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Summary:

After their kiss, Ayu immediately apologizes to Yuuichi for ignoring his feelings, but Yuuichi declares that he likes her. Since she shares those feelings, Ayu says that if Yuuichi likes her, she would be able to like him back for a long time. Seeing how embarrassed Ayu is from all this, Yuuichi thinks that they should regain the seven years that they’ve waited until now. They both agree to meet at this spot again tomorrow after school, just like they used to. When the two return home, Ayu wants to help out in the kitchen, but Nayuki insists on doing it in order to be more dutiful to her mother. That night, Yuuichi has another dream about his past, this time of when he met Ayu two days before he had to leave. The two had gone to that tree and Ayu had climbed it again. It was then that she had held up the angel doll and decided to use her second wish, though she made absolutely sure first that Yuuichi was still willing to grant any wish that he could. Yuuichi wakes up the next morning before seeing what Ayu wished for back then.

At breakfast, Yuuichi is shocked to find a fully awake Nayuki, but it turns out to be because she has a morning practice to attend. Yuuichi leaves for school with Ayu, who is excited about going to her own school and meeting the friends that she only sees there. The two meet again later that afternoon as they had promised, though Yuuichi is again late. Ayu wants to go to that place, but Yuuichi isn’t sure what she means and thinks that it’s the shopping area of the city. When he suggests that they hold hands, Ayu is initially too embarrassed to do it, though she eventually takes his hand. They search the rest of the afternoon for Ayu’s missing thing, and as usual, they turn up nothing. Ayu starts thinking that perhaps it’s better if they don’t find it because it isn’t needed when she’s happy. She doesn’t care if she doesn’t have it now and feels that she can look for it again when she needs it. Changing the subject, Yuuichi then asks why Ayu always uses boku to refer to herself in the first person instead of another ” target=”_blank”>pronoun that’s more commonly used by females. He convinces Ayu to try using ore instead of boku, but then laughs at her when she does. After he decides that her use of atashi isn’t as amusing, she figures out that he’s teasing her.

At home, Yuuichi walks in on Ayu trying on Nayuki’s school uniform since her own school allows the students to wear normal clothes. They get to talking about Ayu’s school again and how Ayu never studies at home. When Ayu explains again that her school is on a hill at the outskirts of town, Nayuki wonders when a school was built there. Reading in his room later, Yuuichi hears a knocking on the door out to the veranda and finds a snow-covered Ayu out there. She claims to have come over only to talk and used the veranda in order not to wake Nayuki with the sound of her footsteps. Yuuichi calls her an idiot, but he feels that he’s an idiot too because he likes that part of her. Hearing her say that she wanted to see him because she felt lonely being by herself, Yuuichi kisses her on the forehead. The two then head out onto the veranda where they share a blanket, and Yuuichi expresses an interest in seeing Ayu’s school. Ayu agrees to take him and suggests that they meet again tomorrow after school at that bench again.

The next morning, Akiko leaves with Yuuichi because she has to do something related to her job. Yuuichi realizes that he doesn’t know what Akiko’s job is, but before he can ask her, she changes the subject to how he doesn’t remember seven years ago. Akiko claims to not be talking about it for any particular reason, but she does mention that a tree got cut down. When afternoon comes around, Yuuichi meets with Ayu and they get some taiyaki first. While they’re eating, Ayu suddenly asks what Yuuichi would do if her first love was him, and he surprises her by answering that he’d want her to retract it. Blushing, Yuuichi explains that it’s because first loves don’t turn out well. Since Ayu starts asking about his first love, Yuuichi admits that he was attracted to an older girl, but he doesn’t remember much more than the fact that something really sad happened. Seeing Ayu get caught up on these words, Yuuichi asks her if she’s happy right now. Ayu says that she is, but also reveals that she sometimes feels uneasy. She’s scared of happiness because she’s worried that the reality in front of her is a dream.

To make Ayu feel better, Yuuichi tells her that right now is different from seven years ago since he’ll still be in this city when winter ends and springs comes – right beside her. This causes Ayu to start crying on her taiyaki, but she eventually stops and the two make their way towards her school. As they approach the woods, Yuuichi grows less and less sure that there’s a school out there, but Ayu keeps insisting that there is. She even says that she went today and met her friends. Ayu then rushes up the hill to a familiar clearing where she finds only a large tree stump. As Yuuichi remembers what Akiko said about the tree that got cut down, Ayu approaches the stump in shock. She’s confused about whether she should be there or not and feels that this can’t be true because there was school today. When Ayu opens her backpack to prove this to herself, she gasps because it’s actually empty. In desperation, Ayu leaves her backpack behind and runs off to search for her lost thing. Yuuichi grabs the backpack and tries to follow, but soon loses sight of her.

