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Japanese: CLANNAD
English: Clannad
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Type: TV
Episodes: 23
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 5, 2007 to Mar 28, 2008
Premiered: Fall 2007
Broadcast: Fridays at 01:55 (JST)
Licensors: Sentai Filmworks
Studios: Kyoto Animation
Source: Visual novel
Genres: DramaDrama, RomanceRomance, SupernaturalSupernatural
Theme: SchoolSchool
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.001 (scored by 729732729,732 users)
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Ranked: #5822
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Popularity: #79
Members: 1,357,029
Favorites: 27,083

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

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

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

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

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

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

Story: 3/10
As a romance, it was piss-poor with a mostly one dimensional cast of female characters with the exception of two that actually had personalities. For me, it failed as a drama. The first big arc is focused around a character that was extremely annoying. It made me not care at all about what happened and I had zero emotional connection to anything since that part. Clannad is primarily supposed to be a ...
Oct 4, 2009
Clannad. Made as a visual novel by Key, made into an anime by Kyoto Animation. This combination has been seen twice before, in the series Air and Kanon. Both are well-known among anime fans, and mostly positively received. And anyone who has watched either or both of the two previously mentioned will definitely have their expetations of what Clannad will offer. These expectiations will probably, in a way, be fulfilled; yet Clannad is certain to sweep you along and astound it with its gripping tale.

The story itself is set to a small Japanese town, and a select few inhabitants of that town. The first ...
Dec 4, 2008
"Key's 1st non-adult visual novel proved to be a success."

Unlike its two predecessors (Air and Kanon) that started out as H-Visual Novels, Clannad was released for all-ages and does not contain any fan service (although the selling point is still harem). Being Key's second longest work, Clannad is not a simple story that can be summarized in a mere 23 episodes TV series. As a result, Kyoto Animation released an additional 24 episodes in the sequel Clannad ~After Story~. As the third anime adaptations of Key visual novels, Clannad certainly is a must watch for all Air and Kanon fans.

The Clannad visual novel was split ...
Nov 22, 2007
Preliminary (17/23 eps)
Clannad, Kyoto Animation's latest anime release, exhibits the meticulous and revered production quality of all the studio's previous releases. Based on a visual novel by Key, Clannad takes the viewer into a seemingly simple story of life at school, but the series soon develops mysteries and tales of wonder.

Each girl in Clannad (main and supporting cast) has her own personality quirk, one of which is bound to attract a fan. That kind of variety works to attract many viewers. But Clannad is not necessarily a "harem" by its general definition. While Tomoya's daily life is indeed surrounded by beautiful girls, he ...
Oct 26, 2008
CLANNAD is the most fabulous harem anime I have ever seen, mostly because it doesn't play out entirely like a harem anime.

The story is totally unique. An outcast, troubled boy tries to help a sickly, shy girl in forming a drama club. Why does he help her? Why does she want to do it? All sorts of great questions are asked, and the beauty of it is that some are not answered. Things just happen in life, don't they? Sometimes there's never an explanation. The story follows day-t-day school activity and home life. If you're into slice of life with romantic appeal, then you'd ...
Dec 14, 2007
Clannad is the 3rd in the line of Harem, Romance anime based of Key’s Visual Novel (dating sim) and with the bar set pretty high, this anime is able to reach the expectations of its fans.

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The series begins as a usual high school anime, with no defined plot or storyline but just introduces the male protagonist and the girls that the series revolves around. From the first couple of episodes it is easy to pin point the obvious similarities it has with its predecessor (Kanon) but the major difference is the level of comedy. The comedy of Clannad is on a completely different level, ...
May 18, 2009
Please, why is it noone sees that this anime is a disgrace to anime? Look at it, look at it! Of course, I realize that saying that is wrong since, in truth, there are worse animes than Clannad, infact there are quite a few that are worse, but they are accordingly and consequently rated much lower than Clannad.

Ok, let's disregard everything and just take a look at the characters? I mean what are they? They have no personality whatsoever, they borderline characters that are in really, really bad harem animes and there are some really bad ones out there. Basically the only good harem ...
Feb 21, 2010
I was randomly looking around for a new anime too watch, but at the time I were watching alot of action animes and never considered to watch any romance/drama animes. I joined a chat on an anime site and asked for a recommendation. Someone mentioned Clannad and alot of people supported the suggestion. In any case: I started too watch Clannad.


