English: Clannad: After Story
Japanese: ＣＬＡＮＮＡＤ 〜ＡＦＴＥＲ ＳＴＯＲＹ〜 クラナド アフターストーリー
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 3, 2008 to Mar 27, 2009
24 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company
Score: 9.131 (scored by 201552 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
comedy drama romance slice of life
SynopsisEvents in After Story take place immediately after the first season, following Tomoya's final semester of high school. After declaring his love to Nagisa, they begin to have a close relationship. Their life together will be faced with unexpected challenges, as the truth behind the illusionary world and the city's legend come to light.
Related AnimeAlternative version: Clannad Movie
Alternative setting: Clannad: Mou Hitotsu no Sekai, Tomoyo-hen, Clannad: After Story - Mou Hitotsu no Sekai, Kyou-hen
Characters & Voice Actors
I experienced something that changed my life...
In a nutshell, Clannad ~After Story~ influenced the way I will live for the rest of my life and not just in some half-assed way like any other show would. It legitimately moved me to make certain decisions, for better or for worse. In that sense, no other anime can compare, as no other anime has provided an equivalent reaction on my part.
Before you continue, you should know that Clannad ~After Story~ is a continuation of the story from Clannad and an adaptation from the original Visual Novel by KEY. Although knowledge of the first season is not necessary, it is highly recommended if you want to get the most out of ~After Story~ as well as this review. That being said, this review is tailored to all readers, and can be understood without knowledge of the first season. Note that there may be very minor spoilers. Now then, on to the meat and potatoes.
I won't spend much time on the individual components of Clannad ~After Story~ (or Clannad ~AS~ as I will call it now) like I have with my other reviews. At first glance, there is nothing notably outstanding about it as a whole. For those who are interested in the individual components, here they are and the reasons behind them are available at the end of the review:
Enjoyment (in this case influence): 10+/10
| Main Review |
It is difficult to convey the emotions that went through my mind as I watched Clannad ~AS~. For those of you who watched the first season and dropped the show, I urge you to pick up ~AS~ and give it a chance. The first few episodes run almost identically to those of the first season, but the true After Story part branches off in a manner that is unique only to ~AS~. What Clannad ~AS~ gives the viewer is a story of life. A story of despair. A story of forgiveness. A story of hope. Through this story, Clannad ~AS~ can powerfully change the way you perceive the world around you. I am well aware that not everyone enjoys Clannad and ~AS~, especially since the magical light orbs are outlandish to some, but for me it was a bit of a godsend among anime.
The concept of Clannad ~AS~ is neither truly unique nor breathtakingly wonderful. What the viewer gets when watching it is the story of a man. Nothing less and nothing more. What Clannad ~AS~ really excels at, however, is the way it tells the story of that man. While it may be classified as a romance or even a harem anime by some (at least the first season could be), I really classify Clannad ~AS~ as a slice of life. A slice out of the life of a delinquent who can’t seem to do anything right and struggles to protect what really matters to him as the world comes crashing down.
However, “slice of life” can be a deceptive term. As I watched Clannad ~AS~, it was not as much a slice out of Tomoya’s life but a slice out of mine. You see, what Kyoani succeeds in is hitting on the points that make life truly what it is. The continuation of time. The reality of truth. The genuine meaning of “life goes on.” Additionally, by extending over many years, the true significance of every event begins to emerge. Clannad ~AS~ takes the tale of the first season and shapes it around a single person. It is a respectable reflection of life and delves into what many shows do not, and cannot, represent: the story after the story.
While many of the situations may be overblown and excessively dramatized (at least in the opinion of some people), it is ultimately true that every facet of Clannad ~AS~ gives the audience some insight into life. Does it matter that there are miracles and magic orbs of light flying around? For me, no. For others, this could be the case. That is to say, not all aspects of Clannad ~AS~ are perfect, but the impact was enough for me.
If you are looking for a cheerful anime, turn away now. Kyoto Animation does many things with Clannad ~AS~ including some very effective humor in many places, but Clannad ~AS~ will make you cry and smile, often both in the same episode. I won’t lie, I cried at least 5 times throughout the season. Even when rewatching episodes, I cried again. Don’t get me wrong, Clannad ~AS~ really has some happy moments as well, but Kyoani tends to depress many, many times. Each sad moment is profound and beautiful, but nevertheless it is sad. The ending song, Torch, which is played in every episode, serves to alleviate this, for better or worse. Torch is very upbeat, but many people consider it unnecessary and I agree. Torch can be a real mood breaker at times.
The power that Clannad ~AS~ exerts comes from its characters. While the first season portrayed many main characters and their stories, ~AS~ focuses on the life of Tomoya and lightly on the lives of those who surround him. Tomoya is a failure in a cruel world. In a sense, he is a fatal hero. While he may not know it, he is destined to face pain and suffering through his life. There is a bit of controversy over the ending of ~AS~, but those who wish to have a “truer” ending can consider the second to last episode as such (don’t hate me for suggesting it). When seen in that light, Clannad ~AS~ effectively played out a story that neither catered to an audience nor skewed reality (except for the orbs of light, of course). What it presented was something that many people can relate to. The loss of a loved one. The pain of recovery. The neglect of a father. Rediscovering love and friendship. Coping with suffering. *SPOILER* The feeling of holding a daughter in your arms for the first time. The pains and joys of being a father. */SPOLER* What it ended with was a realistic ending and a message for the future. Additionally, if seen that way, the last episode can be portrayed as Kyoani staying true to the visual novel and respecting the source material.
