Life has returned to normal. Mai and Sayuri have graduated high school and are studying overseas. Yuuichi and Ayu are together at last, and despite Nayuki’s strong feelings for Yuuichi, she has come to grips with the fact that they were never meant to be. Yuuichi has mellowed since being reunited with his childhood love, but if he doesn’t hurry, he’ll be late for his date. Ayu would be very upset if he broke his promise!
summary by Kain
Highs: Offers closure; as warm and fuzzy as the series
Lows: Provides more questions than answers; too short to do much of anything
This Kanon continuation sure came as a surprise, partly because I enjoyed Kanon so much and mostly because I felt the series was pretty much over.
And now it really is over. One of my biggest fears was that Toei was going to do what Pioneer and AIC did with Dual!: pluck all of the main characters from the television series and place them in a ridiculously nonsensical side story that goes nowhere. Thankfully, Kanon: Kaza Hana aspires to nothing more than to offer a happy ending without trying to veer off on an extreme tangent.
Aside from that, however, nothing of relevance is actually accomplished. Sure, I felt all giddy inside when all of my favorite characters, many of whom I developed a strong emotional attachment to, were back and carrying on like they hadn’t a care in the world… but that doesn’t necessarily make for a great story. In fact, instead of tying loose ends, this anime ends up unraveling several others (like with what happened to Makoto). The plus is that the gentle, cutesy ambiance carries over in this installment, so the overall feel is the same.
As a clever marketing ploy, the only way to watch Kanon: Kaza Hana in Japan is to earn enough points by purchasing Kanon merchandise (be it DVDs, CDs, etc etc.). That’s quite a hefty investment for just one OVA. Is it worth it? I would say not.