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Kanon
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Kanon original visual novel cover.
カノン
Genre Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Game
Developer Key
Publisher Visual Art's (PC)
NEC Interchannel (DC/PS2)
Prototype (PSP/FOMA/S3G)
Genre Eroge, Visual novel
Rating 18+ (Original PC), 12+ (PSP)
Platform PC, DC, PS2, PSP, FOMA, S3G
Released June 4, 1999 (Original PC)
Light novel
Author Mariko Shimizu
Illustrator Itaru Hinoue
Publisher Paradigm
Original run December 1999August 2000
Volumes 5
Manga
Author Key
Illustrator Petit Morishima
Publisher MediaWorks
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Dengeki Daioh
Original run December 2000July 2002
Volumes 2
TV anime
Director Takamichi Ito
Studio Toei Animation
Network Fuji TV, Kansai TV
Original run January 31, 2002March 28, 2002
Episodes 13 (List of episodes)
Anime
Kanon Kazahana
Director Takamichi Ito
Studio Toei Animation
Manga
Kanon: The Real Feelings of the Other Side of the Smiling Face
Author Key
Illustrator Kinusa Shimotsuki
Publisher Fujimi Shobo
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Dragon Age Pure
Original run June 29, 2006October 20, 2007
Volumes 2
TV anime
Director Tatsuya Ishihara
Studio Kyoto Animation
Licensor United States Funimation
Network BS-i
English network Canada United States Anime Network
Original run October 5, 2006March 15, 2007
Episodes 24 (List of episodes)
Anime and Manga Portal

Kanon (カノン ?) is a Japanese adult visual novel developed by Key and released on June 4, 1999 playable on a Microsoft Windows PC. An all ages version for the PC was released in January 2000, and was later ported to the Dreamcast, PlayStation 2, and PlayStation Portable. The Kanon Standard Edition was released for the PC as an adult version in November 2004 and an all ages version in January 2005. Both Standard Editions are playable as a DVD-ROM and incorporate the extra graphics added to the earlier all ages version of the game, added support for Windows 2000/XP, and other technical changes such as more save slots. The gameplay in Kanon follows a linear plot line, which offers pre-determined scenarios and courses of interaction, and focuses on the appeal of the five female main characters.

Kanon has been adapted into light novels, drama CDs, and two anime and manga series. The first anime is a thirteen episode TV series that aired between January and March 2002; this version includes a one episode original video animation (OVA), Kazahana, released in March 2003. Both the original anime adaptation and the OVA were produced by the animation studio Toei Animation. The second anime adaptation, created by Kyoto Animation, contained twenty-four episodes and aired in Japan between October 2006 and March 2007; this series was first licensed by ADV Films, but the license was transferred to Funimation in July 2008 and is released in English. The second TV adaptation plays on the association between Kanon and the musical term canon by using Pachelbel's Kanon D-dur, or Canon in D major, as a background piece at certain instances throughout the series.

In the October 2007 issue of Dengeki G's Magazine, poll results for the fifty best bishōjo games were released; out of 249 titles, Kanon ranked fifth with seventy-one votes. According to a national ranking of how well bishōjo games sold nationally in Japan, the original Kanon release for the PC premiered at number two in the ranking. Three years later in June 2002, the original release ranked in again at forty-five, and then again at forty-six the following two weeks. Kanon has sold over 300,000 units across several platforms, not counting the PSP release.

Contents

Gameplay

An average conversation in Kanon featuring the main character talking to Ayu.

Kanon's gameplay requires little interaction from the player as most of the duration of the game is spent simply reading the text that appears on the game screen which represents either dialogue between the various characters or the inner thoughts of the protagonist. Every so often, the player will come to a "decision point" where he or she is given the chance to choose from multiple options. The time between these decision points is variable and can occur anywhere from a minute to much longer. Gameplay pauses at these points and depending on which choice the player makes, the plot will progress in a specific direction.[1][2]

There are five main plot lines that the player will have the chance to experience, one for each of the heroines in the story. To view all five plot lines, the player will have to replay the game multiple times and choose different choices during the decision points to progress the plot in an alternate direction.[1] Jun Maeda, who worked on the scenario for Kanon, commented in March 2001 that the Japanese public may have fallen under the impression that Key makes soothing games because of Kanon's influence, but Maeda affirmed that there was not one person who worked on Kanon who thought that.[3]

One of the goals of the original version's gameplay is for the player to enable the viewing of adult scenes depicting Yuichi and one of the five heroines having sexual intercourse.[1][4] Later, Key released two editions of Kanon without the erotic content.[4] The versions that include the adult content include one explicit sex scene in each of the five main story routes, 50-75% of the way through, excluding one fantasy scene.[1] Outside of these, there are two scenes with nudity which use the same CGs.[1] Yūichi Suzumoto, a scenario writer who worked on later Key titles, commented that the sex scenes in Kanon are very self-contained, and can be easily removed without altering the story.[3] Maeda was asked what he thought if the sex scenes had been written in order to promote human reproduction, but he remarks that it would not work in games like Kanon or Air.[3]

Plot

Setting and themes

There are several important locations featured in the Kanon story, though the location names are seldom mentioned explicitly in Key's works. The time of year the story occurs in is during winter, and since it often snows periodically over the course of the entire story, the city is always presented covered in a layer of snow. The shopping district is featured throughout the story when the characters go into town, and especially whenever Ayu appears in the early story. The high school where Yuichi and the other main characters attend, including the school grounds, is shown predominantly in Shiori's and Mai's stories, and is otherwise a general setting where Yuichi interacts with other characters.[1]

There are recurring themes that appear throughout the story. A music theme is present, as the episode titles from the 2006–2007 anime have parts in their titles related to music, such as overture and introit. Miracles play a large part in the story; Kanon's plot line and characters are influenced by various instances where miracles occur.[5] The act of promising and keeping promises is found throughout the story.[6] Yuichi eventually makes important promises to the five main girls while at the same time fulfilling past promises he had made with four of them when he used to visit the city as a kid.[1]

One of the motifs in the story is amnesia, or memory loss; three of the main characters—Yuichi, Ayu and Makoto—suffer from amnesia in varying degrees; this is used as a plot device to advance the story.[1] Another motif deals with the favorite foods of the five main heroines. Newtype USA stated in an article on Kanon that, "it's when the characters are eating something really tasty that they seem most beautiful and alive," despite the somber setting and overall tone of the series.[7] These five foods of choice are: taiyaki (Ayu), strawberries (Nayuki), nikuman (Makoto), ice cream (Shiori), and gyudon (Mai).[1]

Principal characters

The player assumes the role of Yuichi Aizawa, the protagonist of Kanon. He is a cynical seventeen year-old high school student, and is known to play jokes on the girls his age he knows and interacts with throughout the story. Despite this, Yuichi is very loyal and will go to great lengths in order to please others, even at the expense of his own time and money. He generally has a selfless personality and does not ask much from others in return for what he does for them. Ayu Tsukimiya, the main heroine of Kanon, is a short, strange, and mysterious girl immediately recognizable by her winged backpack, red hair band, and tendency to refer to herself with the masculine first-person pronoun boku ( ?). She has a fondness for eating taiyaki, and is notorious for her catch phrase, "ugū" (うぐぅ ?), which she mutters as an expression of various negative emotions such as frustration, pain, and fear. Yuichi's first cousin Nayuki Minase, another of Kanon's heroines, has been in love with him since childhood, and must learn how to deal with her feelings, especially with the threat that he may fall in love with one of the other girls. Nayuki talks noticeably slower than those around her, and has constant trouble waking up in the morning except on a few occasions when she is up before Yuichi, much to his surprise.[1]

Yuichi is accosted a few days after arriving in the city by Kanon's third heroine Makoto Sawatari, a young girl who has lost her memories, but despite this she is sure that she holds a grudge against Yuichi from when he last visited the city. Makoto has a mischievous side and constantly plays pranks on Yuichi. She has an affinity towards the spring and once wished that it would stay spring forever.[8] Yuichi coincidentally runs into Shiori Misaka, another heroine and first-year high school student suffering from an unexplained illness since birth. Her affliction has caused her to become very physically weak, and she is almost always absent from school because of it. She tries to be strong in the face of her condition, and gets along well with others, even though she does not know very many people her age due to her condition. The fifth and final heroine in Kanon is Mai Kawasumi, a third-year student of the same high school that Yuichi attends. She has a cold attitude towards almost everyone, but despite this, she is actually a very kind and caring person; she "punishes" someone who makes a playful joke about her by giving them a light karate chop to the head.[1]

Story

Kanon's story revolves around a group of five girls whose lives are connected to the same boy. Yuichi Aizawa is a second-year high school student who had visited the city where the story takes place seven years prior to Kanon's beginning. The story opens on Wednesday January 6, 1999[1] when Yuichi arrives in the city and is very detached from it and its inhabitants. Prior to his return, it is decided that he is to stay with his first cousin, Nayuki Minase, and her mother, Akiko. After his long absence, Yuichi has forgotten almost everything except minor details of what happened seven years before and is in need of being reminded of what he left behind. Nayuki initially tries repeatedly to jog his memory, but is unsuccessful. Throughout the story, as he learns about the supernatural undertones of the city, Yuichi is reminded of the events of seven years ago.

