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
Premiered: Fall 2008
Source: Visual novel
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or olderL represents licensing company
Score: 9.111 (scored by 224,024 users)
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About Clannad and Clannad After Sory
Art=9-Chara-design is pretty special but fit well to the plot
I tried to watch Clannad several times but...I found the story annoying and banal. A simple slice of life with "moe" characters. I droped the serie after 4 episodes.
But I made a horrible mistake. The worst mistake than I have ever made.
During a boring sunday, I decided to retry to watch Clannad. I didn't except that I will watch the best anime that I have ever seen.
Clannad is a story who can be lived by everybody. The story of the first love, the beginning of the adult life. The beginning of the tragic events too.
The simple little story of teens who want to play theather become an incredible serie where the characters evolute and grow little by little to became adult. After watching the 48 episodes of Clannad & Clannad after story, I felt like I will lost old friend. The characters are extremely real, with a real personal story, and it's real heartbreaking when something tragic happened to them.
I'm not ashamed to say that I cried several times. That's why I don't advice this serie for someome who suffers of depression. And I'm serious.
For the other persons...Just watch it! You will laugh and cry, maybe in the same time! I can admit without a doubt that it's a masterpiece. read more
Characters that were developed quite a bit in the first season were developed farther into the point of adulthood and the struggles of real life as you continue to grow older via making the characters even more developed and realistic.
The music more or less was equal quality of that of the first. But it took on more of a presence and made important scenes seem even more special and added to the overall anime.
The art style continued to amaze me, with even more beautiful scenes and more stunning imagery from certain scenes that made it seem like that place could really exist.
The Beautiful story that first season of Clannad gave us was just the beginning of what was to come. In the second season with After Story, they take you on this ride of going through the pain of lost or the struggle of raising a child solo and the stress and pain that it can put you through, Along with dealing with personal issues on the side.
After Story to this day continues to be a top favorite on my romance anime list that I have built up over time. It goes to a place where not many anime's go that I wish some did and it does it brilliantly even if it also does come with some heartache along the way. read more
The ending failed to hit hard because after all the trials Tomoya had gone through, his whole situation was fixed within a matter of minutes with the greatest plot device in existence (sarcasm)...magic. The writers wanted the"ideal" happy ending so bad that they resorted to fixing everything using a power that was out of the main characters control and wasn't explained very well. This is just my personal opinion and I'm in no way saying that the ending was bad but it just could have been done better or ended sooner. It easily would've been a 9 or maybe even a 10 in my book if it wasn't for this.
So in the end the characters, plot and soundtrack are all outstanding and really drive home the emotional parts of this anime. The series, however, should have ended at episode 18 in my opinion. This was the emotional height of the season and tied up the main conflict nicely. Everything after this episode felt forced and had to be wrapped up in only six episodes leading to a rushed and underwhelming ending. Overall, this series is a must watch for any romance/slice of life fans out there and should be watched in its entirety despite its shortcomings. read more
This is my first review ever so i'm a bit confused about it but i'll try my best..... :D
REASONS FOR LIKING :
>Great Comedy Mostly by Youhei Sunohara
>Great Ending .....:D
>Changed a lot in my Life
I watched Clannad and Clannad: After Story two times. and Both times it made me Cry and Laugh like Never before watching an anime (strong Emotions & Comedy) ....... Here the comedy is really good and natural i mean it will make you laugh not like fake comedy type ............ I don't wanna spoil your fun but ending was great a liitle emotional though but great and Classic.
If you watch Clannad your Life will end up some good Changes. The first sequel is about the love story and comedy in the school life but the After Story is a Little bit Serious and is about their life afterwards. read more
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
Plot- 10/10 (Drama is great, comedy is really good, it explanation is fascinating, and the story is breathtaking) What can I say? it about Tomoya Okazaki, but it forecasting on the harem group of girls. Due to his habit of always arriving late to school, and skipping classes during the day. He major story is about Tomoya learning about the point of having family and friends. Tomoya spends more time with the girls, he learns more about them and their problems. As he attempts to help each girl to overcome, and it very surprising that a Harem genre is about this one male protagonists in a school, overcome their obstacle to fixed problem with 5 cute girls.
Art- 10/10 (Kyoto Animation have really amazing style of animation) Since I seen Nichijou before, I've recognize that animation. It Perfect. Love it!
Sound- 10/10 (Even the soundtrack is lovely & relaxing) It such a charm for a beautiful anime with memorable music, and not such a cluster marathon of piano music (my opinion)
Characters- 10/10 (The best cast of character's in anime) Who want to live in a world of clannad. I do. From season 1 it descent, but I enjoy it, but now it get really strong. I love every characters from this series. I think I have a top favorite character's from clannad. Minor character's are like Major character's since season 2 and the OVA episode's.
My favorite's character's are Ryou and Kyou Fujibayashi Twins.
Major Characters: 10/10
Minor Characters: 9/10
Enjoyment- 10/10 (I really love this and enjoy this anime) I really enjoy it and it a great time for your relaxing show. That take upon your frustration and learn for forgiveness and love in you heart, that you were there (You are not alone).
Overall: 10/10 (I Love it. It my top 5 favorite anime of all time) If every one remember this anime but haven't watch it. Watch it. Step 1. Watch Clannad first (understanding character's backstory, conflict, and relationship). Step 2. (Understanding) The side story about a girl and robot who in a 2 dimension world, trying to embrace humanity. Step 3. Learn to change and handle your traits. After watching Clannad. Clannad is descent, but Clannad after story change my life and yours to. Please watch C.A.S. It Wonderful, you won't be disappoint.
I'm not a pro, nor am I a great reviewer, but I want to do it anyway.
Clannad After Story (as well as the first season).... I have just watched them in the span of a few days, during final works and exams at university. I was not able to stop. I did not know why.
The show was just fantastic. Everything from beginning to end, the character development is just amazing. Tomoya going through what his father endured and realizing how much his father sacrificed was moving. All the characters improved their weaknesses by the end of the series.