Yuuichi eventually finds her again sitting alone on the road digging a hole with her bare hands. Upon learning that she’s searching for her lost thing, he suggests that they look for it tomorrow, but Ayu thinks that that’s no good because the night may never end. Realizing how serious she is, Yuuichi covers Ayu in his jacket and starts to help her dig. They end up making many holes in the ground, but find nothing. Yuuichi thinks that they should search again tomorrow and goes to get Ayu’s backpack so that they can go home. As he’s doing this, Ayu apologizes to him and explains that she doesn’t think she’ll be able to see him again. She says that they had a long-awaited reunion after seven years, and then she apologizes again. By the time a startled Yuuichi turns around to question what she’s talking about, Ayu has disappeared, leaving behind only his jacket. Her last words to him echo in his mind.

Preview:

Kanon   20   Preview 01 Kanon   20   Preview 02 Kanon   20   Preview 03

I have to admit I’m quite confused as to why Ayu suddenly disappeared, but if I learned anything about being confused in Kanon from the Makoto and Mai arcs, it’s that things will eventually get explained and everything will make sense. Looking at the clues, it had been pretty obvious all along that there was no school out there, and the fact that it’s supposedly located where the tree stump is would enforce the idea that the tree is central to the plot. Add to that the fact that Ayu liked to perch atop the tree branches and that Yuuichi is afraid of high places…well, you should be able to see where I’m going. I also thought that the backpack might play a bigger role than it did, though it’s not clear that the backpack disappeared along with Ayu.
Also of interest to me is who Yuuichi was talking about in the first-love conversation with Ayu. He once again flashbacked to that image we saw in the Mai/Makoto/Shiori montage last week, and I still think that the image has something to do with Nayuki’s arc. If that’s true, then could it mean that Yuuichi liked Nayuki or even Akiko? Nayuki doesn’t fit the older girl description, which makes me suspect Akiko, but I could be way off on my speculation here.
As for what ending we’re heading for, the odds might have improved a bit more that we’ll see a Nayuki ending, but I still think that Ayu is more likely. The preview for next week suggests a bit of both girls, though it’s hard to imagine Yuuichi not doing everything he can do figure out why Ayu’s gone.
And finally, on a random note, methinks this shot was completely unnecessary in the Ayu bath scene.

February 15, 2007 at 4:52 pm
55 comments »
  • February 15, 2007 at 4:54 pmAishiteru

    Aaaw! We’re coming to the end already. I like these Ayu x Yuuichi moments

  • February 15, 2007 at 4:56 pmZmmCool

    It’s me or Ayu~ayu seems to be more loli than before…

  • February 15, 2007 at 5:10 pmMutio

    Hmm, now the end is slowly approaching. Guess next episode will deal with Nayuki as well.

  • February 15, 2007 at 5:15 pmloplop

    I was surprised by the Ayu ecchi bath scene myself . . . .

  • February 15, 2007 at 5:18 pmVexx

    wai? …. given the number of episodes left, now I’m on pins and needles about upcoming events and how they plan on structuring the timing. Very interesting …

  • February 15, 2007 at 5:19 pmLikkun

    Should be an interesting remaining four episodes. They’re definitely building the AyuxYuuichi relationship quite a bit so we’ll see how that changes things.

  • February 15, 2007 at 5:24 pmcbhl

    The bath scene seems just a wee bit more eechi then that first episode… (Nayuki changing?) >.

  • February 15, 2007 at 5:41 pmShinji103

    Mmmmeh, I’m neither for nor against fanservice generally. One of the few times I’m against it is when it is unnecessarily flaunted around during a dramatic scene, thus ruining the atmosphere for the viewers.

    As a non-gameplayer, mewonders who Yuuichi is pinky-shaking with in this shot next episode.
    http://randomc.net/image/Kanon/Kanon%20-%2020%20-%20Large%20Preview%2003.jpg

  • February 15, 2007 at 5:42 pmNightingale

    1) KA just luvs to tease us audience’s minds dont they….
    just as i was praising them for barely any use of fan service last night, they give us an all out ayu ecchi bath scene…. >_>

    2) I see Ayu-Kaede blend…..
    http://dat.2chan.net/18/src/11715566335081584.jpg
    compare with:
    http://www.iogoo.com/AttachFile-68921
    and
    http://www.iogoo.com/AttachFile-68864
    It seems even the last bit of hope of Nayuki-ede’s counter attack has been crushed….

