Current Review: Clannad + Clannad Afterstory

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Tomoya Okazaki is a highschool student at Hikarizaka Private High School. He hates his life, basically wandering through it without much care for himself or what is around him. One morning before school he met a girl named Nagisa Furukawa, and then everything changed. Trying to assist her in reviving the Drama club, he seems to meet and get to know a variety of people. At the center of it all, there seem to be five girls(at least) who seem to want this boy’s romantic attention. However, don’t think that this is just another perverted harem anime. This series goes far deeper than one might expect, even discussing the possibilities of an alternate universe as well as how he seems to be stuck in the middle of everyone else’s problems, hopes, and dreams.

Main Genre: Supernatural Drama

Romance: 10/10
The types of love shown and expressed throughout both series is stunningly beautiful. Not only in the conventional love between the genders, but in the love of family and true friendship shines through as well. Afterstory really takes the viewer for a ride in the true love shown within.

Action: 8/10
There may not be much action in it, and most of it may be for the purpose of comedy, but whenever it is shown you can truly enjoy it. One character in particular seems to be at a fighting anime’s level of power and skill.

Story: 10/10
The stories of each individual arc seem deep and complicated, the problems hard to overcome with some surprises mixed in. This story is one that has not only made people cry out of the sadness of what happens… but it even makes people cry out of the miracles and happiness that comes about. If you want a truly touching, magical, beautiful story to get invested in… this should be on the list, without a doubt.

Comedy: 10/10
The comedy in this series is also top-class. Crazy personalities, situations, and the awkward interactions make it a hilarious experience. This series can make one smile almost as much as it can make one cry.

Fan Service: 4/10
Every now and then you will get a little bit of this, but it is not usually there at all. This series doesn’t really involve that much of this aspect. Having a lack of this does not mean the series is bad, of course.

Overall score: 10/10

Links:

Anime Network’s Clannad page
Opening: Mag Mell, by Eufonius
Closing: Dango Daikazoku, by Chata
Afterstory Opening: Toki o Kizamu Uta, by Lia

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