Random Curiosity

CLANNAD – 12 »« CLANNAD – 10



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.

December 13, 2007 at 3:03 pm
  • December 13, 2007 at 3:14 pmLTCJ

  • December 13, 2007 at 3:24 pmDal

    It’s another mixture of light and seriousness cool!

  • December 13, 2007 at 3:30 pmDiabolikul

  • December 13, 2007 at 3:36 pmmangamaxx

    OMG, magical girl Kyou!?!?!? *two thumbs up* *nosebleed*

  • December 13, 2007 at 3:43 pmbahutmut

    finally, a spoilerless arc

  • December 13, 2007 at 3:47 pmDarkReign

    This is one heck of a funny episode.

  • December 13, 2007 at 3:49 pmsushi

    hahaha i’m loving this serie more with each passing episode :D

  • December 13, 2007 at 3:51 pmshana

    I hope they aren’t honestly thinking of mixing the Kyou arc with Kotomi’s!!

    btw great animation quality in here http://randomc.net/image/CLANNAD/CLANNAD%20-%2011%20-%20Large%2017.jpg

  • December 13, 2007 at 4:10 pmmutio

    I just like Clannad so much more than Kanon..
    Screens like the one feautured by Omni let me wanna see Clannad in HD Quality.

  • December 13, 2007 at 4:27 pmRift

  • December 13, 2007 at 4:27 pmelba

    I can’t really decide who’s more adorable, Kotomi or Kyou? I’d probably chose…both x_x

  • December 13, 2007 at 4:54 pmAnonimus

    KOTOMI FTW!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • December 13, 2007 at 5:13 pmIchigo

    Tomoya Ftw!

    sunohara sucks

  • December 13, 2007 at 5:15 pmIJ

    Mutio: Even the 16:9 shows are not HD. I don’t know whether the ultimate source material is HD or not, but when it hits BS-i’s viewers’ screens, it’s upscaled from a smaller frame size. I guess KyoAni needs to make their money back SOMEhow. ;)

    However, there are raws out there which use a much nicer upscaling technique (which we favor for our 16:9 prints).


  • December 13, 2007 at 5:37 pmVIceral

    as i was seeing the pictures i could honestly picture in my head the violin recital part as soon as i saw kotomi with the violin and then the blue pictures showed up and i just started cracking up. lol

  • December 13, 2007 at 6:12 pmRembr

    Lol, Sydonay ktkr.

  • December 13, 2007 at 6:16 pmsemtex

    this episode just says moe all over :D

  • December 13, 2007 at 7:01 pmAlex

    Looks like she only has 4 fingers ._.

    The violining looks so flipping fun to watch, she looks so gracefull playing it, but it sounds horrible XD

  • December 13, 2007 at 7:01 pmFuruba

    lmao what the… looks so good though =D
    blushing tomoyo is cute =]
    and lol i really cant wait for this just looking at these screenies. really nice animation in some parts by the looks of it (the kotomi scenes) and lol i just LOVE kyou’s expressions XD!!

  • December 13, 2007 at 7:09 pmKatsura


    Why are you two blushing? What were you trying to do? A kiss? So you guys are at a serious relationship?

  • December 13, 2007 at 7:58 pmDm

    First it’s Myself;Yourself ep 11, then Night Wizard goes full throttle, and Kyou shows up earlier than expected: what a great week!

    BTW, that photo of Kyou “disappearing” is interesting; it looks like it is foreshadowing something…

  • December 13, 2007 at 8:04 pmX

    Wait a minute here, why was Tomoyo blushing like that?! Dont tell it’s because of Sunohara!!!! Cuz of it is then I would say “That’s impossible!!!” She never blushed or anything yet, no matter how much Sunohara abuses her. Anyways IMO Kotomi’s arc is starting off pretty awesome! Especially the animation, really KyoAni deserves the credit to be the best producers in anime!

  • December 13, 2007 at 8:07 pmX

    I would also like to ask for this pic:

    Did the guy even blush lol? So far the only go girl to make Tomoya blush is Nagisa, so what chance do the other girls have if they cant even make that guy blush lol?

