Oh, that’s what that line is from? Interesting, I’ll give it a read!
Kotomi’s route has a lot of depth to it. The context appealed to my science nerd side, seeing as she was trying to follow her parents footsteps to become a great theoretical physicist. I loved hearing Kotomi’s parents try to explain string theory in a way a child could understand. In the broader context of Clannad, Kotomi’s route was instrumental in getting people to think about the illusionary world and what it could all mean. The science behind it is very vague, but it introduces the idea of how there’s another world connected to ours, which human consciousness could perhaps enter and leave. Together with Ryou’s fortune telling referring to the idea of the many-worlds interpretation (preparing viewers for the ending) and Yukine’s mentioning the lights (preparing viewers for the twist about the lights in After Story), Clannad’s heroine routes were really well written in the broader context of the story. Anybody who calls the ending a deus ex machina wasn’t paying enough attention.
Got a bit off track there, but yeah, Kotomi’s route was quite enjoyable. She’s not my favourite character (I much prefer Mio as the quiet-type character) but her route was very enjoyable nonetheless. I also really liked the ending, of how the teddy bear travelled around the world and passed through many hands before reaching Kotomi, her parents love for them reaching her at last. That was really sweet.