Clannad ~After Story~ – Episode 04October 24, 2008 at 5:22 pm | Posted in Clannad | 8 Comments
Tags: aww, RIGHTEOUS ANGER
The Sunohara/Mei arc is officially confirmed as the best arc so far in the anime. Out of both seasons. I’m not sure if it’s just me, but I really felt that this one was the best. Perfect balance of humor, moe, drama, it didn’t feel dragged out (good length), and…what? There was a fight scene? Yes. There was.
And the image? I don’t know…I just wanted to use an image of Nagisa and Mei together. That’s all the reason I need.
Before this week I think my favorite arc was Kotomi’s. I rewatched Clannad just a couple of weeks ago (it was my third time watching it overall) and I still cried at the end of Kotomi’s arc. Not sure what it is about the arc (I think it’s the presentation with the music and everything) but it gets me every time.
After Kotomi’s was Nagisa’s (I can admit her arc doesn’t have much impact, but…Akio and Sanae are awesome parents), then Fuuko’s, then…well no one else really had an arc in the anime.
But this arc is my favorite. No contest. At least until the After Story gets going (though, does that count as an arc since it’s basically a part of the main story?).
Considering how much I like this arc, I actually don’t have that much to say. The more I like things the less I can explain why I guess. Or whatever. I’m just best with the shallow stuff.
This was way too normal of a conversation after what Kotomi, Kyou, and Ryou saw last week. I mean, Ryou was crying! Which really isn’t saying much but still. Darn you anime always skipping past the awkward stuff for the sake of keeping your story drama in tact!
lol, Kotomi’s still calling everyone a bully. She’ll never get to be the tsukkomi, huh?
Heh, this week rather than admiring Mei’s willingness to help her brother I couldn’t help but think she was being incredibly naive. Which is fine since she’s supposed to be like 13 or something and she’s already ten times smarter and more mature than most of the 13-year-olds I know.
So even when fictional characters are being naive (even by fictional standards), they’re still smarter than real people. Wow.
Nagisa worried and eating food. Cute. (See, I do shallow best)
I’m not exactly sure the way to explain how my face got whenever this guy, or anyone else from the soccer club, appeared on screen. Basically, imagine a look of complete disgust and disbelief that something could be so repulsive and dumb, and there you have it.
I…have not been so annoyed by one type of character…ever. I think that’s fair to say. I like to wish I could punch my computer screen a lot, but…wow. Annoying. Made me really hate these guys though, so I guess that means job well done.
*gasp* I already hated these guys just for appearing on my screen and then they had them talk about Nagisa like that! STFU! Ah! I want to smack them onto the floor and shove them down a garbage disposal. Assholes.
I mean, seriously! Just for a minute here we’re going to ignore the suspension of disbelief usually in play at these sorts of moments. Soccer is a team sport. Good teams rely on each other and have good people skills so they can build trust with one another. Therefore, this team sucks. They’re the sort of asshole team that will get beat by the underdog team from another school every time (in movies and reality occasionally).
Of course I got a little smile out of it since it pissed Tomoya off so much. (That’s right you go teach the idiots who made fun of your adorable girlfriends a lesson! Unless Nagisa says not to. Then you have to be good and stay put.)
Ah well. We all figured Sunohara had a reason for being the way he is and there it is. A completely unfair situation got to be too much until he finally ran out of patience. I can completely accept that.
Looks like my connection to this arc stays in tact because it was basically the same for my brother. No specific incident, but the same reasons I’d say. You get treated unfairly until you just can’t take it any more and lash out, hoping to make things even. Then for some crappy reason you get the worst punishment and the people who really deserved to get kicked out walk away scot free and there’s absolutely nothing you can do about it. Then you end up just not caring because it’s the only way to deal with crap.
Ugh…pisses me off when I’m reminded of that sort of thing.
So, changing modes now…Yukine~! She can join my awesome younger sisters’ club now. Though I severely doubt her situation is similar to anything I’ve ever dealt with. She’s still awesome because she’s Yukine.
She’s my third favorite now~! All the main girls besides Nagisa get left in the dust because of some of these side characters.
Poor Ryou (she even started crying this time too). This was one of those scenes I’m sure I was supposed to take seriously, but I couldn’t help but giggle because of cute and crying Ryou.
*squee* How long has it been since we got to see super determined Nagisa? It’s one of the reasons why I like her oh so much. Nagisa is always cute (no matter what adorable expression she makes), but it’s moments like this that can completely explain why she’s not just my favorite Clannad girl, but one of my favorite girls in anime.
Nagisa and Mei are both cute, but when they’re on the screen together…Agh! It’s just the best screencap for this whole episode, okay?