*Unfortunately, more talk of the plot would undeniably lead to spoilers, which I am trying to keep free from this review, so please bear with me. Heck, if I’ve convinced you at this point, what are you waiting for? Go see for yourself what all the hype is about. Otherwise, read on!*
Ultimately, Clannad ~AS~ molded characters that I thought I was familiar with into something close to human. Their stories produced emotion that made me reconsider the situations of the people that I see every day. Through social commentary and moral struggles, the viewer can genuinely begin to respect Tomoya. I know I wouldn’t be able to withstand half of what he did, but I truly began to respect the fact that he kept going, despite him being a fictional character. Through his struggles, I began to learn about myself. Through the struggles of those around him, I began to respect those whom I had once hated. This may seem extreme, and you may think that I am crazy, but what I write is nothing but the truth. Every episode gripped me, and many episodes evoked tearful reactions, which I am not very prone to. As I continued to watch, I could hardly bear waiting a week for each new episode to come out. At the same time, however, I knew that each episode held a bomb - a flood of emotions that could affect the rest of my day. Clannad ~AS~ went way beyond enjoyment – it went into the realm of what I could call an “epiphany.”
Can the story of one man influence the lives of others? Is it still possible if that man is a fictional character? For me, I did not think it was possible for anime to extend its influence at such a level. Clannad ~AS~ proved me wrong time and time again. Look past the first season and the first few episodes, and perhaps you can begin to understand what I mean.
For those interested or who can relate after watching the show, this is the ultimate and most powerful result of the show as it applies to me. The following is the reason why I can’t keep my mind off of Clannad ~AS~ and the reason why it will remain as my #1 favorite for what I know will be many, many seasons: *SPOILER* Through Clannad ~AS~, I have basically committed to wanting to have a baby. Ushio love. */SPOILER*
| Analysis of components |
Clannad ~AS~ is unique in its storytelling, but the story itself is nothing special. The earlier episodes present almost unrelated stories just as the first season did, but Clannad ~AS~ takes a turn for the better with a focus on a single character and his ordeal. At this point, Clannad ~AS~ does nothing but follow the life of a young adult, Tomoya. Sure there is drama (oh, is there drama) and there is romance, in a sense, but in reality, there is no real plot to speak of. What there is, however, is the tale of a life experience that can change the way you live. A real deterrent might come from some of the magic that inexplicably finds its way into Clannad (both seasons), but that never really bothered me. The ending is also less-than-stellar and can be a bit confusing, but as stated before, there’s always the second to last episode to fall back on.
There is nothing blatantly wrong with the animation quality. Kyoto Animation produced Clannad ~AS~, so fans will know that there is nothing to fear. The character design is the same as that of Clannad and other KEY adaptations. The KEY character design is quite distinguishable, with its giant eyes. Personally, I am a fan, but other viewers might dislike the artwork. Other than that, Kyoani did another solid job with the animation, and there are no jerky movements that detract from the gorgeous lessons that unfold.
Kyoani had its ups and downs with the music for Clannad ~AS~. In many aspects, Clannad ~AS~ shoots beyond other KEY adaptations with its unique, unconventional plotline and incredibly well enacted scenes of what could very well be the life of an individual. In fact, many of the ordeals that Tomoya must face strike a particularly strong emotional chord among many people. Who knows, you might not be that certain type of person, but I definitely was. Anyways… back to the music. Clannad ~AS~’s opening sequence is a strong piano melody with deceptively deep lyrics. However, the ending sequence detracts from many of the spectacular moments, especially because Kyoani tends to end episodes on a sad note. As such, many would classify Torch (the ED) as an elaborate troll because it is too lively. Beyond the OP and ED, Clannad ~AS~ features tracks from the Visual Novel, which include very familiar tracks from the first season. Notable among these are the songs with lyrics, ie Ana. Certain parts of the OST mesh very well, and a powerful soundtrack can produce a powerful reaction. However, I don’t remember anything in particular clearly standing out to me, and as previously mentioned, Torch ruined quite a few strong moments.
While most of the other aspects of Clannad ~AS~ are very similar to their counterparts in the first season, character development in ~AS~ take a turn for the better. Kyoani successfully made me hate characters that I loved and love characters that I hated. Through a roller coaster complete with dips and turns, Clannad ~AS~ changed the way I perceive all type of people. From Tomoya’s seemingly disinterested, alcoholic father to Nagisa, a character who I actually deemed annoying in the first season, I came to understand what truly makes up a person. Every character really has a story behind their dejected or cheerful façade. Despite the usual “Clannad magic,” every character also turned out to be associable, adding to the personal level of the show. Even the more comical, secondary characters had their share of emotional moments, giving them real depth and giving the viewer a relatively accurate understanding of human nature. About half-way through the show, there is a certain character that changes many, many things. I won’t spoil it now, but her unique appearance is what truly brought Clannad ~AS~ to unmatchable levels.
