|This article is about a character in Umineko no Naku Koro ni.|
- 1 Profile
- 2 Appearance
- 3 Personality
- 4 Abilities
- 5 Background
- 6 Relationships
- 7 Role in the Story
- 8 Trivia
- 9 References
A young servant.
He performs his duties silently and diligently, but is not so highly regarded as a servant due to his unsociable nature.
There are multiple other servants with the "on" (音) character in their pseudonyms. He and Shannon just happened to be the ones on duty that day.
Kanon appears to be a very weak and frail boy with medium-length dark gray hair and blue eyes. He wears a black shirt with a purple bow in the middle and red shorts. He also wears stripped socks, brown shoes and his signature red hat.
Kanon is a serious and fervent servant, carrying out his master's orders thoroughly. He is also a bit frail and antisocial. He highly disapproves of Shannon's feelings and relationship with George, as he believes they are furniture and thus are not allowed to feel love. Kanon denies any human emotions in himself yet struggles with his feelings for Jessica.
Kanon can manifest a red sword and to shown to have some agility. Kanon is skilled in hand-to-hand combat and was capable of battling and defeating Lucifer in Banquet of the Golden Witch. He is stronger when with Shannon as they were originally one piece of furniture. He can also link up with Shannon to deploy a magic interference field, as shown in Alliance of the Golden Witch when they use it on the Chiesters.
Kanon is an orphan who was raised in the Fukuin House with Shannon acting as his older sister. He was the last of the furniture created by Kinzo, having a weaker heart than his sister's. Like many other Fukuin children, he would later work for the Ushiromiya family.
See Yasuda's page for more information.
- Kinzo Ushiromiya (employer, master)
- Krauss Ushiromiya (employer)
- Natsuhi Ushiromiya (employer)
- Jessica Ushiromiya (love interest)
- Genji Ronoue (coworker, fellow furniture)
- Chiyo Kumasawa (coworker)
- Shannon (coworker, older sister, fellow furniture, alternate persona)
- Toshiro Gohda (coworker)
- Beatrice (ally, opponent, alternate persona)
- Stakes of Purgatory (opponents, allies)
- Lucifer (rival)
- Chiester Sisters Imperial Guard Corps (opponents, allies)
- Clair Vaux Bernardus (alternate persona)
- Yasuda (true form/persona)
- Lion Ushiromiya (alternate existence from Miracle fragment)
Kinzo was responsible for creating Kanon as furniture. As a servant, Kanon is greatly trusted by Kinzo since he is allowed to wear the One-Winged Eagle crest on his uniform. Dawn of the Golden Witch reveals that Kinzo would often take Kanon with him to fire his Winchester Rifles in private.
Kanon is mainly very distant towards Krauss. He later regrets that a bit, because Krauss was always nice to him when no one else was around. Kanon describes this nice behavior like being classmates. He assumes it comes from Krauss thinking that Kanon got bullied a lot by Kinzo.
Kanon thinks that Natsuhi viewed him a bit like an enemy, after a rumor spread that she isn't as strict towards male servants. Kanon mainly pitied her because she seems to him deeply pained. This comes from him seeing her crying alone.
Jessica and Kanon are in love with each other, however Kanon sees himself as furniture and believes he is not allowed to love humans, often rejecting Jessica's advances. Despite this, Kanon carries a spare bronchodilator and will jump to Jessica's aid when she needs it. In Dawn of the Golden Witch, Kanon finally admits his feelings for Jessica, and the two begin to build their relationship.
Kanon answers to Genji since is the head servant. Kanon is yet grateful and resentful to him, to the point that it ends in a neutral emotion. Overall, he would call Genji the closest he has to a father.
See Yasuda's page for more information on this resentment.
Kanon is very grateful towards her because she helped him a lot. Kanon wants to repay her but doesn't know how. Similar to Genji, Kanon thinks of Kumasawa as a mother figure.
Sees her as a big sister and deeply cares about her. Envies her, because he isn't able to show his affection to Jessica in the same way, Shannon does towards George. Kanon is normaly rather reserved, but when someone attacks Shannon he can get very angry and will do anything to protect her.
Kanon appreciates Gohda's love for cooking and likes his food, but he mostly dislikes him.
Role in the Story
We first meet Kanon in the rose garden, where he is very distant and shy. He didn’t even say his age, when Battler asks him.
For the second day he got the morning shift and thus is the first to notice, that Gohda is missing. When trying to phone Gohda, he also noticed that the phone line was cut. Natsuhi later sends him on a search for the missing persons. That’s when he finds the red magic circle on the shed. After the reaction to the inside, we see that he cares about Jessica, because he tries to calm her down.
