Kanokon

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Kanokon
Kanokon vol1 full.jpg
Cover of the first Kanokon English light novel as released by Seven Seas Entertainment
かのこん
Genre Fantasy, Harem, Romantic comedy, Supernatural
Light novel
Written by Katsumi Nishino
Illustrated by Koin
Published by Media Factory
English publisher
Demographic Male
Imprint MF Bunko J
Original run October 31, 2005December 24, 2010 (on hiatus)
Volumes 15
Manga
Written by Katsumi Nishino
Illustrated by Rin Yamaki
Published by Media Factory
English publisher
Demographic Seinen
Imprint Alive Comics
Magazine Monthly Comic Alive
Original run August 2006August 2010
Volumes 9
Anime television series
Kanokon: The Girl Who Cried Fox
Directed by Atsushi Ōtsuki
Written by Masashi Suzuki
Music by Tsuyoshi Ito
Studio Xebec
Licensed by
Network AT-X
Original run April 5, 2008June 21, 2008
Episodes 12 (List of episodes)
Game
Kanokon Esuii
Developer 5pb.
Publisher 5pb.
Genre Visual novel
Platform PlayStation 2
Released July 31, 2008
Original video animation
Kanokon: Manatsu no Daishanikusai
Directed by Atsushi Ōtsuki
Written by Masashi Suzuki
Music by Tsuyoshi Ito
Studio Xebec
Licensed by
Released October 4, 2009October 10, 2009
Episodes 2
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Kanokon (かのこん?) is a Japanese light novel series by Katsumi Nishino, with illustrations by Koin. The first novel was released by Media Factory on October 31, 2005 under its MF Bunko J imprint, and it published 15 volumes until December 24, 2010. Kanokon is an abbreviation of Kanojo wa Kon, to Kawaiku Seki o Shite (彼女はこん、とかわいく咳をして?). A manga adaptation illustrated by Rin Yamaki was serialized in Media Factory's seinen manga magazine Monthly Comic Alive between the August 2006 and August 2010 issues. A drama CD was produced by Media Factory and released on March 28, 2007. A twelve-episode anime adaptation produced by Xebec aired in Japan between April and June 2008 on AT-X,[1] and has been licensed by Media Blasters for release in North America. A two-part OVA sequel aired on AT-X in October 2009. A visual novel named Kanokon Esuii developed by 5pb. was released for the PlayStation 2 on July 31, 2008.

Plot[edit]

Kanokon's story revolves around Kouta Oyamada, an extremely innocent young first-year high school student who moves from the country to the city and thus transfers to Kunpō High School. On his first day at his new school, he meets a beautiful second-year female student named Chizuru Minamoto. Chizuru asks him to meet her alone in the music room. When he arrives, she tells him that she is in love with him and accidentally reveals to him that she is in fact a fox spirit. Chizuru constantly and openly flirts with Kouta, even in front of others, embarrassing him greatly. Soon after the story begins, a wolf spirit named Nozomu Ezomori transfers into Kouta's school and class. From day one, she is all over Kouta, serving to embarrass him more and causing Chizuru to become annoyed at her new competition for Kouta's affection.

Characters[edit]

Main characters[edit]

