CLANNAD – 06
Tomoya arrives at the Furukawa family bakery one morning to find that Sanae has created an entire display of starfish-shaped bread. She’s devastated when Tomoya calls it horrible, though it seems that Akio had the same reaction and left the bakery when he saw the bread. Dejected, Sanae goes to look for her husband, though Fuuko comes out right after she leaves and tells Tomoya about a phone call she just got of someone saying that he loved her and asking her to stop making the starfish bread. Fuuko then goes into her happy mode because of all the starfish bread, and Tomoya starts calling it the barrier that seals her in. He imagines a scenario where they don’t do anything about this, and the seal isn’t broken for hundreds of years until a swordsman comes and destroys the Furukawa bakery, freeing the legendary starfish user. In order to get her back to normal, Tomoya uses another milk box and sticks the straw up Fuuko’s nose. This succeeds in knocking her out of it, and it also quenches her thirst.
At school, Fuuko continues trying to hand out starfish carvings, and Nagisa tells Tomoya that she wants to have Fuuko meet her sister since Fuuko is working this hard. Nagisa then heads off to get some more wood, and while she’s gone, Fuuko comes running to Tomoya because there are some people similar to him who are chasing after her. As it turns out, these are three guys who seriously want to form a fan club for her and to help her with her sister’s wedding. Fuuko claims that she doesn’t need them, but the guys don’t give up and vow to do their best anyway. As for Fuuko’s actual starfish distribution, Tomoya devises a plan to hand them out during the upcoming Founders Festival so that they can get more people to come to the wedding. Sunohara shows up to help after Tomoya is done talking about this, but Fuuko again says that she doesn’t need him. This causes Sunohara to challenge her to a carving match, with the stakes being Sunohara joining Fuuko’s group of friends. However, he stipulates that the theme is to make a nue. Fuuko finishes quickly, but she creates a cartoon frog carving instead, and apparently that’s the best she could do. Sunohara thinks that this means he’s won, but he himself never gets to finish because he cuts his hand, so Tomoya declares Fuuko the winner.
Afterwards, Nagisa talks to Tomoya privately about inviting Fuuko’s sister Kouko to the festival so that the two can meet. They send Fuuko home by herself, and when Tomoya worries if she’ll be okay, Nagisa points out that they’re acting like Fuuko’s mother and father, but she quickly realizes the implication and takes it back. On the way to Kouko’s house, they run into Yuusuke, and Tomoya finally makes the connection that this Yuusuke is Kouko’s fiancé. They tell Yuusuke about their plan to invite Kouko to the festival, and he ends up giving them his approval. Kouko herself is a little hesitant when they actually reach her house and talk to her, but their insistence convinces her to go. She admits that she had made a promise to Fuuko about going to the Founders festival together when Fuuko enrolled in the school, but with Fuuko now in the hospital, Kouko wants to go so that she can tell the hospitalized Fuuko what it was like. Hearing this causes Nagisa to start crying, so Tomoya covers for her by saying that she just needs to go to the bathroom. Nagisa is still crying a little while later when they’re alone, and Tomoya thinks about how they’ll be able to see what relationship Fuuko has with her sister if the two meet at the festival.
The day of the Founders festival soon arrives, but Fuuko spent the previous night working on carvings, so she’s still asleep by the time they have to go to school. Tomoya carries her part of the way until she wakes up, and she tells them about a strange dream she had of playing with starfish and Tomoya at the beach. Along with Nagisa, the three first go to the auditorium, and Tomoya thinks that it’d be good if Nagisa could stand on that stage during the school festival. Seeing Nagisa looking a little down, Fuuko gives her a starfish carving. To their surprise, they then find out that Fuuko’s fan club has set up a stand to sell stuff and to tell people about the wedding. Fuuko goes into her happy mode because of this, and when she finally snaps out of it, she finds herself in a maid outfit in a classroom with Ryou and Kyou. The twins have combined their classes for a coffee shop, and Ryou suggests that people will accept a present if Fuuko gives them one. With Nagisa helping out too, Fuuko hands out several more carvings, and she continues to do so in the hallway afterwards. Fuuko working so diligently even inspires Nagisa to say that she’ll look hard for people to join the drama club so that they can participate in the school festival.
Sunohara meanwhile start hitting on a girl from another school who looks like she’s alone, but he bumps into someone in a bear costume and gets pissed off when this person blocks his access to the fleeing girl. He tries to punch the bear, but the person inside gets behind him and kicks him out the window. Tomoya recognizes the kick to be Tomoyo’s, and it turns out that she on patrol for people causing trouble. She’s wearing the costume because she knows she’s somewhat famous, and there are people who’d pick a fight if they saw her face. Fuuko then gives her a starfish carving, and Tomoyo decides to accept it since it looks homemade. Shortly after Tomoyo walks off, Fuuko runs into Mitsui again and attempts to give her a starfish carving. This time, Mitsui accepts the carving and inquires when the wedding is. When Fuuko explains that they haven’t decided yet, Mitsui reveals that she might be able to go if it’s not before exams. She also urges Fuuko to do her best, and this makes Fuuko quite happy. Fuuko gives out many more carvings throughout the day, but she’s speechless when her sister shows up. Kouko is happy to be here and comments on all the students she doesn’t know, so she was relieved to see Tomoya and Nagisa. Both of them catch onto how she only acknowledges the two of them, and they both remember how Fuuko had said that she was doing all this because she can’t meet her sister.
There were plenty more laughs this week, and the story made some progress by the end of the episode. It wasn’t as much progress as I had hoped for, but looking back at Kanon’s progression, they didn’t really get serious for another episode or two. Although the two series aren’t exactly the same, I’m giving KyoAni the benefit of the doubt here for of pacing, especially since the humor that we’re getting in the place of more serious stuff is so good. The entire Final Hitode Tsukai Fuko (Final Starfish User Fuko) scene was hilarious, as was the dream scene.
As for the story progression, I wasn’t too surprised to find out that Kouko can’t see Fuuko since Fuuko’s supposed to be a ghost and all. I’m more curious to find out why everyone except for Kouko can see Fuuko, and I keep wondering if Fuuko is going to turn out like Ayu in terms of eventually disappearing and her real self waking up in the hospital. It probably won’t turn out that way, but I’d bet on at least Tomoya helping her accomplish her goal and a wedding scene before this is all said and done. We’re still a ways off from that though, at least according to the preview which has Fuuko continuing to hand out starfish, including one to Botan. If I had to guess, I’d say there’s at least three more episodes left in this arc, depending on how much humor and how much of the rest of the cast they show in the next few weeks.