Enjoyment is really up to the beholder. My view of enjoyment may be somewhat different from others’. Clannad is not for everybody, but for those who dropped the first season, ~AS~ is truly on a league of its own and worth another shot. Every person has that one anime that leaps up above the rest and leaves a lasting impression. For me, that anime was Clannad ~AS~. No other words can describe the effect it had on me, and I hope that this review has at least made you, the reader, consider picking up this diamond in the rough.
| Final Thoughts |
Thank you for your time (I know the review was long), and I sincerely wish that you give Clannad ~AS~ a chance. Who knows, it may change your life. As always, comments about how effectively this review worked are welcome. Also, a helpful rating is always appreciated. read more
Recently I had the absolute pleasure of watching Clannad: After Story. I had previously seen the original Clannad and liked it as a light-hearted slice of life anime, good but not amazing. I went into After Story expecting the same thing, but what I got was something fantastically different.
As I said before, I started After Story expecting it to have the same light-hearted high school drama feel as the first season and, unfortunately, the first eight episodes did nothing to prove me wrong. The first eight episodes are Clannad at its storytelling worst, more specifically the Sunohara arc. Thankfully, Clannad at its storytelling worst is simply "okay". The Sunohara arc makes Youhei's younger sister, Mei, seem like a nosy and irrational little girl in contrast to the mature-beyond-her-years character that the writers seemed to be trying to present her as. The Yukine arc was better, but it pushes the boundaries of Tomoya's "good Samaritan" personality a bit too far. The Misae arc is good by itself, but has very little to do with the story or the characters that we care about. If it weren't for each arc each containing details that are vital to the enjoyment of understanding of the later part of the anime, I would recommend skipping the first eight episodes altogether to get straight to the real good stuff.
Thankfully, the latter part of After Story more than makes up for its mediocre first act with the absolute greatest storytelling in anime. After Story quickly gets back on its feet and shows what truly makes it great as we ride the greatest emotional rollercoaster in recent memory. The ending has caused some controversy for being too ambiguous to fully understand without having played the video game, but I feel otherwise. Granted, I had to see the anime twice before I truly understood it, but I was nonetheless able to figure out exactly what happened without any outside help. It's a tough one, but it's very possible.
While the main setting has its moments of visual awe, the artistic aspect of the anime truly shines in the beautiful and surreal "hidden world". The impact differs greatly from the main world, boasting beautiful lighting, animation, and colors. In the main world, colors do a great job of changing from bright to dull based on the situation and animation is polished to a shine.
I've always been a big fan of a musical score acting as a compliment to whats happening on screen rather than a mere accompaniment. Clannad: After Story masterfully pairs its score with each event to further the emotional impact of each scene. It is done so well, in fact, that one cannot hear the music on its own without feeling some kind of emotion attached to that song by a certain event from the anime. The OP is good and very versatile in setting the correct emotional tone for each episode. On the downside, the bouncy, poppy ED is often horribly inappropriate to the emotions that you are left with at the end of each episode and is almost guaranteed to ruin the mood if you aren't quick enough to stop it. I found myself sometimes ending the episode early when the scene seemed like an ending due to my fear of facing the buzzkill of an ED.
On the voice acting side, the English performances are top-notch. Each character is paired with a voice that fits their appearance and personality very well and that can easily be recognized among other voices. Luci Christian gives a flawless performance as both English Nagisa and Ushio, and Andrew Love does really great stuff with the situations he is put in as Akio.
The characters are without a doubt the strongest aspect of After Story. Each one is as incredibly human as they are likable, and their easiness to get attached to is one of the biggest reasons that the anime has such a great emotional impact. When the characters are suffering, it as if one of our friends is suffering, and when they are happy, we are happy for them. I have never felt such an attachment to a set of characters as I did in After Story. Each character plays so well off of each other, including Tomoya and Nagisa, who are without a doubt the greatest couple in anime. In most stories, be it in books, cinema, or television, the romance sub plot is almost always one of two things, the incredibly good-looking and nice alpha-male protagonist gets paired with the incredibly good-looking romantic interest, or the incredibly good-looking and nice but shy protagonist gets paired with the incredibly good-looking romantic interest. In both scenarios, the two characters are always blessed with the perfect personalities and that's why they go so well together. Tomoya and Nagisa are different. Neither of them have perfect personalities, but both of their personalities are able to compliment the other's. Tomoya's hot headedness is able to be cooled by Nagisa's quiet, strong demeanor. It's not perfect gets paired with perfect, it's human finds human.
After I finished Clannad: After Story for the first time, there was only one thing I wanted to do: watch the entire series again, so I did. I know that the word "experience" is overused in film and television, but that's exactly what After Story is. I don't cry during movies or anime. I've seen Elfen Lied, Old Yeller, My Dog Skip, Grave of the Fireflies, etc. You name it, I've seen it and didn't shed a tear. Clannad: After Story made me cry like a girl multiple times, and the reason it did is because it's different from anything else I've ever seen before in one way. It is able to appeal to the most human parts of you, whether it's Tomoya's responsibility as a man or Nagisa's inherent ability to remain positive for the sake of the people she loves, the one thing that makes this anime so emotionally powerful is the fact that you could see it happening to you. read more
After watching many anime and reading many manga, I would recommend Clannad AS to most people just as strongly as when I first finished it. (I cry to it just as much too.) What sets After Story apart for me is the encompassing world it develops in addition to the main story. The completeness of the narrative is beautiful and rare, since many other media products of our time give up on telling a complete story for a variety of reasons. A plethora of stories are all told at once for the imaginative viewer who appreciates all of the series' nuances. Without spoilers, by the final episode many if not all side characters have matured and you feel this maturity authentically. This leads you to consider how you yourself, your friends, your family, and your community have matured. I think After Story appeals most to reflective viewers.