We see him later in the kitchen with the other servants, where he’s complaining about Shannon’s death. He is convinced that, Natsuhi was the chosen target, because of the blood on her door. When Battler enters the kitchen, Kanon explains to him, that the witch Beatrice is the culprit behind those murders. We also learn from him, that Beatrice has no form and can transform herself into golden butterflies.
At the time for dinner Kanon and Genji went to Eva’s and Hideyoshi’s room to inform them about it. That’s when they realize that something is off. So, they try to unlock the door, but it’s locked with a chain. Thus, he went with Kumasawa to the storehouse, to get a wire cutter. When they came back, they were greeted by the first magic circle of the moon, painted in red on the door.
Shortly after that murder, the group noticed a weird smell. Kanon is the first to noticed, where it’s coming from. So, he rans headfirst into the boiler room and confronts Beatrice. There he wants revenge for Shannon’s death, but Beatrice shots a stake like object in his chest, which he pulls out. When the rest of the group caught up to him, they find him in a pool of blood. Nanjo and George carried him into the servant’s room, with the hope to save him there, but his wound was too severe.
Found in the boiler room with a weapon resembling an ice-pick sticking out of his chest.
How presumptuous of lowly furniture like that.
In the Tea Party, Kanon is convinced that the culprit for all the murders must be a witch. When Beatrice herself appears yet Battler denies her, Kanon's wounds reappear and he dies once again.
This time we first see him when Beatrice was picking on Shannon. There we also learn how much he dislikes Beatrice and ties to protect Shannon from her. At the and this encounter both got a small bruise from Beatrice, to remind them of their meeting with her.
At a later scene, Shannon is casually talking to Beatrice and Kanon just watches them silently. After Beatrice has left, he again wants to convince Shannon to not talk to Beatrice. Because of that he gets into a debate with Shannon, about being furniture. Shannon really wants to convince him, that even though they are furniture, they can become human and be together with the ones they love. With that she gives him the brooch from Beatrice that can grant love. Because that brooch is from Beatrice, he really wants to get rid of it, but he would never throw something away, that he got from Shannon. So, he keeps it for the time being. As a last idea Shannon uses the question of “What color does the sea look to you?” to convince, that they can become human.
Because of Shannon, Jessica invites Kanon to the school culture festival. There they play a couple and Kanon watches Jessica performing a song on a stage. This performance and Jessica’s skill with her guitar really impresses Kanon.
After the dinner on the same day, both talk about the festival. There he compliments her for the skill with the guitar and Jessica noticed that he’s envious. To get the idea of being furniture out of Kanon’s head, she introduced him to the idea of creating another self. She uses that to escape from being somewhat of the successor. After some more chatting, she wants to know his real name, but Kanon forgot it. Even after all those attempts of convincing him, he still insists on just being furniture. With that he also crushes Jessica’s feeling, because in his eyes he’s just furniture that can’t love a human like Jessica.
Those painful words make Jessica leave and with that Beatrice appeared with a cackle. He sees her as the main reason for this situation and thus gets angry at her. In his eyes, she’s the one that gave him and Jessica those feeling that can’t be fulfilled. With that he also takes the brooch and destroys it.
On the day of the conference, he tries to cheer Maria up after Rosa destroys her candy.
After Beatrice appears, Kanon brings her to the VIP room. There she tells him about her plan of collecting the interest for the 10 tons of gold. To humiliate Kanon she pressures him into kissing her shoes. After threatening to use Shannon for the second twilight, he gives in and does what she wants.
Around 18:00, he talks to Shannon to warn her about the ceremony Beatrice wants to do. He’s convinced that his deal with the witch won’t hold if Shannon accepts the ring from George. Kanon wants to survive with Shannon until the very end and reach the Golden Land, where they can become human. Shannon believes that's not necessary since they are both able to love someone despite being furniture.
The next morning, the servants including Kanon wait in front of the chapel as Rosa and Genji arrived. Kanon informs her about the missing key. Rosa gives him and Gohda the task of calling the police and bringing Nanjo to the chapel. After opening the chapel to reveal the gruesome scene within, Jessica furiously runs to the VIP room, accusing Beatrice of being responsible. Kanon and Gohda chase after her.
