Okazaki Tomoya is a delinquent who finds life dull and believes he’ll never amount to anything. Along with his friend Sunohara, he skips school and plans to waste his high school days away.
One day while walking to school, Tomoya passes a young girl muttering quietly to herself. Without warning she exclaims “Anpan!” (a popular Japanese food) which catches Tomoya’s attention. He soon discovers the girl’s name is Furukawa Nagisa and that she exclaims things she likes in order to motivate herself. Nagisa claims they are now friends, but Tomoya walks away passing the encounter off as nothing.
However, Tomoya finds he is noticing Nagisa more and more around school. Eventually he concedes and befriends her. Tomoya learns Nagisa has been held back a year due to a severe illness and that her dream is to revive the school’s drama club. Claiming he has nothing better to do, he decides to help her achieve this goal along with the help of four other girls.
As Tomoya spends more time with the girls, he learns more about them and their problems. As he attempts to help each girl overcome her respective obstacle, he begins to realise life isn’t as dull as he once thought.
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Clannad is an anime adaptation of the visual novel game, also titled as “Clannad”. It’s a visual novel game, so it has different routes that will decide the flow of the story. The anime of Clannad focused on the Nagisa route, which means the story of Clannad is mainly focused on Nagisa and Tomoya. But, other stories or arcs are also involved in the anime, each from the different routes of the other characters.
Art & Sound
Kyoto Animation is known for their great style of art. You can easily familiarize if the producer of the anime is KyoAni because of their art and animation style. Y’know the sparkly eyes, like that and other things.
The soundtracks here are also good, it’s really emotional. I played the visual novel of Clannad and I realized that they used the soundtracks from the visual novel to the anime. So, they decided to stick with the soundtracks of the game.
Tomoya Okazaki is a delinquent who finds life meaningless and he believes that he can’t achieve something. Tomoya is one of the best anime main characters that I have ever known. His character development is really good as you proceed more to the story of Clannad.
If you’re going to play the game, of course it would depend on the route you’re going to take, the route you’ll take will change the story of the game from the anime, each arc has a different ending. Other characters here are Nagisa, Tomoyo, Fuko, Kyou, Ryou, Kotomi, Mei, and Sunohara, and other characters. Basically, almost all of Tomoya’s friends are female, only Sunohara is the male best friend of Tomoya Okazaki.
Each of the characters that I have mentioned have their different personalities. Not everyone’s personality is the same.
This anime is really emotional, the amount of the feels factor of this anime is really high. The story is quite confusing but at the same time quite simple also. But despite the story being simple and confusing, the emotional factor here is overwhelming. Especially the later episodes.
There’s a sequel for this anime titled “Clannad: After Story.” Here’s one tip from me, if this anime is already too much for you (the feels factor). I assure you that the sequel is much more depressing and much more emotional than the prequel, the sequel is really heartbreaking; the prequel is already heartbreaking enough though. So, you might want to have a tissue near you while watching this kind of anime. Now for my rating, I rate 9/10.