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「美味しく食べちゃう?」 (Oishiku Tabechau?)
“Eat Deliciously?”

Episode at a Glance:
With the help of Tayura, Nozomu reads through Chizuru’s magazines and uses the dating tips in there to try and get closer to Kouta. Naturally, Chizuru gets a “little” upset by this and punishes Tayura for his meddling. With Nozomu already acting accordingly, this results in a number of “Bento Showdowns” in an attempt to win Kouta’s affection. Unsurprisingly, our fox diety and wolf diety girls can’t cook at all though, which only results in bad times for Kouta. With all the commotion these showdowns are causing, Yatsuka-sensei, along with Ryuusei, eventually remind the two of them not to get too close to humans.

Regardless, things continue on and Omi, a wind spirit, inadvertently injures Kouta when he tries to take out his frustration on Chizuru. Realizing what he had done, both Omi and Mio agree to do anything Chizuru asks, so she gets Mio, a frog spirit, to produce her healing oil to use on Kouta. Long story short, Kouta eventually puts his foot down and scolds Chizuru for her actions. Chizuru asks to be punished in any way Kouta deems fit, which results in him giving her a “good” spanking.

 

Next Episode:
「脱げなくなっちゃった?」 (Nugenaku Nacchatta?)
“Can’t Take It Off Anymore?”

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HMM… where to start. First off, let’s try to take a step back and look at Kanokon objectively for a second. If you’re looking for a pure (and I mean “PURE” pure) ecchi fan-service type of show this season, Kanokon definitely fits the bill. (In other words, a show just short of actual hentai.) After watching this episode, I don’t even think it’s even fair to compare this show to To LOVE-Ru anymore since it’s pretty clear now that they’re targeting different audiences. By this, I mean that Kanokon has really “stepped things up” by taking the perversions to a whole other level, whereas To LOVE-Ru has shown us that the male protagonist is actually trying to get into a relationship with his middle school crush. When you consider Kanokon’s scene of a girl having an orgasm (on her feet) from getting spanked, To LOVE-Ru looks pretty darn innocent. In any case, if you realized what you got yourself into when you picked up Kanokon and set your expectations accordingly, then you should be pleased to know that this series does have its fair share of comedic moments.

Personally, the biggest appeal of this series has been the cast. In fact, I was originally going to pass on this series until I found out that it starred both Noto Mamiko (Tsukamoto Yakumo in School Rumble, Ichinose Kotomi in CLANNAD, Hecate in Shakugan no Shana) and Kawasumi Ayako (Saber in Fate/stay night, Lafiel in Banner of the Stars, Nodame in Nodame Cantabile). (I actually went through a phase not too long ago where I watched everything I could that starred Kawasumi Ayako. >_>) A surprising thing about the cast though is the debut of Takeuchi Miyuu, who plays Ezomori Nozomu. She portrays Nozomu with a quiet, sarcastic, and almost expressionless attitude, which despite how bad that sounds, actually fits the character really well. I still can’t quite put my finger on exactly who Nozomu reminds me of though, but I would say she’s somewhat like Akari from Night Wizard. So in addition to having Mamiko and Ayako, Miyuu’s performance of Nozomu is another reason why I keep coming back to watch Kanokon.

The seiyuu highlights of this show doesn’t end there though, as we have Saito Chiwa (Aika from ARIA) playing the firm and sensible Akane (middle in the pic). Given the personality similarities between Aika and Akane, the casting here should be much appreciated by ARIA fans like myself. We also have Miyazaki Ui, who starred in Night Wizard a couple of seasons ago and sings the OP song, playing Kiriko (left in the same pic above). For those of you who have seen Night Wizard, you probably know that Ui sang the OP song there as well. I’m a fan of Ui’s singing, so for those of you who haven’t heard that OP, you can check out my YouTube video of it here. (Note: it’s a high quality “tricked” video, so you need to let it buffer for a bit before playing.) The ED song on the other hand, is performed Sakakibara Yui, who also starred in and sang the OP song for H2O ~Footprints in the Sand~ last season. (H2O, despite only being a mediocre series, actually had pretty good music.) Finally, we also have Kadowaki Mai playing a minor role as one of the Nanao twins.

