*An alternate interpretation of the Clannad story centered around the Nagisa x Tomoya couple.*
Did you get confused with the ending in Clannad After Story? Did you wish for a more realistic ending? Did you know that Clannad The Motion Picture might just be what you are looking for? Or perhaps you have heard of Clannad and Clannad After Story from all your friends, but you have yet to try it out? Clannad The Motion Picture (TMP for short) provides a great summary of all the major events that took place in the ~46 episodes (excluding OVA/recap) series between the two main protagonists. Please be mindful
that the movie is retelling a story in ~90 minutes that its TV counterpart took ~1100 minutes to tell! Thus some events may seem to occur at an unreasonable pace. But nonetheless Clannad TMP is still a movie that a true Clannad fan should not miss out on.
While the story is still being told from Tomoya’s perspective, many aspects of the show depart from the TV series. Assuming you have the background from the TV series (if you have no background what-so-ever please skip the rest of this paragraph) then you should be warned that first of all, this is purely a Tomoya x Nagisa scenario with all other heroines playing a minor role, or in some cases did not even have a role. This means that Tomoya never develop any kind of deep friendship with the others and consequently did not help them when they were troubled. This in turn means no light orbs … hence a more realistic ending.
Although Clannad is a slice of life/romance anime, its similarities end there with other show of the same genre. Clannad is like a milking machine. Its whole purpose is to milk out all your emotions that you often don’t have toward anime. While the movie did not do very well in this department compared to the TV series (largely due to the lack of character development and coverage), the overall story in the movie did manage to create a similar atmosphere for viewers. This means that we still get the usual comedic side of a delinquent high schooler lifestyle. It also means a confused protagonist at a loss after being challenged by the hardships in life.
There was this “illusionary” world in Clannad TV series where they featured, with great CG animation, a girl and a robot built from scrap metal. Mirroring this concept, Clannad TMP also has an illusionary world. But instead of the girl and robot, we have a “clown”. The symbology in the two illusionary worlds is slightly different but both fit perfectly fine in their respective show. These illusions generally give the viewers more background on the characters and the way they think/feel about certain things.
Like previously stated, the characters in Clannad TMP consist of Tomoya and Nagisa. Their role did not get amplified compare to the TV series, instead the other characters just never get enough screen time. One strong point about the characters in the movie is that there is no ambiguous character relationships developed between Tomoya and various heroines. This allows us to truly enjoy Tomoya and Nagisa’s journey through life instead of wasting our time rooting for other females who will never end up with Tomoya.
One glaring eye poison of the movie is the character design of the lovable Nagisa and her equally adorable mother, Sanae. They look like characters drawn from a low budget production in the 90s (actually the looks are straight ripped out from the manga, but Toei Animation should have improved on it). Thankfully there does not appear to have much character “deformation” in the other characters, they all look similar to their TV counterpart which is definite a welcome for most fans. And thankfully (again) there does not appear to have any ear poison either. Although nothing sounds too spectacular from the movie (especially when compared to the TV series) there is no serious window shattering horrid nightmarish music/soundtracks. Lastly I recommend you not to make any comparison between the TV series and the movie since:
1. The movie was made before Clannad season one so technically there was nothing to compare to back then.
2. The movie was made by a different animation studio (Toei Animation) compare to the TV series (Kyoto Animation).
I realize this came out before the series, but I highly suggest that if you are going to watch the series/are watching the series, DO NOT WATCH THIS MOVIE. The storyline was all over the place and non of the characters are developed well. The animation is mediocre at best and all it really does is spoil the plot of an amazing series.
I highly recommend watching both the Clannad series, and the Clannad After Story series. If you still feel the urge to watch this movie, at least wait until you get to about ep 18 in After Story.
After reading some of the other reviews, I decided to write my own to express my own views towards Clannad The Motion Picture. Before that, I would like to note that I will be comparing the movie with some outside facts and other points of view to prove my arguments.
People say I shouldn’t compare to the series because the series was release after the movie. So I didn’t, but instead I compared it with the visual novel. Before that, I think Kyoto Animation did a fantastic job in porting the story from the visual novel to the series with many of the original content still
remaining except the story was alter in order to make all the character’s story operate in one single universe instead of the multiple parallel universe that the visual novel runs in. So basically, in some degree comparing the series is also comparing back to the visual novel into some extend. [Sorry for any terms that might alienate non fans] While the movie only focus on Nagisa’s arc and only half way through the After story arc. I think it’s unfair to judge the series with the movie like that, simply because that it have 48 episodes to explain nearly 7 character arcs (if I’m not wrong) and a complete and lengthy After Story arc. Plus, if we were to compare the movie with the series, the movie only summarise approximately 10-12 episode worth of story from the series out of the 48.
But I say won’t compare to the series, so here’s my other point of view on the movie.
