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Summary:

The day after seeing Igarashi with his girlfriend, Misae was absent from school. When her friends Yuki and Saki figured out what happened, they suggested that Shima comfort her. He found Misae in the park and tried to comfort her based on what her friends told him, but that just pissed her off. Misae wanted him to say something in his own words instead, so Shima apologized because he felt at fault. Misae didn’t blame him and guessed that he saw this as a chance for her to fall for him, and when he denied it, she reflected on how he’s there just to return a favor and didn’t love her. Shima denied this as well, making Misae realize that he did like her, and so she inquired as to what in particular he liked. His answer was that she scolded and worried and smelled good, and she thanked him for that. Sometime later, Misae was back in school and turned down an afternoon with her friends so that she could be with Shima. She told him about being the student council president and about the autumn festival coming up soon, and she even invited him to go with her.

The following day, Yuki and Saki told Shima that Misae would be late because of a student council meeting. When he mentioned wanting to see her working, they snuck him in by giving him a wig and a girl’s uniform. Along the way, they passed by a classroom where a guy named Yoshino Yuusuke was impressing a bunch of girls with his guitar playing and singing. Shima’s disguise was so convincing that he got hit on by a guy, so Yuki and Saki held the guy back while Shima got away. He eventually found the room where the meeting was taking place and stuck his head in to watch Misae. He got caught by Kouko, and because she thought that there was something he needed, she interrupted the meeting so that he could talk with Misae. Since he was in the disguise, Shima used the chance to express his desire to be with Misae always, but he then ran off in embarrassment. While changing back to his normal clothes, he noticed the small charm he had been carrying and was reminded of his duty to grant Misae’s wish.

Since Yuki and Saki had then wanted to see his home, Shima had tried to take them there. However, along the way, he had suddenly stopped because he couldn’t remember where the house was. The girls had helped him find it, but they were met at the door by his mother, and she thought that they were here to pay their respects to her dead son. It was at this moment that Shima realized that he wasn’t the real Shima Katsuki and that the real Shima Katsuki was dead. This led to him running away from the house, and Yuki and Saki went after him and tried to figure out what was wrong. Since Shima didn’t want to reveal anything, the two girls voiced their belief in him and asserted that they were his friends. After the girls left him alone, Shima had looked at the charm and thought about how the real Shima Katsuki was actually a person very dear to him. The two had spent a long time together, and the real Shima Katsuki had entrusted Shima with a last wish.

On the night of the festival, Misae was waiting for Shima, and the two enjoyed themselves at all the various booths. In the process, Misae had revealed that she knew that Shima was the girl from the day before, but she hadn’t minded. Towards the end of the night, Shima had brought up the topic of the wish again and tried to show Misae the light which would grant it, but it wasn’t in the red bag. Misae had felt that it wasn’t necessary and that what was important was that the two of them be happy, but she eventually came up with a wish anyway: she wished that Shima would love her forever. She had then kissed him on the cheek and noticed that he was crying. Shima had realized that he really did love Misae and that the time they had spent together was irreplaceable. He thanked Misae, and getting embarrassed, she had decided to go buy some drinks for them. When she returned, however, Shima was gone. Misae had frantically searched the festival grounds for him, and although she found him walking away into the distance, he only stopped and said something to her before disappearing. What he had said was a farewell and a promise to continue loving her. Some years later, Misae had returned to the school’s dormitory and had adopted a cat that had stuck with her.

This is where the dream ends for Tomoya, and he’s woken up by Nagisa. When he gets a moment alone with the cat before heading back home, Tomoya wonders if the cat showed him the dream, and he comments on how the cat did have a name after all. Tomoya knows that Shima wants him to pass along a message to Misae, but the method of how to do so troubles him until the night of the festival comes around. He and Nagisa are walking through the festival grounds when the cat shows up, and Misae arrives shortly thereafter because she was chasing the cat. As Misae tries to get her cat out of a bush, Tomoya explains that the cat had wanted to come to the festival with Misae for a long time. He reveals that he had heard Shima’s voice in a dream, and Shima had wanted to apologize for not staying with Misae until the end of the festival. And, just as Misae had wished, Shima had promised to stay by her side. Misae doesn’t remember promising that she’d date a cat, but for today, she decides to play with him. Tomoya also explains that Shima had wanted her to be happy, so Misae considers becoming lively again. As he spends the rest of the night in Misae’s arms, Shima addresses his original master and explains how kind Misae is. Wondering if he was able to fulfill the promise he made with the real Shima Katsuki, Shima wishes to be allowed to be at Misae’s side forever.

