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Visual Novel: Photo Kano

Kazuya, a mild-mannered high school sophomore coming to the end of a very average summer break, receives a digital single lens reflex camera as a gift. His nerdy fascination with its design soon turns to wonder when he realizes this little gadget could really give his social life a shot in the arm!

Photo Kano (フォトカノ Foto Kano, lit. "Photo Girlfriend") is a Japanese dating sim game developed by Dingo and Enterbrain, and was released for the PlayStation Portable on February 2, 2012. It also got an anime that aired as a part of the Spring 2013 Anime season.

The anime may be watched legally on Crunchyroll's website for viewers living in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Finland, Norway, Sweden, and Denmark.

Tropes associated with Photo Kano:

  • Above the Influence: Kazuya, to the point that the girls will only allow him to take pictures of them.
  • Accidental Kiss: At the start of episode 3, after Nonoka jumps the corner of the stairs, she crashes face first into Kazuya.
    • The exact same thing happens again in episode 9.
  • Accidental Pervert: Kazuya often finds himself in these situations, such as…
    • Thanks for the Mammary: A surprising subversion. In episode 6, Haruka actually asks Kazuya to touch her, and while she's in a bikini to boot.
      • Played straight in episode 3 with Rina when Itta pushes Kazuya towards her.
      • And again in episode when he tried to help Haruka to the nurse's office in episode 5. A Flash Back also reveals he did the same thing to her years earlier.
  • A-Cup Angst: In episode 10, Mai tells Kazuya she wishes she was a bit bigger. She then clarifies that she's the shortest member on her gym team... as well as the flattest. He tells her she's plenty good looking in other ways.
  • A Day In The Lime Light: The first four episodes introduces each of the girls and gives them some brief time with Kazuya.
    • Episodes 5 & 6 focuses on Haruka.
    • Episode 7 gives Hikari some screentime.
    • Episode 8 allows Kazuya to explore Aki's background some more.
    • Episode 9 focuses on Nonoka.
    • Episode 10 focuses on Mai.
    • Episode 11 is dedicated to Rina.
    • Episode 12 focuses on Tomoe.
    • Episode 13 focuses on Kanon.
  • All Men Are Perverts: The photography club members seem very interested in shooting some rather revealing pictures of the various girls in their school. Kazuya seems to gradually get sucked into it as well.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Hikari Sanehara's middle school life was filled with bullying from her peers.
  • Ash Face: Happens to Nonoka in episode 9 after Kazuya tells her that the two big bowls of food she plans on eating turns men off. She gets zapped by lightning, and for the next few seconds talks to him with a blackened face before returning to normal.
  • Beach Episode: Kazuya and Haruka go to the beach together in episode 6.
    • He does it again in episode 9, this time with Nonoka.
    • He goes with Kanon in episode 13. He also has a Flash Back with her there of something important to them when they were younger.
  • Beautiful All Along: Yuko when she cosplays as Alice. The difference is huge.
  • Big Eater: It is implied that Mai is normally this, but subverts it on purpose to stay in shape. Instead she makes Kazuya taste food for her, and he inadvertedly becomes one.
  • Blackmail:
    • Kazuya does this Aki after catching her attempting to sneak in the school. He puts it to use twice in episode four, first to help Nonoka and Kanon avoid disciplinary action by Aki, and then later by having her do his homework for him.
    • It gets turned on him when Mai catches him with some porno mags in episode four. She threatens to tell her club leader about it, thus revoking his privileges to take pictures at their club, but then Mai forces him to make a promise to her. Kazuya wonders if this is Laser-Guided Karma for his treatment of using it on Aki. This comes into play again in episode 10 during Mai's A Day in the Limelight.
  • Bland-Name Product: Kazuya's "Canan" camera.
  • Blinding Bangs: Yuuko Uchida, the sole female member of the Photography club. She does part her hair back slightly to reveal one of her eyes and a Beauty Mark in episode four.
  • Broken Bird: Sanehara, who was ostracized by some female classmates in middle school. Which is why she largely decided to focus on shooting scenery and animals rather than people. Kazuya attempts to help her break her out of that mold in episode 7.
