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View Poll Results: Clannad series - Overall Series Impressions & Total Series Rating
Perfect 10 278 64.95%
9 out of 10 : Excellent 96 22.43%
8 out of 10 : Very Good 31 7.24%
7 out of 10 : Good 10 2.34%
6 out of 10 : Average 3 0.70%
5 out of 10 : Below Average 1 0.23%
4 out of 10 : Poor 2 0.47%
3 out of 10 : Bad 1 0.23%
2 out of 10 : Very Bad 1 0.23%
1 out of 10 : Painful 5 1.17%
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Old 2011-09-02, 13:46   Link #721
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My biggest issue with it was the consistency. I can understand Nagisa being chaste in romantic endeavors, but not Tomoya. He's such a cool and laid-back dude that it just doesn't make sense he gets worked up over holding hands or a peck on the cheek when he can date a girl without thinking twice or not react much at all to the rest of the female cast practically smothering him in affection. Even when they're married, he does this.
Don't get me wrong. I do see this as weird. But it was such an enjoyable kind of weird that I couldn't help but laugh. It's like KyoAni was rubbing it into their fanbase's faces that they don't need physical contact to portray relationships. I don't know what their obsession is with that kind of thinking (along with their absolute refusal to use fanservice), but I laugh every time I picture it.
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Old 2011-09-03, 02:08   Link #722
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(along with their absolute refusal to use fanservice), but I laugh every time I picture it.
I actually remember several (very few) shots in Clannad that could be considered fanservice-y...then again, its been a while since I watched it, so I'm not too sure.
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Old 2011-09-03, 03:54   Link #723
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The only scene that could be considered actual fanservice is in The happening one year ago, the rest are innuendoes.
Fanservice in Clannad would've killed it
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Old 2011-09-07, 15:19   Link #724
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Before I begin, let me clarify a few of the terms I'll be using so that there's no confusion.

CLANNAD will refer to both seasons in its entirety, Clannad is going to refer to the first season, and finally, After Story will refer to the second season.

CLANNAD has held its place as one of the most beloved anime ever made. However, it has been made apparent time and again that After Story is the force responsible for its positive reception. Generally speaking, I've noticed that when critiquing CLANNAD as a whole, more ardent fans are willing to overlook Clannad and even the earlier part of After Story, whereas others weigh in everything equally. Typically, Clannad has less favor than After Story and the first half of the latter is often regarded as filler.

I'm inclined to measure everything equally while maintaining its purpose in the overall narrative.

To start, there's the first half of After Story. It shows the delinquent side of Tomoya and Yohei which was mostly alluded to in Clannad, the Yukine and Sunohara arcs fit better with the second season's darker clouds, and it shows the results of Tomoya's development from the previous season.

To elaborate:
--Clannad had a relatively light, subtle and quaint quality to its content, and to include the dramatic portrayal of violence of the Sunohara and Yukine arc would conflict with its mood.
--By establishing proof of his bad side, it will (hopefully) not be seen as unexpected in the later parts of After Story where he engages in self-destructive behavior for five years, or his initial attitude toward Ushio. It shows that those dark clouds haven't quite dissipated yet.
--However, the Sunohara and Yukine arcs, while they might not develop the relationship between Tomoya and Nagisa in any fashion, do illustrate Okazaki's development from Clannad.
-->To elaborate, Nagisa is the driving force behind a large part of Clannad. She might have required a push from Tomoya, but it's she who instigated half of the first season's arcs--the Fuko arc and the theater performance to an extent. By the end of Clannad, Okazaki is out of his shell, and the earlier part of After Story is used to demonstrate this, as he is the one instigating the Sunohara and Yukine arcs.

