Kanokon is a 2005 Light Novel-turned-Manga and, in 2008, an Anime. It revolves around young exchange student Kôta Oyamada, who starts at a new school, only to be approached by the most attractive girl on campus almost immediately. Chizuru Minamoto lures him to an empty classroom and immediately attempts to force herself on him, only stopped by the appearance of her ears and tail.Yes, ears and tail — Chizuru is, in reality, a 400 year-old kitsune who's going to school to learn about the modern world. Attracted to Kôta because of his childish innocence and scent of the countryside on him, she spends her days attempting to seduce him in more and more over the top ways. Later, other non-humans show up, including a wolf-spirit named Nozomu, who immediately attempts to beat Chizuru at her own game, several assassins, a teacher or two, etc. Meanwhile, poor Kôta has to put up with having the extremely busty Chizuru and the small and cute Nozomu, each competing to find more and more ways to take his virginity.The series later got a two-part OVA taking place in the summer months, as well as a wide variety of fanservicey extras on the DVDs.Compare with Mamoru-kun ni Megami no Shukufuku wo!.This page is only about the light novel and manga versions.
Kôta get nailed with a metal trash can. To be fair, Chizuru meant to throw it at Nozomu who was clinging to him at the time, but she managed to dodge it.
Also, Tayura is on the receiving end of a lot of Chizuru's attacks.
Accidental Misnaming: Kôta gains the name "Great Erotic King" due to his classmates misunderstanding the situations he ends up in. Amusingly in the manga, when Nozomu leaves his classmates apologize for calling him that, since she left citing that Kôta would only ever really love Chizuru. The next page, When Nozomu comes back, saying she's going to be his mistress in a threesome with him and Chizuru, they give up and go back to calling him that again. Apparently this is a form of foreshadowing, as recent developments in the manga from Saku hint that Kôta was some form of king.
Accidental Pervert: Kôta, a.k.a. "The Great Erotic King". Pretty much how he got the nickname.
The Alcatraz: Surprisingly enough, Kôta's school: in chapter 8 of the manga, the scary Knight Templar-like, wooden sword wielding teacher Yatsuka points out the school Kôta's going for is an inverted Extranormal Institute — it exists as a school for yôkai having difficulty learning to adapt to human society to be imprisoned at until they learn how to fit in. And if they mess up school life they go to the actually prison for demons. The school is more of baby Alcatraz.
Artificial Human: Minori is revealed to be a partially succesful attempt to create a vessel for Sunsanoo. Kôta was the successful vessel.
Big Bad: Minori Mitama, who called Kôta "onii-chan" and can perform a Fusion Dance with her servant to transform into a male bat-winged demon, appears to be this, although she is only a pawn for the Eight Houses of Kuzunoha's leader, Shiki Mitama.
Token Good Teammate: Despite being the head of the Eighth House of Kuzunoha, Natsumi Tataraya equips Kouta with armour and weapons to rescue Chizuru.
Bi the Way: In Chapter 34, the ninja twins ask permission to suck on Chizuru's breasts. She makes noises of enjoyment and comments, "It's been a while... since a girl did this to me..." Then Kôta asks, "Been a while!?" and she laughs a bit nervously.
Nozomu is unopposed to threesomes as long as they involve Kôta, and engages in one with him and Natsumi Tataraya in Chapter 45.
Black Comedy Rape: Many, many times (basically the plot of the anime), although Kôta isn't entirely unwilling, and it's usually not played up as seriously as it could be. Chizuru's constant, aggressive attention labels Kôta as a huge pervert at school: at one point, Chizuru decides to have sex with him in the middle of the street and takes off her clothes, only to have her barrier shattered. She goes furthest on the last episode: tired of waiting for a confession, she abducts and sets out to rape him in an empty classroom, while the helpless, almost-crying Kôta covers his face and begs her to stop (which she does at the last minute, when his rejection finally hits home). She means well; she just doesn't know the meaning of restraint.
Body Sushi: Chizuru gets into a body-sized sushi boat naked in attempt to hit on Kôta.
Boobs of Steel: Chizuru's a very powerful yôkai, as well as a very busty one. These attributes are definitely related. The plotline of episodes 9 and 10 is the sealing of her power and her attempts to regain them. More importantly, Chizuru barely notices her powers being gone the entire time — it's the sudden lack of cleavage she's utterly freaked out by.
Taken very literally in the still image of the 'Boob Crusader'.
Bonus Episode: Wherein the producers decided to turn the Fanservice-o-Meter's dial Up to Eleven and beat you in the head with it.
