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Anyone else who didn't find Clannad sad?
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Posted 6/3/14
Trust me, I forced myself to watch the full first series, and then even started the second bc people kept saying afterstory would def get to me. Its so slow, boring, and just, ...not entertaining. I only know one other friend who quit clannad after the 2nd episode (in person) and he completely agrees its boring. I never cried once, the chara development wasnt strong enough and the plot was meh. I was actually more bored than anything. Anyone else?
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Posted 6/3/14 , edited 6/3/14
Wait you didn't finish after story? towards the end of that is when it get's really sad. Just out of curiosity how far into after story did you get?
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Posted 6/3/14
You'll never enjoy a show if you force yourself to watch it. Find the right time.

I didn't shed a tear until episode 18 of AS, but it got me good when it did.
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Posted 6/3/14

buldieb wrote:

You'll never enjoy a show if you force yourself to watch it.


seriously...

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Posted 6/3/14 , edited 6/3/14
buldieb actually makes a good point sometimes you just have to high of expectations going in that when the show doesn't meet them it ruins it and forcing yourself to continue watching makes it even worse. I do have to agree with you though the first season was only meh.
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Posted 6/3/14
Clannad was wonderful if you limit it to Nagisa and her family's story. Everything else is kind of typical romcom. Akio is like the father/grandfather of the century, he is a wonderful character
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Watched both of the series with the only expectation that it was sappost to be a good anime. If anything AS ended up being worse than the original for me.
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Posted 6/3/14
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Posted 6/3/14 , edited 6/3/14
Well, I haven't seen After Story but I've seen Clannad. I agree, I found it boring and overrated! It has such slow pacing, cheesy melodrama and stereotypical characters that I really don't understand how it became so highly acclaimed in the first place. It just felt like a typical harem to me...
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Posted 6/3/14
I thought it was terribly sad, actually...
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Posted 6/4/14 , edited 6/4/14

PinkPuddle235 wrote:

Trust me, I forced myself to watch the full first series, and then even started the second bc people kept saying afterstory would def get to me. Its so slow, boring, and just, ...not entertaining. I only know one other friend who quit clannad after the 2nd episode (in person) and he completely agrees its boring. I never cried once, the chara development wasnt strong enough and the plot was meh. I was actually more bored than anything. Anyone else?

I never considered Clannad a sad series, although it did have at least one or two slightly sad moments.

Clannad: After Story is an entirely different story (no pun intended), although the real sadness really doesn't hit until about episode 16, and IMO, climaxes with episode 21.

Of course, if you find it so boring that you aren't engaging with the characters, the impact is going to be greatly diminished. My advice is try it again in 5-10 years.

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Posted 6/4/14
I enjoyed Clannad and Afterstory but they did feel a bit forced at times but the storylines were definitely sad.

As above I think younger viewers will have trouble relating to the characters.
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Posted 6/4/14
It had some genuinely sad scenes, not gunna lie.
The saddest for me was probably Fuko's arc. I honestly had to pause it, take some deep breaths, and then continue.
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Posted 6/4/14 , edited 6/4/14
Clannad isn't sad on its own. Clannad builds intricate relationships between the characters. The series is supposed to be about family so there is little romantic melodrama as far as these relationships go. Well maybe except for Kyou and Ryou. The most significant relationships in my opinion are the friendship between Tomoya and Sunohara, the relationship Tomoya has with his father, and the relationship Tomoya has with Nagisa and her family. The last one especially.

Then we have Clannad Afterstory which gives us a lot more insight into the problems Tomoya has with his father, and reinforces just how important Nagisa and her family are to Tomoya. Clannad Afterstory is the tearjerker. Nagisa's father, Akio, is especially important. He is like the father that Tomoya never had, he acts a bit like a goofball but he provides mountains of support during the series.

Honestly, you could pretty much skip any of the girls' arcs, other than Fuuko and Nagisa, and still enjoy the story in its entirety. The details of the other girls' stories don't really matter to the main story. The only important thing you learn is that Kyou and Ryou like Tomoya, and that really doesn't matter anymore by the second season.
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Posted 6/4/14 , edited 6/4/14
Well of course you didn't enjoy it. Your first mistake was forcing yourself to watch it. Even then you're allowed to dislike something. Most people who dislike it say they find and it slow and therefore boring, but it's not trying to be super fast paced in the first place. It's meant to be slow. I didn't find AnoHana sad, but it doesn't mean I'm in the wrong, much like the people who did find it sad aren't in the wrong either. I personally loved Clannad but in the end it all boils down to the 'each to their own'.
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