If you’re not that familiar with seiyuus and such, don’t be alarmed. The only thing you have to take away from my seiyuu spew above is that Kanokon has a talented cast that can take this ecchi show in whatever direction it chooses. Animation-wise though, the broadcast on AT-X leaves much to be desired (much like all their broadcasts), so I can’t help but wonder how much nicer it’s supposed to look (if at all). Character-wise, I was quite overwhelmed by everyone they quickly introduced in the first two episodes, so if you are too, feel free to refer to the credits below and the official site’s character page to help clear things up.

In the end, Kanokon is a perverted and fun show that you just need to sit back and enjoy without reading into too much. The more you can turn off your brain while watching, the more enjoyable it can become. For that reason, I intend to keep watching it to help balance out all the heavily plot-driven, “cool” shows this season such as CODE GEASS R2 and Macross Frontier. If you feel like you need a series to do the same, welcome aboard.

 

Cast:
- Oyamada Kouta (小山田 耕太) / Noto Mamiko (能登 麻美子)
- Minamoto Chizuru (源 ちずる) / Kawasumi Ayako (川澄 綾子)
- Ezomori Nozomu (犹守 望) / Takeuchi Miyuu (竹内 美優)
- Asahina Akane (比奈 あかね) / Saito Chiwa (斎藤 千和)
- Minamoto Tayura (源 たゆら) / Toyonaga Toshiyuki (豊永 利行)
- Sasamori Yuuki (佐々森 ユウキ) / Seto Saori (世戸 さおり)
- Takana Kiriko (高菜 キリコ) / Miyazaki Ui (宮崎 羽衣)
- Kiriyama Omi (桐山 臣) / Kondou Takashi (近藤 隆)
- Osakabe Mio (長ヶ部 澪) / Itsuki Yui (伊月 ゆい)
- Sahara Iku (砂原 幾) / Shitaya Noriko (下屋 則子)
- Yatsuka Takao (八束 たかお) / Matsuyama Takashi (松山 鷹志)
- Nanao Ren (七々尾 蓮) / Kadowaki Mai (門脇 舞以)
- Nanao Ai (七々尾 藍) / Nakanishi Tamaki (仲西 環)
- Kumada Ryuusei (熊田 流星) / Nomura Kenji (乃村 健次)

April 19, 2008 at 6:58 pm
49 comments »
  • April 19, 2008 at 6:59 pmAnsa

    Hehehe, great screenshots.

  • April 19, 2008 at 7:03 pmgame8910

    just…..what the hell is going on in the last 5 screenshots

  • April 19, 2008 at 7:03 pmplaya

    5 last screenies ??? LOL ???@?

  • April 19, 2008 at 7:10 pmJezreel

    cool

  • April 19, 2008 at 7:12 pmSamurai Pumpkin

    Lol yeah, this show is great. I laughed out load so many times because they really do not pull any punches on this show. Great stuff.

  • April 19, 2008 at 7:12 pmNewbfy

    Man, my jaw has been on the floor for the last 3 episodes, and it just keeps raising the bar. I predict next episode is hentai on day time TV!

  • April 19, 2008 at 7:12 pmDarkReign

    And here i was, beliving that this show couldnt get any worse but it can because they are going cosplay next week…..

  • April 19, 2008 at 7:14 pmThe_Worlds_Best_Anime_Fan_Freak

    Hehehe, wonderful screenshots. -blushes-

  • April 19, 2008 at 7:14 pmbearzerger

    That spanking scene was awesome. When I saw it yesterday I couldn’t stop laughing for five minutes and then I just had to watch it again. I haven’t seen a spanking as hilarious as that since Melody of Oblivion.
    I can’t wait to see what kind of fanservice they’ll bombard us with in the next weeks. As long as it stays as funny as it has so far I’m going to keep watching it.

  • April 19, 2008 at 7:35 pmDarkReign

    Hmm, it seems like the flat chested wolf is going maid and the slutty fox is going bunny girl.

  • April 19, 2008 at 7:43 pmForum Police

    dude…

  • April 19, 2008 at 7:54 pmbearzerger

    @DarkReign
    The cosplay may appear pretty standard, but after those last three episodes I’m fairly certain it will once again have some crazy twist and not just the face-in-crotch-shots everyone expects.