Preview

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Well, Shima’s disappearance and reappearance as a cat wasn’t a huge surprise, but it wasn’t completely predictable either because of the revelation that the real Shima Katsuki was already dead. The high point of the episode was when Tomoya passes Shima’s message along to Misae – it even got me a little choked up the first time I watched it. That was a bittersweet moment, though afterward, it felt kind of awkward when Misae was talking and blushing at the cat. It was also a little weird for me to think about how the cat would always be with her, serving as something of reminder of their love even as Misae tries to move on (assuming she does). Sure this gives her closure and happiness in the short-term, but I could easily see this becoming something of a curse if she tries to pursue a happiness that doesn’t consist of living by herself with her cat. I would think that a happier ending for the long-term could have been achieved by letting her know all the things Shima wanted to let her know, but also allowing her to move on by either not revealing the part about him being the cat or by leaving her life for good. I realize that the latter is breaking the promise/wish, but I doubt Misae would be happy her entire life just loving someone who became a cat. In any case, I still enjoyed this arc quite a bit and felt that it was pretty good for just two episodes.

As a side note, I didn’t realize Kouko was a teacher back when Yuusuke was a student. Doesn’t that mean that there’s a sizable age difference between the two? Maybe that’s something they’ll be covering more of if or when they get to Yuusuke’s backstory. Next week, however, appears to be about Yukine and (I assume) her brother.

November 6, 2008 at 11:36 pm
43 comments »
  • November 6, 2008 at 11:39 pmsemtex

    Now this arc is over and we will be moving to Yukine’s arc. Yay!

  • November 6, 2008 at 11:41 pmBrian

    YEEEAAAH

  • November 6, 2008 at 11:43 pmNazarielle

    “I didn’t realize Kouko was a teacher back when Yuusuke was a student. Doesn’t this mean there’s a sizable age difference between the two? Maybe that’s something they’ll be covering more of if or when they get to his backstory.”

    omg, that guy was Yuusuke? Hahaha, that’s hilarious, I missed that in all the craziness of Shima being an even bigger trap than last week :p

  • November 7, 2008 at 12:11 amFlameStrike

    Holy crap Shima is……… fasflh it’s a TRAP!!!! ><

  • November 7, 2008 at 12:27 amAznCoffee

  • November 7, 2008 at 12:41 amGenestarwind

    I want new characters!! Anime Exclusive xD

  • November 7, 2008 at 12:48 amDan

    Ok…
    Now the filler arcs are killing me.
    I understand the whole motive. Show Spoiler ▼

    It would have been nice to see these bits tied in earlier on in season 1. The sunohara route would have been accomplished much easier if it took place during the first mei appearance but…whatever. Its still something else to see all these arcs animated.

  • November 7, 2008 at 1:02 amMyssa Rei

    Dan: Uh, filler arcs? These are actual sub-routes of the game remember, modified a bit to take away romantic connections to Tomoya. It’s pretty much one last look at some of the characters for the non-game playing audience, as they won’t appear in After Story’s proper. Well, barring Kappei of course.

  • November 7, 2008 at 1:08 amGundam maniac

    LOL im just waiting for sunohara to have black hair again XD

  • November 7, 2008 at 1:09 amnyaa~~

    there’s no filler arc in this story ..
    seriously
    every arc ..like myssa said is actually sub routes in the game

  • November 7, 2008 at 1:31 amlelangir

    Finally the massive amounts of boku-ism are gone.

  • November 7, 2008 at 3:29 amFreeter

    Misao is a shota/furry lover? Sounds like she’d be a perfect fit for Kanokon…

  • November 7, 2008 at 3:45 amJigsy

    Shame this arc ends with this episode. ;_;

    And is it just me or does Kouko look the same age as she does in the “future”?

  • November 7, 2008 at 4:20 amChimasternmay

    ya it was short, but still a good one, especially seeing Misao younger… hehe cute kat. i always noticed u kitty kat.

  • November 7, 2008 at 4:20 amAkito

    another kyoani works,
    make the promise of fondation day, into local festival.

  • November 7, 2008 at 7:08 amoutcast

    ED is too hapily skippely

  • November 7, 2008 at 8:35 amlinkinstreet

    -I didn’t realize Kouko was a teacher back when Yuusuke was a student. Doesn’t this mean there’s a sizable age difference between the two? Maybe that’s something they’ll be covering more of if or when they get to his backstory.
    Well he was a last year student IIRC according to the flashback, and Koukou might just be starting. So at most I’d say 2 years difference. It’s usually 1 year tho, as I remember in Megumi no Daigo, Daigo was just 1 year younger than his teacher who ends up becoming his wife after he became a fireman

  • November 7, 2008 at 8:54 amkencute321

    I was right that Shima was a Cat to begin with… wahahha

  • November 7, 2008 at 9:44 amWingZero zxt

    Shima it seems used to be a cat that belonged to the guy in the hospistal!!!!! i dont get it its all so confusing!!!

  • November 7, 2008 at 9:45 amSoldaT

    Awesome ending. For an awesome arc. Really this arc of two episodes deserves 10/10

  • November 7, 2008 at 10:50 amlinkinstreet

    Try watching this episode while holding your cat. GAH!!! I CAN’T STOP THE TEARS!!!

  • November 7, 2008 at 1:55 pmDarkenedjib

    It was the cat the whole time? D=

    So confused, great ep though.

  • November 7, 2008 at 8:29 pmFlameStrike

    Awesome episode! Kyo ani did a very nice adaption. My only small complaints were that it wasn’t emphisized just exactly what Shima’s “charm” was (An important part in the game) and that Tomoya and Nagisa didn’t seem couplely enough on their date T.T Oh well overally it was still great though. I like how KyoAni made a local festival to substitute for Founder’s Day.