When they reach the VIP room, Kanon tries his best to calm Jessica down. Jessica demands the master key from Kanon to open the VIP room door. Kanon complies, and when the group enters they discover Beatrice is missing, instead finding a letter left behind mocking them. Kanon asks Gohda to leave them alone, realizing how hurt Jessica is.
Kanon and Jessica go to the latter's room. both go to her room. Kanon offers to stay behind and protect her when Beatrice suddenly appears. Beatrice says Kanon and Jessica are going to become the victims of the second twilight and summons a goat-like demon that conjures a magic purple sword. To protect Jessica, Kanon conjures a similar red blade, lamenting that he had to reveal himself in front of Jessica like this. Kanon duels the goat and defeats it.
Beatrice scoffs and summons another demon: Asmodeus, one of the Seven Stakes of Purgatory. Asmodeus proves to be too fast for Kanon; she transforms into a stake and attempts to pierce Kanon, but Jessica stands up and takes the hit for him. Beatrice then summons Satan, who also transforms into a stake and successfully stabs Kanon. The two victims reach out for each other. Jessica asks for Kanon's real name, but she dies before he can respond.Beatrice uses her magic to make Kanon's corpse disappear.
The witch erased his corpse for fun. That alone caused an incredible uneasiness among the survivors.
If that which exists resides in the human world, then that which does not exist is truly fantasy.
Fantasy takes the form of what they fear.
The group heads to Jessica's room since they took so long getting back and discover only Jessica's corpse lying in there. The group discusses how Kanon could be the killer, and Kanon and Jessica's ghosts appear to lament how their reasoning is false. Battler successfully defends Kanon and claims he couldn't have killed Jessica.
The rest of the servants and Nanjo prepare lunch in the kitchen and hear a weird noise coming from the back door. They open it to find Kanon, who is drenched with blood and has a very deep wound in his chest. Kanon curses Rosa, claiming that she killed Jessica and is going to kill everybody. They bring Kanon to the servants room and bandage him up, however Kanon says it doesn't hurt and starts poking around inside his stab wound, disgusting Kumasawa. Shannon notices that something is off about Kanon's behavior and procures a handkerchief with a spiderweb attached to it. She tries to touch the spiderweb to Kanon, saying it'll prove he's real.
Kanon recoils and summons a purple sword, slitting Nanjo and Kumasawa's throats with it. Genji and Gohda manage to restrain Kanon, with Genji taking the handerkerchief and pressing it to Kanon's face. Kanon's skin burns, and he bursts into golden butterflies.
In the fight against Beatrice in Natsuhi’s room, Beatrice turns one of her goats into Kanon. He attempts to attack the rest but gets smashed by Shannon’s barrier and turns into golden dust.
At 24:00 Kinzo called Genji, Shannon and Kanon to him. In his study they were greeted by Kinzo, Beatrice and Ronove. Beatrice then informs them, that they all have been chosen as the sacrifices for the first twilight and with that she burns Kinzo. In contrast to Genji and Shannon, Kanon doesn’t want to accept his death. So, Beatrice summons Lucifer of proud as an opponent to him and she promised him that he can chose the sacrifices, if he’s able to defeat the seven stakes of purgatory. Shannon is worried about Kanon and wants him to not enter that fight, but he is way to determent for a chance to become human, that he doesn’t listen to her. At first both just fight with their energy swords and that’s where Kanon can win, but then Lucifer turns herself into a stake and bunces from wall to wall at an enormous speed. Kanon isn’t able to follow her in that from but start to provoke her and with that she tells him, where she’s aiming at. Thus, he’s able to hold his hand in front of his heart and Lucifer only pierces that. With this, he survived her attack and grabs her by the neck. Kanon now thinks he has won, but Beatrice informs him, that he must win against all the seven stakes for that to happen. Beatrice then summons the rest of them and Kanon realizes, that he has no chance of winning. Kanon’s actions were enough for Shannon to take actions and she uses her shield to protect Kanon from the attacks. But even together it would only be a matter of time before the shield breaks. Thus, Genji steps in and sends both gently into the eternal sleep, so they evade the torture Beatrice has planned for them.
In the next morning, the adults find Kanon’s corpse in the chapel next to a letter with the key for the parlor.
As a part of her redemption Beatrice attempts to revive Kanon. With that he appears as a ghost in front of the blinded Jessica. The only thing he’s able to do in that form is talking. With that he guides her out of the servant’s room. While they’re walking to the parlor, they have a love chat and Jessica hides inside of the curtains. After that, he thanks Beatrice for this chance to talk with Jessica one last time.
In the golden land Battler is greeted by Kanon, who is holding hands with Jessica.
