Clannad ~ Review
“A true masterpiece. That is all I can say.”
So, for my 100th anime review (we made it! Yay!), I got a lot of messages from all of you guys that I should do a review of a series which I consider either a masterpiece, or is my personal favourite series. Well, luckily for all of you guys, I’m going to review a series that is both my personal favourite and is also a masterpiece in the anime world. Ladies and gentlemen, this is Clannad.
Clannad revolves around Okazaki Tomoya, a third year high school student who hates his life. After his mother died at a young age and his father turning into an alcoholic, he spends his wasting days as a delinquent. One day, on his way to school, late as usual, he meets a girl called Furukawa Nagisa. For some reason, Tomoya draws closer to Nagisa as they meet every morning on the road to school and naturally start to converse. He is told that Nagisa is one year older than Tomoya, and repeated third year for being sick most of last year. Her wish is to bring back the now disbanded drama club, and Tomoya (although neglecting her at first) slowly starts to help her. Then, Tomoya’s fellow classmates begin to help Nagisa on her dreams of playing a stage show as the drama club. Meanwhile, Tomoya is feeling neglected by his own family member, Nagisa repays him by introducing him to her family members. As Nagisa starts to feel wanted at a social level, Tomoya starts to feel wanted at a family level, and the two slowly start to become drawn together.
The series is known for its brilliant execution of comedy, drama and romance.
The first season ran for 23 episodes and ran during the Fall 2007 and Winter 2008 Anime Season (October 2007 – March 2008), and the second season, Clannad After Story ran for 24 episodes during Fall 2008 and Winter 2009 Anime Season (October 2008 – March 2009). The series is based off a visual novel (game) written and created by Key Studios. The series is animated by Kyoto Animation, who are best known for creating such highly acclaimed series as The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi, Lucky Star and Air.
The series contains some very talented voice actors and actresses that really make this series come to life such as Nakamura Yuuichi who voices Okazaki Tomoya (and is also known as the voices of Kousaka Kyousuke from Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai and Gray Fullbuster from Fairy Tail), Nakahara Mai who voices Furukawa Nagisa (and is also known as the voices of Me from Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita and Juvia Lockser from Fairy Tail) and a whole bunch of talented members including Hirohashi Ryou, Notou Mamiko and Kuwashima Houko among others.
I’m kind of cheating in this review as I’m reviewing both the first and second season of Clannad (as the second season is my favourite more than the first season) but this is my review; I’ll do whatever I want! In all seriousness though, this series is a masterpiece… there is seriously no other word to describe it. If you guys have seen my video on The Top 5 Anime Series That Will Make You Cry (Like A Bitch), then you’ll know that I put this series at No. 1. And that’s one of many reasons why this anime is amazing; it makes you cry, like a bitch! I seriously have never seen a person who has seen this series and not admited that they cried at the end of this series. You know its a pretty fantastic series is it manages to make all human beings who witnessed it break down and cry, right?
Another factor that makes Clannad a favourite for many is the execution of the series. While the dramatic parts are executed with emotional animations and background music (FYI, I truly believe the Clannad OST is the greatest of any series I have seen and I highly recommend it), while it is being balanced with some of cutest and funniest comedy sections you will ever see. The character development is interesting and well put together; using almost all the characters along the way to lead to a truly emotional ending that will never be erased from your memory. For those who have not watched this series, I beg of you. Please watch it! I will give you money if you didn’t like this series (and I’m pretty confident when I say that). There is a reason why this is my favourite series and why this anime is truly a modern masterpiece.
The Final Judgement:
Recommendation Level: 5/5 – Must Watch!
Final Score: 10/10