The anime adaptaion does some justice to the source material. We all saw a blow up coming since the last episode, and it really hit hard in this one. It was predictable, yes, but I’m glad to see it was done fairly well, though; it was quite a trip from beginning to end, and it’s the first time this season I’ve actually gotten sucked into watching an episode with a lot of interest. We conclude Sunohara and Mei’s arc, so next week it’s off to Misae!
Sunohara goes from WIN to complete and utter fail in the span of a single episode. Okazaki’s stock with the other girls plummets faster than the Dow Jones. The loli is sad and starts crying. Nagisa is as lost as ever.
Just another day in the Clannad universe, right? To everybody who says ~After Story~ could’ve been done in 12 episodes, fine, whatever. I’m pretty glad they’re doing this story arc, and so far it’s going pretty well. I just wish we didn’t need to wait 3 weeks for a widescreen version. Whoever decided 4:3 is fine needs to be hanged.
I can’t remember the last time in a Key anime that I’ve laughed this much. Sunohara is pure comic gold, and having an entire episode devoted to his antics can certainly go a long way. I really like this sidestep as we get into a short(?) Sunohara and Mei arc before we hit the main plot with Nagisa and Tomoya. It’s a shame the entire series won’t be as funny as this, but for now, we can at least enjoy the lighthearted moments we get.
When I got the raw for this, I was thoroughly confused. I haven’t seen a show broadcast in 4:3 in a while, so it was kind of a shock. Heck, I even updated to the new CCCP just to see if MPC wasn’t clipping the edges off or something. Sadly, we must wait until BS-i reairs these episodes three weeks later to see the episode without clipping the sides off (or so I’ve read on the ‘Net, haven’t really looked myself).
Clannad was a decent anime a few seasons ago, so I’m going to give After Story a try as well. Looking at the first episode, it seems like the story is going to drag out a little bit, as we get a slow introduction to all of the major characters again (with exception of DOZO…I mean, Fuko). I’m going to assume that since Nagisa and Tomoya are already going out, this isn’t going to go in little arcs like the previous series, either. This probably won’t be my favorite anime of the season, but I’m probably going to stick with it for a while. It’s KyoAni, go figure.
With their previous anime adaptations in Kanon and Air being received fairly well by the anime community, Key decided to put a third visual novel into anime form: Clannad. Unlike previous Key adaptations, however, Clannad has a DVD OVA that has a totally different ending than the rest of the television series: a Tomoyo x Tomoya ending. It’s kind of fun to watch and will certainly tide some fans over until the second season, but it also highlights what I think is a very big societal issue.