  • Camera Fiend: The Photography Club and Hikari.
  • Cassandra Truth: When Mai accidentally sees Kazuya's porno mags in episode four, he tries to explain that the magazines aren't his, but rather the other members of the photography club. She turns to look at him and asks if that's really true, but he immediately points out that the look in her eyes suggests she's not going to believe him.
  • Chekhov's Gun: In episode 9, while cleaning the club room by himself, Kazuya accidentally knocks a box over which contains some of Uchida's belongings. He then sees a playboy bunny suit along with a black wig, and suspects that the cosplayer he was taking pictures of in an earlier episode might be her. Confirmed in episode 11.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: If Kazuya decides to pursue Haruka.
  • Childhood Marriage Promise: Haruka made this with Kazuya, as revealed in a flashback in episode 6.
  • Clasp Your Hands If You Deceive: Kazuya pulls a Gendo in episode 7, complete with Scary Shiny Glasses.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: In episode four, Kanon looks at a picture of her leg that Kazuya took to help her see if she has a bruise on it. She then starts looking at other pictures in his camera, and finds some rather interesting shots of Aki in her swimsuit, and gets a bit upset at him, then claims he's cheating on her, even though they're siblings.
    • In episode 9, after Haruka is finished sewing Nonoka's damaged bag, the latter gives a dirty look at Kazuya, who's just watching them. She then gets mad at him for paying attention to Haruka and storms out of the classroom.
    • Practically every girl in the very beginning of episode 1 does this in Kazuya's dream when he's taking a picture of a cosplayer. Haruka taps him on the shoulder, and as he turns to look, they all seem a bit mad, and Haruka makes a pouty face at him.
  • Continuity Reboot: After the first four episodes, each episode (two for Haruka) focuses on one particular girl for Kazuya, and then resets to show him interacting with a different one with no continuity between them.
  • Cosplay Otaku Girl: Alice aka Yuko
  • Cower Power: Both Kanon and Nonoka hide behind Kazuya in episode 4 after Aki catches them playing baseball in the school hallway with a rag and a broom.
  • Cry Cute: Haruka in episode 6 when Kazuya confesses to her.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Hikari.
  • Demoted to Extra: Practically every girl that's not being given A Day in the Limelight treatment after episode 4. They're either not seen at all, or play a very minor role.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: The Photography Club is filled with perverts, but they make a point of refraining from taking any explicit shots of girls.
  • Everything's Worse with Bees: Episode 8, when Itta and Takashi knock over a beehive while trying to take pictures of the girls in the swim club.
  • Evolving Credits: Starting Episode 7, the ending credits is changed a bit. The girl that releases the dandelion (in 1:02) is different depending on who gets A Day In The Lime Light on that episode. Up until Episode 6, it was Haruka that released it.
  • Expy: Some characters have parallels with those from Amagami:
    • Both Haruka Niimi and Haruka Morishima are school idols with an optimistic personality.
    • Both Nonoka Masaki and Kaoru Tanamachi are upbeat tomboyish girls who befriended the male leads in middle school.
    • Both Kanon Maeda and Miya Tachibana are the male leads' energetic younger sisters who call them by unique variations of " big brother", and classmates of potential love interests.
    • Both Hikari Sanehara and Ai Nanasaki are calm and cool (yet occasionally snarky) girls with Sugar and Ice personalities.
    • Both Mai Sakura and Sae Nakata are friends with the male leads' respective sisters, are kouhai to the male leads, and are shy and meek. They both also sport Girlish Pigtails.
    • Both Rina Yunoki and Rihoko Sakurai are ditzy, clumsy busty girls with a love for either cooking or food.
    • Both Aki Muroto and Tsukasa Ayatsuji are both students in positions of power who act tsundere towards the male leads, and are involved in blackmail. They both also have hidden aspects to their personalities.
    • Double [[Expy]] points go to Mai for looking exactly like Azusa from K-on. Not to mention she actually puts on cat ears....
  • Fanservice: Used quite a bit along with Male Gaze.
  • Flash Back: Used a lot in episode 5 to show more back story with Kazuya and Haruka.
