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. – My Anime List
Based on 20 review scores:
After Story brought just about every kind of emotion out of me. Happiness, sadness, fear, trust, you name it and Clannad brought it. There were a lot of moment I could relate to Tomoya and other moments I could just laugh at the hilarity that was Fuko and her starfish.
Like the first season of Clannad, I highly recommend After Story. Of course, don’t watch one season without the other. You won’t get the full experience of this story without watching both consecutively. This series is the deepest you can get for a slice of life anime without it feeling generic or contrived.
CLANNAD AFTER STORY is a definate must see…. i mean it…. watch it…. like right now.
Even after watching this a couple of times previously, Clannad After Story still gets me going. Just going through the first half of this season as things start to hit more in the subplots with Nagisa and I find myself getting all chocked up and sad. When it eventually gets to the final episodes, they’re pieces of work that will stick with me for years to come. While I wish they would have gone a bit further with it in taking Tomoya through tragedy, I can appreciate what they did and why. There are few shows that really make this kind of emotional impact and even fewer shows that take the high school setting and moves beyond it, showing the characters growing and changing as they move out into the world. Clannad isn’t a perfect work, but it’s one of those few amazing character driven pieces that has lasting impact. It’s definitely not for everyone, but for those that do get into it and let themselves fall into this world, it’s one of the best experiences out there.
Overall I would rate this anime as the best anime season that I watched out of hundreds of anime series that I watched over the entirety of my life; this anime no doubt scored 10 out of 10, even if there is no limit I would glady rate it more than 100% for the score. The anime improved many of the issues that plagued the first season. The story telling is more steady and speeded up towards the end of the story where the pace got extremely fast. Character development was continued on the season where it left off and the feeling that it left on the audience was extremely substantial leaving many in tears. It is also original as it is still considered as one of the saddest animes of all time compared to some of other past anime movies and the animes at the time. The anime consists of the same genre that it left off at season 1 with romance, comedy, slice of life, drama and supernatural. It has all of the material that it needs to make on emotional touched from the anime and has the material to make people laugh to relax. Overall, it has the best overall feeling that an anime can bring.
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.
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So while the first half is lackluster, the second half is too good to miss. Although I will admit that the first half is marginally better than Clannad, I’d still put it in the D+/C- range. Yet part of me does not want to rate Clannad: After Story so low due to its disappointing start. I’m not usually a fan of high school drama animes, but this one is just too damn good. In spite how much I can’t stand the beginning at times, it is only 8 episodes long, and the following material is just so good.
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Enjoyment is really up to the beholder. My view of enjoyment may be somewhat different from others’. Clannad is not for everybody, but for those who dropped the first season, ~AS~ is truly on a league of its own and worth another shot. Every person has that one anime that leaps up above the rest and leaves a lasting impression. For me, that anime was Clannad ~AS~. No other words can describe the effect it had on me, and I hope that this review has at least made you, the reader, consider picking up this diamond in the rough.
The Nihon Review
Yes, CLANNAD ~After Story~ may have a few more flaws than the typical Key/KyoAni offering. Yes, the ending is ambiguous enough that it may detract somewhat from the overall story for some. But when all is said and done, it is also one of the best examples of high drama in anime to date, thanks to great character development and strong themes, and may well earn itself a spot as a future classic to be remembered fondly for years to come.
Clannad has been a fantastic series, just like its predecessor Air. Both have taken the biggest heap of clichés imaginable, and went with such a harem setting to something completely daring and original with excellent and bittersweet results. Unlike Kanon, these two really helped the harem genre evolve, and with a genre that originally lived on seeing who could make the most generic heap of stereotypes, it really needed that.
Clannad is a rare series that does not focus solely on the mundane daily activities of its characters or their outward appearance. Instead it takes us on an emotional journey into their inner selves and in doing so exposes us to a touching tale of human relationships and personal strife. Clannad will show you naked raw human emotions and will dare you not to feel for its characters. By the time this series ends you will have experienced profane sadness, intense struggles and the well-deserved joy of accomplishing an important goal. Saddening at times, joyous at others but always touching. Clannad is one emotional journey worth undertaking.
Don’t get me wrong. I love Clannad and Clannad After Story, and I wholeheartedly recommend both seasons to anyone who’s willing to suspend their disbelief and enter into the contract to have their emotions manipulated wholesale. It’s just that I saw Kanon first, and I like that show a lot more. I just feel that Clannad isn’t as deft with its storytelling, and on occasion its attempts to elicit just one more crying jag result in some overt heavy-handedness.
Overall, very emotional and life-lessony anime, and I would recommend it to anyone.
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After Story does clean up a couple of lingering details, such as how Yoshino ended up as an electrician after formerly being a rock star and what, exactly, happened between Sunohara and the soccer club. Tomoya’s relationship with his father is still a work in progress as this set ends and the “end of the world” story still apparently has more to tell, but Fuko is barely mentioned at all and remains an unresolved thread; presumably this will be dealt with in the second half? On the plus side, the series throws in a few nice jokes and references to other Key/Visual Art’s titles for dedicated fans. Overall, it is a title which should thoroughly satisfy fans of the franchise and thoroughly flummox most who never appreciated the first series.
What really separates “Clannad” from other similar series is that it dedicates good 2~4 episodes for each of the sub-characters while developing the main story for the protagonist. This series is truly life-altering in that it makes you think what your life will be in 5, 10 years, and the value of family. Highly recommended.
The direct continuation of the original TV series, which means it’s definitely worth a watch.
So in all, although I am a cynical bastard who didn’t shed a single tear and found the ending to be complete bollocks, seeing what almost any other romance show has done with its own premise I must agree than Clannad AF is indeed great at messing with the stereotypes …
Ishihara presses emotion button No.11
… without never truly changing them. If that is not the proof of brilliance, I don’t know what is. Feels almost like professional trolling. You know it’s coming but you are still going to fall for it.
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In summary, After Story follows in the same footsteps as Clannad: touching at key moments, but otherwise held back by its general mediocrity and deus ex machina resolution.