    3) KA surprised us with an amazing Ayu wardrobe O____O

    4) I’m still having trouble of getting used to the pace of events…. how in the world U1 got so…. blushie just in one episode!?

    5) Otherwise, the Ayu vanishing scene is very well done.

    6) Cute, high-detailed sparrow XD

  • February 15, 2007 at 5:43 pmNightingale

    @Shinji103

    Thaz loli-Ayu and chibi-U1. Notice the sleeves’ color and loli-Ayu’s clothing on the tree.

  • February 15, 2007 at 5:48 pmMentar

    I’m beginning to smell a potential upset.

    Rates for Nayuki ending changed from 100:1 to 90:1 with this episode

  • February 15, 2007 at 5:52 pmOmni

    90:1 seems a bit too high to me. Though I dunno what’s going to happen, just on pure speculation I would put odds at 5:1 for a Nayuki ending. Still not great, but not nearly such a long shot anymore.

  • February 15, 2007 at 6:05 pmMentar

    *thwaps Omni playfully with a rubber trout*

    I wasn’t intending to calculate odds here :-P … what I wanted to say was “even though Ayu is still the huge favorite, this episode definitely improved Nayuki’s chances for a surprise ending”.

  • February 15, 2007 at 6:57 pmmikemil828

    C’mon it’s been 19 episodes since they’ve shown anything remotely fanservicey, give ‘em a break.

  • February 15, 2007 at 7:11 pmGenestarwind

    Some new scene like ayu is wearing the school uniform!!**

  • February 15, 2007 at 7:38 pmdac

    O_o mini kaede…:O nayuki must own the chibi ! she’s cant lose all softy :/

  • February 15, 2007 at 7:39 pmcbhl

    @Mentar: Well, look at it this way: We went from Ayu kissing Yuuichi (where we ended last week, not to mention the first frames of this week >.<) to Ayu going missing (this week). And then there’s the theory that some have that a “couple” (pairing?) who kisses before the last episode probably aren’t going to have a happy ending. (I dunno… it’s hard to say for me. But maybe the idea is that since Ayu suffered … “loss” first, she should get the “happy” ending (/w yuuichi).) Meh.

    I feel sorry for the people/person who are/is in charge of scripting and storyline for the remake. They’re going to be under a lot of pressure no matter what.

  • February 15, 2007 at 8:23 pmKari Manninen

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  • February 15, 2007 at 8:24 pmMentar

    Guys, have you ever heard the word “spoiler”? Jesus.

  • February 15, 2007 at 8:34 pmKari Manninen

    My apologies to you all subarashii ningentachi for me always commenting late,or even last.It is because of time difference with my Sweden and most other otaku living in Japan and America.I just got my raw from Saiyaman,i haven`t even watched it yet,i comment on basis of info in this page,I always read others comments first with great respect,being a 58-year old otaku since Urusei Yatsura age in early 80`s.

  • February 15, 2007 at 8:39 pmKari Manninen

    to Mentar:i am very,very sorry.I just love this stuff.What becomes of erotica,i love strictly milfs.But i always respect young people.

  • February 15, 2007 at 8:57 pmGenesis

    As for me, im pulling for the Ayu/Yuuichi ending. i have to say, that i think the Nayuki ending won’t happen because the this remake has basicly been the same as the original. Ayu and Yuuichi even kissed in the original. The only difference was that Nayuki saw it. with that said, the only thing that worries me is how do they plan on streching the rest, because in the original this was like the second to last ep lol.

  • February 15, 2007 at 10:27 pmcoolxal

    Genesis: That is an indication that the last 6 episodes will favour Nayuki with some Ayu here and there.

  • February 15, 2007 at 11:22 pmAvexMode

    “A new challenger enters!!”

    What’re the chances of this anime ending with Akiko instead? Any bets?

  • February 16, 2007 at 2:03 amGenesis

    true. i believe that what makes this anime so great is that even if it is just a remake no one can really predict the outcome. so far, it’s been nothing but random guesses so with that said let the best *cough Ayu cough* girl win. :D

  • February 16, 2007 at 2:11 amLikkun

    I’m almost positive that they’re going to go with the Ayu ending. Like I said, they’ve been building up the Ayu/Yuuichi relationship a whole lot. On the other hand, they may just be setting up Yuuichi for a big fall. As in he ends up with no one and leads a sad lonely life as an organ grinder.

