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CLANNAD – Extra Chapter 01

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Summary:

Spring has turned into summer, and that means it is time for supplementary lessons for the third-year students. On their way to school one morning, Tomoya suggests to Nagisa that they skip and go to the beach instead because he feels that studying for exams is pointless since he doesn’t intend to go on to a university. Nagisa, however, insists that they follow the rules and cites how this affects their school records. Hearing that she’s worried about him because he’s important to her, Tomoya asks to hold her hand, but before the two can do so, Kyou suddenly drives between them on her moped and teases them about what they were doing. Later during lunchtime, the other girls comment on how Nagisa still refers to Tomoya as “Okazaki-san” even though they’re now dating. At the same moment that the girls are questioning Nagisa on how far her relationship with him has gone, Tomoya is at the dormitory telling Sunohara about how he and Nagisa haven’t even held hands yet. Sunohara questions what they’ve been doing up to this point, but before he can dwell on it for too long, Misae comes by his room to tell him that there’s a cute girl wanting to see him.

Much to Sunohara’s disappointment, the girl is merely his sister Mei. She helps clean up his room again before heading with Tomoya to the Furukawa bakery, and Nagisa’s parents are more than happy to let her stay with them. Mei and Nagisa end up chatting for most of the night about Tomoya, and fortunately Nagisa doesn’t have supplementary lessons the next day. Instead, she, Tomoya, and Mei take care of the bakery so that her parents can have some time off. Business is slow though, so Mei decides to go outside to try to attract visitors to the store. Tomoya eventually notices that something strange is going on after various guys start showing up at the store door both surprised at the fact that it’s a bakery and happy that there’s a cute girl there. He rushes outside to see what Mei is doing and finds out that she’s been telling people that the store has a cute girl, but he doesn’t get a chance to stop her because Nagisa calls him back into the bakery to help. Mei thus continues advertising the cute girl, and a small riot soon develops in the bakery as tons of people come in and try to buy bread.

The result of this is a day of record sales, though what surprises Akio the most when he gets back is that all of his wife’s bread also sold out. Sanae notices that he’s implying that it’s natural for her bread not to sell, but Akio changes the subject by declaring that he loves her. This in turn causes Mei to suggest that Tomoya tell Nagisa that he loves her too, but both of them get embarrassed and avoid the topic. After seeing this, Mei tracks down Tomoya the next day and announces that she’s going to be a cupid of love. Tomoya thinks that she’s referring to her brother because she’s worried about him, and this leads to a pair of misunderstandings: the first of which has him imagining Sunohara and Mei in a incestuous relationship and the second of which has him imagining himself and Sunohara in a relationship where they run happily together wearing matching underwear. Mei eventually clarifies that she’s talking about Tomoya and Nagisa and how they’re not being honest with their feelings. She starts by asking him what kind of person he wants Nagisa to be and is happy to hear him answer that he wishes for Nagisa to have more confidence in herself.

When Nagisa then shows up at the door, Mei acts like it’s a big coincidence. Mei quickly gets out of the two’s way, and Nagisa surprises Tomoya by referring to him as “Tomoya-kun” and by asking him out for a walk. He’s even more surprised when she says – albeit uncomfortably – that he’s super-lucky to be walking with a cute girl like her, and it doesn’t make sense to him that she decides to head back to the bakery. There, she insists on acting like a customer and paying for the bread, though she actually wants Tomoya to pay for it. Nagisa’s odd behavior continues when they head to the park to eat the cinnamon roll that she got, and she makes him say that he wants to eat it too, only to then deny it to him. She claims to want to have him enjoy it in a different manner and exhales in his face so that he can smell the cinnamon roll instead. Tomoya finally figures out what’s going on after he sees Mei peering at them from behind a nearby tree, and knowing that her plan has been exposed, Mei excuses herself and runs off.

Since Tomoya now knows that Mei was responsible, Nagisa admits that Mei had convinced her to take the lead in the relationship due to how she’s older than him, and she did what Mei planned out for her to do. She thinks that Tomoya might not like her anymore because of this, but he takes her hand and suggests that they go for a walk. When he asks her where she wants to go, Nagisa confesses that she doesn’t care where as long as she’s with him, and she promises to always stay with him.

