CLANNAD ~AFTER STORY~ – 14
Even though they’ve put off a wedding ceremony until they save enough money, Tomoya and Nagisa move in together. It takes some getting used to, and Tomoya is surprised when Nagisa announces that she’ll be looking for a job. He worries about her health, but she insists that she doesn’t want to stay weak. Regardless, the two support each other and feel that they can face anything together, and through her friend Nishina, Nagisa soon finds a job working as a waitress at a new family restaurant. One night, while staring up at the sky, Tomoya brings up the legend about the light that appears when there are happy people and the wish that goes with it. He asks Nagisa what she’d wish for, and after a little bit of embarrassment, she confesses that she wants a child.
Sometime later, Tomoya and Akio get some free time to go visit Nagisa while she’s working, and Akio insists on disguising himself as MC Akio. When they reach the restaurant, Tomoya is surprised at how much the area has changed since he was last there. Both he and Akio are excited to see Nagisa in her waitress outfit, and she ends up not recognizing her father in his disguise. The other male customers are also interested in Nagisa, and when two guys try to pick her up, Akio and Tomoya step in. They scare off the guys, but Akio abandons Tomoya when it comes time to explain things to the manager. Fortunately, the manager is understanding since he knows that Nagisa is Tomoya’s wife, and he reveals that something similar happened before where Nagisa got through it fine on her own. He sees Nagisa as a person who has a weak body but is wise and strong on the inside.
That night, Nagisa informs Tomoya of how a new building is being constructed for their high school and how the old one will be demolished. This agitates Tomoya because he remembers all the good memories he had with Nagisa there, and once he explains how he feels, Nagisa apologizes for not being more considerate. Tomoya’s thoughts stay on this for the rest of the night, and he knows that everything, including the town and themselves, will change. That in turn reminds him of how, back when they first met, Nagisa had wondered if they could still love this place. A few days later, Tomoya and Nagisa pay a visit to her parents, and Akio shows Tomoya all the pictures he took of Nagisa in her waitress outfit. Their discussion is interrupted by the sounds of Nagisa and Sanae in the bathroom, and it turns out that Nagisa is nauseous. To both men’s shock, Sanae then reveals that Nagisa is pregnant, and Nagisa admits to having done ecchi things with Tomoya.
Wow, Nagisa’s pregnant already – that didn’t take long at all. And here I thought that they’d spend some time showing Nagisa and Tomoya getting intimate since the two can still barely hold hands without getting embarrassed… I guess there must be a lot of story to tell if we’re already at this point. In fact, to answer my question from last week, apparently Tomoya and Nagisa are not having an actual wedding ceremony until they save some money. That, for all intents and purposes, sounds like it’s a way to avoid having to devote time to a wedding, just like how they’re not spending much time on intimacy. To be clear though, I’m not disappointed or anything – I’m just pointing out how there appears to be a lot that still needs to be covered based on how they’re not devoting time to this stuff.
In any case, Akio was the highlight of this episode for me. His MC Akio was hilarious, as were all his antics and overreactions, especially when he learned that Nagisa was pregnant. With Sunohara more or less out of the picture now, I guess it falls to Akio to take on the role of comedic relief, and it worked out here quite well.
As for next week, it looks like things will continue to move along as Tomoya and Nagisa get introduced to a midwife. The character designs in the preview looked a bit off though – KyoAni probably has a different team working on the animation or something.