  • February 16, 2007 at 2:11 amShinova

    “And finally, on a random note, methinks this shot was completely unnecessary in the Ayu bath scene.”

    Kyoani is finally succumbing to the lure of blatant fanservice!! Banzai!! :D

  • February 16, 2007 at 2:16 amKnowngni

    An Akiko ending would be a nice twist, although we all know thats ALMOST impossible. *Crosses fingers for Akiko’s route*, a route that was never created but so utterly desired.

  • February 16, 2007 at 2:41 amTolitz

    Hmmm, this screenshot
    http://randomc.net/image/Kanon/Kanon%20-%2020%20-%20Large%2021.jpg

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    The TOEI version seems to have had “slightly” better buildup to the YuichixAyu pairing, but I’m holding the verdict on that one until I see the culmination of Nayuki’s arc.

    - T

  • February 16, 2007 at 2:44 amnana

    “Also of interest to me is who Yuuichi was talking about in the first-love conversation with Ayu.” –> I think his first love was Sawatari Makoto? The erm .. fox reincarnated took after her name .. He was talking about it in Ep 8 :)

  • February 16, 2007 at 3:05 amAvexMode

    Btw is the older girl Yuuichi feel in love with named Makoto? (not Makoto the fox). Remember in the Makoto arc, she mention the name to Makoto (fox).

  • February 16, 2007 at 3:21 amOmni

    Oh yea, I completely forgot about the original Makoto. She might be it (though the picture still doesn’t look like her to me).

  • February 16, 2007 at 7:53 amEleutheria

    Ayu has realistic proportions.

  • February 16, 2007 at 11:59 amJairo

    Omni, remember about Yuuichi remembering “Sawatari Makoto” as the name of the older girl he likes when he was a kid. He talked about her with the little fox he found in the wood. That’s why Makoto used this name. I think Yuuichi is talking about this girl when Ayu asks him about his first love and he told her it was an older girl. But i’m not sure about the sad-ending part.

  • February 16, 2007 at 2:34 pmdeftoned

    I don’t see this series pulling a Canvas 2. In that series, there were at least hints to a possible Elis ending, but not here in Kanon. It’s been Ayu since the beginning. The focus has always been Ayu–everything goes back to Ayu. I haven’t played the game, but everything I’ve read about it require Ayu to be gone to go into Nayuki’s story. This is how TOEI did it as well.

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    I think 21-23 is Nayuki based, 23-24 is the resolution to Ayu and Nayuki, and later half of 24 is the epilogue.

  • February 16, 2007 at 3:34 pmanimer5678

    latest news: the last episode of Kanon2006, which is ep24, is actually just an OVA. 23 episodes is the actual amount for the whole series.

  • February 16, 2007 at 4:00 pmblerg

    whether that flashback has to do with nayuki’s arc or not, it simply looks like ayu’s head+ribbon to me =/

  • February 16, 2007 at 8:07 pmPakxenon

    The picture had a white flower on it. I’m guessing it’s the hat of Sawatari Makoto.

    Even though this will end in Ayu… I’m still hoping for a Nayuki ending!

  • February 16, 2007 at 9:28 pmdsong

    I’d bet on the Ayu ending, but I feel that the buildup to the Ayu arc has been lacking to say the least… look at other game-based adaptations, such as D.C. ~ Da Capo, KGNE, or even KyoAni’s own AIR – there’s FAR more focus on the lead girl, and a more convincing buildup to the climax. As for the 2006 version, we basically have 6 episodes of aimlessness, Yuuichi getting together with a girl for about 4 episodes before forgetting about them altogether, and a 3-minute buildup in episode 19 that’s supposed to be the selling point for Yuuichi-Ayu.

    I simply don’t buy it.

    To be perfectly fair, it’s tough to make a case for any of the other girls, either… perhaps the “no girl wins” ending would have been the best one of them all.

  • February 16, 2007 at 9:39 pmShinSenshi

    Hey OMNI, that older girl Yuuichi was talking about, wasn’t it probably Sawatari Makoto (the one in the picture)?

    http://randomc.net/image/Kanon/Kanon%20-%2008%20-%20Large%2014.jpg

  • February 16, 2007 at 9:48 pmShinSenshi

    Oh whoops, there’s been like a ton of posts on that, darn.