Also, the sound, music is captivating. After listening to the melodies afterwards, you can't stay un-emotional. These songs made me remember (i don't know why) of some past events, events i wanted to do again, as well as it relates to the story as a whole.
Sorry for people reading this as it is a very bad review compared to others, but i just wanted to say that this series convey feelings you cannot forget. I knew i was in love with someone 2 years ago, and i never built the courage to confess; however, now i realize that i never took the time to think about how deep was the scar, and it is pretty deep. Thanks to Clannad, I can reflect on this now and i now want to settle things up definitively.
Coming back to the story, beautiful drawings, cute, strong and funny characters, everything is in Clannad. What makes Clannad a masterpiece is that not only it has good characters, story and artworks, but the music in Clannad pierces through your heart and create an harmony between what you see and what you feel. You became attached to the characters really quickly.
Also, quite a bit of foreshadowing, and i was anxious to see what was happening from the beginning to the end because you are on the edge of your chair each time some sad song starts, as you don't know what could happen.
Clannad also depicts real life really well. The story is about a less than average teenage boy and a shy teenage girl, so don't expect heroic comebacks and stuff like that... The characters improve but stay true to themselves all the way till the end and it was one of the best things about Clannad.
Now, I will excuse myself and concentrate on studies and living a happy life, as Clannad clearly made me sad and opened my eyes :'( read more
The story of AS was very plainly incoherent, and tried to take itself way more seriously then it actually is. The art style and first slice-of-life ish half of clannad made it come across as a casual series and hard to empathise with any of the characters. You'd watch the series and think to yourself "they wouldn't actually kill off any of the characters", and you'd be absolutely right. Also, it was next to impossible to have any sort of investment in the characters that did (for some time) die. Nagisa was annoying to say the least and Shio had way too little screen time.
Art honestly looks like crap. Animation is smooth for only some parts, but the apalling design of half the characters is a throwback to a style one decade past. It honestly looks worse than much much older anime at times.
Did not notice any notable pieces, both openings and endings are just average.
Most of the characters have the same problem. The side characters exist as elements of comic relief and items on the MC's people to help out list, it's pretty lame. Some are also downright annoying, you find it hard to imagine there being actual people like that. The MC was fine, realistic and relatable, but that's it.
Did not enjoy this at all. Only redeeming part was probably the whole saga with his father.
Just watch the OVA read more
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 Story” takes place right after the first season of Clannad and chronicles the lives of certain characters from the first season, primarily focusing on Tomoya, his relationship with Nagisa and more importantly, himself. It attempts to bring a sense of realism to its viewer through the joys and hardships that Tomoya goes through and accomplishes that for a while. It also eliminates the harem aspect of season one and adopts a much more serious tone.
The series spans 24-episodes with the first 10-episodes composed of various arcs dealing with other characters and their corresponding dilemmas while the rest of the show focuses on the primary protagonists. This brings up the problem of structure and inconsistency. The initial problem with “After Story” is the characters that are focused on for the first 10 episodes. With the exception of the Misae arc as it LOOSELY connects to the magical component of the show, the other arcs have no direct relevance to the overarching story nor do they serve any function in moving the plot, but are just thrown in there, forcing unnecessary drama. This also causes a huge gap in consistency between the first part of the show and the rest, especially in regards to quality. However, the next few episodes are a pleasure to watch as they highlight Tomoya’s evolution as a character along with his relationship with Nagisa. Structurally, “After Story” fell short, consequently causing a gap in quality and consistency.
Substantially, “After Story” has its share of delightful moments, but those are restricted to a very limited amount of episodes. The story is unoriginal, but imbues concepts and themes that are very real and relatable such as: imploring responsibility and growing up, the innateness of hardships, the importance of relationships, moving on, and many others that are close to home. Yet, “After Story” manages to ruin the very thing it tries to achieve. The show spends a great deal of time trying to evoke “realism” through manifesting the aforementioned themes, but subsequently destroys that with its detachment from reality and deus ex machina resolve. For example, one of the arcs in the earlier part of the series shows how two supposedly bitter and rival gangs end up being bros4lyfe via some [extraneous] female side-character. I may not have a proper grasp on gang psychology, but I’m fairly certain that the odds of something like a dudefest and “understanding” blossoming between two rival gangs are astronomical. This notion of “bonds of friendships overcoming everything” is extremely over exaggerated deeming many of the earlier arcs unrealistic, effectively leaving me in a state of overwhelming ennui.
For a series that tries to emphasize real life, especially while trying to deal with issues such as loss, acceptance, etc., it negates all validity by embracing a faux idealism grounded in wish fulfillment. The realism juxtaposed with magical idealism/wish fulfillment really disintegrates the show by the end. However, that is probably one of the overarching reasons the show is as popular it is, because instead of staying true to its realistic core, it defaults into fantasy, idealism, and wish fulfillment. It’s successful but at the cost of complete contradiction therefore making After Story somewhat of a Pyrrhic victory. It should be noted that there is nothing wrong with having a plot based on supernatural/metaphysical notions, however, when the show is simultaneously trying to bring a strong sense of realism to the front, it becomes counter-productive and contradictory. I can’t even incorporate this under efficient “magical realism” because of how badly the two are handled when looked at as a pair.
Essentially, where “After Story” excels at is deception. It does an excellent job serenading its viewer into a false lull making it seem exponentially better than it actually is by manipulating sympathetic themes and completely over exaggerating them, however, when dissected the story offers nothing unique, let alone life altering. It’s a good effort, but that’s all it is, an effort, that has its comely yet ephemeral moments. Conclusively, "After Story" ends up stumbling within its own narrative and resolution.
“After Story” gets a ridiculous amount of praise for having “human-like” characters, however, the series lacks greatly in terms of balanced characterization. Tomoya is well developed and one can partly empathize with his struggles as he tries to shuffle through the various challenges he encounters. Tomoya’s progression is probably the most realistic part of the show and is fairly well-executed. While the show gives us a dynamic Tomoya, we are left face-palming in deep regret and resentment with the lack of attention given to Nagisa. There is nothing memorable about her; struck with some unknown illness, we often see her washing dishes for like three continuous episodes. I felt no sort of attachment, relation, or even empathy towards Nagisa, rather her lack of progression had the opposite effect. Her static, ingénue personality got unbearable. Oh and she can’t hold her liquor. That just heightened my insouciance even further. The futility of Nagisa truly is a burden on “After Story”.
