As it turns out, Nagisa had only been reciting lines from a play that she wants to do if the drama club is brought back. She intends to rebuild the drama club, and though she’s unsure of herself, she thinks she’ll do her best. That night, Tomoya sees the girl again in that other world, and he knows that her life is lonely because there was no one but her. She creates a small mechanical creature for him, and he wonders if he only has to hope to be born in this world – the one warmth. Before he realized it, he wished for that. Back in the real world, Tomoya is walking to school when he almost gets run Kyou on a scooter. She tries to laugh it off because she’s still not used to driving a scooter yet since she just got her license, and despite the fact that he was the victim, she offers to let him off without having to pay any repair fee. After Kyou rides off laughing, Sunohara shows up to comment on how there are a lot of rough girls at their school. Sunohara is actually here to confront Tomoyo again, but she once again dominates him with her dizzying array of kicks, and she finishes him off by slamming him into the rubbish disposal chute. She really wishes that this were the end of things with him, though she does mention to Tomoya that seeing them makes her feel nostalgic.
Later that day, Tomoya is walking through the halls when he encounters two guys talking about the ghost again and how she gives a cursed item. He then heads to library to take a nap, but he discovers a girl inside who’s barefoot and is cutting apart books. Instead of answering any of his questions, the girl shows him the lunch that she made and offers him some. Tomoya takes a bite and finds it delicious, and the girl hopes to see him again. Returning to class, Tomoya wonders if this girl is the ghost, but Ryou informs him that it was Ichinose Kotomi, a genius who places in the top ten in the national exams no matter what subject. Kotomi apparently doesn’t go to class and studies on her own. Tomoya then changes the subject to Kyou and almost tells Ryou about the scooter, but Kyou bursts in at that very moment and drags him out before he can even finish saying the word bike. Riding to school on a scooter is forbidden, and Kyou doesn’t want to get suspended, so she needs him to keep his mouth shut. To spite her, Tomoya announces to the class that Kyou is bi(sexual), and this creates a big misunderstanding that ends with Kyou admitting that they’re actually talking about a bike/scooter.
That afternoon, Tomoya finds Nagisa sitting alone outside with a broom and wonders if something happened, but she denies it and asks him to wait in the drama club room. The first thing on his agenda for the club is to recruit some members, so Nagisa makes a flier for an orientation session on May 15th. It initially looks rather bare, so Tomoya suggests that she also say that the prettiest club president in the school will be waiting for them. Nagisa is shocked when she figures out that he is referring to her, especially because she had felt that Tomoya was going to be club president. However, Tomoya reminds her that he’s only helping and has no intention of joining if the club is revived. He feels that the decisions ultimately fall to Nagisa, including what she wants to put on the flier, and because of this, Nagisa draws a bunch of dango on it while singing the Dango Daikazoku song to herself. Tomoya, despite his reservations about it, lets Nagisa go with it since she likes it, and to his surprise, Nagisa suddenly blurts out the word tonkatsu (pork cutlet). She reveals that she says the names of foods as a charm to encourage herself, and if she does her best, she rewards herself with the food. Hearing this, Tomoya suggests that they buy some dango on the way home instead of tonkatsu.
Before that though, Tomoya helps Nagisa put up the fliers, and as he’s doing so, he hears someone wince in pain. Inside the nearby classroom is a girl carving a wooden star and cutting herself repeatedly in the process. When she notices Tomoya, she scampers away to the opposite side of the room and clings to her beloved object without explaining to Tomoya what it is, even after he asks. Seeing the girl’s bandaged hand, Tomoya takes away her blade and advises that she uses a properly sharp carving knife instead of what she’s got. He also points out that her hand is hurt, and when she tries to deny it, he proves it by getting her to high-five him. Keeping the knife, he leaves and finishes hanging up the rest of the fliers. Sunohara catches him putting up the final one and is surprised to hear that Tomoya is interested in a club since he used to hate people who participated in club activities. Nagisa unfortunately overhears this conversation, so Tomoya tries to tell her that what Sunohara said was meaningless. That evening has Tomoya painting faces onto dango that he bought, but when his father enters his room and seems to show interest, Tomoya reacts negatively to how his father speaks to him like a stranger.
Questioning who he is to his father, Tomoya runs out and doesn’t stop until he reaches Nagisa’s house. He brought the dango with him, and it makes her quite happy because of how they’re like a big dango family. Nagisa admits that she had been depressed because she ended up being left by herself earlier even though everyone in her class was supposed to help clean. She believes that she’s always been clumsy and admits she’s been teased a lot like this, though she feels better now thanks to him. Tomoya then changes the subject to what they had been talking about earlier and reveals that both he and Sunohara were recommended to come to this school because of sports – Sunohara for soccer and him for basketball. However, Tomoya quit soon after getting in. Because of this, Nagisa asks him to play basketball with her the following day after school and promises to wait for him. The next day turns out to be a rainy Saturday though, and Sunohara wants to skip school. Getting worried about Nagisa, Tomoya eventually heads to school to check if she’s there, and to his surprise, she’s standing in the rain under the basketball goal. He thinks that she should have gone home, but Nagisa notes that she wouldn’t have been able to see him if she did that.
When Tomoya tells her that there was no guarantee that he’d come, Nagisa points out that he did. He always helps her, so she at least wanted to play basketball with him to repay him. Nagisa really wants to see him shoot, but when Tomoya attempts to, the basketball falls out of his hands and he falls to his knees. It seems that Tomoya’s right arm won’t go up anymore because of an injury from a fight he got into with his father in the third year of junior high school. This prevents him from raising his arm higher than his shoulder, meaning that he can’t play basketball anymore. Realizing that she’s troubled him, Nagisa tries to apologize, but she faints instead.
Part of my enjoyment of CLANNAD so far has been stemming from the amount of humor they’ve injected amidst all of the more serious plot elements. Tomoyo and the 528 hit combo was pretty amusing (also the way she forced Sunohara down the chute), though the big laugh of the episode for me goes to Tomoya for telling the class that Kyou is bisexual.
As for the story, I feel like we’re a lot deeper into it than we actually are. These first two episodes have done a decent job introducing the side characters, but it’s given Nagisa and Tomoya a lot more development than I would have guessed. Maybe after watching Kanon I was expecting this to start out with the male lead splitting his time between all the female characters, but the fact that Tomoya is together with Nagisa so much from the get-go seems to indicate that this probably won’t be the case. That’s not to say that they’re moving at an unnecessarily fast pace though, since the game is supposedly huge in length. The size of the supporting cast is pretty big too, and with the preview for next episode devoted entirely to Nagisa and Tomoya, I wonder how much time everyone else will get.