  • April 19, 2008 at 8:56 pmseeker4life

    What the HELLL!!!???? going on this screen? http://randomc.net/image/Kanokon/Kanokon%20-%2003%20-%20Large%2037.jpg

  • April 19, 2008 at 9:01 pmseeker4life

    http://randomc.net/image/Kanokon/Kanokon%20-%2003%20-%20Large%2035.jpg
    The animators are getting quite bold in these pass few years.
    http://randomc.net/image/Kanokon/Kanokon%20-%2003%20-%20Large%2036.jpg
    If this guy chicken out of this opportunity, I will personally KILL THIS MOTHERF—– !!!!!

  • April 19, 2008 at 9:12 pm42-42-564

    “I still can’t quite put my finger on exactly who Nozomu reminds me of though”

    Does Vanilla H ring a bell? There was something kinda amatuerish about her toneless, emotionless voice, yet made the character soooo coool!!

    :D:D:D

  • April 19, 2008 at 10:44 pmYuuichi

    HOLY F*CK .. It’s a miracle that a show with all this fanservice is airing, even if it’s a late night show.. It should be an OVA or something~

  • April 19, 2008 at 10:53 pmkadian1364

    I used to think Kanokon just meandered right along the threshold of “softcore porn”, but now I don’t even think it’s so softcore.

    Really, there’s that train-wreck effect to this show; one simply gazes at its increasingly ludicrous scenes in an utter dumbfounded stupor. The questions, “How far will they go? What else can they get away with?!” compels an otherwise disgusted audience to continue watching such a repugnant and flamingly offensive series. In this way, I can’t even say Kanokon is poor entertainment because it’s so dismaying that there is never a dull moment!

    And to think Kawasumi Ayako used to command such respectable roles. So sad…

  • April 19, 2008 at 10:54 pmAndy

    Oh man… Animaters are getting bold, I wonder how far are they planning on taking this?

  • April 19, 2008 at 11:14 pmDrakron

    Last 5 screenshots = butt spanking.

    Yes, you read it right …

    Also image 33? footjob and I AM NOT JOKING.

    And divine is right, it just just before becoming a hentai series, also the title makes a lot more sense if you understand what it actually means.

    Kanokon = Girlfriend competition

    And after YEARS of annoying harem series (and I am sorry but To-Love-Ru anime is one, I accept the manga because even understanding it eventually is going to end with Lala at least it have some interesting aspects and the ecchi on it helps, anime … not so much) this is somewhat interesting to see women actually fighting with their god/evolution given wepaons instead of “oh noes, does he loves me?” that can only go as far.

    Nice fanservice series that keeps on giving.

  • April 19, 2008 at 11:25 pmcharmander

  • April 19, 2008 at 11:39 pmblahhumban

    soft porn….

  • April 19, 2008 at 11:50 pmpuyomon

    This has spanking and Ayako Kawasumi moaning which makes this an automatic win.

  • April 20, 2008 at 12:08 amrreggie

    a spanking and an orgasm huh? i know its so wrong but i like this show, my comedic relief for the season

  • April 20, 2008 at 12:20 amyanipheonu

    “When you consider Kanokon’s scene of a girl having an orgasm (on her feet) from getting spanked”
    Wait, wait! Someone actually CAME in this episode???!!! 0_o Wow, that’s so on the border of ecchi and hentai!

  • April 20, 2008 at 12:33 amavex|mode

    Must not download…must not download…..must not download…

  • April 20, 2008 at 2:31 amdivine

    @yanipheonu:
    The whole orgasm part is left up to interpretation, but it makes you wonder…

  • April 20, 2008 at 3:07 amRadnom

    wtf….

  • April 20, 2008 at 3:50 ammundox

    Man this show just keeps amazing me. When I thought I had seen it all I get those last 5 screenies, man my jaw was on the floor when that scene had it’s way with my brain. I really wish I was that kid >_>

    In and all Kanokon is a great (GREATLY PERVERSE!) show for anyone that likes ecchi. But personally I prefer to-love-ru… is easier on my weak heart XD

  • April 20, 2008 at 4:06 amGrimaH

    Instant epic win.

  • April 20, 2008 at 5:12 amFX102

    The Great Erotic King strikes again!

    I never knew Chizuru was into those sort of things, or Kouta for that matter. For a second I actually thought she was gonna slip into some black leather outfit (guess they’re saving the costumes for next week). The “Oil Rub” rocked, and the girls’ movements were definitely of “hentai quality”.

