Tomoya is labelled as a delinquent at his school because he is constantly late and skips classes, but he seems to have little care about how others perceive of him. Everything in his life seemed dull and unchanging until one morning he meets Nagisa Furukawa on the road to his school; he finds her muttering to herself to give her more motivation for the day. She has an odd habit of saying the names of foods she is going to eat to encourage herself. Nagisa has been sick for almost a year last year and subsequently has to repeat her third year of school. But now all her friends have graduated and she feels alone. For some reason, after hearing Nagisa talking to herself, Tomoya becomes interested and befriends her.
Following this meeting, Nagisa decides to revive the school's drama club. In his attempt to help by recruiting new members, Tomoya befriends several other girls at the school, two of which have their own mysterious past.
It is Ok, but After Story is much better
First of all the positive aspect of the anime:
Throughout the whole episodes the comedy is really great, which kept me watching Clannad till the end. Especially when the Character Sunohara has his moments, I could not stop laughing(it almost hurt). So, if I could rate the anime only based on its comedy, I would give it 20 of 5^^.
Comedy may be one theme of the show but the main focus is on Drama/Romance(also a little Mystical stuff). As for the Drama part, in short: its pace is way too slow for me(probably personal preference or imagination) In the one hand you could say the some characters are introduced properly(slowly), on the other hand you could have introduced them bit faster and so the plot would be more fluent in my opinion. The pace, especially the introduction of the Fuko arc, was one of the main reasons why stopped watching Clannad at some point(but the comedy aspect saved it). Continuning was one of the better decisions, as the tragic moments were finally building up and creating at least a little bit of interest in watching.
My other reason for stopping was the romance aspect. Actucally, I do not dislike romanace in anime, but here, especially in the first half, it was more like dating sim. In fact, I did not quite understand why they all fell in love with the MC, at all.
Maybe not all people share the same opinions about the Romance and Drama in Clannad, but to please all: Even if the Romance does not get better, the drama does(at least in the latter half and maybe the Comedy brings you to continue watching. You won't make a bad decision to watch it to the end, because in Clannad After Story true epicness will unfold. Not only due to the fact that it is not like a dating sim anymore, but also because it really lets you feel what an emotional rollercoaster is. However, that will be part of another review
so if you people want romance and dont mind it being a little dated...well this 1 is probably the best i have seen. it has 2 seasons and it deals into some really screwed up stuff for the main characters.
I Guess I say something too, Out of the 900 animes and over 1k manga's I've gone through I can tell you only 3 Ever made me cry; Clannad, Love Hina the Manga, and One piece the Manga. DO not hesitate go experience them and find out for yourself whether its 10/10. I'll say nothing more.
Bear with me, this is gonna be a long one....a really long one.
I have cycled through many and many anime; gave most if not all a chance; all in search for a perfect story that would satisfy me. Obviously, perfection is never easy and rarely ever occurs (if ever); the definition of perfection itself depends on your point of view, whether it is the maximum possible or the unreachable infinite; either way, for me, a perfect story would be one that can attain a perfect balance between all the known literature elements: Characters, Setting, Background, etc...
As for the stories within anime; each and every anime has its own strong points which keeps it popular, such as Bleach with its Setting and plot; One Piece with its relation between the ultimate plot and its characters; Naruto and its character development and character background; etc... Although each of these have its strong points, they also have their weak point, and this sensitive subject is highly debatable; a personal criticism would be Bleach's lack of character development, etc.
CLANNAD on the other hand, was one of the first and only anime that I have found up to this date to maintain a perfect equilibrium throughout the show. Unlike most anime, this type of slice-of-life anime did not feel rushed and its plot did not feel forced at all. The anime went perfectly at its own pace introducing each and every character as it saw fit, each with their own background and development that would show itself all in due time. Personally, I was mainly amazed at how perfectly they maintained each character's story and how none of their stories clashed with each other due to originally occurring at the "same" time.
One other thing that I was truly amazed at was how by the end of the series you would truly realize the greatness of the setting in which these stories all occurred in and supported each other; the city. It was also truly and ultimately great to see how the main character, Tomoya, the one character to experience each and every character's story, truly developed and changed throughout the series and let go of his negative outlook towards the city and society in general and finally decided to move on with his life in order to seek happiness for himself and the one he loves. Since, in the end, the show is truly about him and how each and every character affected and chipped away at the barrier stopping him from accepting the city (or society) for what it is and living his life fulfilled. Finally, I must add that with every masterpiece of a story must come a truly great set of music to immerse one into the story; the music in Clannad is truly great and brought directly from the visual novel, mirroring its time of usage, especially in all its great moments.
So, all in all, as my title says, I truly believe this series to be unreachable and a true masterpiece; an anime for anyone truly looking for a beautiful experience and is tired of the usual mindless romance comedies of a main character loved by several girls who fall in love with him for little or no reason at all. But enough of that, let me end this very long review by saying that I definitely recommend this anime to anyone and everyone who would truly appreciate a Great Story.
This anime is the most beautifull anime in the world. The first season is full of humor, but also many tear jerking scenes. The protagonist Tomoya a laid back guy who doesn't care about school, but you'll discover his good sides also. The art is very beautifull. You'll easily welcome the characters and also empathize with them. The music for Clannad also is very beautifull. The second season is a real tear jerker. No anime or movie had ever made me cry so much. I've watched clannad twice and still i cry just as much as the first time. This seriosly is my Number 1 Favorite anime. It may be slow at first, but still it is very interesting. Once you are inside this anime you'll find out how good it is. The humor is very good, but even though it's comedy it also has many beautifull scenes.
This anime is recommended for 13+ because of there are many thing small children can't understand, but for everyone 13+ this is a very recommended anime.