Boundand Gagged: Happens enough to the girls on this show. Played for laughs (and fetish fuel) mostly.
Chocolate of Romance: In an OVA DVD, Chizuru is trying to figure out what kind of chocolate to get for Kouta for Valentines day, her various ideas being a chocolate bar wedged inbetween her breasts, chocolate molds of her breasts, and finally, a chocolate bikini, which Kouta is to eat off of her. She just ends up giving him a traditional box of chocolates.
Compulsory School Age: Almost all yôkai are more than a hundred years old. Then again, they certainly do not behave as such...
Defeat Means Friendship: After the ninja twin's various attempts to get rid of Chizuru fail, they get invited to dinner with the main cast. Also subverted in that the main cast has no idea they're responsible for the current trouble.
Disproportionate Retribution: Usually on Kôta, sometimes Tayura. It seems that Kôta gets blamed and subsequent flak for alleged molestation even though Chizuru and Nozomu are the ones who initiate it, and usually prevent him from being able to escape by mounting top of him, or pinning him down with a hug.
Does This Remind You of Anything?: Mio, a frog-spirit, has oils that are basically a cure-all. Several times Chizuru and others need her to give up some. How do they do so? Get her to dress in a School Swimsuit and squat in a old metal tub until they... get their oil. Actually a reference to a Japanese old-wives' tale (Akira Kurosawa mentions it in his autobiography). There was indeed a frog whose secretions were used as medicine, and the best way anyone had found to get the stuff was to put the frog in a box with mirrors on all sides; as the theory went, the embarrassment and horror of seeing its own reflection would cause it to perspire profusely.
Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: In the manga, it is averted. Kôta admits that he likes Chizuru and is not above doing perverted things with her in private, although he does need some coaxing.
Emergency Transformation: In a pinch, Kôta and Chizuru can merge, turning Kôta into a male kitsune with absurd power, temporarily. Fortunately, it's not permanent. Although Kôta is gaining kitsune powers while human, which leads Chizuru so think that their merging will eventually turn him into a yôkai.
It turns out that the "kitsune" powers Kôta manifests are actually those of the Yamata no Orochi, which is why his tails tend to appear as serpentine heads.
Emotionless Girl: Nozomu, although she does seem quite capable of love and lust. In the manga, which shows her alone at times, it reveals that she isn't emotionless — but only when she's in her yôkai form. Or when she's alone. Or maybe her emotions cause her yôkai form to pop out. Or... something.
Erotic Eating: Chizuru and Nozomu. You can probably already guess how and why.
FANSERVICE: Take a drink every time you see a fanservice shot.
Or don't. Your liver would probably appreciate it.
Flash Step: Kôta can move with inhuman speed when necessary to dodge Chizuru's more overt advances. The way she'll attempt a Marshmallow Hell Attack on him, only to grab thin air as he instantly appears behind her, is strangely reminescent of Dragon Ball Z-style combat...
Fusion Dance: If a yôkai and human are willing, they can temporarily fuse...mostly for fireball-throwing. Strangely enough, this is insinuated to require a deep emotional bond between the two, whereas Kôta and Chizuru can do it almost immediately upon meeting each other.
Horny Youkai: Horny doesn't begin to describe Chizuru. And judging by her reputation, her mother seems even worse, which is saying a lot.
Hot Mom: Chizuru's (adoptive) mother. My, what a foxy lady... It's revealed in the manga that Chizuru's mom, Tamamo, is actually the basis for the many legendary Kitsune, or Nine-Tailed Fox legends in Asian culture (specifically Tamamo no Mae).
Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Each title is phrased so it sounds like a come-on or sexual innuendo of some kind, albeit one hinting at what happens in the episode.
The Jailer: Yatsuka-sensei and the job of the other yôkai is to make sure the nonhuman students stay put and don't break the Masquerade until they've figured out how to fit in with humans.
Late for School: Subverted with Nozomu acting out this and the New Transfer Student trope, even though she technically joined in the previous episode. Doubly subverted as she continues speaking in her monotone voice and ignores what Kôta is saying, in lieu of responding with her half of the trope regardlessly, all while kidnapping Kôta from Chizuru.
Lethal Chef: Chizuru. She hilariously captures some students, ties them up, and forces them to taste test some food for her. Interestingly, while the three female students pass out, apparently the two ninja girls enjoy the food.
Subverted in the beach chapters: Tamamo is skilled enough in cooking but for some obscure reason she tries very hard to make the dishes of her beach shop tasteless.
Nozomu doesn't seem to be much of a cook either, as Kôta passes out after eating hers and Chizuru's.