The problem with the movie is how much referencing I should be making with the vn. The movie is written to be able to stand on its own. Many other studios also do this by taking and redoing the story of other VNs to suit the timeframe and demands of the market. So why was Clannad such an exception to the modification make in the movie? Reason is simply because of the story and how it captures the heart of its audience. While I agree that one and half hours is way too short to truly and deeply capture the heart against a minimum of 90 hours gameplay or 48 episode series but then again I find Toei Animation isn’t even trying (too much business too less romance if you ask me). Ask yourself if you watched both the series and the movie, how memorable or funny moments can you remember from both of them. So the movie very feels like a summary but summary of what? I not allow to compare it with the series and it has totally different storytelling from the VN. So, I would say it like a summary of the plot or the key events of Nagisa’s arc and first half of After Story arc.
tl/dr: Same plot but different way of storytelling
Absolutely horrible. This is the part where the movie failed the most. I’m not comparing it to the series which was the total opposite of it. (FYI, the movie’s first public announcement was around March 2006 and premier on September 2007 while the series was in March 2007 and October 2008. There was only around a year of differences between both the series and the movie’s announcement date and airing dates. So the point where people are comparing the movie’s artwork with the series is quite reasonable and valid unlike the case with Kanon02 and Kanon06 where they have 4 years difference)
But I would like to also point out that my main reason of rating the artwork so low was because it was a 2007 movie and that it did not meet up standards of its time. There are just too many animation inconsistencies and the character just look too flat at some moments for me.
tl/dr: Seriously, it was a 2007 movie? I thought it was made in 1997.
Another let down of the movie was its soundtrack. I find the soundtrack to simple and just work. Why? Because VisualArt’s/Key and Jun Meada did a great job in the visual novel with soundtrack that’s totally authentic to Clannad franchise itself. (FYI, the series reused almost all of the soundtrack from the VN which give gamers a right at home feel). So the reason wasn’t that the soundtrack was bad, it was generic but good enough and matched the scenes properly. The real problem was that the visual novel already set a very high bar for the movie which it also fail to reach expected level of quality that the visual novel have. Maybe that’s the reason why kyoani didn’t bother reinventing the wheel on the series.
td/dr: Visual novel(2004) have great soundtrack so why the movie(2007) only has ok level soundtrack?
Except Tomoya, Nagisa, Sunohara, Akio and Sanae, almost all the characters have their characters and personality changed which is a good thing as I can’t very predict was going to happen next since I can’t rely on my known knowledge about the characters. While I have no real complains as they are changed to adapt to the current storyline, but the character were less lovable (not just because of artwork but also their dialogue and choice of actions) than in the VN and series. Plus, where is FUKO????
p/s: I have no problems with the voice actors even Tomoya’s since he has no voice in the vn.
I can’t say I enjoyed fully it but it served me another way to love the series even more instead. The movie also serves a simple straight to the point ending for people that can’t fully understand what’s going on in the true After Story ending.
But the real problem for me was that the movie doesn’t have any elements that scored well for me to clinch to. It was simply because either the visual novel or the series outperformed it in every aspect that it outshined the movie and make it look bad. So, I also believe this is the biggest reason why many people didn’t like the movie.
tl/dr: Nothing to like about the movie.
Should you watch it?
YES if you are a fan of the series.
or else NO, watch and love the series than come back or don’t bother. Cause there’s better movies.
Messy straight to the point story, horrible artwork, ok soundtrack but could be better, plain simple character, no love for it cause the series took them all
NOTE: The purpose of this review is to compare the movie to the visual novel and the anime
It pains me to think of what this movie could have been!
I am a huge fan of the novel and anime series, but I always heard the movie was mediocre or worse, so I never took the time to watch it. However, when my wife and I bought the series on DVD, the movie was included, so we thought, "Why not?" I watched it, prepared to strongly dislike it, and I did . . . until the last half hour. I am not going to waste
time discussing the individual parts of the score I gave. Instead, I want to share why I was so heartbroken by the end of this movie.
Before you even watch this movie, consider that the movie will attempt to do what took the anime 10+ hours and the visual novel around 100 hours in . . . 90 minutes. Yep, this is the biggest flaw of the whole movie; I told my wife after watching this that if this had been about three times as long, I probably would've liked it more than the anime. Let me explain why.
The first hour was a botched mess. It was basically a summary of the school arc, and a bad one at that. It just seemed like a really lame romance where boy hates school, girl loves school, boy helps girl in school, girl helps boy to love school. Sure, that is arguably the way the school arc happened in other media, but the difference was execution. The school arc here felt very shallow, whereas there was depth and purpose for it otherwise.
The characters were alright, I guess, but they didn't have the time they needed to develop. Important characters like Kotomi, Kyou, and to a lesser extent Tomoyo were basically cameos in here, and it honestly didn't make sense to even include them (though Tomoyo is somewhat justified, the movie really didn't need her either).
The whole Illusion World concept was also wrecked; they bothered to introduce it, but they never explained its true significance. True, they kind of made their own definition of it, which actually worked okay, but I wish they just never introduced it. It would've saved them time, and I picture the audience being left confused on the whole thing.
So, that's the first hour. What about the last 30 minutes? Let me tell you something; in my opinion, if the last half-hour was given more time to work with, it would have rivaled After Story.
The last half-hour primarily focuses on the aftermath of Nagisa's death, and unlike After Story, it felt much more dramatic and tragic. Don't get me wrong; After Story made me cry when both Nagisa and Ushio died. But there was a level of hopelessness in this movie that was not reached by the anime, and I think this is where the movie excelled.
The environment is very dark, Tomoya expresses a shockingly dark level of anguish. Tomoya doesn't work, doesn't cook for himself, refuses to talk to anybody . . . it was heart-rending just to watch. The emotion I felt when they portrayed Nagisa's death and Tomoya's descent into depression was similar to that of After Story.
