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->''"Do you know the title of this song? It's Canon. Pachelbel's Canon. It repeats the same melody and crescendos gradually, peacefully, and beautifully. It would be nice if life changed like that: slowly but surely, while being seemingly unchanged from day to day."''
->-- '''Sayuri'''

''Kanon'' is a well-known {{eroge}} with a [[BleachedUnderpants clean version]], as well as many, many adaptations. Despite its MultipleDemographicAppeal to girls, it's actually a {{seinen}} series. Besides the VisualNovel, there are two anime adaptations (the 2002 ToeiAnimation one and the 2006 KyotoAnimation one), CD dramas, a manga, a series of light novels, an AlternateContinuity manga called ''Kanon Another Story: Wonder Three'', and a non-canonical gag manga crossing over with ''VisualNovel/{{AIR}}''. The original game was [[NoExportForYou never released outside of Japan]], but a completed English translation patch presently exists courtesy of [[http://radicalr.pestermom.com/vn.html Non-Directional Translations]].

OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent Aizawa Yuuichi used to visit his aunt Minase Akiko and cousin Nayuki in their quiet little town every holiday, but one year something happened and he left for seven years. When he [[NewTransferStudent transfers]] to Nayuki's high school, his memories of that time remain a blur.

Upon his return he encounters a number of mysterious girls from his past who all need his help. {{Bokukko}} taiyaki-thief Ayu searches for a precious lost item she cannot describe. [[EmotionlessGirl Quiet and serious]] Mai hunts demons in the school after dark. The childish {{tsundere}} Makoto suffers from amnesia and has no place to go. The [[IllGirl sickly]] Shiori is estranged from her sister and never present at school. Finally, there's the lonely Nayuki, weighed down by rejection and tragedy.

Yuuichi resolves to help them, but as he gets involved, he discovers that there is far more to the girls than meets the eye. Mystical happenings lie hidden in this strange town, tied to Yuuichi's forgotten past. In dealing with the girls, Yuuichi must face his lost memories. What happened seven years ago, and why can't he remember?

Absolutely not to be confused with this ''[[Manga/KanonByChihoSaito Kanon]]'', a shoujo manga by Chiho Saito, or ''Manga/KOn''. Or the trope {{Canon}}.

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'''This franchise provides examples of:'''

* AbsurdlySharpBlade: Mai's sword. While it wasn't a clean cut, she still breaks a brick wall with it. (Also, when thrown, the sword tends to sink deep into floors, walls, tables, as if they were made of half-melted butter.)
** Yet strangely averted, as it can't even cut ''a banana''. It doesn't affect how it hurts demons, so Mai doesn't really care, but it seems to contradict how the sword sunk into the floor during one of the earlier battles.
* ActionGirl: Mai Kawasumi.
* AdaptationInducedPlotHole: The game shows that, under normal circumstances, ikiryou whose natures are discovered are forgotten and unable to be seen, and even if their natures aren't discovered, they eventually fade from view and memory anyway. None of the adaptations cover this, aside from showing [[spoiler:Ayu asking Yuuichi to forget her and Yuuichi refusing]]. While one can extrapolate that [[spoiler:Yuuichi then wished to ''not'' forget Ayu and thus her miracle protected him (skipping over the part in the game where he does start to forget and then remembers)]], not [[MagicAIsMagicA having the universe rules spelled out]] in ''Kanon'' will then throw you for a loop when you watch ''VisualNovel/{{CLANNAD}}''.
* AloofDarkHairedGirl: Mai is very quiet, inexpressive and difficult to read. Unfortunately, this just leads to her weirding people out.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: "Yuuichi, are you a miracle worker?"
* TheArtifact: Being one of the first [[VisualNovel visual novels]], the game incorporates a calendar system from the older type of "micromanagement hell" [[DatingSim dating sims]]. Everything happens sequentially rather than on any specific date, however.
* AsYouKnow:
--> '''Nayuki''': It's lunchtime, Yuuichi-san!
--> '''Yuuichi''': ''[[LampshadeHanging WHAT!! REALLY?!]]''
* BadassAdorable: Mai.
* BalancedHarem: Even if it is not a case of MarryThemAll in the end, the plot strives to give all five girls roughly equal time and make them all plausible choices for Yuuichi.