  • November 7, 2008 at 8:36 pmalliecat

    that was really cute :) i only wish makoto’s ending was as sweet as this one…

  • November 7, 2008 at 9:49 pmAndy

    Oh man Masae sure is cute… Scratch that out, she’s hot!!! http://randomc.net/image/CLANNAD/CLANNAD%20~AFTER%20STORY~%20-%2006%20-%20Large%2033.jpg

  • November 7, 2008 at 10:26 pmcbhl

    I was crying throughout the end of the episode…

    Awesome episode. Time to move on, now, though…

  • November 7, 2008 at 11:35 pmsetsuke

    http://randomc.net/image/CLANNAD/CLANNAD%20~AFTER%20STORY~%20-%2006%20-%20Large%2033.jpg
    This was supposed to be in the classroom. Well I wonder after Yukine, whose sub-story will it be… Yuusuke? Wonder whether Sanae will have her sub-story.

  • November 8, 2008 at 12:40 amJustin Olbrantz (Quantam)

    Good Gord.

    “I want you to be with me forever”

    Proper time and place epic fail.

  • November 8, 2008 at 2:26 amSakagami

    @Doesn’t that mean that there’s a sizable age difference between the two?

    not really, since you can become a teacher pretty quickly

  • November 8, 2008 at 2:48 amheartofadeadpoet

    Wasn’t Shima’s Charm a wish granting “Light”? Anyways fantastic episode <3

  • November 8, 2008 at 2:54 amMyssa Rei

    Setsuke: Recent releases point to the focus returning to Nagisa after Yukine’s route as the show heads completely into After Story’s proper.

  • November 8, 2008 at 2:56 amPrecise Moment

    They really need to change to up-beat ending song, such an emotional ending to the arc (or any arc for that matter) is completely ruined by it.
    i thought this arc was good but a little odd concerning how Misae now has a constant reminder of her past love, how is she supposed to move on from that? wouldnt be surprised if the cat clawed out her next boyfriend / significant other :P

  • November 8, 2008 at 3:16 amJustin Olbrantz (Quantam)

    “i thought this arc was good but a little odd concerning how Misae now has a constant reminder of her past love, how is she supposed to move on from that? wouldnt be surprised if the cat clawed out her next boyfriend / significant other”

    I think the whole point of the episode was that the cat was saying it wanted her to stop dwelling on the past, move on, and be happy.

  • November 8, 2008 at 4:14 amtolitz

    KyoAni rarely does filler arcs in their works… except maybe the Fumoffu series…

    It’s actually great that they’re running through all the subplots in the game… one thing I always disliked about anime conversions from games is that the main story arc is almost always the only thing that gets animated…

    - T

  • November 8, 2008 at 2:56 pmtokugawa

    Wow, this really pulled my heartstrings. Partly because my cat died a few months ago…

  • November 8, 2008 at 9:39 pmShinou

    Crazy cat lady end~!

  • November 8, 2008 at 10:12 pmDarknessheal

    Such a touching episode =’( “tear”

  • November 9, 2008 at 8:34 amreal13

    @Precise

    I don’t know if the subs is wrong but, didn’t Shima wish for her to be happy? Meaning, move on with her life? Misae then says something after that. I might be misunderstanding but I think that was how the subs translated it.

  • November 9, 2008 at 5:55 pmDezz

    Dear god, please make Misae and Katsuki the main characters of CLANNAD.

    XD.
    10/10, and I think that since CLANNAD is similiar to Kanon/Air (magically) Katsuki might come back in his human form~

  • November 9, 2008 at 9:55 pmDukeTheGold

    Trap Shima (reverse gendered) should replace Fuko as one of the main leads. As disturbing as it is, I found trap Shima’s design to be strangely attractive and 50 times superior to Fuko.

    http://randomc.net/image/CLANNAD/CLANNAD%20~AFTER%20STORY~%20-%2006%20-%20Large%2006.jpg

    It’s a pity that the Misae arc is consisted of only two episodes. I sincerely enjoyed this arc and the younger Misae’s Kyou/Tomoyo like personality.

  • November 13, 2008 at 12:08 pmDan

    The only issue I had with this is it is like they are simply backpeddling a little to get soe arcs knocked out to get the orb count up. more or less doing them as an afterthought…Kind of like what I did to get to afterstory.
    I am more annoyed though because it seemed like they were going to lead into it, then backtracked to the other characters… Hopefully, yukines will be the last one before we can go ahead and move foreward. We are starting to run low on after story episodes.
    By the way, at this rate, they will have achieved a 19 hour recount of the 300 hour story.
    Yea…thats the estimated time to play through the entire story. All the extras and side bits included.

    Well played Kyoani…well played.

  • January 18, 2009 at 12:11 amLumi

    T-T so moving.

    shima-kun as a girl was sugoi!! XD

  • August 24, 2009 at 11:20 pmstarss

    Shima’s wearing the mask of the grandpa from the Big Dango Family! :O