Clannad 24 – Tomoyo ChapterJuly 16, 2008 at 2:26 am | Posted in Clannad | 12 Comments
Tags: aww, shipping
Well, I decided to blog it…as a peace offering to all the awful, awful Tomoyo fanboys who I managed to get into fights with this past year. And now, I have to admit…Tomoyo is the best.
No, I’m just kidding. Can you imagine?
I’m still waving my Nagisa flag and Tomoyo is still my number two. Though, I have to say…I do appreciate why everyone seems to be so crazy for her route. Just, you know, it’s not quite my thing. But I do get it now.
I’m just giving my overall thoughts on the episode all together without any recap. My impressions are all you really need. The people who are interested in this are the people who are going to want to watch it anyway.
But…I plan on blogging the Clannad After Story, and I love Clannad, so I want to blog this episode. Just sorry to say that it won’t do anything to stop the stupid variety of Tomoyo fanboys from calling me stupid. Heh…like I care.
At this point, having seen some clips of Kyou’s route in the game, knowing pretty much all there is to know about Nagisa and her after story, and also having seen both this episode and reading the Tomoyo After manga…my ranking stands as thus:
Character: Nagisa, Tomoyo, Kyou
Story: Nagisa, Kyou, Tomoyo
After Story: Nagisa, Tomoyo
Kotomi and Fuuko weren’t included…for being too moe or…being annoying. Don’t care.
Nagisa still wins everything. But that’s only natural. I’m a Nagisa fangirl. I admit my absolute bias. She’s the only non-shoujo girl to bust her way into my Top Ten Anime Girls. I love Nagisa and her dango pillow.
Of course, once I actually go through the game it could all change.
But there you go Tomoyo fanboys…I still don’t buy that you all like Tomoyo just because of her story. Just admit that you’re moe for her like I admit I’m all crazy for Nagisa and we can just move on. That’s all I’ve ever wanted. Admit your bias!!!
Hmm…on a more serious and less fun note…I did enjoy this episode, but I wasn’t crazy about it.
I loved Clannad even when every one else complained, both anime-only and Visual Novel fans, I loved Clannad because…hey! It kept me entertained.
Another World, Tomoyo Chapter…did not entertain me…not in the same way.
It wasn’t the, “awww” sort of sadness I come to expect from Clannad of any KyoAni adaptation of a key game. It was just kind of emo…and I wasn’t amused. (Okay I was, but all of that was just me being inappropriate)
I mean…I’ll watch it again with subtitles, but…eh…I understood enough to know that won’t change much. It was kind of even hard to sit through the whole thing once…so I don’t know if I want to watch it twice, but I will.
Really, I think I wish they’d animated Kyou’s route instead. It’s not like this was bad, just…everything I’d heard about Tomoyo’s route being kind of generic was…well, true.
Of course, to be fair, any storyline from a key adaptation automatically seems at least a little familiar.
I did enjoy Tomoyo being Tomoyo. She proved quite a number of times why I like her second-best…you know…aside from being voiced by Houko Kuwashima. Yeah, I’ve always had a weakness for Houko-san (her absence is a pretty big reason why I deem Tomoyo After and automatic FAILURE…for me at least).
And it was so nice seeing Tomoyo showing that she was in love with Tomoya. In the anime she was always so calm about it, and only got a little sad at the end. But here’s she’s blushing and it’s cute.
Sunohara was Sunohara, so he’s going to be entertaining no matter what. And because none of the other Clannad girls show up, I got plenty of Sunohara to make me laugh. Ah…no matter what he does, he almost always ends up looking like an idiot and it always makes me laugh.
But Tomoya wasn’t Tomoya I was used to or even the Tomoya I’d heard about from how he acts in the visual novel. It’s not fair. I got emo Tomoya. And as fun as I think it is to hear Yuichi Nakamura use his “emo”ish voice, I don’t want it for Tomoya. Noooo. At least not yet. Not when the drama reminds me of stupid problems from girls and boys in my high school.
Granted, Tomoyo’s and Tomoya’s problem is more legitimate than regular high school angst, but it didn’t stop me from being reminded of it.
Really, what probably leaves me feeling not so impressed is the fact that the episode only had time for plot. What I really like about Clannad is all the extra stuff that makes the characters more likable. And…when they don’t have time for that, it doesn’t have the same effect on me.
*sigh* I missed my ROFL moments really. And the touching family stuff. Romance doesn’t have the same effect from Clannad.
But whatever. Let’s move on now. Here are my shallow, fun observations now that my actual thoughts are pretty much out of the way (I’ll get back to a few points later).
First off, I lied when I said I didn’t really enjoy watching this episode, I just didn’t enjoy it in any legitimate way. You’ll see what I mean by some of my comments. And if you enjoyed this show legitimately, I suggest you don’t read them because I can’t watch the episode without laughing.