* BetaCouple: Kitagawa and Kaori in the 2002 version's OVA episode, [[HookedUpAfterwards where they finally hook up with each other after Kitagawa's efforts]].
* BigNo: In the English dub of the 2006 series, [[spoiler: Yuuichi gives one after Ayu's apparent death. The Japanese version has him [[SayMyName screaming Ayu's name]] instead.]]
* {{Bishonen}}: [[http://images.wikia.com/kanon/images/1/1b/KN2006_Yuuichi.jpg Yuuichi]]
* BleachedUnderpants
* BokeAndTsukkomiRoutine: Played with by Sayuri and Mai.
* {{Bokukko}}: Ayu. Yuuichi even tries to get her to switch [[JapanesePronouns first person pronouns]], but his suggestions just make her uncomfortable and she immediately reverts to her old ways.
* ButtMonkey: Kitagawa in the 2006 anime, big time.
* CastFromLifespan: [[spoiler:Makoto]] is able to become human at the cost of [[spoiler:her memories]] and her life.
* CatchPhrase
** Nayuki's "Faito da yo!" and "Usotsuki!" ("Liar!")
** Shiori's "I dislike people who say things like that."
** Akiko's "Approved."
** Ayu's "Uguu."
** See also VerbalTic, below.
* ChekhovsGun
* ChekhovsGunman: Mishio in Makoto's arc, and in the KyotoAnimation version, all the major girls.
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: Nearly every haremette and Yuuichi, as it's [[ThemedHarem the theme]].
* ChildhoodMemoryDemolitionTeam: Twisted. Both demolitions (the barley field and the tree) were done right after Yuuichi left town as a child, so he barely ''had'' those memories when he returned, and [[spoiler:he didn't really want to remember the tree, either.]]
* ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve: [[spoiler:The comatose Ayu still believed enough in her promise to Yuuichi and the wishes that she made on a simple crane machine doll that she was able to spiritually project herself as a solid living being even seven years later.]]
** Also shows up in a much [[RealityWarpingIsNotAToy darker form]] in [[spoiler: Mai's story. Her unrealized powers lead to the "monsters" she made up to try to keep the young Yuuichi from moving away manifesting as quite real - and quite dangerous.]]
* ClubPresident: Nayuki, of her track team.
* {{The Comically Serious}}: Mai, especially when paired with Sayuri. A brief ImagineSpot from Yuuichi has Sayuri translating Mai's "[[VisibleSilence ...]]" with phrases such as 'shut up' and 'drop dead'.
* CompressedAdaptation: Several short {{manga}} based on the heroines' stories have been made: two normal series that take on the story in two volumes. There is also a five-volume light novel series.
* ConspicuousCG: The duck in the bathtub, despite only appearing two times in the anime.
* ContinuityNod
* ConverseWithTheUnconscious: [[spoiler:Yuuichi]] goes to talk to [[spoiler:Ayu]]'s comatose body after he discovers the truth about her.
* CrashIntoHello: Uguu~mmphff~!
* CrueltyIsTheOnlyOption: In the VisualNovel, Yuuichi will end up with one girl. What happens to the others? [[spoiler: Mostly, they die]]. Thankfully, this is averted in the anime.
* CuteLittleFangs: Makoto. [[spoiler:Also foreshadows her true nature as a fox.]]
* CuttingOffTheBranches: In the visual novel, there are five separate girls with five separate storylines, but Yuuichi/the player is only meant to experience one arc. Playing out the other girls' storylines requires playing the game again. The anime adaptation, however, has four of the five arcs happen sequentially. This results in some confusing characterization. For example:
** Yuuichi develops a close bond with Makoto. [[spoiler:She dies and he's upset,]] but by the next episode, he's back to normal. He has another intense experience with Mai, but once her plot from the visual novel is complete, Mai no longer appears in the show, even though she's presumably still alive and in town. Yuuichi neither mentions nor visits her. Shiori receives the same treatment as Mai; after her arc, she is not mentioned and no longer appears, even though Yuuichi has formed a close friendship with her.
** Once the previous girl's arc has been completed, some of the supporting characters of the previous arc (Amano for Makoto, Sayuri for Mai) also disappear from the show, without any exit for the characters.
