animated television series is based on the visual novel Clannad
by the Japanese software company Key. The episodes, produced by the animation studio Kyoto Animation, are directed by Tatsuya Ishihara, written by Fumihiko Shimo, and features character design by Kazumi Ikeda who based the designs on Itaru Hinoue's original concept. The story follows the main character Tomoya Okazaki, a discontent high school student whose life changes when he meets a girl one year older than him named Nagisa Furukawa.
Of the twenty-four episodes planned for release by Kyoto Animation, twenty-three were aired on television with the first twenty-two being regular episodes, followed by an additional extra episode. The last episode was released as an original video animation on the eighth DVD on July 16, 2008 and is set in an alternate universe from the anime series were Tomoya and Tomoyo are dating. The OVA episode was previewed on May 31, 2008 for an audience of four-hundred people picked via a mail-in postcard campaign. The broadcast time was first announced on August 11, 2007 at the TBS festival Anime Festa
, which is also when the first episode was showcased. The episodes aired between October 4, 2007 and March 27, 2008 on the TBS Japanese television network in 4:3 aspect ratio. The anime also aired in 16:9 aspect ratio between October 26, 2007 and April 4, 2008 on the BS-i Japanese television network. The anime series was released in a set of eight DVD compilations in Japan released between December 19, 2007 and July 16, 2008 by Pony Canyon, with each compilation containing three episodes. The license holding company Sentai Filmworks has licensed the Clannad
anime series, and ADV Films will will localize and distribute the anime starting with the first of six DVD compilations, each to contain four episodes, to be released on April 21, 2009.
A continuation of the first anime entitled Clannad After Story
produced by the same staff as with the first series, and containing the same cast of voice actors, adapts the After Story arc from the Clannad
visual novel, which is a continuation of Nagisa's scenario. The second season began airing in Japan on October 3, 2008 on TBS in 4:3 aspect ratio. Clannad After Story
will also air in 16:9 aspect ratio starting on October 24, 2008.
Two pieces of theme music are used for the first season episodes; one opening theme and one ending theme. The opening theme is "Mag Mell" ~cockool mix 2007~ (メグメル～cuckool mix 2007～, "Mag Mell" ~cockool mix 2007~
?) by the Japanese music group Eufonius. This song is a remix of "Mag Mell" (メグメル, Megu Meru
?), the opening theme used for the original visual novel. The ending theme is "A Large Family of Dango" (だんご大家族, Dango Daikazoku
?) by the Japanese singer Chata. The ending theme uses the same tune as "A Tiny Palm" (小さなてのひら, Chiisana Tenohira
?), the ending theme from the After Story arc of the visual novel. The second season's opening theme is "A Song to Pass the Time" (時を刻む唄, Toki o Kizamu Uta
?) which goes by the same tune as the background music track "To the Same Heights" (同じ高みへ, Onaji Takami e
?). The ending theme is "Torch", and both the opening and ending themes are sung by Lia.
The rest of the soundtrack for both anime series is sampled from several albums released for the Clannad
visual novel including the Clannad Original Soundtrack
, and Sorarado Append
. The cover art for Sorarado Append
is also visible as the last shot in the ending video animation of the first season. This includes four insert songs used within the first season's episodes which include: "Maiden of the Wind" (風の少女, Kaze no Shōjo
?) and "Ana" used in episode nine, "Over" (オーバー, Ōbā
?) used in episode eighteen, and "-Two Shadows-" (－影二つ－, -Kage Futatsu-
?) used in episode twenty-two which is also the main ending theme from the visual novel.