The over-development of one protagonist and under-development of the other did not have a neutralizing effect, but a detrimental one. Their relationship is the foundation of “After Story” but it remains immature, mainly due to Nagisa’s incomplete characterization. Instead of spending the initial 10 episodes on completely useless characters, the series could have utilized the same time to construct Nagisa into a character with dimension, personality, and purpose. The show spent so much time trying to build this false delusion about how “friendship solves everything” that essential aspects got completely disregarded. Tomoya along with an unmentioned character carry the weight of “After Story”. In hopes of keeping this review spoiler free, only the two main protagonists (Tomoya x Nagisa) are discussed.
There are plenty of supporting/side characters in the show, some making cameos (from season one), others for reasons I have yet to understand. The only notable side characters are Nagisa’s parents who provide some comedic relief (which is the same recycled humor of the first season) but they still manage to maintain their likability.
Don’t hold your breath expecting anything aesthetically orgasmic. The girls are molded with “moe” in mind at all times: Unrealistic character designs for a “realistic” anime. In terms of the actual art, “After Story” does a fairly good job. Bright colors are often used to accompany the magical atmosphere and vibrancy of life that the show is grounded upon. There are instances of visually striking scenes scattered here and there, especially with some of the natural backgrounds. There is always light illuminating from somewhere, even in the darker scenes. The one place where the animation did shine is while depicting the “illusionary” world. The background, colors, and overall depiction of that world is nicely done as it provides a very surreal atmosphere to the viewer. However, don’t expect gorgeous animation akin to something like “5 centimeter”. It’s nice, but nothing exceptional.
“After Story” has a viable soundtrack that fit its purposes. Composed of subtle, soft, and sometimes melancholic piano music, the OST is pleasant, but conventional. It wasn't something that compelled me to go download or re-listen to. The same applies to the OP/ED selections. They are very imminent and “of-the-moment” in the sense that they are enjoyable and appropriate at the time they played. However, I almost always forwarded the OP and rarely listened to ED. The voice actors are fitting in regards to their respective roles.
Undoubtedly, “After Story” is at the forefront its genre because of its inherent ability to capitalize on emotions and “feels” to the point where many “manly” tears are shed and lives are changed. However, I could not relate; as the anime defied all levels of logic with convenient plot devices, contradicted its own pursuit of realism, over-dramatized situations, wasted 11 episodes of my time with frankly fatuous arcs, and underestimated the importance of complete characterization--emotions no longer mattered. After all, feels and impact are evanescent, quality is what remains.
"After Story” therefore didn’t really leave a strong impact on me nor did I learn some particularly significant lesson about life nor did I put my feels on suicide watch. Nevertheless, the four or five episodes towards the middle/end are truly poignant and laudable—if “After Story” could have maintained that level of quality throughout and refrained from committing some of the aforementioned blunders, the series would have lived up to its hype. Alas, I cannot rate a 24-episode series any higher based on my enjoyment of five episodes. My “After Story” experience is a step away from the norm and that’s the reason I spewed all of this—to offer some solace to those who couldn’t cry those manly tears or indulge in wish fulfillment, while also providing another perspective to those who have yet to watch it that isn’t soaked in sheer “feels”.
The plot or story of Clannad: After Story was fairy just a continuation of the first season. Key did a good job transitioning from the school life of the characters and into the adults they become at the end of the series. Overall it made a good impression on the watcher and made me feel like i was there. The emotion string were pulled and thats always a big plus.
Art and Music: 8.5/10
The art and animation of After Story was fairy good. The music was also up to par with the the art. The Dango Daikazuko was the song that will really pull your strings as it plays. There were some spots where the animation felt unnecessary or they could have added something different or changed a few things with character expressions.
The characters were just about the same this time around. The development into adult for the characters added more depth and feel to them. Okazaki learning how to be responsible was a big step in his development from being a lazy person hating school. Nagisa made improvements and became a stronger person within herself over coming some obstacles.
Clanand After Story delivered a bunch of good, bad, and ugly moments as well as tearful ones. This is an anime i recommend to anyone who has the heart to watch it. It will leave you with lasting memories.(in my opinion at least). But dont forget to watch Clannad before though. Otherwise it might be confusing to watch. read more
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
So, what makes AS stand out? Before answering this question, let us first discuss Japan's obsession with highschools. Anime, as a flexible medium, has constantly flooded the market with similar romantised adaptions of this particular period where adolescents, in the minds of the Japanese, live life to the fullest, eating cake and drinking tea included. 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 ranging 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 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 elaborates further upon its premise, excelling in both dramatic storytelling and hitting home with its overarching theme of 'family' or 'Clannad' in Irish.
Again, like its predecessor, 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. Moreover, the female characters still look and sound 'moe'.
The first season's aesthetics are also retained, with KyoAni doing what they do best: moe character designs, jaw dropping scenery and fluid animation. Accompanied with masterfully composed piano, the OST, nicknamed 'Onion Cutting Ninjas', never fails to impress in the feels and nostalgia department.
Clannad AS was an emotional rollercoaster ride. I found it quite astounding how an anime 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. Having rewatched multiple episodes of Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, in the hopes to regain my lost manliness, I can safely say that although there is no such thing as a perfect anime, Clannad Afterstory is 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
First of all, i didn't enjoy the first season like many others did and was not touched at all. I expected to break down in tears or something, that's why I started to watch this anime.( I felt like I needed to watch something sad for some reason :p)And in contrast to many others I didn't cry at all I though the first season was not that emotional as they say.
The second season on the other hand was more to my liking.Finally the protagonist had to deal with real problems and changes in his life, instead of the exaggerated problems in the first season. The character development was more thought through than in the first season, but was less vibrant. They lost their charming personalities, and although this made the anime more realistic, it was less magical than the first season.
