Kanon and Asatte no Houkou

There have been a lot of people talking about Kanon or Death Note and it pains me that the anime that deserve mention this season have been kept under the radar for the most part, with many sub-groups over-subbing the said series. Kanon didn’t really get to me as much as Asatte no Houkou did, and although I’ve iterated this quite a number of times already, I still think AnH deserves more discussion than Kanon. I’d like to hear and talk about serious issues rather than hearing a lot of ~UGUUs and ~GAOs – which can be dealt with easier in AnH because the characters themselves are so palpably human. They do not have words that morph into memes overnight; they do not have cute, loli faces that all fall towards the same, decent, average guy – they are simply human: one is depressed having lost a love of yesteryears; one hoped to grew up in advance so that she could avoid being a bane to her brother – problems that plague the regular human being. Don’t we sometimes wish we could be much more help to our parents? When our hearts are broken, are we happy people?

Dealing with issues such as this is what distinguishes AnH from other anime out this season, and I personally am placing it on a pedestal higher than Kanon, no matter how popular it is or how good it seems to be to many people.

13 Responses to “Kanon and Asatte no Houkou”

  1. lolikit Says:

    First slavery and now this? Dude, you’re so incredibly emo.

    The good in Kanon 2006 is a technical good limited only to the execution. Kanon itself- the characters, storyline, and “drama”- is shit. People who don’t know that are in denial. Don’t have a cow about it being so “popular.”

    Furthermore, as you are an anime blogger, it is WELL WITHIN YOUR POWER to decide what people discuss. If you say “Asatte no Houkou”, then your readers will comment saying “Asatte no Houkou” (see? I just proved myself right) and you’ll be ultra-happy, won’t you? There’s no reason to bitch about Kanon getting more attention. Choosing how much attention particular shows receive is the job of the anime blogger.

    This post is more like the long, drawn-out version of something I’d expect to see from some reader of AoMM, commenting on Jason’s Kanon posts.

  2. Ryan A Says:

    The one grief I have about AnH is that it will be only 12 episodes *is sad* Character development and interaction are going well though, the episodes I’ve seen have dramatic heart all over them. I really enjoy the setting as well.

  3. hashihime Says:

    I’m not going to put Kanon down. I enjoyed the first series and expect to enjoy the story this time, too. It is moving, in its own way. One of the best of its genre. Everything from animation to voice acting is very high-quality. The detailed, artistic, humorous animation is quite wonderful.

    But the dramatic art and human relations in Asatte no Houkou are both at a much higher level. And the visual art is at least as good, despite being less detailed. I hope (and expect) that it will maintain the quality it has shown us through three episodes. The find of this season, for sure. For me, that title goes to Bokura ga Ita for the summer, and Simoun for the spring, but I know everyone’s mileage differs.

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