Kouta Oyamada (小山田 耕太 Oyamada Kōta?)
Voiced by: Mamiko Noto (Japanese), Mona Marshall (English)
Kouta is the protagonist of the story. Kouta generally has a mild personality and is indecisive. He used to live with his grandfather before moving from the country to the city for his first year of high school, and on his first day of school, he discovers that Chizuru Minamoto a second-year girl is actually a kitsune. To complicate matters, she falls in love with and vigorously pursues him. As a result, everyone at school, either calls him the "Great Erotic King" (エロス大王 Erosu DaiŌ?, "King of Eros" in the English anime) or a "beast" because of the disgraceful acts Chizuru commits with him in public.
Despite his reluctance to engage in the "intimate" acts as Chizuru desires, Kouta's feelings for her are genuine. That they are able to fuse together into a powerful being is evidence of this because such a fusion can only occur between a human and a kitsune when they share a deep emotional link. In this form, Kouta transforms into a black-furred five-tailed fox spirit.
In the manga, due to his fusion he is himself is becoming a yōkai like Chizuru. The fact that he fused with Chizuru, a nine-tailed fox which are known for having near-unlimited power, catalyzed his transformation and a portion of her power was passed to Kouta.
Chizuru Minamoto (源 千鶴 Minamoto Chizuru?)
Voiced by: Ayako Kawasumi (Japanese), Dorothy Elias-Fahn (English)
Chizuru is a carefree second-year female student at Kouta's school. She appears to be a normal, albeit big-breasted, teenage girl, but she is in fact a powerful 400-year-old kitsune. When she changes form, her black hair goes blonde and she gains fox ears and a tail. She has fallen in love with Kouta and is constantly hanging around, and on, him. She very much wants to enter into a "relationship of sin" with him and is very forthright in her almost constant sexual suggestions and actions. She is also a terrible cook, though she improves later on, and shows some interest in masochism.
In the manga, Chizuru has realized that Kouta is turning into a yōkai like herself, and that he has gained a portion of the Eight Dragons power which resides in her. She has no recollection of her past from before she met her foster mother Tamamo, the nine-tailed fox. All that is certain is she can hone her powers as long as she is beside Kouta.
Nozomu Ezomori (犹守 望 Ezomori Nozomu?)
Voiced by: Miyū Takeuchi (Japanese), May Kao (English)
Nozomu is a first-year female transfer student at Kouta's school who first appears in the third volume of the novels. She has short light ash blonde hair and is in fact a 200-year-old wolf spirit who lives by herself in an expensive but empty penthouse apartment, where she always sleeps naked on the floor. She has an older brother named Saku. Despite her seemingly detached and emotionless manner, she falls in love with Kouta at first sight and is thus Chizuru's rival for Kouta's affections. She frequently insults Chizuru by calling her a "Horny Beast," saying that Chizuru "smells obscene" or that her breasts are flabby. While she has small breasts and a much more childlike appearance than Chizuru, Nozomu also frequently tries to become initiate with Kouta. Though Kouta cares deeply for Chizuru, sometimes he prefers Nozomu's company as she is not as eager to have sex with him as Chizuru.

Kunpo High School students[edit]

Tayura Minamoto (源 たゆら Minamoto Tayura?)
Voiced by: Toshiyuki Toyonaga (Japanese), Ethan Murray (English)
Tayura is Chizuru's younger brother and Kouta's classmate with a generally cool and calm personality. When they first met, Tayura was jealous of the relationship between his sister and Kouta prompting Chizuru to say that he is suffering from a sister complex. Tayura looks much older than many boys his age and enjoys teasing his older sister and Kouta by calling them "love birds". Like Chizuru, he too is a fox spirit, but much younger. He was adopted into her family. He likes Akane but whenever he tries to get closer to her, he is given the cold shoulder, though he himself has stated that he is okay with her coldness.
Akane Asahina (朝比奈 あかね Asahina Akane?)
Voiced by: Chiwa Saitō (Japanese), Camilla Debry (English)
Akane is the bespectacled class representative of Kouta's class. Due to her position, she has a high sense of regulations, and therefore disagrees with how ardently Chizuru pursues Kouta while at school. She is on good terms with Kouta, and worries about his relationship with Chizuru; she warns Kouta to watch out for Chizuru, though she might be jealous of Chizuru's body. Also, she is known to be intolerant of alcohol, as seen in episode six in the anime when she passes out after Kouta gives her sweet wine. She is very cold to Tayura at first, but warms up to him after he risks his life to save her in the ocean, though she still slugs him when he tries to be more intimate.
Ren Nanao (七々尾 蓮 Nanao Ren?) and Ai Nanao (七々尾 藍 Nanao Ai?)
Voiced by: Mai Kadowaki (Ren) and Tamaki Nakanishi (Ai)
Ren and Ai are twin sisters who are first-year students at Kouta's school who are introduced in the fifth volume of the novels. The girls are nearly identical except for their slightly different hair styles. They are spirit hunters who live at a very poor temple and are frequently seen doing things that homeless people would do; they make stew out of trash and roadside weeds or eat discarded bread crusts. They use chains when attacking and are also seen in the anime ineffectively using explosives. They were given the task of assassinating Chizuru, but did not go through with it since she was still "only a kid", but more importantly, she treated them to a meal, which they considered a godsend. As they warm up to Chizuru they start referring to her as "Mama" and Kouta as "Papa".
Omi Kiriyama (桐山 臣 Kiriyama Omi?)
Voiced by: Takashi Kondō (Japanese), Bryce Papenbrook (English)
Omi is a second year student at Kouta's school who is in fact a sickle weasel with the power to control the wind. Omi was once the bitter enemy of the Minamoto siblings. In the fourth volume of the novels, he becomes the leader of the gang of delinquents at his school. He hates the friendship between Kouta and his friends and does not speak much. In the anime, he hurts Kouta, who took a blow meant for Chizuru. Since he is not permitted to harm humans, this act has serious consequences for him. He likes Mio.
Mio Osakabe (長ヶ部 澪 Osakabe Mio?)
Voiced by: Yui Itsuki (drama CD), Miyu Matsuki (Japanese), Elivia Gaitan (English)
Mio is a second year student with a shy nature who hangs around with Omi. Due to her short stature, she is often mistaken for a grade school student and has even received multiple confessions from grade school students. She is in fact a half frog spirit and can heal quickly. While she did not have a name originally, Omi named her from a combination of his own given name and his home town's name. She likes Omi but becomes incredibly embarrassed when anyone refers to her relationship with him.
Ryuusei Kumada (熊田 流星 Kumada Ryūsei?)
Voiced by: Kenji Nomura (drama CD), Kenta Miyake (Japanese), Andres Alexis (English)
Ryusei is a third-year student who has a distinct cross-wound over his left eye and was the leader of the school delinquents before Omi took over. He is, in fact, a bear spirit. In the fourth volume, he graduates from high school, but soon changes his name to Suisei Kumada (熊田 彗星 Kumada Suisei?) and restarts high school as a first-year student.
Iku Sahara (砂原 幾 Sahara Iku?)
Voiced by: Noriko Shitaya (Japanese), Karen Strassman (English)
Iku is a social studies teacher and is Kouta's homeroom teacher. She is prone to making silly mistakes and is very childish. She is in fact possessed by a yōkai and thus has dissociative identity disorder. She conceals her true identity from Chizuru and oversees the spirits at school.
Takao Yatsuka (八束 たかお Yatsuka Takao?)
Voiced by: Takashi Matsuyama (Japanese), Dan Woren (English)
Takao is the gym teacher at Kouta's school who has a scary face. Like Iku, he too oversees the spirits at school. He is very wise and gets along with Yukihana.
Yuuki Sasamori (佐々森 ユウキ Sasamori Yūki?)
Voiced by: Saori Seto (Japanese), Lara Cody (English)
Kiriko Takana (高菜 キリコ Takana Kiriko?)
Voiced by: Ui Miyazaki (drama CD)
Miya Mitama (三珠 未弥 Mitama Miya?)

