Clannad: After Story, Gintama° Recommendations
Gintama and Clannad AS story demonstrates the pinnacle of the importance of family & living. Without a doubt, both animes are Masterpiece tearjerkers. The OSTs & openings are on such iconic levels that just listening to the OSTs alone can bring one to tears. Clannad AS & Gintama both execute their narrative in a unique fashion; bringing out happy moments & emotional moments in a perfect blend that leaves the audience desiring more animes that brings out similar tones & themes. Just like the first season of Clannad, Gintama starts off with a lighthearted tone with many comedic moments & unexpectedly hits you with emotions.
Sequels to fairly popular series which tend to be viewed as the "pinnacle" of the series or the season where the payoff kicks in at it's fullest. Although the prequels should be watched beforehand, they do nothing but justice for the entire series and one minute you could be laughing while the next minute you could be crying. Both also touch on themes of friendship and family through an arc based formula