On the day after Yuichi's return, he is out with Nayuki who is showing him around city. Nayuki remembers that she has to buy things for dinner, but Yuichi is reluctant to go into the store with her, arguing that he might get lost. Moments after Nayuki leaves him waiting on the sidewalk, a strange girl named Ayu Tsukimiya collides with him with little warning. Upon recovering, she drags him away to a nearby café and confesses to inadvertently stealing a bag filled with taiyaki after being accidentally scared away by the salesman before she had a chance to pay. Yuichi drags Ayu back to the salesman, where they both apologize for the trouble, and Ayu is forgiven. They decide to meet up again another day and Ayu scampers off. A few days after he has been in the city, Yuichi is accosted by a girl named Makoto Sawatari who has lost her memories, though still remembers that she has a grudge against him from when he last visited the city. After she collapses in the street, he takes her home and learns about her situation. Akiko gives her permission to live with them for the time being, which is against Yuichi's plan to hand her over to the police.

Another girl who is connected to Yuichi's past is Mai Kawasumi who attends his high school as a third-year. She takes it upon herself to fight and defeat demons at night while the school is deserted.[9] Due to this, she is constantly blamed for accidents because she never denies them, being too sincere to say anything and knowing that no one will believe that there are demons in the school. Yuichi coincidentally meets a fifth girl named Shiori Misaka for the first time who he gets to know along with the other four heroines in the story. She has suffered from an unexplained affliction since birth which makes her weak to the point of missing school because of it. Yuichi starts to talk with her more after noticing her in the school courtyard one day. It turns out that Shiori stands outside on the school grounds nearly every day because she wants to meet someone dear to her.

Development

After leaving Tactics under Nexton, most of the team that had been involved with One: Kagayaku Kisetsu e[10] formed the company Key in 1998. Key's first project once under the publishing company Visual Art's was Kanon. The planning for the visual novel was headed by Jun Maeda, and Naoki Hisaya who were also the two writers for the scenario used in the game.[11] Art direction was headed by Key's artist Itaru Hinoue who worked on the character design and computer graphics.[11] Further computer graphics were split between three people—Din, Miracle Mikipon, Shinory—and background art was provided by Torino. The music in the game was composed primarily by OdiakeS and Shinji Orito.[1] Kanon was the first and last visual novel developed by Key that two of the main staff—Naoki Hisaya, and OdiakeS—worked on before pursuing a similar line of work in other visual novel studios.[12][13]

Release history

Kanon was first introduced in Japan on June 4, 1999, playable only on a Microsoft Windows PC as a CD-ROM.[4] The next year was followed by two separate releases: an all ages version released on January 7, 2000 for the PC,[4] and the first consumer console port of the game for the Dreamcast on September 14, 2000.[14] The second consumer port for the PlayStation 2 was released on February 28, 2002, and featured different cover art for the disk case.[15] After the PS2 game sold enough units, two years later on December 22, 2004 a cheaper version for the PS2 also known as the "Best Version" went on sale for about half the original price.[16] The PS2 Best Version was bundled in a "Key 3-Part Work Premium Box" package together with the PS2 Best Versions of Air and Clannad released on July 30, 2009.[17]

The Kanon Standard Edition was released on November 26, 2004 with added support for Windows 2000/XP as a DVD-ROM.[18] Only this version and the original release contain pornographic scenes.[4] Three months later on January 28, 2005, the same game was released with the adult content removed.[4] A PlayStation Portable (PSP) version of the game went on sale in Japan on February 15, 2007. The first release of the PSP version came with a special DVD featuring a message from five of the voice actors and a recompiled opening video from the video game version.[2] The five voice actors on the DVD included: Mariko Kōda as Nayuki Minase, Akemi Satō as Shiori Misaka, Mayumi Iizuka as Makoto Sawatari, Yūko Minaguchi as Akiko Minase, and Tomokazu Sugita as Yuichi Aizawa. Yui Horie as Ayu Tsukimiya voiced the short introduction of the DVD, but was not featured in the contents of the DVD itself. A downloadable version of the PSP release via the PlayStation Store was released by Prototype on October 9, 2009.[2]

A version playable on FOMA and SoftBank 3G mobile phones was released by Prototype through Visual Art's Motto in May 2007.[19] In the original release, there was no voice acting for the characters, but in the later versions produced for the Dreamcast and PlayStation 2, full-voice acting was included in order to heighten the experience. The only exception was Yuichi, who was not voiced in either version. However, the PSP release features voice acting for Yuichi, provided by Tomokazu Sugita.[20] An updated version of Kanon compatible for Windows Vista PCs was released by Key on July 31, 2009 in a box set containing five other Key visual novels called Key 10th Memorial Box; this version, like the other PC releases, contains no voice acting.[21]

Adaptations

Light novels

Five adult light novels written by Mariko Shimizu and published by Paradigm were released in Japan between December 1999 and August 2000.[22][23] The cover art and internal illustrations were drawn by Itaru Hinoue, the artist who drew the artwork in the visual novel. The basis for each novel was one of each of the five heroines and had titles that were taken from the musical themes pertaining to each character in the original game. The first two released were Girl in the Snow (雪の少女 Yuki no Shōjo ?, Nayuki) and Beyond the Smile (笑顔の向こう側に Egao no Mukougawa ni ?, Shiori) in December 1999. The third was Girl's Prison (少女の檻 Shōjo no Ori ?, Mai) released in April 2000 and the fourth novel was entitled The Fox and the Grapes (Makoto), released two months later. The final novel entitled A Sunny City (日溜りの街 Hidamari no Machi ?, Ayu) was released in August 2000. Paradigm re-released the five novels in conjunction with Visual Art's under their VA Bunko imprint, which removed the erotic scenes, starting with Girl in the Snow on June 27, 2009,[24] and ending with A Sunny City on December 26, 2009. To make up for the missing erotic content, Shimizu wrote additional content for each volume. A sixth novel entitled The Girls' Opinions (彼女たちの見解 Kanojotachi no Kenkai ?) for the supporting character Sayuri Kurata will be released in spring 2010 written by Shimizu and illustrated by Zen. The original releases of the novels sold over 500,000 copies in Japan.[25]

Drama CDs

There are three complete sets of drama CDs based on Kanon, containing five CDs each, for a total of fifteen CDs; these drama CDs were released over the course of three years, between September 29, 2000 and April 26, 2003.[26] The first two sets focused on each heroine separately per CD; the cover of the album would depict which of the girls was to be presented. The third set did not follow this format, but instead were anthology drama CDs which depicted Akiko Minase on the cover of the albums in this set.

Manga

The first Kanon manga was serialized in MediaWorks' manga magazine Dengeki Daioh between the December 2000 and July 2002 issues sold on October 21, 2000 and May 21, 2002, respectively.[27][28] The individual chapters were later collected into two separate volumes published by MediaWorks under their Dengeki Comics label released on September 27, 2000 and July 27, 2002.[29][30] The story was adapted from the visual novel version that preceded it, and is illustrated by Petit Morishima. There are six chapters in total, three in each volume. Aside from the prologue in volume one and the epilogue in volume two, the other four chapters concern four of the main heroines. From chapters one through four, the main heroines presented are: Shiori Misaka, Makoto Sawatari, Mai Kawasumi and Ayu Tsukimiya. To make up for Nayuki not getting a chapter of her own, the story is altered in that Nayuki is in most of the scenes Yuichi is in.[31][32] The first manga is different than the visual novel in that Shiori's, Makoto's, and Mai's stories are not told in their entirety. Near the end of each of these girls' stories were originally intended to give the viewer the remaining answers, but the manga version ends these girls' stories prematurely.[31][32] This was due to the manga putting more focus on Ayu's story.

The second manga, under the main title Kanon: The Real Feelings of the Other Side of the Smiling Face (Kanon ホントの想いは笑顔の向こう側に Kanon Honto no Omoi wa Egao no Mukōgawa ni ?) with the subtitle each regret of Kanon, was serialized between volumes two and seven of the Japanese manga magazine Dragon Age Pure published by Fujimi Shobo sold between June 29, 2006 and October 20, 2007, respectively.[33][34][35] The story was adapted from the visual novel version that preceded it, and was illustrated by Kinusa Shimotsuki. The first bound volume was released in Japan on April 1, 2007 and focused on Nayuki's story.[36] There were five chapters in volume one, starting with a forty-six-page chapter one, followed by two smaller extra chapters twelve pages long each. Chapter four was forty pages long, followed by a six page epilogue. The second bound volume was released on December 8, 2007 and focuses on the other four heroines.[37] There are four chapters in volume two, one for each of the other heroines not featuring in volume one, starting with Makoto's thirty-eight-page chapter, followed by Mai's with eighteen pages, Shiori's with twenty, and finally Ayu's with forty-eight pages.

There have also been many releases of manga anthologies produced by different companies and drawn by a multitude of different artists. The first volume of the earliest anthology series, released by Ichijinsha under the title Kanon Comic Anthology, was released in November 2000 under their DNA Media Comics label.[38] Volumes for this series continued to be released for another two years, ending in December 2002 with the fourteenth volume;[39] an additional fifteenth volume was released later in February 2007.[40] Ichijinsha also released two more volumes of anthology collections of four-panel comic strips entitled Kanon 4-koma Kings in April and June 2001. Softgarage released an anthology in a single volume in December 2002 entitled Kanon Anthology Comic.[41] In April 2004, Ohzora released an anthology comprising of works based on both Kanon and Air entitled Haru Urara: Kanon & Air.[42] Between June and August 2004, Ohzora also released five separate volumes of manga based on Kanon drawn by five separate artists.[43][44] Ohzora later collected some of the previously published manga anthologies into two volumes entitled Kanon Anthology Comics Best Selection released in December 2006 and January 2007.[45][46] Additionally, Ohzora released another thirteen volumes of an anthology series entitled Kanon under their Twin Heart Comics label. The now-bankrupt publisher Raporto also released twenty-one manga anthology volumes entitled Kanon under their Raporto Comics label between November 2000 and October 2002.[47][48] The last manga anthology, a collection of four-panel comic strips released in a single volume by Enterbrain entitled Magi-Cu 4-koma Kanon, was released in January 2007 under their MC Comics label.[49] Each of the anthology series are written and drawn by an average of twenty people per volume.[42]

Anime

A comparison depicting the introductory scene of Nayuki Minase from the first (left) and second (right) anime versions of Kanon. The first anime aired in a 4:3 aspect ratio, and the second anime aired in a 16:9 ratio.