Other characters[edit]

Saku Ezomori (犹守 朔 Ezomori Saku?)
Voiced by: Yūto Kazama (Japanese), Grant George (English)
Saku is Nozomu's older brother who makes his first appearance in the second volume of the novels when he drops her off in the city. Like his sister, he is a wolf spirit. He usually drives a motorcycle around town and later reveals that he is in love with Chizuru. He puts a cursed bracelet on Kouta to stop him from doing anything perverted with Chizuru. The bracelet is taken off a few days later when Kouta and Chizuru use their fused form to defeat him. It is later revealed that he was testing Chizuru and Kouta when he reports that their connection is real to an unidentified pair of people who appear to be Minori and Nue.
Minori Mitama (三珠 美乃里 Mitama Minori?)
Voiced by: Kumiko Nishihara
Minori makes her first appearance in volume three of the novels and refers to herself as Kouta's younger sister.
Nue (?)
Nue makes her first appearance in volume three of the novels, serving as Minori's servant. As her name indicated, she is a nue, but also has a pair of raven wings for flight.
Tamamo (玉藻?)
Voiced by: Naomi Shindō (Japanese), Mari Devon (English)
Tamamo makes her first appearance in volume three of the novels. She is the manager of Tama no Yu (玉ノ湯?), a hot spring hotel deep in the snowy mountains, and Chizuru's mother, though not blood related. She is revealed to be Tamamo-no-Mae, a powerful nine-tailed fox spirit. Occasionally, when business is slow, she manages a beachside restaurant named Tama no Ya. She gets along well with Kouta, though she sometimes meddles in his relationship with Chizuru. In the manga, it is revealed that she fell in love with Yasunari Abe, the hero from the children's book "That Legend of the Nine-tailed Fox" who 'defeated' her by revealing her true nature and making her his bride.
Yukihana (雪花?) / Hanadai Yukino (雪野 花代 Yukino Hanadai?)
Voiced by: Risa Hayamizu (Japanese), Tara Platt (English)
Yukihana is a yuki-onna who made her first appearance in volume three of the novels. She is a ninja who works under Tamamo at the Tama no Yu hot springs resort. She has an honest personality. In volume seven of the novels, she becomes a teacher for the handicapped at Kouta's school. While working as a teacher, she goes by the alias Hanadai Yukino, and if anyone calls her using the name Yukihana, she says that she is not that person. She can manipulate snow and wind and create blizzards. She has great strength and uses a gleaming sword in battle. Her name means "snowflake".
Okata (御方?)
Okata is a yōkai who is the head of the Sahara family; her true form is that of an old woman. She has survived for thousands of years.

