Studio: Kyoto Animation
Distributor: Sentai Filmworks, streams on Hulu
No of Episodes: Clannad: 24, Clannad After Story: 25
Suggested Age: 13+
My Rating: 10/10
Summary: Tomoyo is an ordinary high school delinquent who merely goes through the motions at school. Then he meets Nagasaki, a girl who wishes to restart the school’s drama club. By helping her, he meets other students and together, they form a surrogate family. In Clannad After Story, a year has passed and Tomoyo and Nagasaki are now living together.
Review: The Japanese have a special word unique to their language: nakama. This word means a group whose members seem like a family, but are not united by blood. Rather, the bond is forged by love. This is far from a concept that is only seen in Japan. I’ve seen this concept in X-men, and SE Hinton’s book The Outsiders, as well as in anime like Haibane Renmei and in this story. The very word “clannad” means family in Irish. It is this bond that helps Tomoyo become a better person. He has others who can help share the burdens of life. The story is very soothing as a result, because it feels so ordinary.
The animation is very beautiful. Lush, vibrant colors are all over the landscape, creating a world that seems alive.
I enjoy stories about families. They show what God wishes for all of humanity. Countless passages in the Bible speak of brotherhood and love. Clannad and Clannad After Story are both this kind of story. I highly recommend giving this series a try. It was a good buffer while I watched Attack on Titan.
Sub/Dub: I only watched the sub.
Music/Score: Very beautiful. Both openings for the series are good. The ending music for the first series can get into your head very easily and is very cheerful.
Violence: (1/10) I only saw one or two fights.
Sexuality: (1/10) Tomoyo has a friend who likes to make lewd comments.
Related Media: This is based on the Clannad visual novel. There is also a manga.