Love at First Sight: Chizuru claims this about Kôta. Saku, and other events, suggest something less simple and idealistic is behind their swift connection. In the manga it is also suggested that Kôta's hidden power or something else super natural may have something to do with this.
Love Triangle: Nozomu is in love with Kôta, Chizuru is in love with Kôta, and Kôta, while truly in love with Chizuru, would much rather get his homework done and not be forever stigmatized as a huge pervert, thanks. Kôta doesn't like to rush things and would rather not be so affectionate in public places as Chizuru would like. Nozomu is straight up told by him at one point in the manga that Chiziuru is who he likes, but this doesn't stop her from trying to gain his affections afterward.
Lovable Sex Maniac: Chizuru's a rare female example of this trope. In addition, Nozomu's quite willing to join in if it means outfoxing Chizuru. Her lust is supported by Japanese mythology though, where fox yôkai were noted for, among other things, their beauty and desire to seduce humans. Chizuru of course reserves all of her sex mania for Kôta. Being a centuries old virgin probably adds to her sexual frustrations.
Kôta actually gets into this too. In chapter 41, after trying to deprive himself of ecchi behavior to study for a test, saw a girl grab Chizuru's breasts and... well... see for yourself. And because he didn't get enough sexy time, he started generating a mighty aura that knocked out all the males around the school and managed to make every girl in the school want his body.
Magic Skirt: Averted, most notably in a particular scene with Ai and Ren.
Marry Them All: The manga starting in the middle of volume 3. Although Kôta at first asks Chizuru to become his wife, Nozomu later becomes Kôta's mistress, what's more Chizuru no longer seems to be bothered and Kôta seems to be all for a threesome.
Marshmallow Hell: Within the first five minutes, no less! Chizuru even lampshades this by demanding Kôta beg to be spoiled when she does it after a certain point. As the series goes on it actually becomes Marshmallow Heaven for Kôta and, believe it or not, makes for a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming or two when she uses it to relieve him from his stress. To the point that in chapter 41, one week after he decided not to do anything sexual with Chizuru until the exams, he jumps with a mad expression and bloodshot eyes when he's teased a bit too much with Chizuru's breasts. Yes, he's literally addicted to them!
The Masquerade: There are enough non-humans in Kôta's school to fill up most of a classroom at least, but they are all masquerading in plain sight. One even graduates, only to turn around and re-enter the school as a Freshman again next year. Shown beyond a doubt in episode 10, when they all shapechange to defend the school. Even more obvious in the manga, where it's pointed out the school is a Boarding School for delinquent yôkai.
Megaton Punch: Tayura is on the receiving end of these a lot, usually from Chizuru.
Naked People Are Funny: Scene getting boring? No worries, because Chizuru will probably strip soon, just in time for Kôta to get blamed for it. Unless he doesn't, in which case Nozomu will show up, already naked, right afterwards.
Kôta starts out completely unwilling to join in with Chizuru's (and Nozomu's) antics, but has faltered a few times — once, when she conned him into spanking her, and enough times with her Marshmallow Hell routine that she and him now have a pet word for it, asking to be "spoiled". Kôta is reluctant to initiate things and doesn't want it done in public, but otherwise he is surprisingly willing for a character of his type. At least twice he is mentally telling himself he is about to have sex with Chizuru only for the pair to be interrupted. At one point in the manga, Kôta says specifically that he doesn't want to go all the way only because he wants to wait until they are married and wants to graduate before that happens so he can be a worthy husband for Chiruzu.
In the manga, this is Nozomu's defining character trait... Sort of. She constantly, constantly berates and complains about how Chizuru (and, to a lesser extent, Kôta) acts... but all the while she's complaining, she's also joining in and showing that she's at least as, if not even more, perverted as Chizuru. For example, in Chapter 28, she accuses Chizuru and Kôta of smelling like two animals in heat (as a Wolf youkai, she has an enhanced sense of smell) when she interrupts them during a heavy petting session in the bathtub... only to strip naked and go even farther than Chizuru was going (rather openly getting Kôta to perform oral sex on her, when Chizuru was only rubbing up against him).
One-Hit Kill: In the surprisingly well done action sequences, Kitsune Kouta often does this.
Ordinary High School Student: Kôta, weird nickname and weirder girlfriends notwithstanding. Although several of the other students are quick to point out there has to be something special about him to be able to merge with Chizuru so readily, to say nothing about the absurdly powerful foxfires they can create together. Later, Saku goes further, flat out calling him the "Key" (compared to Chizuru's "Door") and calling him a king.