Media[edit]

Light novels[edit]

Kanokon began as a series of light novels written by Katsumi Nishino and illustrated by Koin. The series started under the title Kanojo wa Kon, to Kawaiku Seki o Shite (彼女はこん、とかわいく咳をして?) when the first novel was submitted to Media Factory's annual literary contest MF Bunko J Light Novel Rookie of the Year Award held in 2005. The novel placed as a "good piece of work" with two other titles, which was more or less third place.[2] The first novel was published on October 25, 2005, and the fifteenth volume was published on December 24, 2010 under Media Factory's MF Bunko J label.[3] The series is currently on an indefinite hiatus, with no word from the authors as to when the series will be resumed. The novels were licensed in North America by Seven Seas Entertainment when they debuted their light novel imprint, but has since been dissolved.[4]

No. Title Release date ISBN
01 Kanokon (かのこん?) October 25, 2005[5] ISBN 978-4-8401-1429-5
02 Kanokon 2: Beginnings' Beginnings (かのこん2 ~はじまりはじまり~ Kanokon 2: Hajimari Hajimari?) January 25, 2006[6] ISBN 978-4-8401-1488-2
03 Kanokon 3: Yukiyama Family Plan (かのこん3 ~ゆきやまかぞくけいかく~ Kanokon 3: Yukiyama-zoku Keikaku?) April 25, 2006[7] ISBN 978-4-8401-1534-6
04 Kanokon 4: The Maidens' Secret (かのこん4 ~オトメたちのヒミツ~ Kanokon 4: Otome-tachi no Himitsu?) July 25, 2006[8] ISBN 978-4-8401-1577-3
05 Kanokon 5: Reclaim Your Love! (かのこん5 ~アイをとりもどせ!~ Kanokon 5: Ai o Torimotose!?) October 25, 2006[9] ISBN 978-4-8401-1727-2
06 Kanokon 6: The Pied Piper of Nagisa (かのこん6 ~ナギサのぱいぱいぷー~ Kanokon 6: Nagisa no Paipaipū?) January 25, 2007[10] ISBN 978-4-8401-1785-2
07 Kanokon 7: Farewell, Wolf (かのこん7 ~さよなら、オオカミ~ Kanokon 7: Sayonara, Ōkami?) June 25, 2007[11] ISBN 978-4-8401-1871-2
08 Kanokon 8: A Secret Between Lovers (かのこん8 ~コイビトたちのヒミツ~ Kanokon 8: Koibitotatchi no Himitsu?) November 22, 2007[12] ISBN 978-4-8401-2086-9
09 Kanokon 9: A New Awakening (かのこん9 ~あらたなるめざめ~ Kanokon 9: Aratanaru Mezame?) February 25, 2008[13] ISBN 978-4-8401-2144-6
10 Kanokon 10: Beginning of the End (かのこん10 ~おわりのはじまり~ Kanokon 10: Owari no Hajimari?) May 25, 2008[14] ISBN 978-4-8401-2320-4
11 Kanokon 11: I Will Save My Love! (かのこん11 ~アイはぼくらをすくう!~ Kanokon 11: Ai wa Bokura o Sukū!?) September 25, 2008[15] ISBN 978-4-8401-2425-6
12 Kanokon 12: Chizuru's Merry-Go-Round! (かのこん12 ~ちずるメリーゴーラウンド!~ Kanokon 12: Chizuru Merī Gō Raundo!?) January 23, 2009[16] ISBN 978-4-8401-2639-7
13 Kanokon 13: Maiden Triangle (かのこん13 ~オトメとらいあんぐる~ Kanokon 13: Otome Toraianguru?) September 25, 2009[17] ISBN 978-4-8401-2836-0
14 Kanokon 14: Heart-Pounding☆Love Lesson (かのこん14 ~どきどき☆らぶれっすん~ Kanokon 14: Dokidoki☆Raburessun?) January 25, 2010[18] ISBN 978-4-8401-3160-5
15 Kanokon 15 ~Kanojo wa Kon to......~ (かのこん15 ~カノジョはコンと……~?) December 24, 2010[19] ISBN 978-4-8401-3458-3

Manga[edit]

A manga adaptation was serialized in Media Factory's seinen manga magazine Monthly Comic Alive between the August 2006 and August 2010 issues.[20] The manga takes its story from the light novels that preceded it, and is illustrated by Rin Yamaki. Nine tankōbon volumes were released in Japan between January 31, 2007 and August 23, 2010.[21][22] The manga is licensed in North America by Seven Seas Entertainment, who will release the series in four omnibus volumes.[23]

