*This contains at least one major spoiler because it's something I feel the need to state, so be wary. Some very minor spoilers might be unavoidable too.
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The mighty Clannad After Story. One of the most highly praised anime in existence. Is it worth the praise? Is it really that good? No.
I've heard that this anime is of the highest quality with one of the most heartbreaking stories ever written. Hahaha, no. There are so many problems with this anime that the bad overshines the few goods.
Just like the first season, the first half of the second season tried too hard to force
emotions with pointless arcs that served no use for the second half, where the main part of the story was. It was still a bad mash up of romance, drama, slice-of-life, and comedy. It still didn't know what it was trying to be until the second half where the story finally started going in a clear direction. But a lot of problems came out of this too. Mainly Nagisa (more detail in the character section). After it started going in this direction, it was just boring until the final arc. The last arc is by far the best part of the show. But then they pulled the worst bullshit with the last episode. I know it was kind of built up throughout the show with those balls of light, but it literally rendered the entire season pointless. The final episode was something they cranked out of their asshole at the last second in an attempt to make everything good and dandy. A good last arc ruined.
It was definitely an improvement from the first season, but I still couldn't take any of the girl characters seriously with the stupid fucking bug eyes.
It was okay.
In the first season, over half of the cast was filled with useless one dimensional characters. But there were some good ones. Half way through season two, all of the likeable side characters were gone. The only characters left were Nagisa and Okazaki. I hate Nagisa with a passion. She's a terrible, one-dimensional, annoying character that completely detached me emotionally from the story. I literally stopped thinking of her as a person as some point. Okazaki, however, had pretty good character development and I actually had some emotional connection to his problems. But, I felt whatever potential the show had as a drama was completely ruined by Nagisa. She literally made me not care. Nagisa's parents were the only other relevant characters (until the last arc) and are pretty good characters but they were there more to progress/extend the plot than anything to actually be characters.
Enjoyment (Huge Spoiler here): 4/10
I enjoyed the first half as much as the first season of Clannad, so not that much. I was bored until the last arc. There was one part where I was seriously sad in the story: I noticed that the art was better so I googled "Nagisa's eyes" to compare the horrendous eyes of the first season to the second to see if they were any better (I didn't know whether they were or whether I was just getting used to them) and the search came up with a youtube video titled "Nagisa Died." I was mad and upset because now I wouldn't be as happy when I saw Nagisa in the anime. Oh, I stilled cheered when the moment came, but not as much as I would've liked to. But let me tell you, I'm very glad she died.
-Pointless first half, same problems as first season
-Boring until last arc
-God awful final episode
-Most likeable characters were gone
+Good last arc
+Okazaki's character development