[[caption-width-right:300:Thank goodness she has the violin, everything else in her life is a mess.]]

Shoujo mangaka Creator/ChihoSaito is best known as the creator of the manga versions of ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena''. This series, ''Kanon'' (花音 in Japanese), is her next best known work, having won the 42nd Shogakukan Manga Award for shoujo in 1997; in fact, it's part of what influenced ''Utena'' director Creator/KunihikoIkuhara to invite Saito-sensei to join [=Be-PaPas=]. It predates and foreshadows many of the themes and trends in ''Utena'', sometimes to the point where one wonders if certain ideas and scenes from ''Kanon'' were simply recycled in order to make whole segments of the famous shoujo mindscrew.

Kanon Hayashi is an 18-year-old Japanese girl with a wild, freedom-loving spirit, who has an amazing talent for playing the violin. She lives in Mongolia with her mother. The two have lived there, a simple life among shepherds, for as long as Kanon can remember.

Kanon's mother dies from serious injuries, but leaves her the knowledge that her Japanese father is alive and is a famous musician. (She's unable to reveal his name, unfortunately.) Along with Tendou Kawahara, a young composer who had been visiting Mongolia for inspiration, Kanon travels to Tokyo in search of her [[MysteriousParent mysterious father]]. She meets by chance Gen Mikami, genius composer and director of a boarding music school, who is impressed by Kanon's gift for music. He decides to help her find her father and teaches her violin to bring her talent out. Kanon eventually falls in love with handsome 30-something Mikami, and he returns her feelings. They start a torrid romantic/sexual affair...

... and then, in a twist that shows well Saito's love for breaking taboos, they find that [[ParentalIncest Mikami is actually Kanon's father]].

''Kanon'' was serialised in Shogakukan's "Petit Comic" magazine from 1995 to 1997, and was collected into six paper volumes for its initial release and three volumes for its later ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bunkobon bunko]]'' rerelease. The series was translated and published with great success in several countries, including Italy, France and Spain, but has never had an official English-language release.

Absolutely not to be confused with the other well-known ''VisualNovel/{{Kanon}}'' (カノン in Japanese), a {{seinen}} VisualNovel and anime.
!!This manga provides examples of:

* {{Backstory}}: Most of the cast.
* {{Bishonen}}: Lots of them.
* ChickMagnet: Gen, who is also [[TheCasanova something of a playboy]].
* ChildProdigy: Kanon learned to play as a little girl ''and'' without real training.
* ConvenientlyAnOrphan: Kanon's mom dies, setting everything in motion.
* DepravedHomosexual: Sachio Kajiwara comes close.
* DistantFinale
* FlowerMotifs: Including gratuitious roses during at least one performance.
* HarmlessVillain: Kajiwara and his cronies.
* HeroicBSOD: Kanon has a severe one when she finds out her father's true identity.
* HopelessSuitor: Tendou Kawahara for Kanon.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Kawahara in the end.
* LoopholeAbuse: No rule says a newbie can't join a high-level music competition, or so it would seem.
* LoveBubbles: Typical in a shoujo manga.
* MysteriousParent: Kanon's dad.
* OneJudgeToRuleThemAll: Kajiwara during the "In Memory of Aoyama" piano competition.
* OppositesAttract: Gen and Kanon.
* ParentalAbandonment: Subverted. They all think Kanon's father abandoned her family; in the end they find it wasn't like that.
* ParentalIncest: Gen and Kanon.
* TheRival: Tendou Kawahara feels this way toward Gen. They eventually become romantic rivals as well.
* SeriousBusiness: Music!
* SlapSlapKiss: Gen and Kanon, a lot.
* StraightGay: Kajiwara.
* StereotypeGay: Kajiwara's boyfriend.
* SurpriseIncest
* TeenGenius: Kanon is a natural-born genius when it comes to music.
* TimeToUnlockMoreTruePotential: Happens a couple of times with Kanon's musical skill. Especially true when she turns out to be, not only a violin prodigy, but a piano genius as well.
* {{Tsundere}}: Gen frequently acts as a male version.
* TwinSwitch / [[spoiler:DeadPersonImpersonation]]: Sawa.
* TwoTeacherSchool: Gen's academy — which, since we are on the subject, is in many ways surprisingly similar to Ohtori Gakuen in ''[[Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena Utena]]''.
* UnwantedHarem: Kanon has several men competing for her.
* {{Yandere}}: Maria, Gen's fiancée (later wife), does ''not'' take it well when she finds out about his affair with [[IBangedYourMom her own mother]].