Clannad

CURRENTLY watching this anime. It’s a visual novel produced by a software company, KEY. It’s a computer game based anime.
At first, the plot didn’t interest me. But as I moved along to the next episode, I found myself attached to the characters. The first story was a bit mild, unveiling stories of the heroines with the help of the male protagonist, Tomoya Okazaki. In almost every episode, there’s a scene with a girl and a junk robot living in another world. I didn’t knew the significance of the scene but it was later found in the anime that it was Nagisa Furukawa’s script for the theater club presentation during their school festival.  There were also light orbs appearing on that scene which was explained in the game that in every problem or obstacle solved by Tomoya, a light orb will appear signifying the happiness of the city. It’s the same in the anime as Tomoya can see mystical scenes whenever he helps and supports the other heroines in their problems.
Taken from wiki:
Story
Clannad‘s story revolves around Tomoya Okazaki, a third year high school student who dislikes his life. Tomoya’s mother (Atsuko) died when Tomoya was young, leaving his father (Naoyuki) to raise him. After the accident, Tomoya’s father turned to alcohol and gambling, and held frequent fights with his son. One day, Naoyuki, again arguing with his son, slammed Tomoya against the wall, dislocating Tomoya’s shoulder. Ever since then, his father has treated Tomoya nicely, but distantly, as if Tomoya and he were strangers rather than a family. This hurts Tomoya more than his previous relationship with his father, and the awkwardness of returning home leads Tomoya constantly to stay out all night.

Additionally, the injury disables Tomoya from participating in his basketball club, and pushes him to distance himself from his school and other activities. Thus his delinquent life begins. Tomoya’s good friend Youhei Sunohara, who got thrown out of the soccer club for a dispute, is also a delinquent and often hangs out in his dorm room with Tomoya doing nothing much.
The story opens on Monday April 14, 2003 at the beginning of the school year,when Tomoya meets by chance Nagisa Furukawa, a soft-spoken girl one year older than him who is repeating her last year in high school due to being sick much of the previous year. Her goal is to join the drama club which she was unable to do due to her sickness, but they find that the drama club was disbanded after the few remaining members graduated. Since Tomoya has a lot of time to kill, he starts to help Nagisa in reforming the drama club. During this period, Tomoya meets and hangs out with several other girls who he gets to know well and help with their individual problems.

After Story
In the second part of the story, which starts immediately after the end of the first part but extends into the next ten years, Tomoya and Nagisa live together as a family. Tomoya has to endure several hardships that the family has been suffering from, mainly involving Nagisa’s illness. Just after Nagisa gives birth to their daughter Ushio, Nagisa dies, leaving Tomoya to fall into a state of depression. This causes Nagisa’s parents, Akio and Sanae to look after Ushio. Five years later, Tomoya meets Shino Okazaki, his grandmother on his father’s side. Shino explains to Tomoya about his father’s past and tragedy, similar to Tomoya’s current situation after Nagisa’s death. After hearing that, Tomoya decides to raise Ushio and acknowledge Naoyuki as his father. Shortly after Tomoya regains his purpose for living, Ushio is struck with the same disease as Nagisa. Tomoya, Sanae and Akio struggle to save Ushio, with Tomoya retiring from his job, but all efforts are futile. In the coming winter, wanting to do anything for Ushio, Tomoya decides to take Ushio on a trip, but Ushio falls unconscious and dies shortly after.

Tomoya’s psychology developed in his dreams of a bleak world where small orbs of light float around called the Illusionary World (幻想世界 Gensō Sekai?). In the first few dreams, he sees a world devoid of all life except for one girl (and grass). Each time he dreams, he finds out more about the world. Tomoya discovers the girl has a special ability to fuse junk together to create new things, with which she creates a body for him. Thus he is reborn in this world, and fills time following the girl around. Tomoya conceives that only the two of them are “alive”. To pass time, Tomoya and the girl try to build another doll with more junk they find, but as it has no soul, it fails to come to life. Remembering a distant world where he came from, Tomoya convinces the girl to build a ship so that the two can escape the approaching winter and continue a happy life. Eventually, winter sets in, and the girl becomes cold to the point where she cannot move any more. Upon meeting this tragedy, the girl tells Tomoya that he has another chance to go back and make things right. To do so, he must collect certain “lights” (symbols of happiness) similar to those floating around in the Illusionary World. If all the “lights” are collected throughout both story parts, a chance to save Nagisa from dying in childbirth will become available, and the true ending where Nagisa survives and lives with Tomoya and their daughter Ushio will also become available.
One thing I also liked in the anime is their ending song. I love the dango family: Dango, dango, dango, dango, dango daigazoku! ^^,
I also want to take note on Clannad’s After Story. It’s more dramatic and emotional (I even cried during Misae-san’s story).  ^^, I’m still up for more episodes + the movie.

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4 thoughts on “Clannad

  1. I’m from little country and when I see Clannad I think this will be another Shit but later I understand that this anime is the best,sory for bad english 😀

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