    Divine also hits the nail right on the head, Kanokon is one of those shows that allows you to take a break from plot-heavy shows, allowing you to just kick back and have a damn good laugh with no need to concentrate heavily.

  • April 20, 2008 at 7:58 amDando008

    Kouta is gonna be the Great Erotic King in no time flat as much stuff as they are doing already. This is softcore hentai here…:P

  • April 20, 2008 at 9:37 amstrawberryheaven

    The last paragraph is pretty much how I felt with To-Love-Ru, Kanokon and other fanservice shows for a while.

  • April 20, 2008 at 1:46 pmOwned4eva

    Oh Btw, Its Ichinose Kotomi Not “Ichinose Hitomi” =P

  • April 20, 2008 at 1:53 pmkey05

    Wow, episode 3 and they get in this “level”. I wouldn’t be surprise at all if this people make the last episode of Kanokon like Green Green-episode 13(completely hentai)

  • April 20, 2008 at 4:07 pmakagi

  • April 20, 2008 at 8:20 pmhagges01

    totally agree, probably i enjoy kanokon for the same reason, the end was like OMG never seen before

  • April 21, 2008 at 2:01 amramiel_salbazier

    Totally outrageous..

  • April 21, 2008 at 2:04 amNetstryke

    Umm…Anybody needs a smoke after that?

  • April 21, 2008 at 3:04 amneKomimi

    Hahaaa!!! I quote Drakron:

    Also image 33? footjob and I AM NOT JOKING.

    And divine is right, it just just before becoming a hentai series, also the title makes a lot more sense if you understand what it actually means.

    Kanokon = Girlfriend competition

    And after YEARS of annoying harem series (and I am sorry but To-Love-Ru anime is one, I accept the manga because even understanding it eventually is going to end with Lala at least it have some interesting aspects and the ecchi on it helps, anime … not so much) this is somewhat interesting to see women actually fighting with their god/evolution given wepaons instead of “oh noes, does he loves me?” that can only go as far.

    Nice fanservice series that keeps on giving.

    Hohoo!!! In the next fifty years or so I think this show will be pretty tame, don’t you think?

  • April 21, 2008 at 3:39 amkay0ss

    Seiyuu’s alone couldn’t save me from hating this show more than I already do. Ugh.

  • April 21, 2008 at 11:56 pmLuxe

    hahahaha! LMAO at the last scene ^_^

    kanokon’s storyline (if it has such) is so bad that i can’t even figure out what the hell is this about… but is funny so…

  • April 22, 2008 at 1:09 pmLink_Soul

    In the last 5 screens? Well not much. Just our guy spanking the girl to punish her. Although i think she like it more than she should. Great Henta….sorry anime! LOL

  • April 23, 2008 at 3:38 pmSolaris

    This is plain porn. How much are they bending the borders of good taste in nowadays anime harem?
    Three episodes spent triyng to fuck a young idiot. Man, that’s too much annoying and stupid to begin with.

    I suggest the authors no to joke around any further and gain the guts to turn Kanokon in what it’s meant to be: a low level animu pr0n.

    About the chars: the two deities are the usual old stained clichees. We have the big boobed and stupid one and the loli flat but smater and less speech girl. All seen over and over. Where you ask? Nadesico, to begin with… maybe? Look at the chars of Yurika and Ruri… and Nadesico is a 12 years old serie…

  • April 23, 2008 at 5:02 pmdivine

    @Solaris:
    While I respect your opinion, how is that any different from saying, “oh, we’ve had a movie with a super hero before, it’s a cliché to make another one” or “oh, we’ve done the whole damsel in distress bit years ago, so using it again is a rehash”?

    Just a thought.

  • April 23, 2008 at 5:31 pmSolaris

    Divine, it’s 12 years that every year we watch the very same chars, doing always the very same stuff, only named differently from one serie to another. It’s becoming quite boring, you know?
    But who cares as long they’re fun and entertain us. What’s upsetting in Kanokon is the old-abused clichees are being mixed with an exagerate amount of bad taste.

    The “damsel in distress” is a device plot used as a premise. It must be the start of a plot or something. Sure used alone would be a failure. It’s different than using always the same stereotyped characters, don’t you think so? It’s like if you used always the same actor and, sometime you find him ageing :P

  • April 23, 2008 at 6:32 pmdivine

    @Solaris:
    I guess the point I’m trying to get across is that there will always be classification of characters into “types”. Furthermore, there will always be constant reuse of these types, which ultimately leads to them becoming stereotypical (or clichéd). While I agree that the reuse of these types does grow dull over time, this is pretty much seen in all types of literature and movies, let alone anime.