Going by the last reason, it might seem to serve CLANNAD better if the Nagisa-perpetrated arcs came first while having the Tomoya-perpetrated arcs follow. However, Clannad's presentation still fits with the narrative. To elaborate, having the Kotomi and Tomoyo arcs--which were started by Tomoya--after the theater performance arc would undermine its significance as the first season's climax because it would theoretically fall in the middle of Clannad's episode allotment. Although exceptions exist, it is safe to assume that most stories lose steam after their climax.

For these reasons, I don't quite agree with the first half of After Story being filler, nor do I see Clannad as needing any adjustments as it serves its purpose to CLANNAD.

And please note that this is only my opinion; I'm not exactly expecting anyone to agree with me.
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Old 2011-09-07, 15:26   Link #725
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Well summarized Akito.

Overall this series (Clannad and the After Story) still remain one of my favorites, and have many very memorable scenes throughout.

Plenty of people have different tastes and look for different things in anime, but for me this remains an excellent piece of work....
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Old 2011-09-11, 14:13   Link #726
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10/10

I cried too many times for a man :P. I just loved the series as a whole and so glad they brought Nagisa back. I was torn when she died.

Not many animes will ever be on my mind more then a little after watching an episode but Clannad has been on my mind for weeks since i watched it. I just cant get enough :P
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Old 2011-11-23, 12:28   Link #727
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You know, this never occurred to me before, but I can now think of a practical in-canon reason for Tomoya to be very chaste towards Nagisa (even for awhile after they're married), even when that does seem a little bit off for his character as a whole.

And that reason is Nagisa's illness/physical frailty.

You know, the frequently reoccurring one that made her go through her final year of high school three times.


Sexual activity is pleasurable, and can help cement the romantic bond between two people, but it's also physically strenuous activity.

Perhaps Tomoya was legitimately afraid that Nagisa simply couldn't handle it. That him having sex with her might seriously hurt her physically given her frequent illness/physical frailty. So he may have wanted to have sex with her, but initially held back from attempting to seduce her since he was afraid that would hurt her. Once Nagisa asked to have a baby, though, Tomoya relented in order to fulfill Nagisa's family-based desire here.


Just an idea I'd like to put out there.
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Old 2011-11-23, 16:10   Link #728
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That's actually kinda true. It's probaly why Nagisa had to approach Tomoya about that.

But that still doesn't explain why Nagisa seems mostly allergic to saliva (kissing)
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Old 2011-11-23, 23:59   Link #729
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Perhaps Tomoya was legitimately afraid that Nagisa simply couldn't handle it. That him having sex with her might seriously hurt her physically given her frequent illness/physical frailty. So he may have wanted to have sex with her, but initially held back from attempting to seduce her since he was afraid that would hurt her. Once Nagisa asked to have a baby, though, Tomoya relented in order to fulfill Nagisa's family-based desire here..
And gave way to his unbridled manhood?

He didn't exactly ramp it up after that, though.

He just kept doing it until she was pregnant.

And then stopped and went back to being chaste again.

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Old 2011-11-24, 02:36   Link #730
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But that still doesn't explain why Nagisa seems mostly allergic to saliva (kissing)
That's true, yeah. It would have been nice to have had more Nagisa/Tomoya kissing in Clannad.

Ah well, this is the sort of thing that fanworks are for.
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Old 2011-11-29, 14:55   Link #731
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I did a quick listing of all the anime I've viewed in the last year and a half. A lot of it I've viewed through a subscription service (not sure if its okay to mention the name so I'll leave that out here.). I've watched a number of programs that gripped me emotionally for key moments of the series. One in particular came at a key point in my life and has stuck with me for a while, on the lessons it taught and such. However, compared to all of the touching series I tend to favor with my viewing, none of them even come close to the Summit of Clannad. I've never been so gripped, pulled in emotionally, not just for a single character or two, but nearly the entire supporting cast of a show in a very, very long time.

