This review will contain some spoilers, you have been warned.
The original clan ad series on its own had some sad bits, but the after story is so much more than that. Once all the characters leave school the amount of comedy drops considerably, but I was never saddened by that, because as the comedy drops the drama increases and you become incredibly attached to the characters. There are so many touching moments and you will no doubt find yourself crying with tears of joy and happiness throughout this series. I loved the series, and found it after a comment I found on a myself;yourself AMA. And I am so glad that I found that comment. Never have I cried so much for the characters of a show, and I'm not even sure I've had tears of joy in my entire life before this, that's just not how my mind worked. But this anime brought them out, this anime was amazing, with a beautiful story and wonderful characters I give it a 5/5, the characters appearances are always great too. I found it brilliant how they made Nagisa outrun from looking like a child to an adult within the space of a few seconds simply by changing her hair.
I recommend this anime to anyone who wants to feel a connection to characters, and to anyone who likes romance, drama, and comedy. A brilliant show with great doses of humour and emotion throughout.
Now on a more personal level, here are the spoilers. I didn't cry when Nagisa died, it was sad for me but didn't bring tears. But then the next episode with their daughter and Tomoyo remembering his father I started crying, and incident really stop until the end of huge story. Tears of joy and happiness came at multiple times, and I'm so glad I got to feel those emotions.
This review may contain some spoilers to Clannad and Clannad After Story. I have already reviewed season one so my thoughts about that are in there.
After Story is close to my heart. It is one of my favorite anime of all time. Few other anime have done what Clannad After Story did to me. It made me realize why I love anime as a medium for story-telling.
After Story takes picks up where Clannad left off. It carries on with Nagisa and Tomoya's story with other additions. These additions include helping the little sister of Sunohara Youhei- Tomoya's best friend- to help her big brother see a bigger picture on life and helping Miyazawa Yukine- the girl in the resources room who was introduced in season 1- to quell the gang war in the city.
This sounds little different from the first season. When I watched the first few episodes even I thought it was following a similar pathway. While the stories themselves are very good, I was still feeling I needed something else. That came on the episode where hey graduate (well, most of them anyway). I was quite surprised but relieved a the same time. More than half the anime was left and they left school! But, nothing exist out side a highschool in Japan! OMG! This is a good thing as we usually never see this side of the story in any anime. We see the characters actually interact and develop in the real world. They graduate, get jobs or go to college and soon settle down and raise a family. Yes. Raise a family. Pretty obvious from the picture provided by CR on the Clannad After Story page, heh?
Going back to the topic- Tomoya has graduated and starts working very hard as an electrician.It is during these days of sweat and toil that he and Nagisa get closer together. The amazing thing about After Story is that it keeps on developing the characters very well. It does well on focusing only on the relationship between Tomoya and Nagisa while still making you miss some of the previous mains. There is still the forever-amazing Akio and Sanae Furukawa who still stimulate excellent development in the characters. Overall, the story is very, very well written. It does not feel rushed and inherits the good timing of the first season.
Now, the reason why After Story is truly, truly great is the fact that it is actually very sad. The latter half of the anime is tear-jerking. It goes through the suffering of the characters we have grown to truly love. I cared for the characters- all of them. Very rare for me as there is usually always a character you want dead or at least dislike. While this may be true in season one, everything is done near-perfect in After Story. They are developed very well. This is the reason why the emotional scenes hit home ALL THE TIME and not just most of the time as in season one. They also got to solve one thing nagging my mind from the first season- Tomoya's relationship with his father. I really liked how they handled it and I give thumbs up for that. The great music is still there for all Jun Maeda fans and even if there are few (if any) new songs it now doesn't really get the feeling of being overused- a big improvement from the first season.
Now, the ending. I know very well it put off quite a lot of people off or at least made them confused. There is one thing I have to say- We had it coming. We can't exactly complain, can we? Much of the ending is played was played out withing the first 30 seconds of the SEASON ONE OPENING. This made me ( I dunno about the rest) have a realization spark that everything was planned- the girl in the other world, everything. Even in the ED of After story had this. Very smart move by Key-Kyoto animation there. It may sound like Deus ex Machina writing but, it just doesn't feel like it in the end. Overall I was satisfied. Not the best ending I've seen but still very good.
The reason why After Story appealed so much to me was the themes. It carried on with the theme of family and personally, the concept of family is close to my heart. Another major theme is also the concept of how things change over time. It constantly refers back to that famous first dialogue at the very very beginning- That things can't constantly remain unchanged. Even so, will you keep on loving where you live? It beautifully does this and they manage to evoke some nostalgia. That theme is also prevalent in Hyouka (I reviewed it and it's another very good kyoani work) but this was just done so well.
After Story is something very rare- a sequel that improves on a very good original. Every medium of storytelling strives for that. This succeeded. It managed to keep the important bits of season one while fixing the problems and all without making a big hash of things.
While not perfect (still searching for a perfect anime. Haha I think I'l fail...) this anime gives a good show. This is the reason why Clannad as a whole is such a great anime.
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An anime series watched and praised by many, Clannad After Story continues the amazing story left off at the end of Clannad, this time focusing on the relationship between Tomoya and Nagisa, and showing how struggling life can truly be after high school.
Forced to now find a job to support himself, Tomoya learns what it means to truly be a man, giving Clannad After Story a more serious tone than Clannad as a Slice of Life anime, especially towards the end, yet characters such as Akio and, in the beginning, Sunohara keep the anime at a cheerful tone as well. This anime is likely to both make you laugh, and make you tear up, if not break down into tears, and at times both could happen in a single episode.
