Type: High School anime about High School

Synopsis: Story revolves around Tomoya and Nagisa, two star crossed lovers obviously destined for a good time. They meet one day while on their way to school, one thing leads to another, and they decide to focus their raging teenage hormones on making a play. They recruit a bunch of other people (by which I mean 3), and put on the best damn rendition of “Let’s resolve family issues in front of an audience of strangers” they can!

Pros: Emotionality. O.k, I know that’s not a word, but hear me out. Clannad is a slice of life anime more than anything else. It has some comedy (some pretty funny comedy), but its mainly a drama that’s supposed to illicit an emotional reaction from the audience. It’s trying very hard to make you cry. Each character has their own deal. But they also have their own quirks (hence the funny and sad). No character is perfect, which is a nice change of pace. Tomoya is a nice protagonist, but will not forgive his father. Nagisa is sweet, but has a serious confidence issue. You fall in love with the characters, specifically the leads. Their “romance” evolves over time, and isn’t as pushed as in other anime’s.

Cons: While their are a lot of emotional moments that can happen in real life, the show has a very prime time soap opera feeling to it. The plots aren’t silly, just exaggerated. One character is haunted by the memories of her first boyfriend who turns out to be a cat. But another character just has dad issue. You can tell that this show came from a visual novel because it spends a lot of time trying to show how each of the female character’s are possible matches for Tomoya. What I’m trying to say is that Clannad is not as strong as its sequel, After Story, but it is needed to get the full effect of the overall story.

Watch it?: Yes, especially if you want to watch Clannad: After Story. (4/5)

MVP: Fuko Ibuki

Will You Be My Friend?

Best Episode: Ep. 9 “Until The End Of The Dream” (Goddamn Fuko-chan…sob)

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