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DVD Review: Clannad After Story Part One

3-disc set

It is near the end of summer, and everyone has to think hard on what they want to do when they leave school. Tomoya has no clue what he wants to do when he grows up, let alone when he leaves school and as a detour for his hard decision, Tomoya has been asked by his girlfriend’s dad, Akio to sort out a baseball team to beat his rivals, or he might not be able to show his face to his teammates again. Tomoya doesn’t know much about baseball as a sport, but he has to recruit team members even though he only knows his close friends who might be able to help him out. He has to ask them and knows there will be some who will have better things to do than take part, but he has to prove to her dad that he’s the one for her.

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Sunohara is another one who has no idea what he wants to do with his life. He is the comic relief, the butt of everyone’s jokes and gets knocked around a lot. As his sister is worried about him, he, with Tomoya’s help sees about getting him a false girlfriend to put her mind at rest, and once and for all get her off his back. It is fun to see Sunohara and Tomoya wander around the school trying to find a suitable girlfriend who won’t want to beat him up or call him names. He has a hard time finding her, but there is a girl out there who will help him out but Sunohara is however amazed at the false girlfriend he manages to get, even there could be problems. Their first date doesn’t go to plan, but she tolerates him and his taste in good food, and music by his favourite band, The Thigh Dancers. All in all he is pretty hopeless at dating girls, but she knows his heart is in the right place.

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The first episode concerns the baseball game, while the second and third are Sunohara based episodes, expanding on his creative imagination, his aspirations and general attitude. The series is more of a set of both stand alone and pairs of episodes. And as most of them concern Sunohara the other characters see him in a different light when he disappears as he is such a cheerful kid. He messes up a lot at school, but learn more on him and his young life a few years back when Tomoya and Sunohara first met. Sunohara is the typical cute, blond kid who everyone thinks is gullible, and always gets beat up by the popular guys, and even the girls who he annoys.

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Further troubles are noticed when Nagisa wants to see Tomoya’s father, but things are not yet reconciled with them enough for him to invite her to his house. She loves him very much, but doesn’t understand how he feels about his father, that he is disappointed in him, and his heavy drinking. Maybe this is why Tomoya always has his happy go lucky persona at school when he could be depressed all the time at what his father is like. He copes well with his troubles, and is one of the characters who isn’t easily influenced by others and seems to have a level head.

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Clannad: After Story is a cheerful comedy that also shows what friendship means to the character that have had a difficult time at school. Tomoya’s relationship with his girlfriend isn’t one he expected, but it is a troublesome one with Sunohara becomes clearer after we see his past as a tearaway type. There are two episodes in the second disc that are the product of Masai’s cat showing Tomoya a dream, and want him to tell her something important. This three disc set of episodes makes it a heart-warming story and a break from the normal story line of Tomoya, Sunohara and their friends.


Label: Manga Entertainment

Release date: 24th September 2012

Certificate: PG

Running time:

Genre: Anime/Comedy

Director: Tatsuya Ishihara

Author Profile: 

Sandie has a keen interest in Anime, Manga and all things Japanese. Her interests other than reviewing are Japanese Language, dress and culture, liking Harajuku Girls, Gothic Lolita, folding some neat Origami, drawing her own Manga characters, writing her own Manga stories and everything in between.

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