Using Pepe’s magical guide, I finished common while jotting down some thoughts as I played.
The credits being on screen at the begining is AMAZING.
INSTANT characterization for Tomoya, stuff like being a grumpy drump and saying it’d be better to cut all the nature down to save him a 20 minute walk everyday, since clannad is secretly a story about fixing Tomoya, it’s really fantastic to have it come instantly and so strongly.
The meeting with Nagisa is wonderful, but I’ll get into more details on Nagisa/Tomoya hill scenes later.
More Tomoya exposition, it’s interesting that it is all immediately laid bare, perhaps so common can then be hijacked by everybody else, I don’t think it’s bad at all.
Here we see that Tomoya is kind of a piece of shit, and later on we see that Sunohara is too, this is neat, it helps support that ‘outcast delinquents’ think they have going, which, until now, I never really saw, but reading this. Dammed if it ain’t funny stuff though.
OUI OUI BAUGETTE.
Pepe’s walkthough made me bully Ryou, NICE.
I have a whole lot to say about Kotomi, but character analysis are for routes! I will complain that this meeting with her just kind of happens and that’s pretty bad, of the other girls I know, Nagisa is the big prologue event, Tomoyo puts on a huge show, Tomoya runs into Kotomi because he went to the library on a whim, I don’t think that’s a really acceptable way to introcude a girl, at least give him reason.
T O M O Y O I S T R A S H, the entire basis of her character is trash and has no place in a setting like Clannad, I will tear you apart later, Tomoyo.
The Illusionary World I
Only thing I can say here is I feel this was better animated, the limited movement and lighting really well portrayed the world that is alive but dead, since everything is static in the VN anyway, I felt it didn’t have as much oomph. Plus, not giving the player a visual on the doll or the girl sucks, if just to give them an idea what they look like.
NAGISA IS REALLY GOOD, it’s around now that I realize that her immense awkwardness and self esteem of a brick is extremely apparent in all her scenes and STRONGLY characterizes her very quickly, just like Tomoya, having the two leads get so firmly established so quickly is absolutely wonderful and I’m really enjoying their interacti- wait, the walkthough is telling me to not help her anymore? SCREW YOU PEEEEEEEEPS!
Hey wanna see the oppisite of all that? Because here comes Tomoyo trash, starting today and carrying on to the day after we have the fights between Sunohara and Tomoyo. I have no problem with these fights, I like the various plans Sunohara comes up with, the hit counter, it even has a purpose for developing Tomoyo’s character, it’s overall, a solid idea. What I don’t like how half of it is all together right as it starts without much in the way of intermissions between each fight, that’s some Charlotte ass pacing and forced writing, and it should have been spread out more evenly.
It is jarring as all hell when you’re weeb enough to know what they’re saying but it’s been localized to something completely different to make the puns or joke work.
Issusionary World II and April 18th were nothing new. If I did have anything to say about them, it was lost in a blue screen of death due to not saving whatever I wrote on them as I played.
Tomoya meets way to many girls by just going to random places on a whim
NO RUGBY PLAYERS WOULD ACT LIKE THIS, RUGBY PLAYERS ARE REFINED GENTLEMEN.
Illusionary World III
I just noticed the cursor is black and white in hte Illusionary World, that’s really frigging awesome, a tiny detail but so cool.
I don’t even think Kappei looks that much like a girl
Fuko seems so different to the one I saw in the anime, but it’s relieving to know that I still think she’s an annoying little shit even with this change.
April 24th-April 25th
Laser Tag happened, the Anime is trash.
Way too much actual baseball happened for me to follow this really, what’s a bunt, didn’t you just get four people out, how did she catch that, WHY IS HE OUT, I DO NOT KNOW THIS SPORT.
This whole scene is a bit weak since it was a bunch of mostly strangers when I’m used to my baseball teams being the Little Busters, but it was a nice enough ending.
Wow that’s kind of short, especially the second week, which was pretty much entirely just a few quips at Sunohara until based Akio came in. It was however, pretty damn funny, Tomoya’s wit is fantastic, Sunohara is a fine tool to showcase that, but not matter how many giggles I got from them, the best part was the Tomoya/Nagisa stuff, of which I must patiently wait for more of.
I give the Common route a Sunohara/10, and prepare for the meat of Clannad to begin to give me something to sink my teeth into.