The first Kanon anime was produced by the Japanese animation studio Toei Animation and directed by Takamichi Ito.[50] Thirteen episodes[51] were produced and aired in Japan between January 31 and March 28, 2002.[52] Later, a single original video animation (OVA) episode entitled "Kanon Kazahana" was released in March 2003.[53] The anime series and OVA used the songs "Florescence" and "Flower" for the opening and ending themes, respectively. While it does not appear as the ending theme in the first twelve episodes or in the OVA, the game's ending theme "Where the Wind Reaches" is used as the ending theme for the series in episode thirteen.[54] Additionally, the game's opening theme "Last regrets" is played near the end of episode thirteen during the flashback scene.[54]

Starting in 2006, Kyoto Animation, the animators of another Key game-turned-anime, Air, decided to animate a new adaptation of Kanon. This version, directed by Tatsuya Ishihara,[55] aired between October 5, 2006 and March 15, 2007 on the Japanese television broadcasting station BS-i, containing twenty-four episodes.[56] ADV Films announced on September 21, 2007 at the Anime Weekend Atlanta anime convention that they have officially licensed the second Kanon anime series.[57] ADV had previously posted a trailer for the series in August 2007, but was soon taken offline once the news had been spread on the Internet.[58] The first English-dubbed episode was made available via streaming online at Anime News Network between December 23 and December 30, 2007.[59] In July 2008, the licensing rights of the second Kanon anime were transferred from ADV to Funimation Entertainment who continued to produce the series in North America.[60]

The second TV Kanon animation features the same voice acting cast as the original version released in 2002, with the exception of Yuichi and Kuze. This version is longer at twenty-four episodes instead of the previous thirteen, and has updated animation quality. Unlike the first anime, the actual theme songs from the Kanon game are used for the second anime's opening theme, ending theme and soundtrack. There is one song featured as an insert song in episode sixteen that did not come from the visual novel. It was entitled "Last regrets -X'mas floor style-" from I've Sound's first album Regret. Other songs are used from the arrange albums released over the years, which include Anemoscope, Recollections, Re-feel, and Ma-Na.

Music

The visual novel has two main theme songs, the opening theme "Last regrets", and the ending theme "Where the Wind Reaches" (風の辿り着く場所 Kaze no Tadoritsuku Basho ?), both sung by Ayana. The lyrics for both songs were written by Jun Maeda, and arranged by Takase Kazuya of I've Sound. The five heroines have background music theme songs. Ayu's theme is "A Sunny City" (日溜りの街 Hidamari no Machi ?); Nayuki's theme is "Girl in the Snow" (雪の少女 Yuki no Shōjo ?); Makoto's theme is "The Fox and the Grapes"; Shiori's theme is "Beyond the Smile" (笑顔の向こう側に Egao no Mukōgawa ni ?); lastly, Mai's theme is "Girls' Prison" (少女の檻 Shōjo no Ori ?).

The first music album released was Anemoscope which came bundled with the original release of Kanon in June 1999. The next release was a single, "Last regrets / Place of wind which arrives", which contained the opening and ending themes plus arranged versions of three background music tracks and a male vocal version of the opening theme. A compilation album containing tracks from the two albums was released in December 2001 called Recollections.[61] The game's original soundtrack was released in October 2002 containing twenty-two different tracks along with short versions of the two theme songs.[61] A piano arrange album was released in December 2003 called Re-feel which contained five tracks from Kanon and five from Air.[61] Excluding the first two albums, each of the albums released for the visual novel version were released on Key's record label Key Sounds Label; this is due to the first two albums being released before the label was formed.[61]

The first anime's first original soundtrack was released in May 2002,[62] and a second followed in July 2002.[63] The first anime's opening theme is "Florescence" and the ending theme is "Flower", both sung by Miho Fujiwara; the maxi single containing the anime's opening and ending themes was released in June 2002.[64] An album containing music box arranged tracks of music from the first anime was released in July 2003 called Orgel de Kiku Sakuhin Shū.[65] The albums released for the first anime were produced by Frontier Works and Movic. A single was released in commemoration for the second anime called "Last regrets / Kaze no Tadoritsuku Basho" which contained the game's original opening and ending themes in original, short, and remixed versions; the album was produced by Key Sounds Label.[61]

Reception

According to a national ranking of how well bishōjo games sold nationally in Japan, the original Kanon release for the PC premiered at number two in the ranking.[66] Three years later in June 2002, the original release ranked in again at forty-five, and then again at forty-six the following two weeks.[66] The original release also made the ranking after that at number forty-one in early July 2002.[67] The Kanon Standard Edition premiered at number sixteen in the rankings.[68] The Kanon Standard Edition remained on the top fifty list for the next two months, achieving the rankings of forty-seven and thirty-five.[69] The all ages version of the Kanon Standard Edition premiered at number forty-two on the national ranking, went up to thirty-five the next month, and did not appear on the rankings after that.[70] The Dreamcast port sold 42,379 units in the first week and was the fourth top selling console game in Japan for that week.[71] Kanon has sold over 300,000 units across several platforms, not counting the PSP release.[20]

The first PS2 release in 2002 was reviewed by the Japanese video game magazine Famitsu where the game received an overall score of 29/40 (out of the four individual review scores of 7, 8, 7, and 7).[72] Yūichi Suzumoto commented in an interview in March 2001 that he felt the end of Kanon's story could be summed up as "the prince and princess live happily ever after. The end," resulting in an ending that does not expand on what could possibly happen afterwards.[3] In the October 2007 issue of Dengeki G's Magazine, poll results for the fifty best bishōjo games were released. Out of 249 titles, Kanon ranked fifth with seventy-one votes.[73]

Characters from Kanon have appeared in several dōjin games not directly based on the Kanon series such as the Eternal Fighter Zero game by Twilight Frontier where most of the playable characters either came from Kanon or from an earlier Key game entitled One.[74] The dōjin game Glove on Fight featured at least two Kanon characters: Ayu Tsukimiya and Akiko Minase in a fighting style game along with various other characters taken from other media.[75] The character Ayu Tsukimiya in particular is known to appear in works outside Kanon, such as in strip sixty-seven of the webcomic Megatokyo where Ayu is shown eating taiyaki.[76]

Five days before the first PS2 release for Kanon, a PlayStation 2 printer called Tapis MPR-505 went on sale which enabled the user to print out game screens. Kanon was one of the three games supported at launch, the other two being America Ōden Ultra Quiz from DigiCube and Marle de Jigsaw from Nippon Ichi Software.[77]

The second Kanon anime series was reviewed at Anime News Network where Theron Martin commented how the series is a "formulaic moe haremfest", and how the moe aspects of the series may make views "feel like they're drowning in a vat of gooey cuteness". The series is described as being similar to the anime television adaptation of Air, saying "Like Air, the first four episodes can be simply summarized as 'male lead arrives in town and kills time interacting with cute girls.' Unlike Air, however, these interactions can occasionally be very funny."[78] Martin also compares Kanon to the anime adaptation of Shuffle! which is described as "bombing" where Kanon "works". The reviewer chalks this up to the characters "endear[ing] themselves to the viewer...far better than what Shuffle!'s do." Martin cites the transition between humor and serious content as a defining feature of the series.[79] However, Martin comments how one of the series' flaws is how it "overplays the mundane cutesiness and moe cards at times" causing little to happen with the plot. Yuichi is describes as being "too erratic to be fully credible" or easily believable.[80] Despite the series' drawbacks, Martin still describes the series as "one of the best moe-centric series to date" and lauds Kyoto Animation's production values making Kanon "one of the prettiest-looking anime series of the past year". Martin adds another series comparison, citing Kanon as the "polar opposite of Gurren Lagann", which deals primarily in its action-oriented content.[81]

References

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  2. ^ a b c "PROTOTYPE Kanon" (in Japanese). Prototype. http://www.prot.co.jp/psp/kanon/index.html. Retrieved January 24, 2007.  
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  5. ^ Untranslated quote: 起きないから、奇跡って言うんですよ
    Translated quote: "It's called a miracle because it doesn't happen."
  6. ^ Untranslated quote: 約束、だよ
    Translated quote: "It's a promise."
  7. ^ Nakagami, Yoshikatsu; Ikeda, Kazumi; Takeda, Akiyo; Miyata, Kana; Unoguchi, Joh (January 2007). "Kanon". Newtype USA (Houston, TX: A.D. Vision) 6 (1): 62–63. ISSN 1541-4817.  
  8. ^ Untranslated quote: 春がきて・・・ずっと春だったらいいのに
    Translated quote: "If only spring would come and stay forever."
  9. ^ Untranslated quote: 私は魔物を討つ者だから
    Translated quote: "I'm a demon hunter."
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From Wikiquote

Kanon (カノン) is a Japanese visual novel which was developed by Key and released on June 4, 1999. It was later adapted into a manga series which ran between 2000 and 2001 in Japan. An anime series by Toei Animation ran between January 30, 2002 and March 27, 2002, containing 13 episodes, with an additional OVA released on May 3, 2003. The anime was later remade by Kyoto Animation which aired between October 5, 2006 and March 15, 2007, containing 24 episodes. The series follows Yuichi Aizawa as he returns to a city he used to visit as a kid after being gone for seven years. He at first doesn't remember much of anything, but soon he starts meeting several girls who knew him back then and slowly his memories are restored. The game and Toei series have not been officially translated into English, so the quotations will vary slightly depending on the translation source. The English versions of the Kyoto series will be released on DVD starting on January 1, 2008, although the first episode was released on the web on the Anime News Network site.