I kinda enjoyed this one, this season was in many ways better than the first season and would definately recommend it if you like emotional and romantic animes.
But ranked #7? No, I don't think it deserves to be ranked #7. The story is not that special or outstanding as i hoped . read more
Oh, Clannad, one of the most beloved series of all times. Often called the best damn thing ever made. The amount of praise and 10’s that it gets in this website is INCREDIBLE. I’m concerned about how many “unhelpful” votes and insults I’m going to get because of my overall score, but I think it is necessary a review which tells the things Clannad actually DID wrong. I’m not trying to offend or to troll anyone, I have to say.
First, the story. While the first season was an average school romance comedy with lots of drama, it had some characters that I really liked but they’re just gone in the second season. The thing that I liked about Clannad ~AS~ is how it tried to break up the stereotype of “and they lived happily ever after”. As you may now, at the end of the first season it is stated that Tomoya and Nagisa are officially a couple. The second season tells all the problems these lovers had to face because live ISN’T fair and I appreciated that the series tried to show that.
But it totally failed. It really did. I mean, the “interesting” part of Clannad ~AS~ doesn’t show up until episode 15-16 if I’m not mistaken. All the episodes before felt pretty much like fillers. I mean, the first episode was the most boring filler I’ve ever watched. The other arcs were totally useless and ridiculous. I can’t believe that everyone is happy about the fact that Clannad is trying to put some gangsters that run crying to a teenage girl. The MOST stupid thing about this arc is that after some pretty monologue the gangsters will change their way of thinking and will stop fighting. Right. Do you call this “realistic”? Because I can’t see reality in this. Also, there’s another arc where Sunohara’s sister is in a fake relationship with Tomoya, and Sunohara is actually OK with this. I mean, she’s like 10 years younger than Tomoya, and you’re not going to say anything about it? It’s incredible, and I can’t believe people actually CRIED because of the stupid drama that this arc tried to make. And then we have the arc about Misae’s love, Katsuki. I don’t have much to say about it, but it’s the most unrealistic of all.
And do you know what’s the worst part of this filler arcs is? Is that the two main characters, Nagisa and Tomoya, are totally bystanders in this part of the story. They don’t do anything but watch what happens, and they don’t do anything really important. I also want to add that nothing changed after these arcs. Even the characters that these arcs focus on aren’t in the second half of the story. You can pretty much skip 15 episodes without missing anything interesting. Do you actually think that is correct? Because I don’t think so. These episodes are totally a waste of time. They literally threw half of the episodes to the garbage can.
What makes me real angry about this is that Tomoya’s and Nagisa’s romance isn’t well developed because they are pushed behind by the minor characters. Even in the second part of the anime I didn’t receive the development I was looking for in the relationship they had. They blushed when they touched hands, and I don’t remember any kiss between them either.
When you finally managed to watch all these filler episodes (or if you skipped them), you get to the part when everyone is graduating. This is the time when Tomoya leaves school and has to face the real world. Fans say this is the part when the sh*t goes real, so I was expecting to have REALISTIC problems and situations that the characters had to overcome.
I was disappointed again. You don’t have to be a genius to know that this series tried desperately to make you cry. The drama in here is incredibly forced. I was overwhelmed about how irresponsible the characters were. They made the worst decisions that an actual grown-up could make. I don’t know how to explain these without giving spoilers, but I’m just going to say that Nagisa didn’t take care of herself. Please consider the fact that since the first season we know that Nagisa’s health is very poor, and the characters are aware of it. Another point that I have to mention is that having a child isn’t giving birth and leaving the baby to the grandparents. No, that’s not how it works.
I’m not going to lie, I was totally annoyed. I even considered dropping this series, but somehow I managed to watch all of it. All the time I spent watching this series was paid with a horrible and disappointing ending. I can’t believe that after watching it everyone still considered this series “mature” or “realistic”. I just can’t understand why. The ending was the most rushed one I’ve ever seen in my life. What was the point of creating such dramatic struggles within the characters and their lives, if you’re going to ruin it with an ending that’s totally unrealistic? The series would be a lot better if they made the main character overcome all his struggles after all his suffering. Now that I think of it, the message that this series would be giving is kinda of great. But that’s not the case. Oh, and I forgot to mention that the last 2 episodes are totally unnecessary. Because of course, the studio knew we didn’t have enough with the previous 15 filler episodes; so they gave us 2 more at the end of the series. Nice.
Now I’m going to focus on the characters. Tomoya is the nicest character of the whole series. He’s the only one who changed and matured throughout the series. He was aware that he was becoming an adult, and acted in consequence. You can really tell from the Tomoya of the first and second season. He grew up like a real person. He worked hard to keep moving forward, and such perseverance is what admired the most of this character. Although I considered Tomoya made some immature and ridiculous decisions in some key points, he wasn’t a bad character at all if we compare them to the other main character. I consider him the most realistic thing in the whole series, and that’s saying something.
And then we have Nagisa. Oh my goodness. I think she was the worst part of Clannad. When I look at her a single word comes to my mind: moe. In the first season I didn’t really find any problem with her being such a cute and childish person. She was a teenager after all. But then, when she was supposed to be an adult, she didn’t change at all. I even doubt she had some sort of personality. Nagisa never disagreed with something, never got angry with anyone, and she NEVER matured at all. She was acting like a 10-year-old even though she was to suppose to be in her twenties. Nagisa was the most idiotic thing in the whole series, and I’m serious. Her moe “personality” really annoyed me as hell. She remembers me of Suguha from SAO but with 50% less brain.
We have a third main character that pops out in the last episodes of the series, but I think it would be a spoiler if I tell you who it is.
The art was nice and weird at the same time. While the scenarios were beautifully drawn and animated (oh, that scene with the yellow flowers was gorgeous), the character design was HORRIBLE. I think I’m not the first one to say this, but the size of the characters’ eyes (especially the female cast) was exaggeratedly big. Like 90% of the face was only for the eyes, and I find this really creepy. I know the anime-style is characterized by giving their characters big eyes and little noses (if they have any), but Clannad is just on a whole different level. KyoAni did it again. The design made the characters look very moe, and looking at them was painful.
