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Summary:

With Nagisa now two months pregnant and Tomoya vowing to protect the child, Sanae is reminded of how Akio had said something similar a long time ago. Tomoya knows that he’ll have to work to support a family of three now, and he wonders if his own father thought about this stuff before he was born. As the days pass, Nagisa becomes bed-ridden with morning sickness, and Tomoya does his best to take care of her. When she starts feeling better, she brings up the topic of giving birth at home instead of at the hospital, and although Tomoya is unsure about it, he wants to go along with her wishes. Sanae introduces the couple to a midwife named Yagi, and they all worry about Nagisa’s weak body, but Nagisa tells Tomoya privately that even if something goes wrong, she wants to give birth to this baby. Nevertheless, things seem to be going well, and the entire family even sings the dango song to the unborn baby at one point. One night, however, Tomoya returns home to find Nagisa sick again after having collapsed earlier, and she hadn’t called him because she didn’t want to bother him at work. She doesn’t want him to worry and is confident that they can make it through this together, with him protecting her, but Tomoya can’t help but worry more and more.

One day after work, Tomoya runs into Sanae, and the two go to a family restaurant to chat. Sanae reveals that the doctors told her that there’d be some risk to Nagisa during the birth, and they worry about the worst case scenario since Nagisa is prone to get sick. In such a case, Tomoya wonders if they should give up on having the child, and even though Sanae can’t answer that for him, she advises that if that’s what they’re going to do, then it’s better to do it sooner rather than later. Upon hearing about all this, Nagisa still insists that she wants to give birth, but for the sake of a safe delivery, she’s willing not to do it at home. Tomoya knows that Nagisa is anxious about this even though she doesn’t show it, and when he discusses all this with Akio again, Akio decides to take Tomoya to the secret playground that he always runs off to. It is actually currently a construction site for a new hospital, but the area holds special significance to Akio. Back when Nagisa was deathly ill as a child, he had run out here with her in his arms and had prayed for her to be saved. As the sun rose, Akio felt that the greenery wrapped around Nagisa, and she soon woke up.

Ever since that time, Akio has been coming to this place, and he thinks of it as like Nagisa’s other self. He now tells Tomoya that it’s impossible to always get a wish granted by praying, but if he gives it his all with his own power until the end, then the result won’t be that bad. Still, Akio notes that he can’t decide for Tomoya and Nagisa whether or not they should have the baby, and the person who should make that decision is the one who suffers the most. Addressing Tomoya by his name for once, Akio warns that there’s a lot of pain and sadness in the future, but he’s confident they can overcome it together as a family. Afterward, Tomoya and Nagisa go for a walk by the river, and Nagisa can feel the baby moving inside of her. She proposes thinking of a name, and the two settle on Ushio which would suit either a girl or a boy. Since the meaning of the name revolves around the rising and falling tide, they start talking about the ocean and how they weren’t able to visit the beach over the past summer. Nagisa admits to having wanted to go see the ocean with him, so Tomoya decides that they should promise to go next year with Ushio, and Nagisa eventually agrees.

Preview

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I got a very bad feeling about the way this episode ended. The whole promise thing feels like something that’ll either be a final happy scene of the series (which is unlikely given how many more episodes there are), or something that will be broken and be the source of a lot of sadness because Nagisa or Ushio or even Tomoya won’t make it to that point. That along with Nagisa’s insistence on having the baby plus her history of being sick every year makes me think that bad things are coming. Having said that though, I’m sure that there’s a lesson to be learned in Akio’s story about Nagisa’s past. I wouldn’t be surprised if Tomoya has to pray for a miracle similar to that, and perhaps related to that is the legend of the wish-granting orbs of light that seems to keep popping up. For the time being though, it appears that the birth is coming next week, and it doesn’t look pleasant. Here’s to hoping Nagisa will be okay.

On a different note, I found it rather coincidental that this episode implied the option of abortion while airing on the same day as the anniversary of the landmark U.S. abortion court case Roe v. Wade. I’m sure it wasn’t intentional, but it makes for an interesting bit of trivia.

January 23, 2009 at 10:17 pm
61 comments »
  • January 23, 2009 at 10:36 pmoriondorado

    Omg nice episode

  • January 23, 2009 at 10:42 pmka

    Pretty episode like always.
    Who still say Tomoya and Nagisa are not meant together and that they are not a good couple?
    The heart-broken moment is yet to come…

  • January 23, 2009 at 10:44 pmPhocus

    Animation is a bit off during this episode… There’s a quite a bit of foreshadowing throughout the entire episode, as well as the preview.

