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CLANNAD ~AFTER STORY~ – Recap

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This recap episode was actually better than I thought it’d be, and I’m a bit impressed that they managed to get through so much of the main story in one go. It’s framed as Tomoya telling Ushio the story of everything that happened before she was born, starting from when he met Nagisa. It’s original narration with Ushio sometimes asking questions, and Tomoyo talks about all the friends he had and how they helped Nagisa with her play for the first half. The second half covered the important parts of AFTER STORY, but what was interesting to me was how the “official” timeline was presented since there was that miracle to account for. When Ushio falls asleep during the recap, Tomoya admits that he has a strange memory that he hasn’t told her about. It’s the story of how she was born and Nagisa died and all that, and at the point where they’ve collapsed in the snow, Tomoya recalls that something happened, and the next thing he knew, he was suddenly back to five years ago when she was born. He still believes that everything that happened was real, and he finishes by talking about living in the city where everything in his life has taken place. The very end was the only original animation in this episode, and it showed Tomoya trying to wake Ushio and Fuuko up, and Nagisa calls out to all of them.

In short, they did a good job depicting this recap as a story Tomoya tells Ushio, and I enjoyed hearing their voices again. It’s probably not worth watching the entire thing though unless you’re a huge fan of the series. I was also hoping for an announcement commercial after this episode for a new Kyoto Animation and potentially Key title, but there was only a commercial for the Gundam 00 finale and for the already announced K-ON! show (which I’ll talk about more when I post the Spring Preview in a few days).

March 26, 2009 at 11:23 pm
52 comments »
  • March 26, 2009 at 11:30 pmCecelia

    Doh, I was looking forward to another Key title. Here’s to hoping that K-ON! doesn’t disappoint.

  • March 26, 2009 at 11:31 pmalyu

    They must do little busters next…

  • March 26, 2009 at 11:35 pmlimchi

    I’m going to miss After Story…

  • March 26, 2009 at 11:39 pmGStrike-

    Tomoyo~ plz

  • March 26, 2009 at 11:46 pmTravis

    Seems like a nice way to wrap it all up. Fuuko and Ushio are as always too cute.

  • March 26, 2009 at 11:49 pm:)

    ushio my fav

  • March 27, 2009 at 12:03 amka

    Cute recap :D

  • March 27, 2009 at 12:03 amka

    Awww they should include Nagisa in that second to last picture D: I want to see the three of them together.

  • March 27, 2009 at 12:14 amexs120

    I wish they had made it a continuation of when Tomoya was first telling Ushio about Nagisa on the train after their trip. That would have been interesting.

  • March 27, 2009 at 12:15 am;)

    They made Tomoya more manly…

  • March 27, 2009 at 12:36 amGundamaniac

    Its like losing some of my family members, I’m gonna miss them D: sob sob sob

  • March 27, 2009 at 12:44 amithekro

    30 seconds of new animation…but it was a nice ending.

  • March 27, 2009 at 12:45 amXanathos

    Yeah, man… that thing of K-ON has kept me curious, for some reason it brings me good “vibrations” if you know what i mean. I think it will be a normal school story, with some good elements, at least, i expect that. I really expect a good series on April.

  • March 27, 2009 at 1:56 amAmiena

    aww such an adorable recap episode <3

  • March 27, 2009 at 1:59 amMan0warr

    Maybe no Key announcement means Haruhi 2 or more FMP!

  • March 27, 2009 at 2:47 amdsgfdg

    The 1st picture would work as a nice wallpaper… Lawl

  • March 27, 2009 at 3:26 ammutio

    “They must do little busters next…”
    Nooo, now Key animation for now. I’ve already clear on this point: We need something new, original animated from Kyoto Animation, not another visual novel adaption.

  • March 27, 2009 at 4:19 amLQY

    I hope the next animation of KyoAni will be Kyonko…

  • March 27, 2009 at 4:35 amithekro

    Well KyoAni will be showing at least two shows starting next week (K-On! and Haruhi (something or other)), plus maybe more Haruhi-chan and Churuya-san.

    Though Kyon-chan would make my day.

  • March 27, 2009 at 4:45 amMegas

    That’s one way to do a recap. I think it was a bit needed since the hellspawn that was the other 23 eps certainly didn’t leave anything to be desired.

  • March 27, 2009 at 5:11 amalpha

    “Nooo, now Key animation for now. I’ve already clear on this point: We need something new, original animated from Kyoto Animation, not another visual novel adaption.”

    complete BS! =O

  • March 27, 2009 at 7:00 amBuble

    I’m going to miss Clannad T.T

  • March 27, 2009 at 7:16 amMark

    No Tomoyo After anytime soon, pretty much confirmed. I hope the wait isn’t as long as Haruhi’s.

  • March 27, 2009 at 8:18 ampaul

    tomoyo after

  • March 27, 2009 at 8:24 amtomtom

    no deus ex machina, since tomoya accepted and was convinced what happened in the five years.

    episode was ok, nice ending, i’m tottaly satisfied.

  • March 27, 2009 at 8:47 amloplop

    All that’s left now is a R1 license . . . .

  • March 27, 2009 at 10:11 amJigsy

    So I’m guessing no Little Busters then?