Contents

Visual novel

Opening quotes

[In the opening video from the visual novel, one quote was viewable after the introduction of each heroine. The quotes are listed in order of appearance.]

Nayuki Minase: "Do you still remember my name?" (わたしの名前、まだ覚えてる? Watashi no namae, mada oboeteru?)
Shiori Misaka: "It's called a miracle because it doesn't happen." (起きないから、奇跡って言うんですよ Okinai kara, kisekitte iun desu yo.)
Makoto Sawatari: "When spring comes...it would be nice if it would last forever." (春がきて・・・ずっと春だったらいいのに Haru ga kite...zutto haru dattara ii no ni.)
Mai Kawasumi: "...I'm a demon hunter." (・・・私は魔物を討つ者だから ...Watashi wa mamono o utsumono dakara.)
Ayu Tsukimiya: "...It's a promise." (・・・約束、だよ ...Yakusoku, dayo.)

2002 Anime

Ayu Tsukimiya introductions

At the beginning of nearly every episode in the 2002 anime, Ayu Tsukimiya recites a small poetic monologue which relates to her storyline.

This translation is by Elite-Fansubs.

Episode 1
A dream... I'm dreaming a dream... A dream I dream every day... An endless dream...
Nayuki: I remember... I remember... I remember! It's okay, I remember!
When was it, that my dream became endless? Far, far in the past? Or was it a few moments ago? Even the answer to that has faded into the dream... and I can only wait, in the river of time... that I'm not sure is even moving...
Episode 2
A dream... I'm inside a dream... Just the same view over and over again... I wish for only one thing in that dozy state. I wish I will see a different sky when I awake.
Episode 3
A dream... The day the dream started. The light was shining brightly through the trees. The feeling of the snow was cold. The smell of the leaves was gentle. And, a little child was crying... I still can't remember that crying face.
Episode 4
A dream... The day my dreams became endless... I could only... Like always, wait at my usual spot... forever and ever, just waiting... That was all I had... So... I'm still waiting...
Episode 5
A dream... A dream of that day... That season where we ran together. The sparkling afternoon sunlight, that I prayed would last forever. The same dreams, over and over again. Like a broken record, over and over...
Episode 6
A dream... There is an end to dreams... Happy dreams, angry dreams. The dream ends when your mother wakes you while you're in your warm bed. The morning scenery that never changes. But... right now...
Episode 7
A harsh dream... A dream you keep wishing you would wake from. But, how do I know that it's a dream? That's a dream? Really?
Episode 8
A sad dream... A dream that makes you want to cry... but you never realize that it was a dream until you're awake. If you don't wake up, that is reality. The dream is reality...
Episode 9
I was dreaming... A dream of two sisters that got along well. They wore the same uniform, and went to the same school, and went back to the same home. It was a sad dream, where that little happiness continued forever and ever.
Episode 11
(Although this isn't just Ayu speaking, it took the place of her normal opening dialog)
Young Yuichi: That doll will grant any wish you make.
Young Ayu: Any wish?
Young Yuichi: But only three of them.
Young Ayu: Will it really grant any wish I make?
Young Yuichi: Of course! But I'm the one granting them. So don't make any wishes that I can't grant.
Young Ayu: Okay. My first wish is...
Episode 11 (end of episode)
I'm dreaming a dream from long ago. The same days over and over again. Within this endless dream, I wished for a morning that wouldn't come. It's red... and white... and cold... and warm... and sad... and happy... and... and the same days are repeated. I knew from a long time ago, from years ago. Wandering in this dream... wishing for a dawn that wouldn't come... I'm always in the same spot. A ruckus with no voices, and a faceless person walks before me. No one cares about just one little child. I'm waiting for a person. A person I know who won't come. Someone I know I won't meet again. For years and years... within this repeating dream, I was always waiting... for a dawn that won't come.
Episode 12
The dream... the day the dream ends... Like the way the snow melts away in the warm spring sunshine, Like the way memories fade away in an eternal passage of time, The long dream comes to an end. My last wish is...
Episode 13 (near end of episode)
[Last Regrets, the Kanon game opening theme, plays during Ayu's monologue]
I liked the flowing scenery. The city where the snow falls. I liked running through the marketplace while leaving new footprints. Spring... the city where the snow melts. I liked scooping up little clumps of snow that remained on the trees. Summer... the city that forgot the cold of snow. I liked looking at the city scenery that showed under a tilted umbrella. Fall... the city waiting for the season of snow. I liked catching the little flakes of snow that fell from the sky in the palm of my hand. And the season turns to winter. The season when the city gets covered all in white. I liked the flowing seasons. But like winter puddles that froze into ice, my time was frozen. I was always all alone within the season-less time. Repeating again and again. Staring at the same scenery again and again in my dream. Leaving my body to the ceaseless night. But now... slowly... the night is ending.

2006 Anime

Ayu Tsukimiya introductions

At the beginning of several episodes in the 2006 anime remake, Ayu Tsukimiya recites a small poetic monologue which relates to her storyline.

Episode 1
A dream...I'm seeing a dream...The dream I see every day...The endless dream...The red snow...The world stained in red. The small, crying child was blocking the red sky. I wanted to wipe away his tears, at least. But the hands wouldn't move, and the tears trailing down his cheeks soaked into the snow, and...al I could do was watch. It was so painful...and so sad...It's all right. So, don't cry. "It's a promise." I wonder whose words those were. The dream starts to fade away to a different color. Yep...it's a promise.
Episode 1 (Dub)
It's a dream. I'm dreaming. It's the same one I have every day... and it never ends. Red snow... a world stained in red. A small child is crying, almost eclipsing the sunset. I wanted... I wanted at least to wipe away his tears, but my hands wouldn't leave my sides... and the tears streaming down his cheeks disappeared into the snow. All I could do was watch. It was so frusterating... and sad. It'll be alright. Don't cry. I promise. I can't help but wonder whose words those were. They seemed too far away to be mine. The dream fades to a distant color. It fades... to a promise.
Episode 2
A dream...I'm inside the dream...Like always...The same scenery again and again...Slowly rocked by the slumber, I make a wish. That the next time I open my eyes...I'll see a different view.
Episode 2 (Dub)
A dream...I'm in a dream...It's the same one as always...The same scene repeating itself over and over again. As I slowly drift off to sleep...I wish for only one thing. That I'll close my eyes, and the next time I open them, that the scene will finally change.
Episode 3
A dream...I wonder when it was that I realized that this is a dream? A long, long time ago? Or only a few minutes ago? Even the answer fades away into the dream...In this world that I'm not sure if time is flowing or not...as I dream about waking up...
Episode 3 (Dub)
When did I realize that it was only a dream anyway? Was it long ago, or just a few moments? All sense of time is hazy and clouded. I'm not sure if time is really passing. My dream is of the day...when I'll finally awaken.
Episode 4
A dream...A dream has an end...no matter how pleasant the dream is...or how scary it is. The dream ends when Mother shakes you awake from outside the warm blankets. A scene in the morning that never changes...But now...I wonder when dreams started to never end.
Episode 4 (Dub)
Every dream has an end...No matter how nice the dream might be, or how scary it is. Under your warm blanket, the dream comes to an abrupt end, when mother shakes you awake. Forever and ever, the morning scene remains the same. But now I...I wonder...when the dreams began to never end.
Episode 5
A dream...I'm seeing a dream...A dream of waiting for someone...Sitting on a small bench all alone...Listening to the crowd far away...Waiting for the person who wouldn't show up for hours...for days...and then for years...
Episode 5 (Dub)
I remain in a dream...I'm listening to the distant crowd...I'm sitting on a bench...All alone...Waiting for someone...Someone who will probably never come...Yet I wait...For hours...For days...For years...Forever...
Episode 6
A dream...The day the dream started...The light through the branches was bright. The snow felt cold...And a small boy was crying. But I can still remember his face.
Episode 11
A dream...When the dream doesn't end anymore...like always...at the same place...I'm only able to wait...That's all I can do...So...I'm still waiting...
Episode 12
A dream...I'm inside a dream. I can hear things...from far away and from close by...They echo like waves by the shore. Adults walk busily...without noticing the small form sitting on the bench.

The Silver Overture [2006.1]

[Yuichi and Nayuki meet for the first time in seven years.]
Nayuki: Say, do you still remember my name?
Yuichi: What about you?
Nayuki: Yuichi.
Yuichi: Hanako. [Common Japanese name for women]
Nayuki: That's wrong!
Yuichi: Jiro. [Common Japanese name for men]
Nayuki: I'm a girl...

