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One day a 23-year-old Japanese musician travels to Mongolia in order to get inspirations for writing a piece of music. There he meets Kanon whose mother runs the "Hotel Kanon" in the desert. Kanon grew up in Mongolia, does not know who her father is and takes him for dead as her mother told her so. Then Kanon's mother who fell from a horse dies of injury. Before her death, she tells her daughter that she came to Mongolia because she could not stay in Japan as she had an affair with Kanon's father, a musician, who is actually still alive, and she asks Kanon to find him in Japan by becoming a violin virtuoso, but dies before telling her his name. Thus Kanon goes with the young man to Japan where she learns to become a musician in a music school run by Mikami, a handsome young man and worldwide very successful musician and conductor. Soon the younger sister of her mother gives her photos of three musicians, one of whom might be her father. Kanon's erring search for her father begins...

Note: Won the Shogakukan Manga Award for shōjo in 1997.


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v.4 c.15 by Natsu Scans (1489d ago)
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Average: 7.5 / 10.0 (82 votes)
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Talk about a cliff hanger!...   
Rating: N/A
by Rebekahs5
October 9th, 2015, 1:23pm
I REALLY hope this get picked back up by scanlators again as that was a heck of a place to about a cliff hanger! If only I knew Japanese! (T^T) ..... Seriously the curiosity is killing me!

anyway, so far it is pretty good. I like Saito Chiho's work, so despite romance playing a bigger part than the music, I am thoroughly enjoying the shoujo drama. (not to mention the eye candy ^_^ )

SO...If there are any amazing guardian angel scanlators who are wonderful enough to pick this manga up I would love you guys forever! <3
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It could have been better   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by Akatsubaki
May 28th, 2015, 12:56am
At first, with music tag, i was hoping this manga would focus on education/career journey of the protagonist than pure romance. Unfortunately i was wrong. It's another shoujo where everything is all about romance while trying to add a twisted element (incest). The music is a plot device to support the whole romance story. Well, i like they bring out taboo subject, love between a young dad and his daughter. But overall this manga is.. okay. For me, the ending felt inconclusive.
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Kanon still hadn't given up on Mikami. But Mikami had. He held a concert together with Kanon, where at the stage Kanon finally understand that only Music can unite them together. The scene shifted with Tendo waiting Kanon for restaurant dinner. She didn't appear until the restaurant was closed. Tendo has been trying to propose Kanon for multiple times. This time also. He went out after that and there Kanon appeared to be late. She may accept Tendo's proposal this time, she may not.. And that's the ending scene.

... Last updated on May 28th, 2015, 1:02am
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Utterly Disappointed   
Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
by diE1
January 13th, 2015, 3:41pm
I thought that this had potential to be a magnificent manga, but it severely let me down.

It should not be labeled under the category "Strong Female Lead" since most of the time she was dependent on a man and she was strung along every which way. It also has many moments where she could clearly fight off advances in the beginning, but the rest of the time she hardly even bothered to.

I clearly did not like the manipulative story line that relays a message that a woman needs a man and can get thrown about by a man's whims. Women are not like that and it is distasteful for them to be seen in a light so very often that they need a man and his support to survive. Most women do not have that victim of abuse mindset.
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Rating: N/A
by xxLOVE
February 12th, 2012, 10:33am
I thought this manga was going at a nice pace and everything was great until I found out that
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
Mikami is Kanon's father. I thought that they had great chemistry and that they were perfect for each other. You find out after they have sex and the twist is just mindblowing...ruins the manga for me.
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Boiling emotions   
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by kuraixdesu
November 7th, 2011, 12:35am
I love Saito Chiho's work, but at the same time I am very afraid of them as most are very tragic. This story is a tale of love and music, where upon only music can accept their love. It was hard reading this as my emotions all boiled up, leaving a heavy emotional scar as I watch her character grow and walk down into a path of no return.

I do not know how to rate this, as my favoritism for Tendou blinds me. In fact, this manga has scarred me so much that I am reminded time in time again how they can make music out to be so strict and scary, completely destroying traditional and raw music for their so-called work/art of society.

The music in this depicts Kanon's character very well. From the traditional, raw and simple music she began with from Mongolia to the very powerful complex of orchestra music is exactly like her character. From simple, to complicated, somewhat tainted. Exactly to the point of no return.

... Last updated on November 7th, 2011, 12:42am
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I thought this might've been better.   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by wenbo
January 16th, 2010, 7:22pm
Saitou Chiho is just one of those mangaka I can't read, but I thought this manga would dispell that. It did not. Like all of her other works, there's such an attempt to make it meaningful, romantic, and... epic that it's grossly cheesy and overwritten. It's not the worst I've read, definitely not, but her works have the potential to be amazing if only they weren't so overdone!

In short, it's so lyrical that when I read it I feel like I'm dipping my hand in oil.
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by mokka
November 12th, 2007, 1:24pm
For a long time i couldn't brought myself to read this manga as i'm not really into shoujo, but now i regret that there're JUST seven chapters...! It's very interesting and made me occupate the computer for a loong time.
It's wonderful! I can just hope that there'll be more of it or maybe i'll live to the day it's published in my country...
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by hagi
August 28th, 2007, 12:51pm
I don't get why people would give this story a 6. It's a beautiful story that is original. Saito Chiho is a great artist. This story has a great plot, and wonderful characters. I just hope that there will be more scans since the last scan was two years ago.
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Wondering how it is incest?   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by kujika
August 11th, 2007, 6:30pm
Mikami is too young to be her father, or he had her with eighteen since he is in his 30s...(this is actually possible o.o)
But he could be her brother too, they kind of look similar to each other.

It won't bother me until I know it for sure though, what bothers me though is the tragic ending of their beautiful relationship I can see looming ahead...

... Last updated on July 13th, 2011, 5:19am
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Saito Chiho is such a queen of shoujo   
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by vnesetiger
November 23rd, 2005, 9:41am
Saito Chiho 's style is defintely for female readers who love romantic stories. Kanon is also one of her famous manga. You can easitly find hot guys in Saito Chiho 's works. Kanon is about music, love passion in music
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