CLANNAD Invitation DVD
OP: 「メグメル～cuckool mix 2007～」 (Megumeru ~cuckool mix 2007~) by eufonius
Watch the OP!: Mirror 1, Mirror 2, Mirror 3
As expected, the OP shows off the wide range of beautiful animation that KyoAni can do, from the snowy landscapes to fields of flowers. It of course reminds me of the Kanon OP in many respects, but a bit faster paced, and the characters are clearly spelled out in this one. The eufonius song is pretty good too, though I haven’t listened to it enough to be able to tell a difference between it and the game’s original.
ED: 「だんご大家族」 (Dango Daikazoku) by Chata
Watch the ED!: Mirror 1, Mirror 2, Mirror 3
Like the title (A Large Family of Dango)implies, this ending sequence is filled with dango playing various family roles. I was a bit surprised to see an ending like this, but it’s rather cute, and the song is good in a very happy kind of way. After listening to this for a while, I think I actually like the ED a little more than the OP.
CLANNAD is only a week away now, and the Invitation DVD serves up some more promos along with the creditless OP and ED. Having not played the game, I’m still trying to keep myself in the dark about the plot so that everything is fresh for me when I watch the anime adaptation. I’ve got pretty high expectations for this, and if these promos have been any indication, Kyoto Animation and Key’s story won’t disappoint. The main downside is that these all had a 16:9 aspect ratio, but TBS is going to be airing this series in 4:3, and the widescreen version probably won’t be available until this airs on BS-i three weeks later. In any case, CLANNAD is due to start airing next Thursday night (October 4th) at 25:55 JST.