Clannad
Alternative Names:

Kuranado (クラナド)


Country of Origin: Japan
Year Produced: 2007
Air Date: Oct 4, 2007 to Mar 27, 2008
Episodes: 24
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Clannad

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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful:

This is a review for the Visual Novel, Not the anime.

5.0Overall
5.0Storyline
5.0Music
5.0Characters
5.0Animation
Yes this has been a long time coming and I do really apologize for the wait on this review so with out further ado let's get the ball rolling. Clannad is an "all ages" visual novel developed by key and published by visual arts on April 28th, 2004 on the PC . The original version of the visual novel had no voice over work what so-ever like key's other previous works. This particular visual novel is so popular in fact that it has ports on nearly ever console and handheld that I can think of, such as the PS3 or PSP with full voice over's this time around from the anime cast. This visual novel also has spin-off called "Tomoyo After It's A Wonderful Life" that continues off of the Tomoyo arc from the main game. I will do a review for that one was well as soon as a translation patch is up for it.

Despite this visual novel being as popular as it is, there is no official release in the states for it. So if you really want to play this game you can probably guess what your going to have to do, but please at least try to import a copy for the game to show your support for this franchise, or at least buy the DVD sets and movie that happen to be licensed in the states by sentai film-works.. Normally I wouldn't care about pirating the hell out of game or series in general but a franchise like this deserves a huge amount of support from it's fans. Like many other visual novels that are never localized, you will need to download a translation patch to play this game unless you can read Japanese, just follow the instructions carefully for which patch you choose to download.

Now with all this aside lets get to the main point of review, how does clannad hold up after all of these years?? I has held up wonderfully despite being nearly eight years old now, it still holds it's own from even the newer 3D visual novels/eroges that are coming out now. With it's wonderful cast of characters, music and plot development there is something here I believe nearly any-body can enjoy. However I would not recommend this to anyone that does not like drama/slice of life/comedy visual novel then this is not for you. I know there is people out there that do not like this genre so I will just be upfront about it right now to save your time from playing something that you will not like. For those who do love this demographic of visual-novels then you will love this one, I can promise my right arm on this.

This visual novel is about high-school senior delinquent named Tomoya Okazaki who just all around hates where he lives the few people that are around him. This is due in part that his mother died in a horrible accident when he was young, and his father has never gotten over it to this day despite that ten years have passed. Tomoya's father also did happen get physical at one point with him thus making hugely estranged to the point that Tomoya avoids his father as much as possible. It wasn't until one day walking to school late he happens to see a beautiful girl named Nagisa Furukawa. She was talking to her self saying "Do you like this school??" She continues to talk to her-self "I really really do, but nothing...can remain the same forever." Tomoya interrupts her by saying "You just have to find it, right?" This little conversation he has with Nagisa will change the course of his life forever.

Depending on what you choose to do from this this point onwards will determine if you end up the main hereon Nagisa or another female character such as Tomoyo I needed to set up the essential plot points for everyone but there is one huge thing that leaves a lot people with their heads scratching, which is "Other World". This is a place where nothing can grow, nor can nothing give birth/live a lonely desolate world. Think of this as Tomoya's feelings that are in his heart through at the course of the visual novel. It is suppose to represent how Tomoya is closed off and doesn't want anyone in his life due in part of how much he has been hurt before in the course of his life.

The "other world" changes depending on how you choose to play that also represents his actions of what good deeds or whishes that Tomoya grants, by helping out people in each route or arc "hence the glowing orbs of light". There happen to be only two livable creatures in the "other world" a young girl and a small robot that she is unable to hear "These represent two very important characters in the physical world, but I will not spoil who they are". That is all I am going to spoil for your guys story wise, if you really want to find out more just play visual novel for more of the story.

Okay maybe I am praising Clannad a bit to much however there is one thing that will keep some people away. No it's nothing nasty or sexual, it's the level of difficulty for visual novel. Even for a seasoned veteran like myself was frustrated at points of what to do " I had to go-online and find a hint guide to move on at some points". So to be nice I will go ahead and tell all of you one major thing. In order to get the best ending possible, you must first obtain light orbs/ get one hundred percent complete for the game. So yes you are forced to play through every single arc, unlock after story and obtain ever good ending for the other characters before you can obtain the good ending with Nagisa. I find this to be a huge chore but worth the effort in the end unless your a fan of bitter sweet ends.

