Clannad has to be my favorite Key anime to date. It is also one of my least favorite Key Visual Novel (ahead of bottom-placed Harvest Festa by a mile.)
While I don’t agree with the anime’s lack of Higurashi-themed route play, I do believe that the anime was of a more suitable length than the Visual Novel.
When it comes to VNs, I’m the one who ends up hitting the lonely end of the common route every time. (I struggled to get into a route sooo much with Da Capo!) Somehow I missed this bad end in Clannad and flew straight into the Nagisa route. There are two problems with this… One, I dislike Nagisa, and two, I didn’t know enough about Tomoya or Nagisa to care about them. It really is more of an end-game route.
My route order then went like this: Nagisa > Yukine > Misae > Tomoyo > Sunohara > Koumura > Give up and quit.
I later went back and played through Kotomi’s and started Kappei’s but I had no motivation.
Yukine and Tomoyo’s routes really got me. They were pretty amazing. But the rest felt kinda… meaningless. Somehow the Visual Novel just didn’t connect me with the characters enough to actually care about them.
It’s been so long that I don’t remember why… maybe I was just inexperienced with Visual Novels, but Clannad never meant much to me.
The writing was good, no doubt. Akio’s shooting game, Misae route’s strange perspective, Sunohara route’s test of friendship. The writing was really good and certain moments were memorable… But the VN as a whole had a lot of boring moments. Maybe the writers just weren’t used to writing a VN of that length, or maybe I wasn’t used to reading a VN of that length.
The art was… ugly to say the least. While Key’s art has always been slightly behind competitors, Kanon and Air still looked great at the time. Clannad however has this weird mix of 90’s anime proportions, and modern shading and textures. Apart from the fairly monotone CGs, it was very unappealing to look at… For me at least ^^;
The soundtrack is great to listen to. It has all the makings of a great Key soundtrack. Unfortunately compared to other Key VNs, I find the soundtrack to be forgettable. ‘Machi, Toki no Nagare, Hito’ was lovely. ‘Étude Pour les Petites Supercordes’ is great… even if I don’t remember how it goes… ‘The Girl’s Fantasy’ is absolutely stunning, and ‘Ana’ is a song that everyone wants at their funeral~
When I am listening to the soundtrack it is enchanting. I can sit and listen to it for aaages! But I’ll forget it sooner than I’ll forget the soundtrack of Kanon, or Planetarian, or Little Busters!
The Visual Novel of Clannad is pretty good. However compared to all of the other Key VNs it is not so good.
Compared to the anime, the VN of Clannad is very… meh…
I cared more about the anime characters. I remember more about the BGM tracks used in the anime. The anime made me want to actually know the After Story, whereas the VN felt like it was pushing me away from it…
Awkwardly, a lot of my best Clannad VN moments come from Clannadman’s fan-made novel ‘The Past Path’ which was really good… even though it relied 100% on Clannad memories, struggled with meaningful writing, and had weird art.
Wooow, that’s big praise~ What’s your number one? o.o
The Clannad anime is definitely one of the better anime out there~ In my opinion, it’s the only mainstream “over-hyped” anime that actually deserves all of the hype it gets (apart from maaaybe Steins;Gate~ Ahaha~)
That happened to me as well~ After Spring 2011 my interest plummeted!! Compared to other years 2011-2013 were pretty dull… but '11 was the best of the trio~ I am terrible at navigating Youtube so it didn’t work as a substitute… I just loitered on Crunchyroll forums =w=
Clannad is the perfect Ice-Breaker for getting into other genres. It has some action moments, and a lot of great comedy. It also slowly drifts into the romance genre allowing viewers to get accustomed to it.
Every year we get a big Shounen or Action anime that draws in a crowd. Great shows like TTGL, decent shows like SOA, and meh shows like SnK. Kill la Kill seems to be the most recent example~
They are all worthwhile anime, but the fanbases don’t involve themselves in any other genre… and it becomes really easy to hate those shows just because of the obsessive fans… It really messes up the rating system on anime chart websites as well! >A<
Give 'em a dose of Clannad~ Wahaha~
There were a lot of heartbreaking moments~ The great thing is that it caters for everyone. I myself didn’t really like Nagisa… so After Story didn’t mean much to me… until Ushio happened. Kids get to me~! ;~;
Fuko’s arc was a groundbreaking moment for a lot of people. The characters, the music, and the animation all worked together amazingly!
For some people, seeing Kotori’s breakdown moment was reeaaally big! That shook me like crazy and I wasn’t even a fan.
For some, Tomoyo was the big thing. She even got a AU ending~ (I cry everytime T ^ T) Kyou (and Ryou kinda) got a similar… albeit not so great AU chapter as well~
Yukine had a great “friends are family” story that told of commitment. Misae portrayed a story beautifully from a perspective of an unspoken character (that’s impressive!!)
Even the male characters… Sunohara and Naoyuki… had tear-jerking moments, foreshadowing the perfect character design of the males in Little Busters.
Everyone has something they can connect with in the story, and everyone takes something new from it.