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On his way to school, Yuuichi gets intentionally bumped into by Shiori because she was happy to see him. She’s made another lunch for him, but before lunchtime comes, Yuuichi pays a visit to Kaori as she’s staring out into the distance from a balcony. Kaori comments on how it feels like time has stopped when she does this even though she knows it’ll never will. She also gives away that she knew Shiori came to school every day when she comments on how the school yard gets crowded with students in the spring. During lunch, Yuuichi proposes a birthday party to Shiori, and she agrees to come. Afterwards, he suggests that they cut class to go wherever she wants, but Shiori feels that he’s sounding like they won’t ever see each other again, and so they end up not going through with it.

That night, Yuuichi tells Ayu and Nayuki about the birthday party and asks both to come. He also finds Kaori the next day and tries to get her too, but Kaori says that she won’t come. Refusing to take no for an answer, Yuuichi tells Kaori about how Shiori is living her life to the fullest and how she came to school wanting to eat together with her sister. Even as she walks away from him, Yuuichi tells her that they’ll be waiting. When the time finally comes, Yuuichi brings Shiori to a cafe where Nayuki, Ayu, Kitagawa, and Shiori’s classmate are already seated. Absent from the group is Kaori, who went home and briefly looked at the photos of herself and her sister before plopping herself on her bed. The party meanwhile gets underway and Shiori blows out the candles to her cake.

As Kitagawa attacks Yuuichi for having so many girls in his life, Nayuki gives Shiori a present of home-made strawberry jam. Ayu’s present turns out to be taiyaki, and Shiori’s classmate has made scones for her. As they’re talking about how Shiori likes sweets, the door to the cafe opens and Kaori comes in. Not knowing that Shiori and Kaori are sisters, Kitagawa starts introducing them, but right as he’s about to realize they have the same last name, Yuuichi interrupts. When Shiori cuts Kaori a piece of the cake, everyone notices how distant Kaori is acting. In order to stir things up, Kitagawa puts on his dance party outfit and creates quite a scene dancing with Yuuichi. Shiori and Kaori can’t help but laugh at the two guys, but they stop when they see each other. Kaori avoids eye contact with her sister at first, but she can’t avoid it when Shiori intentionally stares at her.

Once the party is over, everyone promises to have lunch together sometime. With Kitagawa questioning Yuuichi about wanting a cute girl like Shiori as a girlfriend, Kaori suddenly speaks up with a comment about how Yuuichi is a poor judge of girls. Yuuichi playfully tells her to mind her own business, but Kaori responds that it’s her business because Shiori is her younger sister. Everyone is shocked to hear this, and it makes Shiori quite happy. Kaori then leads the others away so that they can leave Yuuichi and Shiori alone, but she turns around with something to say. Instead of saying whatever it is though, Kaori suggests that they talk a lot later. After everyone’s gone, Shiori thanks Yuuichi, and he asks where she wants to go next because they still have time.

The couple end up heading to the arcade, window shopping, eating ice cream, and even holding hands for a little while when she asks to. By the time it’s dark, they arrive at the fountain and sit down together. Shiori notes that Yuuichi is a strong person, and when he responds by claiming that she’s the strong one, she denies it by revealing that she’s slit her own wrist before. It had been the night of the first time she met Yuuichi and it was with a box cutter. That day was the first day of the third school term, and Shiori had left her room after seeing her sister off. She had been wearing the stole that her sister gave her a year ago as a present and had met Yuuichi and Ayu after buying the box cutter from a convenience store. It was on that night that she had been all alone in her dark room.

Unable to hear anything, see anything, or think anything, Shiori felt that she was the only person left behind in this world, as if she got lost in the wrong place. When she was about to cut herself though, the moon lit up her room and she thought she heard the sound of laughter – Yuuichi’s and Ayu’s. She felt miserable after remembering their smiles and happy voices, but then she started laughing and crying the tears that didn’t come out when Kaori told her she wouldn’t live to her next birthday. She realized that she was crying because she was sad, and after laughing for a while, she couldn’t cut herself anymore. This is what Shiori now thinks of as a miracle. Yuuichi feels that this is her strength, but Shiori still calls herself a weak person – someone who can’t live without relying on others.

In response, Yuuichi says it’s ok because it’s not possible to live without relying on someone. Remembering what Shiori said before about miracles, Yuuichi tells her that miracles are called miracles because it’s possible that they’ll occur. He then asks her to make a promise with him: if a miracle does occur, she’ll treat him to lunch at school. After she agrees, Shiori recalls how much fun they had today and reveals that she made a new friend at school who invited her out. There are so many places she wants to go and so many things she still wants to do that she doesn’t want to die now. Nevertheless, Shiori feels that she shouldn’t have gotten close to someone because this person would be end up feeling just like her sister does. Hearing this, Yuuichi tells her that he’s glad to have met her.