[Yuichi and Ayu meet for the first time in seven years.]
Ayu: Hey you! Outta the way, outta the way! Ugū, outta the way! [Ayu runs into Yuichi.] Ugū. That hurt!
Yuichi: Sorry, my fault. You were going so fast, I couldn't dodge.
Ayu: Ugū. I can't run that fast.
Yuichi: Hey, there's no need to be so humble.
Ayu: Ugū. Anyway, we'll talk later.

The Introit in Snow [2006.2]

[Kaori is commenting on Yuichi's introduction to their class for the first time.]
Kaori: Wasn't expecting such an ordinary introduction.
Yuichi: If there's such a thing as an unordinary introduction, I'd love to see it.

[Nayuki states the obvious to Yuichi.]
Nayuki: Yuichi! School's over.
Yuichi: Didn't need you to tell me that...

Yuichi (Dub): [After leaving Nayuki, he wanders around the school.] I am officially lost. [Looks down each hallway and sees that they are all the same.] Who made this place so freaking big?!

[Kaori runs into Yuichi in the hallway at school.]
Kaori: Aizawa-kun. What are you doing?
Yuichi: I turned to find Kaori Misaka standing behind me.
Kaori: Why are you describing the situation?

[Later on, Kaori and Yuichi are walking together down a hallway at school.]
Kaori: You were acting pretty suspiciously, so I was wondering if you were a spy from some secret agency who had snuck in.
Yuichi: I'm a normal transfer student.

The Memoryless Partita [2006.3]

[Yuichi meets Shiori for the second time, this time at school.]
Shiori: I snuck out today to see someone. If they found out I came to school while I'm on leave, I'd be in trouble.
Yuichi: Are you supposed to meet that person here?
Shiori: No. Actually, I don't know that person very well myself. I don't know the name, or year or class.
Yuichi: You've at least met the person before, right?
Shiori: I have.
Yuichi: What's that person like? Is it a boy? A girl?
Shiori: That's a secret.

[Yuichi and Ayu meet up again in town.]
Ayu: Ugū...
Yuichi: Ugū...
Ayu: Ugū, you mimicked me again!
Yuichi: Ugū...
Ayu: [about to cry] You meanie!
Yuichi: No, I got it. I lose.
Ayu: Eh?
Yuichi: I couldn't master its usage. "Ugū" belongs solely to you.

[At the end of the day, Yuichi and Ayu have tried to search for something she has lost, but failed.]
Yuichi: If you have a cell phone or something, can you give me your number?
Ayu: What's a cell phone?
Yuichi: Are you seriously asking me that?
Ayu: Yeah.
Yuichi: A cellular telephone.
Ayu: Is a cellular telephone something like a telephone?
Yuichi: Yeah, something like that.
Ayu: I see. I learned something today.

The Vacation Caprice [2006.4]

[Ayu and Makoto talk together alone for the first time.]
Ayu: [After a brief silence.] I know!
Makoto: What?
Ayu: Do you want one? A taiyaki.
Makoto: I can?
Ayu: It's a little cold, but if you want...
Makoto: [Makoto takes the taiyaki from Ayu and takes a bite] It's sweet.
Ayu: You don't like sweet things?
Makoto: But it's good! [The two girls smile and laugh and Makoto takes a couple more bites; Yuichi comes back]
Yuichi: You'll get fat, you know.

The Apparitions' Serenade [2006.5]

[Yuichi has met Mai late at night at school and something mysterious just happened; Mai turns to leave.]
Yuichi: Hey, wait! [Mai stops] What was that? [Mai takes another step] I said wait!
Mai: [After a small pause] I'm a demon hunter.

[Yuichi walks into the bathroom naked and finds Makoto already in the bath.]
Yuichi: [After a short pause of them staring at each other] He-Hey! [Small pause] Sorry, I was thinking about stuff, so I didn't know you were in. Uh, well, it must be some sort of fate that we met like this, so mind if I jo- [Yuichi takes a step foward and Makoto screams]

[Yuichi asks Makoto to say a tounge twister. "Demon hunter" is "Mamono wo utsumono" in Japanese]
Yuichi: Makoto, can you say "Demon hunter" ten times fast?
Makoto: Eh, why?
Yuichi: Just say it.
Makoto: Demon hunter! Demon hunter! Demon hunt- [Suddenly stops] Aū, I bit my tongue.
Yuichi: I knew you would.

[Yuichi is trying to talk to Mai in the hallway and Sayuri runs up to them.]
Sayuri: Mai! I'm sorry! [Notices Yuichi] Eh? Hello, were you talking with Mai?
Yuichi: I was just accepting her confession of love.
Sayuri: [Shocked] Confession of love...
Yuichi: [Short pause] Hey, since you're not denying it, she's believing it.
Mai: I wasn't.
Yuichi: It's too late.

[Yuichi is walking home from school and meets Makoto on the way.]
Yuichi: Makoto. What happened to the cold you caught?
Makoto: I'm better now, so I'm running errands. I'm off buying tofu!
Yuichi: Can you buy some yourself?
Makoto: Yes I can. I'm not a child!
Yuichi: You're a child no matter how one looks at you.
Makoto: I'm an adult!
Yuichi: Yeah?
Makoto: Yeah.
Yuichi: Then go buy me a porno magazine while you're at it.
Makoto: What kind of magazine is a porno magazine?
Yuichi: You don't know? It's a magazine aimed at adults, and it's really exciting to read. It really turns you on.
Makoto: Really?
Yuichi: Go up to the store manager and ask, "Can I have a pornographic magazine?" If there's more than one, get anything the store manager recommends.
Makoto: Okay. I can read it, too, right?
Yuichi: Only if you're an adult.
Makoto: Yes, I am an adult. [Cheerfully walks away]
Yuichi: All right, time to go home.

The Divertimento Covered in Riddles [2006.6]

[Yuichi and Ayu are eating taiyaki on a bench when they are young]
Ayu: Yuichi-kun...You know...
Yuichi: What? A confession of love all of a sud-
Ayu: I wouldn't do that!

[Yuichi meets Shiori again one day after school]
Yuichi: What are you doing here?
Shiori: Why are you here?
Yuichi: I only came to take a peek and see if someone I know is at practice or not.
Shiori: There are no teams practicing here.
Yuichi: I was planning to set a trap, so I could catch those who walk around when they're sick.
Shiori: [Shocked] I don't like people who do such things.

[Yuichi and Ayu are parting ways for the day]
Yuichi: See ya. [Waves and starts walking away]
Ayu: Yep. Bye bye. [Waves]
Yuichi: [Notices he's being followed and turns around to find Ayu standing there] See ya. [Waves and starts walking away]
Ayu: Yep. Bye bye. [Waves]
Yuichi: [Ayu still follows him; Yuichi stops and turns around] Why are you following me?
Ayu: [Short pause; looks down at ground and blushes slightly] Because the dark street's scary.

The Runaway and the Kitten's Fugue [2006.7]

[Yuichi and Nayuki are walking together to school; Nayuki suddenly notices something and stops. Yuichi looks back and then forward, noticing a small cat on a wall]
Nayuki: So cute... [Drops her bookbag]
Yuichi: That's an ugly cat.
Nayuki: That's not true! What's wrong with you?!
Yuichi: Wh-Why are you so intimidating?

[Yuichi is trying to talk to Mai during lunch while Sayuri listens]
Yuichi: So Mai, how did it go after that? Did it come out? [Short pause] "Yes" or "no"?
Mai: No.
Yuichi: I see so there are days it doesn't come out.
Sayuri: What are you talking about?
Yuichi: We're talking about Mai's constipation.
Sayuri: [Shocked] Mai, do you want medicine for it?
Yuichi: [Short pause] Hey, you're not denying it, so Sayuri-san's believing me again!
Mai: I'm not.
Yuichi: Too late again!
Sayuri: [Laughs] So it was a joke.

[Yuichi is walking home from school when Ayu tackles him to the ground from behind.]
Ayu: Yuichi-kun! [They both fall down into a pile of snow] Um...[laughs] You surprised me, falling over all of a sudden. Um...I'm sorry.
Yuichi: I got it, so get off of me.

[Yuichi and Makoto are talking on a bridge, where underneath is a busy street. Makoto is holding the cat she found earlier over the edge]
Yuichi: What are you going to do about that cat? It'd be nice if we take it home, but Nayuki would be...
Makoto: Why bother. I had my pork bun, so I don't need it anymore.
Yuichi: How could you say that? You don't think it's cute when it's taken such a liking to you?
Makoto: All animals get thrown away when they are no longer wanted. You don't think so?
Yuichi: Well, there are people who think that way, too, but...
Makoto: We should send it back to the wild before it gets domesticated and learns what peace is.
Yuichi: Return to the wild? [Makoto, completely unfazed, drops the cat into oncoming traffic, but it survives by landing on a truck]
Makoto: There it goes.
Yuichi: [Yelling] What are you doing?
Makoto: Wh-Why are you angry?
Yuichi: How could you be calm after doing that? It could end up who knows where and die!
Makoto: It'll manage somehow! The truck driver might take care of it.
Yuichi: Why are you so irresponsible?!
Makoto: What responsibilities do I have?! It's the cat that followed me! [Yuichi pulls back to slap her, and Makoto winces, anticipating the hit; Yuichi stops himself and lowers his hand]
Yuichi: You idiot!
Makoto: Aū. [Makoto starts to cry]
Yuichi: You can't take back what you did even if you cry.
Makoto: Yuichi, you jerk! [Makoto runs away]
Yuichi: Hey, Makoto! [He waits, watching her go]

The Fantasia of Reminiscence [2006.8]

[Makoto comes into Yuichi's room without knocking.]
Yuichi: Just get out. I'm redoing the homework you shredded to pieces.
Makoto: Aū, If you're going to say that, then forget it. I was planning on showing you a good thing.
Yuichi: If it's you naked, I've already seen it.
Makoto: [Shocked] Eh? Not me naked!