Moving on past the insane level of difficulty is something that I do happen to love which is the characters. I have stated three of the main characters but some others such as Tomoya's friend named Sunohara, who has to be the biggest comic relief character of all time and brings down some of the drama to make it bearable at some points. Even he Sunohara has his own arc in the game as well that is serious to discuss why he is living in the males sports dorm despite not being on any team. One other honorable mention goes to Kotomi Ichinose who is a child-hood friend of Tomoya's "who he doesn't remember". Not really that original I know but her character arc and growth with Tomoya deserve a huge mention because of the way it was written/handled that even after all of that time Kotomi still loves him because of his kindness that was showed when they where kids.

Another huge plus is the music score for this game, no visual novel at the time comes close to the Musial score form this game. Every piece of music written for Clannad is very well done, has emotion flowing through it and syncs up to the emotions for what's happening at the time. This defiantly gives a new meaning to that music helps to set the mood. Hell the soundtrack to buy for Clannad VN is three Cd's, along sixteen to eighteen tracks for each Cd. The is also a wide variety of music as well, from the OP being fully voiced over to something as simple as an theme for a character, which could have piano to violin pieces of music. I will flat out say it alone just on the music for Clannad it bumps it up beyond any normal visual novel that you will play in this day and age.

One last thing to mention is the artwork or visuals for Clannad. Unlike most that I am used to playing it is very bright, well drawn but there is one thing that does bother me the huge eyes. Despite this small flaw, everything is well drawn and holds up very well to other visual novels on the market "expect for School Days". Each character has a very unique design/fell to them so despite some copy-paste features for each character does stand out due to how they are drawn "despite the big eyes".

Now the emotion that is displayed by each character to is also very characterized by the emotions in their face and hand gestures they make. Say if for example Tomoyo is pissed off about so meting "believe me you will know why and see the end result of her fist". The only other I do wish to add is that the back-grounds are a bit plain in certain places "the school for example". However this is the only other flaw I was able to find.

Well that's all I have to say about Clannad VN, I could write a whole book if I really wanted to but I need to move on with my life. Despite some of the flaws that I have mentioned that are present, they are no where near bad enough to hold this Visual Novel back from being a classic. I pretty much have given nothing but praise for this visual novel so if you haven't figured out what rating I am going to give Clannad you need to learn reading comprehension. Peace out everyone and until next time.

-Cecil The Dark Knight

Rating 5/5

Age Rating 12+
3 out of 3 people found this review helpful:

Extremely sad, but beyond touching. ♥ (Contains spoilers.)

5.0Overall
The first series of Clannad, was Nagisa's highschool life. They had funny, and sad experiences. I loved this series, It was suave, and happy. And then Clannad Afterlife appeared before me, and as I watched, I was happy and content with the way things were going. When it climaxed with Nagisa's death, I have never cried so hard in my life during an anime. Same thing with Ushio's. I cried even harder. My thoughts were, "That isn't fair... Tomoya... Your life has been taken away from you..." Especially after Tomoya just started bonding with Ushio. But, the alternate ending was perfect, and immediately re-built the story from off the depression. I was a little awed, though. Behind the hidden message. After all that, Tomoya said he wishes he had never met Nagisa, because of what she endured, he thought her struggles were because of him. No, it wasn't. You made her life better, Tomoya. I loved this anime.♥ Funny at certain times, extremely sad, but, all together, it was happy, and touching. ♥ After watching this anime, it has reached out to me, and touched my heart. Everytime I hear the "Dango Daikazoku" song, I cry, happy tears of course, thinking about Nagisa, Tomoya, and Ushio, singing together. You can call me an otaku or a weeabo all you want, but that won't change the fact that anime has affected my life greatly. I won't give Clannad 5 stars, I give it more than that. Far more.
3 out of 3 people found this review helpful:

Clannad/ Clannad After Story is one of the Best Anime I've Ever Seen.