** This is all a product of making separate plotlines take place one after the other. The visual novel ends once it reaches a conclusion for one of the girls, and each alternate arc is a replay. For each new arc, Yuuichi is largely written as though he never experienced the previous arc and never bonded with those missing characters. In a replay of a visual novel, where each arc is a separate continuity, this makes sense. In the anime, where each new arc takes place after the previous arc, it's awkward and jarring.
** There's some attempt to patch this: in Episode 23, Yuuichi finally mentions the previous three girls and cries, but it makes little sense that Yuuichi is only upset about them now and didn't spend any more time with the two who were still alive. In Episode 24, all the missing characters return, but their absences remain unexplained.
* DatingSim
* DeadpanSnarker: Yuuichi.
* DebutQueue: In the anime, everyone who counts is present in episode 1... but for most, it's easy to miss.
* DefrostingIceQueen: Makoto.
* DeusExMachina: The anime's ending is a little ''too'' convenient for some.
** Especially the ending, which has the entire cast magically healed. Even by the show's standards, and that's saying something.
* DidIJustSayThatOutLoud: Yuuichi narrates meeting Kaori, which she responds to:
-->'''Yuuichi''': As I turned around, Kaori Misaka was standing there.
-->'''Kaori''': [[LampshadeHanging What are you giving a narration for]]?
* DisappearedDad: Mai and Nayuki live with their mothers, and have since they were little; Nayuki admits that she can't even remember what her father looked like, and Mai's is never mentioned at all.
* DoesNotLikeMen: Sayuri in the game, though not in many adaptations, possibly to avoid the UnfortunateImplications that any subtext with Mai is only because she can't trust men.
* DoggedNiceGuy: Kitagawa.
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:Makoto]]'s route in the original VN. The only bright spot is that Yuuichi and his friend figure that someday they'll get over it... someday.
** There are also two bad endings on [[spoiler: Mai Kawasumi's path]]. Given just the right choices, you can either [[spoiler: get killed by a demon]] or watch her fall apart without [[spoiler: Sayuri's friendship]].
** Luckily, [[spoiler: its averted in the anime, although they repeatedly sucker punch you before you get to the end]].
* DrivenToSuicide: Three characters.
** [[spoiler:Shiori, due to her terminal illness and Kaori's rejection. It doesn't work.]]
** [[spoiler:Sayuri, due to the death of her little brother. It doesn't work either.]]
** [[spoiler:Mai, during the "good" ending. It works, but [[BackFromTheDead she gets better]].]]
* DubInducedPlotHole: Yuuichi's breakdown when talking to Makoto [[spoiler:(the real one)]] near the end of the 2006 anime has him accidentally say "when I was seven" instead of "seven years ago" in the dub. ''Kanon'' may not officially state the characters' ages, but it's clear from context that Yuuichi is seventeen, not fourteen.
* EarlyBirdCameo: [[spoiler:The real Makoto]] briefly appears in the background of a much earlier episode than her actual introduction. [[VisualNovel/{{CLANNAD}} Light orbs]] also explicitly appear to end arcs in the anime.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: Yuuichi has to go through a LOT before the finale in the anime. Expect a lot of [[TearJerker heartbreaking]] [[GutPunch pain]] first, though.
* EasyAmnesia: Memory loss is a theme of the work. The anime expands on it by saying that memory is part of the price you pay for creating a miracle, which is a very workable theory.
** Yuuichi can't remember what happened seven years ago.
** Ayu can't remember what she's looking for, when she lost it, or where it is, but she knows it is important.
** Makoto can't remember anything about herself besides her name and that she has a grudge against Yuuichi.
* EmotionlessGirl: Mai. [[spoiler: At first.]]
* EroticEating: [[http://fabien.li/tvtropes/Kanon_2006_12_18.12.jpg Mai in episode 12]].
* FirstKiss
* {{Foreshadowing}}: A veritable masterclass. Just how cleverly the dialogue is written - ''everything'' said has at least one other layer of significance -- can only be fully appreciated on repeat viewings. The anime adds a little more.
--> '''Ayu''': Why are you standing there?
--> '''Yuuichi''': I'm scared of heights.
--> '''Ayu''': Actually, I'm not good with heights either.