His corpse was found in the chapel. The weapon used on him is assumed to be a gun or spear-shaped object.
For Kanon, the chapel. Let him continue to protect the Lord's precious place, even after death.
While the siblings, were discussing the inheritance, Kanon and Genji meet up with Kinzo. After a quick talk they all go down to the parlor. There Kanon is just watching, while Kinzo is collecting the sacrifices for the first twilight. When Kinzo had enough for the first twilight, a big pitfall opened beneath Kanon, that swallowed him and Shannon.
Kanon wakes up with Shannon, Krauss, Kyrie and Nanjo in a dungeon like cell. At first, he and Shannon talk about the golden land and how good it could be for them. In that Shannon describes it as heaven, but Kanon doesn’t believe her. Around that the tests for Jessica and George start, were Kanon and Shannon are only able to watch it through a three-sided mirror. The struggle of their loved ones motivates them too and they want to give their best as well. Thus, Kanon uses his energy blade to cute through the metal bars and the group can escape the cell. After that, the group encounters some more metal bars, that are harder to cute for Kanon and the Chiesters noticed the breakout. Together Shannon and Kanon were able to defend the attack of the Chiesters and even hit them back, so that the Chiesters had to reboot. With that the group encountered the third bunch of metal bars and Kanon was barely able to cute those, before Virgilia neutralizes his and Shannon’s magic. After some more fights they all reached the well, which leads to the back of the mansion. On their way out of the well Kanon, who was the last one, was hit by a shot from the Chiesters and fell to its ground.
Battler was not able to find his corpse.
No matter how he's killed with magic, without a corpse, he's a definite suspect. Now that's definitely anti-fantasy.
Therefore, I guarantee his death with the red truth.
Now that's definitely anti-mystery...!
On the 5th of Oct 1985 he, Kinzo and Natsuhi are in the rose garden and talk about how to cover up Kinzo’s death. Later that day, he informs Natsuhi on how smooth everything went and that the siblings think, that Kinzo really was there.
In 1986 we see him first with Genji and Shannon, while discussing how they will to cover up Kinzo’s death this year. Later at the introduction of Erika, he’s just standing next to Gohda, who is trying to impress others with his knowledge of tea.
Around midnight he enters the parlor together with Shannon, to serve some tea. There they talk a bit with the adults and Battler, who wants them to stay. That’s when they all heard a loud knock at the door. In response to that Kanon opens the door and finds a letter on the floor, which he brings back to the siblings.
In the next morning, he greets the other servants, and they notice that Genji is missing. So, he goes together with Kumasawa to wake Genji up. On the door they notice some duct tape seal, which they break to enter the room. In there they found Genji with a cute open neck. Because of that he gathers up with everyone else in the parlor.
When the siblings try to enter Kinzo’s study through the window he attempts to prevent that, by forgetting about a tall enough ladder. He and Shannon also tried other small tricks, but they were unable to prevent Rudolf from entering the study. In the following discussion about Kinzo’s whereabouts he’s very distant, in contrast to the other servants. He mainly confirms things that support Natsuhi, like her being very pedantic regarding checking everything.
His only role in the great court is to confirm, that he did break the seal of Genji’s room. Besides that, he’s just a silent spectator of the great court.
Kanon is alive when the game is suspended. His fate afterwards is unknown.
Right before the conference we see him chatting with Shannon while cleaning. There he shows some concern for Shannon because he thinks that she isn’t paying enough attention to cleaning and just thinks about George. As a reaction to that, Shannon starts teasing him with questions about his relation to Jessica. With that they start their debate about being furniture, were Kanon as usual isn’t convinced that human and furniture can be together. Thus, he’s also convinced that George wouldn’t love her, if he learns that Shannon is furniture. This makes Shannon interested in how much Kanon really likes Jessica, because to her, he’s in love but doesn’t want to admit it. Her believe is quickly followed by a confirmation, because Kanon admits his feeling for Jessica in front of Shannon. We also learn, that turning down Jessica’s confession (in Turn) really hurt him, and he wishes to be with her. Thus, he finally accepts that he isn’t just furniture and can see the blue sea.
At the arrival of the family, he greats them together with Gohda. There the guests comment on Kanon being in high spirits. Because of this he asks Jessica if he looks different a bit later. She tells him, that he normally doesn’t greet anyone first, and this seems to be different this time. Then he tells her that Shannon and Georg will probably get married and if that happens, he will quit working at rokkenjima. With this he also confesses his feelings to Jessica, and they talk about how to address each other from now on. Kanon now calls her “Jessica-san” instead of “milady” and we learn Kanon’s real name Yoshiya (嘉哉).