5.0Overall
5.0Storyline
4.5Music
4.5Characters
5.0Animation
Storyline-
The storyline is magnificent. I cried maybe 3 or 4 times watching this anime.
Music-
I love the music in this series! Dango Family is so cute!
Characters-
The characters' personalites were brilliantly created. They were created so the storyline works well.
Animation-
The animation was done extremely well.
Overall-
Overall, this anime recieves a 10/10. Good job!
3 out of 3 people found this review helpful:

great anime!! drama will really touch your heart :D

4.5Overall
3.5Storyline
4.5Music
4.5Characters
4.5Animation
clannad is a great anime, totally worth a watch it has a fine touch of romance, comedy, and drama. maybe even a bit of tragedy. You may even find yourslf crying at certain points of this anime. the drama is very realistic, and words just cant describe what you will feel when the tears really do start falling down. X]] i rate it 5 stars!!
3 out of 3 people found this review helpful:

SGs Clannad review..

4.0Overall
3.5Storyline
4.0Music
5.0Characters
5.0Animation
Clannad is your average love story between two high school students. (with a few extras)



Tomoya Okazaki is a high school delinquent who has no real hope for his future, and honestly doesn't give a damn. His father has been a heavy drinker ever since he was young, and never had many good human relations. On his first day of his third year of high school, he encounters a girl who he will soon (and obviously) fall in love with, named Nagisa Furukawa

Furukawa is a shy and kind-hearted girl, who is repeating her senior year. She and Okazaki team up, to try and revive the drama club.

The story kicks in... well... It's hard to really name the story. Clannad is one of those anime that follows the story of one character at a time, until the episodes reach an end. Clannad is also a hilarious comedy. Especially the scenes with Youhei Sunohara. None the less, Clannad is a touching anime that is beautifully animated and each character is beautifully crafted. Especially the almost dead girl, Fuko Ibuki, who you will most likely, completely fall in love with.



4/5

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful:

Greatest Anime Drama of All Time!!!

4.5Overall
5.0Storyline
5.0Music
5.0Characters
5.0Animation
I first discoverd this in the Netflix instant quene, i didn't know the anime nor read the Manga but i just check it out anyways, After watching 2 vol. and 24 episodes i became very touch to it, This Anime has awhole bunch of Drama and some Suspense incuding Romantic Comedy in it but the only reason Beside i luv was the Textures, Graphics, Voice Acting Sound, and Fresh for Teens and maybe kids but mostly for Teens and Adults, anyway if ur much into Drama this is a Must Watch i could tell ya that. ^^
2 out of 2 people found this review helpful:

how much i luv clannad!!!

5.0Overall
5.0Storyline
5.0Music
5.0Characters
5.0Animation
clannad...clannad.....CLANNAD!!!!! ^.^ I LUV IT!!! THE CHARACTERS ARE SOO CUTE!! ><
I LUVE THE PERSON WHO MADE CLANNAD!! AFTER STORY IS SOOO~~~ GOOD AND SAD!!!!!! >< CLANNAD MAKES ME CRY ALOT!! I COULDNT HELP IT!!! TEARS JUST ALWAYSS MAKES ME CRY AND I GO RED!!! I LUV~~~~~~~ CLANNAD!! YES I DO, I LUV~~~~~~~ IT YES I DOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ><
1 out of 1 people found this review helpful:

A heart warming tale

5.0Overall
This is a movie perfect for people who are a sucker(like me) for cheesy stories that choke you to death with tears....(just my personal opinion) But seriously people who don't cry watching these are not human.....okay maybe I'm exaggerating....but still. Anyway If you're looking for some movie with slice-of-life genre then this is what you're looking for. A tale of friendship, love, courage, overcoming your...issues? It can be a bit typical..but then again which story isn't. Let me warn you it does have a bit of supernatural essence to it...I'd like to call it fate or destiny..if you will. Though that's just the way I like it cause I do not like stories that are too typical. Also Clannad have one of the most awesome plot lines since they are produced by KEY (which also have several titles with similar but awesome depth in the story). I will not continue longer cause it will eventually lead to me...spoiling...
Okay now my final words (dramatic much) Clannad has made me happy, heart broken, touched, and loved. I truly love the series, plot and characters...I'm sure the reflect a lot on the real world. I just love it so much!!!!!!

(This is purely my personal opinion so take it or leave it X9 )
1 out of 1 people found this review helpful:

Beautiful prequel to a touching story.

5.0Overall
Clannad is one of those things that some will love, some will hate.
I don't understand the hate.
Every episode gripped me (in a chokehold but whatever) and I knew I had to watch the next one. The characters were quite original and loveable!
Some would just skip this and go to After Story, but I don't recommend that. This really lets you grow a sort of friendship with the characters, because they're so real.
Incredible. Highly, highly recommended.

Final rating: 10/10.
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