The Kit's Berceuse [2006.9]

[Yuichi just finshed reading a manga to Makoto]
Makoto: [Tired] I want to get married. I want to...get married.
Yuichi: When you grow up.
Makoto:I want to get married to you. Then...Then...Then we can always be together.

The Hilltop Requiem [2006.10]

[On Monomi Hill at sunset, Yuichi says wedding vows for him and Makoto]
Yuichi: I, Aizawa Yuichi, and Sawatari Makoto...do swear to be by each other's side for richer or poorer...in sickness and in health. We'll always be together from now on, Makoto. [In thought] I believed that Makoto's wishes had all come true then...Running around having fun while causing trouble to others like kids do. Was Makoto happy with us? Was Makoto happy spending time with me, whom she hates? Was all of this worthwhile? Everyone really loved you. We were always arguing, but I loved you, too. If you had noticed that, then you would have been happy. But you were always a troublemaker, so I'm a little worried you weren't. [To Makoto] Makoto, let's always stay together.

The Intermezzo of Light and Shadows [2006.11]

[Yuichi and Nayuki walk into the classroom]
Jun: Yo, Aizawa!
Yuichi: Morning, Kitagawa. You're wearing the same clothes again.
Jun: [Laughs] Of course I am, for it is a uniform. You wear the same clothes every day, too.
Yuichi: [Laughs] Mine may seem the same, but I actually change them every day.
Jun: [Laughs] To tell you the truth, I do, as well. [Both laugh]

[School has just ended and Nayuki reminds Yuichi of a promise he made.]
Nayuki: Yuichi, it's after school.
Yuichi: Yeah, I could care less about it right now.
Nayuki: You should care about it. We're going home together today.
Yuichi: Who is?
Nayuki: You are.
Yuichi: With whom?
Nayuki: With me.
Yuichi: Why?
Nayuki: Because we promised.
Yuichi: Who did?
Nayuki: You did.
Yuichi: With whom?
Nayuki: With me.
Yuichi: Why?
Nayuki: Because we promised.
Yuichi: Who did?
Jun: You guys, don't you have anyone to stop you two?
Yuichi: I was actually hoping you would.

[Yuichi is walking home with Nayuki from school and they run into Ayu.]
Yuichi: Just to be sure, do you own a dress?
Ayu: A dress? Why?
Yuichi: What were you listening to? I said a dress for a dance festival.
Ayu: I don't understand.
Yuichi: You're the last hope I had. At this rate, you'll always stay an "uguu".
Nayuki: Yuichi, if you ask like that, you'll only confuse her more.
Ayu: That's right. It's been a while since we last met, and what's with the strange question right off the bat?
Nayuki: And it was very rude, too.
Ayu: Yeah, yeah, Yuichi-kun, you're really rude.
Nayuki and Ayu: Right? [Short pause] Who are you?

[Running to get to school on time, Yuichi and Nayuki somehow make it with time to spare.]
Yuichi: Looks like we made it.
Nayuki: We still have ten minutes until class starts. It's a new record.
Yuichi: It's a miracle.
Kaori: [Walks up to them] Listening to your conversation, it sounds like miracles are really cheap.
Nayuki: Good morning Kaori.
Yuichi: I was sure we were going to be late today, and yet to have ten minutes to spare is a miracle.
Kaori: Aizawa-kun. Miracles aren't supposed to happen that easily.

The Oddly Shaped Waltz [2006.12]

[Yuichi and Ayu outside at night talking about Nayuki.]
Ayu: I wonder if I'll be as beautiful as Nayuki-san when I grow up.
Yuichi: Nayuki is as old as we are.
Ayu: Eh?! Ugū, what a shock.
Yuichi: Don't worry about it. You have your own merits.
Ayu: Like what?!
Yuichi: You can get on the train with children's fare.
Ayu: That doesn't make me happy at all!
Yuichi: You can wear clothes from when you were small, no matter how many years pass.
Ayu: I'm growing a little!
Yuichi: It's not embarrassing to order the kid's meal.
Ayu: That's actually kind of good.
Yuichi: So don't let it worry you.
Ayu: It does!

[In class, Jun shows off a strange outfit.]
Jun: Aizawa, Minase, check this out!
Nayuki: What's that Kitagawa-kun?
Jun: My outfit for the dance. I'm on the committee, so I have to keep the party wild.
Yuichi: Committee? You?
Jun: Yeah! I'll catch all the eyes in the hall with this.
Kaori: I think you can...in more ways than one.
Jun: Don't you think? I got this so I can dance with you.
Kaori: I'm not participating in it.
Jun: EH?!
Kaori: I'm going to hang out with Nayuki today.

The Dangerous Trio [2006.13]

[Yuichi brought Ayu along to meet Mai at night at school, but now he wants her to go home.]
Ayu: You're cruel to make me go back alone when you made me come!
Yuichi: I have to be with Mai, so sorry.
Ayu: Ugū, I don't have the courage.
Yuichi: If you stay here, ghosts will show up.
Ayu: Ugū!
Yuichi: Stand up straight. You're an adult aren't you?
Ayu: It's not fair to say that only at times like this.
Yuichi: Use your Ugū power!
Ayu: You're not making any sense!

The Cracked Concerto [2007.14]

[After Sayuri explained how Mai has saved her to Yuichi...]
Sayuri: Do you know the name of this song?
Yuichi: No. Though I often hear it...
Sayuri: It's Canon. Pachelbel's Canon.
Yuichi: Canon?
Sayuri: The same melody repeats itself as the song grows richer and more beautiful. Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could live seemingly constant lives while experiencing little changes bit by bit...

[Yuichi has just come home from school and asks Ayu a question.]
Yuichi: I'm home.
Ayu: Welcome back, Yuichi-kun.
Yuichi: Hey, how was Akiko-san's jam?
Ayu: [Short pause and now nervous] That was something other than "food".
Yuichi: [Makes a quick smirk] So you thought so, too.
Ayu: [Shocked and close to tears] So you knew! Ugū, you could have told me.
Yuichi: But it looks to be good for one's health. It could work as an anti-cancer drug.
Ayu: Ugū!

The Hide-and-Seek's Sonatina [2007.15]

[Mai has just stabbed herself with her sword at school.]
Yuichi: Mai! Mai, don't die on me. Mai... [Yuichi picks her up and holds her] Mai! How could this... [Yuichi starts weeping]
Younger inner Mai: Yuichi. [Yuichi looks up and see's Mai's younger inner self.]
Yuichi I'm sorry I was so late.
Younger inner Mai: It's fine, since you came after all. You won't go anywhere this time?
Yuichi: Yeah, since we're friends.
Younger inner Mai: You will be my friend? You won't be afraid of me?
Yuichi: I promise. [Mai's younger inner self smiles and Yuichi notices a change in Mai's wound.] The wound is closed. You saved her?
Younger inner Mai: I think I can go back now. I think she can accept me.
Yuichi: You're...Mai's...
Younger inner Mai: I'm a fragment of Mai's power. But I want you to call me by this name: "Hope". [Mai's younger inner self turns and disappears.]
Yuichi: Mai. Get up, Mai. It's time for you to wake up from your dream.

The Midnight Oratorio [2007.16]

[Yuichi and Ayu are walking through the hospital and run into Shiori.]
Yuichi: Shiori. [Shiori turns and and sees them]
Shiori: Yuichi-san.
Ayu: [Ayu runs up to Shiori with Yuichi close behind] It's been a while!
Shiori: Are you both sick?
Yuichi: Visiting a friend. There is a saying: "Ugū never gets sick." [This is a joke on the actual phrase "Idiots never get sick."]
Ayu: There is no such saying!

The Lieder ohne Worte Between the Elder and the Younger Sister [2007.17]

[Yuichi comes home after having a serious talk with Kaori. Yuichi shows obvious signs of being depressed.]
Yuichi: I'm home.
Ayu: Welcome back!
Yuichi: Yeah. [Picks up Piro] How is Akiko-san doing?
Ayu: Nayuki-san made egg-drop porridge and took it to her.
Yuichi: I see. [Hands Piro to Ayu]
Ayu: What's wrong? You don't look so well.
Yuichi: Eh? Yeah, it's because it was so cold outside. [Yuichi turns and walks away toward his room. A few minutes later, Ayu comes to Yuichi's room.]
Ayu: [Knocks on the door] Yuichi-kun, I'm coming in. [Ayu opens the door and Piro walks in first. Ayu sees Yuichi laying on his bed.] Ah! It's pitch black in here. Can I turn the lights on?
Yuichi: No, please don't.
Ayu: Why?
Yuichi: When it gets bright, I turn to ashes.
Ayu: [Laughs and walks closer to Yuichi's bed, sitting next to him.] So you're a vampire?
Yuichi: You need something?
Ayu: No, not really. I just I just felt that it'd be better to stay close to you.
Yuichi: Mind your own business.
Ayu: You're right...
Yuichi: [Small laugh] You're so strange.
Ayu: You're right.
Yuichi: [After a short pause] Thank you.

