Clannad After Story
Alternative Names:

クラナド アフターストーリー (Japanese)

Country of Origin: Japan
Year Produced: 2008
Air Date: Oct 2, 2008 to Mar 26, 2009
Episodes: 24
Type: Series
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Clannad After Story

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CLANNAD AFTER STORY starts off right after CLANNAD S1 where Nagisa and Tomoya are dating, the first couple of episodes or so delves into the stories of the "minor" characers, finishing them off all beautifully, although admittingly not as touching or heart wrenching as the first couple of CLANNAD S1. however, once Tomoya graduates from his high school days, the real journey of after story kicks in, testing Tomoya's heart and his views on change and love.

Storyline: 4
although the side character stories were definately weaker than the ones from the first season, that did not make them any less beautifully done. but what really makes up for said stories is the true after story arc, which is quite possibly filled with more heart wrenching, awe inspiring scenes than the first season. the only drawback to the latter half of after story would be the final episode, which while beautiful, would definately leave those who have never played the Visual Novel this anime is based on, in the dark.

Music: 4.5
the soundtrack to CLANNAD AFTER STORY remains for the most part unchanged, with only slight "remixes" of the songs that are played. although this means that the track is somewhat limited, the timing and use of each song is so well placed, almost any current fan of CLANNAD will be able to tell you an EXACT favorite scene of theirs with each song that is played.

Characters: 5
the cast of CLANNAD once again remains unchanged except for one addition which will not be mentioned in this review (as it is most assuredly a spoiler) all remaining true to their personalities. we do however get to see growth along with these personalities, no one character remains completely the same throughout the anime, in other words, all the characters get to evolve on a personal level.

Animation: 5
Smooth and well drawn, each transition from one scene to the next is done expertly. what really makes this shine however is kyoani's uncanny ability to make the colors match the mood PERFECTLY, when situations that call for some light hearted fun, the color is vibrant and exhilirating, when the mood is mellow, the colors soften and emit a relaxing feeling onto the viewer.

Tilt: 4.5
because my love for season 1, along with my love for the VN that i got to reading RIGHT after CLANNAD S1 was finished and was waiting for AFTER STORY, my expectations were extreemly high and made me worry a bit that kyoani would mess up a bit on the story. fortunately they did a bang up job and fulfilled many, if not all of my expectations. so if your into drama/romance/awesome anime, CLANNAD and CLANNAD AFTER STORY is a definate must see.... i mean it.... watch it.... like right now.
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Clannad After Story why you need to watch it

Clannad After Story is a continue on to the first season of Clannad. The story takes off when Tomoya graduates from high school and how hes learning to grow up. And how Tomoya and Nagisa take their love to a whole new level.

I thought the Clannad After Story had more tradgadies that made you cry. I believe this is an anime that if worth the tears. A lot of animes i watch i can't really contect it to real life like i'm not a ninja like in Naruto or any other animes , but this one yes you can connect to like how Tomoya doesn't get along with his father. Or the tradgady of losing a loved one.

So all in all i believe you should watch this anime, but if your brother or sister is asking you why your crying i think you should watch this in your room haha^_^
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kaito_x's official Clannad: After Story review

Clannad: After Story, had the stuff set up just perfectly. It was nice how they showed their time as lovers then into husband and wife. I liked how Tomoya was able to marry Nagisa. He had to work for it. Baseball, if you've seen it or remembered. The biggest shock of all in the anime was when Nagisa passes away. I was like "What!? "What!!? How can she go!? It was just so sad, I felt as if i were in Tomoya's shoes that moment and i felt like crying as much as he did. I couldn't believe Nagisa was gone. Key always does an Out-standing job on their storylines. I never had complaints and i'm sure i never will. Some might not be as great as their others, ut overall none of them are bad.

The music, they used right music at the right moment and alot of them are so melodic. It's all wonderful. Though in After Story they reused alot of the same songs. It's all great songs, no lie. But overusing a song isn't too great even though it went well with the situation. That's why i rated it 4 and a half.

