Ranked #168

Clannad

Alternative Titles

English: Clannad
Japanese: CLANNAD -クラナド-

Information

Type: TV
Episodes: 23
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 5, 2007 to Mar 28, 2008
Premiered: Fall 2007
Broadcast: Unknown
Licensors: Sentai Filmworks
Studios: Kyoto Animation
Source: Visual novel
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older

Statistics

Score: 8.371 (scored by 283,789 users)
Ranked: #1682
Popularity: #15
Members: 464,028
Favorites: 18,451
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Synopsis

Tomoya Okazaki is a delinquent who finds life dull and believes he'll never amount to anything. Along with his friend Sunohara, he skips school and plans to waste his high school days away.

One day while walking to school, Tomoya passes a young girl muttering quietly to herself. Without warning she exclaims "Anpan!" (a popular Japanese food) which catches Tomoya's attention. He soon discovers the girl's name is Nagisa Furukawa and that she exclaims things she likes in order to motivate herself. Nagisa claims they are now friends, but Tomoya walks away passing the encounter off as nothing.

However, Tomoya finds he is noticing Nagisa more and more around school. Eventually he concedes and befriends her. Tomoya learns Nagisa has been held back a year due to a severe illness and that her dream is to revive the school's drama club. Claiming he has nothing better to do, he decides to help her achieve this goal along with the help of four other girls.

As Tomoya spends more time with the girls, he learns more about them and their problems. As he attempts to help each girl overcome her respective obstacle, he begins to realize life isn't as dull as he once thought.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Background

Clannad is the anime adaptation of the visual novel developed by KEY for Windows PCs in 2004, which was later ported to PlayStation consoles and the Xbox 360. The game was the best-selling PC game in 2004 and charted in national top 50 rankings several more times afterwards. Clannad has been adapted into four manga adaptations, an animated film, two anime series, two OVAs, comic anthologies, light novels and art books. The anime series and OVAs were licensed in North America by Sentai Filmworks in 2009. The first season of the animated series received positive to mixed reviews, while the second season Clannad After Story received wide critical acclaim.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Okazaki, Tomoya
Okazaki, Tomoya
Main
Nakamura, Yuuichi
Japanese
Nakamura, Yuuichi
Ooura, Fuyuka
Japanese
Ooura, Fuyuka
...
Furukawa, Nagisa
Furukawa, Nagisa
Main
Nakahara, Mai
Japanese
Nakahara, Mai
Sakagami, Tomoyo
Sakagami, Tomoyo
Main
Kuwashima, Houko
Japanese
Kuwashima, Houko
Fujibayashi, Kyou
Fujibayashi, Kyou
Main
Hirohashi, Ryou
Japanese
Hirohashi, Ryou

Staff

Hatta, Yoko
Hatta, Yoko
Producer
Nakamura, Shinichi
Nakamura, Shinichi
Producer
Ishihara, Tatsuya
Ishihara, Tatsuya
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Tsuruoka, Yota
Tsuruoka, Yota
Sound Director

More episodes Episodes(23/23)

Episode Title Aired
1 On The Hillside Path Where The Cherry Blossoms Flutter
Sakura Maichiru Sakamichi de (桜舞い散る坂道で)
Oct 5, 2007
2 The First Step
Saisho no Ippo (最初の一歩)
Oct 12, 2007
3 Once Again After Crying
Namida no Ato ni Mou Ichido (涙のあとにもう一度)
Oct 19, 2007
4 Let's Find Friends
Nakama wo Sagasou (仲間をさがそう)
Oct 26, 2007
5 The Scenery With A Carving
Choukoku no Aru Fuukei (彫刻のある風景)
Nov 2, 2007

Opening Theme

"Megumeru ~cuckool mix 2007~ (メグメル~cuckool mix 2007~)" by eufonius

Ending Theme

"Dango Daikazoku" by Chata



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randomvoice
Mar 28, 2010
Here's the central problem with Clannad: it wants to tug your heartstrings, so it doesn't think about anything else. Unfortunately for this show, this means that it ends up being utterly contrived, unrealistic, and outright stupid.

This show expects us to believe that teenage girls act like five-year-olds. It expects us to care about these infantile, one-dimensional characters. It expects us to have genuine emotional reactions to the 'blossoming relationships' between our bland protagonist and these excuses for characters.

Is this too harsh? Let's look at the individual components that MAL expects us to rate anime by.

STORY: To be fair, the anime didn't have much to work read more
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xbobx
Feb 20, 2013
"Poignant. Compelling. Heartbreaking. Clannad is one of the most cherished anime of all times."

The first time I watched Clannad was back in 2008, and I just finished re-watching it for the 3rd time this past few days. Now I realize that will take years before I watch something that does the same impact on me like this anime did. I was moved by it the first time I watched, and the third as well, but surprisingly in a different way. Throughout all anime history this is one of the most notorious series in the romance/drama genre, not only for the emotional load it carries but read more
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kajia
Jun 15, 2010
I have to thank "Clannad", for increasing my Japanese vocabulary and introducing me to a new word. While watching "Clannad" at my local anime soc, I could feel a certain something radiating from it. I'd encountered similar feelings before from other anime, but never quite so strongly. By the end of it, I picked up a new word to go with that feeling.

That word is "moe". I'd never come across the word before "Clannad", and but I sure as hell knew it's meaning afterwards. It describes a feeling that originates from the sweetness of the female characters. But it's not a charming kind of sweetness read more
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ASmolderingAge
Oct 15, 2014
Clannad was an anime that didn't know what it wanted to be. It tried being a drama, romance, slice-of-life, and comedy all at the same time and just ended up becoming dumbed down.

Story: 3/10
As a romance, it was piss-poor with a mostly one dimensional cast of female characters with the exception of two that actually had personalities. For me, it failed as a drama. The first big arc is focused around a character that was extremely annoying. It made me not care at all about what happened and I had zero emotional connection to anything since that part. Clannad is primarily supposed to be a read more
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Recommendations

Anime: Kanon (2006)
The two main characters are very similar in their sarcastic tone. The story surrounds the main male lead's interaction with the girls around him. 
reportRecommended by neutralizer
Anime: Angel Beats!
Drama has similar fell and has same over the top comedy relieves. Both has great animation and music has been done by same composer. 
reportRecommended by monkatx
Anime: Air
Both anime focus on a guy that doesn't know what to do with himself, and instead starts to help a girl fufilling her dreams. Also, the animations are quite alike, as they're both based on a visual novel by Key. 
reportRecommended by Teddy
Anime: Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai.
Both Clannad and Ano Hana are good dramas featuring the development of friendship and a bit of supernatural events.

The main difference between thoso two is that Clannad has a lot more of funny scenes and jokes, while Ano Hana is on the cute side and deeply focused on its long drama.

If you want a soft drama, Clannad is your call. But if you really want the tears to flow, Ano Hana is the choice. They are two sides of the same coin.  
reportRecommended by Superman
Anime: Toradora!
Both are brilliant slice of life high school romcom dramas. It's mainly consisting of comedy (well done comedy) but every so often turn serious and dramatic - pulling heart strings. These can be from issues concerning love or family etc. Both are great watches if you are into romcom high school dramas.  
reportRecommended by sugarplumfairy
Anime: Little Busters!
-Jun Maeda is the writer of Little Busters! that also wrote Clannad, Air, Angel Beats and parts of Kanon
-Both are adaptions from visual novels created by Key
-Both animes's setting/story goes by an omnibus format, and have small arcs for each heroine that doesn't diverge from the central plot of the story (with the setting intact)
 
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