CLANNAD – 11
Kotomi wakes Tomoya from a nap one day with some of her horrific-sounding violin playing, and it attracts the attention of the other students in the class. After Kotomi introduces herself to them, Tomoya deadpans that her weapon is the violin and that she’s defeated a countless number of people with it. The noise brings Kyou, Ryou, and Nagisa to the classroom too, and although Kyou initially gets frustrated trying to have a conversation with her, she eventually is able to find out that Kotomi has been lent the violin by girls from the music room. Tomoya later arrives at the drama clubroom and is greeted by Kotomi trying to use some comedy lines, but, as Kyou quickly points out, it isn’t funny because her timing sucks. Kyou makes Kotomi practice the lines by herself, though her real motive for this is to keep Kotomi from playing the violin. Ryou and Nagisa soon arrive at the clubroom too, and the girls decide to look through a box of props. When Kotomi becomes curious about a magical wand, Ryou explains that it’s supposed to make you transform if you twirl it around and utter an incantation. Kotomi attempts to try this out by reciting some foreign words, but of course it doesn’t work.
Watching the other three from the sidelines, Kyou comments to Tomoya about how well the girls are getting along. This causes him to suggest that she join them, so Kyou questions if he can even imagine her twirling a wand and saying such words. As it turns out, he can. She’s ready to punch him for thinking about her like that and laughing out loud over it, but she never gets the chance because Kotomi suddenly starts playing the violin again. Because Kotomi explains that she wants a lot of people to hear it and wants to play the violin a lot before she has to return it, Kyou decides that Kotomi will have a violin recital on Monday. However, she forbids her from playing the violin here in this room until then. Kotomi thus has to go elsewhere to practice, and Tomoya is about to join Nagisa and Ryou in going with her, but Kyou keeps him back because she feels Kotomi should spend time with other people since she’s already so close to him. Alone at the bus stop with him a little while later, Kyou asks Tomoya if he’d go out with a girl who’s hopelessly in love with him. Tomoya thinks that he’s a delinquent bum, so the girl would soon lose interest in him, but Kyou then claims that a delinquent can be the object of admiration, especially for an honor roll student. This leads to Tomoya pointing out that this would include Sunohara too, and that makes Kyou laugh.
On the next day – a Sunday – Tomoya gets up in the morning and finds his father still asleep on the floor of the living room while the entire apartment is a mess. Tomoya wants to go see Nagisa, but he doesn’t think she’s up yet. When he hears horrific noises coming from the school, he heads there instead and finds Kotomi practicing the violin. Tomoya also learns that she’s an honorary librarian since she’s there so much, so she has the key to the place. Kotomi had actually anticipated that he would come, so she baked an apple pie and brought it with her. She claims that it’s her first time making it, and Tomoya is surprised to discover that it’s delicious, causing her to become really happy. Kotomi then opens the nearby window and comments on how she saw a rabbit the day before yesterday, a deer yesterday, and him today. She eventually sits back down and wants to read a book together with him, so he suggests that she just read it to him instead. While she’s doing this, Tomoya drifts to sleep and dreams of Kotomi practicing the violin so that she can get into a comedian training school. The dream also has Nagisa cooking dango, Ryou transforming into Botan, and Kyou in a nurses’ outfit dissolving into moths. Kotomi eventually wakes him from the dream, and on the way home, she tells him how happy she was that he came today.
The following day, the group puts a flier up on the bulletin board announcing the recital, and Kyou gets to work roping people, including Sunohara, to come. Even Misae shows up, and she’s approached by Tomoyo who identifies her as the legendary student council president. Tomoyo aspires for that position too, so she requests the chance to talk with Misae later. Nagisa’s parents have also come for the recital, and as Kyou gets things going, Sanae gets the feeling she’s met Kyou and Ryou somewhere before. Once the recital begins, it becomes clear that Kotomi hasn’t improved any despite her practicing. Several people even fall unconscious because of the noise. Fortunately, it eventually ends, and Nagisa claims afterwards that the last song was played very well. On the way home, Tomoya wonders aloud why they work so hard for Kotomi, and Kyou suggests that it’s because Kotomi has a child-like side. Ryou agrees, but Kyou then quietly points out that Kotomi is Ryou’s rival in love. When Tomoya overhears this, Ryou claims that it’s nothing. The three then notice Nagisa holding off an old man in a suit who is trying to get to Kotomi, and they all rush to help her. Seeing all of them, the man vows to try again on another day and walks off, leaving Kotomi clearly afraid of someone she calls a bad guy.
You know, the series already looks great, but sometimes you get moments like this that you’re just kind of left speechless. I don’t think it’s well suited for the entire series, but when they do bring it up to that level, it’s quite impressive. The only problem is that I’m not quite sure what that scene was supposed to mean, particularly given the context of Kotomi talking about seeing the rabbit, the deer, and Tomoya. Maybe it was just to show him being stunned by her beauty.
This episode also had plenty more Kyou screen time, including her asking Tomoya if he’d go out with a girl who really liked him. They’re not exactly keeping it a secret that it’s for Ryou’s sake, but there was at least one moment during the bus stop scene where I wondered if it wasn’t for Kyou’s own self too. All of the sudden, there seems to be a lot of girls who could have feelings for Tomoya. I still don’t think they’d try to do two arcs at the same time, but this is a lot more buildup for the Kyou/Ryou arc than I would have thought – not that I’m complaining. For the time being, my main question is who the old man is, and next episode title suggests that there’s some hidden world of Kotomi’s that we’ll find out about. On a related note, CLANNAD will not be airing on December 27th or January 3rd. Episode 13 will thus be airing on January 10th, 2008.