    I wonder how they will end the series, as well. Will they go with the bittersweet/tragic ending, or go for the good end? Eh, most likely will be the good end, but I don’t want to jinx anything…

    Overall, a pretty seriously toned episode.

  • January 23, 2009 at 10:47 pmpaul

    its going to get depressing soon

  • January 23, 2009 at 10:48 pmChimasternmay

    yup im starting to get scared now… collect all the lights… lol

  • January 23, 2009 at 10:58 pmSilent Minstrel

    *Agree with ka*

  • January 23, 2009 at 11:02 pmmegalith

    DAMN I WISH I HADN’T READ THAT SPOILERIFIC THING IN WIKIPEDIA BY ACCIDENT!

  • January 23, 2009 at 11:32 pmEdmund

    I love this episode!

  • January 23, 2009 at 11:49 pmCurtis

    Note that it’s also the day (Or very near the day) that Obama lifted the ban on abortion funds.

  • January 23, 2009 at 11:52 pmGundam 00

    wait didn’t she die in the movie so… she’s going to live the TV series then?
    well if you kill nagisa off i don’t think there will be that much of a plot left.
    PLEASE DONT KILL HER OFF!!!!!!
    I WANT TO SEE MORE DANGOS!!!!!

  • January 23, 2009 at 11:57 pmchad001

    …damn, this is following the original too closely, which means….. WAHHHH! NO THEY CAN’T KILL NAGISA! THAT JUST DOESN’T WORK!

  • January 24, 2009 at 12:00 ampadfoot135

    well.. how bout this ending for a thought…–> Nagisa gives birth to a healthy baby but due to her weak body she cant recover and is going to die so tomoyo brings nagisa to see the ocean with him and nagisa dies there!!! juz a though.. dun throw a 100pound tnt bomb on me.. >.<

  • January 24, 2009 at 12:06 amcutemi2

    OMG…..

  • January 24, 2009 at 12:17 amArtanis

    que no termine como la pelicula que me pongo a llorar ahora si

  • January 24, 2009 at 12:26 amyuuji

    cant spoil the people here..but the plot got something to do with the “other world” that tomoya used to dream of often and the orbs of light that grants wishes.

  • January 24, 2009 at 12:32 amcheers

    just add 1+1 and u know she DIES, but there are those mysterious light orbs ! (watch episode 8 if u havent played the game). They going to do 48 Episodes so u can be damn sure it will have a happy Ending they wouldnt bother with those Light Orbs and stuff if they just going to do the very bad Ending :D

  • January 24, 2009 at 12:45 amShia-Neko-Chan

    I do wonder why there’s no spoiler policy here… >_>

  • January 24, 2009 at 1:02 amjho

    I have a feeling I’m going to be crying next episode. And the movie spoiled certain things, so I know some things that are coming up lol.

  • January 24, 2009 at 1:16 amSteelman

    What can I say. This was perfect Kyoani. With the last two scenes, for the first time they managed to produce an episode that is better than the corresponding part in the game.

    If they can keep this storytelling quality through the Ushio’s arc we will have a truly memorable anime.

  • January 24, 2009 at 1:19 amGStrike-

    hmmm looks like it’s progressing pretty fast. Nagisa’s stomach is starting to become larger.

  • January 24, 2009 at 2:13 amKaioshin Sama

    I had no idea that today was Roe v. Wade day. Probably coincidental, but indeed interesting timeing nonetheless.

  • January 24, 2009 at 2:27 amAvy

    hope they dont make her die then goes to tomoyo after story, it will make tomoya look bad after showing how much he care for nagisa.

  • January 24, 2009 at 3:09 amwhatchamini

    i wish i hadn’t seen the movie now…i dont like knowing what is going to happen

  • January 24, 2009 at 3:55 amArchadias

    I wish I hadn’t seen the movie, even worst, I wish I hadn’t read spoilers about the game on wikipedia (just after watching the movie lol).
    Air tv was hard to take, but now Clannad !? :)

  • January 24, 2009 at 4:19 amSyitra

    lets hope theyll make different ending than the one from the film, PLEASE

  • January 24, 2009 at 4:54 amewok

    Hankies supply needed for next few episodes?

