Review #43 – Clannad (Season 1)

Finally, after putting it off for so long, I managed to make time for Clannad. This anime was released on the 5th of October in 2007 and finished airing on the 28th of March, in the following year. It contains 24 episodes, with each episode lasting about 24 minutes. Although it was quite boring, Clannad had been generally enjoyable.

What It’s About

Tomoya Okazaki is a 17-year-old boy who is quite well-known for his delinquency at school. He, along with his equally delinquent friend, Youhei Sunohara, wastes their high school days by skipping classes and generally causing trouble.

On one, fateful day, Tomoya bumps into a girl who was muttering to herself at the foot of the hill, which led to their school. She exclaims, “Anpan!” quite loudly, which catches his attention. After exchanging several words there, Tomoya finds himself noticing her more around school. From there, their friendship blooms and Tomoya learned that the girl’s name is Nagisa Furukawa, and that her dream was to revive the Drama Club at school. Since Tomoya had nothing better to do in his dull, unchanging life, he agrees to help Nagisa fulfill her dream, along with the help of four other girls.

My Thoughts on Clannad

Clannad is chock-full of drama. It is as if those 24 episode contains short stories within them, which moves from one drama to another. The sub-plots did not seem to connect to each other, in my opinion, except for those subtle points which eventually led to the reveal of something big towards the end (a.k.a. the background story concerning Nagisa and her parents). Clannad is not just about seven students trying to revive the school’s Drama Club, but it is also about familial love and friendship.

The characters in Clannad were very cute. I would like to add more, but I think I will talk about that later, when I come to the animations of this show. Moving on, Clannad introduced quite a number of characters, but not all of them shared the limelight. Some characters even had their own arcs, while others did not seem to play a specific role. I was quite disappointed to see this happen to the purple-haired twins, who did not get much of the limelight as I had hoped they would. My favourite characters in this show are Nagisa’s parents. I thought they were really funny, terribly cute as a couple and an incredibly doting pair of parents towards Nagisa.

In my opinion, the animation for Clannad was better than I had expected it to be . However, I found the characters to be too cute. In fact, they were so cute that at times, I could not take them seriously, which really spoils the dramatic/emotional effect for me. Add to that their high-pitched, childish voices and you will get the perfect recipe for a moe character. Even the male characters were somewhat cute, although they looked much more normal compared to the excessively-moe females. Whoever designed the characters for this show should tone down their need for cuteness  😆 .

Overall Score

To be honest, I was quite disappointed at how mild Clannad was, in terms of it being a roller coaster of emotions. Compared to the hype that surrounds this anime, I did not think it was very tear-inducing. However, I have not yet watched the second season, so I suppose I can’t really say anything more about it. With all the drama going on, I thought that Clannad had been a pretty enjoyable watch. It could get boring at times, but the drama that surrounds it definitely brings the show out of its dullness. With that said, I give Clannad an overall score of six out of ten (6/10).

One thought on “Review #43 – Clannad (Season 1)

  1. Season 1 definitely isn’t as strong emotionally as season 2 and I agree that at times its a little dull (then again, I’m not a big fan of this style of story in the first place). That said, season 2 had me in tears. Still not my favourite anime or one I would rave about, but it does have a fairly solid impact emotinally.

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