After Story is quintessentially Japanese with no compromises. It both frames the world with elements of traditional culture (slightly patriarchal approach to relationship with fragile female protagonist, refusing money from parents for the sake of honor, immediate respect for grandparent) and shows the world with elements of modern life (changing city, new construction, environmental preservation, long working hours). (Also, there aren't yet cell phones, which itself is fascinating to think about for sociological purposes.) This is both refreshing and realistic in the world of anime: After Story doesn't seem like it's using a medium with fantasy elements only to escape reality. It takes life as it is and, overlooking a few contrived missteps, shows how the characters change the existing reality for themselves while being inextricably tied to it. Tomoya even considers running away from his problems by leaving the city with Nagisa (metaphorically escaping almost everything about his reality), but she reasons with him about the family he has in the city.
That said, I found myself quite able to interpret the story in my own way. Outside of the humor and occasional filler, there are many important moments available for reflection. This appreciation for stillness and reflection (even occasionally outside of slice of life), I think, is the strongest argument for why anime is a medium and not a genre, and why it appeals to certain types of people more than others. One of my highlights in the first season was Tomoyo's conversation at sunset with Tomoya, where they theorized about 'family'. The essence of 'family' further explored by After Story is complex and multithreaded, and remains the defining question and legacy of the whole series. If you personally identify with the series, the questions raised by the series may remain a part of your everyday reality no matter what stage of life you are in. They may even cause you to think about everyone else in your life in new ways.
The music of the series was the strongest aspect for me, both in After Story and the first series. It opened my mind up through emotions to consider the realities and struggles of the different characters. Consider all of the scenarios presented in the first season. What must life be like for Kotomi, studying all alone in the library those long hours, living a life completely different from the high schoolers around her? In the real world with degree inflation in Asia where university has become a safe haven for students who can't get jobs yet are quite intelligent, what will become of students like her? Will all her domain-specific scientific knowledge become obsolete thanks to databases and her inexperience with cutting-edge electronic equipment? Think about Tomoyo. In a world of big data and near-total destruction of privacy, there may be less chance to change who society believes you are. Think about Kyou's future role as providing familial comfort and understanding to all the primary schoolchildren who don't have a family life as both parents work long hours. Think about Nagisa's parents, who would have a tough or impossible time paying for Nagisa's college with their modest-income jobs after sacrificing their dream careers. Are such parents realistic in families of the future? And the future Yusukes in developed countries may need to sacrifice even more family time to their jobs to sustain services in societies with many retired seniors. On a level closer to the canon, how will changes in Nagisa and Tomoya's life impact the people and the city around them over the years? More abstractly, to what degree do changes in the family of the city affect the family of friends and actual families? In After Story, just as in the first season, the music encourages thoughtful, probing questions for imaginative types and shows how much change time can bring. Perhaps the music can become a part of your life as you associate a song with a certain time period. For me, "To the Same Heights" contains a wonderful mixture of hope, uncertainty, and wonder in facing the future.
Some people will not enjoy this anime. The moe art style may seem unsuited to the depth of the storyline (although for me, it seems merely an extreme case of the wonderful juxtaposition of innocence and hope against harsh realities in a similar vein as Madoka vs Kyubey, Akane vs Makishima and Sibyl, or even Honoka, Umi, and Kotori in front of an empty theater). The story arc before episode 9 in After Story is not realistic. The drama may be too intense for them, and the everyday dialogue too melodramatic. Yet starting with episode 9, I think what follows is the finest piece of storytelling that will exist in anime for a very long time.
Take all the happy and sad things and roll them up. Dango dango daikazoku~ read more
Clannad Afterstory is the second season to the 'Key' visual novel adaption, Clannad, so it is recommended to finish watching Clannad before continuing on, for the full experience. If you have finished Clannad and felt it was slow and mediocre, I ought you to continue watching, as Afterstory is a totally different ball game. For the sake of the review, I will refer to Clannad Afterstory as just AS.
So, what makes AS stand out? Before answering this question, let us first discuss Japan's peculiar obsession with highschools. Anime, as a flexible medium, has constantly flooded the market with similar romantised adaptions of this particular period where adolescence, in the minds of Japan, live life to the fullest. Though seeing the heroine and the main of an anime confessing to each other under a moonlit night in the end is satisfying to watch to say the least, do we ever stop and think, what happens to their lives after highschool? What is their afterstory? To anime studios, its probably a dark hole, and to us viewers, something limited to our imagination. It seems to me that studios just want a 'happy ever after' ending and leave it at that, oblivious to the thoughts of those wanting more. AS takes that brazen leap of faith, perfectly encapsulating everything we have hoped for in an 'after-story', as we again, dive into the lives of Tomoya and Nagisa.
