Note: This is part of the XIV Days of Darkness reviewing mini-series. This review is for Day VII and contains mild spoilers.
Clannad is a 24-episode (22 if you don't count the "extra episodes") Drama/Comedy series about a delinquent who met a schoolmate who had returned back from her illness. They befriend each other after a short time and decide to get their school to have a drama club with some help after said club falls out.
Storyline The main story does have some pacing problems and some pitfalls thanks to the other arcs contained, but when it's put together, it's a sad and rather touching tale when things are being serious with the exception of the ending at Episode 22, when the story turns into a heartwarmer with two certain characters. Unfortunately, things are semi-serious until the Kotomi arc starts to unfold. For the extra episodes, the first was much better than the second despite the latter being an depressing alternate route with a rather suspicious plothole that was ignored.
Characters This is easily the biggest con of the show by far and we're not even in that section yet. The only characters with redeeming and likable qualities were the following: Tomoya, Nagisa (and her parents), Kotomi (which is the cutest one here) and Mei. The rest of the cast are absolute utter bile from Hell with Fuuko being one of the redeemable characters until her arc ends. From there on, she was just a weak comedic device that literally didn't help for anything. The characters at hand made me want to drop this show (again) after seven episodes.
Pros and Cons The animation was decent and the music to this is fitting to it's drama persona. In fact, this show works as a drama and manages to deliver like it, despite the pitfalls. The music is good, with the ending theme being the best theme of the show.
Now that we're actually in the section, it's time for the second biggest con: the comedy persona. Most of it didn't work at all and Youhei getting beaten got old real fast after episode one alongside almost all of of the other slapstick moments, reasonable or not (one of the few instances that got me to laugh at the slapstick involved Nagisa's dad when he stepped on a carving knife on accident). For the other one alongside that, the art style and character designs don't look that great (even as a moe genre fan in my case) and looked quite generic even by such standards.
Final Verdict I'm giving this a 4.5/10 because despite managing to break my heart (I seriously didn't cry). For those into tear-jerking dramas, this is a questionable choice considering all of the cons. You may watch this show if you truly wish to, but you might want to go for something else instead.
Current Situation: I wanted another excuse to use Enterprise as an avatar again.
I wish I could enjoy Clannad. I didn't finish the series. I only read the pros/cons and final verdict. Since Angel Beats was my first Key show, it set the standards a bit high. I was expecting to be sad and cry. I haven't had cry so far for this show, first season. The story is divided into character arcs. The only thing I haven't analyze is that whether the anime did a good thing introducing new fans who never touch the visual novel or new fans who never had seen an anime based on Key and then comparing it to responses of folks who have done the visual novel.
Agreed with you on character designs. However, I'm not experienced with moe, so I wouldn't know what's generic or not.
Character designs - it's hard to tell apart the girls since the only thing distinguishable is hair style and eye color. I tend to confuse girls a lot. Angel Beats had similar issues only with their guys instead.
Post by Old Man Dream on Feb 15, 2016 16:48:00 GMT
Was never a fan of Clannad and never got what made it popular back in its hey day. The first season is actually not as popular as its second season, After Story, since the first one plays up the same storytelling format as Key's earlier works (Air and Kanon) focusing on a male lead helping several girls having tragic problems related to the supernatural, the girls intentionally made to be nauseatingly cute to appeal to their fanbases and deus ex machina being a common element in resolving many of the problems faced by the female characters.
After Story is a step up from Clannad as it explores what Tomoya and Nagisa's life is like after they graduate and have some tragic elements to it, but still suffers missteps from the first eight episodes being complete filler and Key milking its usual deus ex machina to resolve the tragic elements it introduced to Tomoya and Nagisa's story. In spite of the flaws, there are fans I've come across that think of the series as one of anime's all-time masterpieces.
Taka: Reusing facial designs is actually a common animation shortcut that animators will do to save on a title's budget. For all the praises that Nasu works get with their animation, Kara no Kyoukai and Fate titles are just as prone to cut on some corners to save on their budget where possible.
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Taka: I see. A global release will benefit it. Gundam did pretty good. The only few franchises that are only popular in Japan but not popular in the west - Yokai Watch comes to mind.
Apr 10, 2021 1:55:16 GMT
Master Menos: F for Respects. DMX did all his work while suffering from a drug addiction, and I almost never knew until a point. I hope his next life treats him far better.
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HungryWorld: Sorry for taking so long for the things i have to do, have been suffering from some health issues (including mental health deterioration). Anyways hope i can be a bit more active here soon enough once i am properly patched up again.
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Taka: No worries, health, family, school, and work take priorities first.
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