Having read all of Clannad, there were a lot of tear baits…
However Kotomi’s route is the only that had me crying my eyes out. Absolutely beautiful piece of writing.
One of the more lengthy routes, and definitely one of the best, if not the best in my honest opinion. Worth every second.
To anyone sitting on the fence about reading The Dandelion Girl. Please do so. Personally I cannot recommend it enough. Not only is it a very short read (a great one, at that), but Kotomi’s route draws a lot of inspiration from it which would otherwise be overlooked without having knowledge of it. I genuinely feel that it adds so much quality perspective about the philosophy surrounding Kotomi’s character and the events of her route.
Now on to the route itself.
Dark past, post-trauma affected behaviour, and sad times… It’s always the shy girl huh?
Comes across as pretty generic which I would usually say is a bad thing, but the way Kotomi’s route tackles the issues is superb, and for that I tip my hat.
What did it do so well exactly?
What I liked best about the route is that it incorporates Clannad’s core themes of family and egotism into an otherwise generic character story (boy meets girl, girl is sad, boy solves sadness, boy and girl fall in love, the end)
A lot of people say Tomoya and Kotomi are not really a good match for each other… And I agree. But the romance was done well to say the least, however that is not the core of this route at all.
What makes this route so special is how intersperses it’s own story about a family shattered by tragedy, and the love that parents have for their children into an otherwise overused piece of plot.
It hit home pretty hard, and I think the main things I took away from it is (ironically quite clichéd but…) to choose your words carefully because you never know when you’ll lose someone close to you. Problems in life cannot be solved with rash behaviour. Relating this to the route, be grateful for having your parents and the things they do for you because chances are you have no idea how much they truly care about you even if it doesn’t appear that way on the surface. Being rash and saying hateful things contribute to greater harm to yourself in the long term.