[Yuichi and Shiori are eating curry for lunch at school, a food known for being spicy.]
Shiori: [Looks down at the food with a apprehensive look] It looks spicy.
Yuichi: The curry they serve here is pretty good. [Yuichi takes a bite of the curry. Shiori watches in surprise as he enjoys it.] What's wrong? Eat up.
Shiori: Y-Yes. [Shiori takes a scoop of the curry and slowly lifts it up to her mouth before slipping it into her mouth. Almost instantly, Shiori shows signs of panic.]
Yuichi: Are you all right?
Shiori: [Takes a drink of water] To tell you the truth, I can't take spicy food at all.
Yuichi: What? Then what about wasabi?
Shiori: I don't even want to see it.
Yuichi: Mustard?
Shiori: [Covers her ears with her hands] I don't even want to hear of it.
Yuichi: Tabasco?
Shiori: It's the enemy of all humankind!
Yuichi: Ice cream?
Shiori: I love it.
Yuichi: Why did you order curry then?
Shiori: [After a short pause and then while slightly blushing] I wanted to eat the same thing you were eating.

[After her bath, Ayu comes into Yuichi's room to tell him the bath is ready.]
Yuichi: You keep your hair band on even after you take your bath, eh?
Ayu: This? [While slightly blushing] It's because I got it as a present from someone precious to me.

The Disappearing Adagio [2007.18]

[Shiori's birthday party is underway and Jun notices that most of Yuichi's friends are girls.]
Nayuki: So Shiori-chan was the girl that came to get you the other day.
Jun: I knew I had seen that face from somewhere before. You're the one that was standing in the courtyard, right?
Yuichi: Oh yeah, you were the one who first found Shiori there.
Jun: That's right! And you laid your hands on her without my permission!
Yuichi: Don't say such misleading things.
Jun: Shiori-chan, Minase, and eh...Tsukimiya Ayu-chan, was it?
Ayu: Yep!
Jun: And Shiori-chan's classmate. And you're close with Kurata-san and Kawasumi-san from the third-year class, aren't you? [Jun jumps up and grabed Yuichi in a neck hold.] You pimp!

[Shiori's birthday party has just ended and everyone's outside the café.]
Nayuki: That was embarrassing.
Yuichi: Yeah right, after how much you were laughing?
Ayu: Are you all right, Shiori-chan? Are you tired?
Shiori: No, I'm fine. It was fun. I'm glad I was able to share some time with you. [Shiori pauses and looks to her sister her is looking the other way.]
Nayuki: Shiori-chan, let's have lunch together next time.
Shiori: Can I?
Shiori's classmate: Then me, too.
Ayu: Me, too!
Yuichi: You go to a different school.
Ayu: Ugū.
Jun: I'm in, too. It's a waste to let Aizawa have all the fun.
Yuichi: I told you to not say misleading things.
Jun: Why? Don't you want to make a cute girl like her your girlfriend?
Kaori: You really don't have an eye for girls, do you, Aizawa-kun? [Both Shiori and Yuichi are shocked at what she said.]
Yuichi: [After a short pause, and then with a smirk on his face.] Mind your own business.
Kaori: It is my business. [Kaori finally turns toward Shiori and Yuichi.] Because Shiori is... Shiori is...[Short pause.] ...my litter sister. [Everyone is shocked to hear this, though mainly those that didn't already know.] Right, Shiori?
Shiori: Onee-chan...
Jun: Why didn't you say that in the beginning? Ah, could it be- [Yuichi slaps his hand on Jun's mouth.]
Yuichi: Zip it.
Kaori: Come, let's be off. [Kaori starts to lead the others away from Yuichi and Shiori.]
Ayu: Y-Yeah.
Nayuki: Oh yeah, I have practice!
Kaori: [Kaori stops and turns back to face Shiori and Yuichi.] Shiori, um... [Short pause.] Let's chat a lot later.
Shiori: Yup.
Kaori: Aizawa-kun, take care of my sister, please.
Yuichi: Yeah. [Kaori has one more look at Shiori and then turns to continue walking with the others.]

The Contact Étude [2007.19]

[Seven years prior to the present in the story, Yuuichi and Ayu are talking together in the shopping district.]
Yuichi: That doll I gave you...
Ayu: This? [Ayu motions to the doll she's holding.]
Yuichi: That doll is actually not an ordinary doll. It's a mysterious doll that grants a wish for the owner. [Short pause.] You just thought I was lying, didn't you?
Ayu: A little.
Yuichi: But it's true.
Ayu: [Surprised] Really?
Yuichi: But it can only grant three wishes. Of course, it doesn't accept "I want more wishes." Put yourself in the shoes of the one that has to grant them.
Ayu: Who's going to grant them?
Yuichi: Me.
Ayu: [Short pause and then after a small laugh] I see.
Yuichi: So I can't grant wishes that are impossible for me, either. By the way, I'm poor. [Ayu laughes] Now, say any wish you have.
Ayu: Then, here's my first wish. [Holds the doll as if she is praying to it.] Please don't forget about me. Even if you go home because winter vacation is over, please remember me from time to time. And think, "Right, I met a strange girl in that snow-covered city." That enough, so please don't forget. That's my first wish. [Looks up at Yuichi] Is that no good?
Yuichi: I told you that I'd do anything I can. I promise. I'll never forget about you, and I will come back to this city. When I do, let's eat taiyaki together.
Ayu: Yep.
Yuichi: By the way, the taiyaki will be on me.
Ayu: Yep, it's a promise!

[Nayuki is just about to start the track team tournament, while Ayu, Yuichi, Jun and Nayuki's mother watch on the sidelines.]
Ayu: I'm getting worried. Nayuki-san will be all right, right? She'll win, right?
Yuichi: I wonder. I feel like she's not nervous enough for the match.
Ayu: That's not true! Nayuki-san will win it for sure!
Yuichi: You're the one that said you're worried.
Ayu: Ugū. I did but...
Jun: [To Yuichi, trying to keep his voice down.] Hey, don't make a grade school girl your girlfriend, all right? There are a lot of problems with that.
Ayu: [Annoyed] I'm the same age as Yuichi-kun and Kitagawa-kun. [Jun is shocked and screams out.] You're overreacting!
Jun: You're really in high school? Which high school?
Ayu: One in the west forest.
Yuichi: Apparently you can go when you want and leave when you want.
Ayu: There's no homework, and taiyaki is served for lunch.
Jun: Does that kind of school even exist?
Yuichi: [Voice hushed] Don't take it seriously.

[Yuichi and Nayuki are walking hope after Yuichi just bought her a present for winning the track team tournament.]
Nayuki: Hey, Yuichi. [Yuichi, who is walking a little ahead of Nayuki, stops and turns around. After a short pause, Nayuki speaks again.] Don't give Ayu-chan too much trouble, okay?
Yuichi: If anything, I think it's usually me that's troubled by her.
Nayuki: You don't understand. Ayu-chan is...
Yuichi: What about Ayu?
Nayuki: [Looks away.] It's a secret!
Yuichi: Give me a hint.
Nayuki: It's meaningless for me to say it. [Nayuki starts to walk towards Yuichi.]
Yuichi: Hint two!
Nayuki: Nope. Only one hint. [Nayuki keeps walking past Yuichi.]
Yuichi: Bonus chance! [He goes to catch up to her.]
Nayuki: There's none of that!
Yuichi: Special chance!
Nayuki: What's that?
Yuichi: Attack chance!
Nayuki: You're not making sense.

[Seven years previous, Ayu is waiting on a bench for Yuichi with a present to give to him.]
Ayu: [Ayu notices Yuichi running up to her and stands up to face him while smiling.] You're late, Yuichi-kun.
Yuichi: Sorry... [Catches his breath] ...to keep you waiting.
Ayu: I thought you wouldn't be coming today.
Yuichi: Me too; I thought I wouldn't make it today. I'm sorry I always make you wait, Ayu.
Ayu: Yuichi-kun, um...[Ayu holds out her present to Yuichi.] These are for you! They're cookies I made.
Yuichi: Handmade? [Takes the small bag.] Thank you.
Ayu: [Yuichi looks inside the bag to discover all the cookies are black and hard.] I'm sorry I couldn't make them very well. [Yuichi manages to take a bite of one of the cookies.] How is it?
Yuichi: It's good...
Ayu: [With a smile] That's great!

The Farewell Nocturn [2007.20]

[Right after they break their kiss together.]
Ayu: Um, I-I...I'm sorry!
Yuichi: Don't apologize, you idiot!
Ayu: B-But I ignored your feelings, and I...
Yuichi: I love you, Ayu. Do you love me?
Ayu: I...I've loved you since a long, long time ago, too! [Slight pause.] I think, if you love me, then I think I can love you back forever! [Covers her face in embarrassment, then looks up at Yuichi.] I don't really understand it, but I think it's something like that. Um...[Laughs] What am I saying? I shouldn't be saying things that aren't like me.
Yuichi: No, my thoughts are exactly the same. We've waited for seven years, so we need to take back the time we've lost.
Ayu: Yuichi-kun... [Hugs him] Then let's meet here tomorrow after school, too. Like we used to.
Yuichi: Yeah. Like we used to.

[Yuichi and Ayu are just about to part ways while they go to their respective schools.]
Yuichi: Don't go following a stranger even if you're given taiyaki.
Ayu: I'm not a child!
Yuichi: You are a child until you can solve cubic equations like child's play. Do you know what a cubic equation is?
Ayu: Ugū, not really...
Yuichi: I don't either!
Ayu: Eh?!

