Review #44 – Clannad: After Story

Hi guys! Sorry for the unexpected hiatus, but I had recently gone through my trials. It took quite a lot of my time and focus, so I hadn’t been paying much attention to my blog or my anime. However, now that I’m back, I’m going to start off with a review on Clannad: After Story.

What It’s About

In this sequel of Clannad, Tomoya Okazaki and Nagisa Furukawa graduate from high school. Tomoya was having trouble choosing a path for his future, and at the same time, faced a little bit of pressure by his teachers to go and talk to his father about it. As this was happening, Nagisa gave him her unending support, which probably made Tomoya realize that she was the one. In this season, they end up getting married and giving birth to a daughter, but as one can already predict, not everything was just rainbows and sunshine. There was, of course, a lot of drama that seemed to build as the story progresses.

Also, in the “Other World”, where the Illusionary Girl and the Garbage Doll reside, winter was fast approaching. Apparently, once the cold comes in, the Girl would no longer be able to move. Meanwhile, the Doll was trying his very best to build a contraption that would enable them to leave the barren land and go to another world.

My Thoughts on Clannad:After Story

Clannad:After Story started out quite slow, in my opinion, but it was not boring. It was just lacking in terms of drama, which I think is good, because if the show continuously throws drama after drama at the viewers, we would be quite tired of it. Then, as the story progresses, the drama starts to buildup as we journey through Tomoya’s life, seeing what he sees and feeling what he feels. Some parts of the show were a bit cliche and predictable, but that does not mean that the show was any less gripping than before.

The second season of Clannad seemed to end in a bang of emotions. It confused me a little, but after doing some research, the pieces started to fall into place. I thought it was quite well-thought out, the way the anime had been building up to this particular moment when everything would just start to make sense.

The animation style for the second season of Clannad was no different than the first. I thought that was good because I liked the consistency between the two seasons. Yes, the characters were still incredibly moe, but if you managed to get through the first season with them, then you would not have a problem going through the second one.

Clannad: After Story used really sad soundtracks throughout the series to accentuate the sadness of each moment. As you may have noticed, the background music is essential in bringing out the mood of the scene, so it really worked well with the drama that was ongoing throughout the show.

Overall Score

Clannad: After Story had been one heck of an emotional roller coaster. The way the drama was continuously built up was enough to keep a viewer in tears. The predictability of the show did cause a few eye-rolls, in my case, but overall, it had been a good, tearful watch. With that said, I give Clannad: After Story an overall score of eight out of ten (8/10).

One thought on “Review #44 – Clannad: After Story

  1. Definitely an emotional roller coaster. I actually like After Story more than the first season as I think it really consolidates the characters and the plot. The first season seemed more introductory, problem of the moment. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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