Later in the servant’s room he noticed a ring at Shannon’s finger, and he realizes that he must act fast. First, he plays cards with the cousins, to later talk with Jessica alone. He starts with praise for her guitar skills and that he wants to learn it from her. He continuous with the question “What do you love about me?”. It took him a bit to realize how foolish that question was, and he just promised to become someone Jessica could love even more. After all of that he again starts talking about him just being furniture, but this time he really wishes to become human and be with Jessica. Hence, he shows her the brooch that could grant them this miracle.
Right after that Kanon and Jessica wake up in a western style smoking room and are greeted by George and Shannon. Kanon then explains to Jessica that they are in a trial now which determines whose love will be granted. Thus, the two demons overseeing this trial Furfur and Zepar introduce themselves. Jessica is still a bit confused why this all must be, and we learn that it’s not possible for her to be with Kanon, if Shannon and George marry.
In the trial Kanon’s first task is to kill Rosa. He only talks to her a bit about how love can make you do stupid stuff before killing her. Maria saw this and instantly attacks him. Kanon can’t fight back, because Sakutaru’s diplomatic immunity lets his blade disappear, and Maria could crush him with her shield. Luckily for Kanon, Shannon intervenes because Maria is her target and with that Maria gets killed by Shannon.
When everyone gets locked up in a room by Erika, Kanon is in the cousin’s room.
After the logic error, the rest including Kanon were informed about Battler being suspended from the love trial. Now there are only two couples left and both Shannon and Kanon insist on a dual between them, for the decision. So, both get a dueling pistol with one magical bullet that kills upon hitting anywhere. While taking their 19 steps for the duel, Shannon and Kanon thank each other, for the good time both had with the other on. After the signal Kanon immediately shot his gun and Shannon was lying on the ground. But Shannon wasn’t hit by anything, she just dodged Kanon’s bullet, who now ran at her to get her gun. In the following grapple both lose their gun and just grabbed one. They then aimed that gun at each other, but Kanon grabbed the fired one and thus lost the duel.
Back in the cousin’s room he just vanished in front of everyone. Now he’s just a ghost and talks to Beatrice. In that he explains to her, how she can save Battler from the logic error. He emphasizes that witches aren’t the ones to solve puzzles but the ones that create puzzles for others to solve.
With that said, he ran through the rain and towards the guest room, where Battler is. On his way he reflected about everyone and his life. He noticed how much he appreciates everything about it. To save Battler he locked himself up in the room and hid in the closet. There his body melts into golden butterflies and vanishes.
After Beatrice’s victory over Erika, they were all revived in the golden land and Kanon was able to be with Jessica.
Will is greeted by Kanon at the reception desk. We later learn, that both Kanon and Shannon take turns manning it and it’s not allowed for both to leave. Thus, one of them must always be there and that’s the reason, why Shannon refuses to call Kanon later, when Will asks her for that.
In the tea party he is only introduced to Battler in the rose garden. When the Rokkenjima Mass Murders begin taking place, it is unclear what happens to Kanon.
He greets everyone in the parlor.
Solving Kanon’s and Shannon’s riddle, gives us a conversation between both, where they talk about how good it is to be in the cat box. In the spirit of the quiz tournament, they want to settle their duel this time with quizzes, but we don’t see the result.
Later he protects the gates of the golden land together with Shannon from the attacks. This happens while Battler and Beatrice are deciding on a plan with Lambda. When Erika arrives for negotiation, she’s greeted by Shannon and Kanon. Later the fight against Erika he only comments on Jessica’s good moves.
- Yū Kobayashi is the same voice actor as Satoshi Houjou of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni.
- Kanon's real name Yoshiya can be read as the number 16 with Japanese numeral play. "Yo" and "shi" both mean "four (四)" in Japanese. "Ya (八)" means "eight". Adding the numbers together (yo + shi + ya, or 4 + 4 + 8) equals 16. This is possibly a reference to the true number of people on Rokkenjima. It could also relate to Zepar's rank in the Ars Goetia being 16.
- "Yoshiya" is also the syllables in "Sayo" flipped around, with an "I" inserted in the middle. "I" sounds like "ai (愛)", meaning love.
- Kanon's birthday being October 6th may represent the day when Yasu "created" Kanon.
- In the 07th Expansion All Character Settings Collection, Yoshiya is written as 嘉也.