* ForgottenFirstMeeting: Yuuichi knew Ayu as a kid, but he forgot about her [[spoiler:due to TraumaInducedAmnesia after her accident]]. Yuuichi also knew [[spoiler:Mai and (sort of) Makoto]] as a kid, but he doesn't remember them anymore.
* FlowersForAlgernonSyndrome: [[spoiler:Makoto.]]
* FreezeFrameBonus: For just a second in Episode 6, when Yuuichi and Ayu are in the cafe after going to the movies [[spoiler:the adult Makoto can be seen walking by outside the cafe]].
** Also for just a fraction of a second Episode 14, when Yuuichi and Sayuri are in the cafe, [[spoiler:you can see a scar on Sayuri's wrist, hinting at a suicide attempt (mentioned more explicitly in the game)]].
* TheGadfly: Yuuichi, who enjoys annoying his love interests so much that it's nearly his defining character trait.
* GenerationXerox: Akiko and her daughter Nayuki. Akiko sleeps less and runs less, but they look almost the same, have very similar [[MessianicArchetype personalities]], and even crack the same jokes.
* GenericCuteness: The show is so heavily loaded with {{moe}} characters, it's just about impossible to guess which ones are intended to be attractive in-universe (Leads to InformedAttractiveness). That said, the non-speaking and one-or-two-line characters look even ''more'' generic -- almost interchangeable -- yet they're far less cute than the major characters.
* GenkiGirl: Ayu. The other characters even keep [[DiscussedTrope commenting]] on how "genki" she is.
* TheGlomp: Ayu tends to combine this with a running tackle. Leads to a CrashIntoHello OnceAnEpisode.
* GoOutWithASmile: [[spoiler:Poor Makoto after her "wedding" with Yuuichi, making him possibly the youngest "widower" in romantic anime.]]
* GratuitousGerman / ForeignLanguageTitle: The title of the franchise is taken from PachelbelsCanon (''Kanon in D-dur''), which figures periodically in the 2006 {{anime}}. Alas, the franchise gets the meaning of the word "canon" all wrong. The confusion derives from the fact that Pachelbel's Canon happens to be both a canon and a {{passacaglia}} (or a ground base, which is more or less the same thing). Passacaglia is the forerunner of the {{theme and variations}}, and that, rather than a canon, is the basic musical form the franchise is loosely organized around. Four of the five paths in the original VisualNovel have links both to Yuuichi's forgotten past seven years ago and his childhood promises from then, along with supernatural elements, and a girl who needs his help (and love). Each girl, and the path she represents, is a variation on a theme. By contrast, a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canon_%28music%29 canon]] need not have the structure of a theme and variations; it fact, it seldom does. Rather, a canon is a musical form defined by its use of ''exclusively'' strictly imitative counterpoint (in contradistinction to a fugue, which employs both strictly imitative and freely imitative counterpoint) -- although said "strict imitation" can nevertheless run backward or upside-down or any of dozens of other complex tricks, so long as the pattern of intervals remains unchanged.
** On the other hand, would anyone have played the VisualNovel or watched the anime if it had been burdened with a name like ''Passacaglia''?
** [[Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro Yes]], but only after making the connection above.
** One possibility is that the title is an abbreviated reference to PachelbelsCanon in particular, rather than canons in general.
* HeadPet: Pirozhki
* HeavySleeper: Nayuki. The VisualNovel explains the psychological reasons behind her behavior. This leads to some amusing [[NonSequiturThud non-thudding non-sequiturs]] delivered in her barely-ambulatory state.
* IdiotsCannotCatchColds: In the 2006 version, after Yuichi and Ayu are done [[spoiler: visiting Mai]] at the hospital they bump into Shiori on their way out. She asks them if they're there because they have colds too, and Yuichi invokes his own twist on this trope by telling Shiori that, "Uguu never gets sick." The English dub renders his adage as, "An Uguu a day keeps the doctor away." Ayu is not amused in either language.
* IllGirl: Shiori. Later, others as well.
* InformedAttractiveness: Necessary, on occasion, because of the extreme GenericCuteness and overall {{moe}}-level of every female character with more than a few speaking lines.
* InnerMonologue: In the original game.
* ItsAllMyFault: Several, but the most dramatic would be Nayuki after [[spoiler:Akiko gets hit by a car]].
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Nayuki.
