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Posted 3/23/08
Just watched the final episode... I must say, that I liked it FAR better than the movies ending. I like happy endings better.
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Posted 3/23/08
But the movie had a happy ending!! after a tragedy that is though... but still!!!
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Posted 3/23/08
Sorry, the movie was good, but I just couldnt take it after all...
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Posted 3/23/08
>.< Oji-tan is a softy>.<
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Yeah but dont tell anyone! In real life, im a no BS kind of person... you F*ck me... ill kill you. seriously... end of story...

But I admit, I think im a softy at heart. And I would protect my friends and family with everything I had, even if it ment my life...

Oh well, what are ya gonna do right? LOL!
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Posted 3/23/08
hahaha>.< I wouldn't be able to tell anyone in RL anyways>.< *damn*
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Posted 3/23/08
Hehe... That was a joke son, a joke! *foghorn leghorn*

Seriously though...
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Posted 3/28/08
YES IT'S OFFICIAL!!! THE ENDING IN THE MOVIE IS GOING TO BE THE OVA!!!!

http://www.crunchyroll.com/media-312126/Anime-Trailers-Clannad-After-Story-Promo-English-Subtitles.html

Oh and BTW, I think the extra episode was probably the "cutest" romance yet!!
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DAMN!!! SPACE BEAT ME TOO IT!

Yes. The 23rd episode was especially funny and very cute! I loved it! Dont think ill be watching the OVA though...
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awww... mr.softy *sigh* O well, I'll be the one to write the review for all of the episodes than xD!!!
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Posted 3/28/08
FINE THEN! I DIDNT WANT TO DO IT ANYWAYS!
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Posted 3/28/08
FINE I WILL THEN ^^
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Haha Aj, we had some crazy shenanigans here didn't we?? Well, let's push those hilarious times aside and get back on track here. No, I didn't watch the OVA yet, but guess what? I still need to give this excellent series a piece of my mind. I took the luxury of re-watching all the episodes out as of now, and I'm really glad I did. I took the false move and watched the movie before the series was completed, and that definitely ruined the experience, no matter how I said it before... The series was intended to convey a different atmosphere, and I shouldn't be so selfish to leave my judgment on pure emotions. So to do it justice, I have to be a hypocrite and set the record straight.

I'm going far and in depth here, and this is the point of no return... From here on out, I might litter my critics with spoilers, and I don't want to interrupt my flow having to manage around 'not' leaking information that might ruin the experience for someone who has not had the chance to enjoy this series. So please, if you are one of these people, tread every bit of this review with caution if you wish me not to foul the experience. If my words seem as if I'm going really personal, I'm only doing it for theatrics... Don't take them THAT seriously. If I spur emotions, then I've done my job^^



Well, I have to say, the seiyuus really made a really big key component here. After having watched Nakahara Mai (Nagisa) voiced for Nagisa in Strawberry Panic, it really left an impression on me as to how well her voice suited the personalities. Really, I mean it 100%. Nagisa's shy, timid, uncertain personality was well reflected in Nakahara's voice acting, and it really left a believable impression. I expect no less from the leading role. That isn't to say that everyone else's was no better. In fact without everyone else's ability to convey their character's personalities so well, the experience would have been distasteful. So just based on that fact, Key and Kyoto Animations did a really good job in casting as most of the voices for the Visual Novel were carried out onto both the movie as well as anime series.

I really loved how Key weaved all the story arcs. The interlocking layers were really well done, I even go as far to say better then what they did with Kanon... Though I can't say much compared to Air as I haven't watched that yet. So as all the symbolic meanings with their titles, Key had a reason to choose the title "Clannad"... And if my sources are correct, it means 家族 (Family). And Clannad is really just one really big family. And as to somewhat quote Tomoya, "Family doesn't just mean direct family. Family can mean friends..." The people we surround ourselves with, the people we choose... That is the family we speak of. And to prove there is such a deep theme running through the entire story, think about Akio and Sanae, Nagisa + Tomoyo and Fuko, the conflicting family, Tomoyo and his father... Sisters and the strife, Kyou + Ryou and Tomoyo... Tragic incidents with really, really close family, Kotomi and her parents. (I don't mean to leave Sunohora out, but I really felt like he was playing wing-man the entire time... He all together just added a really funny comical layer that lightened the mood all the time.) Everyone has their weaknesses, and as a result they rely on the family they chose, the friends they have to bridge strength to one another. And as evident as it may be, Tomoyo is the foundation.