The characters, Oh man, everyone is so different. Nagisa is still somewhat the same. (She's wonderful) Kyou Fujibayashi changed so much. She's no longer violent and what shocked me was, she became Ushio's Kindergarten teacher. Key, Was smart using her dream of being a teacher to let the viewers see one of their other favorite heroines in the story again. Akio and Sanae were greatly associated and Tomoya's pops became a part of it too. You also finally learn alot of stuff about Yukine too. It all made up in the end. :)

Animation, I gotta say the animation is much cleaner than it was in Clannad season 1. Some parts looked like improved Clannad season 1 graphics. But some parts, for example. When Nagisa dies, Ushio dies, Yukine crying and stopping the gang war, Kyou telling Tomoya in the rain she liked him, and last but not least, Sunohara and Tomoya's big fight in episode 4.

Overall, It has very few down sides to it actually. It might take kinda long though for impatient people. They storyline doesn't travel the fastest, but at least they don't travel as slow as Naruto is going. Taking every plot and making it big, especially when it's just about getting Sasuke to become good again. >_> But i will not rank on Naruto. For people have their opinions. The storyline though on Clannad is swell, but some might not take a liking to it. Music also dragged it down, but like i said, it wasn't the worst thing ever.
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Clannad and Clannad After Story

There really isn't much of a plot in terms of story in Season one of Clannad, because it is used to build character.

The supportive characters have been given plenty of development during the first season with almost each character getting thrown their own short ''arc''. The interaction with these supportive characters build both for the main characters Tomoya and Nagisa their development in the story.

That is pretty much all there is to season one of Clannad. --Building character.
But you'll never get bored, because the chances of getting attached to these characters is a ninety-nine percent as they are very likeable.

In the second season of Clannad called ''Clannad After Story'' we focus more on the two main characters Tomoya and Nagisa. As the first few episodes of After story focus on supporting characters, the remaining episodes take you on the greatest stories and emotional rollercoasters you have ever experienced. In these other twenty episodes or so, you'll go through so many emotions that sometimes I wonder how something like this was ever even written.

Basically we see Tomoya and Nagisa go through their daily high school life, but how the story is tailored to mimic real life and it's abillity to make you laugh, cry, and feel emotional at such a level, makes the story of Clannad and especially After story a marvelous storytelling.

I personally highly-recommend you this amazing show as it is one of the best Anime I have ever seen in my entire life.

Story: 9,7/10
Characters: 10/10
Music/Animation: 10/10
Enjoyment: 10/10

Clannad After Story
Story: 10/10
Characters: 10/10
Music/Animation: 10/10
Enjoyment: 10+/10
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╬ Absolutely ╬ Legendary ╬

This is a combined review of Clannad and After Story.

There's a reason this anime is rather famous. From the first scene in the first episode, you can tell this is going to be a little different than most shows. It's not that anything particularly striking happens, it's just the way that it is presented gives the feeling that you are going to take this one seriously. The fantastic soundtrack and unique artstyle immediately grab your attention and the eerie OP suggests that there might be more to this show than just a typical high school romcom. And indeed, there is soooo much more to this show than that.

Clannad starts out at a leisurely pace, slowly introducing new characters and letting them breathe. The first season is much like Toradora. If you haven't seen it, by that I mean there are a lot of sub arcs- some funny, some happy, some very tragic. The main character's pranks are some of the funniest scenes I've ever seen in anime, and yet, this first season also manages to have some of the most emotional scene as well. All the while, there is this odd little side story going on about a girl alone in an empty world with a robot friend she built for company. It's seemingly completely irrelevant, but the melancholy atmosphere sort of keeps you grounded after you just got done laughing at the previous scene. Gradually the two stories intersect (and not for the last time) and you see that it wasn't irrelevant after all. All of these things (and i'm skipping all the major plot points for spoiler reasons) build into one of the greatest, most emotional final episodes (not counting the alt-timeline episodes. Yes you read that right, it even has a few of those for all you unsatisfied shippers!) I've ever had the pleasure of witnessing.

There are so many things I could say about this first season, and even on its own it would be enough to earn 6/5 stars in my book, but the thing that makes this series truly special is that there's a second season; and this second season actually manages to be better than the first one.

After Story picks off from where the first season stopped and just seeing the OP sequence, you get the feeling that maybe the tone has changed a little bit. The song is a sad one but the imagery is ambiguous. The first half of AS carries on more of the same stuff from season 1, almost aimlessly. You briefly wonder where the show is going, before it happens.