Eventually, the gang (Tomoyo, Sunohara, Kyou, and Nagisa's parents are the ones I remember off-hand) take Tomoya to a train station to finally meet Ushio. There were about 5 minutes left in the movie at this point, and I wondered how they were gonna do everything post-Ushio in that timeframe. Tomoya and Ushio have a tearful, beautiful reunion as Tomoya accepts her as his daughter.Tomoya also mentions his interpretation of the Illusion World at the end which, albeit not quite as good as the real deal, was a fitting conclusion to his experiences. . . .
Then the credits roll.
I was shocked to see the movie end that way; no raising Ushio, no Nagisa coming back from the dead . . . none of that.
As I thought on it, I saw the brilliance in it. Unlike After Story, which gets a little more into the fantasy side (which isn't a bad thing; I gave AS 10/10), this movie was very realistic. It was a very fitting ending, and I wanted more. I wanted to see Tomoya's journey to Ushio in greater detail, and I wanted to see more of that alternate universe where Nagisa DIDN'T come back. The last half-hour was done superbly. It was such a shame that it never got the love it deserved.
My final verdict: 7/10
I wouldn't recommend this as a stand-alone movie nor an introduction to the Clannad universe, but I would recommend it to Clannad fans, so long as they clearly understood its flaws (not every character you like is in there, and it is way too short), as this movie gave me a very moving alternate setting. The anime still outshines the movie in every single aspect, but I strongly believe that the movie would've been just as great if it had more time. I enjoyed it, and I was entranced while thinking what could have been had Nagisa never come back.
I shouldn't have watched this at all. I've played the game, and I'm currently watching the series of KyoAni. If you played or watched that you will probably dislike the movie.
The only thing I found good was the story and the character development, but then again that was key's work and not TOEI. I didn't give it a better score on story because hilarious parts like most of Sunohara are gone, the movie does not explain any of how the relationship is made between the main characters and the side characters...
About the OST what can I say... I have over 400 songs (all clannad OST),
the one used here was just pure deception. Probably the only good part was the festival part. The dubs are horrible as well, I wonder why they couldn't just use the same as the game or the series (maybe budget?, who knows).
The animation was almost unwatchable. Maybe my eyes got used to KyoAni's eyecandy animation, but the animation oddly reminded me to dragon ball in almost every minute. There's also here and there trying to highlight an scene and they just go repeat the scene over and over with a drum over it, "Pathetic" is the word for that.
In a nutshell: I wish this move didn't exist, I wish I didn't watch this movie. Think it twice before watching this, if you liked the series, or the game you probably won't like this.
After playing the Clannad game and watching the anime, I decided to watch the movie and see what they did with it. After about 30 minutes into it, I started to look around the room. The movie gave me plenty of reasons to turn it off.
Even though the movie was not all that good, it still sorta went along with the story of the game and the TV series. I'm well aware that, because it's a movie, it couldn't put the other characters in like they should have been put in, so it's understandable that they only focused on Nagisa's story. The story was
done okay, so I'm rating it 8.
I can't say very much about the art besides it was awful. At first all that came to mind was the animations from the AiR movie, which I thought was good. Because of that, I had high hopes for Clannad. Unfortunately, I was let down, like a lot of people have been. The art is undescribable, and it's not up to par with the anime being released today. It brought me back to the mid-80's at a few parts. Nostalgia won't get you anywhere when it comes to suddenly changed art style, sorry. Be consistent, or not make it at all.
The sound didn't match the plot or what was at the time going on. The Dango song came on a few times as well, with the characters singing it. I mean really, is this movie targeted for kids or something? I thought this movie would have been made for older audiences, instead the music made me think I was watching some kid's show. The BGM made no sense to me at all, so that's why it's got 2.
It's obvious that they couldn't put all the characters into the movie, and that's okay. The problem starts when the characters act out of character. I won't spoil anything for anyone, but to make an example would be when Nagisa's posters were being either taken down or painted with red marks. Why they put Fuuko's sister and fiance in it, but not Fuuko herself is beyond me. Changing a bit of Sunohara's character ticked me off too. He's supposed to be a kicking-around character. Because of badly changed personalities of the characters, I rate 6.
The Dango song by itself almost made me turn the movie off. The movie was horrible up until a point about 2/3's of the way through, then it got good. So that's why it's not getting a 1 rating, but 4.
It can only be called average and forgettable. The TV series went into the story accurately, while the movie went and threw it all asunder. To me it looked very amateurish and sloppily done. I would only recommend this movie to you if you want to compare it to the TV series and the game.
I've just finished the movie. In general, it was great.
I don't think that the movie will spoil the series, because its alternative to it, but who knows. By the time I'm writing this review, I've
seen only 20 episodes, so I don't know how the anime ends.
Anyway, I'll start the actual review.
Art / Animation:
to tell the truth, it was horrible. There was time where I wondered if I'm watching a movie from the end of 2007, or a movie
from the early 80`s. Though the backgrounds scenery was pretty good, the characters looked awful, with a lack of proportion and made some
weird moves. I just couldn't ignore it, and I think that it was the only thing that spoiled my enjoyment of the movie.
Nothing special, really. It was fine, and I haven't noticed it for most of the time. The ending theme was nice, but that's all. The new version of Dango Daikazoku was cute and feet with the style of the movie.
