100 Days of Anime: Day 37

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100 Days of Anime: Day 37 is here, with a highly deep and personal question today. What is an Anime that changed you? This question brings me to a very personal part of my life, so I hope you guys will appreciate my baring my heart for this one. An Anime that changed my life, well, I really only have one answer for that. That Anime is Kanon.

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I’ve had some tough times in my life, some times where i’ve really felt down, trodden into the dirt and discarded. For most of my childhood, I had no friends, and was subjected to severe verbal bullying from my peers on a nearly daily basis. When you’re a young kid, just starting to get into your teens, that sort of stuff really hurts, you know? In order to shield myself from the pain, I started locking away my emotions, hiding my soft center inside a bitter shell of grudges and hate. It was around this time that I really started getting into Anime, it was an escape, a way for me to ignore my problems by immersing myself into this fantasy world.

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It was around this time that I discovered Kanon. An adaptation of a visual novel by Key (also known for Clannad, Little Busters, and more), Kanon is a beautiful story of a boy who has returned to his hometown after 7 years, and the relationships between him and several different girls, that he had all but forgotten about. Abandoning the typical trope of separated character arcs, Kanon (true to the name of the musical term) features overlapping arcs, with multiple characters progressing and stories interlapping. Dealing with some tough issues, like death, depression, and suicide, and overcoming those things, Kanon… made me feel, again. It brought back the raw emotions that I had supressed for so long, and as I took a whole night to watch the entirety of the show, from start to finish, I cried more than I ever had, or have, in my life.

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Kanon may be an older show, and somewhat inaccessible, but to this day it is still one of my favorites, and it means a whole lot to me. I’m… really not sure where I would be, if I hadn’t discovered that show. Anyways, do you guys have any stories like mine? Any Anime that have changed your life? I won’t ask you to share anything, if it’s too private, but I thank you all for reading, and I hope to see you again tomorrow.

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