** [[spoiler:This trope is implied to be the third wish that Ayu wished for while in a coma, the miracle that managed to save everyone that Yuuichi cared about. Yuuichi discusses it at length with Shiori in the [=KyoAni=] anime.]]
--> [[spoiler:'''Shiori''']]: [[spoiler:I don't know what exactly she wished for, but maybe, 'I want my dearest person to always be smiling'. Maybe it was a wish like that.]]
* {{Jerkass}}: Kuze from the student council; even ''moreso'' in the original game than in the 2006 anime.
* JerkassFacade: [[spoiler: Kaori counts as this when Shiori is involved, ''especially'' in the anime]].
* {{Kidanova}}: Yuuichi's harem is established when he's ''ten''. Which may be the universe's advance payment [[spoiler: on the future tragedies that befall them]].
* KissingCousins: The Nayuki option.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Happens to a lot of characters, all for reasons relating to the town's miracles and the tragedy seven years ago.
* LastEpisodeNewCharacter: The Toei version of Mishio.
* [[spoiler: LastGirlWins: In the 2006 KyotoAnimation version, all of Yuuichi's important romantic options are introduced -- or at least ''glimpsed'' -- in the first episode. But the episode ''ends'' with Yuuichi and Ayu together. Ayu is also the First Girl, the Last Girl, and the closest thing to a protagonist in both the opening and closing credits. See also FirstGirlWins.]]
* LateForSchool: Nayuki became the track team captain because her [[HeavySleeper sleeping habits]] trained her to run quickly to school.
* LethalChef: [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] in the case of Akiko, an otherwise ''marvelous'' cook who nevertheless makes something as '''monstrously revolting''' as "that jam".
** Ayu's first cooking attempts can't even be eaten for the sake of politeness -- they're so badly burned they'd break teeth, even her ''toast''. Eventually Akiko and Nayuki teach her how to cook.
* LimitedWardrobe
* LookBothWays: [[spoiler:Akiko]] is hit by an SUV, [[spoiler:but survives thanks to Ayu's miracle]].
** That totally wasn't her fault, though, since the driver that hit her was apparently an idiot who can't tell the difference between red light and green light.
** Trope relevant to {{anime}} only: In the VisualNovel, the driver lost control going around a curve, rather than not recognizing a traffic light. [[spoiler:Akiko]] simply had the unfortunate luck to be on the sidewalk at the wrong place and time.
* MagicSkirt: Mai [[spoiler:when she jumps off the school building to defend Yuuichi from the "last demon"]]
* MeetCute: Yuuichi meets almost every available girl in an odd manner. To wit:
** Ayu literally [[CrashIntoHello runs into Yuuichi]] before dragging him off with her, an irate taiyaki vendor in hot pursuit.
** Shiori meets Yuuichi after Ayu faceplants into a tree and said tree drops its snow on her.
** Yuuichi meets Mai and Sayuri when Nayuki [[CrashIntoHello tumbles down the stairs into them]].
** Makoto first appears punching Yuuichi for a slight he committed that neither of them can even recall.
** Nayuki, the First Girl, is a tamer example of MeetCute -- but even she arrives two hours late to meet Yuuichi at the train station. Outside, on a bench. In a snowstorm. Of course, they already know each other, being first cousins. [[spoiler: Then again, Yuuichi already knows most of the other girls from ten years earlier, anyway. But he's forgotten them.]]
* MementoMacGuffin: Ayu's hairband.
** [[GratuitousJapanese Translator's Note: Kawaii means cute]]
* MobileShrubbery: In Makoto's first appearance in the 2002 anime, she stalks Yuuichi in a [[Franchise/MetalGear Cardboard Box]].
* MoodWhiplash: The ending theme of Kanon 2006 is an upbeat pop song that can create some mood whiplash when it starts playing after an especially sad or dramatic episode.
* MrFanservice: Yuuichi, depending on your view.
* MusicalSpoiler: If you check the track list, Makoto's theme is called "The Fox and the Grapes". This references the fable of the same name and shows that [[spoiler:Makoto's spite towards Yuuichi was only because she couldn't stay with him when they were younger, just like the fox in the story only spited the grapes because he couldn't reach them.]] On a simpler level, it also shows [[spoiler:that she's a fox]].