The Ronde Without You [2007.21]

[Ayu is up in a tree about to make her second wish on the doll Yuichi gave her.]
Ayu: Then my second wish is, I want to go to school with you. Just today. We'll make this place our school. We'll study together, eat lunch together, clean the classroom together...and I want to go home with you. Is a wish like this okay?
Yuichi: I promised that I'd grant anything I can. From now on, this place is a school. A school without rules or uniforms. A school with freedom.
Ayu: How about homework?
Yuichi: None, of course.
Ayu: How about tests?
Yuichi: No tests! You can skip school when you want. You can come when you want and leave when you want.
Ayu: That's a nice school! Then I'll add something, too...Taiyaki is served for lunch every day!
Yuichi: Taiyaki every day?
Ayu: Yep! Taiyaki every day.
Yuichi: Every day is a little...
Ayu: No! It'll be served every day!
Yuichi: [After a short pause] Let's meet at this school, again.
Ayu: Here?
Yuichi: Yeah, next time I come to this city.
Ayu: We'll meet at this school!
Yuichi: You got it!
Ayu: Yep! It's a promise.

[Yuichi is crying alone on a bench and Nayuki runs up to him holding some snow shaped to look like a bunny.]
Nayuki: Yuichi. I'm glad I was able to see you before you left. I've been searching for you since morning. [Looks down at the snow bunny and places it on her head.] Look, this is called a snow bunny. [Takes snow bunny off her head and holds it in her hands again.] I made it. I can only make something like this, but...And it took time because I'm not good at it. But I wanted to give it to you, so I did my best at making it. You see, Yuichi...Will you accept this? We won't be able to see each other for a while starting tomorrow, but...But you'll come visit again, right? [Short pause] I could never bring myself to say it but...Yuichi, I've always...loved you. [Short pause] Yuichi? Is something wrong? Are you crying? Did something happen? Hey...Yuichi? Yui- [Yuichi stands up and pulls back his hand. He slaps the snow bunny out of Nayuki's hand and it crashes to the ground.]

The Symphony of Recollections [2007.22]

[Ayu just feel off from the tree and cannot move.]
Yuichi: Ayu! Ayu!
Ayu: [Opens her eyes] Yuichi...kun...
Yuichi: Don't talk. I'll take you to the hospital right away.
Ayu: It hurts. It really hurts.
Yuichi: I got it, so don't talk.
Ayu: [Small laugh] I fell...I'm supposed to be good at climbing trees, too. [Suddenly feels something] What's this? I don't feel the pain anymore. What's going to happen to me?
Yuichi: If it doesn't hurt, then it's absolutely fine.
Ayu: Yep. [Short pause] Heh? My body doesn't move.
Yuichi: It's fine if it doesn't move. I'll take you.
Ayu: But...if I can't move...we can't play. [Starts to cry] Yuichi-kun. Will you...play with me again?
Yuichi: [About to cry] Yeah, of course. I even have something to give you.
Ayu: I'm glad. Then it's a promise.
Yuichi: Yeah.
Ayu: Pinky promise. [Tries to move her hand.] I can't move. If I can't move my hands, we can't make a pinky promise. I'm...such a fool.
Yuichi: [Grabs her hand and makes a pinky promise.] There, we can still make a pinky promise. We did make a promise, Ayu. It's a promise so...
Ayu: Yep, it's a promise...
Yuichi: [Short pause] Come on, if you don't let go, it doesn't become official. You have to let go of me. We have to let go of it together, or else it won't be official. Ayu? [Breaks down] Ayu!!!

Nayuki (Dub):Yuichi...Are you a miricle worker?

The Scarlet-Red Finale [2007.23]

[Yuichi meets Ayu at the place where the tree was cut down.]
Yuichi: I still love you.
Ayu: Me, too, Yuichi-kun.
Yuichi: Then why did you say we can't meet again?
Ayu: Because I'm out of time. Today, I'm here to say goodbye.
Yuichi: I'm here to give you what you left behind.
Ayu: So...you found it.
Yuichi: Yes, with some trouble. Lots of trouble. [Yuichi stands up and faces Ayu.]
Ayu: Thank you. [Yuichi walks closer and hands her the bag.] Yuichi-kun.
Yuichi: You're late, Ayu.
Ayu: We're allowed to come whenever we want to our school.
Yuichi: That's right.
Ayu: Yep!
Yuichi: We were able to meet again.
Ayu: Yep.
Yuichi: Is this really goodbye?
Ayu: Yep.
Yuichi: You can't stay in this city forever?
Ayu: No.
Yuichi: I see. [Short pause] Then...Then at least tell me your third wish. Since I made a promise that I'd grant your wish, so at the very least, let me grant the last wish.
Ayu: ...That's...right...Thank you for waiting! Here's my last wish! Yuichi-kun. Please...Please...forget about me. Please think as if I'd never existed. Yes...Please...[Starts to cry] Please...forget about...
Yuichi: Are you sure? Do you really wish for me to forget about you?
Ayu: But I...don't have any more wishes. I was able to eat so much of the taiyaki that I was never supposed to have been able to eat again. So...So, please forget about me. [Yuichi embraces her.] Yuichi-kun...I'm not a child anymore.
Yuichi: Yes, you are.
Ayu: That's not true.
Yuichi: You go running off on your own and cause trouble for others.
Ayu: Ugū.
Yuichi: What's worse, you try to shoulder all the burden yourself. All with your small body. You're not alone. I won't accept that wish. I can't grant it.
Ayu: Yuichi-kun...
Yuichi: There's no way I'd be able to forget about you!
Ayu: I know what my wish is. My last wish is...[A strong wind passes by and the wish is not audible.]
Yuichi: What did you just say, Ayu? [Short pause] Ayu? [Embraces her again]
Ayu: Yuichi-kun, is my body still warm?
Yuichi: Of course it is.
Ayu: What a relief. [Ayu disappears in a flash of light.]
Yuichi: [Falls to the ground] Ayu...

The Kanon at the End of Dreams [2007.24]

[Yuichi is talking to Ayu as she in unconscious in a coma. Ayu is thinking this.]
Ayu: A dream... I'm seeing a dream...A dream of the person most dear to me, sitting by my side. He talks to me. He lets me hear about many things. About his cousin that he met after seven years. About of story of a fox that became human. About a story of a strange girl that came to the school's courtyard every day. About a story of a girl who fought ghosts. And about a story of a childhood friend he met in the shopping district at sunset. A dream...I'm seeing a dream. A dream of being by my dearest person. A daily life that repeats. Pieces of dreams come on after another and fill my heart, just like how snow gradually turns the city white.

[Yuichi goes out to try to find Ayu. Ayu is thinking this.]
Ayu: I loved the scenery that flew by. Winter. A city of snow. I loved running through the shopping district, leaving behind footprints. Spring. A city of melting snow. I loved picking up the snow piled beside the roots of trees. Summer. The city has forgotten how cold the snow was. I loved looking at the city through the cracks on the umbrella. Autumn. The city waiting for snow to fall. I loved catching the small snowflakes with my hands. And it's back to winter. The season of snow. The season when the entire city is white. I loved the scenery that flew by. But, like a puddle that freezes, my time has frozen. Inside this square room, where there is no change in seasons. I was always alone...while repeatedly seeing the same scenes in my dream...while viewing the endless night...But, slowly, light was starting to shine into the night.

[Ayu is out of the hospital and is waiting on a bench for Yuichi in the spring.]
Ayu: [In thought.] It's getting sad. [Yuichi finally shows up.] He's standing right in front of me.
Yuichi: Hey, suspicious person!
Ayu: You're late! Way too late!
Yuichi: Sorry, I was a little late.
Ayu: Besides, I'm not a suspicious person.
Yuichi: What? You're suspicious no matter how you look at it.
Ayu: How so?
Yuichi: Everything.
Ayu: Ugū. That's not true!
Yuichi: [Pating the strange hat Ayu has on.] What's with this? Trying to change your image?
Ayu: You promise not to laugh?
Yuichi: I won't.
Ayu: You really promise not to?
Yuichi: I swear that I won't no matter what happens.
Ayu: It sounds really made-up, but okay, it's a promise.
Yuichi: I do keep promises.
Ayu: I went to a barber and asked for a haircut. Then...[Ayu takes off the hat]...I got a lot cut off. [Yuichi beings to laugh.] [In thought.] And he laughed out loud without holding anything back. [Aloud, and puts the hat back on.] Ugū. You said you wouldn't laugh!
Yuichi: With that hairstyle, you're more and more like a boy. That's what you get for going to a barber at your age.
Ayu: But I've only gone to barbers before.
Yuichi: Next time, have Nayuki show you to a hair salon.
Ayu: Yep, I'll do that.
Yuichi: Let's go now. [Yuichi helps her up.] Akiko-san said she'll make you taiyaki.
Ayu: Really?
Yuichi: Shiori, Mai, Kaori, and Sayuri-san are there, too. They're all waiting for us. [Yuichi helps Ayu into her wheelchair.]
Ayu: Then we have to hurry.
Yuichi: Yeah. [Yuichi begins to push Ayu in the wheelchair.]
Ayu: I want to make some taiyaki, too. [In thought.] The time that had stopped slowly starts moving...while holding on to a small fragment of a miracle. [Aloud.] Hey, Yuichi-kun.
Yuichi: Yeah?
Ayu: Will I be able to run around again?
Yuichi: Of course. On the dirt, grass, or snow. You'll be able to run around again.
Ayu: Yep. You're right. [In thought.] I don't know how long it'll take. But there's plenty of time.

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