You know it’s times like this where I kind of wish Kyo-Ani took more animation shortcuts. A stillframe of Mei being hit with a ball or of her falling in a way that looks like she might have just tripped…wouldn’t have been so difficult to watch. Poor little imouto.
Oh god and they made her cry. I felt like crying too during this scene. I mean, at some point in this episode all the crying got excessive and kind of felt unnecessary, but it’s still awful to see a cute little girl crying.
I officially declare the Soccer Club to be the biggest assholes in…I don’t know. At the very least, they’re the biggest assholes in any Visual Novel adaptation I’ve seen.
The loli-imouto abuse seemed kind of excessive. I mean, dragging her around by the arm while she’s crying? So mean…and also, being an anime fan for a while, I know what sort of “fanworks” to expect because of a scene like this. *sigh*
Overdone slow motion made me both rage and laugh depending on what they were showing. Oh Kyo-Ani…sometimes less can be more.
Slow motion also kind of gave away what was next…
But woot! Sunohara redeems himself in one well-placed kick to the face (the face! Awesome!). That’s how a big brother should act! Running in to take on like…five assholes. Wait, no. It’s seven. I just counted. Seven.
This pretty much cancels out every goofy and dumb thing Sunohara’s ever done and makes him insanely awesome.
And we’re going to skip right past the fight (and mostly ignore the second one) because there’s not a single screencap you can get from that stuff that doesn’t either look weird, goofy, or just gay.
Basically, for the first time I actually felt like Tomoya and Sunohara were supposed to be delinquents. I mean, even early on in the series they just seemed lazy to me. It felt like everyone else in the school was just being stupid and overdramatic for making such a big deal out of the “third-year delinquents” or whatever crap. But hey! They actually do get into fights.
Well, you kind of always knew that about Sunohara, but still…
Hmm, does it go towards Sunohara’s intense anger that he didn’t notice Nagisa or was it just Sunohara being Sunohara?
…Personally I tend to think both, but I’ll give Sunohara’s RIGHTEOUS ANGER the benefit of the doubt to preserve some seriousness of this scene. Because it’s going to be lol’d at across the internet with yaoi jokes and comments about crying girls.
Couple image because there’s pretty much no other couple image in this episode and that is shameful. Whose After Story is this anyway!?
Ah, but despite the fact that all the crying seemed a teensy bit unnecessary, it actually gave that feeling that Nagisa really is going out with Tomoya now. Most scenes haven’t felt very different from season one until now. Actually, if the first commercial for the After Story is any indication, Violence = NagisaxTomoya moment…so…more of that please (if it’s absolutely necessary).
And all’s well that end’s well~! Honestly…I don’t have much to add in here because I think it’s just a nice ending. Also, I don’t get guys. Because while it hasn’t been exactly like this, I’ve had two guy friends make peace by beating the crap out of each other before. I just don’t get it so I have nothing to add.
Smiling Nagisa makes me happy. And this is an opportunity I will take to remind something incredibly important.
YOU HAVE TO VOTE FOR NAGISA IN SAIMOE ON SUNDAY SATURDAY! (Wait, it is Sunday, right?) It’s Saturday!
If anyone I know doesn’t vote for Nagisa and she loses I’m not talking to you again for…I don’t know. But quite a while. Just thought I should let you know. I might do a reminder post on her voting day too with information for people who don’t vote much, but want to. I don’t know, I just want to say that people have to vote for Nagisa right now. If you put aside personal tastes, I think she’s the one that represents moe the best in the final eight.
lol, Tomoya. He’s so mean. Though Tomoya’s just Tomoya and everyone would expect this sort of thing from him. You really have to look at Sanae since she never even thought to bring it up, even though Tomoya tried to point it out to her once.
Oh Sanae, leading high-schoolers on (thank god she only teaches kids).
And lulz. It looks like Sunohara just gets to be the butt of all the jokes again. Good to have our comic relief character back!
Satsuki Yukino using her awesome shouting! I mean, you can like lots of different seiyuu for other things, but without a doubt, Satsuki Yukino is the best for any awesome shouting women.
lol, In the preview I even got a Kaname-esque moment. Rageful teenager voiced by Satsuki Yukino is awesome. Glad we get to see Misae’s story so I can hear the kind and polite then rageful version of her character (ah, the Satsuki Yukino specialty).
Also…Misae seems way too freakin’ cute as a teenager. I think it’s just that red ribbon because as soon as she turns around she looks like an adult again. But Misae + Red Ribbon….cute.
Ah…done. Now I can go crawl into bed until 8:30 PM (EST). Bleh, stupid weird cold won’t go away. Hopefully that sentence alone explains my inactivity and any mistakes that might have been made (also general laziness).
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