* NewGamePlus: Replaying Mai's route in the VN allows you to see Sayuri's mini-route.
* NewTransferStudent: Yuuichi. Many students are disappointed to see that he isn't a cute girl.
* NotAMorningPerson: Nayuki
* NotQuiteDead: [[spoiler:Shiori and Ayu.]]
* NotSoWeak: Mai. Obviously, she's a demon-killing badass in her own way, but she's also very selfless. Hell, she lets a dog try and eat her hand after it was attacking people because she had nothing to feed the thing. See also: Constant abuse from student council, [[UngratefulBastard other students]] and teachers.
* OnceAnEpisode: Ayu runs into Yuuichi. This ''doesn't'', however, happen at the end of the arcs of all the other girls, but there's a reason for that.
* ParentalAbandonment: Ayu's father and stepmother are said to be out of town, and she can't reach them. Yuuichi's parents are out of the country, and Makoto's amnesiac and can't find her parents, [[spoiler:if she ''has'' any]].
* ParentalSubstitute: Akiko. If you're homeless girl who needs a roof over her head and 3 square meals a day, just ask and you'll have an instant family of your own, no background check of your shady past needed. She goes as far as [[spoiler: to say "Come play with Mommy" to Makoto as the latter begins to lose her memories]].
* PerfectHealth: Shiori initially [[HandWave Hand Waves]] her skipping of classes and lack of energy as "a cold." While this excuse rapidly wears thin, the [[TheReveal heartbreaking revelation]] is somewhat spoiled by the audience being well aware it could only be a fatal condition.
* PinkySwear: Yuuichi and Ayu's relationship is marked by several of these.
* ThePollyanna: Ayu.
* PostEpisodeTrailer
* PrettyFreeloaders: Makoto starts out as a PrettyFreeloader before becoming an Unwanted Haremette. And Akiko, who is not one of the available girls but the mother, lets the girls have the run of the house and talks Yuuichi into helping them out when he doesn't want to; the only thing keeping her from qualifying is that she's the one that technically heads the house.
* ReallyDeadMontage: [[spoiler: Except that she's not.]]
* RealMenHateSugar: Yuuichi openly expresses that he hates sweets, and is delighted that Akiko's "special jam" does not taste sweet... until [[GargleBlaster he tasted]] [[LethalChef the jam in question...]]
* RetGone: In Ayu's route in the game, [[spoiler:everybody forgets the ikiryou Ayu when she disappears]], just like [[VisualNovel/{{CLANNAD}} Fuuko]].
* RomanticTwoGirlFriendship: Mai and Sayuri.
* SayMyName: [[spoiler:"AYU!" near the end of her arc, and "MAKOTO!" in Toei's adaptation of hers.]]
* SceneryPorn: The KyotoAnimation version.
* ScrewballSerum: Akiko's "''special jam''" is so infamous that Yuuichi and Nayuki beat a hasty exit everytime somone is about to try it.
* SecondYearProtagonist
* ShoutOut: In the 2006 [[AnimeOfTheGame anime]], lots of them, mostly to other KyotoAnimation shows. The first few episodes are riddled with {{Shout Out}}s to ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya' that depend for their humor on having [[Creator/TomokazuSugita the same seiyuu]] playing both Yuuichi and Kyon.
** Every so often in the 2006 version you can see a bus drive by with a peach juice drink logo on the side, this is a shout out to ''VisualNovel/{{Air}}'' since the drink depicted is Misuzu's favorite. There's also a trolley with an ad for Nagamori (the surname of one of the heroines of [[OneKagayakuKisetsuE ONE]]) Milk.
** There's another Shout-Out to [[OneKagayakuKisetsuE ONE]] episode 17, with [[{{Expy}} Expies]] of Akane and Rumi visible in the background during the cafeteria scenes.
** Also in the 2006 anime, Yuuichi wears a ''{{Lost}}'' shirt briefly in the last episode.
** The last episode of the 2002 anime has Kitagawa wearing a shirt with VisualNovel/{{Clannad}} written on it - sort of an EarlyBirdCameo, since the game didn't come out until 2004.
** To Disney's Disney/SleepingBeauty, of all things, in episode 12 of the 2006 anime - an orchestral version of "Once Upon a Dream" plays when Yuuichi sees Mai in her ballgown, and again during their DanceOfRomance.