The start of AS continues the storytelling of its predecessor for around half its runtime, with arcs each around 1-3 episodes long focusing on issues surrounding its various characters. How it differs to the first season is its focus on Nagisa and Tomoya's relationship but more-so a slice out of Tomoya's life after highschool, therefore several girls from the previous season were cut from the cast. We're not here to watch a harem but rather Tomoya's gradual and motivational growth from a delinquent who doesn't really care about life after graduation, into a mature man who truly values and strives hard to take care of what is important to him, as he faces life's harsh trials and tribulations. Following episode 10, the famed second half of AS kicks off, as the 'feels train' blitzes past Heartwarm Station, and subsequently loses its brakes. The fame is well earned as the show's fully extrapolates its premise excelling in both dramatic storytelling and hitting home with its overarching theme of 'family' or 'Clannad' in Irish. Let's just say if you have cried before this point, you're not going to survive :D.
Whilst romance and drama are the forefront of AS, supernatural elements are still present, and the plot utilises this to solve many of its problems which may or may not affect your enjoyment. An additional aspect of the show that needs to be acknowledged and accepted would be the artwork and personality of its female characters. The adapters of AS stayed true to its VN roots meaning girls look 'Moe', easily distinguishable by their weird hair colour, large round faces and eyes. They also sound half their age and act clingy, so your enjoyment would depend on if you can accept an otaku's fantasy.
Kyoto Animation did what it does best: moe character designs, jaw dropping scenery and fluid animation. Whilst I felt the ED of the original Clannad 'Dango Daikazoku' was childish, after having it played at the end of AS, onion cutting ninjas started showing up at my door. Another aspect of AS that contributed to the 'feels' of the show would definitely be the OST; memorable and really struck a cord during the numerous dramatic scenes.
Clannad AS was an emotional rollercoaster ride. I found it quite astounding how a show with moe characters sprouting cheesy dialogue could influence me as much as it did, which leads me to believe that life altering magic not only works on the show. As many reviewers here have stated, 'manly tears' were shed and heartstrings have been hurt. After crying through half a box of tissues, I rewatched JoJo's Bizarre Adventure to recuperate. Whilst there is no such thing as a perfect anime, this the closest you can get.
"If you feel like crying you shouldn’t hold back your tears. You should let it all out while you still can.. because when you get bigger sometimes you can’t cry even if you have something to cry about."
- Okazaki Tomoya read more
Both will make you cry with their tales of love and loss. With the help of a supernatural force, the characters learn to cope with their grief and accept the fate of their situations.
I have a feeling that Ano Hana is like Clannad in the making. Maybe the atmosphere they give off? Anyway, both are awesome (so far Ano Hana is doing good). Quite the drama too. And yeah, both have deaths in it.
Both stories involve strong romance and friendship. They'll rip out your heart, throw it against the wall, and step on it without giving you the chance to grab the box of tissues. And it will probably do it several times. If you like one, you'll like the other. Just be sure to have the box of tissues ready beforehand.
When watching Ano Hana, it gave off the same atmosphere as After Story. They both involve a group of friends and love between two that ends tragically. There is a lot of drama in both and they will also make you cry. Ano Hana was the only anime too make me cry since I watched After Story, and that was a couple years ago. They are both amazing shows that will captivate you to want more because you finished them in a day.
Both of these anime unlocked the gate to my eternal manly feels. If you love a good old masculine cry, then these two anime are similar in that aspect. I suggest you do not watch Clannad: After Story before watching Clannad, so if you want a small one-night feels anime, watch Ano Hana. Both of these anime intentionally make the audience cry. If you bottle up your feels, you may find trouble enjoying either of these.
Dramatic plot development that feature friendship, family, using a small bit of supernatural plot device. You will undoubtedly encounter some intense catharsis along the way of watch both.
Lemme get one thing straight. Clannad After Story and AnoHana (abbreviation) will make you cry your little anime-loving eyes out just by how good story is.
Now here are some examples why they are similar:
Lots and lots of DRAMA. Yup.
2. The Atomosphere
You have a kinda heavy atomosphere that gets light hearted at some points.
Friends are not as close as they are after an event.
Well first of all, they both made me really sad and teary ;~;.
They both involve death, and love. They also have a triangle relationship between the main character, his lover, and his childhood friend. (Sorry, not really accurate! Trying to not give spoilers).
They both have fantastic artwork.
They are both rated 10/10 in my personal anime list!
If you enjoyed Clannad I'm sure you'd love AnoHana.
For me, at least, the only downside to Clannad: After Story was that is did indeed have to come to an end, leaving a void that simply could not be filled by lighter-hearted fair. Anohana was the show that broke the Post-Clannad void for me. I can sincerely recommend both shows for anyone with the desire to cry literal buckets of tears (unless your heart is a brick).
Though this story is rather different from Clannad. It has the same level of emotion. I'd say it's like as if someone where to condense Clannd into 11 episodes, it would give you Anohana. It's basically a story about Friendship, rather than Romance, which, I feel touches a wider audience, and the backlash of losing something (or someone -spoliers-) who you hold dear. After watching Clannad, and you feel like finding an anime to fill in that void, look no further, because Anohana, WE FOUND YOU!
both stories about friendship and relationships that will have you tearing up.