  • January 24, 2009 at 5:12 ammutio

    “That along with Nagisa’s insistence on having the baby plus her history of being sick every year makes me think that bad things are coming.”
    You doesn’t seem to know the game – but that much I give you: You are pretty close to the truth~

  • January 24, 2009 at 5:16 ammutio

    @Sad People
    Show Spoiler ▼

    So heads up, also I wouldn’t compare everything too much tot he movie~

  • January 24, 2009 at 5:50 amflixt

    -spoiler-

    well seeing as how many episodes there still are im guessing that it’ll prob follow the visual novel, where it does go very depressing. The scenes in this episode was very nice though

  • January 24, 2009 at 5:57 amperv

    @Avy
    I think… there’s no way he’ll end up with another girl at this point, this is Nagisa´s route..If kyoani do something like that clannad will be something like.. kiminozo, maybe…
    and I’ll be sad T_T

  • January 24, 2009 at 6:01 amMegas

    So wait a minute…yall ppl who are talking about the silly spoilers KNOW NOTHING about Nagisa dying. Hell, she already died anyway if you’re actually following this junk. Geez, I wish they would do the ‘perfect’ bag ending with Show Spoiler ▼

    How is that for a spoiler…but I bet most of yall knew about that one anyway :P

    Why can’t yall “harden” yourselves to this stuff. Life is about the 3 B’s: birth, bitching, & buying it. The way Key loves to make the subject into such a glorified process is just phenomenal…& yet I love anime which put life on a high wire.

  • January 24, 2009 at 6:04 amRutix

    They better collect all the lights lol.

  • January 24, 2009 at 6:12 amPachi

    DIRIAN EN MI MI IDOMA MARAVILLOSO EL EL CAPITULOS VOY POR EL RAWW!!! OMNI ERES EL MAESTRO VOY POR EL RAW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  • January 24, 2009 at 6:16 amPachi

    OHHHH MUY INTEGROOOOOOO LA VERDAD DIME SI NO TE DIO HA ENTEDER MAS KOSAS POR QUE YO SOY CASADP PERO LA VERDAED ES MUY PROFUNDOD LO DE NAGISA!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  • January 24, 2009 at 9:14 amPoli

    If Naigisa dies,I won’t watch anime again ever.

  • January 24, 2009 at 12:44 pmNeo Horizon

    Ominous words by Sanae and Akio to Tomoya…

  • January 24, 2009 at 2:30 pmPepiio

    awww..this is so sad.. me almost cried wathing this..wahh poor nagisa..I hope she lives!!! I CANT WAIT TO THE BABii =]!!!

  • January 24, 2009 at 3:50 pmawesome

    This is the reason why I always come back, awaiting for the next episode. Its just so bitter sweet :P

  • January 24, 2009 at 3:57 pmKabayongtao

    @Poli

    I’ll hold on to your words.

  • January 24, 2009 at 4:35 pmConfusedGirl29

    Haven’t finished the game but it seems like everyone that wrote all those stuff within spoiler tags were right… Show Spoiler ▼

  • January 24, 2009 at 4:48 pmcinjin

    Damnit it looks like they’re following the game. Man the next episode is going to make me cry lol I almost cried in this one :P

  • January 24, 2009 at 5:02 pmaoME

    yeap…nagisa dies because of the delivery…it was too hard for her…and she ended passing away.. it is all in the movie ;w;….i hate it…i cried so badly…she was sooo sweet

  • January 24, 2009 at 5:12 pmHaseo

    Nothing surprising in this espisode again -_- very predictable, it seemas thar KyoAni is trying to surprise us with Nagisa life/health/die …whatever.

  • January 24, 2009 at 5:13 pmHaseo

    Nothing surprising in this espisode again -_- very predictable, it seemas thar KyoAni is trying to surprise us with Nagisa life/health/die …whatever. Remember my words “Nagisa don’t will die”.

  • January 24, 2009 at 5:41 pmjblah

    People who’ve only seen the movie shouldn’t make any predictions and assumptions beforehand. Toei butchered the AIR movie, and they butchered Clannad’s movie as well. As a few alluded to in the previous comments, the orbs Okazaki has been collecting WILL HAVE A MEANING, not to mention all the legends and hints dropped throughout the series about orbs and wishes. So stop going WTF OMG when the only source of that assumption is watching a second-rate movie made by Toei. Go play the game if you want to get truly spoilered.