The story was great. There were even some scenes that almost made me cry, and some that made me laugh. As far as I saw from the series, the story in the movie was better. I haven't played the game,
but I think that the meaning behind CLANNAD was transferred better in the movie. A lot of the changed scenes fet just right in the movie. The fact that they've 'jumped' from the past to the present kept me interested, and the change of mood of each scene made a lot of Impact on me, and it was a great idea. Just KEY's style, and there was no disappointment here for me.
The characters personality was kind of different from the anime. Kyou's (really minor role) personality was completely different from the anime, and Tomoya was kind of strange to me. But hey, that may be just my imagination. But besides that, the characters were great. Each of the main characters has gone through development, especially Tomoya. The scene with his father and the lat scene were just great, and almost made me cry.
Enjoyment + Overall:
I think that the only bad thing here was the art, the rest ware really good. The implementation of this movie was wonderful, and I've enjoyed every minute of it. If after the anime I've thought that the CLANNAD story has nothing special, after seeing this movie I realized that I was really wrong.
If you didn't like the series, see this movie.
After watching the whole collection of Clannad (both Clannad and Clannad After Story) I am very disappointed at this movie. This movie is a very big let down from one the best anime I have ever watched (yes, I cried -.-). The voice actors are different, the art is a bit 'off', the characters seem to act slightly different than to their attitude in the actual anime, and overall it just sucks. It is so bad that I had to delete it off my hard drive, which is something I don't like to do to my anime collection, but this movie is THAT HORRIBLE. So
if you haven't watched the movie I highly suggest that you DON'T WATCH IT, because you are just wasting your time. It is better off to go to the next anime/manga/visual novel/light novel/hentai planned in your list instead.
Let's not mince words here: the first season of Clannad was fair enough but it spent way too much time on trivial bullshit that didn't even matter once After Story came into the picture. As for After Story, I absolutely adore the show but let's be real here: the first eight episodes were HORRIBLE and the way it all ended made it lose a LOT of points in my book and the books of many others. At the behest of one of my friends, I decided to give Clannad: The Motion Picture a try and it managed to do EVERYTHING that the TV series failed
to do for me. Is it perfect? Not at all, but you know what? It's a million leagues better than the first season of the TV series and it's certainly something that should be watched by all, especially people who went into the first season and came out completely and totally underwhelmed.
Clannad: The Motion Picture is actually the first adaptation of the Clannad visual novel. It was made by Toei Animation in 2007 but it was promptly overshadowed by the TV series produced by Kyoto Animation a year later. Despite my rather low opinion of Toei Animation in general, I must say that they really did a great job with the adaptation. If you're one of those people who believe film adaptations will always be inferior to their televised counterparts, hear me out: making a film adaptation of something (especially visual novels, given that they have so many nuances that just don't translate into another medium) is one of the most thankless jobs anyone can ever do. Whereas a TV show has the benefit of more time to tell a story, movies have to deal with a fixed time slot that isn't broken down into smaller segments so the audience has to watch the entire thing in one sitting.
In a perfect world, every film adaptation in the world would be 100% faithful to the source material and we wouldn't have so many people complaining how the source material is infinitely superior to the adaptation. Alack, this is reality and not every irrelevant detail from the source material you happened to like can be included in the finished product. Things have to be cut out for the sake of both time and narrative consistency. From this standpoint, Toei Animation really did a great job as they took everything that they could work with from the visual novel and scrapped whatever didn't work within the context of the movie. They also made some alterations wherever possible so that the entire work would be a self-contained story and didn't force you to take up the source material or another adaptation just for a sense of solution. If you read all of this and you're STILL fretting over the small details, keep in mind that this is an entirely separate work from the TV series and the visual novel. Just think of this movie as an alternate universe version of Clannad and go from there.
With all of that nastiness out of the way, let's talk about how events actually play out in Clannad: The Motion Picture. Simply put, this movie's the more direct adaptation of the Nagisa route from the Clannad visual novel. Instead of having Tomoya bounce around from girl to girl until he settles down with Nagisa, the focus of the narrative stays with Tomoya and Nagisa throughout the entire movie. We get to see how that fateful encounter with Nagisa at the bottom of the hill all those years ago went on to affect Tomoya's life in ways he never thought possible as well as his growth as an individual. That actually brings me to what I like most about Clannad in general: Tomoya himself.
I don't like Clannad because of the romance. Hell, I'd fucking HATE this series if I focused solely on the romance. What really made me take a liking to Clannad in the first place was Tomoya and how relatable he actually is (well, for me at least). At face value, Tomoya is your standard visual novel adaptation lead: he's a fairly good-looking teenager with a snarky demeanour. However, Clannad goes above and beyond when it came down to how he was written. He's more than just a standard visual novel lead, he's like an actual person. He has goals, has struggles of his own, he's got emotions and all that stuff. Think of it like this: as much as I adored White Album 2, Haruki was no better than a self-insert protagonist and I couldn't find myself wanting to care about him one way or the other. Tomoya on the other hand is a far cry from a self-insert protagonist and what's more is that I actually find myself wanting him to succeed in his endeavours and I actually want things to end up happy for him in the end.