Drama CDs[edit]

A drama CD based on the series was released on March 28, 2007 by Media Factory. The drama's theme song was "Otoko no Ko Desho" (オトコのコでしょ?) by Marina Kuroki. Another drama CD was sold on June 25, 2008.[24]

Internet radio show[edit]

An Internet radio show produced by Media Factory called Kanokon Radio: Kouta's and Chizuru's Bouncing Growth Diary (かのこんラジオ 〜耕太とちずるのゆやよん成長日記〜 Kanokon Rajio ~Kōta to Chizuru no Yuya Yon Seichō Nikki~?) began airing on March 21, 2007.[25] One episode is broadcast every other week on Friday. The show is hosted by Mamiko Noto (the voice of Kouta in the anime), and Ayako Kawasumi (the voice of Chizuru in the anime).[26] There are four corners, or parts, to each episode. The shows starts with a short radio drama, which moves on to general news about the Kanokon anime and series in general. Listeners can send in comments about the show up on the air. The show's opening theme is "Strategy" by Ui Miyazaki, and the ending theme is "Sweet Time" by Yui Sakakibara.

Anime[edit]

A twelve-episode anime adaptation produced by Xebec aired in Japan between April 5 and June 21, 2008 on AT-X. Six DVD volumes were released by Media Factory between June 25 and November 21, 2008,[27][28] There are also six specials spread out over three DVDs. A box set was later released on January 22, 2010.[29] The anime is licensed in North America by Media Blasters under the title Kanokon: The Girl Who Cried Fox,[30] and released the first volume on May 25, 2010.[31] Media Blasters later announced that they will not release volumes 2 and 3 of the series,[32] and instead released a box set on March 22, 2011.[33]

A two-part OVA, entitled Kanokon: Manatsu no Daishanikusai (かのこん ~真夏の大謝肉祭~?, lit. Kanokon: The Great Midsummer Carnival), was announced.[34] The first episode aired on AT-X on October 4, 2009, and the second on October 11, 2009. Both episodes were released on DVD between November 25 and December 22, 2009 by Media Factory.[35][36] The OVA is licensed in North America by Media Blasters, as with the anime, and released the series on DVD on June 21, 2011.[37]

The anime's opening theme is "Phosphor" by Ui Miyazaki, while the ending theme is "Koi no Honō" (恋の炎?, "Flame of Love") sung by Yui Sakakibara. The opening theme for the OVA is "Sunlight of the Sordino" (木漏れ日のソルディーノ Komorebi no Sorudino?) by Yui Sakakibara, and the ending theme is "Lupinus: Winds of Happiness" (ルピナス~幸せの風~ Rupinasu ~Shiwaze no Kaze~?) by Ui Miyazaki.

Visual novel[edit]

A visual novel developed for the PlayStation 2 entitled Kanokon Esuii (かのこん えすいー Kanokon Esuī?) was released on July 31, 2008 and developed by 5pb. in limited and regular editions.[38] The limited edition came bundled with an audio CD containing an image song and an original drama.[39] The song, "Koi no Miracle Summer Vacation" (恋のミラクル☆サマーバケーション Koi no Mirakuru☆Samā Bakēshon?, lit. "Miracle Summer Vacation of Love"), is sung by Mamiko Noto, Ayako Kawasumi, and Miyū Takeuchi, the voice actresses of Kouta, Chizuru, and Nozomu, respectively. The audio drama is entitled "Natsu no Hi no Hajimari" (夏の日のはじまり?, lit. "The Beginning of a Summery Day"). The game is described by the development team as a "noisy romantic-comedy ADV (ドタバタラブコメADV Dotabata Rabucome ADV?).[40] The game's opening theme is "Happy Succession" sung by Ui Miyazaki, and the single containing the song was released on August 27, 2008.[24] The ending theme is "Eien no Koi" (永遠の恋?, lit. "Eternal Love") by Yui Sakakibara.[40]

Reception[edit]

The first DVD of Kanokon was ranked tenth on the Tohan charts between June 26 and July 2, 2008,[41] ranked eighth between July 10 and 16, 2008.[42] The third DVD of Kanokon was ranked sixth on the Tohan charts between August 21 and 27, 2008.[43] The fourth DVD of Kanokon was ranked 21st on the Tohan charts between September 23 and 29, 2008.[44] The fifth DVD of Kanokon was ranked 28th on the Tohan charts between October 21 and 28, 2008.[45] The sixth DVD of Kanokon was ranked 14th on the Tohan charts between November 19 and 25, 2008.[46]

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