When Shiori suddenly asks if she was able to keep smiling, Yuuichi tells her that it was fine and then brushes off the snow that’s accumulating on her head. Shiori notices that the clock is about to strike midnight, meaning that she’ll soon be 16 years old. After midnight comes and goes, Yuuichi pulls out his birthday present to her: a new sketchbook. Shiori promises to treasure it and then surprises Yuuichi by kissing him on the cheek. Immediately afterwards, she goes off to buy something warm and tells Yuuichi to stay where he is. After a bit of thinking about Shiori and Kaori together, Yuuichi notices that Shiori’s been gone for a while. He soon realizes that she took the basket of scones and the jam with her when she left, meaning that she wasn’t planning on coming back. Yuuichi rushes off to look for her, but finds only a can of coffee sitting on a hand-written note by the drink machines. On the note, Shiori had thanked him and said good-bye. Standing in the snow alone now, Yuuichi wishes Shiori a happy birthday.


I’m not entirely sure if the Shiori arc is over or not, but if it is, I felt a definite lack of closure. I wasn’t necessarily expecting a happy ending, but as it stands, we don’t know whether she lives or dies. Although Makoto and Mai’s arcs didn’t quite have definite conclusions either, at least we knew that Makoto is gone and Mai is still around. Before I complain too much though, I do want to say again that I’m not certain this is the last we’ll hear of Shiori. Her name does come up in the preview courtesy of Kitagawa, and a lot could still happen. If nothing else, the themes of miracles and hope open up all sorts of possibilities for the end of this series. Still, the preview would seem to suggest that next week starts the final Nayuki and Ayu arcs. With only eight more episodes to go, I’m looking forward to seeing what happens.

February 1, 2007 at 4:40 pm
  • February 1, 2007 at 4:45 pmManji

    Lack of information T_T

  • February 1, 2007 at 4:46 pmRai

  • February 1, 2007 at 4:50 pmOmni

    It’s a box cutter actually :)

  • February 1, 2007 at 4:50 pmInuhanyou

    from the lines on the blade it looks like either a boxcutter or a razor..

  • February 1, 2007 at 4:54 pmDan

    Is Yuuichi wearing Shiori’s blanket while crying with Ayu in the preview? Oh boy…

  • February 1, 2007 at 5:13 pmMighty Mouse

    Taking one from the Shuffle playbook are we?

    @Dan: Yea, that’s what it looks like to me as well.

  • February 1, 2007 at 5:14 pmLikkun

    Better yet, it’s funny how they’re giving Jun a much bigger role. And the reference of this to the game still impresses me. I wondered if anyone who had played the game noticed what’s significant about the airing date, though I may have let it slip out in my comment last episode.

  • February 1, 2007 at 5:48 pmVillage Idiot

    To those wondering what was written in the notebook in the 2nd last screencap:

    “Thank you very much.


  • February 1, 2007 at 5:49 pmMutio

    BIG confusion: What the hell happened in the end? Did Shiori die or not???
    @Dan: may be a hint that she died..
    @Likkun: Know what you mean, xD http://www.visual-novels.net/vn/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=115&Itemid=28

    I don’t remember the old (1st) series well, but Shiori was alive in the end, or am I wrong?

  • February 1, 2007 at 6:05 pmDan


    She didn’t die in the first series, but my inkling here (and I’ve had it for a while now, these screencaps just serve to reaffirm it) is that she may indeed die (a possibility in the game if I’m not mistaken). I hope I’m wrong, though.

  • February 1, 2007 at 6:14 pmMajek

    WOuldn’t be much of a preview if it spoiled everything would it? Previews are the to get us interested and this one is doing it extremely well :/

  • February 1, 2007 at 6:21 pmVexx

    No… the boxcutter is not “taking one from the Shuffle! playbook”…. the boxcutter is in the original source material … the game on which this is based which came many *years* before anyone ever even thought of Shuffle!

    The screencaps are maddeningly vague about Shiori’s endgame…. must remain calm until subs release and avoid raw-watchers.

  • February 1, 2007 at 6:23 pmAC

    The note reads Show Spoiler ▼

  • February 1, 2007 at 6:23 pmGloranor

    Shiori dying (speculation on my part, somewhat based on 1st Series and what I read here and there about the game):

    Show Spoiler ▼

    Now the only thing they need to do is to pull a Canvas 2 at the end of teh series and make it a Makoto or Mai end… *dives for cover* ;-)

  • February 1, 2007 at 6:37 pmTim


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  • February 1, 2007 at 6:39 pmcbhl

    The note… *sniff* Show Spoiler ▼

    By the looks of it, Yuuichi gets out of it easy… for now. At the very least, we won’t be mourning the loss of anyone (as a for sure thing) until next week.

