|Clannad - One of the best stories in anime history||15 out of 16 users found this review helpful.|
After some persuasion, Tomoya convices kotomi to go have a chat with the Theater's Club President, non other than, Nagisa Furokawa. For some reason, Kotomi seems to be afraid of getting to know people, and Tomya starts helping Ichinose to aquire social skills. Kotomi is, in my opinion, the most vulnerable character in all of the anime, seeming to be chased by something in her past, she never opens up, except to Tomoya. After spending some time with Nagisa, Tomya, Sunohara and Kyou and Ryou Fujibayashi (the twin sisters who join the "gang" during the Fuuko arc) she starts to open her heart, but after thinking that one of her new friends died, Kotomi goes back into being a depressed person, this is when Okazaki decides to take action, and show Ichinose that she is not alone, and that her friends will always be with her. Tomoya then starts to have flashbaks about his childgood, a period that he burried deep within his heart, he then remembers that he and Kotomi mt before, and that in fact, they were friends. After having realized this, Tomoya's determination is renewed, and he is able to remember everything, Kotomis' parents, who were famous scientists, died in a plane crash when they were young, and Kotomi was left all alone in the world, only having Okazaki as friend. He however couldn't face Kotomi because he broke a promise made to her, and eventually forgot about kotomi and about his childhood. When he remembers about his past, he is able to rekinle the friendship between himself and Kotomi, who after being confronted with her past decides to star anew. After having helped Kotomi, the whole "gang" tries once again to get the Theater Club going, but their efforts are once again met by the resistence of the Student Councli, Tomoya realizes that the only way to reach their goal is to get someone they can trust in the Student Council, and so he decides to help Tomoyo Sakagami, in her run to become Student Council President.
During this time, Furukawa falls ill, and Tomoya starts do feel just as he used to before he met Nagisa. Meanwhile, students from another school, gang up on Okazaki, Sakagami and Sunohara, Tomoyo who is inhumanly strong, betas them all up, however when a teacher aperas to see what's wrong, Tomoya ends up being blame for the fight, so that Sakagami's reputation wouldn't get stained, and ended up affecting the election. Tomoya ends up suspend, and Sakagami feeling guilty startsto help Tomoya get his life back on track. By the time Nagisa goes back to school, the student council election is over, Sakagami wins, and allows the Theater Club and the Choir Club (who was also giving the Theater Club a hard time) to share the same teacher as their advisor. Having been able to bring the Theater Club back to its' feet, the whole gang starts to get ready to present their play in the School Festival. This however won't be easy, seing that none of the club members have anyexperience when it comes to acting, furthermore, Nagisa, the clubs president, doen't know the end of the play they are suposed to present. Meanwhile, the relationship between Tomoya and his father worsens, and he ends living together with Nagisa and her parents (two of the best characters in the anime). While living there, Nagisa's ftaher, Akio, tells Tomoya about a secret in Nagisa's past, a secret that could bring Nagisa's determination back down. In spite of Akio's efforts, Nagisa end up discovering the truth, and on the big day, starts to feel depressed. Furukawa only comes to her senses when her father, as she cried on stage, bursted into the room and told her that her parents decisions aren't her fault, and that their dreams were passed on to her. She then snaped out of her depression, and acted as she did in the rehearsels. After the play, Nagisa and Tomoya start dating (to the disapointement of the twins, Kotomi and Tomoyo), and Okazaki, starts to feel as though his live isn't pointless, and that he belongs somewhere, at Nagisa's side.
In conclusion, you can't go wrong with tis anime, it's full of memorable moments and characters, you'll get a warm feeling from the very start to the very end, it is without a shadow of a doubt, one of the best animes that I have seen, one that will stick with long after you have seen it.
My score of this anime: 5/5
(This is my first review, if you have any comments or suggestions please send me a message or leave a comment, also I would like to thank all of the sites that subbed this anime, thank you very much)