Kanon is not your typical Japanese animated series. Based on an adult visual novel by Key/VisualArts; it is anything but your normal harem action comedy series.
It does appear this way at first as a young man returns to live with his Aunt and cousin after seven years away with absolutely no memory whatsoever of his past life there or of why he can not remember? And soon begins to encounter some of the oddest and most interesting bunch of girls he's ever met. Many of whom may hold the key's to his past!
Among them his cousin who can not wake up in the morning, a mischievous young girl who seems oddly attached to him, another who may or may not be a demon hunter in the night, one who can only refer to herself in the third person, one who only appears outside the school to him when he's alone and a strange little girl with a winged backpack who goes to a school that nobody has ever heard of!
Part action, part comedy but always dramatic, beautiful, haunting, mysterious and romantic. Kanon is an anime series for those who want something more out of an animated series than simply action. With haunting melodies and beautiful visuals and so slow paced that at times an entire episode can go by with virtually no action whatsoever! While other episodes will literally rip your heart out with sadness yet also hope! Kanon is above all the epitome of a romantic fantasy at it's very, very finest!
Obviously it is not a series for everyone; but for those who love romantic fantasy Kanon rates a strong five stars. For myself and others not so much into the genre; it still rates a good four stars for it's exceptional writing and visuals. Highly recommended if you like the genre.