    Regarding the lack of closure… maybe they’ll do Half Shiori Half Nayuki/Ayu next week? To close and to open at the same time…

    Who knows? Time will tell.

  • February 1, 2007 at 6:40 pmOmni

    Thanks for explaining that Tim. That’s actually a big part of what I was wondering about when I talked about lack of closure.

  • February 1, 2007 at 6:52 pmKojiro

    CBHL, yeah that sounds about right

    Sayonara is for long good byes
    matta ashita or ja matta is normally good bye.

  • February 1, 2007 at 7:04 pmKari Manninen

    I don`t know about the game,but… Show Spoiler ▼

  • February 1, 2007 at 7:10 pmKari Manninen

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  • February 1, 2007 at 7:14 pmKari Manninen

    “Saraba” is what i believe the most definite word for goodbye for ever,i think.

  • February 1, 2007 at 7:32 pmKit-Tsukasa

    did Shiori die? She definetely didn’t in the 2002 one.

  • February 1, 2007 at 8:24 pmcbhl

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  • February 1, 2007 at 8:29 pmHudson

    NOOOOO!!!! NOT THE UTILITY KNIFE!!!!! ANYTHING BUT THAT!!!!! I think she saw one to many reruns of SHUFFLE!


  • February 1, 2007 at 8:31 pmcbhl

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  • February 1, 2007 at 8:39 pmcbhl

    Look for yourself.
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  • February 1, 2007 at 8:41 pmmjhill

    Kanon Kazahana is not canon.

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  • February 1, 2007 at 9:14 pmscootarski

  • February 1, 2007 at 11:48 pmRasmiel

    SEED Shiori couldn’t cut herself. It’s a flashback of the night she met Yuuichi and Ayu. :)

    Kanon is entering the final arcs at last…I say no to uguu!

  • February 2, 2007 at 1:33 amDM

    *breaks the tension* aside from what happens to Shiori…Yuuichi and Kitagawa Dance = funniest scene so far >_>

  • February 2, 2007 at 2:08 amRai

    Omni at 4:50 pm on February 1st, 2007

    It’s a box cutter actually :)

    ……..that makes me feel alot better…

  • February 2, 2007 at 2:39 amPeropero

    Isn’t that a pen knife?

  • February 2, 2007 at 8:03 amNanami Kamimura

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    This one just gave us a wait-and-see stance.

    Well, for me, regardless of whether Shiori will die or not, Kaori indeed talked with her sister, which is the miracle (from what I understand) Shiori is hoping for. And that makes me hopeful for the future.

  • February 2, 2007 at 11:15 amLikkun

    Game wise…

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  • February 2, 2007 at 8:00 pmRoylanlex

    February 1st, Shiori, Late Happy Birthday for you.

  • February 2, 2007 at 8:49 pmrg4619

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  • February 2, 2007 at 11:21 pmShinSenshi

    Wow…that ‘coincidental’ airing date is amazing. That’s icing on the cake for these guys, they’ve already topped 2002 in seemingly every way possible (seeing as that anime was IMO downright awful…and I’m not a fan who’s watching it from playing the game and all)

  • February 2, 2007 at 11:55 pmShadow

    Hang on a minute…doesn’t each of the girls have to do with yuuichi’s past?
    Since this is abit different from Mai and Makoto

  • February 3, 2007 at 12:23 amRichard 23

    By the time Yuuichi looks, we see the spot left by Shiori and her basket are … darker than the surrounding area. (Damp? Hmm…)

    Incontinence? Oh no! I don’t remember this revelation in the game or in Kanon 2002! ;-)

  • February 5, 2007 at 5:33 ammoondoggiebuiscuit

    This is an otaku’s drama/romance/snuff film…
    I mean almost every girl drew blood!

  • February 5, 2007 at 11:55 amNobunaga

    That’s greatly done, KyoAni! A homage to the Hare Hare Yukai-dance!

    Is this Hinamizawa?

  • February 6, 2007 at 7:16 amJenose

    i didn’t play game before at all so i’m not sure about what’s going on next chapter but i think in the end of last episode, same with your idea, last episode is full of miracle and happy ending in the last time ^^

  • July 8, 2009 at 9:02 pmDimeric

    Sad ep, I had some tears. I was really surprised that she kissed him, how very bold of her and the fountain was a beautiful backdrop.