Hello everyone, I’m almost done with the baseball route now and I really like how we are being introduced to every characters without going too deep, however, I get the general feeling that we are playing a complete jerk.
Beyond the fact that he is skipping school and mocking the teachers, Tomoya is really harsh towards everyone. For examples: He makes his class rep cry and shames her after she tries being considerate and bring him the morning’s handout. He meets a random girl in a classroom for the first time and decides to confiscate the knife she’s using to carve wood, for no apparent reasons. He encourages his only friend to go harass the same girl everyday just to see him being beaten up. And finally, he abandons a classmate’s pet on the way home and still accept the payment (juice) she promised him after he completed the job. There are also other examples, but I thin this many is enough to make my point.
Even though there seem to be interesting characters all around Tomoya, and even with the mysterious dreams that I can’t wait to learn about, I feel no sympathy towards the main character because of how he is treating everyone, and that is a great thing. Tomoya is a really well written character in my opinion. I believe he will open up at some point and hope we will learn more about his “nicer” side, but for the moment I can only qualify him of “human”. He is a human being, an asshole, sure, but not only a stereotypical character which is not that common in anime and visual novels in general. Of course he mimics some common archetypes, it is really rare to stumble onto a perfectly human character, but Tomoya distinguish himself in that regard.
Now Regarding Sunohara. I really dislike him. I understand that he is supposed to make the story more light hearted and easy going, but I he is too obviously written that way. He has some good moments, and he certainly is not bland. But he follows the “comic” archetype too much, which makes him less interesting to me as a character. As for his role in Clannad as a whole, I believe he is supposed to maintain a “light” atmosphere on this route during which we meet the others characters, to contrast with the darker themes to come. I say it again, this is my first reading of this Visual Novel, so I could be wrong about what is following. However, from what I know about Clannad, and from what I read so far, my only conclusion is that Sunohara’s only purpose in the whole story is to provide a route that is not too emotional for the reader in which he will learn a bit about every other character before choosing which one to get emotionally involved with. To summarize, I think the route was educative, but I really hope the others develop more interesting characters, because Sunohara’s route leaves me with no emotional attachment to him at all.
Regarding the other characters. I cannot really tell at the moment. Other than Sunohara, we have not really investigated any characters’s personality in debt yet, so I do not feel like I have the proper knowledge to discuss it just yet, but I intent to talk about my observations after future readings.