Both anime have a very strong sense of drama, and both stories feature an exceptional power to hit the viewer in the feelings. They can make you laugh, smile, and cry - as you find yourself to be in an emotional rollercoaster.
You will probably cry watching both shows.
good anime about life, friendship, and love.
focused on one male lead charter who helps his female lead character.
both anime has a great set of supporting cast of friends to help the lead charters develop, while they themselves develop in the process.
Both these animes made me cry rivers. They both have deaths in them that really make your heart ache. But, to watch Clannad: After Story, you have to watch Clannad, first. Both, are romance, but Clannad is a bit more romance than AnoHana. But, they are similar. I truly loved AnoHana, one of the couples were my first OTP, oh, the memories. And Clannad (before the after story) was the anime that made me addicted to anime. Hope you watch you it!
Anime based on a romance, with a very original story and with a touch of drama
Same feels and void to both anime. Impeccable character development to a very 'human' cast. In both series the protagonist is a generally unhappy person, whether its because he has lost someone, or he is generally unhappy with his life. Finally, they both have supernatural elements, which influences the story.
Both follow the story of a main character losing someone important in his life, and teach lessons on how to cope with the tragedy.
Both will make you cry... many times.
Hard to watch through all the tears.
Both have emotional stories and while at first, they both have unrelatable characters turn out to be really good and highly memorable. Both will have tear-jerking moments. This may be a controversial comment, but I cried more for Anohana, and unlike the Clannad series where you have to go through 44 episodes, Anohana only takes 11, so it is at least worth the watch.
-Both are really emotional
-Will hit you in the feels
Both stories are about the joys and pain of falling in love throughout their lives from high school to marriage. The concept of family is realistically strong from both of them & characters will face the trials of tragedy and sadness.
Both involves adult, marriage life of the male and female characters, with the exception of how the plot flows.
both anime talks about life after School/Marriage, the obstacles they face ..
I'm most definitely NOT comparing Itazura na Kiss to the legendary Clannad series. It is a sin to do so.
But the story is somewhat similar. Both high school students get married, and their 'after marriage' story is shown. Both husband and wife face perils and soon have a baby. The plot is somewhat similar, but Clannad is much, MUCH more than just a simple plot. It's a world of extreme emotion, dedication, love and bonds. It's a sad world.
Compared to it, Itazura can be laughed off. Itazura is not a serious series unlike Clannad.
Those who've watched Itazura but not Clannad...see the magnanamous difference between the two series with a similar plot, and get a box of tissues ready as well.
Those who've watched Clannad already...well, Itazura's a good joke.
They both show the life of the couple not only in school, but also after it: in University, at work, at home. Different steps which are made by the characters in their life: graduation, marrige, baby-birth, quarrelins and problems of family life.
Amazing story, great art.
Rarely do you see what actually happens after, boy gets girl, or girl gets boy!
Well in both shows you get to see what happens after boy and girl becomes a couple!
Both the shows is about maturing, and growing up! All the obstacles and hardship of not only their relationship but LIFE itself! The strong bond the couples have in these two animes are also a huge similarity!
Both deal more with adults than with whiny 16 year old harem kids.
The feeling and the romance is the same. It also is the type of romance that doesn't stop after they get together, they also show the; dating, the hardships and the marriage. The only difference is that Clannad After Story is more tragic romance and Itazura Na Kiss is comedy romance. But still both were amazing animes, I recommend any of these two animes if you love romance.
What, there is life after high school? After love? After Marriage? Even after Kids?!!! Who comes up with this stuff.
Though the feeling of these two series is different, they both share the honor of having plots deeper than simple romance. Also they both have a balance between comedy and drama.
It goes past just school life and into there adult life's which must other romance anime don't. It also has similair events which happen in Itazura na Kiss which also happens in clannad after story.
I will almost never compare any anime to Clannad:After Story but Itazura na kiss is an exemption. Both series brake the cliche in romance and show what life is about. After Story is of course the superior out of the 2, it's more serious drama, and while Itazura na Kiss has its share of drama is more of a comedic-type anime.
Both series have great romance with marriage and childbirth.
Also very good stories.
These shows are similar in the sense that they show the couples before and after marriage. However, Clannad After Story is on a completely different Level then Itazura na Kiss. Clannad is much more serious and deep compared Itazura na kiss. Secondly Nagisa in many ways reminds me of Kotoko. They both have a lot of tenacity and determination even in the face of almost certain failure. Although the shows aren't very similar I would still make the recommendation since they cover the after marriage side of a relationship.
If you think Clannad: After Story is too emotional for you, but love the story, then watch Itazura na Kiss. While there are a lot of anime that revolve around the relationship between 2 people, these are the only 2 anime I've ever seen take a simple relationship so far. The big difference is that Itazura na Kiss is incredibly light hearted.
All characters in both series have some tragic past, accident or something tragic will during the series to them
They are both set where the characters are in a highschool. Both are funny heartwarming and tear-jerking. The storyline with both drags you in and you cannot stop watching untill the last seconds of the last episode. They are also both made by Key, who are well known for their amazing anime. If you loved Clannad and Clannad: After story, you will love Angel Beats. Now go watch, Laugh and cry.