In the other hand, sound was fair. The opening song of the anime, “Toki wo Kizamu Uta” by Lia, really fits with the atmosphere that the series tried to build, but it was quite forgettable. I wasn’t really impressed by it, and I’ve heard better openings for drama series. The ending theme was the worst one I’ve ever listened to. It was really annoying and it didn’t fit the story at all. My ears were bleeding after listening 5 seconds of it. It was just horrible. Finally, the voice acting was okay I guess. Nagisa’s annoying voice fitted her very well.
+ It tried to make something different.
+ Tomoya is a really good character.
+ The backgrounds were beautiful and nicely done.
+ The sound fitted with the series.
- The first half of the series was a waste of time due to the high amount of fillers.
- Not romance development.
- Nagisa is the worst character that I’ve ever seen.
- The comedy and melodrama were forced as f*ck.
- The ending was ridiculous and horribly developed.
- Horrible character design.
- The ending theme was crap.
As you can see, I didn’t enjoy the series at all. I won’t recommend this to anyone who is looking for a realistic drama. If you consider this anime the best thing you’ve ever watch, nice. If you think this anime has changed your life, great. If you think this anime is mature and nicely developed, awesome! But please take your “dango dango daikazoku” far away from me.
Now you can go to my profile and insult me all you want. I’ll block you all. read more
Huge spoilers for both series also.
Clannad is a TV anime adaptation of a Key VN made by Kyoto Animation in 2007. After Story is a sequel to the original and aired in 2008. It has often been
hailed as the greatest love story of all time as well as the best of Maeda.
It is the story of highschool students Tomoya Okazaki and Nagisa Furukawa's love for each other and their journey into adulthood. The original series started
as your usual romcom harem anime, coming from it's roots as a dating sim VN. However it quickly becomes apparant that there is really no competion in the Tomoya bowl
and Nagisa is OTP.
The story is split into arcs, each spanning over 3-5 episodes. They usually are centred around introducing a new character and how Nagisa and Tomoya interact
with them. Many will say that the first season is nothing special and Clannad's charm is only found in After Story. While I agree that After Story is better, Clannad
works nicely as a standalone show with a relatively closed ending with Nagisa and Tomoya holding hands.
For this reason the announcement of a second season so soon after the first ended was met with some opposition from fans saying that they could only make the
story worse, although I don't think they are complaining now.
Clannad After Story is a very different show than its predecessor. It focuses of much bigger themes and covers a huge amount of time. It may shock old-time
hogh school romance fans to see that the characters actual graduate and go on to get jobs, get married and even have children.
However, not everything is daijoubu in their relationship. The show's greatest feat, in my opinion, is the way it realistically portrays the struggles and
hardships of life leaving you feeling deeply depressed. It tackles the problems of morals also. What is the most important thing to you? What do you strive for most in
life? How do you cope with loss? It portrays these themes in a realistic, albeit dark manner allowing the viewer to really believe that these people could exist and it
is not far-fetched at all to want to lead a life such as their's.
The start of the second cour of After Story is where things really start to kick off and is where the most praise for the franchise is directed at. In episode
13 Tomoya and Nagisa get married, a thing that is rarely seen anywhere in anime. By the next episode she's pregnant with a baby girl and shit gets real. It shows the
couple's lives being thrown into the adult world unprepared for the reality of it. It shows just how real these things are and how they are not as far away as everyone
believes them to be and you yourself will go through these things in the near future.
The comedy in the series was also surprisingly good and uplifting. The repeated gag of Sanae's bread didn't get old, no matter how many times it was used
(Fuko's thing kind of did though). Although the comedy was not the main matter for the series, the little that was there was done in very high quality KyoAni style
(Nande ya nen!).
Of course now I must talk about the final episodes of the series from episode 16 onward. During the birth of Nagisa and Tomoya's child, named Ushio, Nagisa
dies due to her weak body, a fact explicitly stated throughout the story. The following episode is set 5 years in the future where Tomoya has fallen into depression
and care of Ushio has been put into Sanae and Akio's hands. Over the course of these 3 or so episodes we see Tomoya learning how to be a good Father for the first time
and how Ushio has been struggling without her real parents. The topic of Tomoya's Father is also finally addressed and we learn that his wife also died at a young age,
causing him to fall into a depression just alike to Tomoya, meaning that Tomoya finally understands his Father's suffering leading to the pair's reunion and
reconciliation and a very touching scene where the Father can finally feel that he tried his best and that his only son no longer despises him.
Eventually we see Ushio fall ill to the same disease as her Mother; and, at such a young age, she is unable to recover and dies at the age of five. At this
point we are told the meaning behind the secondary story of the girl and her robot. Although much of the real explanation is left up to the viewer, it is revealed that
the girl was actually the soul of Ushio, and the robot was Tomoya. Tomoya finally realises that him meeting Nagisa was truely a good thing, even though it lead to her
death. He realises that he made her life better and she made his so too. He also knows that if he had never met Nagisa then Ushio would never have been born, and
giving birth was most certainly what Nagisa really wanted, even though Tomoya though that it was completely his fault for Nagisa's death. Most of episode 22 is spent
inside Tomoya's mind as he realises these things and understands the reality of life.
Suddenly we are back at the scene of Ushio's birth, however, this time Nagisa doesn't die and recovers successfully from the birthing process. May orbs of
light are seen outside in the town, and images of all the people that Tomoya had ever come across during his life flash before his eyes. Now, I see this as showing
that due to Tomoya's perserverence and how he fought through each loss in his life and came out the otherside on top, his suffering was rewarded by the happy future he
had wished for; if it is real or if it is fake is another matter entirely, but Tomoya now gets to understand his standing in life and how so many relied on his help
and company to get by.