On a slightly different note, Nagisa was also quite a delightful character. Whilst the TV series in general portrayed her as a moeblob/idealised girlfriend character that I couldn't find myself caring about one way or the other, Clannad: The Motion Picture gave her an identity of her own. She still has that weak constitution, don't get me wrong. However, she isn't written in such a manner that's meant to evoke an emotional response out of you. She's strong-willed, endearing (and this time, endearing like a human and not like a beagle puppy), and I actually found myself caring about Nagisa as an individual. That's something the TV series completely failed to do for me, by the way.
On another note, the other characters were also quite lovely to say the least. For one thing, I don't find myself feeling visceral hatred toward Sunohara since he's not an insufferable moron. Sure, Sunohara is still a headstrong oaf, but he's actually an oaf that makes me laugh rather than scowl in frustration. Speaking of which, Nagisa's parents are back and Akio never ceases to make me laugh in earnest. He's just as entertaining and likeable as he was in the TV series. Speaking of which, Sanae's here too and I don't find myself wanting her to be crucified by Shion anymore (probably because she's not making shitty bread and dating high school students behind her husband's back anymore)! So that's always nice.
Going off on a tangent, this movie managed to make me laugh... a lot, actually. The comedy throughout the entire movie was spot-on and didn't get annoying after a while. Tomoya's still snarking away at everything and Sunohara's antics actually make me laugh raucously instead of making me want him to die a gruesome death because he was annoying. This movie also knows when to cut the crap and take itself seriously whereas the first season suffered from extensive cases of mood whiplash. Yeah... you can tell that I don't hold the first season in that high of a regard, right?
From a production standpoint, Clannad: The Motion Picture is an odd case to talk about. The watercolour stills used throughout the movie were beautifully designed as were the backgrounds and decorations and such, but the character models were rather lacklustre. The animation itself is more of the same, and that's actually kind of disappointing since Toei Animation tends to give their films more budget than they give their TV shows. Everything still looks great, don't get me wrong but from an aesthetic standpoint, Kyoto Animation spoiled Clannad in ways that Toei Animation never did.
Sound-wise, the OST is quite lovely. It's mostly remixed tracks from the visual novel and it does lack certain tear-jerking themes like "Yuki Nohara" from After Story but it's the way the OST is used that really makes it stand a cut above the first season. On that note, the English dub is also quite lovely (take THAT, you mouth-breathing weeaboo dub haters!). Whereas the first season was quite hit/miss given that Steven Foster was the ADR director there was no shortage of moments that sounded awkward or whatever, the movie shares its ADR director with After Story's. Everything sounded natural to say the least, the voice actors did an amazing job as always, and all that stuff. Really, what more could I want?
Would I say I enjoyed this movie? Well... yeah, I enjoyed it a lot. Whilst I still prefer the TV series (mostly because of After Story, but that's beside the point), the movie managed to do what the TV series failed to do for me. It gets to the point quicker, there's less meandering, Nagisa actually has a personality, and so on and so forth. If you're someone who has never watched Clannad before, I'd actually go so far as to recommend you watch this movie in lieu of the first season and then pick up After Story from Episode 9 onward. I really don't understand why this movie gets so much hate. It does what it does incredibly well. Who cares if the other girls don't get their arcs adapted? If you want Kotomi, Tomoyo, Fuko, or Kyou, go play the goddamn VN or something. I swear, the shit some people end up doing confuses me to no end. Anyway, that's all for now. Feedback is always welcome and with that, I'm out. Peace :)
"Сlannad" begins from the visual novel released by Key studio in the 2004th year. After, based on the story, was published 4 manga series, animated film and two anime series.
So, if you're wondering whether to watch a movie after watching the 2-seasons of the series, this review will be helpful to you.
The story begins as the original, Tomoya Okazaki studying in senior year of high school. As he been a child, his mother died, because of this, his father had started drinking. Later, in a fight with a drunken father Okazaki injured his shoulder and was forced to give up basketball, relations between the two
soured. In school, he meets a strange Nagisa, who wants to restore the drama club.
Of course the first thing that catches the eye is Art, he is different from the TV series, as the in animation involved Toei Animation (in the TV series, the animation is engaged Kyoto animation)
So let's focus on the differences between the film and the TV series:
One of the main differences is the number of characters. Many characters not at all in the film. In Movie we have: Kyou, Sakagami Tomoyo, Sunohara, Ibuki-sensei (but her daughter not featured in the film), Yoshino Yusuke, Sanae, Akio, Okazaki Father, and of the actual protagonists.
Don't have: Miyazawa, Ryou (sister Kyou), Misae, Mei (Sunohara sister), what is quite strange, all of these characters are interesting, in the novel (and in the TV show) they have a lot of time, but there should be consider the following facts: the film was released before the series and the film lasts only 94 minutes, and the budget, as we see, are not allowed to use more time.
As for the characters, they also have differences. For example the character of the main characters, in my opinion, is different from the series. Okazaki, throughout the film seems not at its best, both at the beginning and at the end, serves as a not very successful and cheerful teenager apparently here present share Shounen genre that shows the formation of male personality. If in the TV show, he never allows himself to be rude to other people, even though we know about his dim past, here in the very first scene is noticeable that he is building in itself is not the best person for dialogue.
Furukawa Nagisa also slightly different character here, In the TV series, she is not self-confident personality, very shy of other people, here a little bit wrong, it appears as a character, who have a clear objective, restore the drama club and nothing can stop this. "I'll draw and 100 of the same, how much will need to draw and hung everywhere, "she says. She still polite to people, is in poor health and appears to us as a very gentle man. Also, before the performance, While reading a monologue, she is absolutely not worried, moment of maintaining her morale , alas, is мissing.