Now perhaps this is due to my viewing the entirety of Clannad and After Story over the Thanksgiving holiday in about a 72 hour window, but I literally could not walk away from what I was watching. It gripped me, intellectually, emotionally, and even in a spiritual kind of way that only a few movies and series have ever even approached in a couple of those areas. The irony is also not lost on me, in that I almost added it to my viewing queue, by total accident. I don't recall what I was looking for, because I got interrupted and had to walk away, but a day later, it had somehow found its way into my queue, and I said, hrms... sounds interesting.

You want to know how I'd rate Clannad? if this was released in the theaters as a Serial. I might go bankrupt rewatching episodes over and over again. There are few cinematic pieces that I can really say something like that about, and this is one of them. I love this program, and if I can get a bug in my wife's ear, I'd love to add this one to my personally owned (non service) collection of favorites.

Now I'm rewatching it again, slowing down the consumption so i can enjoy better each and every moment.
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Old 2012-01-15, 15:26   Link #732
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man.....im watching clannad again. its STILL so amazing and sucks me in. I love this series!
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Old 2012-01-23, 04:15   Link #733
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Oh gosh the posts in this thread are long!

I give the series a perfect 10!

Story
Like others, I consider Clannad and Clannad~After Story as two important parts to one story. They don't need to be watched together, but they should be. It is truly heartbreaking to experience the steady build-up through a series of adversities in Clannad and to follow it with the episodes in which things
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in Clannad~After Story. The story is truly beautiful. It highlights the importance of family and friends and explores how people can be loyal, hopeful and strong. It shows how loss affects a variety of people, many of them young - you really do feel regret and sympathy for the characters. The anime is thought-provoking.


Characters
Nagisa - Her character is beautiful. The Japanese voice actor did a wonderful job of making her sound vulnerable. Despite the troubles she faces, she remains hopeful, forever believing in the importance and beauty of family. With Tomoya's help, she finds the bravery to make her ambition (to act in the drama club) come true. She shows honest heart-felt appreciation for the help provided by Tomoya and her friends, and helps them in return.

Tomoya - The father and son whose relationship is in turmoil isn't uncommon, but that's what makes this character and Tomoya's story so important. Here, we see how conflict with one's role model can affect a young man and how he may seek to ignore it. However, in Clannad~After Story, we also see how it is possible he can overcome it. His experiences with Nagisa help him understand exactly what his father has had to suffer through. Tomoya truly develops in After Story.

Ushio - She's only in After Story, but she's so gorgeous! She's a bit like Nagisa, insofar as she gives her father hope and opens his eyes to what's important. She reasserts to Tomoya that family is important - the best family is network of close people, and those people can protect one another.

Sunohara - Sunohara brings some much-needed comedy to the series, creating balance and also adding variety to the host of characters, dominated somewhat by females! Despite being slightly mischievous, Sunohara demonstrates admirable qualities has he, too, seeks to protect and care for the people who matter to him.

Fuuko - If any character in this series is annoying, it's Ushio. However, you can forgive her childish behaviour when you understand her story and see how dedicated she is to her sister.

Kyou and Ryou - These two were perhaps my least favourite characters. I didn't dislike them; I just didn't feel empathy for them or identify with them. They added some further comic relief - the scene in which Ryou tricks Ushio into thinking she is Tomoya is one of the funniest in the series - but I don't remember them for much else...

Kotomi - She faded a little in After Story, which was a real shame because she was perhaps my favourite character after Nagisa and Tomoya. Watching her cut out pieces of newspaper was a little confusing, until you watched her story. From then on, you couldn't help but respect and admire her love and determination to find out everything she could about the people she had loved and lost.

Tomoyo - I remember Tomoyo for the reoccuring joke in which Sunohara accuses her of being a guy. I can't remember her story arc (if she has one), but I do remember regarding her with respect. She was mysterious and appeared to harbour some pain too.


Music
The music is beautiful and compliments the action completely. It's part of what brings on the tears. Some of it is simple, building on the calm atmosphere at night, or the atmosphere of the town, but other pieces create mood, communicate the personality of a character or make the upsetting scenes even more upsetting.

