Ageku no Hate no Kanon (And He Arrived at the Kanon): I love only you forever is my NO.1 pick for this year. Give it a chance and you’ll be surrounded by layers of emotions…
Aliens have invaded our world, and people are left with no other option but to live underground. Due to the invasion, the rain falls endlessly. The sun comes out for a short moment only when aliens get defeated. The protagonist, Kanon Kozuki, is one of the few civilians living on the surface.
Her crush, Sakai-sempai, is considered the most excellent member of the Counter-Alien Unit. Not only is he very good-looking, but his performance in the unit is highly regarded, and he has even been on the cover of a magazine and described as the hope of the people there.
Kanon had a crush on Sakai-sempai during high school. When he graduated from school, she confessed her love to him, but got totally rejected. She just smiled, thinking that she would be happy enough to watch him quietly. The scene gave me this tingly feeling in my heart.
However, that didn’t last long. When you discover her real stalker-like character, it’s so off-putting and you can’t get over it. I honestly got scared seeing her scrapbook filled with sneakily-taken photos of Senpai and a collection of chopstick envelopes and tissues used by him [laugh].
Kanon picks a part-time job in the area where Sempai works. The shop she works at is located on the ground surface, so it’d be rare for Sempai, an underground civilian, to shop there. However, he used to have a sweet tooth, and she holds onto the hope that he may stop by to buy some cake. Although there is little chance for her to meet him, her decision to work in that shop on the ground surface indicates her well-established emotional attachment to him. She walks around the streets near her workplace in the hopes of catching a glimpse of him, and this is 100% what a stalker would do.
Whether he heard her wish or not, he actually drops by for cake. This is the first time that they have met each other for eight years. She is certain that Sempai wouldn’t remember her, but still blushes when he says hi to her. She even acts weird, which actually makes her seem a bit cute…but don’t forget! She is a stalker! [laugh]
In a world where combat wounds can be totally ‘repaired’ (treated), Sempai has been healed many times. However, due to these repairs, his food preferences, personalities and/or habits changed as well. There are people in this world who experience such a change from a repair that they actually divorce.
The beauty of this manga is that it tries to express the changes we experience as human beings in our own little ‘repairs’ due to our environment, our parents and friends and the change we experience as time passes by. I’m sure that there are positives changes as well, but there must be some changes that people didn’t want to see or didn’t want to take part in.
Throughout the manga, I noticed the phrase ‘because of the repairs’ used repeatedly. This indicates Sakai-sempai’s changes happen unintentionally against his wishes, and it seems like he is getting tired of how people notice those changes.
Just then, he meets Kanon again. Kanon is still as clumsy as she was before. He may have felt a sense of relief to notice her being the same, but he also felt a more affectionate gaze towards him. As long as she loves him, he can remain himself… Kanon plays such a role to him.
The repairs have made Sakai-sempai frivolous. He now eats meat without any trouble. He may talk to Kanon just because he feels like it, without any intention…and there is the possibility that this will only last until the next repair… Even if all the above is right, Kanon is still confident that Sakai-sempai will always be the one and only love of her life.
When you see that her attachment is this deep, this stalking craziness now seems like love.
Time never stops, things are constantly changing, and the world believes in ‘the newer, the better’. However, this manga reminds us of the importance of remaining unchanged and finding true love.
‘Ageku no Hate no Kanon (And He Arrived at the Kanon)’ Vol.1
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