  • December 13, 2007 at 9:23 pmrandom passerby

  • December 13, 2007 at 9:32 pmsetsuke

    That moment was amazing though she was not talking about anything important and too bad we can’t get to see Tomoya or Nagisa’s reaction of fainting or anything when the recital.

  • December 13, 2007 at 9:43 pmsolgae

    Great episode. As always, there are lots of funny moments and very important moments for Kotomi arc too, including the preview. Can you spot those? =D

    Show Spoiler ▼

  • December 13, 2007 at 9:47 pmsolgae


    As long as he has his mind set up that he’s a “delinquent” and a “useless person”, I doubt he will =D.

    Then again, he already has three girls who have feelings for him. Guess he’s still has that “male protagonist from a bishojo game” ability, huh?

  • December 13, 2007 at 10:00 pmJay


    Ok, thats all I had to say. I’m done.

  • December 13, 2007 at 10:47 pmShin

    Fapped to Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Kyou. Twice.

  • December 13, 2007 at 10:50 pmmelchior

  • December 13, 2007 at 11:00 pmFat Cat Lim

  • December 14, 2007 at 12:51 amTenkaichi

    LOL @ “Demon Eyes Kyo(u)”

  • December 14, 2007 at 12:52 amDaiske

    By the time clannad is done i think it will be one of my favorite anime series :D

  • December 14, 2007 at 3:52 amFat Cat Lim

    Deers are considered messengers to the gods in Shinto, though rabbits can mean a lot of things – rebirth, fertility, playfulness, innocence…

  • December 14, 2007 at 3:59 amK.K.

    As for them doing 2 arcs at once…

    [sblock]They’re doing 2 arcs at once because in the game, Kyou’s arc is a hidden arc in Kotomi’s, right?[/sblock]

  • December 14, 2007 at 4:55 amW-General

    I’m so dying from moe……..KOTOMI’S FEET!!!!!!!
    Kotomi 1st place….Kyou a CLOSE second.

  • December 14, 2007 at 6:46 amEnd0rphine

    “CLANNAD will not be airing on December 27th or January 3rd. Episode 13 will thus be airing on January 10th, 2008.”

    NNNNNOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!! They cant do this to me!!!

  • December 14, 2007 at 6:59 amEnd0rphine

    Btw, Kyou seems quite friendly with Tomoya (if those of you who have played the game know what i mean.. ^.-)

  • December 14, 2007 at 8:44 amsolgae

    “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.”

    Although the time with Kyou&Tomoya was exclusive to Kyou/Ryou’s arc, all the other stuff in the episode that is related to Kyou and Ryou is actually part of Kotomi’s arc. So we’re still very much set on Kotomi’s arc, but those occasional Kyou and Ryou stuff inside Kotomi’s arc does build up the story about them nicely.

  • December 14, 2007 at 9:25 amMichelangelo

    It makes me feel kinda glad and sad at the same time, by understanding the Latin. Basis for most European languages, what foreign words?

  • December 14, 2007 at 9:44 amsemtex

    10 january…that’s almost a month away…

  • December 14, 2007 at 10:00 ambearzerger

    I’m quite surprised, this is the kind of show I usually would never touch and yet I’ve to say it’s the best series this season, with distinction.

  • December 14, 2007 at 10:20 amCooKie

    Next week’s ep is all we’re gonna get till Jan 10?!

  • December 14, 2007 at 11:48 amTourbillon

    2 weeks of no CLANNAD is t3h pain.

  • December 14, 2007 at 12:13 pmJAm1

    Too bad, No Clannad during the holidays.. well, it was expected anyways.

  • December 14, 2007 at 1:59 pmjay

    does this mean kotomi arc will be delayed till jan 10. or it will end next week?

  • December 14, 2007 at 3:03 pmtaelrak

    The whole rabbit->deer->you thing is a line from the sci-fi short story Dandelion Girl.