Both of these anime are from the same anime company and both have a similar feel (mix of comedy and serious elements). They also share a powerful theme that is incredibly touching :)
The ending more or less gave me the almost same bitter sweet ending. Its one of those animes in which you kinda dont wish it to end but it kinda has to. Yes, it made me tear up, try it!
Both visual novels are made by the company visual art's/key.
Audience would love every character in both animes through the incredible back stories.
Both contain extremely emotional tear jerking scenes as well as well-placed humor.
Both animes contain the motif of love across dimensions.
Made by the same person. Sadness, awesomeness, friends, action, all you need.
This story is originally wrote by the same guy. If you liked clannad you like this. The story is a little hard to get your head around at first but if you pull through the first couple episodes you will see the same comedy and ideals that were in clannad in angel beats! The story will touch you just as clannad did and even make you think about your own life. You may not cry as much but there are some pretty sad events here too
Angel Beats! and Clannad, both have the nice Slice of Life and fantasy mix in them, obviously Angel Beats! has a lot less slice of life, but those back story for the main characters is amazing. It is a lot like Clannad as they both have the depressing factor in them, The only real difference is Angel Beats! is not so romance/drama based. I highly recommend both, now go watch em'
First of all, Clannad: After Story and Angel Beats! are both made by the same studios: Key. With that in mind, much of the art work, story, music and characters will have the same sort of emotional feel to them. People who enjoyed Clannad will definitely love Angel Beats! and vise versa. While there are many similarities, none are exactly easy to spot in the beginning. There is a significant time skip between the making of Clannad and Angel Beats! for the art to have changed. Both create an emotional setting that cannot be ignored.
These two series have same writer and can both invoke a whole mix of emotions. Both also have awesome OSTs. Angel Beats has really solid character development, and I was interested in all of the characters' stories. After Story did however lack a little and that will probably get me some flack, but I'll explain. In Clannad, they had AMAZING character development where you really got to know all the characters. But in After Story, it's just like "See ya everyone! Time to focus on Nagisa and Tomoya!" I really didn't care for that because Sunohara, Kyou, Tomoyo were all really well-done characters. What I didn't really understand was why waste the time of making the viewers interested in the other characters, only to pretty much just cut them out in After Story.
They both are verry sad and they are made with a lot of heart.
Clannad made me look on life in a different way.
Angel beats is the same. It also made me look on life in a other angle.
Watch theese to animes if you like sad stories who has a lot of work behind it!
one last thing.
Be prepared to cry
This story is originally written by the same guy . If you liked Clannad you will probably like this. The story is a little hard to get to your head at first but if you pull through the first couple episodes you will see the same comedy and ideals that were in clannad in angel beats! The story will touch you just as clannad did and even make you think about your own life.
If you like Clannad, you definitely have to watch Kanon, since it's the predecessor and a true masterpiece.
It's similar in many ways, but it can score with great characters, great comedy, cuteness, tear breaking drama, overflowing happiness and some really really fantastic and intelligent story arcs.
School life, slice of life anime based on a visual novel. Male protagonist gets to know the backgrounds and histories of several girls at his school in successive arcs (the only way that an anime based on a visual novel can be done). Helps them through their problems, and deals with his own in the process.
Both series are very touching. Storylines are a really masterpiece. Some comedy and some drama makes that shows really enjoyable. Both Clannad~After Story~ and Kanon 2006 have brilliant music and art, also in characters behaviour we can notice a lot of similarities.
Both of these animes brought Happiness, Sadness, Anger and Hope successfully to the audience, both with relatable characters and true to life scenarios (Kanon's a little more supernatural though)
If you've seen Kanon you know what to expect with Clannad Afterstory and vice versa. Neither of these series are afraid to sacrifice main characters. Both of them have multiple, ongoing story arcs and both of them are quite sad stories until the last few episodes. Afterstory is much more similar to Kanon than Clannad the original series was mainly because Afterstory had much less of a focus on comedy and more on the drama that unfolded after the first series was over.
If you liked Clannad, you will also appreciate Kanon which is also produced by Keys. Both animes are similar in animation style, music, character design and a nice emotional story.
The lead male characters in both animes are of similar type, they go out of their way to see the smiles of others (especially people closes to them). So if you liked all he orinal aspect of Clannad you will definitely love Kanon (2006).
sadness and the out of nowhere endings(which I will not spoil!l) are very similar.these are two of my favorite anime and they are made by the same people :) I would also recommend Air.
If you like Clannad, you definitely have to watch Kanon, since it's the predecessor and a true masterpiece.
It's similar in many ways, but it can score with great characters, great comedy, cuteness, tear breaking drama, overflowing happiness and some really really fantastic and intelligent story arcs.
First of all, both of these titles were done by KyoAni, have heart-warming, and breaking moments, and can truly change your outlook on life. After I finished watching Afterstory, it almost felt like I didn't know what to do with myself. I wanted more, even though I knew it was over, I couldn't help but feel sad at the fact that there was no more to watch. But Kanon is the perfect solution to this problem, because it is probably the closest thing to Clannad that can be found, and is even considered better by some people, maybe even you. Really though, if you've recently finished Afterstory and are feeling somewhat empty, then get on this show, it is far too good to miss.