    I have a theory as to that picture (and I’ve never played the game or seen the earlier series) But I have a feeling there’s a bit of…Show Spoiler ▼

    May be a spoiler if I’m on the dot, but may not be a spoiler since I’m just guessing.

  • February 16, 2007 at 11:36 pmHarouki

    Ah…Show Spoiler ▼

  • February 17, 2007 at 12:06 amKei

    same age but still, isnt yuuichi like.. um… pedo… uh… yeah O_o
    i wonder who he liked
    wasn’t there some girl name makoto he talked about to fox(makoto)?

  • February 17, 2007 at 3:28 amymseiran

    the part where he mention his first love, yup it’s an older lady name makoto, then i think he was going to mention his next love, which is ayu, because of that sad flashback..just wondering what is the nayuki ending like in the game? cuz im totally for ayu

  • February 17, 2007 at 4:46 amRosegirl18

    The older girl he is talking about may be Sawatari Makoto, because in the Makoto arc, he talked about her being the older girl he fancied while conversing with the fox (Makoto in animal form).

  • February 17, 2007 at 4:50 amNightingale

    O shoot Danny can u please edit my first post and delete the first link for health’s sake? Sry I nvr expected it will show X advertisements after the image got deleted!!! Thnx very much.

  • February 17, 2007 at 7:26 amRemy

    Although unlikely, I, too, would also rather see the “no girl wins” ending. I have nothing against Ayu, however, there was a much better character relationship build between Yuuichi and Shiori/Mai.

  • February 17, 2007 at 10:40 amnana

    I was staring at the picture” and realised that it’s the same one as in ep 19, during yuichii’s flashback before the kiss. anyway if you look at it really hard, it’s actually chibi-Ayu and her left eye is closed .. that probably means that Show Spoiler ▼

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    ..

  • February 17, 2007 at 12:27 pmAle

    The buildup is more than fine. It’s obvious to anyone that the whole show has been giving hints of the Ayu arc, and if my guesses are correct, the main themes of the show have always been there, and they are, too, related to Ayu’s story.

    Now if the ending was Nayuki related, that’d be silly, unless her story was directly related to Ayu’s, and we finally see some development and a more important role in the story for Nayuki in the final episodes.

  • February 17, 2007 at 7:42 pmKari Manninen

    I began to feel i have to explain why i mentioned that i live milfs.Being a very old person interested this kind of thing one has to be careful not to end up misunderstood.I am DEFINITIVELY not a dirty old man trying to blend in wrong crowd.I really like manga and anime,since Urusei Yatsura and Project A-Ko were new in the 80`s.I own a collection of 800+ LICENSED DVDs,and my manga weighs over 200 kilos.My hobbies has been close to otaku-type over 40 years.I guess i`m kind Tanaka in Genshiken,building models,photographing etc.This anime,Kanon has a story of a Nobel Prize in Literature being very complicated yet heartfelt in same.I simply like well-written stories,and here we have wonderful art in animation form for bargain.Kanon must be one of most visually beautiful creations of art in all history.And i even hate winter,still saying this.

  • February 18, 2007 at 10:25 amEG-Reverie

    Hm… I really hope for a Nayuki ending because I like Nayuki much more, but I’m afraid that we’ll get a Ayu one..
    Anyway, this episode was nice, just like all the others..^^

  • February 19, 2007 at 3:08 amKira

    Uguu~ cant wait for episode 21..

  • February 19, 2007 at 8:33 pmcbhl

    I still want to know how we went from

    http://randomc.net/image/Kanon/Kanon%20-%2020%20-%20Large%2001.jpg

    to

    http://randomc.net/image/Kanon/Kanon%20-%2020%20-%20Large%2014.jpg

    to

    http://randomc.net/image/Kanon/Kanon%20-%2020%20-%20Large%2027.jpg

    It just seems like so much happened in this episode, yet not so much happened at all… >.>

    BTW, the code in the middle reads:

    another <a href=<a href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_pronouns&#8221; target=”_blank”>” target=”_blank”>pronoun that’s

    (that’s the link that’s supposed to go to Japanese pronouns)

    Dunno if you want to change it or not. Meh. *shrugs*

  • March 4, 2009 at 6:58 amPrime Synergy

    How did she climb that tree?……

  • July 11, 2009 at 2:44 pmDimeric

    Isn’t the name of the older woman Yuuichi liked the same name as Makoto. Isn’t that were she took her name from?

    Also, I sort of have the same idea you have. I’ll put it in a spoiler but it’s just a pure guess and I have no idea what will happen passed this episode.

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