Kanokon ~Manatsu no Daishanikusai~ OVA – 01
Oh hey look, the first episode of the Kanokon OVA came out. I used to blog this right? Well here we go then…
That said, I wasn’t planning to blog this nor did I even know it was coming out today, but happened to have some free time on my hands. Seeing as I covered the TV series last year, I figured why not get a post out about this controversal show? I like stuff that sparks “conversation” after all.
Subtitled Manatsu no Daishanikusai 「真夏の大謝肉祭」 (“The Big Midsummer Carnival”), this two-part OVA focuses on just that. However, this first episode was pretty slow paced with all the characters doing their own thing. This includes Chizuru messing with Kouta as usual, the garbage/bug-eating Nanao ninja twins looking for food, Tayura trying to invite Akane out but not being able to, Kiriko and Yuuki doing their own thing, Mio and Omi looking like a couple, and Nozomu getting naked with no shame. There were a hell of a lot of scene transitions between everyone (which made it somewhat grueling to watch), but that pretty much sums up the episode. Chizuru’s mother Tamamo and Yukihana also show up late in the episode, with the former trying to snag Kouta away from her daughter for the fireworks tomorrow.
Surprisingly, the risqué material here is pretty tame. If you watch Kanokon for that reason, the highlight of the episode was Chizuru trying to get Kouta to eat Nagashi Soumen off her body. However, you’ll probably be disappointed by the censorship here, especially when it’s an AT-X broadcast. This is quite a shocker to say the least, given the stuff that Queen’s Blade gets away with on AT-X and the fact that this is supposed to be an OVA. Evidently, they don’t mind showing off Nozomu’s body though, which is pretty wrong given all the connotations that go along with it. Anyway, I’m going to side step that moral debate bullet and ask that you not shoot the messenger.
On another note, I’m a bit surprised that this is even considered an OVA. If anything, it’s just two extra episodes tacked onto the TV series a year later. According to the broadcast schedule, the next episode will air the very next week so they haven’t even bothered to stagger it like OVAs tend to. Also, Xebec hasn’t really done anything quality-wise to make it look and feel like an OVA. They did however give us new opening and ending themes/sequences, which are performed by Sakakibara Yui and Miyazaki Ui again (except this time they’ve swapped OP/ED roles). Albeit a bit generic, I don’t mind either of the songs; they’re much like Yui and Ui’s other stuff. However, Yui’s opening song sounds so mellow that it’s almost out of place here.
There you have it. Kanokon OVA episode one. :\