So throughout the show, Okazaki has a dream, a nightmare from which he wakes up in a sweat, it is known is the illusory world that is shown in the TV series and in novel, as you can see, these two worlds are linked. In the series, in an illusory world, we see a girl and a robot, in the movie, we are see the robot clown, later he approaches the "Tree of Hope", which supposedly symbolizes Okazaki meeting with Nagisa in the real world, but in the TV series, we don't know from whence Okazaki knows the story and the script for the scenes, as soon as he notices that Nagisa shows on Scene it is his dream, he realizes that they see the same dream throughout his life, touched by monologue, assuming that this is the fate, on the emotions he tells about his love to Nagisa
Further, the story continues of the words of Okazaki, after the so-called "White Darkness" (After the death of Nagisa and Ushio birth). He starts talk about how little time they spent together. He tells how he worked with Yoshino, (In the movie Sunohara also worked with Yoshino, while in school), he tells, how they had fun together, they even called themselves and their friends "Great Dango Family" (Nagisa loved this).
Toward the end of movie father Okazaki comes to him and said: "You're just like me". This words bring Okazaki rage, though the father is right, Okazaki refuses to listen to him and drives out of the house, which leads to the end of the dialogue.
The end of the movie is average, not the worst, but Ushio does not take part in any way in story. As in the series, after Nagisa's death, Okazaki refuses to communicate with anyone, his father, asking friends son, so to speak the whole "Great Dango Family", help him (son), not to repeat the story of father exactly the same as him. Okazaki was forcibly are taken on a journey.
Whatever it was, thanks to friends, Okazaki meets Ushio and when she runs to him, he notices that she stumbles and then it wake up his father's feelings and love for child, He catches her and understands that he loved her with all his heart.
And yet, even though a lot of things missing in the movie, it is necessary to understand that he went out before TV series, although it was filmed on the novel, and the novel has all these characters (Fuuko, Ryou etc.). Even knowing the whole story of Clannad original and novel, watch this film interesting every minute as if slowly hypnotizes you and you already can not come back from the screen.
Clannad Movie shows how good can be an original story, though shortened in some places.
Well, they did. There are so many things wrong with those movie I don't even know where to start, so I'll do each category sequentially.
Meandering, directionless, and totally boring until the last half hour or so. Except for the last thirty seconds or so(which were actually pretty heartwarming) the ending was the lamest attempt at a feel-good ending I've ever seen. It's hard to say more without spoiling anything, but let's just say if I were Okazaki I would have been really pissed off at what my friends did to "cheer me up".
pretty damn hideous.
Didn't even notice it. Voice acting seems okay, but not awesome.
Whereas in the show every time Nagisa came on screen I internally screamed "AHH I LOVE YOU NAGISA YOU'RE SO CUTE", here she was just annoying. No real personality aside from being vaguely sweet and rather annoying.
Akio and Sunohara were still funny, but Okazaki wasn't at all. Plus, there was practically no development through the whole thing.
What can I say? I was bored to tears, and then when it finally picked up I said to myself, "Well, I could have executed that better while I was asleep."
Before I say anything, I think the Clannad TV series is amazing, I know i'm going to end up comparing parts of this to the TV series on accident, just because a subbed version of the movie didn't show up until the series was in the late 20's.
Instead of the usual format of explaining each of the 5 categories (Story, Art, Sound, Character, Enjoyment), i'm just going to tell you what I was feeling right after I watched it.
The first hour or so of the movie was ok, I found a little boring to be honest. I paused it for a second and ended up
watching the Suzumiya Haruhi no Gekisou concert, and completely forgot I was watching this movie for a good 30 min until I remembered I hadn't finished it. The animation quality wasn't really up to par on this one. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't amazing either. I think the worst aspect of this movie was that the music didn't fit with the movie AT ALL, unlike the Clannad TV series in which the music flows perfectly. The music wasn't bad, but put together with the Clannad atmosphere, it was horrible.
...and then came the last 30 minutes of the movie. Holy shit that was amazing. The ending of this movie is the closest i've ever been to crying during an anime or a movie. I'm trying not to spoil too much, but the ending was breathtaking.
I'm giving this an 8/10, even though it disagrees with my individual ratings on this review. (They end up to be something like 6.8). I would've rated this a 6 or a 7 like my review numbers said, but along with Sunohara being so damn funny the entire movie, the amazing ending bumped it up to an 8.
I just finished this movie, and it was great. If you plan to watch this do not count on that it will resemble the series. It has a small part of the story that is near the serie but when you watch it you will se that they focus more on nagisa and okazaki then the series did.
Story: in short, I loved the story. It was alot better then the one in the serie, why? Because they focus more on the Nagisa & okazaki relationship and they dont focus on the other characters so much like the series did. And because of that the movie
surpasses the series with horse lengths. And the movie continues more after were the series stopped and you will get surprised what happens (No spoiler here)
Art: I completley loved the art, the thing with the animetion is that you got that little old school feeling when you watched it and that is completly my taste. It was thought some scenes were they did some weird moves that looked terribly awful. But there wasnt so many of those so that gives the art a high score. They also made a really nice work with the coloring. The color looked good and they were good with the shadowing so it almost feelt like it was a real movie.