So even though this really seemed like a Harem scenario, Key did a good job in really making the interactions feel nothing of that sort. Yes everyone got to take turns spending time with Tomoyo, but it was really to strengthen their weaknesses more than anything else. And I really liked the Tomoyo and Nagisa match. Their strange chemistry just kept on igniting sparks, yes even though it was predetermined from the beginning, it was thoroughly believable don't you think? So as a verdict, we have to say Key did once again a wonderful job in writing a masterpiece, an exemplary job once again.

What that sounded like I was concluding? No, no... I've got way more to say. So hear me out a little longer. Now I cut into the cream of the crop. A lot of us can agree that Fuko's story arc was probably the most touching of any of them. Just like Kanon with Makoto, Fuko is a trial of tears and joy. Because it literally made me break out in quite a waterworks display, it proves Key really know how build up to a really outstanding climax. Again and again, Key keep a really consistent pace as to their buildups, and the never leave you hanging. It is usually, if not always, satisfying as to how the put it to an end. The whole buildup with caring for Fuko, nurturing her, lending her a helping hand to overcome something that she would never be able to do on her own, it only continues to grow on you. But then like all dreams, be them wonderful ones or nightmares, they have to end. And as soon as Fuko's dream had been realized, she left us all, as if being torn from our grasp as an established family member... Left with tear filled eyes, it is just another one of the most tragic events in this series. And probably the most traumatic. Obviously Key acknowledged that fact, as Fuko keeps reappearing when it is at all possible... Giving us a sigh of relief. But probably what I forgot that I have to state is, when Fuko appears in front of Ibuki-sensei, her sister... That really lifted all the emotions, tipping it to the brim... It almost felt like just her presence could carry all the meaning, no words were necessary... It was just that heartfelt...

Well moving onto the general arcs here... that is, Ichinose Kotomi, Fujibayashi Futakoi, Kyou and Ryou, and Sakagami Tomoya. Now I don't wish to tread the fine line of downgrading their story arcs, as there are many fans of theirs as well... But since this is my critic, I'll voice what I have to say... I have to either say these characters were really just used to deepen the relationship with Nagisa, or Key just didn't deepen their relationships with Tomoyo very much... But for the ending that was intended for the series, they did alright. If Tomoyo were to deepen his relationships anymore with these girls, it would have just made for a very, VERY awkward plot for the Nagisa arc, (which her arc encompasses the entire series)... So hear me out on that, I sympathize for everyone who were rooting for their "hopefuls", but I stand on the side letting the creator tell the tale as intended.

Now onto the grand tale... Nagisa and Tomoyo. Really, how am I to dissect their chemistry? It really almost fells as if there isn't one needed. Common interests? The experiences they went trough together? Sympathy? Pity? Distress? Who knows? It really is a mix of them all... But the attraction was natural, but what is better then having that on top of the most cutest couple on the block? I mean seriously, they are so timid around each other... shy and embarrassed easily, that is what makes them so cute (so much as that I have to use the word cute... I think I've only used that word about 20~ times in my lifetime...). Their affection is undeniable... and everyone approves, I mean look at all our other "hopefuls"... "I'm glad it was you" - Tomoya. As clueless those two are about their affection, they are the foundation of this story. And such is a foundation that Key is serializing the after story as well!





Well? Story arcs aside... What about the framing? The animation. Boy oh boy, after my second run through I really picked up on a lot of cues... Their director or editor, or whom ever does the framing for anime production must have went into in depth studies in cinematography... I mean those subtle things that make it stand out of the pack... Even if we slow down for the story, we don't feel as if we are slowing down... In fact we feel like we are being moved, rushed... Thanks to not only the sound track, but the animation of the pupils... The hair, the twitching, the shaking camera view on top of weird angle views... You almost don't feel like you have time to process what is going on... But if you removed all those from the equation, those scenes would have just been an exact bore... So they have it down to an exact science... The soundtracks and the cinematography^^ だいすき!!! I almost forgot to add, did some of you wonder why in the dreams (you know the lonely world which has ended... The dream that Nagisa and Tomoyo had...) it looks so different? That was all CG, 3D models... pretty neat eh?

I really enjoyed this series, and I'm looking forward to the -after story-... I hope you all enjoyed the read... I might come back and revisit this one more time. This story really is touching, and the anime is bar-none one of the most well composed story out there. またね!



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Yes Tomoya is not in this...
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i'm w8ting 4 the season 2 of this great anime.. (after story) i think it will release in july...
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