 2007 at 8:55 pmHarouki

    Ah-ha! I knew it was Mai that wore those bunny ears

  • January 11, 2007 at 9:04 pmLikkun

    The last shot there is the bunny ears on the ground. It’s not blood. You people really need to stop overreacting and wait for the subs you need or at least the summary. Don’t fry your brain trying to worry about what you don’t know.

  • January 11, 2007 at 9:06 pmChami

    ;_; Me wants subs so bad now.

    Also, Show Spoiler ▼

  • January 11, 2007 at 9:37 pmBloody Nightingale

    Show Spoiler ▼

  • January 11, 2007 at 10:01 pmAsrialys

    @Chami: omg, I totally forgot about that part.

  • January 11, 2007 at 11:10 pmMelW-v1

    NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!….. MAI!!!!

  • January 12, 2007 at 1:29 ammutio

    @ Likkun. Jep, moreover I don’t know if a sub will help, the next episode for sure ;)
    @ Omni. The site works now fine for me as well, guess it was only a short time bug.

  • January 12, 2007 at 2:26 amKresnik

    Sayuri will changed from ‘Ahaha’ mode into ‘Ehehe-Ohohohohohoho…’ mode

  • January 12, 2007 at 4:20 amMike

    what?!?!!! she died? i dont rmmber mai died in first kanon

  • January 12, 2007 at 10:38 amTourbillon

    oh come on guys… stop being paranoid.

  • January 12, 2007 at 2:17 pmSabreMau

    She’s Show Spoiler ▼

  • January 12, 2007 at 5:33 pmAvisch

    Juts watched it. Man that’s a good episode

  • January 12, 2007 at 7:25 pmmutio

    Yeah, subs are out, now everything should calm down, xD
    Nice way though, KyoAni had a cool style here, much closer to the game than the old version.

  • January 12, 2007 at 8:02 pmLikkun

    Heh, Omni. Mai’s story is definitely one of those “Oh, it all makes sense now!” kind of things. I think that’s what makes it one of the best, it sort of holds it all in till the very end where it finally hits you in a really dramatic moment.

    It actually started this morning, so I decided to wait for more to pile up. Once there’s enough, I want to try making a zoo of snow bunnies like Mai did. The only problem is that I’ll need to hunt down a plant with good looking leaves.

  • January 12, 2007 at 11:40 pmHarouki

    Whew that episode scared the living crap outta me…

    Show Spoiler ▼

  • January 13, 2007 at 6:28 amWererat42

    Wow… I just got the subs and that was one of the best episodes so far.

    Show Spoiler ▼

  • January 13, 2007 at 2:37 pmSyaoran Li

    Correction Onmi, there are pnly 24 episodes of Kanon, not 26….

  • January 13, 2007 at 9:09 pmJeanette

    so… did sayuri really die?? or did she just get some SERIOUS injuries?? sayuri’s soo cool to die!! TxT

  • January 14, 2007 at 7:03 amRoylanlex

    Kyoto is the best!
    Next week…Misaka Shiori~~~

  • February 8, 2009 at 12:28 amRawr

    The snow bunnies were definitely the most surprising, and endearing moment for me. And lolz to me for reading 2 year old posts, and commenting.