Having played the Visual Novel from which the anime is based off, I can say that the plot stays true to that of the Visual Novel, even more so than Clannad, and is more or less as impacting as the Visual Novel as well, depending on the viewer. Clannad After Story is complete with high quality animation, sound, and an amazing script adopted from the Visual Novel itself, but, very much unlike the great Japanese voice acting with English subs, the English dub is not the best to be found, but also isn't the worst.
With 22 episodes, an Another World Chapter, this one dedicated to Ryou and Kyou, and two more special episodes, Clannad After Story is worth both the $42 Membership price and the $70 Regular price found here on Crunchyroll, and is sure to keep you entertained with over 600 hours of media, and more so for those such as myself who are to rewatch the series again and again.
Despite an arguably sub-par English dub and a questionable ending just like the one in the Visual Novel, Clannad After Story is hilarious, tear-jerking, and overall an amazing amazing anime series, and is well worth the many hours of entertainment it's sure to bring.
4.7 stars from me, rounded up to 5.
This anime was really sad it shows the true meaning of a slice-of-life anime. It had moments in which I had to cry and every time I see Clannad I see an anime that deserves a perfect 5 star rating....
Clannad is a series about all the friend in highschool just trying ot have fun and are in the drama club and so on and so on ( i say that cause im not giving alot of info) now you need to watch clannad first because if you dont then one you miss out on why clannad after story is a tear jerker hell i still get a lil sad if i see the picture or hear about it but its genius but yes clannad sets you up for the emotional roller coaster that clannad afterstory is
now clannad afterstory shows what happening and sets you off from some point you left off at and its all funny and comedic but then the dreaded time of the year comes ( you will find out what i mean if you watch Clannad) and things arent going well expecially since she has another ordeal that she is dealing with ( you will find that out in Clannad after story) and then the part happens that will DEFINATLEY make you cry there no if or buts about it and then it goes on and more thing happen and somthing else will happen that makes you cry then you get some what of a happy ending and then (the split ending episode to where it shows what if he ended up with some one else)
now then they really set all these seens with the music and the drama they put in in my personal opinion you need to watch this anime this anime is what made me a HUGE fan of it so if your in a rough place in anime or want a good romantic comedic slice of life anime this is it and if you are losing faith in anime im for sure that this will restore it all the way
P.S. you can find Clannad after story on netflix i believe may of change and idk about clannad they may still have it
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I think this show broke my tear glands. I marathoned the entire series and that was a big mistake. I couldn't stop tearing up. If you plan to watch this, you must watch Clannad first because deals with a lot of character development and sets the stage perfectly for the emotional piece that is the After Story.
I love it because it is such a well-made anime with a heart-tugging story. I hate it because it's one of the most depressing bits of entertainment I've ever had the displeasure of watching.
Season 1 is all butterflies and rainbows. Young people meet, young people fall in love. Ahh, how sweet.
In Season 2 all of their hopes and dreams of love come to fruition, and then
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people die. Yes, a main character and a 5 year old child die, leaving the other main character to mourn in the wake. Terrible.
This season will rock you emotional stability. You have been warned.
Love and hate. They aren't opposites, so they can both apply to this anime series. Any series that can stir up such feelings deserves 5 stars.
Ok I’ll admit I didn’t actually watch the entirety of Clannad After Story but that’s because I KNEW it was going to break my heart into itty bitty little pieces. LOVED this anime. Very cute and touching. You could tell the writers liked what they were doing and they really tried to make this original “visual novel” a great anime. It was also funny as well, so basically it had all the great aspects of anime thrown into one giant o*** of greatness. Yup. I don’t know what that means either.
Story: LOOOVVEEE <3 So adorable and sad. Can’t think of any other anime that is more touching and real to me. It really… oh god corny statement…. Tugged my heart strings. A +
Art: I liked the art. Very crisp and clean. Coloring is great and animations were swift. Cant say I’m a big fan of the original style though, the girls have HUUUGE eyes and it prohibits them from really portraying emotion properly. I dunno. Just my opinion. A –
Characters: I LOVE ALL OF THEM. I seriously don’t think there is one character that I particularly don’t care for / don’t like. F*** I even like the side characters. Wth. Anyway, great job, very lovable and interesting characters. A +
Clannad (クラナド Kuranado?) is a Japanese visual novel developed by Key released on April 28, 2004 playable on Windows PCs. While both of Key's first two previous works, Kanon and Air, had been released first as adult games and then censored for the younger market, Key's third work Clannad was released with a rating for all ages. Clannad was later ported to the PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. The story follows the life of Tomoya Okazaki who meets many people in his last year of high school, including five girls at his school, and he helps resolve their individual problems.
The gameplay in Clannad follows a branching plot line which offers pre-determined scenarios with courses of interaction, and focuses on the appeal of the five female main characters by the player character. The game ranked as the best-selling PC game sold in Japan for the time of its release, and charted in the national top 50 several more times
Es una serie que en mi opinión me costó un poco empezar a verla. Pero, a medida que van pasando los capítulos y te van hablando de todos los personajes, te vas encariñando con la serie. Además, os espera llorar (fijo) de tristes, de sorpresa, de alegría de todas la maneras. Creo que es la numero uno en género de Romance/Drama y si no es así, es que no sabe valorar una serie tan bonita, preciosa, ¡Perfecta!
Muy recomendada para la gente que no la ha visto y para que ya la ha visto... ¡Qué la vuelva a ver! XD