The animation is of a very high standard due to a large budget and a studio perfectly picked for the story. Kyoto Animation had previously animated two of
Key's other VNs: Air and Kanon; and so were well aquainted to the required screen play and soundtrack required, making this the greatest Key x KyoAni Anime in my
opinion. Being made in the mid mid-late 2000s, the CGI is as bad as to be expected. Although not over used to any extent, certain parts, such as the robot, often came
across rather jarring and didn't totally fit with the show's themes.
As for the soundtrack, many pieces stand out as iconic anime classics such as 'Roaring Tides' and 'Town, Flow of Time, People'; however the stand out
performance was the song 'Nagisa' based around the melody of the first ED 'Dango Daikazoku'. The simple melody has become synonimous to the series and can push many a
grown man to tears just from overexposure to the track
If you haven't watched this masterpiece you're completely missing out on one of the greatest stories the medium has ever told. Get on that shit, you also
shouldn't of read this review dude.
For me the series gets behind the reality of everyday life and reveals the truth of life. There is no ultimate goal in life, so living just for society and for
economic gain has no real meaning in the end. The only way to truly get anything out of life is to live your life for yourself and others.
Holy shit I went on a bit in this one, almost certain no one will get as far as to read this line.
Length- 4 cours / 49 eps / 19.6 hrs
Release- Fall 2007 & Fall 2008
Studio- Kyoto Animation
Source- 2004 VN by Key
Best Character- Akio+Sanae Furukawa
Worst Character-Fuko was a bit annoying
Best Feature- 2deep read more
(There will be SPOILERS in my review)
[Story]: (9.5/10) (SPOILERS)
Events in After Story takes 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 will be faced with unexpected challenges, as the truth behind the illusionary world and the city's legend come to light.
When I saw the first 8 episodes, I thought this was going to be the same as the first season because of the melodrama bullshit that has nothing to do with the plot whatsoever. I mean, it was nice to see the characters fooling around but it didn't add up to the plot at all. I seriously didn't like that arc where Misae's lover became a cat (which is Misae's cat) and the arc about the gang's issues. They tried too hard to be dramatic but failed.
Then episode 9 and onwards. Now this is where the show starts to become interesting. In my opinion, it was an excellent buildup as to what's about to happen to Tomoya and Nagisa. It shows that Nagisa is forced to repeat her third year for the second time due to her illness. Tomoya graduates and decided to work with her family's bakery shop. He later decided to live on his own and found a new job at a local power company and moved in his new small apartment. Later in the series, Tomoya proposed to Nagisa and they eventually got married. Nagisa got pregnant but her illness makes the delivery complicated.
Then episode 16 came................Where I had to take a break at the end of each episode because of how sad the show has suddenly become. Calling it sad is an understatement. Even the words "so sad" is an understatement. The episodes beyond episode 16 is way more sadder, it's more heartbreaking and it will crush your manliness because of how sad or sadder the series has suddenly become. Did I cry at Ep. 16-22? Of course I did! Who the hell wouldn't cry at those scenes? Only a heartless prick wouldn't cry at Ep. 16-22. I don't think I have to mention the scenes that I cried in because it should be pretty obvious.
Ahh, the controversial ending. Some people liked it and some people hated it. I, for one, thought it was a decent ending. I didn't hate it nor did I love it. The problem with the ending is it barely made sense even if you watch the last 2 episodes over 2 times (Ep. 21 and 22). If I'm going to have to guess, the girl and the robot in the illusionary world merged with the real world and granted Tomoya his wish. Thus, we got a happy ending. I did some research and I eventually understood what actually happened in the ending
The only way to fully grasp the ending is to play the VN because you will not fully understand the ending just by watching the anime alone. To us regular anime viewers who have never read the VN before, it either looked like the plot pulled a "Deus Ex Machina" or it was all in Tomoya's imagination. In other words, a "what if" situation. However, despite the "decent" ending..The events that lead up to the ending is what made me love the show in the first place. Not the ending itself. The show made my cry like I have never cried before and it was so heartbreaking that I accepted the ending for how it is.
The animation looked old but for it's time, it looks wonderful. The environment looks great, there are a fair amount of details, and the character design looks great too. Even though their high school version and older version looked almost similar. Ushio's character design and her actions made me go "Aww" sometimes because of how cute she looks.
The dramatic scenes is not the only reason why I cried. The dramatic OST is another reason why I cried and it made the dramatic scenes so effective. They fitted so perfectly. Whenever the OST plays, that's your cue to cry and it worked perfectly. Meh, you don't need a musical cue. You just have to listen to the story. The OST just makes the scene more heartbreaking
The OP theme song is "Toki wo Kizamu Uta" by Lia and the ED theme songs are TORCH" by Lia and "Chiisana Te no Hira" by Lia. I gotta hand it to Lia. She creates and sings one of the best Dramatic OP songs out there. It's definitely going to my "Favorite OP" list. The ED theme songs are also sung by Lia.. The first one sounds decent but it's definitely better than the first season's ED. The 2nd ED is just too sad.. I tried to listen to it again but tears started raining down out of my eyes. Stop giving me the feels Lia.
[Characters]: (10/10) (SPOILERS)
All the characters from the first Clannad makes an appearance in this sequel. At least, in the first half of the series. In the second half of the series, most of the main characters are pretty much non-existent. In other words, if you love main characters like Kyou then you're not going to see them that much because the second half mainly focuses on Tomoya and Nagisa and that's not that a bad thing. I just love how they're featured in the OP but the show don't give two shits about them in the second half.
Clannad: AS has one of the best lead cast I have ever seen. After episode 9, it's pretty much Tomoya and Nagisa's life after graduation. Episode after episode, you see them grow and mature. Adult Nagisa is not even annoying anymore. Tomoya wasn't also my favorite character but after seeing After Story, he's now one of my favorite characters. His interactions with other people makes him one of the most well-developed character I have ever seen.
Lastly, Akio and Sanae is one of the best (anime) parents I have ever seen. Not because of Akio accidentally spouting out that he dislikes Sanae's bread. Not because of Sanae's cosplay. No, No, not one of those moments. It's the fact that they've been helping out Tomoya since he started staying at their place. Without them, Tomoya wouldn't even be a strong lead. They may just be supporting characters but they really have a huge impact on the main character.