Sound: nothing special really, it feelt little weird in the start, because some characters had the same voice actors as the serie but some didn´t. and that lowers the score just because that. But they managed good with the side sounds, trains, cars, music etc and thats a big plus (+).
Character: okazaki and nagisa was alot better character wise in the movie then in the serie, but they dont focus so much on the other side characters. But I was expecting that from a movie that is 1.5 hour. The serie was alot longer and could there for focus more on them. But I loved that they didnt show exactly everything with the side characters in the movie and focused more on the Mains.
Enjoyment: Was outstanding I got completley lost when I watched it and I can not stop thinking about how good it was. I think it was because it was alot shorter then the serie. The serie just made you loose intress in some parts. But if you want to completley enjoy this you should watch the series first thought, Because they jumped alot in some sceenes in the movie. And you might wonder "wtf happened between those scenes?" if you havent watched the series.
Overall: It was amasing, it was the sound that draged the score down, but if you can forget about the voice actor thing, you will completley love this movie.
After watching Clannad, and Clannad : after Story, I decided to continue to Clannad movie as well. It thought it would be pretty cool. However, it turns out to be a bit of disappointment.
I though it would focus on a specific point and make me feel something again. But no, it didn't. This movie is like a 90 mins summary of the Clannad series, season 1 and season 2. It follows the similar pattern. But they are not the same. It seems to be a Clannad world upside down. Everything is slightly different. Also the solution is each problem is different .This is
like telling Clannad series in a different way. Besides from this, it moves in a very very fast pace. I felt nothing except boredom when I watch this one. Everything is unclear. It lacks of information, and really confusing if I didn't watch Clannad series. For example, Kyou and Tomoyo who seems to be the villains in the beginner, all of the sudden, becomes good friends with Okazaki, (and Nagisa). Really confusing!!!
The art is fine. It's nice but it's not the same as what it used to be. That is the design of character's facial, at some point, they are different. Sometimes, they look like two different person. Other than that it's great as usual.
Sounds are different from the original one. The new dango theme song is pretty nice as well. Really enjoy the new one. The sound effects is okay though they're a bit unattractive.
Character is another thing which disappoints me. The character is really strange. Nagisa, who's quite shy, began the conversations many times, and ask Okasaki for different things. She's braver than usual. Character suddenly has their characteristic changed. Some becomes more violent, more rude, and more responsible. This causes a bit of misunderstanding.
I didn't enjoy this movie at all. Too much information to absorb in one pace. And while watching it, it really brought neither emotion nor fun, unlike original series. If you already watched Clannad series, I suggest not to watch this one. It would mess up your mind. If you haven't watched Clannad, I still suggest you not to watch this movie. Because after watching it, I don't think you will watch original Clannad. Not only that but also, it will spoil the ending and many other thing. So, ignore Clannad movie, and just watch the anime series.
The anticipaded CLANNAD movie turned out a bit less than I thought but I don't regret watching it. It wasn't a waste of time, in my opinion, but it could have been better.
Basically, the story is about the sole relationship of Tomoya and Nagisa. It stars just as in the CLANNAD anime, with them meeting on the hill towards the school. The main thing I liked about the story was that it changed the lines and the events. The secondary characters didn't get too much time to actually have a story but that's normal in a movie (take a look at AIR the movie) and
I'm honestly not bothered by it, the story about Nagisa and Tomoya was enough for me. Even though I was expecting a bit more drama and touching moments, I think it was pretty much great, not to mention the last scene was very touching for me.
Well, the art was fair, they kept the original movie drawing they got from AIR the movie and it's not that I don't like it, but it's a bit bland. Could have been better, if you ask me, and I wish they put a little more effort in the backgrounds and scenery. Well, maybe I'm just used to the KyoAni awesome animation, who knows.
Not much to say here, it was good but nothing more. The one thing I enjoyed at full was the ending song (1st one) that's a different version of the CLANNAD Tv ending "Dango Daikazoku", sung by Eufonius, and I love that band. The one thing that really bothered me was the change of the Tomoya seyuu, I would of liked it to remain the same since it took a good 15 minutes to get used to it.
It kind of lacked. I'm honestly giving it a 7 out of good will. Let's just say that I was expecting a bit more character development from the others but that's just the way it is. They kept the original personalities for most of 'em except for Sakagami Tomoyo. She seemed a bit different, and being a Tomoyo fan it was a bit of an eye-twitcher. At least they changed Sunohara to the real punk he is in the game (haven't played it but I know he was tons tougher than the Tv anime).
I enjoyed it. It has it's bad parts but I can't say it wasn't good. I was expecting a bit more coming from CLANNAD but I think I'm too much of a Key/KyoAni sucker. Key should stop making movies and go directly to Tv anime from now on. Don't expect TOO much if you want to watch it.
I am not surprised that this movie would not do the series justice. It's actually quite nieve to believe it would.
Clannad as a TV series with two seasons over 1000 hours of information, the show lets you grow with the characters, while this movie makes it very difficult to grow that attachment to the characters, which really hinders the emotional effect it has on us viewers.
It very vaguely explains the story although the flow is average, which isn't the best but better then a flow that is terrible.
If you did watch the series watching this movie would be pointless. You'll be left thinking
to yourself: "How is it possible for someone to know how powerful this story really is if they just watched the movie?"