Both originally created by Key, known for it's illustrious 0_0 animation designs . Both have somewhat of a familiar Harem setting, romance, school life, and a final touch of the unexpected supernatural element, that makes them very similar . A fluctuation of tears of joy, and tears of grief with mind-blowing endings in both of them .
You realy enjoyed Clannad, but it is not enough for you ? Looking for another emotional series who will tear you up ? Then kanon 2006 is the way to go ! One guy with a bunch of girls and a lot emotional moments.
Although at the beginning of CLANNAD ~After Story~, it starts off as mostly a comedy, it gets much more deeper. They both have the same pain of losing the person you love, have the same feelings and emotions. To be honest, Tomoya reminded me of Takaki in the way they dealed with everything. They also both have absolutely beautiful backgrounds, although 5 cm Per Second's was a bit more detailed. and the last thing, they both make you want to cry.
Both tell a very sad and tender love story, and how the complexities realistic life throws at you affects those relationships.
if you like the beauty, reality and saddness of life like 5 Centimeters, Clannad ~After Story~ will be truely wonderful. (It's best if you watch the Clannad first, but not necessary)
Two lifelike series full of drama, watching them will make your eye on life more clear. The creators show us the ordeals anyone could have experienced or will experience: first love, disenchantment of one's life, death of one's dear people. I like these series for their kindness and warmth. If you happen to watch them, i suggest you start with "5cm" to enter "C:AS" in appropriate mood; after having a small depression ravine when you finish the first one you should feel clarification at the end of the second. Also, you'll have the possibility of enjoying two top notch drawing animes in a row.
Those searching for a bitersweet romance need not look further than these two animes. Both feature amazing animation, a superb soundtrack, and characters that will make your heart melt. Both can easily be considered among the best romance anime of all time.
If you enjoyed Clannad: After Story, then you'll enjoy Byousoku 5 Centimeter's similar heart-crushing (but still somehow beautiful) story that doesn't offer anything to make you feel better afterward. Both shows leave the viewer with that heavy, bitter "Why did it have to turn out this way; I desperately wish I could go back and do it over" feeling.
Be sure you have ice cream on hand.
Both start of with a boy like girl setting, then it takes a turn for the worse.
(You might face slight depression after completion of either of these series.)
Both are heartbreaking, tragic yet sentimental masterpieces of modern anime romance. Both are eccentric and innovative in their story with commendable characters. Primary protagonist in both experience nearly identical situations and experiences at some point, similar outcomes befall onto both as well.
Both revolve around a love relationship spanning over the course of years, along with the struggles the characters face, their interactions with other people, and a similar art style.
Same feels and void. Both have really good character developments for main male MC. Similar kind of lesson too. As a character, i think female MC in Shigatsu is better than Nagisa. And I think that the story progression in Shigatsu is a tad better. I would say Shigatsu is kind of slow but if you enjoyed the pacing of Clannad, then it won't be considered slow. Beautiful soundtracks in Shigatsu also. Another difference is the seriousness in Clannad usually progresses. In Shigatsu it sometimes gets cut off by some gag humour. But when Shigatsu has to be serious, it does it really well.
Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso Last Episode reminded me of Clannad After Story Ep. 18.
A weak fragile girl Nagisa is just Kaori both with Bakery/Sweet Shop Family Business.
and much more.
The best thing is they both made me cry harder than anything else.
Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso and Clannad: After Story are similar in several ways.
Both of these series all build up to a point where the events are dramatic and emotional, as this is seen in the transition from the first half to the second half of the series, along with some comedies time to time. As the story progresses, you start to feel strong emotions within both of these series. With the steady pacing, the main characters develop a lot together.
Stories about love and hardships, both are filled with emotion evoking drama and tragedy. Main characters try to overcome their past as they face many barriers, hurdles, and hardships. With the help of their main love interest, they try their best to open up a new life in their lives.
May require some boxes of tissue. *sniff *sniff
It's easy to draw parallels between Clannad and Shigatsu. In both, there's a protagonist who doesn't really have a direction in life anymore, with a dead mother and a father who neglects him; while the female lead has a terminal illness and parents who run a bakery.
When the two meet each other, their view of life changes, similar to Okazaki and Nagisa. However, you could say that Kaori's personality is the polar opposite of Nagisa. Both are great anime with beautiful soundtracks.
For me, the first episode was lame, although needed for the fast introduction of the characters. Once you are drawn into the story it becames a masterpiece. Your lie in April is a Slow paced anime that has a character development similar to clannad, hosting a MC which is very traumatized about his past, making it difficult for him to move on. For those who didnt reach the message in the beggining, it all becames very clear in the end. This was quite a ride.
Both of them are about girls with a strong personalities.
Similar Soundtrack which is in harmony with the emotions.
- both male MC are greatly developed as the series goes on
- both female MC had a strong character supporting both male MC
- both female MC had frail body or some kind of illnesses
- both series serves kind of Feels Trip
- both OST are top notch and match the situations, totally worth to have them in your playlist
somehow Clannad AS often gets more into seriousness, while shigatsu gives a mediocore dose of humour
Opening Theme"Toki wo Kizamu Uta (時を刻む唄)" by Lia
Ending Theme#1: "TORCH" by Lia (eps 1-21)
#2: "Chiisana Te no Hira (小さなてのひら)" by Lia (ep 22)