Hey…she still wake him up and goes in his room once they start dating? I find that inappropriate.
No, I’m kidding. At least in the anime, nothing could seem more innocent. Look at them. Nothing going on at all.
Heh. Sunohara was still entertaining. That’s good to know. It’s just too bad that he didn’t get too much screen time. Then I would have enjoyed the episode a lot more. Because almost every time Sunohara did appear I laughed. Sunohara is pretty much the greatest comedy relief character ever.
Nice Tomoyo. Too bad it gets you into trouble. Didn’t quite think that one through, did you? But still…nice. As always, I admire your boldness. Just…nice.
Aww…blushing Tomoyo. See, even from a Nagisa fangirl’s POV, this episode is worth it just because we get to see Tomoyo blush. It’s cute.
Poor Tomoya. Apparently all he has right now is Sunohara. In Nagisa’s version of the anime, when Nagisa isn’t around he still gets to hang out with his harem. I wonder why Nagisa gets to win…
(In case you couldn’t tell, because I know some people can’t, this is where I start just entertaining myself)
Ha! Even in another world you can’t kiss anyone but the destined girl. Too bad for you Tomoya!
And…who else thought, “Um…pervert…” when they saw Jun Fukuyama’s character just standing there
I…couldn’t pay attention. I was too stunned by the fact that Jun Fukuyama and Yuichi Nakamura were in a scene together. I get my favorite seiyuu girls in scenes together all the time, but it never happens with the guys. So…I enjoyed it. I had to rewatch it to catch the plot stuff, but I enjoyed it the first time just because.
Aww man…the ice cream fell. That’s so dramatic and it makes me sad. So symbolic and just…*sigh* Beautiful. I love it when they reach the halfway point with this stuff. It really makes me think.
Stalker. That’s all I have to say.
Smiling Tomoyo~! She looks so happy. Too bad about what happens next…and in her after story (oops…ha, like that’s even a spoiler, bad things always happen in visual novels).
Aw…now bad things are happening to a crepe. It’s dripping! First the ice cream, now the crepe. I can just see the signs piling up…
Desserts are serious business.
And…because I was busy thinking about desserts (and laughing way too much for something that’s not that funny), I didn’t realize they were breaking up until about halfway through. I had to rewatch it. My self-entertainment probably screwed up the drama of this scene.
And more serious, melting, ruined desserts. That’s three…three! At least three times that they’ve done a close-up anyway. It’s not that strange that I noticed it…right?
See, this is what I’m talking about when I said generic. The whole, breaking up with her so she can do what she wants, and then the “doing stuff on our own” montage with the obligatory walking past each other in a hallway. I’ve seen a bunch of generic movies with stuff like this.
But then, this is one of the points where I’m betting that it helps to have played through Tomoyo’s route. Because…no passing each other in a hallway scene, right?
Houko-san Engrish is appreciated. Please and thank you’s all around.
Ha. Black-haired Sunohara. lol. We get to see him like this again in the After Story, right?
Added because Tomoyo looks pretty. I think until this scene I thought Kyou might have been prettier, but no. Now Tomoyo is prettier than Kyou too.
But Nagisa’s still the cutest.
And because I didn’t have any self-entertainment going, this scene actually did manage to get an, “Awww” from me. But I have to give part of that to the fact that it’s a scene in the snow. Snow and winter are a couple of my emotional weaknesses. Set any sad or touching scene in the snow (or at least have them wearing some winter clothing) and you’ll probably get the reaction you want from me.
But now, to wrap it up…this was a good extra episode. Though I still think I would have preferred a Kyou episode just because Kyou really got shafted in the anime. Her arc didn’t even get any specific time set aside. She got pretty much the same screentime as her sister who is supposed to be a side character.
Or maybe since Kyou got to be a part of Tomoya’s everyday harem, Tomoyo deserved the episode more…I don’t know. I just really want to see Kyou’s route. I really have to get the game once I have the money. I know that it’s possible to find the English patch out there, so I’ll just have to find it.
One thing is certain. This episode absolutely solidified my desire to play the Clannad game. After I buy a few of those things that have been nagging at me for a while, I’m getting Clannad. At this point, I pretty much need it.
And I definitely have to at least start playing it before Fall comes along with all of my classes.
Tomoyo and Kyou are in my top three favorite Clannad girls and after them is Misae, Yukine, and Mei…all side characters. So if I want to properly get to know all the characters I like, I have to go through the routes where I get to see more of them.
And everyone keeps talking about Sunohara’s route too…which I need to play for both Sunohara and Mei!
So yeah…I’m going to buy the game. I have one purchase I need to make first, but then I’m getting Clannad. And I’m going to blog about it too! Yeah! Look forward to that! It’s just too bad that it probably won’t be in time to make up for the lack of Clannad before the After Story.
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