CLANNAD ~AFTER STORY~ – 19
Upon his return to the Furukawa home with Ushio, Tomoya enters Nagisa’s old room and finds it just like it used to be. He apologizes to Sanae for making her and Akio take care of Ushio all this time, and he promises to raise her himself from now on. After a round of baseball – in which he hits Akio’s pitch – and eating and drinking with family, he and Ushio go to bed, but Tomoya wakes up later that night and hears Akio and Sanae talking. Akio knows that Sanae hasn’t cried since that day, so Sanae explains that she had to raise Ushio. That leads to Akio noting how Ushio has helped them considerably, but he realizes that it’s over now. He feels that it’s Sanae’s turn to cry and vows to stay by her side until she stops, and Tomoya then hears her start crying.
The next morning, Tomoya takes Ushio to kindergarten before heading to work, and while he’s there, he hears the other mothers gossiping about him. Instead of getting angry, he introduces himself to them and explains his situation. He goes back to pick Ushio up midday and brings her to her new home, but since he has to return to work, he leaves her there alone. When Tomoya comes back later, he brings with him all of Ushio’s stuff from the Furukawa house, including Nagisa’s three stuffed dango. He and Ushio then head out and happen to run into Kouko at the park. Tomoya had heard from Yuusuke that Kouko’s sister had been released from the hospital, and Fuuko turns out to there with Kouko. Fuuko doesn’t like Tomoya patting her on the head, but she does take an immediate liking to Ushio, hugs her, and wants to make Ushio her little sister. Later that night, at bedtime, Tomoya watches as Ushio hugs one of the stuffed dango, and Ushio explains how Sanae told her that it holds the smell of her mother.
The following day, Tomoya takes Ushio to see his own father. His old home is still a mess, and he has to turn off the radio to get his father to realize that he’s there. After introducing Ushio, Tomoya tells his father of how he met his grandmother and how he remembered what happened in the past. He knows that his father is tired and suggests that it’s okay for his father to return home to the countryside and rest. Looking at Ushio for a moment, Tomoya’s father wonders if he’s done, so Tomoya tells him that he’s done enough since he used his entire life to raise his son. Tomoya’s father now understands that he was done before he realized it, and he’s glad. Tomoya then helps his father clean up the house and himself, and he also helps his father pack for the trip.
When it comes time to send his father off, Tomoya tells his father to take care of himself by not drinking or smoking. With each additional thing he says, he is reminded of how his father had taken care of him when he was young, and he can’t help but start crying. Tomoya pulls himself back together after seeing Ushio concerned about him, and he thanks his father for everything up to now. As he watches his father walk off, Tomoya wonders if his father was happy, and he thinks about how his father lost the one he loved at the happiest time and how his father worked hard for an ungrateful son like him. Ushio meanwhile notices a bright light float down from the sky and touch her father’s chest, but when she tries to say something about the light, Tomoya thinks that she’s commenting on how bright the sun is.
Well, there were several more touching moments this week, none of them quite at the level of the final scene from last episode, but they still got me a little teary-eyed. One was when Sanae was talking/crying to Akio and another was the obviously emotional scene when Tomoya tries to tell his father to take care of himself and remembers all that his father had done for him. It’s good though to see Tomoya finally be able to face his father and send him home, and I thought the light appearing at the end – i.e. a symbol happiness when Tomoya was wondering if his father was happy – was a nice touch. What was interesting was that Ushio noticed it but Tomoya didn’t seem to – did he pass that ability on to her or something?
This episode also started to get back to some of the more light-hearted, normal daily life stuff. For one, Fuuko showed back up and was as amusing as ever. I thought she would have matured physically after so many years, but she still looks like she’s in grade school despite being the same age as Tomoya. There were also several hints that Kyou is Ushio’s kindergarten teacher – the long hair, the picture of Botan that Ushio drew, plus the fact that Kyou always wanted to be a kindergarten teacher – so I would guess that she’ll reappear soon.
Speaking of which (and I make this jump in thought based on the fact that Kyou was a girl that Tomoya could have technically ended up with), I noticed that Tomoya is still wearing his wedding band in the scene where he wiped food off Ushio’s face, and it made me wonder if he’d ever consider remarrying. I doubt it’s on his mind right now, and it’s probably out of the scope of this series, but it’s not impossible – I’m suddenly reminded of the special Tomoyo episode. Regardless, for next week, it looks like they’ll just be focusing Tomoya’s happy times with his daughter.