Kanaria--Kono Omoi o Uta ni Nosete
In my mind, any anime that's new, costs next to nothing, and at least tries to be part of a genre I like (comedy), is entitled to thirty minutes of my time. Especially if thirty minutes is all there is, so I'm not committing myself to anything lengthy. I downloaded Canary some time ago, and it was waiting for me to be in a musical comedy mood. Reading a certain other review which completely panned this show motivated me to finally view it and commit my own opinion to the internet. Perhaps the one thing about Canary which most stands out is that this is one confusing show. A musical festival is going to be held, but some sort of "stage" (I don't think they were talking about the platform the performers stand on) has been cancelled, which is bad news for the main characters (if you can call them that--the names of all but two band members are either never revealled or used only once). Mika, the main protagonist, has made some sort of bet with the mayor (a woman who doubles as festival "coordinator")--the terms were unclear, but if she wins the "stage" will be restored (I think). So, as the limosine carrying the mayor leaves a tunnel, it will be pulled over and she'll be either delayed or kidnapped (hard to say), which will somehow allow the group to perform. Furthermore, star keyboard player Jun, who is no longer interested it being part of the band, will be abducted and whisked away to the festival, after which he'll no doubt laugh things off and do his part. Also, there's a girl on a train, coming because she too lost some sort of bet--I'm not sure why this subplot was included. You see what I meant when I described this show as "confusing"? Maybe the makers assumed anyone who would watch this would be familiar with some sort of dating simulation game it's based on. Being about a teenage band, the question of how good the music was comes up. Well, I categorize music as songs I'd like to hear again (which I record) and songs I'm no longer interested in--the music from Canary falls into the latter category. In spite of all these problems, I found Canary to have a certain silly charm to it--perhaps because it's so confusing. It doesn't take itself particularly serious (which would have been a disastrous mistake). There were enough laughs (plus the novelty of the show) to make it worth half an hour of my time (for some reason, the scene that sticks out in my memory is the one on the beach during the opening credits). Would I ever watch it again? I think I probably will, sooner or later. It's half an hour of mindless hijinx, well suited to times when I'm too tired to take notes (or worry about whether things make sense or not).|
Last updated Thursday, February 21 2008. Created Monday, July 18 2005.