    Either that or KyoAni are going to surprise us. :D

  • March 27, 2009 at 10:50 amkfu

    this was actually a good recap of everything =)
    gonna miss this anime so much =(

  • March 27, 2009 at 11:39 amLorat

    Dammit, now im going to end up watching the entire thing again because of this.
    Why please why didnt Fuko speak. It was the last chance and she was asleep… And she was right next to Tomoya… GAH

    Also it was nice that a subbed version got out less than a day after its raw release. Although its was a bit odd seeing some of the key moments that i had previously seen subbed by eclipse translated slightly differently by Socket. Or did the actual dialogue change… If not, then i like Eclipse’s version of the opening scene better… or i could just learn Japanese… crap i am going to end up learning Japanese now.

    Anyway good wrap up for a great story. It shows us that he remembers his wish, or at least part of it, which is MUCH better than if it had all been forgotten… Although that doesn’t explain why they never remembered Fuko. Which really bugged me as that was an entire arc worth of character development lost… Plus it will help explain what happened in episode 22 for those who didn’t get it (i still cant believe people didn’t get it).

    And there is always a chance of a OVA later on in the year which is something to hope for… begin ‘tomoyo/ryou after’ requests now

  • March 27, 2009 at 12:11 pmsaxdemigod

    must…..have…….little busters anime!!!

  • March 27, 2009 at 1:40 pmdeeewekoms

    It was a better recap episode then I thought. I think it did a good job of explaning Tomoya and Nagisa’s story of how they meet, fell in love and formed all of there relationships with everyone. Also I was happy that Tomoya didnt forget all the sad episodes with him and Ushio. I heard of lil busters and it seems alright but it didnt seem like it was a romantic show. Can someone who knows alot about lil busters touch on the plot of the story.

  • March 27, 2009 at 3:17 pmtomtom

    kyou’s best scene was shown, loved it! <3

  • March 27, 2009 at 4:17 pmSilentmanX

    didn’t Tomoya & Nagisa have a son afterwards?

  • March 27, 2009 at 6:25 pmjho

    This was a fantastic series.

  • March 27, 2009 at 7:11 pmxsirhc

    awesome series, my favorite…
    but now its time for kyo-ani to put some effort into haruhi season 2….plzzz

  • March 27, 2009 at 7:32 pmithekro

    Unless there was something from one of the “Another Story” plotlines, no, just Ushio the little girl.

  • March 27, 2009 at 7:46 pmTakayuki

    @Lorat: You see, the reason Fuuko didn’t speak was because she couldn’t since Tomoya had put knockout drops her lunch.

  • March 27, 2009 at 10:28 pm7updnL

    this anime was great!

  • March 27, 2009 at 10:38 pmLorat

    Takayuki: “@Lorat: You see, the reason Fuuko didn’t speak was because she couldn’t since Tomoya had put knockout drops her lunch.”

    … that could work

  • March 28, 2009 at 12:34 amPfft

    I agree with mutio, we need to see something new from Kyoto Animation.

  • March 28, 2009 at 2:49 amvin-nii

    Kyou-please

    well Clannad is made in 2004 and anime in 2007 or something

    so Little Busters might be 2009 to 2010-ish (since it was released 2007)

  • March 28, 2009 at 3:08 amjeremy

    Yeah. Good recap episode. At least now I know that the tears were NOT for nothing. Good that Tomoya remembers. Good to hear Ushio again. My score for Clannad increases again. So long Clannad!

  • March 28, 2009 at 6:21 amoTAKu

    Is there going to be a special 24th episode on the last DVD release?

  • March 28, 2009 at 10:54 amr

    that WAS the 24th episode. you mean a 25th episode… on which i have no idea but i always hopeful

  • March 28, 2009 at 5:02 pmpopglitz

    I’m really sad that Clannad is over, too bad they won’t have another season :( I love Tomoya!

  • March 28, 2009 at 5:36 pmrika

    Aww…Ushio finally calls out to Nagisa as Mommy ^_^

  • March 28, 2009 at 8:19 pmfilphil

    I must say it was a fun ride!

  • March 29, 2009 at 1:55 amhomemadekorean

    YAY FOR MORE CLANNAD.
    BOO FOR NO MORE CLANNAD.

    T___T.
    I<3CLANNAD.

    I just need to finish the visual novel now. Mannnnn. As a heads up, Im following the game close to the way the anime is played out. Does that mean I get to see NagisaxTomoya ? :D

  • March 29, 2009 at 9:59 amkak

    yes they do kiss in the game.

    screen here

    http://home.arcor.de/blackbahamut/Clannad/Nagisa2.jpg

    taken from http://myanimelist.net/forum/?topicid=13938 which covers all the possible story arcs in th game

  • April 10, 2009 at 1:08 amJo

    The most beautiful anime i’ve ever seen. I’ll miss it so much, like Gundamaniac said, it feels like losing a family member. Can’t wait to see what KyoAni will present us next.

  • April 16, 2009 at 3:42 pmSilverwolf X

    Kyou arc (1 episode) in the final DVD out in 1st July. Look forward to it Kyou fans. :P

    Advance screening on 24/5 for a lucky few Japanese.

  • August 12, 2009 at 6:06 amcarmensakura07

    I just rewatched this series and I fell in love with it all over again.
    Clannad is worth watching.
    Totally got my vote for best drama/romance/fantasy anime.

    K-on, i think is a total dissapointment.