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[Anime Review] Clannad

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Synopsis

Tomoya Okazaki is a delinquent who finds life dull and believes he’ll never amount to anything. Along with his friend Sunohara, he skips school and plans to waste his high school days away.

One day while walking to school, Tomoya passes a young girl muttering quietly to herself. Without warning she exclaims “Anpan!” (a popular Japanese food) which catches Tomoya’s attention. He soon discovers the girl’s name is Nagisa Furukawa and that she exclaims things she likes in order to motivate herself. Nagisa claims they are now friends, but Tomoya walks away passing the encounter off as nothing.

However, Tomoya finds he is noticing Nagisa more and more around school. Eventually he concedes and befriends her. Tomoya learns Nagisa has been held back a year due to a severe illness and that her dream is to revive the school’s drama club. Claiming he has nothing better to do, he decides to help her achieve this goal along with the help of four other girls.

As Tomoya spends more time with the girls, he learns more about them and their problems. As he attempts to help each girl overcome her respective obstacle, he begins to realize life isn’t as dull as he once thought.

Episodes: 23, 24 (After Story)

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Slice of Life, Supernatural

Written by:  Fumihiko Shimo

Source: http://www.myanimelist.net/ & http://www.en.wikipedia.org/

WARNING: Major spoilers ahead.

This is the first anime that has ever played with my feelings. The first season focuses on how Tomoya Okazaki helps his friends, Nagisa Furukawa, Kotomi Ichinose, Fuko Ibuki, Ryou and Kyou Fujibayashi and other people. Tomoya helped Nagisa to revive the Drama Club and he also helped Kotomi (who was revealed to be his childhood friend later) to stop her from blaming herself to what happened to her parents. He also helped Fuko (who was just a spirit) to gather students to come to her sister’s wedding. I love the first season, really. But I liked the second one more even though it gave me more tears than I expected. I was glad that in this season, a few episodes were focused on Youhei Sunohara since he didn’t have much scenes in the first season. I didn’t expected that Nagisa and Tomoya would get married lmao. But what I didn’t expected was that when Nagisa died while giving birth to Ushio. When I was watching the scene I was all like, “Is she dead?! She can’t be dead! She’s the main character!” But I learned in eventually that even main characters die in a hard way. I hated Tomoya for leaving Ushio but I couldn’t blame him because he thought that it was his fault that Nagisa died. Sanae and Akio decided to take care of Ushio for five years until one day, Sanae left Ushio so that Tomoya would take care of her. The scene on sunflower field brought me to tears again because I can quite relate to it. All was well. Until Ushio became sick, similar to one Nagisa has. I was aking myself if she would die too. And she did. Gladly, time was turned back because of the Girl from the Illusionary World (who was revealed to be Ushio) who wished to have a happy family. I was confused about the Illusionary World and the light orbs so I decided to read about it on wikia. When time was turned back, Nagisa didn’t die and every character lived happily ever after. I also love the background music used in every scene because it gave much more feeling into it.The anime was a roller coaster of emotions but it was definitely great.

Overall rating: 5/5

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