The first thing I noticed about Clannad was the art, it is probably one of the best elements in Clannad. I would often pause the anime for a minute just to watch the surroundings. I concluded that the sunsets were the most beautiful. Why? Because ...
Oct 22, 2008
Clannad revolves around a high schooler, Tomoya, who after befriending a young girl named Nagisa, makes new friends. Tomoya quickly discovers that there's more to these young girls than meets the eye and tries to help them with their problems while dealing with his own.

Story: What more is there to say about the story other than it's great? The word clannad means family. There are five girls, each with their own story to tell that somehow involves family. Although there are many comparsions to Kanon, they remain different because Kanon's overall story was about miracles, while Clannad is about the bond of family.

Art: As expected ...
Aug 12, 2009
Mixed Feelings
Preliminary (20/23 eps)
Looks good. Sounds ok. Is about as boring as watching paint dry.

I tried to watch Clannad. I made it 20 episodes before I got bored. Out of those 20 episodes I had to FORCE myself to pay attention because this was "supposed to be an amazing anime".

I really wish I had my time back. I don't think I laughed once. I don't think I though something was cool once. And if I ever see a starfish again, I will drop kick it to the freaking moon.

Apr 26, 2009
Mixed Feelings
From what I've heard from many of my friends and reviews, generally Clannad is a heartwarming tearjerker with the very adorable characters. But based on viewing it, I say that people who do not prefer "moe" like me will have a different opinion.

What is "moe?"It is a terminology that takes on many forms in anime; I have no right to define it but for me the closest meaning to it is "cuteness"

Story (7/10)

Clannad's story is a slice of school life where the main characters encounter different people and situations alike. Each has their own conflict as a student, as a family member or as ...
May 24, 2010
Mixed Feelings
I think my review will be very unusual from the all of Clannad reviews. Actually I don't remember it good but... You know I haven't enjoyed the story at all. It was so silly, uninteresting, and so stereotyped that once I even have fallen asleep. Honestly, I was just so bored with the storyline and so annoyed with some of the main characters that I just wanted to drop it sometimes.

Ok, then lets start with the story:
The cute looking boy meets just awfully ugly girl with the strange things in her head. Then she starts saying some senseless things. In the school he sees ...
May 4, 2011
Ok, so this is my first anime review. After hearing many people rave about this so-called "great" anime, I thought that I would give my input on what I personally thought of this show.

This anime is supposed to be really emotional and tear-jerking, but the only tears that I experienced were tears of boredom! I had to sit and suffer through the whole series at an anime club meeting because I really had no where else to go. I was trying hard to get into the series, but I just couldn't, and here's why:

Story: Story? What story?! There's no real story here! Just some dude ...
Dec 30, 2014
Tomoya Okazaki is a Highschool student who lives with his farther. Their relationship has progressed to the point where they're both strangers to one another. One morning on his way to school he meets a girl Nagisa Furukawa. The two befriend one another and over time the two help each other along the way in various tasks as their relationship continues to grow.

It’s finally time to review this show after months of debating.

The story follows our main protagonist Tomoya Okazaki, a delinquent who is frequently late to school, has bad grades and consistently gets into fights with others. It just so happened to ...
Sep 1, 2013
A person I used to work with recommended this anime to me many years ago. We got on the topic of anime and wondered what an anime made about us would look like. We concluded that it would be boring and the fan service would be awful since our manager was an obese lady in her 50s. He then said however that while our lives were boring, Clannad is an anime that taught him that there's always hope and the drama and romance here gave him a new meaning in life.

I have now come to suspect that he must have been under the influence of ...
Jul 27, 2010
Preliminary (2/23 eps)
This is by far, the most bizarre anime I've watched. I couldn't understand a thing that 'happened' in it. Actually, there wasn't any point at all. The whole anime was so emo-ish and cliched that my eyes hurt.

The story is about a high school cliche and all I could remember from watching 2 episodes was - Harem. Unrealistic plot (though they tag it as a 'slice of life' anime) and have this angst and despairing thing about this anime. The friendship and romance is clumsy and somewhat awkward. They just either cry or sigh all the time.

Art, Sound & Character
Well, maybe most people will ...
Apr 29, 2008
Clannad, the latest animated series produced by Kyoto Animation is a romantic comedy that revolves around the life of delinquent high school boy and how his presence affects the main heroines around him.

This being the first of many of KEY's Visual Art works had no level of expectation of how great or enjoyable Clannad was. After getting some advice from a friend, I can firmly conclude, I was not disappointed.

• Story:
Clannad, from the surface, is similar to many harems and high school life animes I've watched, revolving around a high school guy surrounded by bunch of typical harem girls and how his presence ...