Clannad is an anime that deserves all the praise I've seen it receive. The carefully woven story of the simple concept of living is so well done that you find yourself being captured by the normal things happening to these Japanese High-School students in the story. This, is where Clannad in my opinion shines, it's ability to make the arguably mundane seem beautiful.
Clannad is as most of you reading this know, is the story that generally revolves around Tomoya Ookazaki, and his experiences in life. With a hint of a fantasy, a dash of romance, and a crap-ton of well written scenarios, Clannad managed to pretty much capture my heart from beginning to end. Save the somewhat filler-esque arcs (the Gang Fight arc, in particular). To be brutally honest Clannad is probably the most beautiful drama/romance/fantasy/comedy/tragedy anime I have ever seen.
I'd like to focus on Clannad's unique story-telling style. Rather than the classic, run-of-the mill, "this is a romance story, here it is". Clannad goes a very indirect route, bouncing you from character to character as Tomoya carries on life. This, I believe, is due to it's origin. Clannad is originally a visual novel by Key, which all you Japanators should know about, considering there's some coverage on them almost every week. Clannad tries not to focus on Nagisa and Tomoya, and in place it's let's you feel as if he could end up with anyone, rather than the single-minded way of most romance anime. Jump to the second season if you want that commitment crap, see what that gets you.
The second season is almost completely different, with a much more dramatic tone, consider these are no longer high school kids, but growing adults with kids on the way. After Story is just so good, it's bad, so good, it hurts. The turn of events is just so brutal. The way it's done makes you think the worst will happen, but then when it gets there, you feel so bad for the character that you convince yourself that it's gonna be okay.
And then you cry.
Clannad manages to do that very well. Too well. Another Clannad manages is a stunning, beautiful, and fitting soundtrack. The songs fit the moments so perfectly. When things get hella depressing, the music presents a deeper feeling of longing, without getting cheesy. Whoever scored this is a genius. The Dango Family song is so fitting for those moments of complete happiness, and terrifying sadness.
Clannad is an amazing show for fans of all types, and I hope if you haven't seen it, you give it a go. I doubt you will be dissapointed.
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