    • Done also in episode 13 with Kazuya and Kanon.
  • Food As Bribe: Inverted. Mai does this to Kazuya in episode 10 to help describe various foods she likes but can't eat because of dieting. He initially refuses to, until she mentions the dirty magazines she confiscated from him earlier.
  • Gainaxing: Happens to Nonoka while running on the beach in episode 9.
    • It also happens to Katsumi in episode 13 during the beach volleyball game.
  • Genki Girl: Kanon and Nonoka.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Mai, Aki and Yuko.
  • The Glomp: Kanon does it to Kazuya in the beginning of episode four as she's running away from a bee. She then latches onto his head.
  • Gondor Calls for Aid: In episode 5, while Kazuya didn't exactly ask for help, the photography club members decide to help him find Haruka anyway. They also get various other characters to help out as well.
  • Got Volunteered: Kanon does this to Kazuya in episode 10 by telling him that she was supposed to go to a waterpark with Mai, but isn't feeling too well, so she told Mai over the phone that Kazuya would go in her place, without asking him first.
  • Gratuitous English: The photography club president tends to do this during the next episode's preview.
  • Heroic BSOD: Both Kazuya and Haruka suffer through one in episode 5, after Kazuya suggests she date the soccer captain. She's pretty unhappy that the guy she likes tells her to date another guy. Kanon later tells Kazuya that Haruka's been missing tennis practice regularly, and when she does show up, she's extremely unhappy.
  • Hidden Depths: Several of the girls. Sanehara, Muroto, and particularly Yuko, whose Hidden Depths are greater than pretty much everyone else.
  • I Coulda Been a Contender: Aki and Katsumi, The former gave up diving because of family issues and the latter gave up volleyball after suffering a Game-Breaking Injury.
  • Imagine Spot: Mai in episode 10, when Kazuya is describing various foods, she immerses herself in said foods.
  • Insecure Love Interest: Kazuya towards Haruka. She's a great tennis player, fairly smart, beautiful, and is liked by both the male and female students at their school. Contrast to himself, where he's largely seen as an average guy with no real defining qualities. So naturally he feels like she's too good for him, regardless of what her feelings towards him may be. This comes back to bite him in episode 5 when he suggests she date the soccer captain.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: In episode 5, Kazuya overhears some girls gossiping about how Haruka could do so much better than with a guy like him. It seems to depress him, then he also overhears the captain of the soccer team asking her out moments later. She's hesitant to answer him, but Kazuya suggests she go out with a guy like him since they're both athletes and would probably be a good couple. However, this suggestion makes her extremely upset, and she storms off crying.
  • Large Ham: The photography club, Kazuya in Hikari and Nonoka focus episode.
    • The Photography club president tends to do this during the next episode reviews at the end.
  • Loners Are Freaks: Sanehara often prefers to spend time by herself, as Kazuya finds out. In episode 7 he starts inquire more about why she does.
  • Love Confession: Thanks to the series' Continuity Reboot, Kazuya gives one to each of the girls during their episodes, and they reciprocate:
    • Haruka in Episode 6.
    • Aki in episode 8.
    • In episode 9, he gets one from Nonoka in the form of a love challenge. He later confesses at the end.
    • Mai in episode 10.
    • Rina in episode 11.
    • Tomoe in episode 12.
    • Kanon, who turns out not to be blood related to Kazuya, in episode 13.
  • Love Epiphany: Kazuya has one in episode 5, when he remembers all the times he's spent with Haruka, and realizes that she's liked him all this time, hence why she was so upset at his suggestion that she date the soccer captain earlier in the episode.
  • Male Gaze: All over the place but it's specifically invoked by the Photography club.
  • Meat-O-Vision: Happens to Mai briefly in episode 10. Kazuya is showing her pictures, when his arms suddenly turns into a piece of fried chicken, prompting her to bite him.
  • Meganekko: Aki.
  • Ms. Fanservice: While technically all of the girls could qualify, Haruka gets the most attention in this regard early on, although not entirely by choice thanks to the photography club's attempts to take pictures of her at any given moment.