Animation
Simply gorgeous. Colourful, vibrant, crisp! The character designs are perfect.
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Old 2012-01-23, 09:50   Link #734
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Fuuko - If any character in this series is annoying, it's Ushio. However, you can forgive her childish behaviour when you understand her story and see how dedicated she is to her sister.

Kyou and Ryou - These two were perhaps my least favourite characters. I didn't dislike them; I just didn't feel empathy for them or identify with them. They added some further comic relief - the scene in which Ryou tricks Ushio into thinking she is Tomoya is one of the funniest in the series - but I don't remember them for much else...
Seems like you are forgetting poor Fu-chan, even after saying her name once.
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Old 2012-02-11, 06:12   Link #735
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Seems like you are forgetting poor Fu-chan, even after saying her name once.
Hehe, I thought something was weird...

Anyway I could write so much about this show, put I will but everything into few words...

Amazing, beautiful, best show ever and my favourite.... That's all...
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Old 2012-02-21, 07:03   Link #736
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I give the overall series a 9.

I considered the first series as a 8, because to me it's typical anime based on a visual novel in which each arc is focused on one girl then the guy chooses one of the girls in the end. Although this one has the best quality of all the ones I've seen.

The After Story series is a 10, because it focuses on the developments of all the characters in the series. If I judge an anime series based on its story alone then this is in my Top 3.
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Old 2012-02-21, 08:10   Link #737
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Clannad, especially it's continuation, Clannad AS is, for me one of the most outstanding anime of the decade. It's one my top recommended anime in categories like romance, slice of life and family based orientation.

It's a clean anime... truly a novel. It shows how love springs out in the moments you least expected for it to occur. Love can change people, their lives and their views in life as it change Tomoya from a deliquent to a mature responsible father later on.

Slice of life,... Hmm no doubt.. it does shows the real characters we encoutered in real life especially in high school, we had a bestfriend, girl friends and boy friends.. crushes and fights. We faced trials as we grow up... it reminded me of my das in high school... it's the best moments of my life as well.

Family based... I think I already post this... hehehe.. well... just to state the reason again.. it values family, its importance and how it members show work together... even not related in blood... we seen how Nagisa and Tomoya tried to build a family and how they valued... thinking of the trials they had.. gives me teary eyes...

HAh! This one of the best... really. I will always rewatched it evry now and then... again and again...
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Old 2012-02-22, 16:52   Link #738
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Is Nagisa's illness related to the changes that are happening to the piece of land where the hospital is being built and if the illness is a physical manifestation of the sadness felt by the spirit of the city towards these changes? Because Akio bound Nagisa to the city's spirit when he made the wish to save her life. Tomoya also seems to get far more upset than is normal when he sees change sto the city. Ushio seems to have some strange connection to the hospital site. I think that may be due to the fact that they both understand that Nagisa's illness is connected to the city through their sub-concious connection to the other world. I'm just wondering if anyone could confirm this or if anyone else has had the same thoughts?
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Old 2012-06-12, 09:55   Link #739
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I will say this about Clannad; There is something to be said about ANY piece of media that not only entertains you, but changes who you are at your very core.

When the day comes that I have my own family, I will remember this show, and how it taught me to value what I have, because the biggest nightmare of all is having it taken away from you.

Absolutely sublime from start to finish and you have no idea how hard it is to make me think that about anything, and that is the best compliment I can think to give KeyAni. 10/10.
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Clannad series (or why disappointments aren't limited to D.C. III and fandiscs)

I thought there was something to entertain me when I finally watched this.
Overall score: 3/10

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Well now I know better. The above, plus some other things I won't bother to dignify with a write-up, has convinced me that anime adaptations of visual novels at least are semi-incapable of independent thought. Makes me think of all the arguments over at the "Little Busters! upcoming": I now think it's better to not be faithful to the source material.
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