Kanokon – 01
Recent transfer student Oyamada Kouta is on his way to school one morning when he’s met by a girl named Minamoto Chizuru. She’s so happy to see him that she buries his face in her large chest, much to his embarrassment. Her rubbing her chest on his head is eventually interrupted by Kouta’s classmate Asahina Akane who yells at both of them for their indecency, but Chizuru doesn’t care and just pisses Akane off more. In class, Akane tries tell Kouta to stand up to Chizuru, however Kouta isn’t really inclined to, and their other classmates wonder why a beautiful person like Chizuru has been sticking to Kouta like this. They also wonder why Akane is so concerned about Kouta, so Akane tries to justify it by saying that she cares as the class representative. Chizuru meanwhile gets stopped by one of the teachers – a man named Yatsuka who comments on how much she’s sticking to Kouta and seems to know her secret. He also questions her about a previous incident, but she claims to know nothing about it.
During lunchtime, Kouta has a hard time buying bread amongst the crowd of students and gets a handout from Chizuru’s little brother Tayura. When Chizuru finds them, she opens her shirt and pulls out a letter for Kouta – a love letter. In it, she asks to meet him in the music room, and reading this reminds Kouta of a similar letter she had written him back when they first met. Back then, she had said that she wanted him and kissed him as soon as he entered the room, but in the process of doing so, her hair turned golden and she sprouted a tail and a pair of fox ears. She had tried to say that it was just cosplay, but Kouta didn’t believe her, so she eventually admitted that she was a kitsune. Chizuru felt ashamed of being non-human, and had told Kouta that if he was afraid to come to school now because of this, then he could tell everyone her secret. She had then started to cry, but when Kouta had said that he thought she was beautiful, her mood brightened, and she pushed him onto the floor.
Chizuru was so happy that she started to take off Kouta’s clothes because she wanted to take their relationship to the next level, however before she could actually do anything to him, Tayura interrupted them. Tayura was concerned to see his sister in her true form with a human, but Chizuru didn’t care as long as she and Kouta loved one another. This didn’t placate Tayura though, and he explained to Kouta that humans and youkai live in different worlds. In response to this, Chizuru decided to show her little brother how much she and Kouta loved one another, so she kissed Kouta and disappeared in a flash of light. Though Chizuru was physically gone, Kouta discovered that he could now hear her voice in his head. What’s more, he now had fox ears and a tail, and Chizuru briefly took over his body to prove to Tayura that their hearts were open to each other. Unconvinced, Tayura wanted to test this with a show of power, so Chizuru created a giant ball of energy and blasted him with it. The ensuing explosion blew a hole in the side of the school building and knocked Tayura out. Afterwards, Chizuru separated from Kouta and explained that their power gets stronger the stronger the connection between them is.
These are all part of Kouta’s memories as he now stares out the hole that’s still in the side of the music room. When Chizuru then appears, she wants to continue what they started before and pushes him back onto the floor.
ED: 「恋の炎」 (Koi no Honoo) by 榊原ゆい (Sakakibara Yui)
Watch the ED!: Mirror 1, Mirror 2
Both the opening and ending songs sound pretty average to me – nothing too special, but not bad either. If I had to choose, I’d say I like the ED a little more, at least until it reaches the chorus part.
So if there were a competition between this show and To Love-Ru over the most risqué content, I think To Love-Ru wins out, mainly because of its OP. Nevertheless, Kanokon delivers what all the promotional material promised, and that’s something like one part comedy, one part plot, and three parts fanservice (pretty much all of it Chizuru). What sticks out in my mind was the opening kiss Chizuru gave Kouta and the drip of saliva, but that entire scene was very sexually charged.
If there were one good reason to watch Kanokon (and as I mentioned in my spring preview, why I watched this first episode), it’s to hear Noto Mamiko do her shota voice opposite Kawasumi Ayako. In that regard, I enjoyed the first episode. Still, that can only carry the show so far, and while there are some hints that the plot involving the divide between all the youkai and the humans at the school could get more interesting, I just don’t really see this show really going anywhere. Basically, short of a really impressive second episode, I probably won’t follow it anymore (especially if Druaga ends up being a solid Friday show).