* SittingOnTheRoof: Yuuichi goes up on the roof to talk to Mishio.
* SnowMeansDeath: The 2006 version of Kanon has Yuuichi searching for Ayu in a raging blizzard, then giving up and waiting for death. There's also the LookBothWays incident, which was made more dramatic with the scene of red mixed in the snow. And when [[spoiler:Makoto]] dies, a previously completely green area was instantly covered in snow.
* SnowMeansLove: ''Kanon'' is the ultimate SnowMeansLove series (and the inspiration for Sad Girl In Snow before it was merged with FragileFlower) and one of the few works of KeyVisualArts with a happy ending. Oddly enough, Yuuichi himself hates snow. [[DownerEnding Of course,]] [[TearJerker he probably]] [[{{Utsuge}} has good reasons]] [[ThereAreNoTherapists for that.]]
* [[spoiler:SoapOperaDisease: Shiori.]]
* SoapWheel
* SomethingSomethingLeonardBernstein: The English rap segment of the ending. Something something something EVERYBODY AND THEIR MAMA KNOW I GOT IT GOIN' ON! Somewhat out of place.
* SpoilerOpening: Game and second anime.
* StepfordSmiler: [[spoiler:Sayuri]], and she admits it freely if questioned about her odd habits.
* SupernaturalFiction
* SwissArmyTears: Deconstructed in one route. [[spoiler:Mai Kawasumi]] cures her mother with her tears, and people eventually learn that her tears have the ability to rejuvenate anything, even after it has died. Unfortunately, since she's living in a modern setting, she gets swept up in a media circus that publicizes her powers, gets persecuted by the people around her for being different, and is eventually forced to leave her town.
* ThemedHarem: Childhood friends, with Shiori the odd one out.
* ThereAreNoTherapists: The girls' mental health thrives on Yuuichi helping them to discover their own strength, and ''just'' Yuuichi. Then again, a school nurse wouldn't help Mai if they had one because the administration hates her, Nayuki's [[spoiler:main source of support, her mother Akiko, is hospitalized at the exact time that she needs her the most]], Makoto's [[spoiler:an animal in human form]], Ayu's [[spoiler:an astral projection]], and Shiori isn't even supposed to be out.
* ThirdPersonPerson: Both Sayuri and Makoto.
** When doing a narration, oddly enough, Sayuri uses '[[JapanesePronouns Jibun]]' and drops her cutesy voice.
* ThreesomeSubtext: Yuuichi/Mai/Sayuri. All three relationships are emphasised to be strong, they spend much of Mai's route all together, and near the end there is an extended sequence where Yuuichi imagines the three of them all living in the same house together and being incredibly domestic with one another.
* TitleDrop: The above page quote.
* TomatoSurprise: The true natures of both Makoto and the demons Mai is trying to kill are pretty big tomatoes by themselves, but the author pulls this ''twice'' in fairly-rapid succession with Ayu: [[spoiler: 1) when Yuuichi first remembers her falling from the tree, and then 2) when Akiko tells him he's mistaken -- she's not dead, just in a coma.]]
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Nayuki and Ayu as rival love interests and [[RomanticTwoGirlFriendship Mai and Sayuri]] as friends.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Ayu's taiyaki, Makoto's nikuman, Nayuki's strawberry sweets (especially sundaes), Mai's gyuudon, and Shiori's vanilla ice cream.
* {{Tricksters}}: Yuuichi and Makoto bring this out in each other. Makoto nearly always gets the worse end of the deal; for all her effort, she's not all that skilled at trickery. Ironic, since she was actually [[spoiler: a fox before a wish turned her into a human. (It's also quite likely she loses, at least in part, because she's in love with Yuuichi and what she really wants is to ''play'' with him, rather than actually defeat him. In fact, her whole reason for becoming human was to return to his side and spend time with him before her death.)]] See also {{Troll}}.
* {{Troll}}: Yuuichi really seems to enjoy the reactions his [[DeadpanSnarker snarky comments]] and strange explanations get. It helps that the girls are generally very gullible, but they start to catch on somewhat.
* {{Tsundere}}: Makoto.
