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PublisherVisualArt's (Windows)
NEC Interchannel (DC, PS2)
Prototype (PSP, FOMA, S3G)
GenreEroge, Visual novel
PlatformWindows, Dreamcast, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, FOMA, S3G, Android, iOS
June 4, 1999
  • Windows
    • JP: June 4, 1999
    • JP: January 7, 2000 (All ages)
    • JP: November 26, 2004 (Standard DVD)
    • JP: January 28, 2005 (Standard All Ages)
    • JP: September 14, 2000
    PlayStation 2
    • JP: February 28, 2002
    • JP: December 22, 2004 (Best Version)
    PlayStation Portable
    • JP: February 15, 2007
    • JP: November 9, 2009 (PlayStation Store)
    • JP: April 3, 2013
    • JP: August 28, 2013
Light novel
Written byMariko Shimizu
Illustrated byItaru Hinoue
Published byParadigm
Original runOctober 23, 1999August 1, 2000
Written byKey
Illustrated byPetit Morishima
Published byMediaWorks
MagazineDengeki Daioh
Original runFebruary 2000July 2002
Anime television series
Directed byNaoyuki Itō
Produced byMamoru Yokota
Written byMakoto Nakamura
Ryōta Yamaguchi
Music byHiroyuki Kouzu
StudioToei Animation
Original networkFuji TV, Kansai TV
Original run January 31, 2002 March 28, 2002
Episodes13 (List of episodes)
Original video animation
Kanon Kazahana
Directed byNaoyuki Itō
Written byMakoto Nakamura
Ryōta Yamaguchi
Music byHiroyuki Kouzu
StudioToei Animation
ReleasedMarch 2003
Runtime20 minutes
Kanon: Honto no Omoi wa Egao no Mukōgawa ni
Written byKey
Illustrated byKinusa Shimotsuki
Published byFujimi Shobo
MagazineDragon Age Pure
Original runJune 29, 2006October 20, 2007
Anime television series
Directed byTatsuya Ishihara
Written byFumihiko Shimo
Music by
StudioKyoto Animation
Licensed by
Original networkBS-i, TBS
English network
Original run October 5, 2006 March 15, 2007
Episodes24 (List of episodes)

Kanon (カノン) is a Japanese adult visual novel developed by Key. It was released on 4 June 1999. It is playable on Windows PCs.[1] Key later released versions of Kanon without the erotic content, and the game was ported to the Dreamcast, PlayStation 2 and PlayStation Portable. After the game's release, Kanon made several transitions into other media. Two Manga series were serialized in Dengeki Daioh and Dragon Age Pure. Comic anthologies, light novels and art books were also published, as were audio dramas and several music albums. Toei Animation produced a 13-episode anime television series in 2002 and an original video animation (OVA) episode in 2003. Kyoto Animation produced a 24-episode anime series in 2006.

The story follows the life of Yuichi Aizawa, a high school student who returns to a city he last visited seven years ago, and he has little recollection (memories) of the events from back then. He meets several girls and slowly regains his lost memories.


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Yuichi Aizawa

He is the main character of the story. He is friendly and outgoing. In the beginning of the story he moves to a new city and lives with his cousin, Nayuki Minase. He visited the town many years ago, but has since lost most of his memories of the place.

Ayu Tsukimiya

Ayu is the main female character of the story. She is lively and energetic, and wears a backpack with wings on it. Her catchphrase is "uguu", which she uses to express emotions such as frustration, anger, or fear, Yuichi enjoys teasing her about it. She refers to herself as "boku", a Japanese masculine word for "I". Her favorite food is taiyaki. Although she looks very young, she is actually the same age as Yuichi (17 years old).

Nayuki Minase

Nayuki is Yuichi's cousin. Yuichi moves in with her at the start of the story.

Mai Kawasumi

Mai is a third-year student at the same high school Yuichi goes to. He met her standing alone in the school building at night, with a sword in her hand. At nighttime when no one is in the school, she comes in to fight and defeat demons. People are always blaming her for accidents that happen at the school, though she never denies them.


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  1. "Kanon Key Official HomePage" (in Japanese). Key. Retrieved 2013-02-15.

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