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Canvas 2: Niji Iro no Sketch

Posted on: May 24, 2008

Canvas 2: Niji Iro no Sketch which translates to Canvas 2: Rainbow Colored Sketch is a romance anime based on a dating-sim game. two words best describe Canvas 2 ~ heartwarming and gratifying. it’s the kind of show that slowly grows on you as you watch along.

at first i felt the anime took too much time introducing and then constantly reminding us of the close bond between Kamikura Hiroki and Housen Elis, being only 24 episodes in length and devoting more than half of that screen time to showcase this fact. but then after finishing the anime, i understood the reasoning behind it. it’s not very exciting in the beginning, but things started to pick up after episode 12.

here’s an introduction taken from it’s wiki:

The series focuses on the lives of some students and teachers at Nadesico Academy both at school and their private lives. The main character of the series is Kamikura Hiroki, who lives with his younger cousin Elis. Hiroki is training to become a full-fledged art teacher while also trying to take care of Elis. When his childhood friend Kiri starts working at the school, drama begins to flare as he has to juggle his work, private life, and the feelings of these two important girls.

and that’s just a small offering of the whole story. the first episode starts off with a rejected confession by a childhood friend and then later introduce to us a tragic event leading to how Elis ended up staying with Hiroki. before the credits starts rolling, the childhood friend returns. all this drama in just one episode!

the guy of interest here is Kamikura Hiroki, the adviser and teacher-in-training of the art club. he is somewhat an artistic prodigy during high school but for some reason gave up drawing altogether. he’s aiming to be a teacher and has been taking care of Elis for a very long time.

Housen Elis is the younger cousin of Hiroki and a student at Nadesico Academy. she refers to Hiroki as oniichan and has a talent in art. her parents died in a car accident leaving her under Hiroki’s care. due to the incident, she fears the color red as it reminds her too much of blood.

Kikyou Kiri is Hiroki’s childhood friend and the new P.E. teacher. she confessed her feelings to Hiroki back in high school but was rejected, not realizing the real reason behind it. she had stayed faithful since and is working up the courage to confess to him once more as adults.

the wiki link also describes a lot of detail for it’s supporting casts. what i do like about the show is how everyone is connected one way or another. the supporting casts has their own story to share and most times end up involving the main love-triangle characters.

in all honesty, i almost gave up half way through as i thought the show was getting predictable. i could tell which girl the guy is leaning heavily towards so i cheated a bit and went and find out what was the ending. boy did i guessed wrong. there is so much emotional balance on both girls that the outcome could have played out either way.

what really caught me by surprise is that this is the first anime i watched that had a happy ending and a sad ending. i’m not referring to the third party who didn’t get the guy either. the show ends the day after christmas and it’s like santa only granted one wish. confused? don’t be, it’ll make sense after you watch it.

Canvas 2 is like cooking soup. you got to let it simmer for a bit for it to end up really well. it’s not as good as the plot heavy Code Geass, or the adorable Aishiteruze Baby, but it is still just as sweet and enjoyable. it takes a while to get into, but the ending itself is worth the effort of sticking with it for a bit longer.

flying cherubs anyone? ;)


7 Responses to "Canvas 2: Niji Iro no Sketch"

sounds good. this is the next one ill watch…

it was ok to entertain myself for today. not the best anime ive seen. but it was still pretty good. and it being slow was just fine with me. i wish they had prolonged it a couple of episodes more.

at least the cleared it well at the end of the credits on the last episode. I did not love it, but it still was pretty series. i sincerely hoped/thought the love to her cousin was purely fatherly. and he would stay with kiri.

if they where second cousins i guess it was all fine. but if they where first cousins then that would be considered wrong in 90% of the world. i think.

we saw a scene at the end which suggests after sex, but i don’t remember there ever being a kiss. the last 2 series ive seen haven’t shown a kiss… and that kind of disappointing.

is it just me or does it apear to look like the friend with the heart surgery dies on the plane?

Thanks for the recommendation. helped me pass time.

yeah, i think the friend died too. santa couldn’t grant two wishes.

i dont really get what you mean by santa.

anyway, i want to recommend you a VERY good series. i just started watching it but it INCREDIBLY good. Death Note. ive got a couple of friends who also recommended it. but before that i had researched it around the internet to check if it was any good.. i started watching it and after the second episode i was hooked up. it dosent have much if any gore up to episode 8. (that how far in ive seen out of the 32).

but its awesome. if you want to wait for a good or bad comment from me after i finish watching it ill probably finish tomorrow or Friday.

in the final episode Elis’s sick friend Fujinami said “who will santa bring a miracle to?”, and as we discover at the end, she didn’t get her miracle (but Elis did get her miracle – in episode 8 her omikuji said “your wish will be granted”).

i watched Death Note Live. i’m sure the anime is top notch too.

:) its very good. you should watch the anime. and now i get it. even tho i think its kind of dumb :P

now. back to watching death note. (good stuff)

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