 
 
 

This was a very cute and funny episode that captures a lot of the charm of the series. It doesn’t do much to contribute to the overall story, though I think any of us were really expecting it to. I see it as a way to show Tomoya and Nagisa getting closer that bridges the gap to After Story. I kind of wish they had done more to make this episode feel special or significant (maybe with some sort of milestone in Nagisa and Tomoya’s relationship), but it was still pretty enjoyable to watch. It also makes me curious what extra they’re going to animate on the final DVD when that comes out in July.

Final Thoughts: It doesn’t feel quite right doing writing up final thoughts for a series that hasn’t really ended yet, but I wanted to assess what we’ve seen so far. By itself, this first series has been merely good – nowhere near bad, but also not great. To be able to compare with past KyoAni/Key shows (mainly Kanon), it needed more episodes to develop Kyou/Ryou, Tomoyo, and even perhaps the main Nagisa story. However, I also think of what we’ve seen so far as an incomplete story since (as I’ve been repeatedly told) a lot of the best stuff is yet to come in the After Story. That’s why I feel it’s useful to view things in the perspective of the larger series, and I’m looking forward to seeing if After Story is really as good as some people say it is.

March 27, 2008 at 5:48 pm
54 comments »
  • March 27, 2008 at 5:51 pmShinForNoe!

    aww , im really looking forward to that after story ! hehe tomoya has alot of funny faces in this ep . does anyone know when the after story will come out?

  • March 27, 2008 at 5:53 pmAhnthistik

    CEREEEEEEEE

  • March 27, 2008 at 5:57 pmRembr

    I was hoping for more Sunohara, but Mei proved as awesome as her brother.

    Afterstory promises some movement, that’s good.

  • March 27, 2008 at 6:02 pmAdrian

    yeah nagisa its the best:)

  • March 27, 2008 at 6:10 pmInvy-2pointOh

    GAH THEY HAD A CHANCE TO KISS!!!!

  • March 27, 2008 at 6:14 pmKaioshin Sama

    http://randomc.net/image/CLANNAD/CLANNAD%20-%20Extra%2001%20-%20Large%2011.jpg

    Devious Loli. What evil are you planning you trickster?

    http://randomc.net/image/CLANNAD/CLANNAD%20-%20Extra%2001%20-%20Large%2032.jpg

    Commencing operation loli buzzoff

    http://randomc.net/image/CLANNAD/CLANNAD%20-%20Extra%2001%20-%20Large%2007.jpg

    There’s the rainbow that failed to make it into Dragonaut eh.

    http://randomc.net/image/CLANNAD/CLANNAD%20-%20Extra%2001%20-%20Large%2030.jpg

    Now I haven’t seen this episode obviously but before this shot he appears to be hanging out with Sunohara alone in a field of daisies and now he’s wearing this shirt…..I don’t know……

  • March 27, 2008 at 6:22 pmavex|mode

    yay more Mei

  • March 27, 2008 at 6:30 pmNobody

  • March 27, 2008 at 6:31 pmBlissmo

    They all look so adorable.

  • March 27, 2008 at 6:32 pmLenneth

    Lolz. That was one vivid daydream that Tomoya had. Yea, Im talking about the Sunohara x Tomoya one. >>

  • March 27, 2008 at 6:53 pmScreya

    GHhhhhhh I prefer Kyou instead Nagisa T-T

  • March 27, 2008 at 6:59 pmLJkAze

    Hi, all this is my 3rd time posting in this Blog, I am going to try to post more :P, anyways looks good cant wait for the episode to come out. About the Octopus bread, that’s very imaginative but very gross :P

  • March 27, 2008 at 7:22 pmAndy

  • March 27, 2008 at 7:22 pmAndy

  • March 27, 2008 at 7:25 pmIthekro

    Who let Rika-cham out?

  • March 27, 2008 at 7:26 pmKaioshin Sama

    @Andy: As well it should. It’s a look that says “this loli is about to have her way with you and you’re going to powerless to stop it”.

  • March 27, 2008 at 7:38 pmlinkinstreet

    Oh well this is a good thing to watch while we wait for Clannad After. :3

  • March 27, 2008 at 7:40 pmlinkinstreet

  • March 27, 2008 at 8:27 pmGenestarwind

    CLANNAD IS THE BESTTTT!!!!!!!!

  • March 27, 2008 at 10:14 pmKenshinyoh

    1st comment woohooo… um wats up with this screenshot!? http://randomc.net/image/CLANNAD/CLANNAD%20-%20Extra%2001%20-%20Large%2016.jpg OH NO! sunohara and MEI!??? bittersweet sibling love FTW!!!