Paper-Thin Disguise: When Chizuru wants to pass for her brother to be in the same class as Kôta, she just dresses like him and puts a leaf on her head, which is the a common depiction of a youkai's ability to another's shape.
Parental Abandonment: Kôta moved from the country to the big city to go to school and lives alone. This ends up being more than it appears in the manga. In chapter 20, on page 34, Saku the wolf yôkai notes that a clue to the mystery surround Kôta is how he seems to only have a single true relative.
Please Put Some Clothes On: Chizuru's constantly removing her clothing in attempts to get Kôta in bed, Nozomu follows suit if she's around. Chizuru, when she possesses Kôta, turns into a spirit, leaving her clothing behind in a pile; when she exits, she's nude.
Portmanteau Series Nickname: Inverted in this case: Kanokon is the only title used, but the title of the first chapter is "Kanojo ha kawaii "kon" to suru" (she gives a cute "kon" yelp: "kon" being the onomatopeia for, well, a yelp). invoked
The Power of Love: Chizuru can only hop into Kôta's body because of their deep love for each other, fostered over the 10 whole minutes they knew each other before they did it the first time. Subverted, in that apparently it's Kôta and/or Chizuru's hidden legacy as the Key and Door, not love, that makes them so spiritually compatible.
Though a recent chapter of the manga implies their love may not be as strong as they hoped. Regarding that, the fan translation of the manga seems to imply the possession isn't so much a matter of the presence of love as it is trust or the lowering of emotional/psychological defenses, which does tend to happen in love. Chizuru's over-the-top and apparently genuine affection would no doubt be more than sufficient for her to be made an exception in any healthy male's firewall. It helps that Kôta doesn't seem particularly cynical.
Pretty Free Loader: While Chizuru doesn't live with Kôta, she doesn't help her brother with anything around the house.
Really 700 Years Old: Chizuru' 400 years-old, looks like a young adult (16-18ish). Nozomu's of indeterminate age, but looks like she's 13-15.
School Of Hard Knocks: Somewhat. Fights between yôkai aren't encouraged, but the teachers don't seem to have a problem with these fights and they do observe/referee the matches. Fights between regular students aren't mentioned.
In chapter 30, when Chizuru asked Ai and Ren why they didn't tell Akane the truth when she saw them holding on to Kôta's tails when he was fused with Chizuru, they tell her that they thought of them as a hero of justice from fusion while doing the fusion dance pose from Dragon Ball Z.
Episode 3 references Neon Genesis Evangelion when Nozomu collides with Kôta in the same manner in which Rei and Shinji collide in the final episode of Eva. The shout-out continues when Kôta falls on top of Nozomu in a pose reminiscent of when Shinji fell on top of Rei in Episode 5. This is made all the more funny by the fact that the whole incident was set up by Nozomu.
Also in chapter 30, Chizuru makes the famous Sailor Moon pose. She even says, "In the name of the fox goddess, I'll punish you!" See here.
Then, in Chapter 32, Tayura "explains" to Akane that Kôta and Chizuru were doing Cosplay, and Ai and Ren were also cosplaying. The visual for the twins' supposed cosplay is clearly Zero no Tsukaima.
Suicide as Comedy: Chizuru tried to hang-herself in Episode 9 when her breasts are magically shruken, and was just about to be talked out of it by Kouta's kind reassurance until Nozomu grabs her chests and cheekily quips "I win!", prompting her to leap to the noose with renewed gutso.
Unwanted Harem: Chizuru and Nozomu are both quite forward, while Kôta has Heroic BSODs every time they come near him — doubly so if they're half naked, which is about 50% of the time. Kôta makes absolutely no attempt to attract the two, since they both go after him on their own for unexplained reasons (although Chizuru mentions he "smells like the forest" at one point). Taken Up To Twelve in chapter 41.
Virgin Power: In the manga, during their fight with her ex, Saku, Chizuru reveals that the muffler she gave Kôta has a protective power because of the virgin hair she used in its construction. Saku just stares at her in disbelief:
Saku: Maiden's hair? Chizuru: What? I'm a pure young girl. Saku: ... Chizuru: What's with that look?! Really, I'm telling the truth!... Probably.
Chizuru uses a magic barrier in the middle of the street to ensure no one will interrupt her as she attempts to hold Kôta down and have her way with him. Kôta kisses Chizuru with the purpose of intentionally fusing with her. This upsets and saddens Chizuru who at that moment was overjoyed that Kôta had taken the initiative to kiss her, but it provides Kôta an opportunity to explain to her about why he is hesitant about simply randomly having sex.