* UnbuiltTrope: One of the first games that used the plotline of "guy meets a number of very troubled girls and solves all their problems (or just the one you picked) while they all (or the one you picked) fall in love with him". HaremSeries meets IntimatePsychotherapy as described above is now dirt common. Thing is, though, in all but one route of ''Kanon'' comes the AwfulTruth that [[spoiler:Yuuichi ''caused'' the girl's problems and screwed up her life unintentionally for the past seven years. Less "I'll solve your life issues and then you can date me" and more cleaning up your own mess.]]
* {{Utsuge}}
* UnstoppableRage: ''Don't'' hurt Sayuri when Mai's there to see it.
* VerbalTic: Ayu's "''uguu''", Makoto's "''auu''", Nayuki's "nyuu" when she's sleepy, Mai's "...", Sayuri's "hoe" and "ahaha".
** Ayu's immaturity and repeated usage of the tic "uguu~" are all justified by the fact that [[spoiler:she's basically still ten-year old Ayu Tsukimiya being projected by her comatose self.]]
* WhatTheHellHero: Some of the choices in the game lead Yuuichi to do some really nasty things to the girls that only serve to make him look like an utter asshole. One notable example being stomping Ayu's taiyaki bag into the snow.
** Appropriately enough, Yuuichi gives Makoto a major one after she drops Piro off the bridge.
* AWildRapperAppears: The album version of the ending theme.
* WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief: In the anime, since they have 5 characters to go through in 24 episodes which sums up around 3-5 episodes per girl, post deduction of the exposition; that means the plot for each arc / route has to advance ''quickly''; which enforces AssPull characters or motives to appear without any explanation or proper legitimization to advance the plot. But the viewer is willing to avert one's gaze away specifically because of the limited number of episodes. The prime example of this would be the fact the protagonist goes one love interest after the other in such a short time.
* WorldHealingWave
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'''''Kanon Another Story: Wonder Three'' provides examples of:'''
* AdaptationDyeJob: Kaori's hair is now orange.
* AscendedExtra: Jun Kitagawa is one of the most prominent characters in the manga.
* BetaCouple: Not Kitagawa and Kaori, but Kitagawa and ''Shiori''.
* {{BFS}}: Mai's sword.
* BigBrotherAttraction: Ayu calls Yuuichi "oniichan", despite their being the same age. This appears to be to shock readers used to an Ayu ending in every adaptation into realizing that, hey, this ain't the ''Kanon'' they're used to.
* BlandNameProduct: "[=McBonald's=]".
* ByronicHero: This version's Yuuichi barely has any good points.
* DemotedToExtra: Makoto gets one mention. That's it.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Everyone whose personality is markedly different gets one. Yuuichi starts a snark war with Nayuki that goes far past any other Yuuichi's limits to how rude he can be, and Nayuki is just as rude ''back''. And Shiori? Shiori wraps a rock in her shawl, tosses it at Yuuichi and Kitagawa, and blames it on the wind.
* ForWantOfANail: What if Yuuichi remembered Ayu right away?
* [[IHaveNoSon I Have No Younger Sister]]: In this version, [[spoiler:Nayuki actually knows from the start that Kaori and Shiori are sisters and says so even when Kaori's denying it to her face]], which makes the relationship dynamics somewhat more messed up than usual.
* LoveTriangle: Nayuki insinuates that a Type 4 is going on between Sayuri, Mai, and Yuuichi. Whether Sayuri actually does love Mai is up for debate, but the mangaka probably knew the pairing's popularity.
* OffModel: Say what you want about Key's own art style, but ''this'' takes getting used to.
* PromotedToLoveInterest: Unlike every other adaptation, instead of picking Ayu or Nayuki, Yuuichi ends up with Mai.
* RapunzelHair: Kaori's hair, aside from being a different colour, is now past her hips. She barely looks anything like Shiori.
* SecretKeeper: Akiko, as usual, but she's more overt about it here.
* SicklyNeuroticGeek: Shiori. Car fanatic, technological wizard, and might not even really be terminally ill in this version.
* SnarkKnight: Nayuki, of all people.
* SpoiledSweet: Shiori; she even acts up-front about her illness instead of hiding it because she's used to people treating her better if they know she's dying, but she's still one of the nicest people around. (Okay, in a manga where Minase Nayuki is a complete jerk, "nicest" is relative...)
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"Promise me?"

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