So I figured I'd record my impressions after watching each episode of Clannad. I only got this idea after I started doing that with Highschool of the Dead (which just ended) and I'm now going to do it with Clannad. It helps me reflect on what I just watched, and it's always nice to see what other people have to say about the same episode, so I hope other people find it interesting too. I'll be updating this blog post after I watch a new episode of Clannad.
Great episode! I actually feel like the plot is moving again! I love how they used the club activities to tie it back to Tomoyo Sakagami (the girl who kicks Sunohara around for the first couple eps). Fuko, makes a timely appearance to break the monotony.. always welcome. And we meet Sunohara's little sister, how nice.
Episode 16 (watched Sept. 22, 2010):
Mei could have stayed longer I felt. The basketball match was great, good suspense building. I like that the anime is being more light-hearted now that Kotomi's arc has passed. Sunohara is great. Also I can't wait to see more of Tomoyo-chan, hopefully her story isn't as melodramatic as Kotomi's. I'm starting to find it interesting that Tomoya-kun keeps saying he and Sunohara are deliquents, but the anime chooses very wisely not to emphasize that they are skipping class, or that there's anything bad about it. Maybe I can start skipping class if I befriend cute girls and help them with all my might? ... No that probably wouldn't come across well.
Episode 17 (watched Sept. 22, 2010):
Another great episode. Things are starting to heat up. I liked the scene where it's just Tomoya in the club room and he's leaning back in the chair, because I do that all the time when I have alot on my mind and can't quite concentrate. I made a huge realization when watching this episode: no matter how great the story is, it doesn't and is not meant to reflect reality. Instead it selects what to show, what we hear and what we see in order to shape a meaningful whole. For example, in a classroom before class starts it'd probably be really noisy, multiple people talking at the same time, laughing, pulling back their chairs, shuffling feet, makes it hard to concentrate on the person are talking to. But in anime, or TV or movies, they (people working on the show) are very selective of what they want us to see and hear. It's like how in most anime scenes where there are lots of people, they only animate the important characters. Or sometimes if they want things to be chaotic they will animate a lot of people. Getting back to the anime.. I can't wait to watch the next episode, maybe later tonight, or tomorrow morning, can't wait!
Episode 18 (watched Sept. 24, 2010):
Good episode, I enjoyed Tomoyo's backstory, learning about her brother and her parents. Sunohara is always hilarious, energetic as ever. I'd almost forgotten how cute Kotomi can be, (something about intelligent, cute and spacey girls just is so adorable). I liked the breakfast scene where they all visit him and bring food for Tomoya-kun, that was funny without being outrageous, it certainly built up the tension between the girls. It was hard watching the Fyujibashi sisters crying, something about it didn't look right, maybe it was the tears or something, iduno. I get the feeling that the next episode is gonna be really serious >.> as it starts to explore Tomoya's relationship with his father, hopefully it doesn't get too melodramatic like with Kotomi's plot.
Episode 19 (watched Sept. 25, 2010:
Sorry I'm writing this a few days after I actually watched the episode. But anyways, horray Tomoyo-chan is Student Council President! ^-^ and the Theater Club has been successfully reestablished! I like how Nagisa is sort of carrying on for Tomoyo, how she is now taking care of Tomoya. It's pretty interesting, but it's annoying that the show doesn't give any reason for why Tomoya-kun hates his father so much... but I guess that's the way they want it to be. If I remember correctly the show is trying to set up some sort of mysterious secret about Nagisa... Again hopefully it isn't too melodramatic. Great episode overall, I really liked when Sunohara was playing around with the Keyboard xD.
Episode 20 (watched Oct. 3, 2010):
I had a flash of K-ON when they all started talking about getting ready for the performance and rehearsing and stuff. (Yes I know Clannad came out years before K-ON) >.> Didn't really like this episode, felt sort of drawn out how Nagisa finally figures out her parent's past. Iduno, maybe I just don't like Nagisa... but it's not really doing a great job of making me feel for Nagisa... I feel like the ending is gonna be sort of half-assed, but we'll see!
Episode 22 (watched Oct. 9, 2010):
I guess I just didn't feel like writing my impressions for Episode 21 o.O because I just watched episode 22. haha. This episode was alright. And 22 episodes in and I still can't get over the way eyes and hair are drawn, hard to believe that only a few years ago this was normal. Like, I don't find Nagisa cute at all, but I feel like I'm supposed to. Also, something about the crying doesn't look right in this anime. I still don't understand what that girl and the robot have to do anything... just waiting for some sort of deus ex machina. It feels like Nagisa is in her own little world, and everything else revolves around her, this would be conveyed better if it was more psychological, like we see things from Nagisa's perspective. But the series sets it up so that there are all these different characters, Okazaki, Kotomi, the Fyujibashi sisters, Sunohara... and right now they're just getting pushed aside for Nagisa, and doing everything they can for her, just seemed sort of ridiculous. It's not even like each of them have their own reason for doing things or want to work together to create something big, it's just ALL for Nagisa, which is completely unrealistic. One thing I really liked was how they showed the tape of Akio-san performing on stage, and those words echoed in Nagisa's head, then you see Akio burst in like "YOU CAN DO IT" I thought it was really well done scene, the tension was really good. I was half expecting the audience to start getting restless, but this anime wouldn't do that. I almost hoped that Nagisa didn't need people to tell her it was okay, it would have been better if she could work it out herself and tell herself she could do it.
Episode 23 (watched Oct. 9, 2010):
Alright a bit more light hearted, I appreciated the return of some of the comedic elements, like Akio eating Sanae's bread, Sunohara getting excited when meeting a girl but turns out to be Mei. Mei is pretty awesome. When Okazaki was trying to imagine the possibilities, that was pretty funny. Nagisa was better in this episode, but I still don't like her... after all this. I think I'm gonna wait a while before starting to watch AfterStory. Good episode. I still don't like how it's all centered around Okazaki + Nagisa now, like what was the point of having all of these separate character plots if your just going to ignore them in the end to focus on these 2 characters?