“Meeting you was the best thing that ever happened to me. You made me so happy. I don’t want you to be lost or afraid or anything like that. From here on out, I know things might be hard sometimes. But no matter what may await, please don’t regret meeting me.”
Clannad: After Story, the sequel to the critically acclaimed slice-of-life series Clannad, begins after Tomoya Okazaki and Nagisa Furukawa graduate from high school. Together, they experience the emotional rollercoaster of growing up. Unable to decide on a course for his future, Tomoya learns the value of a strong work ethic and discovers the strength of Nagisa’s support. Through the couple’s dedication and unity of purpose, they push forward to confront their personal problems, deepen their old relationships, and create new bonds.
Time also moves on in the Illusionary World. As the plains grow cold with the approach of winter, the Illusionary Girl and the Garbage Doll are presented with a difficult situation that reveals the World’s true purpose.
Based on the visual novel by Key and produced by Kyoto Animation, Clannad: After Story is an impactful drama highlighting the importance of family and the struggles of adulthood.
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The story of Clannad: After Story focused more on Tomoya and Nagisa’s story. After they graduate from high school, Nagisa became Tomoya’s girlfriend. So basically, this sequel is the story about how Tomoya and Nagisa grows up. How they fight difficulties in their life together and on how they support each other in whatever they will do and also in their decisions.
The Illusionary World is also explained in this sequel. You know, the robot and the girl that you always see in the prequel, these characters are from another different world. You will find out who exactly those characters are.
Art & Sound
In the art nothing has changed from the prequel, just as good as always.
For the sound, although it’s the same from the prequel. The way they put the soundtracks for every scene is superb. They will really capture the emotion in you and will really make you feel the feels.
Now, the characters here in the story has now grown up. Basically they all aged but they’re still friends to each other. Not actually from the start of the first episode they’re already grown up, but in the later episodes you will see that they slowly start to grow up.
The character development of Tomoya and Nagisa is great. Especially Tomoya, having that kind of experiences really changed him from his past self. A lot of Tomoya’s problems have been solved here, problems that were from the prequel. But, although some of the problems have been solved, there came more problems which was even heavier than the old ones.
Also, there’s one extra character here. Should I say it already? I’m trying not to spoil you guys. Hmmmm, so I’ll just say it. The new character here is Ushio, I’ll just leave it to you guys if you want to know more about her. But I guess it’s really obvious because you might already know who she really is.
Overall, the sequel of Clannad is heartbreaking and will really capture your feels factor. I’m saying this early, you should prepare for a lot of feels if you’re planning to watch this anime. It’s good to start with the prequel so you’ll understand more the story of the sequel, and to also give more emotional factor. In this story, there is one thing that you least expected that will happen, for short worst case scenario. Basically this anime is about the joy and the worst nightmare of having a family. Now I will give my rating. 10/10, I consider this anime as a masterpiece because of how well it was written and of how it really relates to real life scenarios.