CLANNAD ~AFTER STORY~ – 13
Despite his father being in jail, Tomoya shows up at the Furukawa house to talk with Akio about something serious. In response, Akio challenges him to a baseball match where Tomoya has to hit Akio’s pitch. If Tomoya is able to do so, then Akio has to unconditionally accept what Tomoya has to say, but if Akio wins, then he doesn’t have to listen to it. Unfortunately, Tomoya fails to get a hit, but he decides to keep practicing whenever he can and continues to get Akio to come out and pitch to him. After failing at what Akio called the last chance, Tomoya gets the feeling that Akio is trying to tell him that he’s still a kid who can’t protect anyone. Nevertheless, Tomoya continues practicing, and Akio gives him one more chance on one very rainy day. This time, Tomoya gets a hit, and immediately afterward, he gets down on his hands and knees to ask Akio for his daughter. This reminds Akio of how similar Tomoya is to him, and he implicitly approves by telling Tomoya that he’ll take his daughter back if she becomes sad. Sanae follows this up by stating that happiness for Tomoya and Nagisa is now her and Akio’s dream, so she urges them to seize it.
Fall soon turns to winter, and come Christmas-time, the family gets together again for some drinking. In this situation, Nagisa quickly gets drunk and confronts Tomoya about his interest in her mother, much to his embarrassment. As the winter days go by, Nagisa gets sick again, but this time her attendance is high enough to graduate even with all of her absences. The main problem is that she has to stay home on the day of the graduation ceremony, and because of this, Tomoya calls up his friends – including Sunohara – to arrange something. Then, on one spring day, he takes Nagisa to school where all of their old friends are waiting. They’ve come together to have a private graduation ceremony that’s presided over by Koumura, and he hands Nagisa her certificate of graduation. Nagisa subsequently makes an emotional speech reflecting on all that she went through in her high school years and how she loves the school. With this chapter of their life now over, Tomoya and Nagisa then pay a visit to his father in jail where they announce their intention to get married. Tomoya’s father gives them his best wishes, and the two submit their marriage registration, making Nagisa’s official name Okazaki Nagisa.
I thought the first half of this episode was a bit predictable – it was pretty obvious that Tomoya would have to persevere and would eventually succeed – but I liked what Sanae said afterward about Tomoya and Nagisa’s happiness being her and Akio’s dream. I was also very amused by the drunk Nagisa scene and by Sanae’s take on banana bread, though the best (and most touching) part of the episode was the graduation ceremony that Tomoya arranged for Nagisa. The speech wasn’t quite enough to make you cry (at least that wasn’t the case for me), but it was still good, and the music during that scene was perfect.
Now that Tomoya and Nagisa have registered their marriage, does that mean that there’s going to be a separate wedding episode or is this it? I’m going to assume it’s the latter since the preview seems to imply Tomoya and Nagisa already getting used to living together and newlywed life. I also have to say that it’s amazing how much more mature and better Nagisa looks just by changing her hairstyle. She should keep it that way for the rest of the series.