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I just finished watching Kanon (2006) and I enjoyed it.  For those of you don't know, this anime is based on an adult visual novel made by Key.  Since this is an anime adaptation, there is no adult stuff what so ever, which actually happens to be a good thing.  Kanon kinda starts of slow but, it gets better as it goes along.
 
I went into this thinking there might be a love story like Clannad  (Key made both Kanon and Clannad but, Kanon was released first) but, there really isn't any romance stuff till the end with the main character, Yuuichi.  You could say this is kind of a harem show since there are multiple girls who do like Yuuichi but, nothing serious happens besides with Ayu near the end which really isn't to serious either.  One thing that I enjoyed more in Kanon then Clannad was the comedy.  There were a lot of times where I laughed unlike Clannad.
 
The ending of the show kinda reminded me of Clannad.  It seems like Clannad borrowed some of the supernatural stuff from Kanon.  Anyways near the end you find out that Ayu is actually in the hospital for seven years since the accident she had and the Ayu hanging with Yuuichi was just an illusion (ghost, angel, whatever).  In the end though, Ayu finally wakes up and everything is good as new.  Everyone is doing well and we get a happy ending.
 
At it's heart, this is a very light hearted (and short) anime that I think people who like Clannad, while enjoy.  I have not watched the f irst anime adaptation of Kanon so I can't say if the 2006 adaptation was any better.
 
My Score - 4/5
 
I think the next anime I'm going to check it is K-ON! since I heard it was a fun and short anime to watch.
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In response to Little Sparrow's post as well as other comments I've received since launch:

Yes, our current policy is to allow hentai on the site, and there's a very good reason for it. It takes a little bit of explanation, but here goes:

In Japan, anime is a very heavily sexualized medium. Even series that aren't hentai frequently have fanservice, and fans frequently draw their own erotic doujinshi (self-published manga) of the characters. These doujinshi are tolerated by the copyright owners largely because they don't want to irk the fans and because doujinshi creators are the pool of talent from which they will frequently draw to find new original mangaka.  The world's largest comics convention-- yes, ANY kind of comics, period, anywhere --is Japan's Comiket, which happens twice a year and is devoted almost entirely to the sale of this doujinshi (although it's not all erotic, nor is it all based on previously published works-- but the majority is).

On top of that, a lot of anime these days comes from pornographic games. Kanon? Fate/Stay Night? Comic Party, Da Capo, Shuffle!, To Heart, Tsukihime, Utawarerumono-- these are all popular, mainstream, non-pornographic anime that are based on hardcore porn games. There are often erotic or fanservicey figures made of characters from mainstream anime, not to mention dakimakura (pillowcases made for those long body pillows that have female anime characters printed on them, so you can snuggle with them at night), and plenty of shows that really blur the line between hentai and non-hentai.

In other words: it's extremely difficult to try and take the sex out of anime. So for now, at least, we're leaving it in.
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