  • January 24, 2009 at 5:53 pmPachi

    aooh que bien estoy eesperando el raw

  • January 24, 2009 at 6:24 pmDragoZERO

    I don’t know what to say. I know what will probably happen and even if I expect it, I’ll still need a box of tissues.

  • January 24, 2009 at 7:05 pmxoxotasha

    if they kill nagisa, i will cry.

  • January 24, 2009 at 7:40 pmMegas

    The movie was BS. It only covered what it wanted & stopped halfway.

    Tomoya & Ushio got back together while she was still young, but she reminded him of Nagisa too much to the point that he ran away from her again (what a male bitch). Then they accidentally run into each other when Ushio turns teen & she convinces him to start the family thing again. But she then develop the same GD mess as Nagisa & dies, then Tomoya goes crazy & dies. THE END!

    …That would have taken another hour to animate at the most. I nearly busted up laughing at the end of the game because of the pure coldness of that ending. They tried to make it seem like a punishment for not finishing the game arcs. Bah, who in the hell gonna spend all that time on those pointless boring arcs. I had my cat finish them for me while I caught up on my beauty sleep :P

  • January 25, 2009 at 1:40 amYohJay

    I kinda have an idea of the ending…and its not an happy ending…well, this is my thot, its just something that has been poping up in my head while watching Nagisa suffers…TwT”, anyways here some spoiler…i hope i did the spoiler thing correctly
    Show Spoiler ▼

  • January 25, 2009 at 1:56 amKaisos

    Megas, you have no idea what you’re talking about.

    And you have to view that ending in order to get the True End, even if you have Akio’s light already…

  • January 25, 2009 at 4:06 amewok

    If they kill off Nagisa expect tons of hankies used up worldwide… If they follow with killing off Ushio and/or Tomoya expect blowing up KyoAni by enraged fans…

  • January 25, 2009 at 9:07 amMegas

    Ugh, Kaisos, do you really think they’ll take that route in the anime. Its been fine until now but if they do that It’ll be like a silly reset – But they do have that the kind of time to do that since these last few episodes have been running along compared to the first 10.

    I really don’t care if they do that or not but I’m sure they’ll cause many folks to stop watching in the process. However, I’ll welcome such a ending with open arms, since they’re staying true to the game & all. Why should they stop now just because a few fans will get “upset”. They never cared about “upsetting” ppl before.

    BTW, I actually love all main deaths, alternate universes, resets, mindfucks, etc…Deus Ex Machina is great in all forms. Atleast it won’t be boring.

  • January 25, 2009 at 10:50 amskittles

    I’ll stop watching remaining episodes till I see that it is a happy ending,or never.

  • January 25, 2009 at 10:50 amewok

    @ Megas: then higurashi was a feast for you with kill them all and resets galore…

  • January 26, 2009 at 5:14 pmMarie

    They’ll definitely follow the movie.
    sad.

  • January 26, 2009 at 5:55 pmDan

    Spoiler alert ahead:
    Show Spoiler ▼

    Good episode. And looks like the next episode will set up for the events about to happen.

  • January 26, 2009 at 6:01 pmDan

    @ both of you.
    1) clannad is slice of life with bits of supernatural so it will be entirely plausible for a go back to happen and possibly will happen in this series.
    2. I got freaking annoyed by having to play through all the extra routes but laughed my head off at the crappy manga/all the storeroom variations.

    3. I would laugh wholeheartedly if they took that way out megas but something tells me they will remain uber true to the story which means we will get to see tomoyas Gram-ma ma (don’t ask)
    Also, if anyone hasnt been connecting the two worlds up to this point then /wrists

  • January 26, 2009 at 7:35 pmXanathos

    One of the great things of this series, and about CLANNAD as a story, is that… only the determination of Tomoya will bring a good or not so good outcome. So, spoiling would be worthless in this kind of situation. I wonder how will it end…

  • January 28, 2009 at 7:24 pmgeekix23

    well…nagisa will going to die…and also ushio and tomoya…soooooo sad…=(

  • August 28, 2009 at 12:22 amstarss

    Oh no. I don’t think I can bare it!! T____T