Wether you enjoyed Clannad: After Story or not is none of my business. I definitely enjoyed After Story. It made me laugh, it made me cry and it definitely made me care for the characters.
"Clannad: After Story" is one of (if not) the best dramatic anime I have seen. While it does have some few flaws, the amount of positives outweighs those flaws. The show has one of the best lead and supporting casts, the show has a great story and the show successfully takes your manliness away for a week. If you have seen the original then this is a must watch.
+Great Animation for its time
+Outstanding Dramatic OST
+One of the best main and supporting characters
+Perfect Dramatic moments
-Ending may not appeal to everyone
I don’t know where they are now, but I’d imagine they’ve entered the workforce. Maybe they fixed up their act and they’re working at some big company. Maybe they’re still working retail. Either way, I’m sure they’ve realised how silly their youth was, as well as how difficult their transition to adulthood must’ve been. They might’ve picked up drinking, and their temperament might’ve cost them a few jobs here and there, but I’d like to think they’re still making an effort.
I say this because this is how I feel about Clannad and Clannad: After Story.
This is a show that I truly, desperately wanted to like. This might be as well be KyoAni at their most naturally deft, because this is a show that combines some of the most powerful drama I’ve seen with breathtaking shot composition and clear mastery of subtlety, and spins it all together to reach some heights in animation that honestly make it hard for me to even try to compare.
It does so many things right, yet it does so many things so very, very wrong. Because this is a show that tried to build its skyscrapers on the most charred, desolate ground it could possibly find. When it wasn’t doing its magic, it was wasting itself on slice of life busywork that treated its women like robots filled with mashed potatoes programmed to spew out their mush whenever they were on-screen with actual human beings. I mean, yeah, it didn’t matter for Ushio because she was an actual child. And thank god Kyou existed – she was the only one of them who could keep up a remotely decent conversation.
But for everyone else? Absolutely disgusting.
And they weren’t just limited to being children: they were housewives, they were little sisters, they were “destined lovers”, and they were helpless figures to be protected. It was like a long, cruel joke on toxic gender roles. And it certainly wasn’t very funny.
No, show, Nagisa is not a strong person. A pile of talking mush overcoming the great hurdle of talking to other piles of mush is not, in fact, a significant feat. No, she is not just shy – she might as well not even be human – because she lives in a world where the notion that women can stray from their assigned one-note personalities like “clumsy” or “airhead” or “weak” does not exist. And no, combining those three traits together does not make a character any more complex.
But when it peaked, boy did it peak. This is a show that had me on the edge of my seat during an arc as pointless and arbitrary as Miyazawa’s . Even I could feel a little something as Tomoya desperately clung to Nagisa when she gave birth. And the stuff with his father and how it tied back to his relationship with his daughter? Yeah, I shed a few tears. Thinking back on all the good bits almost even makes me willing to forgive it for all its faults. I wasn’t kidding when I said this is a show that I truly, desperately wanted to like, because this is the stuff of KyoAni legends. This show knows how to emotionally charge a scene so well with all those shots and colours and subtle little movements it’s ridiculous. This is why I gave my undying love to KyoAni, and this is why I keep coming back to their stuff, no matter how empty and devoid of substance they may be.
So even after all I’ve said about it, I can’t say I regret my time spent. Because beneath all the terrible chemistry, the “fated lovers”, the infantilized women, the jokes about infantilized women, the “tough man’s world” talk, the pointless asides, the saviour complexes, the traditional housewives, and that ridiculous “everyone’s happy” asspull of an ending… there’s a heart. You can’t hear it very well, and sometimes it can seem like it just stops beating completely, but it’s there.
And it’s actually kinda big.
Disclaimer 1: Please excuse some colorful language that may or may not have found its way into this review.
Disclaimer 2: This review is NOT free of spoilers, so read at your own risk.
CLANNAD: Afterstory Review
-The animation is still great. Yeah.
-Extra focus on characterization. For some people. For the rest, it kind of sucks, but for Akio, Sanae, Yoshino, Tomoya and Nagisa it's great.
-More Tomoya! Afterstory builds up on Tomoya's development from the first season and kicks it into overdrive. We see him struggle to grow up, enter society, become a man, care for his family, etc etc. His character progression is solid and moves at a good pace. By the end he looks and acts like an adult(except when he kind of kills his kid, but yeah), albeit a unique one forged by his circumstances. He and his journey are the main reason the story holds up as well it does.
-Nagisa is a person! Not really, but kinda. Over the sacrifices of literally ALL of the supporting cast excluding her parents, Nagisa is given some actual characterization and even, dare I say it, growth. Even her death, perhaps meant to be nothing more than a tearjerker, was an important milestone in Tomoya's development. It's a shame and yet not that she died. On one hand, she was just beginning to feel like a real person. On the other, the show should not have waited until episode 16 of the second season to give their female lead a personality.
-Ignore stuff, it helps. I have found that I cannot remember much before episode 9 or so. That's fine, because what I do remember of them isn't amazing. They weren't bad (except the whole cat/boy thing, WTF) but they didn't really add much as the show was picking up speed.
Similarly, I found that my view of the show rose by several orders of magnitude if I ignored the last couple episodes. I will talk about those in the cons section, but the point is that if the show ended on episode 21-22, it would be fucking amazing.
-Tomoya(again). Continuing from the previous point, I like to think that the show ended on episode 21-22 because it is by that point that Tomoya has gone full circle, he has grown beyond a teenager, beyond a boy struggling to be a man, has grown past most of his grief, and is ready to live his life for his daughter despite his major fuck-up earlier. That right there, was a perfect moment to end it. The show's focus on the importance of family would have been perfectly encapsulated.
But of course, more tearjerkers were needed so Ushio dies in what has to be the most retarded and forced way in history but waaaaait it doesn't matter because magical power of happiness double time travel happens. Yay for finales.