    Original test:

  • December 14, 2007 at 3:04 pmtaelrak

    The whole rabbit->deer->you thing is a line from the sci-fi short story Dandelion Girl.

    Original text:

  • December 14, 2007 at 5:46 pmAndy

    Oh man… This series is just filled with perfection…

  • December 14, 2007 at 7:21 pmMaxmilian

    ROFL that recital was so hilarious. I was laughing like mad. But who the hell is that guy at the end? And why was Kotomi so afraid of him?

  • December 14, 2007 at 7:55 pmasterisk

    @ taelrak: I read Dandelion Girl, and I know what you’re talking about (but I didn’t recognize the reference until after you pointed it out). If the show is symbolizing anything by having Kotomi say those lines…then all I can say is “Wow!” o___o It sure as hell explains a lot.

    Anyway, Clannad’s immensely cute and doesn’t annoy me as much as Kanon did for much of its duration. I think this is in part due to the fact that I love Clannad’s male protagonist far more than I like Kanon’s. Tomoyo’s got a nice personality (by nice, I mean interesting and well made, with a complex past to boot).

    Can’t wait until mid-January. I guess I’ll have to find something else to make use of my time until then…x__x Blerrg.

  • December 14, 2007 at 7:56 pmclicq

    @taelrak: holy cow, you must read as many books as Kotomi (or have some mad google skillz). Thanks for the link, I’m going to read the story now…

  • December 14, 2007 at 7:58 pmbearzerger

    Didn’t you recognize him? He’s the Corpse Retriever Rammie and he’s about to collect Kotomi’s remains.

  • December 15, 2007 at 1:55 amzoozoc

    you know what would make kotomi even more perfect? An ankle bracelet

  • December 15, 2007 at 3:45 amWererat42

    WTF…? Okay, Tomoya really needs to kick the drugs before naptime habit.

    And the old guy is obviously just Sydonay mistaking Kotomi for Hecate.

  • December 15, 2007 at 11:00 amNeo Horizon

    That dream sequence was totally freaky. XD Again, disappointment with the bad violin playing. I was really hoping to hear her play well, especially after Nagisa says how much better she’s gotten. My bad for believing her. ORZ Also, I was blown away by the Kotomi scene just before the eyecatch. That was a beautiful yet confusing scene. o_o

  • December 15, 2007 at 8:51 pmFlameStrike

    I’m sure Tomoya wasn’t on drugs, but rather Kotomi started reading him a really effed up story… and that Kotomi by the window scene was beautiful

  • December 16, 2007 at 4:33 pmcbhl

    I wonder if Kotomi was reading something from the DSM (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diagnostic_and_Statistical_Manual_of_Mental_Disorders) and that just mixed in with the weird stuff that Tomoya would have already been thinking about at the time resulting in the weird dream. Don’t y’all have days like that, where your dreams make absolutely no sense?

    What’s with this guy? http://randomc.net/image/CLANNAD/CLANNAD%20-%2011%20-%20Large%2034.jpg

    Her father? A tutor? Serial rapist? o.O

  • December 16, 2007 at 7:08 pm41nano

    2 weeks without clannad T_T

  • December 16, 2007 at 11:51 pmSenefen

    Starfish > Tomoya > Deer, sea slug, rabbit
    or something.
    This ep did nothing for Kotomi for me, she’s not a particularly interesting character for me. Fuko was fun and weird, Kotomi is just meek and moe to the extreme. However this episode made me really like Kyou. She’s now my favourite character. I loved the end where that man was trying to get to Kotomi. Kotomi hides behind Ryou, Tomoya pulls Nagisa behind him and Kyou just steps out in front of them and demands if the man has anything to say say it though her. Not only is she the only one (except maybe Tomoyo to some extent) who acts like a normal girl she’s brave too.

  • December 17, 2007 at 11:43 amSilent Minstrel

    Uhh, 2 weeks without CLANNAD? I gonna die~~

  • December 18, 2007 at 10:48 am4ran

    Kotomi is soo cute and so funny although she is not fu-chan person.. she makes me laugh and blue in the same time!