As I said before, there's a reason this show is famous. There's a reason it tops nearly every list of the saddest, most emotional animes ever made. This show brought me to my knees in tears. For 5 or 6 episodes straight I cried like a child. The feels just would not let up. I wish I could explain why this show makes other "sad" shows like Anohana or Angel Beats look like the teletubbies without spoiling it, but suffice to say, what the main character goes will change your outlook on life. It taught me what it means to be a man; that masculinity isn't just about taking care of yourself, it's about taking care of the people you love. Everything you've seen prior to this point has lead up to this moment in such beautiful fashion that you forget these aren't real people.

I could go on, but I'll leave it at this: no anime I have seen thus far has been so powerful or moving as this show. It's been weeks since I watched it and I STILL tear up at the OP and ED themes. You just can't stop thinking about this show long after finishing it because it touches you at the human level. It's that good.

∞ stars out of 5. Clannad is must-watch material for any anime fan. Am I overlooking the bad parts? Probably. Does it matter? Nope.
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I will never cry this hard again.

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.
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Srawp Review: Clannad After Story

This is an interesting series to say the least. It is a very romantic anime that picks up right where Clannad left off. I highly recommend watching Clannad before viewing this or else you run the risk of becoming very very confused. It is also worth mentioning that this anime is much better than Clannad. I liked how the story progressed for the most part and I found myself laughing many times while watching. What's more, I almost cried a couple times during the anime. ME! CRY!! Even though I knew none of it was real, my eyes began to water. No other anime (or show... or anything for that matter) has even come close to that. There are three problems I have with it though. First, the creators of the anime do not make use of all their characters. Honestly, the series only focuses on three characters...
Second, there are a few "supernatural" elements that are, quite frankly, unnecessary and confusing.
Lastly, I was very angry with how the series tried to end.
Even so, I still found much to love about Clannad After Story... and I'm sure you can too!
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SGs Clannad After Story review

Clannad After Story is a squeal to the anime, Clannad. It is a love story that will blow you away!

The story for this anime, really kicks in when Tomoya graduates high school. Unlike most anime, where when the characters graduate, the story ends; this one just begins. The story follows Tomoya and Nagisa and their casual anime love story. But takes a realistic twist as Tomoya is growing into an adult, and begins to build a new life, getting a job, a home, and the struggle between him and Nagisa, to begin a life together. The story is utterly OUTSTANDING! You will laugh, and you will cry. But you first must watch Clannad.


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Hands down one of the finest Anime ever made.

This is really a Review of Clannad and Clannad After Story since despite being separate seasons, After Story is still really a continuation of the first season and thus completes the story rather than creating a new one.

Clannad is a drama story based on Tomoya and the people he meets during his last year of high school and beyond. Though it is much more than that, that is the simplest way to describe it.

The story in Clannad, without spoiling anything is one of the most amazing ever told. It has moments to make you laugh and moments that will make you cry like a little kid. It combines great story with settings that people can understand and attach themselves to. It is one of the deepest stories I've seen in an anime or in any medium for that matter. The characters in Clannad are both memorable and varied. Almost all of them has a story that is flushed out rather well over the course of the 48 episodes. A couple feel shorted, but the sheer level of depth within the ones that are covered more than makes up for this.

The animation style of this anime well.. Kyoto Animation and Key made this. If that sentence isn't enough suffice it to say that the Animation quality is Top notch. Everything fits perfectly. In terms of Audio, The Music is memorable and adds a layer to the anime that most soundtracks fail to do. Sad moments are filled with audio that makes you sadder and Funny moments have tunes that help the humor. A lot of the music is carried over from the game( like many of Key's works) but if anything the remastered versions of these tracks work better than in their original materials.

Last Words: At the very end of After Story I sat stunned for a bit. After a roller coaster of emotions so strong I had to actually stop watching for a bit to cope, I realized that the anime was over. The story ended in a way that made you feel complete and not just for the anime but overall. It was over and would never return. That in itself made me sad, as it meant I would never feel the same way about it again having watched it already. That said I wouldn't give up the way this anime made me feel for anything. At the end there is no way to adequately describe it except to say that it is a must watch anime for anyone who likes anime with real emotions.
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The Near-Perfection that is Clannad After Story

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.
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