  • March 27, 2008 at 11:34 pmdivine|s

    This episode was hilarious! :X

  • March 27, 2008 at 11:35 pmHaru-kun

    lol, this extra chapter looks really hillarious xD

  • March 28, 2008 at 12:04 amdivine|s

    @Kenshinyoh:

    That was part of Tomoya’s imagination. It was great stuff. haha

  • March 28, 2008 at 12:51 amsetsuke

    The whole part of Tomoya’s imagination was the most funniest part of this episode but at the same time it was creepy when it comes the Sunohara and Tomoya sharing their brief (OMG and with love too) but the best part for me was this http://randomc.net/image/CLANNAD/CLANNAD%20-%20Extra%2001%20-%20Large%2036.jpg where Nagisa’s last word was “We’re forever be together” with her way to telling.

  • March 28, 2008 at 1:24 amShishio

    That breads with octopus legs look so wrong…, poor Akio >_>, have to keep up with Sanae new recipes everytime.

  • March 28, 2008 at 4:11 amKaisos

    @setsuke

    Man, that line’s going to be ironic later.

  • March 28, 2008 at 6:06 amBellamy

    Did you see the announcement after the ending? Looks like we won’t be seeing Little Busters anime anytime soon. And judging by last of the sneak-peeks they showed, it seems they’re heading towards the saddest ending of all. But, I bet they are going to pull a Higurashi and show the super-happy ending at the same time.

  • March 28, 2008 at 7:10 amKyi-chan

    This episode was awesome! Altho the last episode of the S1 was dissapointing it just shows how watchable and loveable this season is… can’t wait for the after story ^_^

  • March 28, 2008 at 7:46 amxternalx

    OMG! Kyou still no give up on Tomoya.

  • March 28, 2008 at 9:56 amFX102

    Nagisa’s surprised face in the opening scene is the best I’ve ever seen (by not having it in your screens is a crime!)

    Also, how the hell does that fag stay in Pops’ mouth?

  • March 28, 2008 at 10:29 amItAintEazy

    @Nobody:

    If the Japaneseses can eat the reprocessed vomit they called natto, they can eat anything.

  • March 28, 2008 at 11:19 amsolgae

    Nagisa calling Tomoya “Tomoya-kun” was long overdue.

    Still this episode brought some much needed TomoyaXNagisa romance. As much as I get tired of romance very fast, it was frustrating to see KyoAni blowing out two crucial moments of their romance during the previous episodes down the drain.

  • March 28, 2008 at 1:59 pmdan

    What a waste of an episode.

    I know that most anime is shitty, because they can not develop a plot outside the realm of a 13 year old understanding, but the only thing that happened in this episode is …. well… nothing.

    they only held hands and said the same thing all over again (i want to be with you forever)

    i hate anime targeted at 13 old audiences…. and i had expectations… BLEH

  • March 28, 2008 at 4:21 pmDukeTheGold

    http://randomc.net/image/CLANNAD/CLANNAD%20-%20Extra%2001%20-%20Large%2011.jpg
    Mei finally found herself in the center of the spotlight. Love it. ^_^

    I feel bad for Kyou though…
    http://randomc.net/image/CLANNAD/CLANNAD%20-%20Extra%2001%20-%20Large%2002.jpg

    It would be awesome if KyoAni animates Kyou’s and Tomoyo’s routes as separate DVD specials. I would be willing to pay some good money for those. ^_^

  • March 28, 2008 at 4:29 pmIthekro

    Oddly Mei’s “there is a cute girl” call would still work for Sanae since she’s easily confused to be Nagisa’s sister anyway.

  • March 28, 2008 at 4:33 pmaz0k

    Maybe it’s time to let us know what April animes you are going to blog…

  • March 28, 2008 at 5:23 pmtokko

    Yay another Clannad episode, great thanks for this one.

  • March 28, 2008 at 7:02 pmdivine|s

    @setsuke:

    Actually, while Tomoya’s imagination scenes were pretty funny (especially the one with Sunohara chasing after him in matching underwear), I think the funniest scenes for me were:
    1.) Akio saying that it’s not normal for Sanae’s bread to sell out and then him quickly changing the subject with “I love you Sanae!” and…
    2.) Nagisa getting Tomoya to say he wants her bread only for her to deny him right after doing so.