    Now with that said, if it’s simply something you’ve grown tired of seeing, that’s fair enough—you’ve had your fair share of this type of show and we can all understand why you’re not interested. But the thing to keep in mind is that there are people out there who are either 1.) watching this type of show for the very first time or 2.) still finding it refreshing, so it’s not “old” to them yet, much like it wasn’t for you 12 years ago.

    Now imagine if the industry decided to stop making “big-breasted girl / loli cross-up” ecchi anime before you had a chance to see a show with characters like that 12 years ago. If that was the case, you may have thought then, “hey, I wouldn’t mind watching something like that”. The same is probably true for the current generation of anime fans.

    Like yourself, I’m more of a “veteran” anime fan, so I’ve seen my fair share of this stuff too; however, I have to keep in mind all the “youngsters” out there who haven’t (i.e. the future anime fans). Also, just because I’ve seen shows like this before, should I let that get in the way of watching something that might be entertaining? For that, each person has to decide for himself/herself.

    Please keep in mind that I’m not saying any of this to defend Kanokon in particular, but more to cover the reuse of character types in general. In a broader sense, it’s the idea that, “something shouldn’t be considered bad just because some people have personally grown tired of it”. On the flip side though, if you find that something is done in bad taste, that’s a good thing to point out to others.

    P.S. Thanks for the constructive discussion. Feedback and discussion like this is one of the main reasons why I decided to help blog in the first place.

  • April 23, 2008 at 7:34 pmSolaris

    The point with Kanokon is not (or not only) that it uses clicheed chars, but that uses bad taste and pornography on the top of all. Therefore i spoke so bad of it. It doesn’t bother me, if it uses clichees to a certain extent.

    I’ve seen To-loveru as well, being that another harem show. To-loveru isn’t less clicheed than Kanokon in the first place, but is stil a nice watch. Not original but also not that dirty filthy kanokon. It was a show that i cannot condemn. I only hope that Kanokon example wil be avoided by the future istances of harem anime. Reckless use of the “ecchi” element would result in high damage and discredit for the whole genre.

    All about harem anime is clicheed. The “damesel in distress”, aka the format, here becomes “one guy with multiple girls”. You can invent many situation and plots but all must cleverly dose the ecchi element to prevent becoming hentai. Otherwise you cannot discriminate what’s harem or hentai anymore. So reuse and loss of ideas isn’t really an issue, rather the use you do of what you borrow from the genre.

    Look at Kurenai. Would you tell it’s another harem anime? No, but it is! Reading the synopsis, long before it aired, it appeared clear there was one guy with multiple girls. On the top of all, the closest girl was a little girl. Bomm! Another harem, and lolicon on the top of that. Raise the hand who tought it as soon after reading Kurenai’s summary. I myself thought it!! But watching to Kurenai now, it’s clear it’s a very peculiar and original harem show. It revereses every clichee. The main female is a little girl with a strong and bad charachter. The main male is a strong one, not the usual weakling and is the centre of a plot. A plot, something that never existed before in harem shows. Usually Harem are centered around episodic plots, and don’t really have a long term development. I could speak hours more about how Kurenai shatters and breaks the rule of harem shows :)

    So kurenai is the living proof that there’s more to invent in the genre, an example to follow, like otherwise Kanokon is an example to avoid!

    Sorry for the long OT about To-loveru and Kurenai. I hope i explained myself well enough.
    Thank you to Divine for the discussion.

  • April 25, 2008 at 9:54 pmHeADyZ

    I’ve seen lots of anime’s but this one is over the top at the ecchi part and i really love it ^^ im really waiting to see the 4th episode :D

  • April 26, 2008 at 4:26 amTmoo

    @Solaris: it’s about managing your expectations of a given show. If kanokon is not your cup of tea, no one’s forcing you to watch. The show’s an excuse to dish out fanservice and get our minds off more serious matters. I consider to-love-ru in the same category, and the entertainment i get from both is basically the same because i’m not expecting anything epic. If i want complex plot and great character development, i’ll watch something like Mai-HIME.