    • Nonoka fits this trope in episode 9 when she suggests that she puts her hands under her bikini top to cover her breasts in a sexy pose for Kazuya. He is almost Distracted by the Sexy before he pulls Above the Influence out and tells her that he doesn't want to take lewd pictures of her.
    • Aki even more, because she has the most gravure shot taken.
    • Tomoe tries to become one on purpose by wearing a skimpy bikini because she feels she's too plain looking.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Kazuya after hearing that Haruka hasn't been showing up for practice and isn't answering her phone. As he storms out of the photography club's room to search for her, he begins to think about past memories with her and realizes what a big mistake he's made when he finally realizes the feelings she's had for him since they were kids.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Episode 9 utilizes this quite a bit with Nonoka's letter of challenge to Kazuya, such as having the school roof turn into a battlefield, complete with both characters in armor and flying arrows. Nonoka even takes off her helmet and some arrows are seen stuck in the gate before the scene switches back to normal with them in their school uniforms.
    • Itta and Takashi's super high angle pose in episode 11.
  • No Sense of Direction: Momoko, who gets lost trying to find the garbage dump at their school in episode four. After Kazuya teases her about finding her way back, she claims she totally can, but has him guide her back anyway just to play it safe.
  • Not Blood Siblings: In episode 13, it's revealed that Kazuya and Kanon aren't blood related. His mother married her father, hence why they're living together.
  • Off Model: While its not always obvious, the girls in this show have been given much more detail and care in their animation compared to the guys, especially Itta and Takashi.
  • Pet the Dog: In episode 5, when Haruka and Kazuya have a small falling out after a bad suggestion he makes to her regarding the soccer captain, none of the photography club members seem to have it in them to take secret pictures of her during that time. They even go looking for her with Kazuya after Kanon reports that she hasn't been showing up for tennis practice and doesn't answer her phone.
  • Playing Sick: Kanon in episode 10, as an excuse for Kazuya to go with Mai to a waterpark together. After she tells him Mai was really excited about him going, he points out that she seems awfully cheerful for someone who's supposed to be sick, and after a moment she immediately lays down in bed again and coughs.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Alice the cosplayer has red eyes, but they're actually a subversion: since she's really Yuuko, who has dark grey eyes as she revealed in episode 4, she's just wearing contact lenses while in cosplay.
  • Second Year Protagonist: Applies to Kazuya, Haruka, Nonoka, Rina, and Tomoe.
  • Secret Keeper: Rina is asked to keep one in episode 11, that Yuuko is Alice the cosplayer. She was about to ask Yuuko that until the latter asks her to keep it a secret.
  • She Is All Grown Up: Kazuya feels this way about Haruka, who has grown from a boyish little girl into a stunning beauty.
    • He also says the same about Kanon in episode 13 when he takes pictures of her while she's playing tennis.
  • Smashing Watermelons: Nonoka's picture is taken in episode 9 while doing this.
  • Spiritual Successor: To Kimikiss and Amagami.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Several of the photography club members seem capable of this, with Yuuko utilizing it the most, to the point of appearing out of and fading into thin air, sometimes even while another character is looking at them.
    • Hilariously, it doesn't work on Rina, as seen in episode 11. Kazuya is at first confused as to who she's talking to, then Yuuko's "stealth" begins to fail, allowing him to see her as well.
  • Student Council President: Aki Muroto.
  • Unprovoked Pervert Payback: Kazuya is on the receiving end of this from some angry girls after Itta and Takashi are caught trying to take pictures of them. When he mentions he's only taken pictures of girls in the gymnastics team, it doesn't win him any favors, and he gets slammed to the ground, and beaten up when they realize he's staring at them.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Haruka gets rather angry with Kazuya after his nonchalant suggestion that she date the soccer captain who asked her out moments earlier in episode 5. She suffers through a Heroic BSOD as a result of this, which causes some problems with her club for a few days later.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Kazuya tells Aki this in episode 8 when the latter is going through a Heroic BSOD due to all the pressure being put on her by her father to become a doctor.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: A few of the girls wear thigh highs, such as Kanon and Rina.
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