  • March 28, 2008 at 7:03 pmTESAI OTAKU

    Man everything is becaming a shounen action anime like….in the sense of:

    ” HEY LET´S GO TO ANOTHER SEASON FELLOWS!! ”

    Just for simple sake of making money!!!

    are the japanese producers that HUNGRY!?? by the point of even killing the main original stories to just fulfill their CAPITALISM STARVERY!!

    are they THAT MUCH GREEDY???
    Thanks god I never buy anything from no one!!! :D

    ” BRAZILIAN MOVIMENT STOP THE CAPITALISM ANIME COMPANIES HUNGER FOR MONEY “

  • March 28, 2008 at 8:26 pmMyssa Rei

    No one listens to you Tesai, so just can it, will you?

    DukeTheGold: Wishful thinking, that, since KyoAni’s been pushing the ‘my family sucks, why does everyone else have it better?’ theme for the series and Tomoya. We WILL be getting a DVD-exclusive episode though, but it’s going to be unrelated to the main plot of After Story. I mean, a BEACH EPISODE? In CLANNAD?

  • March 28, 2008 at 8:40 pmShut up ~Desu.

    So I’m a bit confused. Is this suppose to part of the two extra episodes that were originally planned (24) or are they sort of OVA that come in a series? I heard somewhere that the movie was techically two episodes long so it could become the two additions to the 22

  • March 28, 2008 at 8:42 pmkey05

    Dan,
    I don’t think Clannad is a shitty anime (in fact, I liked it), you are just watching the wrong one. If you are trying to watch some mature anime, just check the wiki information before you suffer all 23 episodes, and I think by episode 3 you should know what kind of anime you are getting in to. Go for seinen anime or adults, and you will get more than ‘a holding hands ending’

  • March 28, 2008 at 10:46 pmFF

    It also depends on what how you define a “mature” anime. Clannad is written on two levels, or put another way, two layers. The “outer” layer is something that can be enjoyed by almost everyone, and yes, that includes 13 year olds. Comedy, obviously, is a large part of this, as well as some of the character and drama appeal.

    The “inner” layer, on the other hand, holds the more thematic ideas and literary devices that provide the meaning behind the plot and characters. In reality, I expect that this layer is something that university-level viewers would understand and appreciate more. You don’t need to see this layer to enjoy Clannad for what it is, but if you can, then Clannad’s quality does go up another level. Which comes back to your comment – Clannad can be a very mature anime if you choose to see it that way, it’s just that this isn’t necessary for someone to think Clannad is good.

  • March 28, 2008 at 10:48 pmKaisos

    I love how many people don’t seem to understand that Clannad is based off of a rather long game, and therefore needed a second season from the very start.

    Also, I love seeing angry sociopaths from /b/ troll on blogs like these.

  • March 28, 2008 at 10:59 pmkey05

    ff,
    when I said “mature”, a mean adults anime(if you know what I mean) because Dan was complaining about the holding hand part and having more expectations in the end.
    I think you misunderstood my comment because I like this anime a lot, and I think it was well done. Looking forward After Story. Sorry about my grammar, english is not my fist language.

  • March 29, 2008 at 1:47 amKaioshin Sama

    @Key05: Ah I see, I remember covering this topic of “kids anime” versus “adults anime”.

    http://animehistory.wordpress.com/2007/12/13/lets-get-something-straight-here/

    Yes it is kind of a silly notion, but the picture I posted pretty much sums up the general concensus.

  • March 29, 2008 at 2:22 amkey05

    @Kaioshin Sama, that was a good one, made me laugh!

    Well just to be safe, this is my last post in this site, is just everything that I trying to say I have to translate in english and I think is not working good. Well I will keep reading yours reviews and comments,
    Have fun guys

  • March 30, 2008 at 8:04 amMH

    they should make more chapters….

  • March 30, 2008 at 7:25 pmMk

    key05, I see what you meant about looking at seinen genre and I agree. Just it because it isn’t like that doesn’t mean I dislike it.

  • April 1, 2008 at 10:42 pmklinc

    so does anyone kno when the after story thing for clannad is gonna be out?

  • April 1, 2008 at 10:49 pmklinc

    i mean like it says but i thought it would hav been postponed (i heard from a friend)

  • April 8, 2008 at 12:33 amruthiE_

    i love it. i can’t wait for the After Story. xD

  • April 13, 2008 at 2:45 pmShinSenshi

    Nagisa’s moe is starting to grow on me, finally XD

  • February 21, 2009 at 5:54 amfofo

    this episode was so so funny and romantic

    it was the best episode of romantic

    see you