A Sonatina of hide and seek

Kanon

Sharing a tender moment…

Sheer words fail me to describe how I felt this episode was, so let’s just say Kyo Ani kept on raising the bar higher and higher with every Kanon arc they’re doing now. This episode resolves Mai’s arc in a very awesome manner, and let’s just say I was left speechless for at least 5 minutes after the episode ended.

Kanon

“Yo, Yuiichi.”

Facing off with the rest of the demons, Mai and Yuuichi manage to exterminate what he thought was the last of them, with Mai pulling off some impressive sword stunts. She asks for gyudon after that and Yuiichi gladly obliges and runs off to buy it, only to return to see Mai is missing and he realizes that there’s one more demon left. He searches for her and meets with the demon, who reveals to him Mai’s sad past.

Kanon

“Don’t die, okaasan!”

While she was still a loli kid, Mai’s mother fell sick badly and almost died, but Mai saved her with her healing powers. Her power was paraded on TV, which resulted in her ostracism in her original town and she moved away to the current town where she meets Yuiichi in a barley field, who was the first person to play with her and accepted her powers. However, Yuuichi had to leave when summer vacation was over and Mai fabricated a lie about demons attacking the barley field to make Yuuichi stay. The barley field eventually became the school and Mai’s power, materialized the demons as she started to believe in them.

Kanon

“It’s all my fault.”

Realizing this, Yuuichi finds Mai and tells her that the demons didn’t exist and it was all her power’s doing, persuading her to put down the sword, since he’s already back, asking her to wake up from her long, long dream. Mai, however cannot throw down her sword and realizing the truth, she stabs herself with the sword. The final demon, a fragment of Mai’s power calling herself “hope”, saves Mai and she stirs along with the rising of the sun.

Yes, this was an awesome episode, especially with Mai stabbing herself at the end, leaving me shocked and speechless for quite a while, trying to comprehend it. Thankfully though, Mai was saved in the end. In retrospect, I must give a hundred praises for Yukarin’s voicing of Mai. She’s probably the most fitting seiyuu to voice Mai, and Mai is probably the character that would use her range perfectly, from the innocent child Mai, to the silent and enigmatic teenage Mai. Her performance as both, is really top-notch.

Kanon

Couldn’t resist putting this in…:)

Next episode kicks off the Sayuri arc and I look forward to it.

13 Comments

  1. Seatux Said,

    January 12, 2007 @ 8:37 pm

    Would like to see how Mai was linked to the Ojou-sama Sayuri though. Oh well.

    Though i would like to see if the anime would end like the manga did.

  2. Shameseduka Shameo Said,

    January 12, 2007 @ 10:34 pm

    Mai had no problem healing herself. She did not suffer significant injury. The space was what she needed to normalize first, removing all foreign substances and reconstructing the classroom. Processing power was redirected to data manipulation and transformation.

  3. meganeshounen Said,

    January 12, 2007 @ 10:39 pm

    Almost saw Shana in that last pic there.. o_O

  4. AC Said,

    January 12, 2007 @ 10:41 pm

    Sayuri, Shiori, whoever. :-P

  5. meganeshounen Said,

    January 12, 2007 @ 10:42 pm

    Oh, and double post, but can’t resist mentioning this on the last pic…

    Unlimited Snowrabbit Works? ^_^

  6. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    January 12, 2007 @ 10:47 pm

    I am the core of my moe.
    Rabbit is my body, and snow is my blood.
    I have created over a thousand snowrabbits,
    Unknown to Sayuri.
    Nor known to Yuiichi.
    Have withstood cold to create many snowrabbits.
    Yet, those hands will never hold anything.
    So, as I pray, “Unlimited Snowrabbit Works.”

  7. DrmChsr0 Said,

    January 12, 2007 @ 11:04 pm

    NUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU
    UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU
    UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU
    UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU
    UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU
    UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU
    UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU
    UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU
    UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU

    T_T

  8. Xak Said,

    January 13, 2007 @ 2:37 am

    i was EMOEMOEMOEMOEMOEMOEMOEMOEMOEMOEMOEMOEMOEMOEMOEMO over the MOEMOEMOEMOEMOEMOEMOEMOEMOEMOEMOEMOEMOEMOEMOEOMOE little mai XD

  9. MaiSUGOI Said,

    January 13, 2007 @ 8:57 am

    Wow just.. wow. Sheer awesomeness doesn’t even describe that episode. From Mai’s excellent back story to her stabbing herself Kyo ani has really outdone themselves. Kyoani= BEST EVER. After this Mai is definatly my favorite Kanon character, not even Nayuki’s moe can sway me now haha. and loli moe Mai even has her ultimate reality marble UNLMLIMITED SNOW BUNNIE WORKS! 10/10 ep haha

  10. Kinny Riddle Said,

    January 13, 2007 @ 6:58 pm

    Please don’t confuse Sayuri-san, Mai’s lover with Shiori-chan, the ice-cream munching cutie whose arc begins next week. :D

  11. MaiSUGOI Said,

    January 14, 2007 @ 10:52 am

    Gah Yuuichi should go steal Mai away from her current lover!!! Atleast that’s what I’d do if I had Kanon x.x. Oh well can’t wait to see the Icecream lover’s arc

  12. sagematt Said,

    January 16, 2007 @ 1:18 pm

    >>Next episode kicks off the Sayuri arc and I look forward to it.

    Ehhh, I think you meant Siest- er, I mean, Shiori.

    And about this episode…
    I don’t know… between drop of animation quality and rushed plot resolution, I believe this episode was mediocre. But maybe that’s just me thinking about how Mai’s backstory is one of the weakest… and her power is not really quite explained… was it Stand-based or whatever?

  13. abao Said,

    January 17, 2007 @ 10:08 am

    I’m feeling the pain of not able to watch kanon now… T_T

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