So yeah, ignoring the last episode actually makes me think that the show ended on a great way that surprised me a lot, and managed to pass on a real world message through an entertaining medium and likable characters.
-Akio is awesome. Well, he is.
-Disappearance of the supporting cast. I get what Afterstory was going for. The focus on Nagisa and Tomoya's family was actually pretty good, all things considered, but all other characters that were in every episode of CLANNAD literally dissapeared and are seen maybe twice (if at all) throughout all of Afterstory. Sunohara's absence was especially jarring, considering he was (supposed to be) Okazaki's best friend.
-The first 8-9 episodes. As I said earlier, they weren't bad, they felt really separate from the rest of the show, and not in a good way. Oh, that reminds me:
-The cat-boy bestiality case. Seriously. Misae is hot and if I were a cat turned into a boy I'd wanna bang her too but what the actual f-.
Which leads me to:
-The supernatural elements/other world storyline. F- this. F- this sideways with a rusty spoon. Whoever decided it was a good idea to add the supernatural stuff and then give exactly fuckall explanation for them, just so he could undo two seasons' worth of character development should go eat a pile of dog shit and then apologize to every single CLANNAD fan in existence, personally.
The supernatural elements were stupid as f-, the other world storyline was boring and it was time/money that could have been invested better, and the final episode fucking ruins fucking everything by undoing anything of note that ever happened, BUT ONLY THE SAD STUFF, so that the perfect happy ending can be achieved in a show that was poised to show that even though life and reality are both bitches, happiness can be achieved if you try your best for the people closest to you.
All the better, then, that the last episode doesn't exist for me. Boy, I'd be mad as balls if it did.
-The copout regarding Tomoya's dad. Now, I'll admit that I kinda sorta liked the resolution of Tomoya and his dad seeing eye to eye and his dad finally returning home as a bent but not completely broken man, but I didn't like how it came to be.
It was one convenient thing after another, in a series of forced coincidences that only make me roll my eyes.
Moreover, it felt like a total waste of the subtle tension that the first season had created. It felt like the first season wove a silk thread, and then the second season came and beat it to death with a hammer, yelling all the while "IT'S FINE BECAUSE HE DID IT ALL FOR YOU AND YOU'RE THE SAME SO YOU SHOULD GET IT, RIGHT? RIGHT?!? I CAN'T HEAR OVER HOW NOTHING IN THE PAST MATTERS, SPEAK UP."
It's all incredibly convenient and in such a way as to dissolve the rift in the least confrontational way possible. Which can work, I suppose, but it's an incredible waste.
Having said that, I will have to disagree with people on this site (and the show itself) who think that Tomoya and his dad are the same. True, both are understandable in their actions considering the loves of their lives died, and I don't think you people are giving enough credit to the pits of despair such a sudden loss can lead some people to.
Still, Tomoya gave Ushio to Akio and Sanae for five years. While a terrible thing to do as a father, it was actually the better choice. Akio and Sanae are both model, loving parents who did a great job raising Ushio for her first 5 years, much better than a grief stricken Tomoya would have done. Tomoya's father tried to do it, he tried his best to go at it alone, and he failed. Even unconsciously, Tomoya took the best possible decision in those circumstances.
Btw, while I can buy the reconciliation once Tomoya knows what his father went through, I can't quite buy him thinking that Okazaki senior was a great father. We're seeing flashes of him being a great father through Tomoya's memories from when he was little but CLANNAD and Afterstory have no such examples, and in fact it is heavily implied that this has been the case for years.
So no, I'm not quite sold there. It was a very dissapointing copout.
-I think there were more, but I can't remember them right now.
My rating depends on what I choose to do with the final episode.
If I ignore it, it is a successful tale of a boy growing into a man that showcases the importance of family and learning to look at the positives in one's life. Yes it could have been better and it did several things wrong, but in the end Tomoya's journey is too well-crafted to be dragged down, and the supporting cast of Afterstory are all solid. Well worth an 8/10 rating.
If I don't ignore the final episode, it is all of the above, only smashed into pieces and then pissed upon for the sake of a classic happy ending whose avoidance was exactly the reason the show was any good through the use of unexplained, retarded plot devices.
In which case, not even Tomoya's journey could save the rating since it is basically invalidated (IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT YOU LEARN IN LIFE, KIDS. ALL SAD THINGS GO AWAY THROUGH HAPPINESS LIGHT MAGIC TIME TRAVEL). In which case, a 5/10 would be generous.
For the sake of rating, I will just give it a 6.
tl;dr: CLANNAD/CLANNAD Afterstory are well worth a watch, though far, far from perfect. read more
For a while, I threw both Clannad seasons off because I didn't think it could interest me (and the first season almost confirmed that) but I stayed along because the amount of recommendations I received and I was not disappointed.
Personally, I believe that the stand out points for this anime are the sounds and characters. My God, the OST's! Just listening to them after watching the series will have you mentally reliving the scenes and all the emotions along with it, they're so damn perfect! And characters, I constantly found small connections with the MC here and there, and that added so much more to my viewing experience.
The story has moderate progression all the way up until the last 8 episodes or so, but it has some strange attraction that makes you want more and more. Following Okazaki through his life - from being a high school delinquent to finding his own feet as a man and a father, you really grow attached to it.
Then comes the parts which Clannad is known for - the sorrow. This is what everyone points out when they recommend After Story, and rightly so. You are in for a ride on the feel train with this series, whether you cry, shed a slight tear, or keep a poker face.
I gave this series a 9/10 rating because it was new to me, made me feel things I didn't expect, and was overall great. The reason for not gaining the extra marks to reach 10/10 was I feel they slightly overdid certain parts and paced some scenes poorly. It was like they milked certain situations too much, and that kind of ruined some moments for me.
But if you enjoy slice of life, romance, tear jerkers, and/or just an overall wonderful anime, I'd recommend this series 100% of the time.
P.S- This is my first time writing a review and I am not too confident in it. Most of it is based off my own experience and views, so it may not be the most helpful one, but I hope I helped in any sort of way. Thank you! read more