I do understand Clannad is from a visual novel, but comparing to the TV series, I am very upset. I decided that I do NOT recommend watching this if you have seen the series.
The characters have a different feel to them as well. When I say this I mean it's almost as their personalities are different. And when the show takes a time leap, their attitudes grow in relation to the series, which is confusing when watching the movie, not knowing how they got there.
In the end I give this movie a 5/10.
I love Clannad, but this movie just left me with a bad taste in my mouth.
I've seen Clannad 1st season and those two chapters and I can say that I'm not big fan of it. I had a free time so decided to see the movie, don't know why. I don't know why the serie is more popular than the movie and why this movie is so underrated. Personally I think this movie is much better than the anime. The anime is kinda slow and boring with lots of nonsense elements not to mention very childish. The movie on the other hand is more realistic and the story is amazing and emotional. I mean I was crying like nuts
the last half hour and even started to like Nagisa. So give this movie a chance, it's not that lame as people say, it's a lot better and deserves a chance.
Clannad fan I watched this version to see what it was worth. I must say that I was disappointed ... The designs are ugly and way below compared to drawings of Kyoto Animation.
The film format is also ill-chosen to fit a VN and there is a lot of change that does not comply with the VN (like Dango music that was where the nightmare of change Tomoya which I think is not present in the VN).
Moreover, the film is sloppy it does not release the emotions we had with Clannad (especially After Story and is increasingly the most part intérresante was the most
sloppy part). In short I would not recommend this version.
Clannad The Movie, when I first found out about the movie my first thought was " I have to watch it!!!!" but after doing it I couldn't help but feel a bit uneasy with it.
"Clannad The Movie" It's like they picked the 2 series (Clannad and Clannad After Story) and mixed them all together to form this, and although some people may disagree at this point but I HATED the movie. `
Clannad After Story to me was the perfect anime, with a wonderful story that made me cry and laugh and after watching the movie my only feeling was of hate!!! how could they do
something like this to Clannad?? It's just horrible how they picked an awesome anime and made a movie of it but it ends up one of the worst thing I have ever seen.
While watching the movie my only thoughts were "this is not how it happen", and some people may think "oh it's just a movie, of course there would be some cut scene but that doesn't mean the movie is bad", let me answer that really quick... YES I DOES, Clannad is an anime that tell us the story of those 2 teens and their friends, the whole sequel of the anime was made in a way that we could understand each and everyone of the characteres, it was thanks to that that we were able to love the anime, to love their story and in the movie you just can't find that.
If you are a huge fan of Clannad like me then please follow my advice and don't ruin your idea of Clannad by watching this moive.
Now I apologize for any writing mistake that I may have done while writing this review but hey, nobody is perfect right? :D
I always felt this movie was so underrated because of the series. I think the main reason why is because the movie is basically a summary of the entire series, but the movie is so well paced and doesn't feel rushed at all unlike most other anime summary movies. The ending is even more realistic. Well let's get this review going!
Story: Like the series this movie revolves around a high school boy named Tomoya who meets this young girl named Nagisa at a hill on the way to school underneath cherry blossom trees. He decides to talk to her and from then on their relationship
blossoms. The romance is sweet and focuses more on the dreams that Nagisa had for acting and how Tomoya grew to realize his feelings for her in a heartwarming way. It's something that I myself could relate too. There are many feels in this so beware of crying unless you've seen the series although since it's more real to life so you might want to get a tissue box.
Animation: The art is good, but not as good as the series. It has the same character designs, but the lighting and beauty of it is more outdated compared to the main series. It's not terrible or even bad. It's mostly just good.
Sound: The music was beautiful like in the series. The voice acting was quite good too and if you enjoy dubs then this one is pretty good, not the greatest dub ever, but I still think it's good. The music is what I really enjoyed about it though. It truly matched the mood of the story so well.
Characters: Tomoya is the main male protagonist. The main girl protaginist is Nagisa as earlier mentioned. Tomoya has a sad past that causes him to act like a delinquent although he's truly a kind and caring person who helps Nagisa to accomplish her dreams of performing on stage. Nagisa however is a very sweet girl who can be shy and sometimes she even says the name of one of her favorite foods out loud to herself so that way she'll work up the courage to do something like go to the drama club She loves to sing that cute and adorable song, Dango, Dango, Dango, Dango, Dango.
There's also Sonohara who is Tomoya's best friend and is mostly there for comedic relief.
Then eventually you get to see Ushio. She's so adorable. All she says is "Daddy," but she's the cutest. By the time you her you'll literally cry from your heart.
Enjoyment: I honestly loved this movie and yes I saw it before the series. I'm still deciding which I like better. The series or movie. No matter what I think this movie was how a summary anime movie should be made... Just so well paced and beautiful on every level for me. I enjoyed this because of how much the characters made me love them. Nagisa and Tomoya are still my favorite couple to this day and the movie is no exception. I also loved the true to life ending and it made me cry out from my heart ans soul. I just love this masterpiece without a doubt.
Overall: If you love romance drama anime then it's worth the watch if you don't feel like watching the entire series and it might get you interested in the main series like it did for me. I hope you check out this awesome anime movie! At least do it to see Ushio or hear the adorable Dango song. Tomoya is my personal favorite though Nagisa and Tomoya are like ying and yang.
Ending quote: "But the one thing I will never forget is that smiling face."
*Bursts in tears*